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I get quite a few messages here on DA with various questions and requests. I don't have time due to work and family to answer all of them individually like I would like so I think a handy-dandy FAQ is in order. This way maybe I can answer a question before it's even asked and/or have a journal I can easily direct people to. So here we go!

Q: Can you give me any tips on how to draw/color,paint/whatever better?

A: The quick and easy answer is that there aren't any secrets to being able to draw well. I know it's not what people want to hear and everyone is looking for a magic trick that will instantly make them a better artist. The truth is that I have dedicated 1000s of hours to art in an effort to get better. I attended figure drawing classes, went to conventions and spent hours talking to other artists, and spent nearly every dime I had on books and art supplies. I lived it and breathed it. When you were out on a date or playing video games or seeing movies I was probably home drawing. It's about dedication and time spent drawing. Anyone that tells you any different is selling you snake oil.

Q: Could you do an interview for my site/blog/podcast?

A: yes and no. I like doing interviews and podcasts whenever possible but a lot of times the questions cover things I've answered in 100 other interviews and are easily found online. Add that to the fact that I don't really like talking about myself that much and would rather talk about comics or art or technique. Discussing things like how I started drawing or what my influences are are kinda stayed questions. If you want to have a discussion then by all means, please drop me a line but let's work on making it entertaining and/or a fresh exchange of ideas. It'll be more fun for you and your readers/listeners. Which brings us to our next question.....

Q: How did you get started drawing comics?(and) How did you break into Marvel?

A: I started drawing comics the same way you probably started. I started buying comics at around 11 yrs old and would copy the drawings in my notebooks. I did this for years and was talking normal drawing classes as well in painting, drawing, and sculpture. I just kept drawing until I didn't have to copy out of a comic anymore and could draw from my imagination(around 15yrs old). I still sucked but I was getting better slowly and steadily. I broke into Marvel by going to as many comic conventions as I could all over the country and talking to artists and editors. Anyone that was willing to look at my portfolio and give me some drawing advice. Eventually I got some very small press work with an indie publisher. I got a mere $10 a page but it gave me a published comic to show editors. I kept taking any job I could find and moved up to bigger and bigger companies until I got noticed by Erik Ko at UDON Entertainment. They were doing work for Marvel on their Deadpool comics. I joined UDON and Erik showed my work to Marvel who then offered me some small gigs with very tight deadlines. it was trial by fire and I guess I did okay because this year marks my 11th year with them. Bottomline- I had a fire in my belly and I was going to draw comics professionally or I was going to die. Simple as that.

Q: Can you look at my portfolio and give me a critique?

A: I used to do this online all the time but have stopped over the last couple of years. The reason for this is because I feel a critique is a give and take situation and I like to interact with the person I am critiquing. If I am simply typing a message or e-mail there's back and forth. The other reason is because I don't know how the review is going to be received. There have been more than a few times that I took a long time to type out a very detailed critique only to have the person reply back saying something like "You don't know what you're talking about" or "You just don't understand MY art". It makes the whole exercise feel like a waste of time. Not everyone is like this of course but all it takes is a few to ruin it for everyone. I do, however, do portfolio critiques at every convention i go to so, if you see me, feel free to ask and I'll give you 10-15 minutes to talk about your art. I don't, by any means, consider myself an expert but I can give you an honest opinion in hopes that it might help you a little bit.

Q: Would you draw my character?(this is usually a fan request and not a paying client)

A:  I'm really sorry but there just aren't enough hours in the day to be able to draw your character and still meet my deadlines and have family time. Add to the fact that, if I do find myself with a few hours to draw for myself, I'm going to probably draw something I want to draw for myself. But I encourage you to pick up a pencil and give it a whirl yourself. There's nothing quite a fulfilling as dreaming up a character and seeing it come to life by your own hand.

Q: Can we do an art exchange?

A: See previous question=-)

Q: Can you design my tattoo for me?

A: erp, wow, nope!-HAHA! I really don't feel comfortable designing something that's going to be on your body for the rest of your life. Maybe you'll love it forever but maybe you'll hate it as well and I don't want to be responsible for that. also charge for stuff like this so you're probably not going to want to pay for a very expensive tattoo AND pay for an illustrator to draw it in the first place. if you want to use an existing piece of work that I've already done for a tattoo then please feel free! You don't even have to ask permission, just send me a picture of it when it's done. I love seeing stuff like that!

Q: I run a website that makes t-shirts/tubes/skateboard decks/*insert merch here* and I would love to use some of your artwork on my merch! Can I?

A: Unfortunately no. Most if not all my artwork on DA was done for clients and is of copyrighted and/or trademarked characters that I don't own so I can't give permission to use it on unauthorized merchandise. Additionally, if I find artwork of mine being used for posters or t-shirts or anywhere where the user is profiting from it's use, I will have to send a notice to the original copyright holder. I know it makes me sound like an asshole and I'm sorry about that but my artwork is how I make a living and feed and cloth my child so I have to protect it. Hopefully most people understand.

Q:I wrote a comic, can you draw it? I can't pay you but I will give you credit and/or a percentage of sales if it's ever published!

