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Thanos Kollias
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 9:24am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The new version is beyond belief. My wife couldn't believe how much better that was compared to the older one. The gray tones are extremely well used on this one.
Congrats to both JB and commissioner...
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Blair Herd
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 9:38am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Nice to hear that you still are challenged and agonize over your craft JB.  Passion that is sorely lacking from the industry these days.  I guess that's why you have so many loyal followers....
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Brian Burnham
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That is just unbelievable.  It amazes me that the big two won't do anything they can to get you back in the dance running major title(s).  This reminds me of when I first saw Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein work.  Just Wow !!!

link for those that haven't seen  the above work.

http://www.comictreadmill.com/CTMBlogarchives/2010/2010_Indi vidual/2010_10/002091.php

A google image search for "Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein" reveals much more.
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Matt Clouser
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

It's been a while since I read the DP storyline - this brought it all back in spades.   Many thanks for posting this masterpiece and my heartfelt congratulations to the commissioner!
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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 10:49am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

JB, can you post what the commissioner's request was, please?  I just noticed you hadn't done it this time.  Thanks!

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John Byrne
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 11:01am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

As I said, Ryan, the request was self-evident -- reimagine the page, add tones.
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I'm really having trouble putting into words just how much this one means to me.  I think it has something to do with those X-MEN COMPENDIUM books - that was the first time I saw JB's pencils.  I couldn't believe the depth and soul that the pencils had.  I thought JB's work came alive on the page in the printed comic books, but those pencils were really something else. 

So the grey tones in this piece really evoke this in a big way.  JB has used these tones to wonderful effect in the all-pencil series ANGEL: BLOOD AND TRENCHES and also in STAR TREK: CREW.  Check out the CREW trade and you will be treated to a very cool bonus feature -- all of the pencils for issue three without dialogue and color, so you can really take in the use of the grey tones for the art of a entire issue.  Great stuff! 

To revisit one of the most seminal cliffhangers in the X-MEN run using this technique is mind blowing.  The style fits the moment, the character art is better than the original, and the panel use is pitch perfect.


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Ryan Maxwell
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Sorry, JB, distracted by the image!
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John Byrne
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It amazes me that the big two won't do anything they can to get you back in the dance running major title(s).

There's not really anything they CAN do. In the end, it comes down to a matter of trust -- they've lost mine. I cannot imagine anything they could do to win it back.

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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 11:40am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Just as well. I'm pretty happy seeing your work at a company that let's
you do what you do.
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Mark McKay
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 11:42am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I have a jealousy bordering on hatred for the lucky person who owns this commission. ;-)




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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 04 February 2012 at 11:46am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I NEED TO GET ANOTHER COMMISSION.

Is there a size limit for these grey tone commissions, JB?

I have an idea for a request.
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