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Monday, May 28, 2007

Craig Hamilton Week, Part 1: Vs. Card Original Art

sgWelcome to Craig Hamilton Week here at the Aquaman Shrine!

As I'm sure you all know, Craig Hamilton was the excellent artist behind the 1986 Aquaman mini-series, which for my money remains the best Aquaman story in the last twenty years.

A few months ago, I contacted Craig and wondered if he would do a sketch in my AquaSketchbook. I told him that since I had the other great AquaArtists like Nick Cardy, Ramona Fradon, and Jim Aparo, I desperately wanted to add him to the list. Since I had never seen Craig at a con, I figured I'd have to FedEx him my book--something I'm a tad nervous about doing, of course--but for him it'd be worth it.

Luckily, Craig said yes, wanting to be part of that august list of artists. While working on the sketch, Craig agreed to an AquaInterview(ok, I'll stop) as well. Once he sent me this piece, the original, uncropped illustration he did for a Vs. game card, I knew I had the makings of a theme week.

So for the next five days, we'll be immersing ourselves in All Things Craig. We start today with Craig's gorgeous piece of Arthur on his throne. Tuesday we'll review the third issue of the mini-series, Wednesday the fourth and final issue, Thursday the interview, and culminating on Friday with the sketch itself. And it's a doozy!

Join us, won't you?


Siskoid said...

I will most definitely join you on CH Week! Sounds fun!

Louie Joyce said...

Very cool. Lots to look forward to. Big fan of Hamilton's work on Aquaman.

Scurvy said...

I love his work as well. ONe of my favorite pices is the poster I have of him standing on the bottom in front of a shipwreck. CH really makes the BLL version look good!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read the interview! Craig is truly a gifted illustrator, as is esp. evident in the little secrets and nuances that he includes in his work for those who take the time to look. I'm so glad that the Shrine has decided to dedicate a week to him! To me, he deserves no less!