Wednesday, December 24, 2008

OH BABY!!


On Monday 22nd of December Ali Farrell, the wonderful, beauteous wife of Mr. Bill Rosemann, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. All are doing extremely well. More info as it arrives.

Bill and Ali are close friends and I'm extremely happy for their new arrival - even more so that he was born on the day of my own Dad's birthday. Circle of life, I guess.

Now, if only I can convince them to call him Albert.....

REFLECTING

Over on Comic Book Resources is Robert Taylor's Reflections, where a bunch of us comic creator people contemplate upon the best comics 2008 gave us :





http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=19281





I'd also like to add Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez



I've only just bought and read this over the weekend and it's fantastic - I heartily recommend it if you like your thrills even slightly twisted. Joe Hill writes a masterful plot and spot on dialogue for his characters - each one of them a gem. I truly don't know if I can wait for the next series to be collected - I may be tracking them down each month at the comic shop.

Gabriel Rodriguez's artwork creeps up on you perfectly. Taking in consideration it's inherent cartoonishness ( almost Phil Bondish - which is definately no bad thing in my book) it socks you over the head when the true horror is perpetrated. Perfect.

Friday, December 19, 2008

TGIF


If you think you've got it rough with last minute holiday shopping, just imagine if you had to find the perfect gift for a teenage mutant, ornery sea king or thunder god!

With the holiday season in full swing, we asked Marvel writers, artists and editors what they'd get for the characters they work or have worked on to show their appreciation.

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.6462.TGIF%7Ecolon%7E_Holiday_Shopping

Saturday, December 13, 2008

TGIF


Unless you somehow missed SECRET INVASION #8 last week, you know by know that the Skrulls did not claim victory in their attempted conquest of Earth, but the good guys didn't manage to notch a true win either.
When the dust settled, we didn't see Iron Man, Wolverine or Thor standing tall, the hero of the day, but rather Norman Osborn, the one-time Green Goblin who scored the kill shot on the queen of the Skrulls and earned the adulation of a grateful nation.
As we saw this week in SECRET INVASION: DARK REIGN, Norman has some insidious plans for the Marvel Universe, and things will likely get a whole lot worse before they get any better.However, this doesn't mark the first time the bad guys have walked away the victors in their struggles with Marvel's heroes. In the end, good may always triumph, but evil sure manages to have some fun along the way.
We asked various Marvel editors and creators to recall times the villains came out on top and received the following responses.

Monday, December 8, 2008

IN GRATITUDE

Thanks to everyone who has offered support and sent commiserations during the last month. I've truly appreciated it.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

IN MEMORIUM

ALBERT JESSE PERKINS
Dec. 22 1925 - Nov. 7 2008

It seems strange writing out his full name up there as, to me, he was just... Dad.

The pertinent facts are these : Dad had been suffering from Alzheimer's for the past few years and, after falling and enduring a stroke last week, he spent the last few days of his astounding life surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him. He was peaceful and calm at the end of the day on Friday - opened his eyes, lifted up his hands to greet those around him one final time and then slipped away.

He was probably the most generous, kind-hearted and selfless person I have ever had the privilege of knowing and loving and those who knew him, or even just had a passing acquaintance with him, would attest to this. He would help out anyone and would offer conversation and friendship to all. If this makes him sound like some kind of hero then, really, it's because that's what he was to me, my brothers and his grandchildren.

There are countless memories of my Dad and my brothers and I know that we're immensely lucky to have had a Dad about whom we can sit back, laugh, smile and remember fondly. If I have inherited only half of his personality and character attributes then I'm a very rich man, indeed.


We'll miss you - but no one could ever forget you.


Monday, November 3, 2008

VOTE!!


As a fine editor of my acquaintance pointed out :

"Tomorrow’s the big day where the Colonies officially throw off the leaden yoke of King George III.

Wish us luck."


Not being a citizen of this good country myself I can't get out there and make my vote count...but you can. Go on...it's your hard earned right....

Friday, October 31, 2008

WHAT A CARVE UP!!!

Craig beginning to excavate the head of his pumpkin...hmmm... those wings look familiar....

...the completed Captain America pumpkinhead! A truly amazing piece of pumpkin carving ...


... highlighted superbly when the night creeped in and the candles were lit.


A mightily heroic Batman with his own pumpkin .





