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The One-Off issue.

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I do a lot of conventions. It's a good place to run into other artists that I admire and get a chance to actually know them. It's also a good place to recruit. There are a lot of established pros and a lot of kids looking for a break, and both types are perfect fodder for Hellblazer. We have a really cool thing here. A thing I'm sure most of you are aware of . . . The one-off issue . . . sometimes two. I won't insult your intelligence by explaining. Suffice it to say we're always on the lookout for talented individuals to come in and lend a hand. It gives the regular artist a break and it offers a nice variety and freshness to this long running title. The cool thing for artists is that it is not a heavy commitment. Just about anyone can handle one or two issues. Recently we've had guys like Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jock, Bermejo, Chris Brunner, and now regular artist, Leo Manco.

 

Now I'm curious to see who you think might fit. You all are normally a very good sounding board for this type of thing. It doesn't have to be someone established as long as they have the chops.

Hell, it could be an unknown for all I care. This is your chance to possibly have a say. I cannot promise anything of course, I'm not the editor. But I CAN bring these ideas to the editor and advocate the best possibilities.

 

Please no votes or suggestions for our established stable of guest artists. We are already in contact with them and they know that if they want to come back they are welcome. Cumancoli is already making a return engagement with issue 206.

 

So with that in mind, let the suggestions begin. (please try and stick to the topic)

Thank you one and all.

- TB

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You're a star, Tim.

 

Lemme think... would Philip Bond count as an existing guest artist since he did the Bad Blood mini? He'd be perfect for a little comedy Hellblazer story.

 

Phil Jiminez would be cool if someone could find him something totally off the wall to draw (his Invisibles work excelle

 

Forum regular Tim Seelig would be cool for a one-off ethereal ghost story, but apparently some Vertigo editors reckon he's too similar to Dave McKean.

 

Mike Mignola would be cool, but I expect he's too big a name to do work for hire, especially if someone else is doing the writing.

 

Ted Naifeh from How Loathsome would make a great guest artist and he's already worked with Carey on Lucifer, so you could try him.

 

Are these a bit too obvious?

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No, no, no... thank you, Tim.

 

Off The Top Of My Head - Duncan Fegredo for a light-hearted single issue.

 

A Pipe Dream - but i always wanted to see Tony Harris's rendition of J.C.

 

The Italian Job - Roi, my favorite Dylan Dog artist.

 

http://www.lambiek.net/roi_corrado.htm

 

http://www.sergiobonellieditore.it/news/di...rrado_roi_g.jpg

 

http://digilander.libero.it/magicovento6/a...ini/hogan_4.jpg

 

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Duncan Fegredo seconded, as is this Roi fella.

 

And, you know, if Sean Philips has a spare week or so...

Edited by James

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Jae Lee...?

 

Ryan Sook :u7bryansook.jpg

 

 

 

<<<EDIT>>>

 

James - didn't understand your quetion regarding Roi - were you asking if that was his artwork?

 

i'll try and find some better examples of it... he is rally great, and uses more ink than Frank Miller when he does Sin City. And decades of drawing Dylan Dog make the man quite proficient with all kinds of bizarre deaths, emons, and general eerieness...

 

<<<EDIT II>>>

 

More Roi :

 

pix_DylanDogAndGroucho.jpg

 

ArtN14_Cinemavsfumetto_Dylandog3.gif

 

http://www.giudaballerino.it/images/roi71dylan2.jpg

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You know, once--just once--I would love to see a Constantine story illustrated by Colleen Doran.

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Ooh, fun fun fun.

 

I think we had a thread on the old board about dream artists and writers, but I've no idea if that board exists any longer.

 

I do remember one of mine: Kyle Hotz.

 

Also, those with a painted style would work really well, like David Mack or Alex Maleev, but they're kind of pie in the sky choices. And, if I had handcuffs and a gun, I'd have to capture Mark Silvestri and have him do a one-shot. 'Cuz I defintely couldn't pay him enough. :)

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also - if Philip Bond and Duncan Fegredo are busy, maybe Howard Chaykin could do a humorous Constantine story... maybe even write it himself!

