Great Scott!

it was announced last week during San Diego Comic Con that I will be drawing a short story in the first issue of IDW’s new comic series BACK TO THE FUTURE. Based of the class 1980’s films. The series will tell the furthering adventures of Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and the rest of the characters from Hill Valley. I am so stoked to be a part of this. For many, Star Wars is their holy grail of movie trilogies. For me, it’s always been the Back to the Future films. Here’s my cover to issue one (colored by the awesome Eisner winning Jordie Bellaire) along with some character designs I submitted for the project. Issue one drops in October.

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Last week Ant-Man Annual #1 written by Nick Spencer, colored by Jordan Boyd, and art by myself, was released by Marvel Comics just in time for the Ant-Man movie (Which was AWESOME! Go see it!). With the annual being out, word is spreading that in our story, we introduce a new character to the Marvel Universe, Raz Malhotra. a technician that unwittingly gets wrapped up in Egghead’s (A classic Ant-Man bad guy) plot—but Raz actually has much more importance, at the end of the story it’s revealed the he has been given the costume of Giant-Man. It’s a pretty cool feeling to be able to create an new  identity to a classic Marvel character. if you haven’t gotten the chance to pick it up yet, it’s out in comic shops now.

 

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Here’s my concept sketches and an example of the page featuring Raz. Along with some character studies of Scott Lang and Hank Pym.

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Baby I’m Howling For You!

Pretty much the announcement I’ve been wanting to make since I was a little kid getting my first comic off a rack at WALL DRUG, South Dakota. I am the monthly artist on a Marvel comic book. Not only that but it’s a book featuring the Monsters of the Marvel U! Couldn’t have asked for anything more (OK, maybe an appearance by the Hulk!)

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THE HOWLING COMMANDOS of S.H.I.E.L.D. starts this October. Written by Frank Barbiere, who is the co-creator of the excellent Five Ghosts series from Image, the tagline for the book is, “To fight the monster of the world… we need the monsters of the night”. This rag tag group of creepy misfits band together on missions that even The Avengers aren’t equipped to deal with. Serious this book has been a blast to work on and I really hope you check it out this fall when it comes out just in time for Halloween!

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Big Things Are Afoot!

Been a crazy time since my last post a little over a month ago. Lots to catch up on with this here blog. First off, we sold our house in St. Paul and are awaiting closing on a new place around the Twin Cities. For now we are staying at my very understanding In-Laws house. With all that going on I’ve been off the grid a bit between packing and work. Here’s some fun stuff to catch you up to speed.

 

I did a variant cover to Mark Waid and Peter Krause’s Insufferable #2 from IDW. It came out on June 10th. I had a great time playing off the first appearance of Robin with this one.

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I’m drawing more stuff for Marvel Comics! I am drawing the AntMan Annual written by Nick Spencer, out on July 15th, right as the movie is released. I had a blast drawing this issue. So much stuff in my wheelhouse of classic Marvel Comics in the script I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time I was working on it. Hope you check it out. Cover by Dave Marquez.

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I conducted a couple interviews recently. The first one was this cool article on beer label art over at The Growler.

Charles Awad over at Red Current did a really nice article on my work and balancing family. Was really honored to be featured here.

Finally, a Punisher fan sent this pic of my drawing of Frank Castle from the cover of Punisher #15 done as a birthday cake. Was really crazy to see but very cool. Turned out well.

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Triple Coverage

Had some press come out in the last week or so that I hope some of you might enjoy checking out.

First up, I was a guest on the Panels & Pizza Podcast. This was a fun time as I discussed comics over local pizza. Can never go wrong with Red’s Savoy.

Continuing the podcast circuit I ended up on JK’s Happy Hour. Was a fun time chatting it up with these swell dudes.

To top it off, I am this week’s featured artist on the Creative Spaces column at EAT GEEK PLAY. There’s a nice short interview on my studio set up and creative process.

Hope you check them out!

Finally I will be a guest at the first ever MSP COMIC CON May 16th &17th. Very excited to be a part of what was used to be known as SPRINGCON. Love to see you there!

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  1. On James Murray said:

    I’ll be at Spring Con too selling my Monster Books. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    • On Brent said:

      Cool!Looking forward to it James.

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Thank You Vita.MN

Today it was announced that the popular free Minnesota magazine Vita.MN will cease publication after it’s parent company, Star Tribune, has purchased another long serving local free magazine, The City Pages. I’ve had the pleasure of working for all three of these companies as a freelance illustrator and their impact on my career has been quite important. City Pages has been hiring me since I graduated out of art school and always seems to have a great subject matter to work with. I really hope the merger goes well for them and continue being a great voice for the local arts. It’s always been a pleasure working for them.

It’s hard to say goodbye to Vita.MN as there’s so much I can trace back to working with the magazine. I did a poster years ago for the local roller derby that caught the eye of the art director at the time, she hired me to do several covers and interior spots for the magazine that eventually lead to building my portfolio and client list. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have gotten to work for Surly Brewing Company, which lead to more gigs at other breweries. I often tell this story when speaking to students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design on how some jobs just keep leading to other jobs. It’s a beautiful thing and I’ll always appreciate Vita.MN magazine for doing that for me. It’s a shame to see such a great creative outlet like this go. So many Minnesota freelancers benefited from getting work from this publication. Hopefully they’ll be a new creative endeavor to fill the void. A big thanks to the great art directors I had the pleasure of working with over the years. Leslie Plesser, Holly Bradford, Claire Jenson, and Caroline Royce. Best of luck to all the current staff that are now on to their next chapter.

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