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NEW BLOG!!
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Check out my new blog over at http://dustinweaver.blogspot.com/

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Come on over. 
I just did a new post. It'll be FUN!

Entry 120: THE RED WING
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Hi, friends-

Did you see that? The image that I put just above this bit of text you're reading now? Or are you like me, where you skip over all pictures and get straight to the words, the sweet sweet words. Well maybe you've never heard that a picture is worth a thousand words... I bet you feel foolish now. It's okay, you can easily scroll back up, view the picture, get you're thousand words worth, and meet me back down here.

So that image is a variant cover I just did for Johnathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra's new Image series The Red Wing. And I mean I JUST did it. I finished it just a second ago... It doesn't matter when you are reading this, it will always have been just a second ago. My finishing that image exists in a dimension of time that is infinite and just one second off from the dimension of time we exist in... Time dimensions. Doesn't m-theory include 11 dimensions of space. What about other dimensions of time... I'll have to look into that- whether or not there are other dimensions of time. I'll figure that out this after noon and get back to you. Easy.

I was excited to do this cover for my buddy and co-creator on Shield, Jonathan. This series is just my kind of thing. I like sci-fi and I have a real fondness for time travel, which this story has. It's going to be pretty cool I think. Plus I like any opportunity to do a complete image myself. 

Here is the official press release:

Berkeley, CA – 13 June, 2011 – The debut issue of Jonathan Hickman's new creator-owned miniseries THE RED WING will welcome S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Dustin Weaver to the fold as he joins Hickman and artist Nick Pitarra with a special one-time variant cover.

"I'm fortunate in that I get to work with a lot of extremely talented artists, and one of my favorites is my partner in crime on Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., Dustin Weaver," said Hickman. "When I asked him if he'd be willing to contribute a cover for our debut issue, and he responded with this little slice of heaven, well, we were all pretty excited."

THE RED WING #1 (MAY110423), a 32-page full color comic book for $3.50, will be in stores July 6. The Dustin Weaver Variant Cover (MAY118022) is available for order now.

 

But that's not all! There is more to this entry. There is this:

 

That's right, I drew Snow White.

This was for the weekly Periscope Studio sketch challenge. The challenge was simply "Disney Princesses." I'm not a huge fan of the Snow White film. There are other Disney films I like better, but Snow White is the most Iconic Disney princes, in the fact that she was the first but also in her design. The short black hair, the red, the yellow, the blue... She's Super Man basically. So based on the fact that she's such a great looking character design, I went with here. You can see all of the work from this challenge here.

That's it. Catch you on the flippy


Entry 119: My Work Space
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Check it out! This is my work space.

I've always wanted to do a post like this, where I put up a picture of where I work. But I've been putting it off because I want to paint the walls and get another book shelf and it's just not how I want it yet. But screw it, here it is as of right now.

If you're wondering what the things are that I have surrounding me at this moment, here is a guide.