A:Oh boy, here we go. The short answer is no but I want to expound on this a bit. I'm going to do my best not to sound like an asshole but I feel it's important to be honest on this topic. Fist off, I am contracted with Marvel so I'm not allowed to do any other comic work outside Marvel. That being said, I still most likely won't be doing your comic because I am a professional illustrator who counts of a client paying me to make a living. Spec work, especially something as huge and time consuming as drawing a full comic, just isn't a smart thing for me to do when it comes to supporting my family. Couple that with the fact that getting a comic published in this economic climate is extremely difficult. Even if you can manage to get it published through a publisher like Image or Boom, you'd have to sell around 7000 copies before you saw a dime of profit and selling 7000 copies of anything that doesn't have Spider-man in it is no easy feat. Even if you split the profits with me 50/50 it's still 50% of 0$. May I offer the suggestion of at least paying SOMETHING. Even upping your page rate from 0$ to 20$ is going to expand your talent pool immensely. No, I still can't do your book but you will get a much more skilled artists that you would at 0$. But remember, you get what you pay for. You're still going to get an ameteur or hobbyist and not a professional or seasoned veteran but at least they should be somewhat competent or at least hungry to get some work out there.
   But you say "I can't afford to pay $20 a page!", right? Well, I beg to differ. A normal comic is around 20 pages. at $20 a page that comes to $400. Even a person working flipping burgers can save up that much money within a certain amount of time. Take a year and sock away a few dollars whenever you can and you will eventually have the $400 to hire an artist. yes, you may have to sacrifice going to the movies a few times or not ordering that appetizer at dinner or buying that new pair of kicks but it can be done. And let's face it, if you don't want to make the sacrifices it takes to hire an artist that's capable, what does it say about the faith you have in your story? I certainly wouldn't want to work for a writer that doesn't have the faith is his own work to save up $400 and neither would most other artists. But hey, I ADORE indy books and think they are the bread and butter of our industry so I truly wish you luck and hope I see your book on the stands soon!

Q: I'm looking for an artist for a video game/comic book/website/*insert project here*. I'm a paying client!

A: Awesome, thanks for your interest! I'm always looking for fun opportunities to work for new clients. But 9 times out of 10 the people e-mailing me are shocked when I tell them my rate based on the description of the project so I find I don't reply to a lot of these messages based on a little research. Does the client have a professional website? Do I have artist friends that have worked for them before or at least heard of them? Do they have a list of clients or projects that I have at least heard of? It all ends up saving the client and myself a lot of headache. The best thing I can suggest is to click this link and read through the standards for paying illustrators. It's a quick reference giude and will save you a ton of trouble: <a href="whatafool.deviantart.com/art/P…" target="_blank" class="">whatafool.deviantart.com/art/P… Not only does it break down the rates by illustrator and experience, it breaks it down by the project type. I find these rates to be pretty on pare with national standards.

Q: Are you open for commissions?

A: I am but the wait time can be up to a year so you'd have to be patient. If you're interested and would like pricing you can e-mail markbrooksart@msn.com with your request and I will get back to you with price info.

Q: Do you sell your original art?

A: I do! If you see a piece you are interested in you can e-mail me at markbrooksart@msn.com for pricing and availablility.

Q: What tools/supplies do you use to create you work?

A: I use a combination of many things but the main supplies I use is a Cintiq 21UX to pencil and then I ink with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens and a Pentel refillable brush pen. I'll also use Signo Uniball white pens and prismacolors from time to time. For marker work I use Copic sketch refillable markers. I digitally paint everything in Photoshop CS6. I buy all my supplies from this website and I find they have the best prices overall: <a href="www.jetpens.com/?gclid=CNK62of…" target="_blank" class="">www.jetpens.com/?gclid=CNK62of…

Q: What pencil brushes are you using in photoshop?

A:These!-<a href="cedrichohnstadt.wordpress.com/…" target="_blank" class="">cedrichohnstadt.wordpress.com/… have fun!

Q: Did you write World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide?

A: Nope, that's Max Brooks but don't feel bad, happens all the time.

Q: Did you work on Metalocalypse? 

A: Nope, different Mark Brooks. In fact, there are at least 2 other professional artists names Mark Brooks out in the world. One is a character designer and art director and the other is a fantasy illustrator from England. But if you're online and see a piece of comic artwork by Mark Brooks there's a %99.8 chance it's mine.

Well, that's all I can think of right now. If you have any other questions feel free to ask in the comment section and I will update this. Hopefully I can cover everything. Thanks for reading and as always, hope you dig!

best!
-Mark
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I'll be in San Diego for Comic Con International in a few days and I hope any of the fine member of DA that are attending will drop by and say hello! I will be in booth #5557 in Hall F and we have a ton of stuff planned including new prints, how-tos and panels! Here's a list of stuff you can find at my booth as well as a schedule of panels and signings!

