Friday, October 07, 2005

Mister X and the Robot


Blogger bustedacres said...

I've always loved this drawing.

Something that I particularly like about your artwork is that you are able to communicate texture with very little extraneous "noise" (not too many little scratches or marks to imply texture).

I always liked your very smooth airbrush-type things, but when your style evolved into a slightly grittier, more tactile look, I went crazy for it. Thanks for posting this stuff!

1:57 PM  
Blogger bustedacres said...

A related question: what is the status of MISTER X nowadays? I always viewed the project from an interested but detached view; it always seemed like it was a great idea, great character, great environment but with an unsatisfying execution (I realize it seems kind of ass-kissy for me to say that here, but I always felt this way).

I read all the Hernandez stuff--and I love the Hernandez brothers but it never caught fire for me there--and same with the Seth stuff. Then when it went on to the B & W stuff, it just didn't work for me then either.

So what I'm getting at, I guess, is whether the property is still active in any way and whether you'd ever work on it again. Is it all tied up in rights issues, etc?, would Image or someone similar publish it?

And perhaps the most important question: are you sick to death of people asking you all these Mister X questions? Ha ha.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Thanks a lot. By the way I had a look at your blog and really liked it, the writing really struck me. Hope your new studio is working for you.

About Mister X, sure I've had these questions a lot, but no I don't mind...although for a longer background on the whole thing you might look up that issue of "Comic Book Artist" where they covered the 80's, there was a lot about Mister X in there.

But briefly, I still love the character and do the occasional single drawing, but it's highly unlikely I'd work on it again in terms of doing a story. Mainly because I don't own the rights. Given that, I'd only do a story if a good deal for me was in place, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon.

Also I want to move on, I don't want to be branded with Mister X unless it really benefited me.(see above). Otherwise it benefits others and brands me as an "80's artist", which I don't want.

Thanks for your interest, I agree with your observations, it's a shame he's never been done up right...

2:22 PM  
Blogger bustedacres said...

Thanks for the comments on the blog, by the way; I just did a pinup for an issue of GODLAND that I may put up there. I'm pretty lazy about updating that thing.

If I do post it, I'd love to get your opinion on it. I'm anxious to get better and I'm learning a lot from your blogs.

I can understand your reluctance to be branded, too. I've liked the recent stuff you've done a great deal, and I hope there will be a good creator-owned thing you can do. I know you've alluded to there being something; is it in a state that you might publish it any time soon?

2:53 PM  

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