Wednesday, October 29, 2008

5

So, recently, AgentM - over on the Marvel Blogs - has been asking creators and editorial for their Top Five Lists and has posted my Top Five Records. Of course, this changes daily depending on what kind of mood you find me in but I can safely say that the five listed remain constantly within my favourite 20. What are yours?

http://www.marvel.com/blogs/Agent_M/entry/1202


"Mike Perkins's Desert Island Top 5 Records 2008-10-21 16:15:50

I'm back! I have a bunch of responses in the bag, so I'll try and put a few entries in the can and post 'em over the next few days.

Woo!So, yeah. Mike Perkins is awesome. He started my official Marvel sketchbook with a kickass Wolverine piece, tells totally funny and great stories and draws the hell outta everything he touches. Also, he says "record" instead of CD. I do that as well and it just sounds right to me.

Top 5 Records:

"Purple Rain" by Prince
"O" by Damien Rice
"Forty Licks" by The Rolling Stones
"How Can I Sleep With Your Voice In My Head?" by A-Ha
"To Tu To Tam" by Grzegorz Turnau

Check out Mike's blog for your daily taste of Perkins.Wait...that doesn't sound right... "

Friday, October 24, 2008

TGIF


When James Brown sang, "It's a Man's World," clearly he had never visited the Marvel Universe.Since Sue Storm first stood shoulder-to-shoulder with her Fantastic Four teammates back in 1961, women have been carving a mark all their own in the world of Marvels and pulling their male counterparts out of the fire more often than not.
This past week saw the new Lady Liberators band together in HULK #7, Lady Bullseye running wild in DAREDEVIL #112 and Carol Danvers facing her past in MS. MARVEL #32 in just a few examples of girl power spreading through the Marvel U.
We asked Marvel creators and editors to select their personal favorites from the House of Ideas' vast catalogue of fighting females and here's what we got back.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

UPCOMING APPEARANCES



Remember, remember the fifth of November....

That's when I'll be at "A Comic Shop" in WinterPark, Florida - along with the mighty Billy Tucci.



http://www.acomicshop.com/





Followed by an appearance at the 2008 Miami Book Fair
November 14th-16th :



http://www.miamibookfair.com/



I'll be there with Bill Rosemann, Christos Gage and Brian Reed - and, I believe, I'll also be doing a portfolio review with Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. More info in a future post.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

LILJAS LIBRARY


Lilja's Library is a great Stephen King site run from out of Sweden by an extremely professional and courteous fan. There's plenty of interesting reviews, news, previews and interviews up on the site and I've just completed an interview for them. Here's the link...

HITTING THE STANDS THIS WEEK


Stephen King's The Stand : Captain Trips #2 is out this week and there are previews and reviews ( spoiler warning) up there on a few sites :






Sunday, October 5, 2008

TGIF

With a palette as rich as the Marvel Universe, you've got good odds that even creators and editors who have spent years working for the House of Ideas have certain characters they've never touched but long to explore creatively.

This week, Marvel.com asked those talented folks what dream projects they still aspire to make reality someday.


http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.5283.TGIF%7Ecolon%7E_Dream_Projects

Thursday, October 2, 2008

SIGNING




A bit of radio silence this week as I'm wrapping up a deadline...but, a quick post to let you know that I'm signing at The Colliseum of Comics on Gunn Highway, Tampa, next wednesday October 8th.






Thursday, September 25, 2008

PUTTIN' ON YOUR PJ's


Fine friend and fellow comic artist PJ Holden has released a phenomenal initiative on the I-Pod. An interactive childrens comic. Please check out the informative link below - this deserves every success imaginable......

...and once you know everything about it, here's the place to purchase it...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

LINKS


A few links for you to check out :


There's a whole month of "art stars" up at Comic Book Resources. All worth checking out....



...and over at Secret Identity there's been a couple of things over the past few weeks starting with a chat I had with the Matman at the Nycomiccon. Please excuse the convention croak in my throat....


http://secretidentity.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2008-08-12T14_23_08-07_00


...and there's also an indepth review of the first issue of THE STAND in one of the boys' latest podcasts. It's around about the 35 minute mark but the rest of the episode is well worth listening to....

http://secretidentity.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2008-09-19T15_56_29-07_00



Friday, September 19, 2008

NO!! NOT THAT RALPH MACCHIO!!!


Ralph Macchio has been a Marvel mainstay in the editorial department since even before Butch ( Jackson) Guice started to get work there! (We're going back to the jurrasic period here, folks!!)

He's worked on pretty much every Marvel character there is...and even wrote a few of them too; his team up with George Perez on a Black Widow story has remained one of my favourites. Now, I'm working alongside this ever youthful editorial icon and he has nice things to say about me, too... ( it's amazing what a few chocolate alligators and a photo of Gwyneth Paltrow can achieve!)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

PERKINS PREVIEW

There's a preview of the first six pages of The Stand #2 up at Newsrama...

