Upper Deck and Marvel’s Kree Skrull War cards

Upper Deck and Marvel are teaming up for a fresh take on the Kree/Skrull war from Avengers (issues 89 through 97) in the early 70’s.

Details can be found here.

More here.

I am a participating sketch card artist on this set.  I am on board for 18 cards. These cards will be like nothing else you have ever seen before on a sketch card.  A quick synopsis: I did three puzzles spelling AVENGERS, KREE, and KREE-SKRULL.   I have early word that the Avengers puzzle may be inserted all into one pack.  I’m torn on whether or not to show them off, or let them be posted by the people that pull them.

These cards will all have a combination of paint, polyurethane, ink, and vintage comic pages.

The AP’s are more of a throwback to a early era of comics, a homage so to speak.  They are paint, with a linocut, more paint, then a nice coat of polyurethane to really make these pop.

Release Date: 07/20/11
The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War, is a 190-card trading card set that can be assembled to tell five original comic stories anchored around the Kree-Skrull War storyline from Avengers #89-#97. The stories can be assembled and read in nine-pocket card sheets.CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS: (All content listed is an average based on the entire production run)
Put together an entirely new comic book complete with original artwork chronicling untold tales of the Kree-Skrull War from Marvel’s popular Avengers comic books!
* Story pages turn front to back just like a standard comic book and are made up of 9 cards per page!
* Will be the only way for Marvel fans to read new stories from the Kree-Skrull War, which took place between Avengers #89-#97.
* Stories written by Sean McKeever (Captain America/Sentinel)
* Original Art by artists including Manuel Garcia (Iron Man Noir) and Bob McLeod (Amazing Spider-Man)
* Cover art by Harvey Tolibao (Heroes for Hire)
* Variant cover art by Paul Renaud (Hawkeye and Mockingbird)Collect all 190 cards that form the comic book featuring 5 action-packed stories!

20-Page Main Story
* Titled “Sacrifice”
* Features Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and Vision in a great space epic where our heroes battle the entire Skrull Armada without a ship of their own all while racing against a deadly ticking clock!
* Begins right after Avengers #96, page 14

8-page Side Story
* Titled “The Debt”
* Features Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch battling a squadron of Skrull Soldiers in an attempt to escape from their captors on the Skrull Homeworld!
* Takes place between Avengers #96, page 12 and Avengers #97, page 5

6-page Side Story
* Titled “The Fall”
* Follows Nick Fury as he infiltrates an underground bunker loaded with traps in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped U.S. Senator that has been replaced by a Skrull!
* From Avengers #96, page 2

4-page Side Story
* Titled “Power”
* The renowned warrior known as Super-Skrull makes a desperate attempt at dethroning the Skrull Emperor permanently!
* Takes place after Avengers #94, page 16.

4-page Side Story
* Titled “Soldiers’ Honor”
* An uplifting and action-packed story taking place during the main story (“Sacrifice”) featuring Captain America who happens upon a group of Skrull soldiers trying to save some of their brothers-in-arms from imminent death. Will Captain America put himself in the face of danger to lend a hand?

Every box will, on average, deliver the entire 20-page main story and at least 1/3 of the side stories!
* Each 9-card pack will include 4 main story cards, 2-3 character cards, 1-2 side story card, and 1 cover card

Collect the Cover Art!
* Including short printed black and white and variant art cover versions!

Rare sketch cards and 1-of-1 printing plates will provide great added chase elements for collectors!

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN:

Regular Set:
* Main Story (90 cards)
* Side Stories (99 cards)
* Checklist (1 card)

Insert Cards:
* Character Card Set
* Retro Character Card Set
* Cover Art
* Black & White Cover Variation
* Variant Cover Art
* Sketch Cards (1:432)
* Plate Cards (Rare)

24 packs per box

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the linocut

Some of my work is done using a style referred to as a linocut.  What is a linocut?

Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

Although linoleum as a floor covering dates to the 1860, the linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905-13 where it had been similarly used for wallpaper printing. They initially described their prints as woodcuts however, which sounded more respectable.

As the material being carved has no particular direction to its grain and does not tend to split, it is easier to obtain certain artistic effects with Lino than with most woods, although the resultant prints can lack the often angular grainy character of woodcuts and engravings. Lino is much easier to cut than wood; especially when heated, but the pressure of the printing process degrades the plate faster and it is difficult to create larger works due to the material’s fragility.

Linocuts can also be achieved by the careful application of Sodium hydroxide in a paste to parts of the surface of the Lino. This creates a surface similar to a soft ground etching and these Caustic-Lino plates can be printed in either a relief, intaglio or a viscosity printing manner.

Colour linocuts can be made by using a different block for each colour as in a woodcut, but, as Pablo Picasso demonstrated quite effectively, such prints can also be achieved using a single piece of linoleum in what is called the ‘reductive’ print method. Essentially, after each successive colour is imprinted onto the paper, the artist then cleans the lino plate and cuts away what will not be imprinted for the subsequently applied color.

I have used this method on a couple of sketch card sets, I may be one of the only artists employing this method for traditional sketch cards.

