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Shawn Kincade
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Posted: 17 June 2018 at 10:31pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I mean do you think there's a future for you in this business ?

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That's kind of the ultimate question, isn't it?

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Seeing this incredible drawing makes me miss the characters I grew up with and new creative work from JB, the creator whose work has been a huge part of my 40 years (!) of reading comics.

There's no doubt a future in modern comics for JB if he wants it.  I want him to want it, the same way that I want anyone who is excellent at what they do to do it in his or her field.  There is a loss when a great songwriter stops writing songs, when a great athlete stops playing, or when a great chef stops cooking, for example -- because some people seem to have been put on this planet to do what they do better than almost anyone else.  The realization and fulfillment of purpose is a beautiful thing.

But I realize it's sort of selfish to think that JB should produce new comics work or commissions just because he can do it better than almost anyone who has ever done it and because I want to enjoy new work.  Obviously, JB can do the work.  But should I expect him to do so?  He owes me and his fans nothing, and if he has lost interest in favor of engaging in other pursuits, it's hardly my business no matter how disappointing it is.  Or how tragic it is to know that such great gifts and developed skills go unused.  We all need to do what we can to enjoy our brief time, however, and for JB, maybe interest in writing or drawing for public consumption has passed.  There is no obligation to act on great ability.

But if you are ever on the fence about it, sir, keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility . . . which is a not-exactly analogous way of saying that with your great ability comes our great hope that that ability is implemented.

In any event, the drawing that began this discussion is fantastic.  It captures why I have enjoyed your work for decades while expressed in a different style, if that makes sense.  Thanks for sharing it.

  

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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 7:14am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Love this drawing, JB. It would be a pretty wild experiment to see it inked by a few different people, just to illustrate for readers how much that changes the final art.
Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 4:09pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Once again proving WHY you're my fav Wolverine artist (you "own" him!)

Fantastic drawing -- I'll be examining this one for many days, JB!!

-C!


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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 11:13pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I am no inker, but it makes me want to try my hand at
it... Just for the fun, and to see what would be the
result.
Would it be OK to do that, JB?
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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 4:30am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Knock yourself out! :-)
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Dale E Ingram
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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 8:34am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

In just this one drawing, I see energy, tension and drama! Three things that are missing from many of the current X-Men comics. I recognize these guys, which is also something that's missing from many of the current X-Men comics. 

Current John Byrne would be a valuable asset on a current X-Men book, where writers like Marc Guggenheim are trying to right the ship. His book doesn't even have a regular artist, just an assortment of one off artists here and there. The lack of consistency is maddening.

My apologies for gushing. I do have a few questions: after scratching that itch, how did you feel about the result? Do you feel that you could still pencil for someone else to ink? Could you see yourself finding joy in doing so?
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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 8:40am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

My apologies for gushing.

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I don't mind! :-)

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... after scratching that itch, how did you feel about the result? Do you feel that you could still pencil for someone else to ink? Could you see yourself finding joy in doing so?

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I could have fun with it.

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Dale E Ingram
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Man, it would be fun to see you work with those characters again. 

And, seriously, Guggenheim seems to be doing his damnedest to tell good X-Men stories, but in my opinion, his efforts are hindered by the lack of a strong, steady artist. 
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I think the only way I could even get close to these characters again would be if Marvel decided to give HIDDEN YEARS back to me, and then stood back and let me do my job.
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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

That is a fantastic solution and would certainly get me back into a comic shop.
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Bill Guerra
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Just when I think I've come so far for the better with my art over the past decade, I see this and realize how much more ways I have to go! That looks great, JB!

I REALLY want to try my hand at inking it for the sheer challenge, but, I fear I'd ruin it...
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Well, remember, Bill, you can't ruin a print-out!
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Thomas Fels
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Why not a Doom Hidden Years/Days? 12 (or so) issues with stories about what happens in Dooms life (and in Latveria) during the early FF-days. Between the FF-issues.
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Vinny Valenti
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I just bought an HP Chromebook X2 tablet/laptop which comes with a Wacom pen so I can draw right on the screen. I am very curious to try inking digitally directly over the artwork as a separate layer.
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Lars Sandmark
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JB, when(!) Marvel gives you back Hidden Years, do you start with a new #1 or continue with the count as you left it?

(I imagine a similar cover to the one you did for your return to She-Hulk of course.)
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I'd be happy with even just a one-shot issue!*





*The one-shot issue would be 1,700 pages long.



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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 4:48pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

You can learn a lot from inking! You kind of have to in order to be any good at it.

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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 1:27am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

"Well, remember, Bill, you can't ruin a print-out!"

Your logic is sound, JB. Darn it, you talked me into it!
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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 6:46am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I love inking JB’s pencil scans, I may have to give this a try some day.
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If I'm playing dream editor, I'd assign this to Scott Williams.

At the end of the day, I want a JB comic to look like a JB comic. Scott draws beautifully in ink but doesn't redraw or overpower the pencils. He interprets the pencils and makes the decisions needed. And JB has graciously left so many fun decisions to the inker; always the best kind of collaboration I think. 
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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 12:06pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

I loved those 3 pages that Williams inked over JB.
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JB, when(!) Marvel gives you back Hidden Years, do you start with a new #1 or continue with the count as you left it?

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I'll insist on tabloid size embossed gold foil.

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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 1:48pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Pop-up book format annuals, please. =)

I wish the JBF had the buying power to stir Hidden Years into your hands.
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An 11x17” blueline Photo from iPhone
Contrast on left side is consistent throughout.
Best pic I could get.
Super fun!
3.5 hrs.
Pigma F, M
Pentel Stylo
PITT S, XS

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