Eric Shonborn drew this. Eric Shonborn is writing this. He is very uncomfortable writing about himself. He is a friend of Jason’s, and felt honored to be the first “real” person to be asked to contribute. Eric Shonborn thinks this page is a gigantic piece of crap, but whattayagonnado?
Tom Williams is an illustrator and graphic artist based out of Columbus, Ohio – also the home state of project owner Jason Young. Jason met Tom at the annual S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press And Comic Expo) show in Columbus last year, and made a deal for this commission on the spot.
Tom Williams is best known for the graphic novel No Dead Time, from Oni Press. You can find his art and other works at opencrashcomics.com.
As much as Jason loves the other pieces in this collection as equals to Jack Kirby’s originals, Tom Williams did the impossible. Jason thinks Tom’s version kicks Kirby’s ass.
One of Jeffrey Brown’s specialties is creating comics dealing with relationships and heartbreak. Given Sue’s speech on this page, Jason felt that Jeffrey was the perfect choice to draw it.
In the short time since his first graphic novel Clumsy, Jeffrey Brown has quickly established himself as one of the most prolific and respected creators working in alternative comics. Some of his best known works are Sulk, I Am Going to Be Small and The Incredible Change-Bots You can find Jeffrey online at Jeffrey Brown Comics.
At the time this art was created, it was the largest piece of comic art Jeffrey had ever worked on.
The Chester Brown page was originally just to have a cool Chester Brown drawing. But after the decision was made to recreate the entire book, Ron Rege Jr. was the first artist to be contacted about contributing. Ron Rege Jr. is a musician and a cartoonist with a very unique style. Check out his website here.
This is where it all got started. Jason had wanted a commission from Chester Brown, a favorite of his. Unfortunately, Chester only does recreations of his own work, but was convinced to recreate a Kirby page from the Fantastic Four. Chester’s page was so inspiring to Jason, it spurred him on to get the issue recreated from different artists.
Chester Brown is an accomplished cartoonist, and author of many award winning graphic novels and comics, including Yummy Fur, Ed the Happy Clown, and Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography. Chester Brown’s work can be seen at his page at www.drawnandquarterly.com.