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=22599

TV SPOT

There's been an incredibly cool TV advertisement created for The Stand and you can check it out by clicking on this link....

http://splashpage.mtv.com/2008/09/17/exclusive-check-out-marvels-mutant-friendly-tv-spots-for-embrace-change-and-the-stand/

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

HULK THE HERO



The Hulk cover I illustrated for The Hero Initiative is up on ebay at the moment so go, bid, give money to a great cause.



If you want to know more about the charity then head here:





Monday, September 15, 2008

AAAAAAAA-CHOOOOOOO!!!


The Captain Trips virus is spreading!!


I'll have a more in depth report about my various signings over the coming week but here's a few links that went up last week....











From the midnight signing...







...and also, Vaneta Rogers ran the rest of the extensive interview we accomplished in Chicago....





Meanwhile...over on the Wizard site.... The Stand gets to be Book Of The Week!




...and Publisher's weekly get's in on the act....

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6594045.html


Friday, September 5, 2008

MIDNIGHT MISSION


Suffering from insomnia on Tuesday 9th September? Needing a sweet, sweet comic fix late in the night?


Marvel have listed 80 comic shops across America opening for the midnight launch of Stephen King's The Stand.




I'll be at the Times Square Midtown comics - with Dark Tower writer Peter David - and look forward to meeting all you sleepy people.




There's also a couple of comprehensive Stand sites should you need further information :


Marvel:




StephenKing.com:

SFX



As well as the DeathRay magazine in the previous post, I believe there's some Stand coverage in this month's issue of SFX, too. Haven't seen it myself - but if that's the case the interview was conducted by multi-talented 2000ad, Class War, Star Wars and Indiana Jones writer - Rob Williams.

Monday, September 1, 2008

DEATHRAY #15


Since it's launch, Deathray magazine has been chock full of interest and remains an extraordinary read every month. There's a certain amount of respect for it's readership there and the articles are often well thought out and presented in an intelligent way.

There's a short article in this month's issue #15 about The Stand and me! Squeezed into the magazine at the last minute - of which I'm particularly happy as I LOVE this mag!

Friday, August 29, 2008

TGIF


This week - Dream Couples....


In the "Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow" DVD—on sale everywhere on Tuesday, September 2—we'll meet the newest generation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, a group that springs forth from couplings amongst the Avengers we know and love. While some of the Next Avengers' parents represent classic couples such as Hank Pym and the Wasp, others come a bit more unexpectedly, such as Captain America and the Black Widow.


We asked some of Marvel's editors and creators which Marvel couples, both actual and idealized, they'd like to see settle down, grow old together, and maybe produce some super-powered rugrats along the way.It's Friday, so kick back, relax and enjoy.




Thursday, August 28, 2008

INTERVIEW INTERLUDE


A few interviews have gone up over the past couple of days. Over at CBR the ever ebulient Robert Taylor asks me to reflect...




...and over at Comic Geek Speak the guys and I waffle on about The Stand, panel construction and, of course, 2000ad! Check out a few of their other interviews when you're over there - a good time is, always, had by all...


Monday, August 25, 2008

STAND SIGNING

MIKE PERKINS
artist of Stephen King's THE STAND
Wednesday, September 10
5:00 to 7:00 PM
@ our Manhattan Store
4 West 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001
(off 5th Ave. - opposite
the Empire State Building)
Tel: (212) 268-7008

TGIF


A little late this week but here's the latest TGIF :


As much as we'd sometimes like to think otherwise, the world can't be divided into simple pockets of good and evil. Sometimes the good guys can't be trusted and sometimes the bad guys have reason to do what they do.If things can be that complicated in the real world, just imagine how crazy they get in the Marvel Universe. And while we love and respect the heroes trying to rise above it all, we can't help but appreciate the ones who know they must straddle the line.Call them anti-heroes, vigilantes, whatever you want—the Marvel Universe could not function without men and women who operate in the grey areas of morality.We asked a panel of Marvel editors and creators for their favorite "shades of grey" characters and got the following.




RAISING THE FLAGG




Want to know more about the mysterious Randall Flagg and where he's reared his dark features throughout the King universe ?




Thursday, August 21, 2008

STAND SIGNING




The midnight signing for The Stand will take place in the Times Square store of MidTown Comics. Here's the information :



Visit
www.midtowncomics.com for more info

The store will close at 9PM as usual, and reopen at midnight
.

