Thanks for all the kind words about the 'Haps pinup, everyone. Though it always sounds like I hate my drawings...well, I do. But that's just because I want them to be better. It's a natural tendency I have to talk my work down. It's probably because I feel like, if I do that, then I've beaten people to the punch and anything negative they have to say will have already been said. By me. It's something I've always done and it dates back to high school when I used to make jokes about my weight to diffuse the inevitable fat jokes that always came my way. Anyway, I know I'm not the worst artist in the world (despite what Tom Breevort thinks); I just want to be better. And I ain't getting any younger. By the time my idols (Mike, Darwyn Cooke, etc.) were my age, they were already masters of their craft. I feel like I'm still fumbling around in the dark and it gets frustrating.
One thing that has me perked up is that I work with a guy who has a comic book coming out soon. It's been in the works for a while and there are several issues in the can. It's called SUPER HUMAN RESOURCES and is going to be published by Ape Entertainment. You can visit the web site here. My friend is the writer and he let me read the first two issues. It's a very clever little book and the artist has a nice cartoony style that Mike would have really liked. In fact, it's the kind of book I could easily see him donating a cover to if he was asked.
Anyway, the part that's perked me up is that Ken and I have been talking about me doing a pinup for the book. For a while I thought he was joking but he's been so persistent that I finally said, "Okay. I'm in." and he didn't say, "Oh, I was just kidding." So I'm looking forward to that if it happens.
Thanks again for all the comments. I'd post the colored version but you'll just have to wait until the book comes out. And, by the way...wasn't that Art Adams cover to PERHAPANAUTS #1 suh-weet? Now I'm going to have to buy two copies of the book. Damn you, Todd and Craig!