Friday, March 11, 2011

A New York Story

Last night, attended the New York premiere screening of first time documentary film-maker Dan Makara's "IRWIN - A NEW YORK STORY", at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. The film is a portrait of legendary cartoonist Irwin Hasen, co-creator of "DONDI" and "WILDCAT", and early chronicler of the adventures of "WONDER WOMAN", "GREEN LANTERN" and "THE JUSTICE SOCIETY".

I was a student of Irwin's over 20 years ago at the Joe Kubert School, and it's always a pleasure to see Irwin at conventions or gatherings like the one last night.

Also on hand were Jerry Robinson and Jules Feiffer.

Whether you know a lot about Irwin or not, the film is worth seeing for a glimpse of his own larger-than-life character. At 92 years of age, he still knows how to work an audience.

Congrats to Irwin and Dan for a job well done!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Last year, May 2010, First Second Books published the graphic novel "FOILED", my collaboration with writer Jane Yolen. Jane has written the sequel, "CURSES, FOILED AGAIN!". I've thumbnailed the whole thing, and I'm now about 20 or so pages into penciling.

At the same time, I'm still penciling "BEN 10" stories for DC Comics' CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK comic book series.

I like getting to bounce back-and-forth between the two. "BEN 10" has to be on-model with the design of the animated T.V. show it's based on, while "FOILED" can be weird and loose. They both provide a nice change of pace from each other.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

John Romita on Speed

A while back, I was posting quotes from interviews with comic book artists on my Livejournal blog. A lot of these are just comments that I found interesting in regards to my own experiences at the drawing table. Sometimes when you're dwelling on the vast gulf between yourself and some creative giant, it's interesting to also note the few small similarities and/or other details of interest. I'm going to transfer some of these to this new blog.

First up, "John Romita on speed"...

"Every time [Gene Colan] came in, we always got on the subject of speed and lack of speed, because Gene used to work until three in the morning, every morning.
"I said, "You know what? You're asking the wrong guy because I have trouble, too. The reason I'm working 9-to-5 is because I can't turn out enough pages in five days to pay my bills." I could not deliver work on time. I could do five pages in one day, and then it would take me the next five days to do the next page. I could never tell. In fact, if an editor said, "Can you get this 10-page story done by next Wednesday?," I couldn't guarantee it to him. I used to say, "The truth of the matter is, I don't know. I could get it done in two days or it could take me three weeks. I have no idea how long this is going to take me, because I have no regular flow that I can count on."

John Romita
from a 2006 interview with Jim Amash