Self taught to a point. I did have a very important, year long college module in illustration. but most of what I learnt was from spending countless hours at the drawing board.
My process is fairly typical. You will actually see a touch of it hopefully in an upcoming AR video. I start with tons of thumbnails before deciding on the page layout. I work digitally so I usually have about 4 layers of artwork. But you can think of it as the skeleton layer, followed by the anatomy layer, followed by the clothes layer. All the this basically becomes the pencils. Then I do the inking layer.
My early influences were Joe Mad, J. Scott Campell etc but my style and tastes have evolved over the years. For the last few years I really like Stuart Immonen, Dan Panosian, Olivier Coipel and Leinil Yu.
I think style wise this is where my work has always been going. Its definitely the most polished work I have done, and thankfully gone are the days of having to turn around really quick books to help out other publishers. It will definitely look different from my previous work but I think it is the best representation of how I like to have my art appear.
I am Apocalypse! Look upon the future and tremble!
I am as far beyond Mutants as they are beyond you. I am eternal.
Evil? I am not malevolent, I simply am!
2. There will be some inter-connectivity, yes, and my hope that will grow as time goes on. The Fearless Defenders will be important to the Marvel Universe as a whole. But in the beginning the stories will be "sorta" self-contained.
3. Get ready to buy!
There haven't been mandates in terms of high profile guest stars. In fact, some of the guest stars will be seldom seen characters, too. The drive for these appearances probably comes from my own love of these characters. Haven't you noticed? Almost every time someone mentions a character, my response is, "Ohhhh! I love that character!"
Yes, NBC has ordered a pilot episode of a series based on my comic book THE SIXTH GUN. If you haven't checked that series out, now is a great time to do so!
Thanks for the answers!
I have another question, this one for Mr. Sliney:
What hardware do you use for your digital work (Wacom tablet, Cintiq, etc.)? I've dabbled in digital art, but getting used to the Wacom tablet has not been easy (sorry for this not being FD related!).