Today’s warm up is from a very good friends web comic The Checkered Man! I met Denver Brubaker a little over 10 years ago in a small comic class he was running with another guy whose name I forget. The class was full of kids and I had about 7 years on the next kid in the room and Denver and I clicked pretty damn quick. Our shared love of Batman:TAS and comics in general made for a fast friend and we used to take up one of the gaming tables at Fanfare Comics in Kalamazoo and draw for an entire day. I attribute a lot of my growth as an artist to hanging out with Denver and having him look over my pages and critique them when I came home from SCAD. After finding a big stack of those comics last week I have to say I’m genuinely sorry I put you through that Denver. That stuff is AWFUL.
Since I’ve known Denver, his baby has always been the Checkered Man. I have his old minis he put together years ago sitting in my mini comic box on my comic shelf. While a few things have changed between the time he did those and got his web comic up and going, all of the fun and excitement remains. He’s a great storyteller and I have met few people who love and enjoy comics as much as Denver. So if you haven’t yet go check out The Checkered Man and start from the beginning!
And while I’m mentioning some awesome artists, also drop by Robert Wilson IV’s website and Evan Bryce Cranston’s Tumblr. I’ve added them to my link list and they’re some great guys I get together with now to have studio work days and talk shop for hours. They’re also both involved in Jon Morris’ highly creative DC Fifty-TOO. Robert did the Kamandi and Evan’s is still on deck to be shown so I won’t spoil it.