Friday, February 23, 2007

Influences at the New York Comic-Con 2007

Zander says: I'm at the New York Comic-Con this weekend, and I'll be updating with cell phone pictures of my influences that I meet at this show. The accompanying text will be brief, as I will be typing it on a numeric keypad.

Thanks to Kevin, who's posting all of these as I send them to him.

Mike Mignola
I ripped off Mike Mignola so bad when I was in high school. I did some 10-15 page stories that used all his most easily copied tricks (noses, chins, fists, lips, legs). They were really out of place in my style, but what can you do? I also completely aped his style when I did the background for the cover of Replacement God Vol. 2 Number 2. Thanks, Mike!

Bill Sienkiewicz

Jon Bogdanove

David Mazzucchelli

David Mazzucchelli is by far my biggest influence in the realm of storytelling-- I'd never met him until this convention. And meeting him made up for every hero of mine that turned out to be a dud or a jerk or who was too busy to talk. He was one of the nicest, most accommodating people I'd ever met, and articulated his thoughts on storytelling and illustration with an unpretentious air. He said that he had nearly finished a 300 page graphic novel, which makes me a little lightheaded thinking about it.

Feedback (Matthew Atherton) and I went to Grinnell College together in the 90s-- in fact, we met as prospective students while visiting the campus. He was obsessed with Spider-Man then, and would appear in full costume at practically every public event. He particularly liked cartwheeling into the dining hall on Parents' Weekend. Our senior year, he and I made mysteries for each other to solve (in costume, and often involving talking to professors at home), which he mentions on the "Who Wants To Be A Superhero?"

Kevin Maguire

Brian Bolland

Michael Golden

Rick Veitch

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Rob Walton of 'Ragmop'

The show floor

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At 11:02 AM, Anonymous danno said...

I am also very influenced by show floors.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Mister said...

You and Rob Walton have almost the same glasses.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Brittney Sabo said...

Zander...YOUR FAMOUS!!!!1!

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous moira cross said...

Hi Zander,

Your comments about David Mazzucchelli? Could really have been written about you.


At 7:54 AM, Blogger Zander Cannon said...



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