JOHN BEATTY comic art Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sandman: Kelley Jones – John Beatty Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:00:29 +0000 Another commission piece by Kelley Jones and myself!

This time, a character that Kelley knows well, but this is my first time inking him over Kelley. I’m sure I did a few small Sandman pieces in the past … quick head sketches, but this is the first full sized piece, and over someone who is connected with the character like Kel is!


Sandman by Kelley Jones and John Beatty
I think this might make a nice “black & white” print!

As always, inking Kelley is a lot of fun … lot’s of textures and other things that bring out the best in an inker! I’m truly blessed to be able to have inked him in the past and to continue to get these commissions now!


- John

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Heroes Con 2014 – 411 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:25:08 +0000 Tomorrow the family and I are headed up north.

North Carolina, that is, Charlotte to be exact.

John Beatty, Comic Convention, Heroes Con, Charlotte, North Carolina
Time for the annual ” Heroes Convention! ” A show I’ve last attended back in 2008, or was it 2009?

Oh, well, it’s been to many years since we’ve been there, so it’s time to kick back and enjoy a ‘working weekend’ of sorts!

Now … onto the 411 of where, what and when!

I’ll be seated at table AA-1809 see the handy floor map below!

John Beatty, Heroes Con 2014, AA-1809
I’ll be at the show all 3 days from open until close!

Sketches [ for all budgets ] and prints will be available, details are at my table, so drop by and see what I have and feel free to ask if you don’t see what you might like. Let’s see if we can make it happen.

YES, I’ll sign your books!

Hero InitiativeSigning books is always fun to do, however in the past I’ve come across some not well meaning hombre’s that would pile stack after stack of books in front of me and have me signing like a pet monkey for a long time and then when I thot they were done, they would show up again an hour later with another double fisted batch of books … that looked like the same titles and issues that I had just signed. Well … I began to thinking that those who were taking advantage of my signing books for free were really, and it turned out to be true, up to no good.

So, I decided to partner up with my pals at HERO INITIATIVE and now set up a donation jar at my table. All the proceeds go directly to them. Yes sir, 100% of what YOU put in that jug will be collected by a Hero Initiative volunteer at the days end.

So, all I ask is to not have me sign 50 books and drop in $2.00! I don’t put a price on what to donate. I leave that to your heart and how much you can afford to give. I only ask that if you need books signed, please keep it manageable and please contribute to the Hero Initiative foundation. It’s a good cause and a win/win for all involved. Thankee!

Now, you CGC people …

I know you got your books all wound up and packaged tightly to prevent damage, and even a spot marked were you want me to sign … all fine, just remember, I do charge for my signature on CGC books that are witnessed and if you don’t have a witness there, you got nothing they can grade and authenticate.

So let’s be up-front and not have any fits of anger on your part or mine. If you don’t want to pay to have that book graded and sealed up until the rapture, then just don’t ask and pretend you’re not doing it.

Sound fair?

Good, I like fair, so let’s keep it that way and we can all be happy at the end of the day.

And last a BIG thanks to the show’s owner, Shelton Drum for the following post on keeping Heroes Con a convention for “all ages” and for “all people” with his post below!

If this file is a bit hard on yours eyes at this size, you can read the full text below the image.


  • HeroesCon is dedicated to providing a fun, safe and harassment-free convention experience for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of anyone in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from HeroesCon without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers.
  • Exhibitors, sponsors and guests are subject to our anti-harassment policy as well and in particular, exhibitors should not use images or material that surpasses a PG-13 rating at their booths. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use over-sexualized or excessively gory clothing/uniforms/costumes.
  • If you are being harassed, witness someone else being harassed or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the HeroesCon staff or a volunteer. We are happy to contact our security or local law enforcement, provide escort, a safe place or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention.
    All attendees, exhibitors and staff are subject to this anti-harassment policy and are expected to follow these rules at all HeroesCon events.
  • This policy goes for the show floor and after-hours events at our host hotels as well.

