A.I.W.W. Part Twelve: Colleen Coover

Since I'm talking about my wife in this installment, I wanted an opening illustration that highlighted her art while sticking to a marriage theme. The only drawing I could find that matched that criteria is this one. So... hmmm. It's lesbian marriage, meaning that I (as a real he-man mammoth-punching male) am not really being visually represented here. I guess one of the girls is wearing boxer shorts, though, and that's what I wear, so there's that.

Since I'm talking about my wife in this installment, I wanted an opening illustration that highlighted her art while sticking to a marriage theme. The only drawing I could find that matched that criteria is this one. So... hmmm. It's lesbian marriage, meaning that I (as a real he-man mammoth-punching male) am not really being visually represented here. I guess one of the girls is wearing boxer shorts, though, and that's what I wear, so there's that.

BORING ENTRY STATEMENT: After making a list of all the Artists I’m Working With (A.I.W.W.), I decided to post a bit of each of their work. The pieces I’ll be posting are from various projects, none of them yet published, and I’m trying to stick to pencils, unless the artist is doing both pencils and inks.
Next up is… COLLEEN COOVER:
One of my favorite photos of Colleen, because it's an amalgam of a pretty girl and a Russian propaganda poster.

One of my favorite photos of Colleen, because it's an amalgam of a pretty girl and a Russian propaganda poster.

I just remembered that Colleen usually bases Hulk drawings on me, and on my own tirades for things like misuse of the word, "literally."

I just remembered that Colleen usually bases Hulk drawings on me, and on my own tirades for things like misuse of the word, "literally."

Colleen is becoming known for her interpretations of Marvel Girl and the Scarlet Witch, so even though this isn't from upcoming work together, I would be remiss if I did not post such a drawing.

Colleen is becoming known for her interpretations of Marvel Girl and the Scarlet Witch, so even though this isn't from upcoming work together, I would be remiss if I did not post such a drawing.

Part of the splash page to an upcoming story we're working on. It stars Sue Storm and Misty Knight. Colleen enjoys drawing Misty, so she was a given. And Sue Storm was a natural to play with her, since she works so well visually with Misty. Also, this will be appearing in Giant Size Fantastic Four # 1, so it's kind of Sue's book anyway. I should add that Jeff Parker's writing really changed my opinion of Sue Storm. Before Parker's writing, Sue always bored the hell out of me, but he made her the very dynamic, strong-willed leader of the FF, and all of a sudden she worked for me. I've kept up the same feel, I hope, in my own Fantastic Four writings. And I've had Colleen to help me. Everybody wins.

Part of the splash page to an upcoming story we're working on. It stars Sue Storm and Misty Knight. Colleen enjoys drawing Misty, so she was a given. And Sue Storm was a natural to play with her, since she works so well visually with Misty. Also, this will be appearing in Giant Size Fantastic Four # 1, so it's kind of Sue's book anyway. I should add that Jeff Parker's writing really changed my opinion of Sue Storm. Before Parker's writing, Sue always bored the hell out of me, but he made her the very dynamic, strong-willed leader of the FF, and all of a sudden she worked for me. I've kept up the same feel, I hope, in my own Fantastic Four writings. And I've had Colleen to help me. Everybody wins.

A tier from the same story. I did a BUNCH of changes of setting in this story, because I love challenging Colleen to see what she comes up with. Incidentally, she's doing the pencils, inks, and colors here. So everything you see is by my own dear and lovely Good Girl Artist.

A tier from the same story. I did a BUNCH of changes of setting in this story, because I love challenging Colleen to see what she comes up with. Incidentally, she's doing the pencils, inks, and colors here. So everything you see is by my own dear and lovely Good Girl Artist.

I love a girl who knows how to punch.

I love a girl who knows how to punch.

And now I’m going to post some pictures of Colleen from over the last handful of years. But I should first point out that of all the artists I’m listing… (there will be thirteen in all) Colleen is the ONLY woman. You know what that means? That means WE NEED MORE FEMALE COMIC ARTISTS. Maybe in a later post I will rant about why that is, and what can be done, but for now let’s just celebrate one of the few female comic book artists we DO have.
Colleen shrinks into her "bunny" defense. Remember, if you're adorable, you're safe.

Colleen shrinks into her "bunny" defense. Remember, if you're adorable, you're safe.

I envy her ability to smile for the camera. Even when I myself THINK I'm smiling, and FEEL like I'm smiling, the photos always look like I've got a porcupine humping my leg.

I envy her ability to smile for the camera. Even when I myself THINK I'm smiling, and FEEL like I'm smiling, the photos always look like I've got a porcupine humping my leg.

Look! Different color hair. Same talented artist, though. I assure you.

Look! Different color hair. Same talented artist, though. I assure you.

Colleen and myself. Doesn't it look like I'm wearing a skull cap or something? Something is obviously confusing me, too.

Colleen and myself. Doesn't it look like I'm wearing a skull cap or something? Something is obviously confusing me, too.

Webcam photograph of Colleen Coover judging the world.

Webcam photograph of Colleen Coover judging the world.

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7 Responses to A.I.W.W. Part Twelve: Colleen Coover

  1. jope

    You two are totally our heroes! =D

    (urmm, “literally” our heroes?)

  2. Paul Tobin

    Thank you!

  3. Hm. In only one of those pics am I not wearing a lanyard.

  4. Chris McAree

    I only got introduced to Colleen’s art via Brian Cronin’s blog quite recently….but I’m already a big fan. Any chance of anyone you are working with making any appearances at Comic Cons on the Eastern side of the Atlantic?

  5. Paul Tobin

    Maybe. I don’t really know the schedules for a lot of my artists. It’s weird to work with so many of these people and to have never met them. In many cases I don’t even know what they look like. I know that Colleen and I are going to be trying to do more East Coast shows. We did New York earlier this year, and would love to get overseas to some European conventions. We’re beginning to make some plans to do so, but don’t really have a timeline in place, just yet.

  6. Chris McAree

    Cool. Thanks Paul…well here’s hoping…..

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