A 48 page prestige book containing lots of sketches and designs of ABC's artists.
Cover date: December 2001
Almost every regular ABC artist is showing pieces of his (or her) work, some more, some less.
The cover is a co-production of the involved artists.
|Chris Sprouse||14 Seiten||Character studies for Tom Strong, pictures in different stages (pencilled, inked, colored), Sketches of weapons and gimmicks. With short notes by Chris.|
|Hilary Barta||4 Seiten||Black and white pictures of Splash Brannigan (and one of Tom Strong): little cartoons and scenes from the comics. No notes.|
|Rick Veitch||2 Seiten||A sketch for a Greyshirt one-pager, character studies and some notes about the making of Greyhirt.|
|Kevin Nowlan||4 Seiten||Jack B. Quick sketches (among them a very early version) and scribbles of the first two pages of a JBQ-story.|
|Gene Ha||2 Seiten||A big portrait of Smax and a page filled with lots of ABC characters (previously seen in ABC Preview) - both pages are fully inked and colored.|
|Alex Ross||6 Seiten||Drafts for the cover pages of the 64-Page Giant (very interesting to see the different states of development ), also for his covers of Tom Strong #1, Promethea #1 and Top 10 #1. |
|Arthur Adams||8 Seiten||Character designs and pin-ups of Jonni Future with short notes by Arthur.|
|J.H. Williams III||4 Seiten||Some Promethea sketches, no notes.|
|Jim Baikie||1 Seite||Two small First American sketches (one of them previously seen in ABC Preview) - no text. |
|Melinda Gebbie||1 Seite||A colored picture of Cobweb (seen similarly in ABC Preview).|
Most of this book is pretty good. Especially the sketches by Sprouse, Adams, Ross and Nowlan, accompanied by their personal notes, offer a good glimpse behind the scenes. It's a pity that other artists didn't receive (or want?) as much pages as them. And it's really a shame that there's no single picture by Kevin O'Neill. Isn't LOEG supposed to be a part of the ABC line?
The whole book will be reprinted in America's Best Comics HC.
© 2003 LeGuy.
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