Often, some of the cover reinterpretations in the Cover Gallery will be offered for sale. Here's the current list:
Here's the deal on commissions: a single character sketch -- your choice, of course -- is $50.00. Say, however, you want two characters -- Batman *with* Robin, for instance -- the second is an additional $25.00, for a total of $75.00 per pair. Groupings of 3 or more are negotiable, depending on what they entail (Legion of Super-Heroes fans, take note.) Character drawings are done on 2-ply plate bristol (as is all my commission work), paper size 11" x 14".
Cover reinterpretations are going for $150.00 a shot. These are black and white drawings done as a 10" x 15" image on a 14" x 17" piece of 2-ply plate bristol as interpreted using my style. All lettering and blurbs are included (but see the next paragraph for UPC box choices, if applicable). Wrap-around covers? Simple: double the price.
(Note: Certain covers, such as FANTASTIC FOUR 236 and FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL 3, will set you back an additional $25 for a total of $175. I've done redos of both in the past for the regular price, and have decided that a little extra, ahem, financial inducement would be necessary to get me to do 'em again! Still, you'll get pretty good bang for your buck. Other, as yet unspecified covers might fit into this category as well, but not many, so I'm thinking $150 will still get you most anything. I'm just reserving the right here to preserve what little sanity I have left, dig?...)
Recreations of the DC Daily Planet HEMBECK gag strips (1978-1981) are also available at larger than original size. Indicate which strip you'd like and I'll redraw it, 12" across by 4" deep, centered on an 11" x 14" page for $35.00.
As it would happen, I have a fairly extensive collection, so I may very well not need a clear photocopy of the cover to complete the assignment, but it is possible, so be prepared to provide one if necessary. I reserve the right to reject a request, though, to date I haven't. I'm sure, however, that there's a cover out there composed of such stunning detail that the very thought of redrawing it would set me screaming -- no folks, I've yet to recreate a George Perez composition!
If your desired cover has a UPC box, please specify if you want it: a) duplicated, complete with lines and numbers, b) a direct sales version -- i. e. a Spidey head or a DC slogan ("The NEW DC: There's No Stopping Us Now!")(coff coff), or c) eliminated all together with me drawing what I project to be behind that nasty little box.
Splash pages are also available for reinterpretations. Title pages, full pages found within the body of the story, double page center spreads (at twice the price, natch) -- the same terms as for covers apply, with one small exception: while I reletter the covers exactly as printed, I'm afraid I'm going to have to draw the line at reproducing the indicia found at the bottom of most title pages. Let's all just ignore that tiny type, OK?
Sorry, no color work. I don't have the supplies, and quite frankly, I don't have the aptitude. Nothing spoils a nice black and white drawing faster than me coloring it. But hey, once you get it in your hot little hands, feel free to grab a box of crayolas and go crazy!
Also, a number of failed attempts have convinced me to reject all requests for caricatures out of hand, so unless you're Ed Asner looking to relive his glory days as Lou Grant, I'm afraid I can't help you -- sorry.
Oh -- and let me know if you have any special requests concerning signing the piece -- "To Ezekiel, from Fred", for instance, or just my name -- hey it's your call.
And lastly, about getting 'em to you: I've been able to turn over most requests within two months, but you never know when the time'll come when somebody at one of the companies has the BIG assignment for me, the one that has to be done TODAY. Allow me, please, to put your drawing aside for a bit to take care of that business, should the scenario arise. For a long delay, I'll contact you via e-mail, so you'll know your status. Odds are, the problem won't arise, but should it, I'll make sure you'll be satisfied.
NEW--Across The Page illos
What exactly are Across the Page illos? Go here to the Across The Page Gallery to see for yourself. If you'd like to commission one for yourself, here's the specifics: they're done on a piece of 11x14 inch 2 ply plate Bristol. Six to nine characters, two of which run off either side of the page (your choice, if you're so disposed), at least one of which is hovering in the air throwing a lightning bolt like shadow on the ground (my choice), with a background of cross-hatching. IMPORTANT--the characters are drawn in an even more exaggerated style than my usual (you should pardon the expression) standard approach, so please be aware of that when commissioning one of these pieces. As for the price, it all depends on the number of characters requested and how accessible the necessary reference is. For example, the range might go something like this: for the six original X-Men, $100. For nine members of Youngblood, $150--which would pretty much be the extremes (okay, I'd throw in Magneto too for the hundred clams--it's all very negotiable).So give me an idea what you're looking for and we can take it from there! And as an added bonus, your piece will wind up in the Gallery--woo hoo!
We post the a cover or two on eBay every so often. Watch my blog for details!
For payment, I accept personal checks, money orders, PayPal, or c2it. Payment must be in US funds. If payment is by International Money order, the cost is $10.00 extra since that is what my bank charges to cash the check.
For each order, whether cover or character sketch, I request $20.00 for postage and handling and insurance for shipping to a US address. International buyers, please inquire, since rates depend upon cost of shipping to your country. That's per order -- if you want, say, 3 single character sketches and a cover that'd only put you out 20 bucks for postage et al, but should you order 'em separately, it'd be 20 dollars a pop, dig? However, I've learned through experience that wrap-around cover recreations are costlier to mail, so when ordering any double page spread, I'll have to charge $30.00 for postage and handling.
Character sketches, first character: $50.00
Additional character: $25.00
3 or more characters: Negotiable
HEMBECK Daily Planet recreation: $35.00
Cover or splash page (10" x 15" image): $150.00
Across The Page illos: $100--$150, depending (see above)
Postage and handling (US): $20.00 per order, $30.00 for double page spreads
Payment by International Money Order add $10.00
International postage and payment, please inquire.