Drawn to Metropolis- Action Comics Sketch Cover


Earlier this month I fired up the Batmobile and headed back to Metropolis, IL– the official home of Superman. It’s kinda become a second home for me, especially around June when the annual Superman Celebration is held.


This was the 35th annual Superman Celebration!


For the second year in a row I’ve gotten to design their t-shirt and program art (with some help from comics legend José Luis García-López!), but this was the first year I didn’t set up or help run Artists Alley & Writers Way during the celebration.


Just didn’t have the time off to do the full 4 day event. Ended up just going on Saturday and Sunday and crashing with my friends Tim Brown and Ronnie Shenks. (That’s the gang from AA&WW doing “Kirby Hands“! You can see my travel blog about this year’s Superman Celebration on Have Geek Will Travel.)


While I was in town I was asked by NCS member John Read and ComicsPriceGuide.com‘s Rick Frogge to do a Superman sketch cover. It along with 8 others done by guests artists (including some of my MSCA buds) were for the auction later that night. I had never drawn one before and was excited to finally get the chance. It was very special to me that I got to draw on a Superman comic in Metropolis! I have to admit I geeked out a bit..!


If you’ve never seen a sketch cover comic before, they pretty much look like this- masthead logo, company logo, issue number, and inside credits. The rest is a blank canvas for artists to sketch on. The cover stock isn’t slick like normal comic covers, but a bit thicker and and the surface has a bit of a tooth to it. Reminded me of airbrushing on sandpaper finish bass drum heads.


I decided to do one of my “Superkid” style Superman drawings and started out my sketch with a mechanical pencil. I had brought a couple pencils and some markers along just in case I wanted to do some sketching over the weekend. Had no idea how glad I would be to have thrown them in my bat-pack!


I used Letraset and Sharpie markers on the sketch cover. I normally use Copics on my sketch cards, but left them at home. Letrasets are cheaper and use them a lot when I’m playing. I was given a bunch by my mother-in-law an they worked great.


And here is the finished sketch cover! I really had a blast working on it. On Sunday I was told by Rick that a collector at the auction had offered $500 for the set of 9 sketch cover comics! Rick said the money would go to Super-Museum owner Jim Hambrick to help fix the roof damage on his Americana Hollywood Museum which happened thanks to some storms that had blown through Metropolis prior to the Superman Celebration.


Speaking of roofs- the Massac Theatre had a new roof installed on it during last year’s Superman Celebration. I did some signed and numbered prints to help raise money to save this historic old theater. If you’d like more info on it and how to help check out their official site www.SaveTheMassac.com or find them on Facebook.


Looking forward to being back in Metropolis next year “… same Bat-time!”


Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- HaveGeekWillTravel.com. Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/HauntedWeb.com co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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