Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Last week, DC announced a whole bunch of new titles coming out in June, and I'm working on one of them! Writer Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Gotham Academy) and I have a BLACK CANARY solo on the way. It's going to be pretty fun. This is the promo image that was released. Lots more info to come, I'm sure.
Posted by Annie Wu at 10:52 AM
Monday, January 12, 2015
Hello, hello. I've been considering a full move to Tumblr. I mean, I'm already on there to occasionally post dumb things or reblog posts I like, but I haven't maintained an entirely professional blog in some time. I hate it there but that's where everything is now! Right? I don't know. This domain will most likely be for a strictly portfolio thing and then I'll... embed... the Tumblr posts? Maybe later this year. Heads up.
Quick work recap!
There's a new, new, new hour-long VENTURE BROS. special coming up January 19th at midnight. I really dig it. You will dig it. I worked as a storyboard revisionist this season, which was very different from handling character/prop color design on Season Five.
I finished up my arc on HAWKEYE. All my issues have been collected with Javier Pulido's annual in the HAWKEYE: LA WOMAN trade paperback, available now. Thank you for the kind words through these issues -- Hawkeye fans are amazing and always a joy to meet. There are two issues left in the run, and I'm super-excited to see what Matt Fraction and David Aja do in #21 and #22.
I've had a few variants out here and there... Probably too late to get them, but I did one for MS. MARVEL, a Deadpool anniversary piece for BLACK WIDOW... I have one for the upcoming BEYOND BELIEF #1 from Image's Thrilling Adventure Hour comics. I think that's out in March but the cover hasn't been released online yet. Shit, I should really throw together a gallery or something for these.
Also been doing some spots for Entertainment Weekly, thanks to Emem Offong. Editorial work is a nice way to shake things up. It's a different illustration muscle.
I think that's it for now, in terms of what's out there and announced?... I'll be doing some panels and conventions this year but those details are still being worked out -- dates will be listed on my site. Some cool projects in the works that I'll hopefully be able to talk about soon. But I feel like I say that all the time. And maybe the next time I say it, it won't be here. Ugh, youths, just pick a platform!
For more regular updates, I'm on Twitter.
Posted by Annie Wu at 4:34 AM
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I wrote this post in a timely manner and like a FOOL, I failed to check if it went live. I've still got a few more issues with Kate so I'll redeem myself next time. Anyway.
HAWKEYE #16 is available! Yes, it's BEEN available since January 22! Written by Matt Fraction, cover by David Aja, interiors by yours truly, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Chris Eliopoulos. I think issue #15 with David's art comes out next. And even if it doesn't -- Team Hawkguy doesn't play by your numbering rules, dig?
I made a quick post on my Tumblr with a look at the layout, inks, and completed page from the issue, if you're into that process-y stuff.
I hope you guys have been enjoying this run. I'm currently working on the next issue of this arc, and I'm feeling a lot of feelings that you will soon feel too if I do these doodles right.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
HAWKEYE #14, the first part of Kate Bishop's adventures out west, is available today. Written by Matt Fraction, cover by David Aja, interiors by Wuuu, colored by Matt Hollingsworth.
I'm working on the second Kate issue now -- it's shaping up to be a really fun arc. Next issue will see David Aja returning with Clint in NYC.
Last weekend was the fantastic Thought Bubble in Leeds. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table or attended a panel. I lost count of how many creators I met in person for the first time after being internet friends for years -- that includes the too-cool Team Hawkguy. A+
Posted by Annie Wu at 6:24 AM
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It's probably about time for an update, isn't it.
Then in December, you can find a few Wu pages in Marvel's Young Avengers #14. Issues #14 and #15 are kind of a two-part jam story written by Kieron Gillen with art from YA's Jamie McKelvie, myself, Emma Vieceli, Christian Ward, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, and Becky Cloonan. It will be, as some say, bananas. There's been a fun group e-mail going on where the artists share their progress with pages and we take turns feeling really inadequate about our own work. So, yeah, get that.
Speaking of jam comics: Last month, I contributed a page to the special DIAL E issue of Vertigo's DIAL H, written by China Miéville. You can find it under Justice League #23.3. It was great fun -- I got to draw a menacing topiary dinosaur. Also, if you had told college-me I'd be in a comic alongside Zak Smith someday, my brain probably would have fallen out of my everywhere.
And in extra-rare convention news, I will be attending the upcoming Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds, Nov 23 - 24. It looks like I will be in the Royal Armouries Hall, according to the festival's lovely and incredibly thorough website. I will also be doing Saturday's Sketching Spotlight event and the Young Avengers panel. If you would like to pre-order a commission to pick up at the convention, please check out this link. Hot, hot, hot, limited, limited, limited.