PRINTS- I will have a ton of all new prints and lithographs including the oversized X-Women print you see above(17"X38"). I will also have a brand new type of print that are in 3-D!(no special glasses required)

ARTBOOKS- I will have copies of my hardback artbook GROUNDWORKS so if you haven't gotten your copy yet here's your chance!

COMMISSION SKETCHES – He will take a short list on Thursday and then cherry pick off the list. Commissions will be $400 for a full body, pencil, ink and grey scale piece. 

We are really excited and looking forward to seeing some of you at BOOTH #5557! Let me know if you have any questions. And for more regular updates on what's happening – please follow both me and my lovely wife on twitter for updates throughout the show @MarkBrooksArt and @BrideOfDiablo. 

PANELS:

THURSDAY, July 18
10:00 – 11:00 MARVEL: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Room 7AB

FRIDAY, July 19
2:30-4:30 Comic-Con How-To: Dynamic Marker Rendering for Comics with Mark Brooks (moderated by Lisa Kwon) ***Bring your grey Copic markers! Mark will walk you through his marker techniques. At the end of the session, we'll give away a few art books and his demonstration art. No copics? No worries! Come anyway. All skill levels and curious spectators are welcome. a Q&A will also take place covering anything comic related. 
Room 2

SIGNING AT THE MARVEL BOOTH – Signing comics and quick free head sketches since I will NOT be doing free sketches at my booth, so this is your best opportunity to get one. Go early to make sure you get a spot!
• Thursday – 5 to 6pm
• Friday – 12 to 1pm
• Saturday – 12 to 1 pm

Happy SDCC!!!
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New York Comic Con is mere days away and I hope you will come out and join 60,000 of your closest friends for a weekend of Comics, movies, animation, toys, and pop culture! We have tons of stuff planned this year including my new artbook GROUNDWORKS:The Marvel Art of MARK BROOKS as well as a ton of new prints and lithographs. Here's a complete list of what you can expect:

ORIGINAL ART - including some recent covers for X-Men Legacy, Uncanny Avengers, Avengers vs. X-Men and many more plus interiors from his run on Uncanny X-Force as well as a portfolio of older art with reduced pricing.

NEW ART BOOK – Groundworks – The Marvel Art of Mark Brooks. INCLUDES LIMITED NYCC EDITION BOOKPLATE. This is a beautiful hard back, full color autographed book for $25.  Get more details at this link: diablo2003.deviantart.com/jour…

The artbook can also be ordered if you are not able to attend the show by simply e-mailing markbrooksart@msn.com with the subject "GROUNDWORKS"
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NEW PRINTS & LITHOGRAPHS – Check out these gorgeous 13x19" prints each $20, click link to see an image:
·         Red Phoenix, Green Phoenix and *exclusive limited run of 50 White Phoenix* The Red and Green are $20 each and for sale individually, but the white variant is ONLY available if you purchase both red and                green for total package price of $50. Pick up a package before they sell out!  fav.me/d55fq71
·         Battle Rogue fav.me/d4ggo1m
·         X-Men Legacy cover – no image is available, but it's GREAT!
·         X-Men Legacy – Msr. Marvel fav.me/d50pqz4
·         Additional lithos: Queen of Hearts, DC Sirens, Baroness, Black Cat, and oversized Thor art print ($30)

COMMISSION SKETCHES – He will take a short list on Thursday and then cherry pick off the list.  Commissions will be $400 for a full body, pencil, ink and grey scale piece.

We are really excited and looking forward to seeing some of you at ARTIST ALLEY TABLE CC-12!  Let me know if you have any questions.  And for more regular updates on what's happening – please follow both me and my lovely wife on twitter for updates throughout the show @MarkBrooksArt and @BrideOfDiablo.
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It's that time of year again! I will be at San Diego Comic Con beginning preview night on July 11th all the way through to the 15th at BOOTH #4403. We have tons of stuff planned this year including my new artbook GROUNDWORKS:The Marvel Art of MARK BROOKS as well as a ton of new prints and lithographs. Here's a complete list of what you can expect:

ORIGINAL ART - including some recent covers for X-Men Legacy and interiors from his run on Uncanny X-Force as well as a portfolio of older art with reduced pricing.

NEW ART BOOK – Groundworks – The Marvel Art of Mark Brooks.  This is a beautiful hard back, full color autographed book for $25.  Get more details at this link: diablo2003.deviantart.com/jour…
                        The artbook can also be preordered if you are not able to attend the show by simply e-mailing markbrooksart@msn.com with the subject "GROUNDWORKS"
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NEW PRINTS & LITHOGRAPHS – Check out these gorgeous 13x19" prints each $20, click link to see an image:
·         Red Phoenix, Green Phoenix and *exclusive limited run of 50 White Phoenix* The Red and Green are $20 each and for sale individually, but the white variant is ONLY available if you purchase both red and                green for total package price of $50. Pick up a package before they sell out!  fav.me/d55fq71
·         Battle Rogue fav.me/d4ggo1m
·         X-Men Legacy cover – no image is available, but it's GREAT!
·         X-Men Legacy – Msr. Marvel fav.me/d50pqz4
·         Additional lithos: Queen of Hearts, DC Sirens, Baroness, Black Cat, and oversized Thor art print ($30)

COMMISSION SKETCHES – He will take a short list on Thursday and then cherry pick off the list.  Commissions will be $400 for a full body, pencil, ink and grey scale piece.

