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#21 Aquilonia

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:16 PM

 

A lot of discussion considering he might be around for just three issues and that's the real shame. Brian's work is more than adequate, some will think great and some not so hot, but it is as good as most and better than some. And just when he adjusts to the character and we learn to appreciate his work, we will again have the rug pulled out from under us by Dark Horse. I really don't get their reasoning and I'm getting disgusted by being whipsawed.

 

I asked Fred Van Lente, and the plan is to keep Brian Ching as the permanent artist, and use fill-in artists only when absolutely necessary. He is also not a fan of the rotating artist style.

 

And just to add ... the "3-issue story arc with artist change" was specifically Brian Wood's idea. That was something he brought to the table, and it exits with him.

 

 

Brian Wood has had a lot of bad ideas concerning the Conan book. He will be remembered as one of the worst writers to adapt the cimmerian.

Great legacy.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:29 PM

I'm curious to see what Brian Ching's finished art on CONAN will look like.  The above sketch shows a decent understanding of the kind of setting that's right for the character, but the style is too scratchy IMO.  The clean line with grey-tones of his Star Wars art is nice, and harkens back to the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN ink-washed art.  Some of the art from Ching's SKAAR run isn't far from a good approach for CONAN either:

 

Who they use as colorist is going to determine much of that. Fingers crossed they stay with Dave Stewart!



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:29 PM

 

I asked Fred Van Lente, and the plan is to keep Brian Ching as the permanent artist, and use fill-in artists only when absolutely necessary. He is also not a fan of the rotating artist style.
 
And just to add ... the "3-issue story arc with artist change" was specifically Brian Wood's idea. That was something he brought to the table, and it exits with him.


It's amazing how many...how to be nice about this...different approaches they sought for Queen of the Black Coast and it looks like in the end, none of it will last longer than issue #25. Oh, when this is over...

Thanks for the info, Zack! 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

 

I'm curious to see what Brian Ching's finished art on CONAN will look like.  The above sketch shows a decent understanding of the kind of setting that's right for the character, but the style is too scratchy IMO.  The clean line with grey-tones of his Star Wars art is nice, and harkens back to the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN ink-washed art.  Some of the art from Ching's SKAAR run isn't far from a good approach for CONAN either:

 

Who they use as colorist is going to determine much of that. Fingers crossed they stay with Dave Stewart! 

 

You got that right!  But to be more specific, it also depends on what coloring approach Stewart takes, if he is chosen. 

 

The flat colors he does on Mignola's HELLBOY wouldn't work so well IMO, but something like the painterly work Dave did over Cary Nord would probably be appreciated by most. 

 

Or the rich textured coloring Stewart's doing over James Harren's linework in B.P.R.D. (have a look at that horrifically good stuff at http://www.horrornew...rth-115-preview ).  Here's a more Conan-style example from B.P.R.D. #104:

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from  http://leagueofcomic...-of-time-part-2


Edited by sat, 09 January 2014 - 08:52 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 10:58 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like here's an early stab at it: http://bching.devian...Conan-419010986

 

 

Looks like a rough sketch. Here is another one, all brush...

 

conan_sketch_001_by_bching-d6iacba.jpg

 

 

If it ends up looking like this, I'm perfectly happy with it.

 

 

 

Second that... Me also likey

 

i dont know....reminds me more of a Pict than a Cimmerian

 

 

It's a brush only art, no penils



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:49 AM

the "3-issue story arc with artist change" was specifically Brian Wood's idea. That was something he brought to the table, and it exits with him.

 

Yayyy!


"Did you deem yourself strong, because you were able to twist the heads off civilized folk, poor weaklings with muscles like rotten string? Hell! Break the neck of a wild Cimmerian bull before you call yourself strong. I did that, before I was a full-grown man...!" - Conan, in "Shadows in Zamboula", by Robert E. Howard
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