The news broke yesturday afternoon that my next project is the oversized Batman Annual #1 with non other than SCOTT SNYDER on board as writer. Co-writing the book is James Tynion IV. I have to say that working with Scott Snyder on something like this is a dream come true. One of my goals over the last few years has been to work with him on a project and I'm still blown away that it's happening so early in my career.
I've also learned why Scott is the best writer in the game and it's not just his great scripts. Scott is an all around great guy and when you talk to him, he really makes you feel just as important to his story even though you didn't write it. Some writers are super protective of their stories and want no deviation, where as Scott tells you to have fun most of all, and feel free to add to the script visually to make it stand out.
I got to talk with Scott for an hour on the phone as he pitched the story to me and immediately I felt like I was on a team and not just "the artist". Scott gets you excited about the project and in turn you want to deliver the best possible product. That's the sign of a great writer.
I'm only a little ways into the art on this but I'm really feeling that this is going to be something different for me. I'm going out of my comfort zone on this and really trying some new stuff. Im excited every night when I finish my work for the day, and happy with how the pages are turning out (something that's never happened with me before. I usually hate everything I do)
Here is the pencils to the cover, as well as the digi inks. I will be working mostly digital in the book (I'll do a blog post about that in the future) so any pencil work from this point out from me is going to be rare. I'm still doing covers in pencil for the few who like to purchase my work. Check it out.
Again, super pumped about this book, and if I can say, this is really going to be a great book. As Scott pitches the story, I couldn't help but feel that this was one of those special reads. It adds a lot of pressure on my end as well, but I've come a long way in the last 2 years and I believe I can make this book sing.
(Pencil cover is available for sale. Please email or wait for me to post it on Comic Art Fans)