Friday, August 15, 2008

TGIF


From the Marvel site:
Heroism in the Marvel Universe doesn't end at the boundaries of the United States—and neither does villainy.Whether they hail from fictional lands such as Wakanda and Latveria or real exotic locales ranging from Japan to the UK, some of Marvel's greatest stalwarts have emanated from way outside of Manhattan.We asked some of the extended Marvel family—including England's Paul Cornell and Mike Perkins, Mexico's Humberto Ramos and Spain's Rafa Sandoval—for their most beloved characters from across the world.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

NEWSARAMA INTERVIEW


There's an interview with the hugely talented Vaneta Rogers up at Newsarama. We had a really nice long chat over breakfast in Chicago - going over The Stand and my career so far ( I'm hoping that section of the interview will also see the light of day at some point).

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

STAND SIGNINGS

I'm currently putting together a few Stand signings - in New York and Florida. Here's the first details :

Yancy Street Comics
Where you're treated like one of the gang!
3615 Universal Plaza
New Port Richey, FL 34652
727-817-0888
STEPHEN KING'S "THE STAND" ISSUE #1 SIGNING!MEET SERIES ARTIST MIKE PERKINS!!!

SEPT. 13TH, 11AM-2PM MIKE WILL BE AT YANCY STREET TO SIGN COPIES OF "THE STAND", WHICH FOLLOWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL COMIC ADAPTATION FOR "THE DARK TOWER"

Monday, August 11, 2008

UPDATED


I don't have the chance to get around to it nearly often enough but I've updated some of the pages on my website - primarily the Rogers Room in the gallery. Lots more updates to go but they'll be sporadic - I'll keep you informed here as and when they're completed.


Monday, August 4, 2008

INCREDIBLY COOL...


I've just seen the trailer to The Stand and it looks fantastic! Well done to all those involved in making it. It makes me want to rush out and pick it up myself!


Cheers!!


Friday, August 1, 2008

TGIF

It's a family affair in this week's TGIF up at Marvel....


http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4430.TGIF%7Ecolon%7E_Family_Ties


You can also check out The Stand Sketchbook up there, too. For FREE...

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4427.Free%21_Read_The_Stand_Sketchbook_Now%21

Monday, July 28, 2008

STANDING COOL


There are a couple of interviews worth checking out. More news on The Stand and a look at some of the interior pages up at:




There's also an interview up at Marvel with Roberto:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

TAKE A HIKE






Been away for the last week in Colorado enjoying the Rocky Mountain National Park- which should explain the chirrupping crickets sound you've heard from me if you've sent an email .


Y'see. Most of my life is spent sitting on my backside illustrating pictures of people in action - the irony does not escape me. So, when I have a break I usually like to take the time to hike and actually get up off my...ahem...arse.


This I did. A lot.



Izabella and I were getting up at 6.00am and heading out for 5-8 hour hikes up mountain paths, staggering across ice fields and meandering through meadows...and thoroughly enjoying it.



While I was there we took the time to visit Boulder and it's environs and took plenty of reference photos for me to utilise in the mid section of The Stand adaptation. At least I'll be attempting to make everything look incredibly authentic!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

TGIF

It's that special time on the Marvel site when a group of editors and freelancers reveal their darkest, innermost secrets.

This time, the big question is:

What's your favourite Spider-Man Team-Up?


http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4257.TGIF~colon~_Spider-Man_Team-Ups

Thursday, July 17, 2008

FUTURE TENSE



Up there on the Wizard site is an article about alternate futures with an illustration provided by myself and colourist Moose Baumann.

http://www.wizarduniverse.com/071608top20futures1.html

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

THE BIRMINGHAM BIRCH



I have an interview about the Stand, with the Birmingham Mail, up at :

http://blogs.birminghammail.net/speechballoon/

This interview was conducted by a good friend of mine - Mr. Paul Birch. In fact, Paul got me my first work at Marvel! Being a truly concientious person, Paul would always recycle his paper and, whilst sending in some plot ideas to Marvel UK, he printed his ideas out on the blank side of one of my photocopies.

At that time Marvel didn't require the dependable assistance of Mr. Birch but...."who did the illustrations on the back? We could send some work his way!" And there you have it, my first work with Marvel UK....with Dan Abnett writing... on Biker Mice From Mars!

There's also a link in the Birmingham Mail interview to another chat I had with Paul. If you ever wanted to understand the inner churnings of some of the final days at CrossGen comics then go and check it out.

Cheers,

Mike

Friday, July 4, 2008

JULY 4TH


Many thanks to the magnificent Mr. Mike Maddox for sending me this one!!