Thank you!
-Shelton Drum

So … I believe that about covers everything I can think of right now. Very much looking to meeting everyone who drops by table AA-1809 to say “HI!”

Time to get packing … Friday is coming fast!


- John

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Daytona Beach Comic Book Con – Sunday, June 8th! Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:25:56 +0000 Daytona Beach Comic Book Con!

Come by this Sunday … located at the Best Western Plus, 2620 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Hours are from 10:00am until 4:00pm!

I will be available for signing, sketching and will have the Bat/Joker and Thanos prints for sale!


This limited black and white print will also be for sale at the show. It is limited to only 20 copies and no multiples will be sold to one person.

Kelley and I both love black and white artwork and I decided to do a small special print of this piece for the “local” people.

– In the future, it will probably be offered in color, but for right now, this is the ONLY way to get it.

Print also has “Daytona Beach Comic Book Con” lettering on it as a memento of the show!

The price is right, and if you purchase the other two prints, this one will be discounted at the show!

See the special three print special at the convention!

Other guests’ of the show include:

  • “Captain Cartoon” Dick Kulpa
  • Rob Smith Jr. “Swampy’s Florida”
  • Jim Fern – Marvel and DC Comics artist
  • Joseph Lovece – author of “Steam Man of the West”

Hope to see you there!


- John

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Thanos: Jones, Beatty and Rico Mon, 26 May 2014 13:00:05 +0000 Rico Renzi scores again with his beautiful coloring on this Thanos commission piece that Kelley Jones and I did awhile back!

This print will premiere at the Daytona Beach Comic Con.

Thanos, Kelley Jones, John Beatty, Rico Renzi, Thanos QuestIf you happen to be in the Daytona or surrounding area on June 8th, consider dropping in on the show and saying “hi” to everyone.

Daytona Beach Comic Con Details Can Be Found Here


- John

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FCBD 2014 – A Look Back! Sat, 10 May 2014 15:30:37 +0000 Seems longer than a week that I was at the Coliseum of Comics – Sanford, in the Seminole Towne Center  for ” Free Comic Book Day 2014.”

Usually it seems the other way around. The time passes faster … but I was very busy this week, so perhaps that somehow slowed time down … which also is usually the other way around.

Go figure?

Anyway, I had a great time and it was a nice trip. My wife, Bella and son, Jacob went with me and since it was in a big mall, they didn’t have to stay in one place. They took to the mall and had their own great time!

Meanwhile … back at Coliseum of Comics – Sanford

FCBD 2014, Coliseum of Comics, Sanford, Seminole Towne Center

The crowd was HUGE, many were dressed in their favorite character’s costume, as shown above, and this wasn’t all that showed up … there where more.

I had the pleasure of sharing space with Alex Saviuk, George Perez and Shawn Surface. All people I’ve known for awhile.

I got to meet the friendly folks who run the store and meet the fans and people who call this store “home” for their comic buying and other related merchandise.

It was a lot of fun, and I’m sure I’ll be back!

Just wanted to say “Thank You!” to everyone who made FCBD 2014 a success! Stores around the globe all had various celebrations on May 3rd and seems like each year the day is growing.

I’m sure I’ll be back to Coliseum of Comics – Sanford for other events, and hope you drop by and say “hi” if you’re in the area.

  • More announcements of future appearances coming soon!


- John

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Who is Rico? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:00:19 +0000 Rico?

Who is Rico?

I can’t say that I know “Rico” well, but I know his color work well … and appreciate what he does immensely.

I’ve gotten to know Rico a bit over the years at HEROES CON.

After “MegaCon” this year, I knew there was something lacking from my table … a banner, some promotional material and “prints”. So I did some thinking and some asking around and decided I should have some swag to offer.

The image below was a piece that Kelley and I did mid-2013 to help a family member pay for some medical attention. This work was always a piece that really drew me into it. My thot was it would make a great cover or poster, so I immediately decided it would be my first print!

Batman, Joker, Kelley Jones, John Beatty, Rico RenziMy intention was to color it myself, but things such as “WORK” and family, etc, trying to be real about how long it would take “me” to color it, I decided to give Rico a shout and ask him if he might want to put his spin on it.

