Q:Hi Mr Cheung! I'm looking forward to see you next week at Chicago, can you give me an idea of the articles you'll have up for sale and price ranges? It would be very helpful for me as I'm trying to determine a budget so I won't go completely broke that weekend :) Thanks a lot, big admirer.
I’m afraid there’s been a change in plans and I won’t be appearing at Wizard World Chicago now. Sorry, but duty calls! :)
Hopefully I’ll be back in the Chicago area next year.
Q:Any chance you're going to be at fan expo this year? :D
No plans, I’m afraid. Sorry! Fan Expo Toronto is an awesome show though! :)
Q:Hello Mr. Cheung, I'm sure you've already gotten tons of asks like this(and if so, could you please link me to one) but I really admire your work and I'm interested in possibly drawing comics for a living myself but I don't really know where to start. What are the basic skills required for a professional job in comics? What advice would you give someone to start preparing?Thank you so much and sorry for taking up your time!
I think if it’s not in your blood to draw comics, and you’re thinking of it as a possible way to simply make a living, I would recommend you perhaps explore other avenues for income. The likelihood of becoming rich from doing this is (sadly) slim, so it’s important you have a passion for it.
If you are serious about exploring this though, I would suggest grabbing How To Draw The Marvel Way or the DC equivalent, DC Guide to Pencilling Comics, which will help cover the basics. I would also recommend Bryan Hitch’s Ultimate Comics Studio, which goes beyond the basics of drawing and covers the process of realizing the written word into visual imagery.
There are also online courses which I’ve mentioned in the past, which can help if you’re after direct feedback from professionals in the industry, but overall, I would simply recommend getting ahold of a comic script/plot and just try drawing it. It will quickly tell you if you have an aptitude for it.
Good luck! :)
Haha! Thanks, Kevin, for making this post, so I DON’T have to share it with Mr Peter V Nguyen, The Coolest Guy Never! XP (I may never hear the end of this now… LOL) Hopefully we’ll get to chat next time!
Just to set the record straight: I am a HUGE fan of jimcheungart.
I’ve loved his style ever since X-Force #82 hit the stands. He was the reason I fell for the Young Avengers. And that top image from Uncanny X-Men #371 is forever burned into my retinas. It’s cool how he gives a uniformity to his characters, and yet retains their individual look and style. He knocks out group shots like no one else.
My only wish was that he wasn’t so damn popular at SDCC that I could have gotten close enough to meet him in person!
Even though I only went to SDCC for the last few hours of the last day, I was still lucky enough to meet some of my favorite artists and pick up some autographed prints! They were all really nice guys, but even so, I was too awestruck to remember to include myself in any of these photos! :/
1) adigranovart (with possibly my favorite piece behind him)
2) Adam Hughes (I just had to watch for a bit)
3) Jim Lee (superstar on stage)
5) jimcheungart (what do you even say to someone like him?)
6 pascalcampion (his Wolverine print is crazy beautiful)
7) toddnauck (SUPER friendly)
8) JonBoy Meyers
9) reillybrown (I was gushing too much to even take his pic)
10) Jason Aaron (writing), Aaron Lopresti, jasonlatour, Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson (umm…sensory overload)
nice to meet you too kevin, and you grouped me with some great artist. Except for that jim cheung guy….lol kidding …………………………………
fyi here is the disclaimer. Jim cheung is an awesome artist and friend. Next show just run up to him , he totally chill ( even for Hawaiian standards)
"petervnguyen (The coolest guy ever”
Did Kevin even talk to you, Peter? I’m sure there must be a typo. Maybe it should be ‘coolest guy NEVER’! LOL ;)