Saturday, August 20, 2011

Teen Titans #100 and the Covers

If you pick up this month's Teen Titans (out next week) you will see a few pinups in there, one of which is by me!  I drew (and inked and colored) some Titan Ladies.  I've always loved the thought of teams because you can contrast characters and interact them in cool ways.  The tough thing with them is coming up with an illustration that has any sort of color or composition sense!  That's what I tried to attempt here.

I think the opportunity came about because of the image below:
I had done a Supergirl cover featuring some Teen Titans at one point (inked by Richard Friend, colored by Guy Major).  It was never used, unfortunately!

I wish I could say it was a fluke, but in fact, I drew four Supergirl covers in that year's time that won't ever be published.  There's a lot of confusion dealing with the "why"s and I'm not sure I was supposed to know.  Eventually I just stepped down because I didn't feel like there was anything else I could do.

So when I put the above cover online, I was pleasantly surprised how well fans reacted--thank you!  It feels good that the cover's gotten a good amount of playtime online, all things considered.

Another comfort at the time was that I was working on variant covers for Batwoman--we had it set up that I would do variants for JH's run and he would do variants for mine (meaning, the main covers during my arc would be drawn by me).  AND I got to ink and color these, which really got my creative juices flowing.  It's been a while since I've had that opportunity and I had a blast!

So, I'd done four of the five variants, when I had found out that DC decided not to publish any variant covers on Batwoman. 

I have told many fans to keep an eye out for these variants and I apologize for getting your hopes up!  No word yet on whether they will ever see print.  I've tried to ask about printing them on the interior of their respective Batwoman issues, but haven't heard anything yet. 

No definitive word, either, on whether they will let me do covers for my arc.  Or give me another cover gig.  For now I'm still working on Batwoman interiors, and that'll start February of next year.  Thank you for your eagerness and I hope you'll be patient and keep your eyes open when I have work coming out again!

In the meantime, your positive buzz I think goes a long way.  And never fear, I will get back to being prolific soon enough.  I will grab fate by the balls and tell it to shove off!!!



22 comments:

  1. Just Love your artwork ... ;)
    |_-Thumbs up-_| +1 :D

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  2. Hi Ms. Reeder:

    Awesome covers and pin-ups! Loved the Supergirl/Batgirl TT. I'm sorry it wasn't used, but I'm glad you posted it.

    Best of luck!

    Dev

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  3. Wow. That's...supremely dickish behaviour on their part.

    Thank you for sharing the art, anyhow. Any chance to see your wonderful work is a plus. :)

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  4. It's a shame they aren't publishing your covers because they're beautiful! Tired of seeing publishers often sticking to the same old look when there are talented artists doing distinct and modern work that is inspired. DC needs to wake the fuck up imo.

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  5. Hey Amy!
    Why not have Alberto Ruiz at http://www.brandstudiopress.com/ put a bunch of your work (published and non-published) into a nice hard-bound volume to sell? That way we fans will have a chance to see the unpublished stuff? Also, you'll have something more to sell at conventions and bookstores! Just an idea. I know that Mr. Ruiz would do an excellent job!

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  6. Love your work! Beautiful and elegant, your superhero work carries on the great stuff you did on Xanadu. Please do grab fate by the balls and keep fighting to get your work out there!

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  7. Your Batwoman book is the only book from the "new 52" I am going to buy, because I was going to buy it anyway before they lumped you in with the rest of it. It's a shame how it's been treated.

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  8. Your covers are just stunning. I do hope DC puts them somewhere, even in the Batwoman trades (which I will buy along with the monthlies because I have no self control). I wish they'd recognize how amazing all your work is.

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  9. I adore your work. That last batwoman cover is just breathtaking.

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  10. The Batwoman Cover are awesome!

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  11. Psyched for Batwoman Amy, and that Static is pretty boss.

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  12. Would love to see the other unused Supergirl covers! Loved your covers on the book, especially the Bizarro Girl ones.

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  13. That Teen Titans line-up would be killer, and would seriously get me interested in the book again. Fantastic image. It's a huge bummer about your variants -- they're beautiful. Glad to see them on here at least! Hopefully for the collection? I feel like DC just never knows when it has something good going for it :(

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  14. I'm sad to see those go, was particularly looking forward to the Batwoman #1 variant, as it's become my favorite piece with the character. At least I'll still have the print of it I picked up a Spring-Con!

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  15. Gotta ask, is the blonde in the picture with Batwoman kicking the bags Stephanie?

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  16. These are all amazing illustrations! I really hope they end up being used, but if not, gosh I hope you sell them at cons or something, because they're pretty freaking amazing, each of them, and I'd love to own them. Good luck with grabbing fate!!!

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  17. I love your Supergirl and the Teen Titans cover. I'm a little sad that now we won't get a chance to see that team become the next generation.

    However, I hope for the best with the relaunch. And I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for your work!

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  18. Hi Amy! Just found and signed up to your Blog. I love your Batwoman artwork, a shame we won't be seeing your variants, hope you do get the opportunity when it's your story arc. I am so excited for the Batwoman comic to start in Sept, it's going to be awesome!!

    I really like you Teen Titans covers too, brilliant! :)

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  19. WOW!!!
    I enjoyed your work on MADAME XANADU, but these Batwoman images are just stunning.

    I am so happy you're working on BATWOMAN.

    I can't wait until your issues hit! (Feb isn't really that far away. I mean you substract showers and meals, it's like two month.)

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  20. I am getting round to reviewing these comics in my blog-site soon - but in the meantime have a look at this - http://www.comicbookandmoviereviews.com/2011/08/batman-robin-26.html

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  21. Is there any chance that the variant covers will be released as prints?

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