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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National Park Service

Been working on comic projects pretty exclusively for the most of the year. When local agency Merge asked if I’d be interested in doing some posters for the National Park Service I had to make the time and jump at the chance. I am huge fan of the WPA¬† park posters. I think they are part of one of the most incredible ad campaigns ever. We got to do a nice homage to them with three posters promoting folks to apply as volunteer park rangers for the summer. Had a great time working on these and hope we get to do more.

 

 

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That’s the Spirit

Recently fellow comic artist, and a good friend of mine, Wilfredo Torres lost his lovely wife Monica after a long battle with cancer. A group of us got together in Emerald City this past weekend and decided we wanted to do something to help a great guy and his family during a difficult time. We invite anyone who is willing to post artwork onto EBAY for a seven day art auction and give all proceeds to the Torres family. Use the hashtag #TorresBenefit on social media when posting your work. You can send all funds to
wtorres1972(at)yahoo(dot)com

Here’s a link to my art auction. It’s a piece I did of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. I hope you check it and all the other artists who plan on contributing work to help out.

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