Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Baltimore Yearbook: Grendel

This year marks the third year for the Baltimore Comic Con releasing an art book for their convention featuring guests of the show doing their rendition of a pre-selected creator-owned character. In past years the book were centered on Frank Cho's Limbery Meadows and Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. This year it's all about Matt Wagner's Grendel.

To the left is Wagner's cover (with book design by Thom Zahler) of the art book. Unfortunately, I didn't get my piece done in time to be included IN the book, but if you collect enough signatures at the convention, you can collect a print of my piece from the Baltimore Con folks.

  More info here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Baltimore-Comic-Con-s-Annual-Yearbook-Returns-in-2014-with-Matt-Wagner-s-Grendel-.html?soid=1101956786023&aid=xtcfN8WGoOA

Here is my finished piece. I didn't know much about the character, but in doing research I found that his original secret identity was a writer named Hunter Rose. So I did a stylized layout featuring an antique typewriter with it's brand name replaced with the comic title "GRENDEL", a Hunter Rose letterhead, and a quote from the epic Beowulf. The info on the bottom of the typewriter include a Wagner's manufacturer logo made to look like Wagner's signature and the location of the company his home state. 

I'll be donating the original inked piece to the art auction that takes place at the Baltimore Con.
Happy Bidding!

2014 Appearances:
NY Comic Con: Oct. 9-12
Lucca Comics & Games (Italy): Oct. 31-Nov. 2

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