1. Photo Copy of a page from Akira Club by Otomo.
2. Photo Copy of a page from  Mad Woman of the Sacred Heart by Moebius.
3. Photo Copy of a page from Incal by Moebius.
4. Photo Copy of a page from Akira by Otomo.
5. Photo Copy of a page from Approaching Centauri by Moebius.
6. Photo Copy of a page from Wild C.A.T.S./X-Men by Travis Charest.
7. Photo Copy of a page from Brutus Magazine by Otomo.
8. Photo Copy of a page from The Long Tomorrow by Moebius.
9. Photo Copy of a page from Nasicaa by Hayao Miyazaki.
10. Photo Copy of a page from Mad Woman of the Sacred Heart by Moebius.
11. Photo Copies of pages from Space Girl by Travis Charest.
12. Print of a page from Fantastic Four Giant size Adventures #1 "Thing Thing" by me.
13. Print of Axe Cop pin up by me.
14. French pressed Stumptown Coffee on a cup warmer.
15. Double lamps so that I never have to see the shadow of my own hand.
16. Photo copies of all my Shield pages for quick reference.
17. Where the magic happens.
18. A bunch of Manga books.
19. Books that I did.
20. Masamune Shirow's Appleseed book 2 out for inspiration.
21. S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hard Back and issue 1 of volume 2
22. Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 3 and 4 which I'm reading.
23. The Metabarons single issues 1-4 which I am re-reading.
24. A borrowed dvd set of Avatar the Last Airbender book 3. I liked it!
25. Vhs copies of The Prisoner show brought in to loan to Ben Bates.
26. Transformer Alternator toys: Rollbar, Ricochet. Mirage, Sunstreaker, and Prime.
27. Book shelf full of books that inspire me or that I've recently purchased.
28. My portfolio that I use to take pages home in.
29. Various art books and old sketch books.
30. A giant Chincha beetle from the Andromeda Galaxy.
31. My weapons of choice, a set of Rapidograph Pins.
32. Trash can.
33. Buddah by Osamu Tezuka vol.1-3 I've read vol. 1. Need to read the other two.
34. A snow globe with a pop art "BAM" in it. It was a gift From Jodi Picoult given to me during The Tenth Circle book tour.
35. Quimby The Mouse figure.
36. Window that looks directly at other office windows only 15 feet away.
37. Back to The Future  Hotwheels DeLorean.
38. Metal Batwing toy.
39. Inky cup...?
40. Periscope Studio jerks... I kid.
41. Jeremy Barlow's Book shelf.
42. i-tunes

And if you'd like to see what's in my book shelf here you go.

I did my first ever podcast recently. I've debated whether I wanted to post about it here or not. I was pretty nervous about it and I felt really awkward. I don't think I did a very good job. But, what the hell, I'll go ahead and post it.

Here it is:
 Comic Geek Speak: Talking S.H.I.E.L.D. with Hickman & Weaver
I promise to do better next time.

Entry 118: S.H.I.E.L.D. IS BACK!
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On JUNE 1 S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol 2 #1 hits stands!

We did the first 6 issues, which are now collected into the S.H.I.E.L.D. Architects of Forever hard cover, which has actually spent a few weeks on the New York Times best selling graphic novels list! Which I'm really excited about. Everyone reading this blog has bought it right? Please check it out.

So here we are starting another 6 issue run.

Gerald Parel's cover for this book is kick-ass and text on this cover says it all.
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Entry 117: FCBD sketches
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I don't have as much to show you from this Free Comic Book Day as I've had in the past. Last year and the year before I spent the whole day signing and sketching. This year I was only there for a few hours, so I was only able to do a few sketches. 

Still, it was a lot of fun.
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Entry 116: Free Comic Book Day
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Hey! So, this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and as you can see I will be signing at Things From Another World on Sandy Blvd here in Portland.

Check it out. Also signing at that location on free comic book day: My friends and studio mates Ben Dewey, Paul Tobin, Steve Lieber, Paul Guinan, David Hahn, and occasional studio mates Terry and Rachel Dodson.

But it doesn't stop there. Periscope Studio people will be signing all around the Portland area. Ben Bates will be in Beaverton, Ron Chan and my co-creator of They'll Bury You Where You Stand! Jeremy Barlow will be in Milwaukie.
You could run all around town and meet all of them.

So, I had a couple left over commissions to do from this past Emerald City Comic Con that I was finally able to get done.
Check them out-



I've been experimenting lately with creating screen tones in photoshop and printing them into a drawing and I'm really liking the results. I've always been a fan of zipatone and this is a way to accomplish that look in a fairly simple way. 

Anyway, if your in the Portland area this weekend I hope to see you on free comic book day. Maybe I'll draw a sketch for you. It won't look as nice as what you see above, but it will be cool, I promise.

Entry 115: S.H.I.E.L.D. Architects Of Tomorrow!
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Hey, everybody-

Guess what comic I got today.
 

Yeah, yeah, Bakuman and Mister Wonderful, but what I'm actually talking about is the S.H.I.E.L.D. Architects Of Forever hard back!

Pretty exciting, huh? Check it out.


Every issue of SHIELD, so far, put together into one shiny slick book.