I guess that's it for now. As always, my Twitter is a mess but far more regularly updated and you can also keep an eye on my #process tag on Tumblr if you like that sort of thing. Hope you're well, you look nice, say hello to your mother for me, etc.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I was asked to create an exclusive poster for The Thrilling Adventure Hour's live shows at SDCC this last weekend! I depicted one of my favorite segments, "Beyond Belief", which stars Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster. It was nice to do some hand-lettering again. Look, I got weird with it.
The podcast's great -- give it a listen or see them perform the show live sometime. Also great: The writers of the show, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, created a TAH graphic novel, which is coming out from Archaia. It's anthology-style with different artists joining forces to depict each segment. Neat!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Batgirl Beyond arc is collected in print today! BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #18 is in stores now.
If you want digital copies, however, those are in Batman Beyond chapters #27 - 29. 27 is currently available and the last two chapters will roll out soon.
For those interested in process and unnecessary references to stupid things, here are some interviews! Here's one with DC Women Kicking Ass, where I also briefly discuss Hawkeye, and one with Project:Rooftop, which has exclusive sketches. Below, the cover sketches I submitted before going to final with the fourth.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I made some ridiculous "spot illustrations" just to accompany this post because I felt bad about not posting anything new for a long time. So, uh, here we go.
Huge thanks to colorist Andrew Elder for managing to do great things with my insane lines (and questionable time management -- dude, I'm sorry about that), editors Alex Antone, Jim Chadwick, Sarah Gaydos, and writer Scott Peterson. Oh, Scott. That guy's worked with me before and he STILL wanted to join forces on this. He's pretty cool.
Also! HAWKEYE: LITTLE HITS, the second trade of the series, is now available. It collects issues #6 - 11, and as you may remember, I contributed a few illustrations to #8. It was also recently announced that I will be doing a few full issues for the series, starting with #14, alternating with the David Aja -- "the" was a typo but it works. MORE ON THOSE ANOTHER TIME.
*Please don't actually destroy your local comic book store. That would be really weird.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
I have actual news! The press release sums it up perfectly so I'll share this IGN article and copy from the DC Comics blog:
"Before the new BATMAN BEYOND creative team takes over in late summer, readers will get a special treat when a new Batgirl joins the Beyond Universe for an upcoming arc starting in July. In this story, Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon meets a mysterious young girl with a familiar bat-symbol, who not only saves her life twice, but gives her hope that brighter days are ahead. The Batgirl arc will be written by Scott Peterson and illustrated by Annie Wu."
Batgirl Beyond! With me and Scott Peterson of Batgirl fame! I got to design a Batgirl costume. That is a thing that I got to do in my life. I also got to draw (Commissioner) Barbara Gordon. C'mon. That's insane.
Not sure how much more I'm allowed to say about this, so I should probably just keep my mouth shut. For now, enjoy this cover. There were some alternates to this illustration that I also really loved -- hopefully I'll be able to share those sketches around July.
I will say this, though: I had very strong feelings about how I wanted to present this Batgirl, from her attitude to her body type to her costumed silhouette to the way her posture shifts when she lets her guard down. It's a lot of what, I suppose, I would have liked to see in characters (and sometimes be) when I was a teen. I don't know how much of that thoughtfulness successfully bleeds from my mind and into the final product, but I hope you feel it when you see her in action alongside Babs.
... Is that sappy? Probably. Okay, I'll leave now.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I had the pleasure of doing a few full-page illustrations for this month's issue of HAWKEYE. These particular pieces were inspired by romance comics from the 60s, so I tried to find a nice middle-ground between that look and my own style. I also got to do cheesy hand-lettering! Anyway, I'm there for a few pages, but you still get plenty of the David Aja + Matt Hollingsworth + Chris Eliopoulos interiors you've come to know and love through the course of this series. I really hope you're reading this book -- it's hilarious, action-packed, gorgeous, and you don't have to know about Hawkguy or nothin' to start reading the series.
I've posted the two pieces that have already shown up in previews, and you can see some of Mr. Aja's pages on his blog. Huge thanks to Matt Fraction, David Aja, Stephen Wacker, and Sana Amanat for letting me join in on this one!
Marvel's HAWKEYE #8 will be available Feb 27 (tomorrow!) digitally and at your favorite comic book store -- yes, your favorite.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
In completely unrelated news, the Light Grey Art Lab tarot deck I participated in is now available for purchase. Also in the shop are large prints of each card, if that's what you're into (here's mine).
Monday, October 22, 2012
The legendary publisher First Comics is returning with a new wave of titles, one of which is something called Public Relations. It's written by Matt Sturges and Dave Justus, edited by Angela Rufino, with art from David Hahn, Steve Rolston, José Marzán, Jr... And covers by me! That's right, your probably-pal Annie Wu. The series is incredibly funny -- it's weird and crude, and you've got monsters and swords and magic and business-appropriate attire and oddly-specific references to genitalia... All that good stuff. A few sneak peeks (and a far better description) are available on the Public Relations site. Above is a cover that I especially enjoyed doing. I'll post more as the issues roll out next year.
