Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Al Williamson (1931-2010)

We returned home from REH Days this afternoon to the sad news that Al Williamson has passed away. It's not often that your heroes exceed your highest expectations, but that was Al — a warm, sweet, generous man.

The first time we met him was at the San Diego Comic Con in 2000, when we were invited to join him for dinner. Our son, Rourke, was 9 years-old and had a million questions for his favorite artist. Al was so kind to our little boy, and talked to him all about art and comics and dinosaurs and robots. Rourke brought along one of his own sketchbooks, and Al looked all through it and was so encouraging and so genuinely interested in his drawings.

In 2003 we were invited to spend the day with Al and his wife, Cori, at their beautiful home in Pennsylvania. Al had an incredible art collection, and many fascinating stories about his life of artistic adventure. Before we left he stunned us by handing us a large stack of his original artwork and asking us to pick out our favorite page, which he then signed to us as a gift! What an amazing afternoon that was.

It's well known that Al Williamson was a world-class artist, but he was also a world-class human being. Our deepest condolences go out to the Williamson family.

John Fleskes has posted a comprehensive obituary on his blog.

The photo above was taken at the Williamson home in October 2003. From left to right are: Rourke Keegan (holding Al's cat), Jim Keegan, Ruth Keegan, Al Williamson, and Cori Williamson.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Buz Sawyer

We drew this Buz Sawyer cover last week. It will be published on the October 2010 issue of Comics Revue. We love the old newspaper adventure strips and it's always fun to draw something like this, but it was an extra blast drawing this one because we both love the work of Buz's creator Roy Crane (1901-1977). He was the father of the adventure strip and a huge influence on our own work. When stuck for a solution an artist can never go wrong asking, "What Would Roy Crane Do?" (Click picture to see larger):

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CONAN pin-up!

Our Dark Horse Comics editor, Philip Simon, asked us to contribute a pin-up for the upcoming Conan the Cimmerian #25 — so yesterday, we did this! We'd never drawn Conan in our comic book style before, and it was a lot of fun. Thanks to Phillip for allowing us to post it here (click picture to see larger):