JOHN BEATTY http://johnbeattyart.com comic art Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:49:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Hellboy, Batman and Toppi http://johnbeattyart.com/hellboy-batman-and-toppi/ http://johnbeattyart.com/hellboy-batman-and-toppi/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:55:56 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=243 Hellboy, Batman, Commission, Ink
HELLBOY © MIKE MIGNOLA / BATMAN © DC COMICS

I was commissioned to do a piece featuring “Hellboy and Batman” some time ago.

Actually … I had a layout done fairly quick and was ready to go to ink on it.

- However …

Something just didn’t ‘click’ for me, so I set it aside and thot about it some more. During this time I tried once more to save the first layout by changing some things that I didn’t like on the first one.

But it wasn’t to be … I still didn’t think the piece was “right.”

Last week, I was looking thru some of my books that have artwork done by Sergio Toppi … I love his work immensely!

I usually wake up very early in the morning, and while not remembering what day it was, I saw in my mind the image that I completed above. Somehow, the study had sunk into my head and showed me a layout that would work and be well designed at the same time!

- Not often does this happen, but I’m pleased with this final piece.

Hat tip, Sergio Toppi for his wonderful art and design inspiration!

- John

*UPDATE: 10-18-2014*
Just found this interview with Sergio Toppi from 09-11-2008. Read it at, The Sardinian Connection

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Back From the ‘Burgh! http://johnbeattyart.com/back-from-the-burgh/ http://johnbeattyart.com/back-from-the-burgh/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:45:55 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=236 Actually, I was ‘back’ home, here in beautiful downtown Holly Hill, Florida on Monday.

Actually, I was trying to get this posted yesterday, but spent time with family, and then on business. There are always old and new things that need to be taken care of after returning from a convention. So it goes …
Pittsburgh Comicon 2014 –

Renee and her convention staff are very pleasant and attentive to every guest! Renee has a very warm smile and makes you feel as welcome as anyone you would hope to meet. Letting you know if you need anything, just ask and she will be more than happy to assist in getting your request filled ASAP.

The people who staff the show and work with her are great. Friday thru Sunday, you are sure to have a visit from them early, they have a cart with all sorts of snacks, pretzels, granola bars, muffins, candy, and other such fair to make sure you have something at your table to munch on when needed. They do the same with a drink cart, water and soda are offered to guests’ daily. Friday and Saturday, there was a sandwich cart offering up a cheese burger or chicken sandwich. Usually I skip lunch as it slows me down, but with this table side service, I grabbed a cheese burger Saturday when I needed something to eat. Thank you for the fine service provided, and more than anything, the thot of doing this.

Friday:
Time to set-up! I get in early … really early as the show doesn’t open until 1pm, but I like to get into a show, set-up and get a walk around and some chit-chat with old and new friends. So after the table was made and I was familiar with the layout of the show I headed back to my table to just settle in and sorta get into “convention mode”. I’m looking around and see someone wave my way … in a second, I realize it’s someone I know and they are waving at me!

Ernie Stiner! I not only love his art, I love this guy … his Facebook posts’ always are level and he’s a very genuine and warm guy. It was a real pleasure to get to chat with Ernie for about half an hour before I needed to take leave. As with any show, I wish there had been a bit more time to chat and sit with Ernie, but not staying at your table is surely an error when attending a show, as you never know when someone is going to drop by your table to see you, and being at a show is part of the experience of being a good guest to your show host! It also doesn’t hurt you to be there, as these shows, while fun, are business trips in the end.

[ Ernie, I hope to see you again next year, either at Pittsburgh Comicon, or elsewhere, you're a class act, sir, and Jacob loved the package of stickers you gifted him! Thank you! ]

Friday was slow but steady … never going more than 10-15 minutes without signing some books or chatting it up with some of the fans. It was casual and there was no feeling of being hurried at the show, which for me was perfect as I was still fighting off a cold I had picked up earlier in the week, so the pace and crowd was just right. A good start for the next two days.

Saturday:
10:00am start … so guests’ and vendors get in an hour early. Being a morning person, I was a bit earlier than an hour but the staff let me in and I just got a drink and went to my table. I had taken some commissions from my friend Brian “Batmite” Jones and had them ready. I took the time to just start a Batman head sketch and was still working on it as “warm up” when the show started.

The layout of the tables allowed nice traffic flow between the aisles, so there was no bunching up of people that some shows suffer from that I could tell. Better to have more space than not!

As people began to come in, I started to get busy with signing. Then a triple play of commission request’s and back to more signing! My regret was not being able to complete one of the commissions due to time, and the person not being able to come back on Sunday, or I would have done it in the room later in the evening.

Staying busy the entire day, I didn’t take a break until late in the day when I just had to get up and stretch. It was a short break, but needed.

Time seemed to disappear and soon it was time to pack up and grab some grub.