Here is an example of the process used for the current Captain America: The First Avenger set released by Upper Deck.  On these, it was a combination of linocut, stencil, and some traditional art.

Product details:

The First Avenger takes to the screen and is captured in Upper Deck’s Captain America Movie Trading Card set featuring highly collectible cards showcasing many of the memorable moments from the movie. Autographs from the cast, movie memorabilia, and some of the recognizable manufactured patches seen in the film provide a great chase for collectors to try and get a piece of the movie and its stars!

Get 2 of the following per box!
* Sketch Cards
* Movie Memorabilia Cards
* Autograph Cards
* Insignia Patch Cards

Collect actor autographs and pieces of memorabilia that came directly from costumes shown in the movie!

Chase one of a kind artist sketch cards from some of the greatest comic artists in the industry – at least 10 per case!

Get manufactured insignia patch cards featuring some of the famous uniform logos and patches prevalent in the movie!

Cast includes top actors like:
* Chris Evans (Captain America & Steve Rogers)
* Tommy Lee Jones (General Chester Phillips)
* Hugo Weaving (The Red Skull)
* Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
* Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)
* And more!

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN:

Captain America Memorabilia and Autograph Cards!
* Memorabilia Cards – inserted 1:12
* Manufactured Insignia Patch Cards – inserted 1:16
* Autograph Cards – inserted 1:288

Unique Marvel Sketch Cards!
* Artist Sketch Cards – inserted 1:48

Subset Cards!
* 9 Talent of Captain America Cards
* 1 Captain America Movie Poster Card
* 13 Weapons of Choice Cards
* 12 Captain America Comic Classic Covers Cards

Regular Cards
* 90 Regular Cards

24 packs per box, 7 cards per pack

CBLDF preview part II

A couple more cards for the CBLDF Liberty card set.  Jim Valentinos Shadowhawk from Image.  And a Beanworld character from Larry Marder which can be found here.

The latest Cryptozoic blog post  about this card set can be found here.  Give this set a look, there is some top notch talent on board for this set.  Some real legends in the comic book industry.

Support For the Cause

By Will Brinkman

13 Jun 2011

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund defends freedom and extends a helping hand to comic book retailers, creators, publishers, and readers whose first amendment rights are challenged. When comic book artist’s rights are attacked in the US or they encounter problems abroad, the CBLDF is there to make sure their voices are heard. The organization also protects our ability to own those comics because some people are always going to try to dictate what we can buy and whom we can choose to support. Absurd, isn’t it?

We here at Cryptozoic Entertainment have combined forces with the CBLDF to publish the Liberty Trading Card set to do our part as hobbyists and collectors in supporting this cause. So many creative minds have lent their hand in creating this product, and for that we are thankful. In today’s update, we want to show you Neil Gaiman’s autograph cards. He’s been an active supporter of the Fund for years. Busy with his schedule of writing an episode of Doctor Who and celebrating the 10th anniversary of American Gods with a reading tour, Neil was kind enough to donate his time and pen to the Liberty Trading Card set. So, in addition to the combo sketch and autograph cards he Tweeted two weeks ago, a pack of Liberty Trading Cards could contain Gaiman’s autograph—or something maybe a little more. Check out these beauties.

Mavericks win

I’ve done a few pieces in the past with the Mavericks as the subject matter.  Super excited they won it all this year.  Congratulations to the entire organization, very humble, very classy, and proven winners.

 

Here is some of the art I’ve done in the past.

CBLDF sketch cards

I’m on board for a few sketch cards for the CBLDF trading card set.  When I get approval to show a few of my cards off I will.  Until then, here is a little info about the set.

In comic books, the hero must battle an out-of-this-world villain in a world of fantasy. In our world, there are real-life villains as well. To this day, artistic expression and free speech are challenged in the comic book industry. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is a non-profit organization that comes to the aid of those artists who are threatened by censorship and other legal troubles. Supported by some of the most acclaimed creators and artists in the industry, the CBLDF has long been a champion of free speech.

This trading card set showcases some of the historic legal battles comic books have had to overcome from the Seduction of the Innocent era in the 1950s to the modern day. In addition to the base set, special hand drawn sketch cards and autograph cards by some of the top talent in the comic book world will be featured! Erik Larsen, Charlie Adlard, Rob Liefeld, Frank Quitely and Terry Moore are just a few artists who will be doing sketch cards. Plus, autographs can be found from such names as Geoff Johns, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Smith, Gail Simone and Robert Kirkman. To support the organization and its mission, all proceeds from the CBLDF Liberty trading cards go to the CBLDF.

Keep checking www.Cryptozoic.com for more information as we get closer to the release date!

a mention, and a couple of new pieces

The guys over at http://mutantaday.com have been kind enough to do a small write up on some of my art.  They are a couple of cool dudes that I met at the Dallas Comic Con.  I encourage you to check them out for yourselves and see what they are all about.

And a huge thank you for showing some of my art at http://mutantaday.com/

I knocked out a couple of new pieces.  These are vintage comic pieces attached to wood.  Add a touch of paint, a linocut POW! and BAM! pressed on, then another touch of paint.  Then a little polyurethane on top to protect everything involved.

These two feature Darkhawk

the official space for my random creations…