Following up on my post from yesterday where we shared some of the concept art for Mark Andrew Smith and Paul Maybury’s upcoming graphic novel series Aqua Leung, today I have some really cool preliminary pages from the book.
But first, Dick who hates my blog made a comment on his blog that he wasn’t familiar with Maybury or his work, so I did a little research on the artist. By “research” I mean I took a gander at his web page and LiveJournal. Here are five facts I learned about him:
1. It’s Maybury, not Mayberry, as I learned yesterday when he emailed me. Again, my apologies. I wasn’t the only one, even though that’s no excuse.
2. He has a story in 24Seven Vol. 2 called “Give Me Some Color,” which Entertainment Weekly called “endearing.” He’s also participating in the PopGun anthology that’s coming out from Image Nov. 21 (which is co-edited by Mark Andrew Smith, BTW).
3. He recently moved from Boston to Austin, which I would consider an upgrade (of course, you could replace “Boston” with just about any other city’s name, and I’d consider it an upgrade, congestion and traffic notwithstanding). He moved to the Lone Star State just in time to participate in Free Comic Book Day; you can see his entry here.
4. He’s part of the Activate crew; check out his strip, Party Bear, over on their site.
5. He dressed up as Spider-Man for Halloween.
6. Here’s a bonus fact … in this interview over on the main site that Chris Arrant did back in February ’06, Maybury talks about the job he had back then:
RAMA: What do you currently do for a living?
PM: I seriously thought I was going to work in a music store for the rest of my life until I blew up in my boss’s face and walked out on them. I currently work for a semi hippy corporation grocery thingamabob as a sign maker — which pretty much means I’m the guy that draws pictures of salmon on sea food chalk boards and draws pictures of cup cakes and Parmesan cheese around the store. I’m almost positive if I ever make it big in comics I’m going to see cupcakes selling on EBay or way more than I ever got paid to draw them.
You can see some of his sign artwork for Whole Foods here.
Anyway, on to the art.
Big thanks to Mark Smith for sharing these with us, and to Paul Maybury for not hating me for spelling his name wrong.