Mike Grell Original Art Commissions

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CANCELLED: Megacon Orlando

Hi, guys –

I’m sorry to announce that I’m forced to cancel my appearance at Megacon Orlando due to ongoing effects of Covid. As of yesterday, I was still testing positive after nearly two weeks and running a temp of 100.8. I’m sorry to disappoint  the organizers and my fans, but it’s just not worth the risk of traveling–contagious or not–and ruining what’s left of my health.

The good news is that I spoke to show organizer Kevin Boyd and I’m officially the first confirmed guest for 2023. I hope to see you all there.

Mike

New Shows

GEORGE PEREZ RIP

I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of George Perez passing. He was a wonderful guy and a great artist who left a lasting mark on the medium of comics. His professional dedication and drive were matched by his courage and grace under fire during these last few months.

Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him had the chance to see a guy who found joy in everything he did and was glad to share it with others. 

Another chair in the Hall of Heroes.

All I can think to say is… well, shit.

Mike

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[Dec 31, 2021] GEORGE PEREZ – GOING IN STYLE

Neal Adams RIP

Losing our legends… again. 

This is a tough one. 

When I learned that Neal Adams passed away Thursday it was a punch in the gut. 

We weren’t friends. For most of my career I don’t think we even liked each other. But I wouldn’t have had a career if not for Neal.

In 1970 I was an illustrator in the US Air Force stationed in Saigon when a guy named Ed Savage arrived in country with a stack of his favorite comics, including GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW by Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams and Dick Giordano. I instantly knew the kind of work I wanted to do. 

When I broke into comics three years later it was because I had learned to draw in something resembling Neal’s style, which had come to dominate the industry like Jack Kirby a couple of decades earlier. 

I was fortunate to be in the DC offices in 1975 when Denny announced he was going to resurrect the GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW title and I stepped into my dream job. I don’t think Neal ever forgave me for that, but I told him I would never have been in this business in the first place if not for him. 

Many years later we achieved a kind of peace because of an act of kindness by Neal’s son Joel. Watching me and my wife Mary struggling to set up a display at a convention, Joel stepped in and volunteered his own display and even helped us set it up. 

I went to Neal and complimented him on having raised a fine son with so kind and generous a heart. Joel learned that from his dad who always fought for the underdog.  From that moment, my relationship with Neal changed. Not a lot, but enough. 

Later, I was able to publicly thank him for everything his body of work had meant to me and I think our relationship changed again. 

When I learned of his death, I  was stunned. I still am. The thing I hate about getting old is having to write obituaries for all the people who have touched my life. 

We are losing our legends. The Hall of Heroes is filling up too fast. 

So, off you go, Neal.  Ask Denny and Dick to save me a seat.

 

Life is drawing with no eraser

Sex, Spies, & Rock ‘n Roll

Mike at GalaxyCon last week, sketch based on characters from Jeff Messer’s Sex, Spies, & Rock ‘n Roll graphic novel project. Modelled after Mike’s James Bond: Permission To Die #1 cover.

SABLE KICKSTARTER PREMIUM POSTER

Guys –

Here’s a peek at the special Sable Kickstarter poster in various stages. As you can see, it evolved a bit as I began working figures into the shapes created by the design. I then did detailed studies of the various elements before combining them and painting in guache.

I hope you enjoy this peek into the process.

Mike

SNEAK PEEK – JON SABLE, FREELANCE OMNIBUS

Hi, Guys –

Here’s an advance peek at the art for the cover for the JON SABLE, FREELANCE OMNIBUS coming shortly from Masterstroke Studios.

More announcements to come!

Mike

CANCELLATION: St. Pete Comic Con

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In light of the post-holiday surge in Covid cases, I’m reluctantly forced to cancel my appearance at the St. Pete Comic Con in St.Petersburg, FL January 8-9.

I’m very sorry to disappoint fans and organizers, but it’s just not worth the risk. We will definitely reschedule and look forward to seeing everyone at a later date when the world becomes a safer place.

Mike

GEORGE PEREZ – GOING IN STYLE

I’ve put off writing this, because I just couldn’t bear the thought of my old friend George Perez’s diagnosis of stage 3 pancreatic cancer. That changed today with George’s statement released on BLEEDING COOL. 

George showed true grace under fire in his message to his family, friends and fans as he spoke of his plans and preparations for the brief time he has left. There’s no trace of self-pity in any of it, which is about what you’d expect from George if you ever had the pleasure of meeting him.

I first met George at a small convention in Atlanta in May of 1982, the weekend STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK opened. The organizers sent people to purchase tickets and stand the line to hold places for the guests so we could attend the first showing. George was as excited as a little kid as he bowled over the crowd and settled into a seat in the exact center of the theater. You could hear him cheer when the film started and at every climactic point after that. That kind of joy shows in everything George does.

After a full day of signing and drawing for fans, George settled in for serious work. I watched in amazement as he began penciling pages for THE NEW TEEN TITANS without any preliminary sketching or block-in, as if he saw the image in his mind and projected it onto the paper, then simply traced what he saw. He started with a head, then built a figure and another… and another… and another until he had a panel full of action. Every line was put down with confidence and surety. I don’t think he owns an eraser.

Oh, and he did it lying on his back, like Michelangelo. Appropriate. 

That same confidence and directness shows through today as he prepares for the next step in his journey. He outlined plans for his final appearances and beyond. He knows what lies ahead and he faces it with courage and grace that I admire, determined to live his life to the fullest. There’s a lesson in this for all of us.  

After all, life is drawing without an eraser.

Mike

ArmsMasters Kickstarter

Hi, guys-

My pals at Resurgence Comics are launch’s new Kickstarter today to fund ARMS MASTERS, written and drawn by Michael Winn. 

Check it out and please give them your support!

Mike

Life is drawing with no eraser

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