Carol and John’s Comic Shop is, well, a comic shop in Cleveland at Kamm’s Corners. They’re doing a promotion with local artists doingsketch covers to raise money for the local food bank. All I had to do was get to the shop and pick up my choice of blank covered comics and go to town.
So I grabbed a copy of Superman and Wonder Woman and came up with a concept for a holiday themed cover. Since I could work on this in my studio, I could put a little more prep work into the image. I scanned to cover and imported it into Manga Studio (yeah, I’ve been talking a lot about that, haven’t I?) and roughed out my concept.
Originally, it was just going to be Superman and Wonder Woman exchanging horrible film versions of themselves. But the back cover was blank, too, and was calling out to be filled. So a Batman joke popped into my head and I figured, “How can I not do that?”
Then, just for filler, I drew the classic Silver Age Fortess of Solitude. Admittedly, there aren’t evergreen trees at the North Pole, but maybe Superman transplanted those for the holidays. That’s just the kind of thing he’d do in the 70′s and 80′s.
I did my rough pencils in blue and then, as I’vebeen doing, did a quick loose digital ink pass, too. Then I printed out the pages and lightboxed the art onto the cover, inked by hand and colored with my Copics.
This was a lot of fun.Good luck to Carol and John at the event. I hope to be doing more with them in the New Year.