Consider this somewhat of a sequel to my recent post on the subject of my love of comics, the passage of time, and artistic dreams and desires. If you read that post, you might recall my love of New Mutants #65… the comic book which I credit with being the start of it all for me. If you didn’t read the post, you can do it now… I’ll wait. Or not. I just gave you a pretty concise summary there…
Anyway… following that writing, I ventured down the never-ending rabbit hole that is the internet and discovered something that I’m very excited about. And it wasn’t a cat video or a TED talk. Or a TED talk about cat videos. Or a video of cats watching TED talks… you get the point. What I discovered, or rather, rediscovered… was Bret Blevins.
Bret Blevins was the artist of New Mutants #65. I’ve always loved his work, partly because of the nostalgia factor I’m sure, but he also backs it up by being a tremendous artist and storyteller. I’d browsed his website and looked over social media for him in years past and found pretty little. Mr. Blevins wasn’t very active in the online world, I’m sure he was just grinding away at the drafting table instead which is perhaps more admirable! By coincidence or fate, just as I was ruminating on the 30 year anniversary of comics in my life and triggering a hint of a midlife crisis… Mr. Blevins was getting very active on social media, as well as launching his first ever KickStarter to teach an online course!
As you may have guessed, I’m already a backer at the basic $35 level which will get me access to the course and am very excited about the possible opportunity! Bret Blevins is no stranger to teaching as he’s been a staple of the amazing Draw! Magazine for more than 15 years. I absolutely adore that magazine and cherish his contributions to it, once again both for the learning value, and for the fact that his lessons are often punctuated by being able to see layouts, sketches, and pencils from the comic books I remember most fondly from my youth.
A sampling of Bret’s instructional pages from the amazing Draw! Magazine.
Lessons like this give me “all the feels” as I get a good look at behind the scenes work on comic books created three decades ago!
Below is a video of Bret discussing the curriculum and goals of the course to be.
I am desperately hoping this course reaches its funding goal and becomes a reality so that myself, and many other artists can benefit from it. Right now it’s looking like a bit of a long shot with the funding level not quite at the amount I’d hope to see it! So if you’re an artist who finds this post I implore you to take a look at Bret Blevins and consider supporting the project for my sake and yours! I’m sure Bret will be just fine regardless… but I on the other hand, have a lot to learn! Bret has a nice site up at http://www.bretblevins.com and a fledgling YouTube channel.
I’ll be utilizing the liquid Steem rewards from this post as well as some follow up writings to help me increase my contribution to the KickStarter. If possible, I will use the increased donation to secure more enrollments in the course so that I can distribute them to some fellow Steemians to enjoy the experience with! I’ll also be sure to inform Bret of the source of these added funds in hopes that he may see the value of Steem and join in the fun here as well! Please vote, resteem, and spread the word to help bring this course to life and to some fellow Steem artists!
– Bryan “the Imp” Imhoff