The following was by no means meant to be a polished piece of comics reportage– it sprung from my desire to avoid posting one more opinion about what quickly became a played out topic at the top of last summer. I decide to draw what I had to say instead as a fun little exercise.
I drew straight ahead with a minimal of pre-planning using only felt pens (and a little litho crayon), keeping it entirely as a piece in the sketchbook.
Here at the end, some of it works for me… some of it doesn’t (scans are a little murky, too). Much of this is past history at this point, but I post it now as a farewell to 2012 and, I suppose, to a chapter in my youth that can’t be reclaimed. I wonder if the rest of fandom will catch on. Stay tuned for more sketchbook strips.
More under the cut!
Addendum: I began the section on Archie Goodwin without doing much research at all, and had completed those pages before I heard Steve Bissette (who has drawn for Epic Illustrated) talk about the history of the magazine on a podcast. I contacted him and as it turns out Archie Goodwin did NOT create the Epic Magazine for Marvel.
Here’s Steve: “Rick Marschall launched EPIC, but was fired before the first issue was done. Archie was brought in to take over; Ralph Macchio remained ass’t editor. Archie indeed launched the EPIC line, but not EPIC ILLUSTRATED magazine per se—like CREEPY, someone else did the initial groundwork (it was Russ Jones with Warren on CREEPY), got canned, and Archie took over the reins.”
Thanks, Steve. And thanks to David Rust for lending me his rare back-issue of Epic for the excerpt here on the last page. The story is “Unicorn Autumn” with art by Alix Berenzy.