My first fully penciled image for Comicopia that was published as the Back Cover for issue #64 (April 2001). – Susan Storm Richards – aka The Invisible Woman of Marvel’s Fantastic Four.
I actually drew this piece while I was in college back in the eighties, and just did a few touch ups before sending it off to Copia. Clearly based on John Byrne‘s work and style – in fact at this stage the only way I was learning to try and draw was by doing copies of his work. Never did get the face right. The eyes are so far apart…
The other day while researching some background material for an article I was working on, I found myself digging through the archive boxes that contain my old copies of the Comicopia APA I belonged to for many years.
So what is an APA? To borrow from the Comicopia website –
APA stands for Amateur Press Association. It is a fanzine dedicated to a subject, or a group of subjects, with one person acting as a Central Mailer/Distribution Manager (or CM/DM for short). Basically, every member puts together their own newsletter/fanzine about the subject. This can contain discussions, reviews, editorials, news, and Mailing Comments- discussion about the work of fellow members. Similar to on-line discussions, only with a longer time-lag.
I was a member of the Comicopia APA for just over 8 years and contributed to about 50 or so issues if memory serves. Many of my fellow APA members became, and remain, life-long friends.
Although I’m primarily a writer, I have a times dabbled with the idea of trying my hand at inking comics, as well as drawing the occasional character piece. Comicopia was a place for me to practice and get feedback, and over my time there I contributed about 14 pieces of art for either front or back covers.
Digging through the boxes the other day sparked an idea that it might be fun to repost some of that art on my blog.
So here goes.
Comicopia #60 Back Cover
Done in 2000 to celebrate Comicopia’s tenth anniversary issue, an early attempt to do some inking over the great John Buscema’s pencils.