Friday, April 11, 2014

Yo Joe! My Final GI JOE Commercial Storyboard Is Now On eBay!

By the summer of 1987 it was clear that Marvel and Sunbow were parting ways. My friend and mentor, Jim Duffy had already moved over to TMS and started preproduction on The Visionaries. Plus, none of the Sunbow series including Joe, Transformers and Jem had been been picked up for new episodes, despite their stellar ratings.

Thus, I was surprised when I got the call to come over to Marvel's main office to discuss doing one final GI Joe commercial. I was assigned the storyboard for Battle Force 2000 and attacked the project with the knowledge that it might be the last time I would ever do the GI Joe team, characters for whom I cared deeply. Marvel didn't want to spend as much on this CM as the previous ones and cut the storyboard rate, so I requested the original art back as partial compensation -- and the studio agreed!

And that is how I came to own what I suspect might be the only, or one of the few, pieces of Joe commercial original art which survives today. I've decided to auction it on eBay and should you be interested in bidding on it between now and April 9th, it can be found by using the eBay search engine and looking for seller:wmineo1

And as it turns out, I did get the chance to do much more Joe-related work 23 years later, including producing a CG Joe OVA.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Zombies! Taking A Bite Out of Crime(fighters)!

Just wrapped a new zombie cover for AC Comics' Femforce book.

You can order this issue from the next issue of Diamond's Previews.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I Needed My N.E.D.O.R.!

It's been a while since I sat down with the N.E.D.O.R. Agents, but the other day I was waiting for an appointment and laid this rough down in one of my sketchbooks. Maybe it's time to get on with the story...

N.E.D.O.R. Agents is Copyright and TM Will Meugniot 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's Deja Vu -- Uh -- Deja Thoris All Over Again!

Lately I've been enjoying doing some new drawings of John Carter's Martian Princess, Dejah Thoris. Here's the first of them, drawn on the back of an old Korak page I had lying around the studio:

Edgar Rice Burroughs was a huge influence on me starting from the day I found a copy of the Ace edition of Monster Men abandoned in a vacant lot. From that one I gravitated to the Barsoom books despite Mars having notably low gravity. And here's my second recent look at the Princess of Helium, also from the back of a Korak page:

Finally, here's my most recent attempt done on an 11inch by 14inch piece of two ply Bristol Board and completed just last night:

Doing these drawings not only brings back happy memories of reading and rereading the Mars novels, but also a very special day back in 1971 when I was on my honeymoon with Jo in Hawaii. The reason? A chance meeting got us invited to the Sunset Beach home of John Coleman Burroughs, who despite being very frail was a gracious host and wonderful story teller. Not to mention his being amazingly tolerant of yet another guy in his early 20s who idolized  ERB.

And not to be too crass and commercial, from time to time you can find some of my Burroughs inspired artwork on eBay by looking up "seller:wmineo1" using their site's search engine.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spider-Man Not So Unlimited

Being under contract to Universal for Exosquad and new series development left me unable to work on the early 90s animated Spider-Man, and Spidey was one of the two the Marvel characters I most wanted a shot at directing. So when the chance arose six years later to do a super low budget version of arachnid avenger with the working title Spider-Man Unlimited, I leapt at the chance. The plan was to cherry pick the best 13 issues of the first 26 Amazing Spider-Man comics, and keep the graphics as true the source material as possible, as cheaply as possible. These are my first SMU sketches done while I was wrapping up the first season of Spydogs.

But it all went in a different direction when Marvel sold Sony the movie and animation rights to the classic Spider-Man. As you might recall, rather than being the dead on faithful version I was planning, Spider-Man Unlimited wound up as a new take on the character.

Sometimes all you can do is sigh…

Friday, March 21, 2014

Revisiting A Chiller From 38 Years Ago! My Re-Creation of The Marvel Chillers #3 Splash Page From 1976

Marvel Chillers #3, cover dated February of 1976 was my first work for a mainstream comics publisher. However, my joy at seeing it on the racks at a local Circle K store was mitigated by the knowledge that I was already out of the Marvel loop, having lost the assignment when Marvel had one of their periodic implosions.

Even worse, I'd submitted a new sexier costume design for character and and it was approved before my starting to pencil the book. But Marvel decided to keep the old design without telling me and had the inkers and production department change my drawings to put them more in line with the old costume. As you might imagine, the result was not pleasing to the eye -- well, my eye, anyway.

And thus began my long journey of love/hate with the publisher whose books meant the world to me in my youth and whose management has always found ways to suck a sizable portion of the joy out of any assignment done for them, whether it be for print or animation.

But, despite that, I suspect the splash page of that comic is the most reprinted of my drawings, and with that in mind, set out to do a recreation of sorts. This is the result:

 I thought I'd be able to blast through the drawing quickly since I'd already done the heavy lifting on it all those years ago, but the tree and vines in the background begged to differ, and the art took the better part of two days to finish! When all is said and done, I enjoyed the bittersweet process of the image's creation -- both long ago and just yesterday.

If you're interested in owning the recreation, it's now on eBay through 6PM PDT on March 25th. Here's hoping this savage she-cat can earn her keep by keeping my real life kitties in kibble.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

And the winner is -- uh -- Me!

Just found out that I won a 2014 New Pulp Award for my interior illustrations in Barry Reese's Gravedigger, Volume One. Not only that, but The Gravedigger character won an award as well.

My thanks to the voters and to Barry for including me in his newest pulp project.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon with a reminder that only the print edition includes all my art: