Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HAWKEYE 16 IS ALREADY A THING YOU CAN READ.



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 OUT NOW.


 

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+

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

OLD AND NEW THINGS BUT MOSTLY NEW.

It's probably about time for an update, isn't it.

Newsarama has posted a three-page preview of Marvel's Hawkeye #14, written by Matt Fraction, drawn by me and colored by Matt Hollingsworth. MATT SANDWICH. The issue comes out November 27, and it's the first part of an arc that explores Kate Bishop's adventures in Cali after the Hawkeye Annual. David Aja will be back with the odd-numbered issues as he and I switch off for a few months. I also recently did an interview with Newsarama's Chris Arrant if you'd like to check that out.

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

CLINK!

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

BATGIRL BEYOND: LIKE, NOW.

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

STUFF I HELPED MAKE: JULY EDITION.

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.

JULY_batgirl
The response to the BATGIRL BEYOND cover has been overwhelming -- thank you, guys. The real deal is on its way! VERY SOON. The Batgirl Beyond story is actually a three-part arc that will unfold ten pages at a time in BATMAN BEYOND #27 - 29, which is a digital first title. That means you can jump on the DC app or Comixology to download each of those; the first chapter will be available as early as this Saturday. THEN, next Wednesday (July 17), the three parts will be collected in print in their own issue, BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #18. So please go out to your local comic book store and demand -- DEMAND -- this issue. They'll probably be cool about it and not understand why you're being such a jerk, but don't let their politeness deter you from causing a scene, demonstrating your enthusiasm. I measure love by destruction. Do not disappoint me.*

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.

JULY_kate

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.

JULY_vb

Also also! Venture Bros. Season Five is now drawing to a close. I greatly enjoyed being part of the crew this season and was just as excited as all the other fans to watch the episodes as they aired. Two more are left, with the finale airing on July 28. Watch it, love it. The first season is now on Netflix, by the way, for those of you who for some reason follow my work but don't watch the show yet. I'd recommend watching the whole thing but kicking things off with "Ghosts of the Sargasso", just because that was the episode that hooked me back in the day.

*Please don't actually destroy your local comic book store. That would be really weird.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

DO IT WELL.

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

PUT ON MY MY MY MY MY GOLDFISH SHOES.



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

SQUIRREL FRIEND.

I missed Daryl Dixon -- easily my favorite Daryl Dixon -- from the latest The Walking Dead AND I was trying to distract myself during the hurricane, so this happened. Consider it portrait practice. Norman Reedus, I hope you know your face is impossible.

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

COLORED A LOT OF METAL THIS YEAR.

Public Relations sneak peek.

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

AWAY FROM COLORFUL PAVILIONS.

I'm one of 78 artists contributing to Light Grey Art Lab's "Tarot, Mystics and the Occult" exhibition and tarot deck. The fates selected the Seven of Swords for me. Themes include deception, shirking responsibilities, being a lone wolf.

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.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

INSECT LIGAMENTS.

LORD_OF_EVIL
As a big fan of Mondo's posters, I was super-excited to be invited to make something for last month's Adventure Time exhibit at their new gallery. Here's Marceline's dad, also known as the Lord of Evil. The character's digital and all the black bits are ink on the print.

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.
The Venture Brothers.
Oh, look, it's old fan art. I hope you guys like the new season when it comes out next year. Spoiler alert: Your socks? They'll be knocked off. And then fuckin' set ablaze.

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

THAT GIRL IS POISON (POISON!)

WIRED Puzzle Illustration.
Since college, WIRED Magazine has been on my list of "someday clients" so I was thrilled to have an opportunity to work on their latest issue. Even better, the assignment was to illustrate this awesome, frantic puzzle hunt -- kind of like a scavenger hunt but with more brainy problem-solving and puns. Check out the May 2012 issue on newsstands or read the full feature on WIRED's site.

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.
WIRED Puzzle Spots.
Above, the main illustration and some spots decorating the drop caps in the print edition. Below, a handful of rough options I did for the main illustration.
WIRED Puzzle Roughs.
Thanks to Victor Krummenacher and Gus Wezerek!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

EVERYTHING HURTS.

Weezing.

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

LORD BLOODBATHINGTON.

Easy to Draw.

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

TOO MUCH SPIDER-MAN.

More Spidey.

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'M LIKE HALF-WOLF.

Rudy Wade.


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!"...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

OH GOD THERE'S INK EVERYWHERE.

Transmet Inks.


I'm still alive! I'm trying to get things done and be a productive human being! I actually made and ate squash today like I'm a real person! Madness.

New work will be coming in a bit, but I just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I've updated my shop with a few originals, including the one pictured above. Also! Since I won't be doing cons for a while and that's typically the only time I offer sketch commissions, you can grab a one-hour sketch from the shop. Details inside. I will only be able to take on, like, four or five, so this is a pretty limited thing. I don't know when it'll happen again.

Okay, that's all for now. I'll get my shit together and share something new soon.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

EATING DOLPHINS AND HANGING OUT WITH LADY-SINGERS.

Jean-Ralphio and Tom.

Parks & Recreation and I had a somewhat rocky beginning, but I believe those early obstacles allowed us to strengthen our relationship to be what it is today. Seriously, I'm a big fan now. I'm totally gonna be Ron Swanson when I grow up. Or Jean-Ralphio. I don't know, there are a lot of factors to consider... Mainly how douchey I become (most signs currently point to Jean-Ralphio).

I oh-so-cleverly used tonight's season premiere as an excuse to draw some Jean-Ralphio and Tom. I don't think Jean-Ralphio does ties, but I liked the way I drew that hand, so I left it.

What's that? You want another drawing of Ben Schwartz? Well, that's a strange thing to request, but I guess I could upload this other sketch I did while watching "Jake & Amir" videos. I know a lot of illustrators have taken to doodling Nick Offerman/Ron Swanson pics -- AND FOR GOOD REASON -- but I submit that Ben Schwartz/Jean-Ralphio is equally fun to draw. I think it's the hair.

Aaand that makes three updates this month with actual new artwork. I'm really determined to keep this blog alive, even when I can't post my professional work. We'll see how long I can maintain this stupid go-getter attitude. "Oh-ho-ho," she laughed knowingly.

"Jean-Ralphio" count: 6

Friday, September 16, 2011

PROHIBITION ERA PSYCHEDELIA.

Prohibition Era Psychedelia.

I did a guest comic thing for Warren Ellis's Three Panels feature. Above is the full-size third panel, which I had to crop in a weird way to keep the writing legible at 640px on Warren's site. Click here to see the full comic. My friend Ariyana Suvarnasuddhi also did one.

I've been thinking a lot about this concept over the past few months. I had "PROHIBITION ERA PSYCHEDELIA" scrawled repeatedly in my notebook and those words regularly bothered me, so I eventually forced myself to draw this, just to get it out of my brain so I can never think about it again. I think my exact words were "Deliver me, inky exorcism." And yay! I'm free. Now I can get on with my life. I guess.

Oh, these are some pictures I threw on Twitter and Tumblr while I was working. This actually strayed pretty far from my typical process. I usually use pens more than brushes or digital linework.

Process Shots.

And this is how I look after staying up 'til 6AM last night for no good reason.

Stare.

Okay, back to real work.