We are really excited and looking forward to seeing some of you at BOOTH #4403!  Let me know if you have any questions.  And for more regular updates on what's happening – please follow both me and my lovely wife on twitter for updates throughout the show @MarkBrooksArt and @BrideOfDiablo.

PANELS:
  I will be at multiple panels this year!
-The Deviantart panel on Saturday July 14th from noon-1pm in Room 2, Upper level, Hall A (this is on the opposite side of the convention center from where it was last year) ayame-kenoshi.deviantart.com/j…
-How to compose a cover with Mark Brooks- Friday, July 13 from 2:30pm-4:30pm(check program guide for location). This is an hour long session on the composition and illustration of a cover and will give you insight on how a cover is made. This is an interactive session so please bring paper and something to write/draw with. This is going to be a ton of and I hope you will plan to attend!
- Lastly, I will be signing at the Marvel booth from 1-2pm on Thursday so come by and get your books signed as well as free sketches!

Happy SDCC!!!
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NEW ARTBOOK- IT'S HERE!

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 18, 2012, 9:24 AM



NEW ARTBOOK- IT'S HERE!

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   Well, almost. GROUNDWORKS: The Marvel Art of Mark Brooks is off to the printers and will be available starting at San Diego Comic Con on July 12th-15th. The book is a 48 page full color hardback and contains over 200 sketches, designs, concepts, and full color works much of which has never been seen anywhere else. From the moment my pencil hits the page to the glossy final image, you'l see all the steps it takes to produce my work for Marvel. I've tried to produce a book that's more than just a book of art and created something that shows the momentum of an image and gives the viewer an idea of the foundation of how a piece of art winds up in the pages of your favorite Marvel Comics. Hence the title- GROUNDWORKS.

PRE-ORDER:

   Not going to San Diego this year? Fear not! I am opening pre-orders right now and we can ship the book anywhere in the world. The book is $25+ shipping and you can get one by simply e-mailing MARKBROOKSART@MSN.COM with the subject line "Groundworks artbook" and we will reply back with order and shipping instructions within 48 hours. And as a BONUS to everyone that pre-orders their copy before July 12th I will include a special edition signed BOOK PLATE. Books will begin shipping immediately after San Diego Comic Con on a first ordered, first shipped basis.

GROUNDWORKS: The Marvel Art of MARK BROOKS
pre-order book plate edition
48pages 9"X12.5"   $25
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Thanks for looking and I hope to hear from you soon!
-Mark


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Journal Entry: Tue Apr 24, 2012, 9:42 AM



It's convention season again and as always, I will be making the rounds both in the US and abroad. Here's a full list of appearances and I hope to meet a lot of you this year. If we've already met, well, I hope to see you again! Lot of new stuff in the works including a new 'art of' book featuring my Marvel work over the years that will include sketches, concept work. and finished pieces, most of it has never been seen beyond myself and my editors.

Phoenix Comic-Con Phoenix, AZ- May 24-27 2012
HeroesCon- Charlotte, NC- June 22-24 2012
San Diego Comic-Con- San Diego, CA- July 12-15 2012
*Singapore Comic-Con- Sept 1-2, 2012
*DragonCon- Atlanta, GA-  August 31-Sept 3, 2012
New York Comic-Con- New York, NY- Oct 11-14, 2012

*projected conventions that may be subject to change

On another note, I have gotten numerous requests for portfolio reviews and want to work out a way I can do reviews but in a public manner so that everyone can read my ramblings and possible learn a little something. This would involve people submitting their portfolios(4 pages of sequentials and a cover or 2) and I will post them up in a journal and proceed to critique it. To do this you would need to have 2 things- 1) a tough skin that can take the bad with the good and 2) be willing to be critiques in front of the whole world(or at least Deviantart). I am by no means an a**hole and won't go out of my way to hurt anyone's feeling but I will be completely honest and honesty can sometimes be brutal. If you're up for it please send me a private note with links to each page(maximum 4 and they should one continuous story) and cover of your work that you would like critiqued. If you already have the pages hosted on a image linkable site like Photobucket, all the better! I will pick one that I think will best help the artist and the greater DA public and post it in a week or 2. Good luck!

I also still have copies of my artbook Angelic for online order so, if you would like a copy, shoot me an e-mail at markbrooksart@msn.com with the subject line "Angelic artbook" and we will get back to you with order instructions. Only a few boxes left and when they're gone, they're gone.
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San Diego 2011!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 18, 2011, 12:24 PM



Ya'll Come See Me at San Diego Comic-Con!! BOOTH #4403
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It's that time of year again where we go all out for that behemoth of a show – San Diego Comic-Con!  In addition to finishing up issue #13 of Uncanny X-Force, the last few weeks have been all about prepping for this show and making sure there is plenty of new stuff available.  Here is what's going on this year!

