Monday, 10 December 2012

Spidey on the web!

Thought I'd preview the final Spider-Man 2099 cover and figurine turnarounds...


With a bit of research I found this image (on the web) that I thought might make a nice cover.

So I did a quick lo-res mock up to see if it worked (removing the words balloons and background figure)...

It worked really well, there was space over his webbing cape for the masthead and a nice bit of room under his hand for his logo)! so I ordered the actual real comic (from the web), scanned it, cloned out the word balloons etc and removed all the colour (leaving just the black line art).

I can do basic colouring, but this baby needed a real pro job to bring it to life - Chris Blythe did the honours...

Amazing job Chris. 'nuff said.


The last one in the collection from Sculptor Dene Mason.
I was always impressed with Dene's sculpts, as he always wanted to make each one different and individual, I think he achieved it with this fella, quite difficult to give action and motion to a character like Spider-Man standing still (when we usually see him clinging to a wall of swinging through the sky). I think it's a beautiful sculpt and really shows off the characters excellent costume. I'm in the process of drawing up a list of what sculptors did what figurine for a later blog update, so you can see who did who!

Catch you in the web soon....


Friday, 30 November 2012

Hi chaps, as you know we are no longer working on any new figurines (I think we're waiting for final photography of Hela and Deathbird), so very little to preview for you guys. Here's some designs I've been working on this week.

My working design for the final issue. Nice bit of Art Adams.

Struggling to come up with a good Deathbird cover (these are very rough ideas so ignore wrong issue number and quality etc), the Jim Lee X-Men version seems to best, although she's in a different costume to the figurine (would have to get an artist to clone out the word balloons and re-colour).
The other one has Vulcan in it, so I'm not too keen on that either. Any views welcome!

Design for the Skurge box sleeve.

That's all for now.

PS been reading some of your replies and I'm not in management or marketing (I just do the figurines and magazines -  the fun stuff!), so I have nothing knowledgable to add to your comments and ideas about extending the collection. As far as I know issue 200 and Skurge will be the last CMFC issues and very little can be done to change that. Who knows in future they may relaunch the collection.


Friday, 16 November 2012

Movember's star guest is....


cover and turnarounds...

Alan Cowsill (original CMFC editor) now freelance editor (who does the specials out of house) came in earlier this week and we both went through our library of comics hunting down his appearances. Worryingly he's not got a great presence in comics (about 75 official appearances, although over half of those are pretty awful one panel flashbacks etc.). So good luck to Gary Gilbert the designer of this special (he's a legend so I'm not worried really).

This cover image was THE only hi-res image of him on Marvel's official art database, which luckily works really well as the cover (I think we'll also use it as one side of the poster).

Anyway, here are the full turnaround shots from our photographer Simon Anning...

A nice one for the specials to end on (what with Hela being the last regular).

Working covers for #197 and #198 (getting nearer to the end!)

 This is from issue 3 of his series by Rick Leonardi, I'm hoping to get it re-coloured so it will look a lot slicker in the final version.

 One of Jim Cheung's many amazing Young Avengers covers, I have (cleverly) knocked back the rest of the gang so as to highlight monsieur Wiccan.

All the best for now. I will return asap – with hopefully some more fascinating insights into the final days of the CMFC.


Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Hello if your still out there in the inter-web!

Sorry it's been awhile since I last updated. (Various conspiring factors that I won't bore you with!).

Anyway I thought I'd (re)preview some of the upcoming issues...

The beautiful yet controversial Gamora. Went with this cover as it was the best full page shot of her available (yes I know she is being controlled by the Phalanx in this pic, but c'mon it's amazing! and yes I know a lot of you wanted her figurine in this costume, but having just read through all of her comic appearances I feel I made the right decision - just.

Another Andie Tong winner. He seems to be evolving into a more naturalistic painted style (even though it's all digital).

Robert Atkins supplies the goods for Stingray...

Andie Tong 'heralds' a new era of greatness... (geddit?)

Dene Mason's Spidey 2099 gets the full turnaround treatment...

Hopefully I'll return sooner than later.

Au revoir mon Marvélites!