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#tbt when I took the job to draw a beer label it came with a set of guidelines that the law prohibits and requires. One regulation is that those depicted on the label can’t appear physically altered by alcohol. The feds don’t know Wally Wood.

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‪Before X-Men: Grand Design I hooked up with Marvel to do some Hip Hop variant covers. I did 3 but my best one never surfaced until now. A dream come true. If I ever worked in a collaboration Alan Moore and @neilhimself would be at the top of my list. Plus, Just-Ice rules!‬

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‪The storytelling approach to X-Men:Grand Design is inspired by classic comic strips, which I’ve been studying really closely for a few years. Particularly, the density of my pages is inspired by the Sunday funnies when each strip took up a whole broadsheet. I like 4 tiers.‬ Each page is a complete episode.

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‪I just finished a page for Grand Design and realized that Kitty Pryde is the original and true Khaleesi, mother of dragons.‬

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‪The eater of planets and his herald. A cameo in X-Men: Grand Design.‬

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Marvel is rushing back to press for a second printing of X-Men: Grand Design issues 1 and 2. There will be a new variant cover to go along with each issue. In stores Feb 14. Let your shop know ASAP to hold one for you if you missed out the first time.

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‪I’m abiding by those old school X-Men character proportions. My Wolverine is a boxy shrimp. I almost give him a Cro-Magnon hunch. I think you’ll like him when you meet him.‬

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“When all the toys are home sleeping... cuddling to their pillows. They usually have curfews.” Iz The Wiz, Style Wars

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‪Herge and Otomo are also big parts of the mixture that go into X-Men: Grand Design. The constant peril that Tintin navigates around page-in/page-out was a no-brainer for the episodic scrapes the X-Men get themselves into. Akira and Domu gave a special resonance to mutant kids.‬

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‪The pace of X-Men: Grand Design is written with Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant in mind. Each page is a complete episode. Read a bunch in a row you see a bigger story. ‬

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Yeah, it’s an X-Men comic I’m making but you’ll never know who you’ll see within those pages.

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‪My version of the famous Neal Adams Sentinel/sun sequence. I always enjoyed the dynamic curve that John Byrne interpreted in his version. I like Sentinels more robotic🤖 in their poses though. Even when flying. I probably had the cartoon to thank for that.‬

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‪I put a ton of thought into the design of the X-Men: Grand Design book. When you crack open the book this is the first thing you’ll see. I wanted endpapers to feature every evolution of the cornerboxes from Issue 1-280 or so. These comics are the main source material for my tale.‬

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You never know who’s going to show up. Spidey cameo in X-Men: Grand Design Issue 1.

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‪The coverspread to the first volume of X-Men: Grand Design. Hits stores April 3rd. We’re sending this baby to press so let your shop know you want it so that we print enough. Thanks @robliefeld and @jefflemire for thegenerous quotes!

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24 years ago, almost to the date, I drew my second X-Men comic.

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‪Tomorrow’s a guaranteed snowy day. Perhaps we’ll crack the code and figure out how to play this game.‬

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‪Remind your local comic shop they need to order the trade by tomorrow. Over-size Hip Hop Family Tree style. I recolored Stan and Jack’s X-Men 1. A behind the scenes strip ties it all together. It would be a shame if your shop doesn’t meet demand and sells out before you see it.‬

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