First – make sure you know where I'm located: BOOTH #4403 in the "Illustrators" section of the show floor, just inside Lobby F, between the bag check and the 20th Century Fox booth.  I'm NOT in Artist Alley.

BOOTH #4403 will be set up for Preview Night through show close on Sunday.  I'll be there along with Stephane Roux.  

MARK BROOKS ITEMS AVAILABLE AT THE BOOTH

ART PRINTS AND LITHOGRAPHS
*NEW* DC "Sirenes" art print featuring Poison Ivy, Catwoman and HarleyQuinn. $20 fav.me/d3laiec
*NEW* Art nouveau Black Cat $20 fav.me/d3ijbm4
*NEW* Thor Spread, oversized lithograph - $30  (BOTTOM full color image) fav.me/d3iah7b
*NEW* Akira featuring Kaneda art print $20
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Baroness with smoking gun $20 (Image on the RIGHT)  diablo2003.deviantart.com/art/…
Scarlet Witch $20 fav.me/d241ixs
White Queen $20 fav.me/d2ttmgq
Various other prints $20

ART BOOKS
Angelic (2010) – 48 page hard cover art book, $25
Devilish (2009) – 48 page hard cover art book, $25
Or you can purchase both for $40

ORIGINAL ART
Uncanny X-Force original pages
Various other covers, interiors, video game art
Original penciled piece used in the DC "Sirenes" art print
Book of prelims, sketches and original pages priced at $50 and under

COMMISSIONS
As most people are aware, SDCC is a crazy show and often the time needed to complete many commissions is just not there.  My goal is to get 3 done, but even that might be a stretch.  I know that's disappointing, but I try to produce quality over quantity and I hope everyone understands that.

WE'LL ALSO HAVE FREE POSTCARDS FOR ANYONE THAT COMES BY!

ORDER ONLINE!!
    But fear not if you want to get your hands on one but are not planning to attend the show. WE WILL BE OFFERING THE pPRINTS BY MAIL ORDER AND CAN SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. Simply send an e-mail to MARKBROOKSART@MSN.COM with the subject "PRINTS" and we will get back to you with ordering instructions and all the details you need.

PANEL:
  As of right now I will be doing a panel along with Stanley"Artgerm" Lau hosted by Deviantart founcer Angelo Sotira on Saturday covering Deviant Art and how to utilize it to it's full potential. Check your SDCC program for time and panel room.

For any question please direct them to @brideofdiablo on Twitter>

So, if you are planning on attending San Diego Comic Con please make sure to come by and say hello!
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Angelic and San Diego Comic-Con!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 16, 2010, 12:28 PM



It's that time of year again, SAN DEIGO COMIC-CON 2010!

Just like last year I will be a guest of the show but unlike last year I will be in a swanky booth instead of Artist Alley. You can find me in the illustrator area at BOOTH #4403! Please stop by and say hello
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Now for the big announcement! As you may or may not recall I debuted my artbook 'Devilish' last year at the show and opened it up for order via Deviant Art. Well, this year is no exception. Debuting on Wednesday's preview night at Comic-Con is 'Angelic: The art of Mark Brooks vol.2'! It's a hardback full color saddle stitched book with a spot varnished cover. It's chock full of pin-ups, covers, sketches, and design work from the length of my career so far and includes some familiar work as well as stuff never seen before now.
Hard cover, 8 3/4x12 3/8 inches, 48 pages, full-color, full bleed, sewn pages. Price: $25.00  I will have limited copies available at the show so please come by early to get your copy if you're going to be at the show.
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I'll also have new lithographs as well as some classics so, hopefully, there will be something you will dig. All lithos are a mere $20.   
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ORDER ONLINE!!
    But fear not if you want to get your hands on one but are not planning to attend the show. WE WILL BE OFFERING THE BOOK BY MAIL ORDER AND CAN SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. Simply send an e-mail to MARKBROOKSART@MSN.COM with the subject "ARTBOOK" and we will get back to you with ordering instructions and all the details you need.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see everyone at the show!

Best,
-Mark
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Twitter and 'Devilish-The Art of Mark Brooks

Journal Entry: Thu May 20, 2010, 9:56 AM



First off, I'm on TWITTER so follow my day to day antics over there when you get the chance- twitter.com/MarkBrooksArt

Secondly, there are still a few copies of my artbook left before the new book goes in production so make sure to get your copy while you can because once they are gone, they're gone never to be produced again! It's a hardback full color saddle stitched book with a spot varnished cover. It's produced by Brand Studios and, if you've bought a book produced by these guys, you know how impressive these book look. it's chock full of pin-ups, covers, sketches, and design work from the length of my career so far and includes some familiar work as well as stuff never seen before now. .
Hard cover, 8 3/4x12 3/8 inches, 48 pages, full-color, full bleed, sewn pages. Price: $25.00
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ORDER ONLINE!!
    But fear not if you want to get your hands on one but are not planning to attend the show. WE WILL BE OFFERING THE BOOK BY MAIL ORDER AND CAN SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. Simply send an e-mail to MARKBROOKSART@MSN.COM with the subject "ARTBOOK" and we will get back to you with ordering instructions and all the details you need.
SAMPLE PAGES:
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In addition to the sketchbook I will have convention exclusive lithographs including the art nouveau Darkstalkers piece as well as (and due to popular demand) a new reprint of the X-Men:Family Matters print. Both are oversized at roughly 15"X30" or larger. All signed and numbered and limited to 200 each.
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Thanks for reading and I hope to see everyone at the show!

