It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. This is part 6 in my "blast from the past" posts. I know, real original and creative name. It’s a stupid name. It doesn’t even make sense. It has the implication that you might remember this stuff. Like, "hey, everybody, remember this one? It’s a real blast from the past. I’m having a blast just looking at it. Aren’t you?"
The idea is that I’m chronicling my journey from first deciding that I wanted to draw comics to actually becoming a comic book artist and then all the way up to the beginning of this live journal. Each post represents a time period and whatever step I was taking at that time to get closer to my dream. It’s a lot of material to get through. So here we go, another post.
In 1998 I was sending samples out to every company I could think of. I was sending Hiro pages, and Morph-man pages (see Blast from the past Part 5) This is when I decided to draw something that might appeal to both Marvel and DC and combine my 2 favorite super heroes, Batman and Wolverine.
The sample was 4 pages long. It began with Wolverine waking from a Weapon X dream. (Don’t you hate those, Weapon X dreams I mean) Anyway, He and Jubilee are in Gotham for some reason and Batman has been following them, investigating whatever it is they’re doing. Then they have a confrontation.
From these sample pages, the Hiro pages, and the Morph-man pages I got a lot of form-letters of rejection. I didn’t mind. I knew that it was part of the proses. In fact I remember the day that I got my first rejection letter. I was actually excited about it. The only letter I ever remember getting where someone had taken the time to respond to what I had sent came from Marvel. I can’t remember who wrote it. All that I remember about it was that the guy pointed out to me a few places where my storytelling wasn’t very clear. He was right, and so I went back to the drawing board.
These pages I believe where done in late 98 to 99. So I was 20 years old. I had reached a point where I felt that I really needed to work from a script. I searched the internet for sample scripts and found one I liked. It was from this nothing little independent comic company’s web sight. The script was 8 pages, and by the time that I finished it the company I got it from no longer existed. But the reason I liked the script was because it was generic. I could send it to any companies I wanted.
Again, I sent these sample pages out to everybody I could think of, and, again, the only one to give me a proper response was Marvel.
I’ll talk more about that in my next "Blast From the Past" entry.
One little note about these pages: I actually left the last page in the copy machine at Kinko’s. I went back for it but it was gone and the employ hadn’t seen it. Maybe it’s out there somewhere. Who knows. Ever sense then I check and recheck every copy machine or scanner I use to make sure I’m not leaving anything behind.