I’ve followed Rico’s work for a long time, and love his use of unusual colors and his bold, colorful palette. When he sent this back to me, he did not disappoint!

You can get in touch with Rico at his web site: NO LONGER MINT

Now you know who Rico is … if you didn’t already.

Thank you again, Rico, for doing what YOU do.

This print will be 11 x 17″ and first be available at Free Comic Book Day. I’ll be at “Coliseum of Comics” in the Seminole Towne Center, Sanford Florida, on May 3, 2014!

  • I will also be doing sketches.

So if you’re in the area, drop in, along with me will be, George Perez, Alex Saviuk, Shawn Surface, and many more!
Further information and links HERE.


- John


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MegaCon 2014 Rising! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:45:55 +0000 One week from today, March 21, 2014, I will be at ” MegaCon 2014 “

Mega Convention 2014

I’ve been going to MegaCon since it started back in 1993.

So here we go, MegaCon 2014! I’m looking forward to meeting many friends, fans and making new friends!

I will be located at table #10, in section white for the weekend!

The following is a brief overview of what will be going on at the table over the course of the show:

  • Sketches: 11×17” sketches! Please Note* characters that require more work, such as “Galactus” will be charged at a higher rate than those that don’t have a lot of armor or weapons that need to be drawn. Also the term “sketches” is just that. Working at a show is, well, work, and I only have so many hours each day to work on sketches!
  • Head Sketches: 8.5×12″ These are a lot of fun and more budget friendly. I pick out a colored piece of paper that will best match your request. [ Example: if you want the Hulk, green paper, if you want Captain America, blue paper, etc ... ]
  • Book Signing: I will be signing books probably at two times each day, check my table for hours. During this time please note that I will have a HERO INITIATIVE jar on my table. That is for YOUR donation to them for having me sign books! Each year I try to raise money for them by doing this. Without YOUR help, I can’t. Some ask me “how much” which is a decision I can’t make. Give what you feel if fair and is in your heart. Please don’t come up with my 20+ years of work and ask me to sign everything tho. Try to limit your books to 10-15 if possible! Thank you ALL for your help in making The Hero Initiative a huge success in helping those in need!
  • Batman HC Reprint: If you wish to only have it signed, that’s fine, see above. If you wish to have a signature and sketch or remark in it, please note their will be a charge for this.

That’s it!

Come by, say “hello”, have fun, enjoy the show and respect everyone!

See you next weekend if you’re planning on coming by. If you have ANY pre-show questions, by all means please CONTACT me.

- John

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Thanos Sketch Cover: Step-by-Step Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:24:50 +0000 Another “Thanos!”

This time, with someone I had inked Thanos over, pencil artist, Ron Lim.

” The Thanos Quest ” was the project.

Published in September and October, 1990 by Marvel Comics. Written by Thanos creator Jim Starlin and drawn by Ron.

Below is the penciled cover by Ron, that I was requested to ink.

Ron Lim - Thanos Sketch Cover - Pencils

Ron Lim – Thanos Sketch Cover – Pencils

I thot it could use a bit more drawing and detail to fill out the dead areas on the cover a bit. I talked to the client and made a few suggestions to him. He agreed. So … I went to work!

I’ve put together this step-by-step gallery to show how I took the raw sketch by Ron, and brought it to a more complete drawing.

John Beatty - Pencil Thanos' belt, and added space background elements

John Beatty – Pencil Thanos’ belt, and added space background elements

Line inking and some rendering done, time for brush marker to do final and fill in blacks

Line inking and some rendering done, time for brush marker to do final and fill in blacks

Completed Thanos sketch cover by, Ron Lim and John Beatty [ Thanos © Marvel Comics ]

Completed Thanos sketch cover by, Ron Lim and John Beatty [ Thanos © Marvel Comics ]

Looks like it turned out nice. Hopefully the client will like the work I put into it also.

All for now!


- John

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