Brian asked if I had any ideas and Mexican came to mind, so we gathered up a group of people and headed to a local restaurant, which was priced reasonable and was very good, IMHO! We were joined by Brian’s wife, Budd Root and his wife, Meghan Hetrick [ Who I just met at the show and found out about her art ], and some of Brian’s friends, Matt, Carlos and I’m forgetting the name of one more or maybe two? Anyway, after dinner it was back to the hotel and sleep!

Sunday:
As Sunday started a small burst of action happened in the first hour and a half at my table. Last minute autographs and sold the Batman ‘warm-up’ head sketch from Saturday! A bit after 3pm things were thinning out but I took this time to start packing a bit and went over to Bill Sienkiewicz’s table to see him put the final half hour in on this Batman piece which Brian “Batmite” Jones had Bill start at Heroes Con and finish at Pittsburgh Comicon!

Final Thots:
I enjoyed the people who hosted the convention and the staff who helped, the fans were great. So in closing, and I’m sure I left a lot out … be sure, the show was much fun and all three days were good to me, and I hope that everyone I met enjoyed my time I spent with them as I did their time!

In closing, I can announce that I will be ‘back in the ‘Burgh’ next year  for the show again!

The venue is going to be more in the “city” as I’m told, to be held at ” The David Lawrence Convention Center ” and from what I’ve been told, the show was held there in the past. The dates are set for September 11-12-13, 2015!

If you didn’t get a chance to see me this year … come by next!

Keep an eye on my sidebar for upcoming shows for the end of this year and for 2015!

Bye for now -

- John

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However, I am stunned at the extra depth the coloring brought out on this piece.
Kelley Jones, John Beatty, Batman, Batman and Joker, Jones, Beatty, The Batman, Batman 75 Years

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Return of the “Batman” by Kelley Jones and John Beatty! http://johnbeattyart.com/return-of-the-batman-by-kelley-jones-and-john-beatty/ http://johnbeattyart.com/return-of-the-batman-by-kelley-jones-and-john-beatty/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:30:30 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=227 Kelley Jones is a lot of fun to ink.

When I received this piece from Kelley to complete for our client, it was all I could do not to jump on it and start inking.

However … work was upon me, so I had to set this beauty aside and wait, and wait, and wait some more. Finally I found time to start it and got an email from the person who had requested and paid for this commission.

There is a lot more back story to this piece and how the person who commissioned it almost had to pull out of the purchase.

So in the weeks following his contact with me about the problem, I was trying to find a ‘new’ buyer without any success.

My feeling is this is one of the most powerful and dramatic Batman pieces that Kel and I have done! That’s saying a lot, as we’ve done some good ones over the years we’ve worked together, and the commissions we’ve done the past few years.

ENJOY!
Batman, Kelley Jones, John Beatty, The Batman, Jones and Beatty

Look for a full-color version soon!

Thx-

- John

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“Lost” again? http://johnbeattyart.com/lost-again/ http://johnbeattyart.com/lost-again/#respond Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:20:28 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=224 WOW!

Time has past … I was again, “LOST” or so it seemed.

  • Let’s catch up!

Reunited with Mike Zeck at the Tampa Bay Comic Con in early August.

What a great show! If you didn’t make it and lived in Florida, well … there is next year! I hope to be back myself.

Upon my return from TBCC, I had just unpacked when I was hit with a literal ton of client work that kept me up night and day. I was mixed up all month. Going to bed well after I usually go to sleep … grabbing a few hours here and there. No real schedule but met every deadline I took! > whew! <

I completed the work I took on just in time for the first Amelia Con! It was a smaller venue, but the people showed up and Tayler and Jennifer were fantastic hosts’! Needless to say … attendance and the overall success was great for them! That’s good news and they are planning a second show in 2016. They are working hard on making improvements from this years event. Good job to all involved.

For me, I’ve got Pittsburgh Comicon next weekend and will post more on that soon.

This year has heated up for NEXT year!

Looks like in 2015 I’ll be doing one show a month and there are a couple of months that I’ll be traveling to two shows.

I’ll be posting some NEW shows for the end of this year and for next year soon.

Now … back to it!

Thx-

- John

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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!

Enjoy!

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!

Thx-

- John

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Heroes Con 2014 – 411 http://johnbeattyart.com/heroes-con-2014-411/ http://johnbeattyart.com/heroes-con-2014-411/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:25:08 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=196 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.
HEROESCON2014-CONDUCT

A WORD ABOUT CONDUCT AT HEROESCON

  • 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!

Thx-

- John

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Daytona Beach Comic Book Con – Sunday, June 8th! http://johnbeattyart.com/daytona-beach-comic-book-con-sunday/ http://johnbeattyart.com/daytona-beach-comic-book-con-sunday/#respond Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:25:56 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=188 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!

JUST ADDED – BATMAN BLACK & WHITE PRINT – 11X17″
BY KELLEY JONES and JOHN BEATTY – LIMITED TO 20 PRINTS!

BATMAN, BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE, KELLEY JONES, JOHN BEATTY, DAYTONA BEACH COMIC BOOK CON
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!

Thx-

- John

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