 

 

<<<EDIT>>>

 

McKeever or Zezelj could do a really atmospheric single episode, as well...

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Jaime Hernandez. really. his Ray character in L&R vol.2 is already halfway there.

 

I second the Dylan Dog artists.

 

Paul Pope (I loved that short one he did in Winter's Edge)

 

Tommy Lee Edwards. his stuff on The Question is awesome.

 

Gary Spence Millidge. just look at Strangehaven...

 

Bryan Talbot would be aces

 

Frank Quitely, all painted like the story in Endless Nights/his Books of Magick covers.

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I always find it hard to remember the names of the artists (sorry, Tim!!) cept the ones on the comics I read regularly so forgive, but I nominate any one of the artists on Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic mini-series. Every single one of them was ludicrously good. Vess, Hampton and Bolton, I believe they were.

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John Bolton

 

John J. Muth

 

Dean Ormston

 

Peter Gross

 

Scott Hampton

 

A bonus here is that all of these have already collaborated with Mike Carey.

 

I'd also like Enki Bilal, but that's NOT gonna happen...:D

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Are these a bit too obvious?

 

No, not at all.

Wow, great start so far, and I'll tell you, Roi is high on my hit list.

Also, Tony Harris is a distinct possibility. I've known Tony since the early 90's. Tony and his wife Stacy are VERY good friends and it is also my wish to get Tony between these sheets, so to speak.

 

I also like the Ted Naifeh suggest. Ryan Sook, yeah . . . These are great!

Fegredo would be tits in my face fabulous. Sean Philips would be great to bring back.

 

You know, I think that editorial can sometimes lose sight of the fact that this book could use an injection of the kind of talent that put Vertigo on the map. I don't think that anyone ever even considered a guy like Duncan, or to bring Sean back for an ish or two. The only guy I know of that they have done that with is Dillon. Constantine is such an iconic and long running character and you'd think that even well established pros would love to take a swipe at him. That's what I'm hoping for anyway.

One major pitfall to this idea is -

 

They wouldn't want to get buried in a one-off and have no one see it. They might want to do it but would prefer a stand alone special or something like it.

 

However, if I was editing the book I don't think I could be content with sales hovering between 15-20,000 each month. A sure fire way to bring sales up and bring readership back is to start attracting some heavy hitters to the one-offs. You start bringing in guys like Fegredo, Philips, Jiminez, Roi, Bermejo, Corben, Quietly, and shit, maybe even Jim Lee (who I think could do something very fitting and stylish) to this book and I'll bet you would see a constant up curve in sales. People forget that this title is the flagship book and deserves more attention. With Carey in high gear there is no excuse for us not to be able to attract the talent.

 

I say this, of course with no dispersion towards current or past editors. These guys have been great. But I say REMEMBER, Hellblazer is a title worthy of the best in the business. It's time to get them back on board.

 

Incidentally. I've spoken to good pal Alex Maleev in the past about doing Hellblazer and he says he would LOVE to. Alex is not predisposed to favor a special over the regular series but I have to go back and try to line this thing up. Alex would be the perfect regular artist in my opinion, but I'd settle for 2 issues. Shit, I'd settle for a friggin pin-up.

 

Keep them coming. These suggestions will not fall on deaf ears I assure you.

 

- TB

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even more Roi...

