Monday, May 16, 2011
Boston Comic Con Commission #4: Howard Chaykin
I am nearing the end of my recap of the Boston Comic Con. As I have said before, I really loved the con and am so happy that Boston finally has a worthy convention.
One of my favorite parts of the convention was meeting and talking to Howard Chaykin. Chaykin is one of my absolute favorite comic creators. I discovered him in the mid-80s with Blackhawk and The Shadow, moved on to American Flagg and then Cyberella, Power and Glory, American Century and just about everything else. In particular, I have enjoyed his semi-revamps of older DC characters like Blackhawk, but also Challengers of the Unknown, the hokey space characters he turned serious in Twilight, and even Angel and the Ape.
So I basically lingered around Chaykin's table and talked to him about anything and everything: comics, creating comics 'the Marvel way' and other styles, his pitch to revamp Superman in the late 80s (the revamp that went to John Byrne), Time2, his DC revmps, working with Archie Goodwin, and all things in between. It was great to just pick the brain of one of my comic heroes.
Chaykin was doing head sketches at the con and while Supergirl isn't a character I would typically associate with him, it would be the perfect amalgam of a couple my comic favorites. The result is this great commission, a really perfect piece for my collection. Chaykin even said he had some fun doing it.
Just a couple more posts about the Boston Comic Con left. Now I'm wondering what the next con I am going to go to.