One hundred comic book artists have come together over the past year to create the next great joint art project, this time featuring the fan favorite characters of the Adventure Time animated and comic book series. Last year Wonder Woman was featured for her 75th anniversary. This year a new group of some of the best-known names in the world of comics volunteered an original work of art featuring Adventure Time, penciled, inked, painted, or otherwise colored on a BOOM! Studios Kaboom imprint Adventure Time blank comic book cover. It’s all for a good cause that gives back to, and in effect pays forward comic book creators that came before them.
It’s called the The Adventure Time Get-a-Sketch 100 Project. All proceeds of the auction of the original artwork will go to the Hero Initiative, an organization that helps out the comic book industry by contributing funds to individuals and their families in the event of medical and financial crises. Most of the comic creators the fund helps were piecemeal workers in their careers over the past decades or those without any kind of retirement program.
And for those who can’t afford the original artwork, the Hero Initiative is creating a hardcover and softcover edition compiling all the covers that will be for sale beginning May 30, 2018, with proceeds of those books also going to the Hero Initiative.
You’ll find some of the very best Adventure Time-inspired sketch images you’ve ever seen in this group. Many are from well-known artists, but some of the finest works are showcased by more recent artists entering the industry.
Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Norton, John Cassaday, Walt Simonson, Jenny Frison, Gabe Eltaeb, Gene Ha, Karl Kesel, Mike Oeming, Dan Panosian, Tim Seeley, Greg Smallwood, Ty Templeton, and dozens of other artists participated. Many reflect each artist’s unique style, and others show the artists taking a new twist on the characters.
We love Mike Vasquez‘s homage to that classic John Byrne and Terry Austin cover for The Uncanny X-Men, Issue 141, Doug Wheatley‘s Steranko-style classic fantasy cover, Tone Rodriguez‘s joyous showcase of characters, Mark Stegbauer‘s “eatin’ bacon pancakes” cover, Rich Koslowski‘s fourth wall cover, and Benjamin Glendenning‘s in-your-face action image (all above, in order). What better way to showcase industry talent than a project like this?
Check out the Hero Initiative website here for more information on the auctions (starting May 26), the organization, and the sales of the books, and to view all the artwork for the project. And you can always find a link to the Hero Initiative in the right sidebar of borg.com.