Best,
-Mark


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It's Spreading

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 15, 2009, 1:35 PM



So I'm going through some photos from the New York Comicon that I took and discovered this among the shots. Never noticed it until now.
Turner

Then I'm going through my wallet to pay for a soda at the store and found this among the crumpled bills.
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Now today, I'm surfing online and find this.
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Very weird indeed.

Drawstick Forums:drawstick.proboards.com/index.…?
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Art critique

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 23, 2009, 8:17 PM



Every week I get a handful of requests to review or critique an up and coming artist's work either through e-mail, Facebook, Myspace, or Deviantart. I'm usually too strapped for time be able to oblige mostly because it takes a long time to give the work it's proper attention and typing out a critique is far less effective than actually speaking with the artist. Recently, I have come up with a way to give portfolio reviews verbally without having to type a long critique as well as help others that might not be having their portfolio reviewed but could still take in a lot of knowledge by listening in. Each week a portfolio will be chosen from the submissions and reviewed live during our Tuesday podcast on Breaking the Panel on Talkshoe.com- www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/….
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If you want to have your portfolio reviewed live on the air during an episode of Breaking the Panel please put your submission pages in this thread drawstick.proboards32.com/inde… on the Drawstick Art Forums along with your name, age, and any other information you would like to include. You will need to register for the forum to be able to submit your pages Please keep your submission to no more than 4 sequential pages and 1 cover.
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It's very important to realize that your work will be shown via a link and discussed LIVE during the show by me and a panel of other artists. We will be doing a real hard nose critique that will be fair and honest. We will be telling you and the other listeners what you are doing right and, more importantly, what you are doing wrong and how to possibly fix them. You will need to have a tough skin and be able to take a critique if you want to submit. You will also be invited to call in if you would like to participate live but it's not required to be chosen. The episode will also be available on itunes immediately after the show ends. Only one portfolio will be chosen each week since we will be spending a good amount of time discussing the submission and wouldn't have time to do more than one.
  It's also important to mention that I, in no way, consider myself an expert on comic art or critiquing other's work. I am just a guy that has worked in comics for a good while and have learned a lot through my experience. My only hope is that I can pass on a little of what I've learned and help some people in getting where they want to go faster.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing what you guys submit!

-Mark

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DRAWSTICK ART FORUMS

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 13, 2009, 10:38 PM



Turner

After years of absence, I've relaunched the Drawstick art forums and would like to encourage everyone to come by and log in,sign up, or re-register. I've wiped the board clean and given it a fresh coat of paint so I hope you'll come by and have a look around. I'm encouraging an open lounge atmosphere with little intervention by me or the moderators. When we last left off, we had 1800 members and I've invited everyone back so I expect the board will be hopping in no time but, for now, it's a virgin board ripe for the pillaging. This board is for you guys and gals so I hope to see you all there!
Drawstick Art Forums: drawstick.proboards32.com/inde…

