One of the things I did upon turning 40 was to think about the things I’ve done so far. I went to the old house earlier today and rummaged through my boxes of documents, artworks, letters, photos, etc. I’m a pack rat. I keep a lot of seemingly inconsequential things like bus tickets, receipts, and yet more often than not, I can tell you a story behind each of those things. In those boxes I saw a lot of photocopies or originals of comics that I had worked on, but they were comics that were not meant to be for one reason or another.
I thought I’d put up a few of them here.
Pencilled by Whilce Portacio and inked by me sometime in 1998. This was a project that was called “Jinn“, but after a while the concept was reworked, characters redesigned and I eventually inked Whilce on an 11 page story, still called “Jinn”, which saw print in Frank Frazetta’s Fantasy Illustrated #6. The drawing above was never published.
I remember being very excited to be asked to ink Whilce again on a whole new project. I think this might have been before Stone. Outside of the 11 pages that eventually saw print, Whilce and I never got to work on it further. It was picked up by a whole new creative team and they came out with a couple of issues of it.
I don’t remember the title of this proposed comics series now, but I was working on it with both Karen Kunawicz and David Hontiveros sometime in the late 90′s. All I remember is that the character’s name was Jeff, and he suddenly gained super powers in the height of a storm. I remember drawing this because I was so gung ho about using techniques that I’ve recently learned, that of scratching off ink with a nail or cutter to produce rain lines, as well as using white out for effects.
This is the unpublished cover to Hazard #8, pencilled by Roy Allan Martinez and inked by me. As is usual industry practice, covers are finished a long time before we even get to work on the pages for the purposes of using the cover for solicitations. Unfortunately, Hazard was canceled after issue #7. Roy and I worked on this cover sometime in late 1996, and when the book was canceled, we went from there straight to Wildstorm Spotlight #2 and 3 featuring Loner.