Comics veteran Paul Smith—X-Men, Leave it to Chance and The Rocketeer— has a website with lots of art to keep you busy for ages.
Smith is perhaps best known as the artist who took over the X-men after John Byrne’s run so his take on Kitty Pryde, Lockheed and in particular Mohawk Storm remains a nostalgic ones for certain parts of the Gen X audience. IN fact, Smith says it was he who put the mohawk on as a joke – and it stuck.
Smith has been doing some great Rocketeer stuff of late. Nice to see he hasn’t lost his touch.
Smith has also been blogging about his history in comics.
Roy Thomas is doing a book signing. I bring my portfolio along with my comics. I ask if Mr Thomas might take a look, provide some tips. He graciously agrees. Flipping through, he stops when he sees the Conan pieces.
He makes me an offer I can’t refuse. He says he no longer works for Marvel. He can’t hire and he can’t pay… but… he can guarantee this: If I let him mail the pages to Marvel in an envelope with his name and handwriting, Marvel will open the package. He won’t promise print, pay or, most importantly, return of the originals… but Marvel will see them.
While flabbergasted by his generosity, the “too good to be true” light flashes before my eyes. The voice of reason instantly pulls the plug; Two sheets of paper vs the rest of my life. I thank Mr Thomas profusely and step aside for the kids behind me.
– See more at: http://paulmartinsmith.com/blog/i-left-my-heart-winnemucca#sthash.SIbceaWs.dpuf
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.