Also, I would like to remind you that the Venture Bros. Halloween special airs on October 28 at 11:30PM on Adult Swim. Your favorites return! Spooky stuff happens! JK Simmons guest stars! Wow! This will get you even more excited for the amazing new season coming in early 2013. Please check it out and, as a tragic bonus, guess which character's haircut I accidentally emulated in my last visit to a too-edgy-for-me salon. Hint: It's not a female. Double-hint: PICTURED ABOVE!? Super-hint: No.
Got some more comics stuff (interiors!) I'm looking forward to sharing with everyone. Soon. Just need to, y'know, actually put down these snacks and get back to drawing.
... Holy crap, is this white cheddar?
Friday, August 10, 2012
I recently upgraded my workspace at home, getting a monster of a Cintiq and a desktop. This is my first all-digital piece in my usual style... I still intend to draw my professional work on paper before taking it to the computer for clean-up and color -- handling all of this digitally was just a matter of trying to save time. It only kind of worked.
You can pre-order the deck right here. It's limited edition, and the list of contributing artists is crazy! I can't wait to get my hands on the final product. Full-size prints will also be available through the gallery during the course of the show, which you should totally check out if you're in the Minneapolis area around late October. For more information, check out the Light Grey Art Lab blog.
Posted by Annie Wu at 2:19 PM
Thursday, June 14, 2012
SPEAKING OF AMAZING SHOWS -- I can't believe it's taken me this long to mention -- I recently started working at the NYC branch of Titmouse Inc, doing character/prop/effect color design for the upcoming season of The Venture Bros. That means I, uh, design the... colors... for... characters, props, and effects. As some of you may know, VB is one of my favorite shows ever, so I'm thrilled to be working on it. I could go on about how much I adore this show and how I've been a super-fan since high school (... geez) but I still have to face my co-workers for a few more months, so I'll save it. I don't want to use creepy fire to burn this one bridge I've made to animation so soon, y'know.
And there are more things on the horizon! Still very much under wraps, but if all goes according to plan, there will be some comic-related material available from me by the end of the year-ish. I'm excited. And a little nauseated.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The story's absolutely fascinating, and it led me to seek out events in my area. I was excited to find similar hunts in New York City, but then I remembered that I'm terrible at this sort of thing and find even calculating tips at restaurants a sweat-inducing ordeal. So maybe I'll just enjoy from afar.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I choose you -- Weezing! For Light Grey Art Lab's "Pokemon Battle Royale" show. If you're in or around Minneapolis, check out the show April 16 - May 11. This list of the 151 participating artists is absolutely incredible, so I'm sure it's going to be an amazing display.
It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do with Weezing, a shitty, farty, floating rock. After staring at it for a while, I figured its day-to-day must really suck, so I focused on conveying it as a ball of hot garbage covered in scabs who is in incredible discomfort through every moment of its existence. Yeah? Yeah.
If you want to own this piece... First of all, what's wrong with you? Secondly, I hope you put it in your kid's room. Thirdly, you can purchase it -- and any of the other pieces in the Battle Royale -- from Light Grey Art Lab for $40 once the show kicks off. I won't be doing any other prints of this, so consider it an original.
Also, also: Light Grey Art Lab currently has a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a computer/print lab, which they will use to teach professional-level art and design to people in the community.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I made this super-quick because I wanted a different drawing of myself on the About page. You can also consider this one of those "what I wore today" doodles.
I'm thinking about taking a cue from Peter Cook in the original Bedazzled and buying only red socks from now on.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I found an old doodle of the new Peter Parker in a stack of papers, so I used it as a color warm-up this morning before doing real work that doesn't involve looking up pictures of Andrew Garfield.
I can't believe I haven't updated in so long... I've been steadily working away on different things but none of it's for public consumption yet. I share the occasional sneak peek crop on my Twitter, if that's what you're into.
Yeah, 2012's gonna be a weird one, guys.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I've been following the new season/series of Misfits... I don't know if I'm watching because it's genuinely good or because the new guy's face is, somehow, the best thing ever. Seriously, Joe Gilgun's facial expressions are amazing. So, on Friday, during a break from drawing other stuff, I did a quick sketch of his character and the quick sketch turned into a full-color Rudy Wade. There you go.
The first two seasons of Misfits are on Hulu for American viewers. The third, which features the new guy, will start streaming later this month. Here, have another Joe Gilgun picture and a song that Misfits totally ruined for me, LCD Soundsystem's "Get Innocuous!"...