A Cool Project for Any Fan of Comics

This is a Header Image of Dr. Doom

I Just wanted to drop a quick post on you — in light of the Emerald City Comicon coming to Seattle March 13 and 14. A number of years back, when Peter and I started going to this particular show, we got an idea from our friend-in-comics, Jim Demonakos, to create a book of illustrations from industry artists coming to the show. As many people know, the artists will gladly sketch something for you, if asked (a small fee might be necessary). Sometimes they’ll even do it for FREE!

Inspired by our friend, Peter and I purchased big black sketch books and began our illustration projects. The really great idea is to select a particular character you like, then ask each artist you meet to provide their individual take on that hero, creature, team, villain, whatever. Everyone has their own style — sometimes we’ve been surprised by what we have gotten back… It really can be a thrill. I feel lucky to have a rather large collection (six years and still building) of some of comic-dom’s finest. Our books are priceless at this point.

This is one Hellboy Illustration

Hellboy, drawn by Steve Lieber, 2004

As you will see from some of the below selections, I chose Hellboy (Mike Mignola’s great character) and to my delight, I was able to score a quick sketch from the creator — Mignola himself! Peter selected a favorite villain of his — Doctor Doom! Take a look through the sketches below, and maybe you’ll be inspired to try building your own book.

This is a second Hellboy Illustration

Hellboy, drawn by Randy Emberlin, 2004

This is a third Hellboy illustration

Hellboy, drawn by Alex Maleev, 2005

This is a fourth Hellboy illustration

Hellboy, drawn by Shane White, 2006

Shane White, Hellboy, Colored

I gave Shane White a scan of his drawing, and he uploaded his own colored version!

This is a fifth Hellboy illustration

Helboy, drawn by Andy Kuhn

This is a sixth Hellboy illustration

This is a seventh Hellboy illustration

Hellboy, drawn by SHIEK WANG

This is a eighth Hellboy illustration

Hellboy, drawn by Adam Kubert, 2005

This is a ninth Hellboy illustration

Hellboy, drawn by Steve McNiven, 2005

This is a tenth Hellboy illustration

The man himself, MIKE MIGNOLA, snuck in a sketch at ECCC 2009!

And from Peter’s Dr. Doom book:

This is the first Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom, drawn by Steve Lieber, 2004

This is the second Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom, drawn by Randy Emberlin, 2004

This is the third Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom, drawn by Alex Maleev, 2005

This is the fourth Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom, drawn by Steve McNiven, 2005

This is the fifth Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom, drawn by Shane White, 2006

This is the sixth Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom, drawn by Stan Sakai, 2009

This is the seventh Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom illustration

This is the eighth Dr. Doom Drawing

Doom, drawn by Tone Rodriguez, 2009

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