Hey, Champ-Fans! Come see me this weekend at the Dallas Comic-Con, at the Irving Convention Center! I won’t be in my usual spot on the first floor, but will instead be with the small press creators and artists up on the THIRD FLOOR. Commission slots will be VERY LIMITED this weekend, so come see me early to get on my list. The action starts Friday at 2pm. BE THERE!
Come check out this exclusive Planet She-Hulk print this weekend at the Central Texas Toy and Comic Expo in San Marcos! Featuring celebrity guest April Hunter as the Savage She-Hulk, this print will be available to VIP guests and available for purchase by general admission guests. We’ll also have a RED She-Hulk variant! Be sure to get both the artist, Michael Champion, AND April Hunter to sign it!
And don’t forget to visit with Arthur Suydam, well known artist for the Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies and more! Arthur is appearing courtesy of Epic Studios, and aside from his usual selection of art and prints, he’ll be doing FREE sketches for children under the age of 16 on Sunday (with accompanying adult). This is shaping up to a really fantastic show this weekend, don’t miss out!
It’s my great pleasure to announce that Epic Studios will be hosting Arthur Suydam at the Central Texas Toy & Comic Expo on May 4-5 in San Marcos, TX!!! Arthur has been involved with such titles as The Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies, Deadpool, Batman and Army of Darkness! Arthur will be doing FREE sketches for kids age 16 and under (accompanied by an adult) on Sunday of the show.
Award winning creator and Marvel artist Arthur Suydam’s meteoric rise to superstardom for his work for the smash hit series Marvel Zombies and The Walking Dead , which broke graphic novel records, immediately placing the artist in the category of comic legend.
Recent awards include: The Spike TV, Scream Award (best writer, best artist, best comic of the year), the prestigious, Spectrum Gold Award for Institutional Art (2006), The San Sebastian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Lifetime Achievement Award, and numerous fan-site favorite awards across the globe. Suydam’s short story Christmas Carol was chosen for The Mammoth Book of Horror and Legends and The Art of Painted Comics (2008).
The Suydam family Art Legacy in New York reads like a whos-who in American art beginning in the 16th century when the family came over to fight in the Indian Wars on Hudson, establishing a Dutch trading post, which later became New Amsterdam and eventually New York . At the outset of the Civil-War, Hudson River painters James and Henry Suydam , along with contemporaries Frederick Church, Thomas Cole, Albert Beirstadt, John Kensett and Sanford Gifford helped win American artists recognition worldwide for the first time. James Suydam’s work hang in the New York Academy Museum. Great-uncle E.H. Suydam is one of America’s most renowned architectural artists, with drawings hanging in the White House and Museum of New York. Arthur Suydam and contemporary Richard Corben are credited with first introducing fully painted sequential art to comics in the early 70s and 80s.
Arthur Suydam’s popular covers have graced the covers of The Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies, Deadpool, Merc with a Mouth, Dead Days, The Misfits Devil’s Rain, Land of the Dead, Batman, Wolverine , X-men, Ghost Rider, Thor, Spider Girl and many more. In 2008 Marvel released an exclusive hard cover tribute to the works of this unique artist entitled Marvel Zombies, The Covers dedicated to Suydam’s ground-breaking work. Additional recent works include, Army of Darkness, Savage Tales, Red Sonja and the smash hit Army of Darkness vs. Marvel Zombies , Batman vs. Predator, Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and House of Secrets, and The Tick .
Suydam’s own projects are numerous and include Mudwogs and The Adventures of Cholly & Flytrap, Center City, Giants, Bedtime Stories for the Incarcerated, Fireflies, Love Me, Love My Demons and many more.
A life-long fan of Marvel comics, Suydam also branches out with select projects that include film noir for Hard Case Crime, where Suydam provides retro-inspired covers for Robert Bloch’s Shooting Star, Fright by Cornell Woolrich and Noir pulp master Mickey Spillane’s final novel, Dead Street, released this year.
As a world class musician Suydam has composed and performed numerous film soundtracks. A list of Suydam’s band members reads like a whos-who list of Rock’s legends including musicians from: Bob Dylan, Paul Mc Cartney’s Wings, Steely Dan, Paul Simon Group, Aretha Franklin, The Stones, Billy Joel and many more. Suydam’s current group The Gotham Playboys recorded 3 albums and won the Grammy for The Sessions with Bruce Springsteen in 2005.
Suydam is a member of the Society of Illustrators and lives and works in Manhattan’s East Village.
Arthur will be appearing at the Central Texas Toy & Comic Expo on May 4-5 in San Marcos, TX. Tickets to the show can be purchased at http://www.centexexpo.com.
Arthur is an award Winning Artist for The Walking Dead & Marvel Zombies, Deadpool, Batman and MORE! And guess what??? He’ll be doing FREE Sketches at the show!!!
Arthur’s FREE SKETCHES will be for all fans ages-16 and under accompanied by an adult. Sketching begins Sunday at 11:00 AM until closing time on Sunday.
Don’t miss out on seeing Arthur Suydam and Michael Champion’s Epic Studios at the Central Texas Toy & Comic Expo!!!
A few years back, I participated in an anthology called A Fistful of Comics, which sprang out of Mark Millars Forums. It was an ambitious project, multiple writers and artists from all over the world, throwing together a collection of short stories in about a month’s time. No editor was involved, once you were chosen, the work you submitted was what was printed. If you had typos, poor quality images or text, it got printed and your name was on it. It had varying levels of quality to it, and the stories ranged from 2-5 pages each. My own submission was 3 pages, and was based on a true account of a knight, known only in the history books as ‘Hugh Lo Forsenet’ or ‘Mad Hugh’, who held a tower during the siege of Antioch for 4 days by himself. I thought it was a fascinating little footnote in the larger story of the First Crusades, a part of history that I’m still, slowly but surely, adapting into a graphic novel. Mad Hugh was my opportunity to test the waters, to see if a historic fiction tale of knights would be well received in this world of spandex clad superheroes. It was challenging to tell a story in three pages, and it came across a little more encyclopedic than I had wanted; it was difficult to get readers emotionally invested in the character in such a short amount of time. Nevertheless, I received a lot of praise for the book, and requests to see more. The following few years have seen me bogged down in the neverending battle to keep the bills paid, and The Crusade graphic novel is a work that has seen many delays, and been put on the back burner for a bit while I finish up another project, Zombies of Sherwood. But never fear, my tale of Western European Knights embarking on one of the greatest adventures in the history of man WILL see the light of day. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a look back at the first published sequential work associated with the project. Hugh’s story will be expanded upon in the larger work, but please feel free to print these pages and share them as you will. And by all means, let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more!
You can now purchase ALL of original art prints one Ebay! More items will be added throughout the year, included original art pieces, and more. Check out the link to the right, and be prepared to GET MEDIEVAL! on Ebay!