Saturday, November 27, 2010

ROM : SPACEKNIGHT Illustration
A Work-in-Progress
For the Spacenite2 Bill Mantlo Fundraiser

I'm hurriedly trying to complete an illustration for the SPACENITE 2 - Bill Mantlo fundraiser event held by those fab folks at Floating World comics - link to site HERE.

Long story short, they have had some events in order to raise money for the medical bills of creator BILL MANTLO, writer of every issue of ROM and many other Marvel comics - who has been incapacitated since 1992, after a hit-and-run driver struck him, causing irreparable brain-damage.
(I mentioned this at the end of an old post - HERE ).

Sadly, while I KNEW about the fundraiser, I thought the artists commissioned were by "invitation-only", and so I never thought to inquire about submitting a piece.

Then, David H, over at the "Blog for ROM Fans Who Aren't Dicks" sent me a note that submissions are indeed open for one or two more slots (his fine submission located HERE)... BUT (and here's the rub) they have to be completed and submitted by Sunday, November 28th!

I only found this out on Thanksgiving day (Thursday).
So, I worked up a few sketches yesterday, and one "semi-final" rough, but still need to redraw it, to smooth out the rough spots, rearrange a few of the figures, add a bunch more and add tons of details to the background and such.

Unfortunately... with all that I have going on today... I'm not sure if I'm going to make it.

BUT, I will work on it anyway.

In the meanwhile, HERE is the "semi-final" rough (minus a TON of details and ideas that are present on the other sketches - which will, hopefully be added in the final image. Such details will include: A Deathwing, more Male and Female Wraiths, a Wraith getting blasted into Limbo, a few other Spacknights - shown in cameo and whatever else I can cram in from the ROM comic lore).

The original is to be 11x17, and this scan crops off a big chuck of it all around.

Be kind. It's just a rough sketch.
ROM: SPACEKNIGHT vs from top left to bottom right:
Female Dire Wraith, Watchwraith robot, HellHound,
Hybrid, Hellhound
and Male Dire Wraith getting blasted into Limbo by ROM.

And wish me luck.

Original artworks will be auctioned off some time in December, and prints will be sold of many others, all to raise funds for Mantlo. So, save your pennies and bid early, and often.

If you've EVER enjoyed an issue of ROM, or any of Bill's other comics (of which there is too long a list to recap here) feel free bid OR... if you aren't the bidding-on-artwork kind of person, feel free to make a donation.
Those wishing to make direct donations may send them to Bill's brother Michael who has long been caregiver of his brother.

Michael Mantlo
425 Riverside Dr #12-E
New York, NY 10025

Of course, if PayPal is more your speed, drop by this link to make a direct donation at the Floating World Comics site.
Make a private donation to the SPACENITE - BILL MANTLO FUND directly from your Paypal account. 100% of the funds go to Mike Mantlo.
Or, if money is tight, drop a letter to tell how much you love Bill Mantlo's work.

"Tamam Shud!"


CDerosby said...

That's amazing work. If that's the rough sketch, I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like

Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

coming along quite nicely ~P~. just so you know i called Jason about the auction at Floating World officially starts on Thursday of next week but it runs till late December. apparently it's all done online which i didn't know before. so if this or anything else is something your planning on submitting you've got a bit of lead time. plus you also have the option of submitting high res electronic files i guess they can sell prints of. as i was writing this comment i just got another email from Jason at Floating World that just broke my heart about Bill. i'm going to post it shortly.

IADW said...

That is really nice work! It has a real Mike Manley feel to the ROM figure and that's a dude who knows his linework!

Look forward to the finished art!

Predabot said...

Good luck Ptor. I truly hope you made it in time for the deadline. :)

Btw, should you ever be interested in seeing computer-colours on it, just for fun, then I may be able to help you out there.

Lemme' know mate.

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