best!
-Mark


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Why we starve

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 10, 2009, 4:23 PM



I'm trying to think of the best way to word this without coming off as some sort of dickhead because it's something that really pressed my buttons this past weekend and I feel the need to vent. I write this not only for everyone else to read and maybe discuss but in hopes that the person that did the deed in question will read it too and better understand his actions as well as where I'm coming from.
   This past weekend I attended the New York Comicon in Manhattan. The New York fans are some of the best in the world and I always have a really good time meeting them, signing books, doing sketches, or whatever else might come to mind. Along with this I also sell copies of my sketchbooks and lithographs of work I have done to anyone that would like them. I think it's very important to be accessible as an artist both personally as well as the merchandise I sell so I try to keep my prices very reasonable so anyone can afford at least something from my table. For many years now I have had people that would bring all sorts of things for me to sign including comics I've worked on, posters, books, trading cards, and even an action figure or 2. Every once and a while people would bring me pieces of my artwork that they print themselves from the web as well and I would usually sign them but recently stopped in the last year or so, the reason which I will get to in a moment.
  This brings us to the event in question. A person walked up to my table on Saturday and produced 6 prints from his bag, 2 were 8.5"X11" and the other 4 were roughly postcard size. He placed them in front of me and asked if I would sign them. I immediately recognized that these were not anything produced by me or Marvel Comics so I asked if he had printed them himself. He said yes so I politely said that I couldn't sign anything that was produced by someone taking my artwork off the web and making their own prints. His response was that not everyone can afford a print or sketchbook and it became obvious that he was getting angry. Again, I explained that this is my living and my artwork is how I feed myself so people downloading and printing my artwork illegally is only hurting my ability to make a living. He then said I was the only one of the 200 artist he has done this with that has refused to sign. I again apologized and explained that I am not the only one that doesn't sign illegal prints. At this point, I had various other people standing around my table and I was a bit flustered by the whole situation since his anger caught me by surprise. He again verbalized with genuine anger and surprise that he couldn't believe I would refuse to sign his prints and then walked off in a huff. I thought on this all weekend and am finally able to put into words what I wish I was able to articulate to the man at the show.
  So now you're probably asking, "what's the big deal? sign the damn prints!". Well, for many years I did and about 70% of the time the prints would end up on ebay. A lot of the work you see on my page is done just for myself so I can have original lithographs to sell at shows and appearances so I was never paid to produce the work. My pay comes when I take the artwork to shows and people buy the lithographs. If someone prints something from the web, has me sign it, and then sells it on ebay he has now profited off my hard work as well as taken away a small percentage of me making a living. Contrary to popular belief, most comic artists are far from rich and most of us are just trying to scrape a living a get by so protecting our artwork becomes extremely important for us to continue making a living. Of course, I'm not saying that this person was definitely going to take the prints to ebay and sell them but I can't take that risk and even if he didn't intend to sell them, my feelings on the subject still stands.
  So, to that gentleman who asked me to sign your prints I ask him this- If you illegally downloaded a musician's latest CD, burned it to a disk and took it to an event where that musician is signing autographs would you ask him to sign your pirated disk? How about asking an actor to sign your illegally downloaded movie or an author to sign your illegally downloaded manuscript from his latest book? Unless you are completely amoral or vacant of any sort of tact I would guess your answer would be an emphatic "NO". So why would you think it would be any different from a visual artist? I, like any other art, really appreciate anyone enjoying my work. After all, it's the reason I got into comics in the first place but equally as important is my ability to feed myself and my family and put a roof over our heads. Will me signing your illegal prints cause my house to go into foreclosure? Probably not but there has to be a line drawn somewhere and I think I was more than kind to this person in explaining this and feel he had absolutely zero right to get angry.
    I can only hope that he didn't realize the full consequences of his actions or how it effects me and any other artist he does this to. As always, these are only my opinions and I welcome anyone who disagrees. Perhaps I am being too harsh or am missing something so I am open to other ideas. In the end I hope the person I encountered on Saturday in New York will read this and have a better idea of where I'm coming from and give his actions a little more thought.

ADDENDUM: We will be discussing this very subject tonight as well as comic book convention etiquette tonight on the podcast "Breaking the Panel". Go to the following link and log in or register to listen in or call in with your questions or comments!: www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/…

Thanks for reading!
-Mark


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New layout-YAY!!!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 29, 2008, 1:16 PM



Just a quick journal to thank an amazing Deviant that has really snazzed up my page by creating a really cool custom CSS layout for my journal entries! KyleRobinsonCustoms :iconkylerobinsoncustoms: is a huge asset to DA for all the support he provides everyone as well as his talent for creating custom action figures(something near and dear to my heart). Here's a few samples of his work and I'd really appreciate it if you went over to his page and had a look around. I promise you won't be dissapointed!

Kaneda Custom Akira Figure by KyleRobinsonCustoms Bowen Deadpool Custom Figure by KyleRobinsonCustoms Custom MvsC Strider Hiryu by KyleRobinsonCustoms

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Thanks for reading!
-Mark

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SENIORITY!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 9, 2008, 1:53 PM



Wow, this is so unexpected! I've always dreamed the day would come but I never knew it would be such a huge surprise. I want to thank my Mother and Father as well as my wife and son for giving me the inspiration to always achieve what I set out to do. My agent Sal Bernstein, my accountant Harvey Lemonjello, and my stylist the Amazing Rosha- I couldn't have done it without you guys! Ow, I know I'm forgetting some people..The fine folks at Marvel Comics for all the opportunities, the guys at Strathmore for all the fine paper and pencils and the peeps that make my color so vibrant- I'm looking at you Adobe! Finally, a big thanks to Jesus for whom with all things are possible!

  Okay, all jokes aside, I really appreciate being given this honor and, while I have no idea who nominated me or why I was chosen, it always feels good to be recognized by your peers and I assure you I don't take this lightly. Can't say that I'm all that clear on exactly what the honor means other than that cool little comma next to your name but still very cool none the less. Thanks to all the guys that have commented on my main page and I promise to keep trying to make as much semi-kickass artwork as I possibly can. Can't promise I will always succeed but the effort is the most important part anyway, right?

Thanks again!
-Mark


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Right now and every Thursday night on Talkshoe.com we do a live podcast called Bigfanboy Live. If you can or are in the mood, please head over to www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/… and have a listen or register and be able to take part in the chatroom and/or call in live. We cover everything from TV, movies, and animation to video games and comic books.
  Afterwards we do a podcast called Tim's Late Night Lounge which is more pop culture talk and general silliness.