 

http://www.tavoleoriginali.net/bonelli/dyl...gs/alp04071.jpg

 

http://www.tavoleoriginali.net/bonelli/dyl...gs/alp04076.jpg

 

http://www.tavoleoriginali.net/bonelli/dyl...gs/alp04086.jpg

 

 

 

Red - did i tell you i met Enki Bilal?

http://www.tavoleoriginali.net/bonelli/dyl...gs/alp04087.jpg

 

http://www.tavoleoriginali.net/bonelli/dyl...gs/alp04101.jpg

 

http://www.tavoleoriginali.net/bonelli/dyl...gs/alp04118.jpg

 

http://www.tavoleoriginali.net/bonelli/dyl...gs/alp04124.jpg

 

 

Hell - i think getting some of the DyD artists could help the sales out a little bit - Roi is a great fan favorite, and Dylan Dog has a monthly print run of 200,000 at least, if i recall correctly (back in its heyday, it had a one million print run throughout Europe), so hyping Roi could get italian comics shoips to start ordering more Hellblazer.

 

Also, no insult to Messiers Gross and Ormstron, but i'd rather see some new faces, rather than to have 2 top old-school vertigo titles merely exchanging artists...

 

 

<<<EDIT>>>

 

Tim just mentioned one of those things that have been gnawing me in the back of my head for a while - why are there no pin-ups gracing the pages of HB? i remember all those cool pinups reprinted in trades - Glenn Fabry's, for example, was AWESOME. (he could do a fill-in issue some day, now that he started doing comics again, and not merely covers...)

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yeah. nobody knows him, here in Belgrade, even though he's from these parts... (he even changed his name, his real name is Enes Bilalovich, if i'm not mistaken...)

 

So - anyone want me to upload examples of certain artist's work...? any scene/episode of a certain comic in particular? if i have it, i'll put it up, as illustration of his talents, for those that haven't seen his/hers artwork?

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Mike Mignola would be great. Wouldn't mind a crossover with Hellboy either but I won't hold my breath.

 

I loved Ryan Sook's work on the Spectre so he would be cool too.

 

Lee Bermejo, the return of Sean Phillips, Jae Lee, Hester and Parks from Green Arrow,

 

Jim Lee would be cool if he used that gritty style from the first Deathblow issues.

 

A Bradtsreet/Grant Goleash joint.

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Jae Lee is a definite must-have as far as I'm concerned, he was right after Leo Manco on my personal list of would-be Hellblazer artists and we've got him for the foreseeable future so bring on Jae and I'm content as content can be!

 

Sticking with Lees, Jim's got an incredible range of styles that he doesn't get to play with much - I'm thinking in particular of the short story he did in a Vertigo anthology book a few years back, was about a rocket man. He's booked up for something like three years though.

 

You can't have Harris, leave him to Ex-Machina :icon_2gun:

 

Somone posted a Maleev Constantine sketch a while ago, his work on Daredevil is incredible and he'd be a natural fit on Hellblazer. Is he on a Marvel exclusive ? He's only got a year or so of Daredevil to get through....

 

Here's that sketch -

 

maleev%20hellblazer.JPG

 

Sticking with those sketches, and the theme of getting big-name artists onboard to boost sales, what about the new golden boy Josh Middleton ?

 

middleton%20hellblazer.JPG

 

Other candidates, in no particular order -

 

Eduardo Risso of 100 Bullets fame, he drew Constantine in the group-shot picture from the Vertigo X book.

 

Juan e. Ferreyra, handles the art chores in the new Image cop book Small Gods.

 

Tony Moore, late of The Walking Dead, not sure what he's doing now.

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Oh and our own Tim Seelig - still haven't seen much of his sequential stuff but at the very least he's got a cracking Hellblazer (or related special) cover in him.

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Yes, that Maleev sketch is dead-on. I'll second that.

 

i'll go and look for that Jim Lee vertigo rocketman story (i think it was from Flinch anthology series)

 

<<<EDIT>>>

Here's Fegredo's most recent work :

http://img90.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img90&image=b5gfegredo.jpg

 

Jim Lee's rocketman :

http://img115.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img115&ima...rflinch0102.jpg

http://img115.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img115&ima...dflinch0104.jpg

http://img115.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img115&ima...vflinch0107.jpg

 

 

(i wanted to upload the whole story, but didn't want to cause any problems...)

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