Monday, June 23, 2008

CHICAGO PLANNING




Going to the Chicago Convention this weekend and I'm going to be a busy little bee. I'll be selling some new Limited Edition Prints ( $20 to a good home) as well as original artwork from Captain America, Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust ? , Union Jack, Annihilation, X-Men and House of M:Avengers.

If you're there - attempting to track me down - here's my packed schedule :

MIKE PERKINS - CONVENTION SCHEDULE


THURSDAY

4.00 – 5.00 TABLE 4110
5.00 – 7.00 HERO INITIATIVE
7.00 – 8.30 HULK 100 PARTY


FRIDAY

9.00 – 10.00 TABLE 4110
10.00 – 10.50 HERO INITIATIVE
11.00 – 12.00 MONDO MARVEL PANEL
LUNCH
1.30 – 2.30 MARVEL
3.00 – 4.30 TABLE 4110
4.30 – 6.00 – HERO INITIATIVE


SATURDAY

10.00 – 11.30 TABLE 4110
11.30 – 1.00 HERO INITIATIVE
1.30 – 3.00 TABLE 4110
3.00 – 4.00 MARVEL
4.30 – 6.00 HERO INITIATIVE
6.00 – 7.00 TABLE 4110


SUNDAY

10.00 – 10.30 TABLE 4110
10.30 – 12.00 HERO INITIATIVE
12.30 – 1.30 MARVEL
2.30 – 4.00 HERO INITIATIVE



INFLUENCES PART 4




The Doctor Who main strip was accompanied by many and varied back up stories with work by David Lloyd and, another of my biggest influences, Steve Dillon. His work on Kroton – the emotional CyberMan – and Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer was truly inspirational for my artistic beginnings. The above is probably one of my favourite moments in any comic ( we’ll get on to the “best panel ever” in just a few days) featuring a character I would love to tackle myself at some point.

Friday, June 20, 2008

INFLUENCES PART 3



Next up, influence wise – apart from the biotronic man stickers in 2000ad#2 which turned your inner arm into a functioning amalgam of gears and wires – was the Doctor Who weekly. Great artwork by Dave Gibbons. I think that round about now was when I really started to notice the artists and their styles. We’re talking about a time when Gibbons, Bolland, Leach, Kennedy, Bolton and McMahon were strutting their stuff all over 2000ad and Hulk Weekly but it was this initial lead story in Dr, Who weekly which really sparked my interest.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

INFLUENCES PART 2



The first American comic I bought was Detective Comics #456. I may have purchased this before Captain Britain but it wasn’t as influential – although I was known to run down the street in a dark blue blanket and bat ears.

Still, there I was, a six year old boy – shocked, horrified and intrigued that a man could be kissed to death by a sexy woman in a red dress. I loved those Evel Knievel adverts too.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

INFLUENCES PART 1


What I’ve decided to do is give you a run down of my earliest comic book influences – in stylistic approach, love of character, a career motivator or simply something I just picked up and loved.

I’d grown up on the Marvel reprint collected comics such as Titans and The Mighty World of Marvel but when Captain Britain came along it made me realize that, indeed, Britain could have her own heroes and maybe even British guys could draw their adventures, ( Okay, I know Herb Trimpe was illustrating it but I believe he was living in England at the time) Plus you got a free mask!


So – just imagine – a six year old Mike Perkins, running down the street dressed only in my Captain Britain mask and swinging my mighty staff – which, with a push of a button, could extend 10 feet!! I was overjoyed when you could get the amulets too!

Friday, June 13, 2008

THE AMAZING AZCONA!!


Ruben Azcona - my art dealer, confidante and friend - is a man who talks with his whole body....just look at that photo above!! Not only that but, if he was Irish, you'd say he has the gift of The Blarney! The man can talk! What he talks about, he is passionate about. What he talks about is comics, art and both of them combined together to culminate in one of the things he does best...sell comic art.
If you go to his site now at http://www.comicbookartgallery.com/ you can find not only my artwork to purchase ( from Captain America, Union Jack, X-Men, Ruse etc) but also pages from the past to the present - a wide choice of styles and a variety of classic comic book, and comic strip, art to choose from. Just go for a browse and you may find yourself looking at a page you may have always thought of owning! Treat yourself!

Monday, June 9, 2008

HITTING THE STANDS


Due to hit the stands this week is SECRET INVASION:WHO DO YOU TRUST?
I've contributed an eight page Wonder Man/Beast story written by Christos Gage. It's an extremely fun short story reminiscent of the days when our two protagonists were the best of buddies fighting strange adversaries with a leap in their steps and a quip on their tongues.
Here's a rundown of the comic:
COVER BY: PHIL JIMENEZ
THE STORY: SECRET INVASION One-Shot!
Five stories from across the Marvel Universe, illuminating key elements of the SECRET INVASION! Captain Marvel takes a stand! Marvel Boy makes a choice! Wonder Man and the Beast face off! Abigail Brand, Agent of SWORD finds the foe! And the Agents of Atlas enter the fight! Rated T+ …$3.99

Saturday, June 7, 2008

FYI:TGIF

Every week Marvel asks a question of some of it's freelancers and staff and the answers are thrown up there on the site for all to see. It's a little bit of fun and, ocassionally, insight.

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.3861.TGIF~colon~_Origins

Friday, June 6, 2008

INVENGERS


Out this week is Avengers/Invaders #2 by Ross, Kreuger and Sadowski. I join such illustrious company due to illustrating a variant cover for this issue.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

VIDEO INTERVIEW AND INVASIONS





A couple of items have been added up on Marvel.com. The first is a press release preview showing some pages from next week's SECRET INVASION : WHO DO YOU TRUST? :

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.3781.EXCLUSIVE_PREVIEW~colon~_Secret_Invasion~colon~_WDYT

Seems like a pretty nice collection of short stories - mine being a safari-jacketed WonderMan and ape-like Beast in the Savage Land collaboration with one of my favourite writers to work with - Mr. Christos Gage.

The other one:

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.3804.The_Stand~colon~_Mike_Perkins_Video_Interview

is an interview about The Stand with Ben "Nova" Morse conducted at the NY Comic Con - hence my croaky voice! Whilst talking we had to cordon off the area and make sure nobody was over-hearing us as it wasn't, at that time, ready to be announced. Those Marvel.com guys have done a nice job splicing it all together. Take a bow, boys.

....ROSEBUD....

There's a link here that takes you to an interview with Boisterous Bill Rosemann.

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.3802.Tuesday_Q%26A%7Ecolon%7E_Bill_Rosemann

Now - not only is Bill my editor on THE STAND ( as well as spearheading HoM:Avengers and Annihilation Conquest) but he's also a fine upstanding pillar of the comics community and an excellent writer, as evidenced by his finely scripted series - Deadline.

Run along now and check it out.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

TAKING THE STAND



So...now it's official!! I can finally talk about it!!

As announced at the WizardWorld Philadelphia Convention, I'll be illustrating Marvel Comics' adaptation of Stephen King's THE STAND - collaborating with writer/dramatist/raconteur Roberto Aguirre Sacasa. To say I'm stoked and excited about this is a massive appliance of understatement.

THE STAND is widely considered by his loyal readership as THE King novel - encapsulating a lot of his recurring themes and utilising the connecting thread of The Dark Man - The Walking Dude - Randall Flagg who crops up, in one form or another, throughout a lot of his books.

I'll be introducing my versions of the different characters in the novel in further posts and I'll be keeping you up to date with sneak peaks. As for now...follow the links below for more in depth coverage of the announcement :