Hope to see you there!
-Mark
Turner
For anyone that might not have heard the news today, we lost one of the comic greats last night. Michael Turner, after waging a valiant fight with Cancer for the last 7+ years, Passed away last night at the age of 37.
  To say I knew Mike would be a vast overstatement since I only saw him once or twice a year and it was usually just to say hello but I knew many of his friends very well and have come up in the industry hearing stories of Mike's kindness and devotion to his thousands of fans and the smile that always donned his face even when the Cancer he suffered from was at it's worst. year after year, even when in great pain, Mike would travel around the country to as many conventions as he could to show his appreciation to anyone that loved him or his work as well as pumping out cover after cover month in and month out even when the pain got so bad that he had to draw flat on his back. Mike set an example for all of us to follow whether it be work ethic or a general positive outlook on life even when things are at their worst.
  They say that an artist is special because he or she is the only being in the world that is immortal. The works they create can live on forever far after the artist is gone. Mike proved this by showing all of us what is possible with hard work and determination and he created characters and worlds that will stand the test of time and keep him living in the artwork he drew.
  If you knew Michael or his work, please take a moment tonight to pray for Mike as well as all the family and friends that are mourning his loss. If you're not familiar with Mike, please take a second to look him up and see the kind of art he created. We lost one of the great ones today at far too young an age and our industry is poorer for it.

If you would like to send condolences to Michael's family you are encouraged to do so. Please send them to:

Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
Culver City, CA, 90230

His company Aspen Comics is also encouraging anyone wishing to do so to send a charitable donation big or small in Mike's name to The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org/docroot/home/in… or the Make-A-Wish Foundation www.wish.org/help?s_kwcid=make…|917760391

Till we meet again,
-Mark
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Turner
For anyone that might not have heard the news today, we lost one of the comic greats last night. Michael Turner, after waging a valiant fight with Cancer for the last 7+ years, Passed away last night at the age of 37. He was surrounded by Family and Friends.
  To say I knew Mike would be a vast overstatement since I only saw him once or twice a year and it was usually just to say hello but I knew many of his friends very well and have come up in the industry hearing stories of Mike's kindness and devotion to his thousands of fans and the smile that always donned his face even when the Cancer he suffered from was at it's worst. year after year, even when in great pain, Mike would travel around the country to as many conventions as he could to show his appreciation to anyone that loved him or his work as well as pumping out cover after cover month in and month out even when the pain got so bad that he had to draw flat on his back. Mike set an example for all of us to follow whether it be work ethic or a general positive outlook on life even when things are at their worst.
  They say that an artist is special because he or she is the only being in the world that is immortal. The works they create can live on forever far after the artist is gone. Mike proved this by showing all of us what is possible with hard work and determination and he created characters and worlds that will stand the test of time and keep him living in the artwork he drew.
  If you knew Michael or his work, please take a moment tonight to pray for Mike as well as all the family and friends that are mourning his loss. If you're not familiar with Mike, please take a second to look him up and see the kind of art he created. We lost one of the great ones today at far too young an age and our industry is poorer for it.

If you would like to send condolences to Michael's family you are encouraged to do so. Please send them to:

Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
Culver City, CA, 90230

His company Aspen Comics is also encouraging anyone wishing to do so to send a charitable donation big or small in Mike's name to The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org/docroot/home/in… or the Make-A-Wish Foundation www.wish.org/help?s_kwcid=make…|917760391

Till we meet again,
-Mark
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  I wanted to take a minute to introduce someone who is relatively new to the D.A. community. years ago when I was still trying to break into comics there was this young artist that seemingly came out of no where drawing a book for Wildstorm/Image Comics called Gen13. The energy and dynamic poses blew my mind in a way that few other artists had done before and he made me want to work even harder to get into the business that I loved so much. He showed me things that I didn't know were possible or hadn't even considered in comic work and I like to think his influence can be seen in my work to this day even in a small way. Over the years he's worked on pretty much every major character from Batman and Superman to Spider-man and the X-Men and even launched his own incredibly successful creator owned title DangerGirl. To top it all off, I found out years later that we were both born on April 12th, 1973 so finding out were are exactly the same age and he was a rock star before I could even get my foot in the door made me want to work even harder.
    He's already a legend in comics at the ripe old age of 34 and shows no sign of stopping so I hope you'll all head over to his page and peep all his amazing work. If you're already familiar with Jeff I hope you'll head over and have a second look at all his work but if you're new to Jeff's style of art (and if you are please let me know what rock you've been living under) I hope you'll head over and see what an artist at the top of his game can produce! And while you're there, make sure to leave him a comment and let him know I sent you=)

Jeff's page: :iconj-scott-campbell:

Thanks for reading!
-Mark

WonderCon 2008

Tue Feb 19, 2008, 8:38 PM
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HEADIN' TO THE LEFT COAST!!!

Hey dudes and dudettes! I'll be heading to Wondercon in San Fransisco at the Moscone convention center this weekend (Feb 22-24)!! If you're in the area or plan to attend please come by my table and say hello. For more info you can check out the website at www.comic-con.org/wc/

  I might not be listed in the program book since I was a late entry but I'll be sharing a booth with fellow Marvel artist with Ale' Garza so look for him in the program book to find our location.

Hope to see you there!
-Mark