A post from my vintage Marvel blog of yesteryear about an artist sending a drawing to me.
I make it a general policy not to buy or collect original art—not because it isn’t beautiful or worthwhile, but because it can lead to conflicts of interest. On occasion, artists have given me pages as a gift, but even that I try to discourage, because I don’t want anybody feeling like they can get gigs from me or from Marvel through some “kickback” method involving art. The history of comics is littered with stuff like this.
Which is why I’m sharing this piece that Harvey Tolibao, who’s penciling the IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD Annual, sent in to me along with his signed paperwork. It was a very nice gesture, and I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate it—but at the same time, I like to act above board.
Below that are a few character sketches that Harvey did while warming up for the Annual, which is being written by Christos Gage. He definitely does his homework before embarking on a job. Harvey is best known at the moment for his work on the STAR WARS licensed comics over at Dark Horse, and this Annual will represent his first work for Marvel—but assuredly not his last.
And that’d be true whether he sent me a drawing or not.