I've been passionate about comics since the day I opened a box under the Christmas tree filled with a variety of superhero comics. I would read, daydream, and go to sleep thinking of being a superhero and blasting through time and space.
As I've grown I've discovered comics aren't just about superheroes and can convey emotion through story and art that I couldn't find in any other medium. It's just as exciting to go to my local comic shop and pick up something new as it was the day I opened that box under the Christmas tree.
Last year I was having a conversation about comics with Jake Nickell and this idea for Comics-On Tees sparked. We both agreed to make it work we had to find the right curator and I had someone in mind.
One of my fave comics of all time is The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. It's a story with a little of everything and I probably read the whole series at least once a year. This is the first comic where I saw how much an artist can convey emotion in a character without any words. The artwork that moved me the most was by Jill Thompson.
I knew that Jill had or possibly was still living in Chicago so I looked her up, found her, and sent her a nice introductory email with a basic outline for what has become Comics-On Tees. Jill wrote me almost immediately back filled with excitement over the idea. After a few meetings and sharing ideas she brought in this all-star and diverse bunch of comic artists: Jill herself, Tony Moore, Cliff Chiang, and Art Baltazar.
This is why I love working for and being a part of Threadless. It's how passionate and excited people become when they hear what you're doing and want to be involved. Threadless attracts passionate people. The support of the Threadless crew has been amazing!
It's been a year in the making and I couldn't be happier with the outcome and hope this is just the first of many Comics-On Tees.
I'm just a dude. Who loves comics and tees. I want to share that with you!
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Here are the bios for these amazing artist!
Jill Thompson - http://www.jillthompsonart.com/
tweet @thejillthompson - Curator, Writer, and Artist Issue 1
Jill Thompson is a multiple Eisner Award winning comic book creator. She graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has illustrated books for nearly every comic book publisher in the United States. She has garnered acclaim for her work on WONDER WOMAN, SANDMAN, FINALS , DEATH -AT DEATH'S DOOR and the LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK to name a few. She is the creator of THE SCARY GODMOTHER
series of books and comics that spawned THE SCARY GODMOTHER animated Halloween Specials seen on THE CARTOON NETWORK. She also is responsible for the all-ages graphic novel MAGIC TRIXIE, series from HARPER COLLINS Children's Books. Jill's most recent work can be seen in the Eisner Award nominated series BEASTS OF BURDEN from Dark Horse Comics.
Tony Moore - http://tonymooreart.blogspot.com/ -
Artist Issue 2 - tweet @tonymoore
In 7th grade History class, Moore met Robert Kirkman, who would later become a long-time partner in creating comics. Together, Moore and Kirkman launched the Funk-O-Tron small press publishing label in 2000, and its flagship title, Battle Pope. Moore studied drawing, painting, and printmaking at the University of Louisville while working on Battle Pope, though he left his studies before obtaining his degree to pursue his career as a comic book illustrator, when he and Kirkman were asked to produce work for the Mattel-licensed Masters of the Universe property. Shortly afterward, they launched Brit and The
Walking Dead at Image Comics. Although Moore ceased regular interior artist duties on The Walking Dead with #6, he continued to contribute to the title as cover artist through issue #24, and also illustrated the covers for the first four collected volumes of the series. Moore was nominated for two Eisner Awards for his work on The Walking Dead, (2004: "Best New Series", and 2005: Best Cover Artist).Moore has since moved on to his own co-created properties, The Exterminators
with Simon Oliver at DC/Vertigo, and Fear Agent with Rick Remender at Dark Horse Comics, and has contributed covers to numerous titles, including Claudio Sanchez's The Amory Wars and Rob Zombie's Spookshow International. He has also contributed to Marvel Comics' titles Ghost Rider (with Jason Aaron), and Punisher (with Rick Remender).
Cliff Chiang - http://www.cliffchiang.com/ - Artist Issue 3
Cliff Chiang's artwork has been hailed for its fluid and confident
storytelling and sweeping linework and nuanced style. Graduating from Harvard University with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Arts, he worked in editorial at Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC Comics before making the leap into freelance illustration. Clients include DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamic Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU, on books such as
Dr. Thirteen: Architecture & Mortality
Beware the Creeper
Detective Comics: Josie Mac
Green Arrow & Black Canary
Grendel: Red, White, and Black
Red Sonja: Monster Isle
He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Art Baltazar - http://www.artbaltazar.com/ - Artist Issue 4
Art Baltazar (born 1968) is an American comic book artist and writer who currently works for DC Comics. Baltazar started making comic books with the his self-published comic book, The Cray-Baby Adventures. Since then, he created other comics such as Gyro-Man, Captain Camel & the Space Chicken, Jimmy Dydo, Lunar Lizard, Meteor Mite and Patrick the Wolf Boy.Baltazar has also had a few gigs with Warner Bros. and
had a monthly comic strip in Disney Adventures Magazine called GORILLA GORILLA! Baltazar has recently completed the "Big Amoeba" graphic novel for Platinum Studios.Currently, Baltazar is the artist and co-writer (with Franco Aureliani) of DC Comics' Eisner Award winning all-ages comic Tiny Titans. Baltazar and Aureliani also currently co-write DC's Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!.