Jim and Ruth Keegan are the creators of The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob, which appears in every issue of Conan, Solomon Kane, or Kull from Dark Horse Comics. They've also illustrated several books for Del Rey including Crimson Shadows and Grim Lands — The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volumes One & Two. Their work has appeared in the Spectrum annual, and has been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators in New York.
We were shocked today to learn that artist Glen Orbik has passed away. We first met Glen back in the late 90s because we had a mutual friend who ran a tiny comic book shop out of his garage. Every Friday we'd run into Glen there and find ourselves caught up in hours long conversations about comics and illustration. He always struck us as a super-nice guy.
It wasn't until later that we really became familiar with his work. Glen was an amazing painter whose beautiful pictures graced the covers of so many comic books and Hard Case Crime paperbacks. Wow! Every new piece was better than the last. If you're not familiar with Glen's work, do yourself a favor and Google his name. It will knock your socks off.
In 2004, when we were choosing artists to do paintings for The Illustrated World of Robert E. Howard, we immediately thought of Glen, and asked if he would contribute a painting of Skull-Face. He did, and as usual, he hit it clear out of the park.
He was a great guy, a great painter, and far too young to leave us.
Our deepest sympathies to his family, his friends, and his partner, Laurel Blechman.
On May 22—24, we'll be in Kansas City, MO at the Flesk Publications booth (#202) for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4! We set-up at the first Spectrum Live back in 2012, and it was easily one of the best conventions we've ever been to. It seemed as though almost every living illustrator we admired was there in that room -- plus, the thrill of being introduced to the work of so many new artists for the first time. What a wonderful weekend. If you're able to make it, please stop by the booth -- we'd love to say hello!
Check out the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website at:
Back in 2008, we did an Adventures of Two-Gun Bob strip based on a dream described by REH (the strip ran in Solomon Kane #1). We felt that the dream imagery should stand apart from Bob's usual waking life, and asked our friend Gary Gianni to draw the dream sequence for us, while we drew the final panel with Bob waking up after having fallen out of bed (a tip-of-the-hat to the great Winsor McKay's classic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland).
In Conan the Avenger #12 (which hit the stands last week) Bob finds himself lost in another dream, and once again we followed the same formula, except this time we asked our good friend Mark Schultz to draw the dream! We were thrilled when he agreed, and Mark turned in his usual beautiful job -- see the two panel sample below.
We should also note that Mark Schultz is this year's Guest of Honor at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas! If you're a Howard fan, we can't recommend it highly enough. REH Days is always a lot of fun! Mark has also illustrated a special postal cancellation stamp featuring Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft that will be used to stamp all mail sent out from the Cross Plains Post Office on June 12th! So, if you can't make it to REH Days, but know someone who is attending, you might want to ask them to send you a postcard!
If you're a fan of Mark's work, you should also pre-order his upcoming book, Storms at Sea. Mark has been working on this book for years and the result is way beyond outstanding. To paraphrase Carl Denham from 1933's King Kong, "They'll have to think up a lot of new adjectives once this book hits the racks."
Storms at Sea will be released by Flesk early this summer, and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.
Check out this link at Comic Book Resources, which features an interview with Mark, along with several illustration samples.
Ruth likes to keep sketchbook diaries in which she doodles comics of our day-to-day life, as well as random memories of her childhood. Here's a page she drew back in 1999, remembering her first exposure to Conan back in her high school days (it didn't go well). We color-toned it for the blog. Click on the comic to make it bigger.
This week, we received our copies of the Centipede Press limited edition of Logan's Run -- William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson's famous 1967 science-fiction novel. We provided the cover and about two dozen B&W illustrations that run throughout the book. If you've only seen the 1976 film of this story, the book is considerably different (yeah, no surprise there):
Two copies, side-by-side, showing the back and front cover wraparound art.
The signed edition of the book is limited to only 200 copies, which seem to already be sold out, but Centipede Press still has some unsigned copies for sale at their SITE.
Also this week, we received the much anticipated index to the Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard:
The book's cover features one of our Two-Gun Bob drawings, originally used as a postal cancellation stamp at the Cross Plains Post Office back in 2010. Jeff Shanks (who wrote the foreword and annotations for this volume) owns the original art, and designed a nice collage combining the drawing with scans of some of Howard's letters. This book is available from The Robert E. Howard Foundation and Create Space.