February 12, 2013
ONE MORE SLEEP! The Standard #1 hits comic shop shelves tomorrow, and was featured on The Comics Run, IGN’s weekly rundown of the most exciting comics releases of the coming week. But before the big day comes, let’s take a moment to appreciate a couple of brilliant pieces of Standard fan-art sent my way recently.
First up is this fab offering from my old friend James Fairlie. Jamie is one of my oldest friends, and was actually the first person to know anything about The Standard: the first person to ever see my first draft of the first issue script, and the guy I’d send each issue script along to for feedback before passing it on to my editor. Indeed, to this day, Jamie is the only person in the world – aside from editor Steven Forbes and myself – who knows how The Standard ends! Jamie has drawn up a mock Silver Age cover chronicling The Standard’s early adventures, featuring one of my fave characters from the series, The Skunk!
You may also want to check out the sanity-crushing cartoon animated by Mr. Fairlie, and voiced by the both of us:
The other piece of artwork I received in the mail comes from the incomparable Iain Laurie, the amazing artist of the likes of Roachwell, Mothwicke and Horror Mountain whose work I’ve already gushed over at length here and elsewhere. He drew up this excellent poster-style image of The Standard (old and new) and something monstrous lurking in the background.
As always, fantastic work from Iain. I’m going to be working with Mr. Laurie on a new project this year, which I’m very much looking forward to!
As always, if you want to draw up any pictures of The Standard or his supporting cast, send them along to email@example.com and I’ll feature them up on the blog. Thanks again!
January 29, 2013
As mentioned yesterday, The Standard #1 will be released on February 6th: exciting times! Up after that is The Standard #2 in March, where we will be launching a letters page… and we’re looking for you to fill it!
That’s right, we want to hear from you! Do you have any comments or questions about the series? Do you have a piece of Standard fanart you wish to share? Send it over to us, and the best letters wil be published in the coming issues. Just write an email entitled “GILBERT’S MAILBAG”, be sure to include your name and hometown, then sent it to this email address:
The letters page will be open for all subsequent issues, but there’s still space available for issue #2. If you want a chance to have your correspondence featured in this second issue, get in touch before Friday February 1st. We look forward to hearing from you!
July 10, 2012
Neil Slorance is a Glasgow-based comic artist whose work I’ve enjoyed for a wee while now. I love Jonbot VS Martha, the webcomic he does with writer Colin Bell, and I recently bought and greatly enjoyed Nine Lines of Metro, a travelogue-style comic he did about his trip to Barcelona. While chatting to him at Glasgow Comic Con, I mentioned how much I’d love to see a picture of The Standard drawn in classic Neil Slorance style. And behold, my wish was granted…
May 30, 2012
One of the more enjoyable aspects of attending a comic con is getting to see some awesome original art, both from established names and exciting new talent. One artist whose work proved to be particularly impressive is Dave Stokes. Dave picked up The Standard at Kapow, then drew up this fantastic fanart:
Pretty great, huh? Check out more of Dave Stokes’ brilliant artwork at his sketch blog.
March 29, 2012
Stephen Jondrew liked Iain Laurie’s fanart of The Standard so much, he decided to throw some of his own coloring onto it. He calls this piece… The Reverse Standard:
I know it’s been a quiet month for updates, but there has been lot going on behind the scenes. Come back tomorrow for an exclusive preview of The Standard #3, and some news on its iminent release!
March 1, 2012
We have some more fanart, with today’s entry coming from an artist I’ve been a big fan of for a while now. I first became aware of Edinburgh-based artist Iain Laurie through Roachwell, the macabre collection of shorts he worked on with writer Craig Collins. A savage blend of Lynchian weirdness with non-sequitor titles such as “Chilled Monkey Brains” and “Be Still, My Twitching Lung”, Collins’ bizarre vision was perfectly complimented by Laurie’s art, which immediately became instantly recognisable to me. Roachwell was actually nominated alongside The Standard in the Best Comic category at the SICBAs last year, and might just have been my pick to win it. The comic is serialised online here, and I strongly recommend you all check it out.
Iain Laurie has other projects available for your online perusal, including Mothwicke – a darkly hilarious project he’s working on with Fraser Campbell – and his own solo project, an almost stream-of-consciousness slice of nightmarish superhero psychadelia called All the Dead Superheroes. Other incredibly striking bits and pieces from Laurie can be found on his personal blog, Powwkipsie, which, I must warn you, is somewhat like stepping into the mouth of madness.
I think that’s enough pimping, so I now present to you the cracking drawing he did of our favourite hero, The Standard!
Nice, eh? I’m pleased to report this isn’t my only experience working with Iain. He’s done some work with the Glasgow League of Writers on our upcoming first anthology. Plus, I’m very excited about an upcoming collaboration I’m working on with him, but that’s TOP SECRET, and I can’t give away anything about it yet. Here’s a hint, though: be sure to follow the #Lazarus hashtag on Twitter for updates!
February 20, 2012
Cesar Feliciano is the highly talented artist of The Red Ten. I had the pleasure of meeting him at New York Comic Con, and I have been really impressed by what I’ve seen of his work on The Red Ten #2. He’s an artist who’s continually upping his game, which is always exciting to see. Cesar posted some very kind comments about The Standard on his blog, and shared this wonderful piece of Standard fanart:
April 7, 2011
Today, I would like to showcase some fantastic artwork sent to me by a talented Standard fan called Shedrick:
You can follow Shedrick on Twitter by going to twitter.com/ShedrickXYZ.
Does anyone else have Standard fanart they want to share? If so, send it over to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll try and feature it on a future blog.