What's that? You want me to show some pages from Bakuman and Mister Wonderful? Damn it, I need to stop taking pictures of my books along side vastly superior books.

Speaking of which.
Remember this picture

Go  Buy Outlaw Territory 2!

Check it out, we got mentioned on Fresh Ink.

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That was my art they showed!

Here's what Ain't it Cool News had to say about mine and Jeremy's little story:

"Possibly the most whacked out, bug nuts story is “They’ll Bury You Where You Stand” by Jeremy Barlow and Dustin Weaver. This one takes the cake as far as the most hauntingly insane story of the first half as a stranger rides into town to save the day. Cliché? Sure. But what happens next certainly isn’t. Dustin Weaver’s unconventionally detailed panels make this story a standout. Just a fantastically warped tale!"

In that photo of the Outlaw Territory book you might have noticed a piece I was working on. Well here that peace all finished.

This is the cover of SHIELD Infinity.
I only did the cover of this one.

Here's the black and white version and the sketch version.

Thank you guys! Till next time.

Entry 114: My Favorite Things- Part 3: AKIRA
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After my last post, I thought it was time I did a "favorite things" post about the AKIRA manga series.

This is my third "favorite things" post, but the other 2 posts were really just warm-ups for this post, because my favorite thing, truly my very favorite comic ever-- there are a couple contenders but I'm pretty sure this one is the winner-- is Akira.

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Entry 113: Tsunami Relief
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The subject of this week's Periscope Studio sketch challenge is Japan. The idea is to have a week of pieces that we can auction off and have the proceeds donated to tsunami relief.

Edit-- This piece is now sold.
Check out other pieces up for auction from other Periscope studio members here. All of the pieces are for tsunami relief. (I might bid on Aaron McConnell's piece myself.)
And a big thanks to everyone who bid.

I had pretty much told myself that I wouldn't be participating in many more Periscope sketch challenges for a while because I need to be focused on work. But when the idea of doing a Japan week was suggested I was immediately on board. There are probably a lot of artists who feel this way, but for me this is a chance to give a little back to a country that has given me so much. Many of my greatest artistic inspirations are Japanese. Which brings me to the piece itself.

I considered doing a piece directly related to the tsunami and everything that's happened there but it seemed so depressing. I turned to the idea of Japanese pride. I thought about all of the amazing and super cool things Japanese culture has brought to the world. I actually felt as though Japan itself was going to look at what I did and judge whether or not it was in the right spirit... I'm not sure what that means, but it made me think of the end of Akira (the manga).

---Spoiler Alert---


At the end of Akira, after Tetsuo has been killed and the UN can finally reach the shores of the devastated Neo Tokyo with supplies and medical aid, Kaneda is there. He's clearly assumed a leadership role-- after all, he was always a leader-- and he tells the UN essentially to beat it. We don't need your help. Just then Kei rides up on Kaneda's bike. Kaneda hops on, they ride off into the city, and you get to see these two strong characters finally joined together. Maybe things are going to be okay. What can stop these two? The ghosts of Kaneda's friends, Yamagata and Tetsuo, appear riding along side them. They zoom out ahead and vanish and we see the city start to rebuild itself. The last shot is of Kaneda and Kei riding into a perfectly reformed Neo Tokyo as the last bits of debris fly back into place. It's a beautiful and hopeful ending.

Akira is my very favorite comic series ever. The only thing that challenges it's #1 spot for me is Tezuka's Phoenix, also a Japanese book.

Click over to the Periscope Studio Tumblr to see the other pieces that will be available.

Thanks,
Dustin

p.s. click the "japan love" tag for past Japanese related posts.

Entry 112: Blast From The Past Part 9
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Hi-
I'm overdue for a new blast from the past post. So lets all step inside the time machine and take a little trip back to 1999... Or maybe it was 2000. I gotta be honest I don't know what year we're going back to. I thought that the first year that I went to the San Diego comic con with my portfolio was in 1999, but when I count backwards each year, it has to be in 2000. I'm missing a year!

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