Monday, March 16, 2020

Brent Anderson, Astro City 4, "Turning Point", DC Wildstorm

I don’t know much about this one. I purchased it directly from the artist at his booth. at WonderCon 2003. At least, that’s what my notes say. I can’t find much info about it on line and I’ve never seen or read the comic book.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Mr. Anderson, but I owe him. We met at my very first comic book convention, San Diego Comic Con 1983. I had just graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (a very prestigious art school, in case you didn’t know). I had just done my first 4 months as a highly paid storyboard artist in the TV Animation Industry (for Ruby-Spears and Hanna Barbera). I expected that the various editors would see my samples, be awed by my resume’ and hire me on the spot. Needless to say, I was quickly disappointed. But Mr. Anderson was incredibly kind to me when I showed him my portfolio, giving me lots of advice and needed encouragement.

I bought this page from him at his WonderCon table because it was cheap ($20) and I really liked the use of the hallucinated bats as spotted-black graphic elements. I don’t know if I even remembered my meeting him at that earlier convention, 20 years prior. How odd that it would come to mind now.

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