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Batman ‘66 #17 or Dreams DO Come true…

Okay, yes, I’m drawing and colouring Batman ‘66 #17 for DC Comics….! 

This is where I find myself: Living the dream, baby!  As a munchkin there were few things I loved more in life than curling up and watching the Adam West BATMAN TV Show.  I mean, sure, that led well into my late 20s, but thats another story.  1966’s Batman inspired my entire illustration aesthetic, as my school-chums and instructors can attest to.  I always wondered “…how can I include Adam West or Batman in this assignment?” — and in many cases I triumphed!  Hazzuh!

But, as time passed I realized I couldn’t just draw ‘66 Batman, mostly because there was no book or series being published focusing on it.  Well, thanks to the fine folks at DC Comics that book now does exist.  And with a wink-and-nod to Jeff Parker and Jim Chadwick I find myself fulfilling the dream of my munchkin-self and drawing the Adam West Batman.  Professionally.  I know, pretty great, right?

It has been quite a journey, and I still find it unbelievable working on something I so longed to do.  But here I am.

So, I decided to dive in and show you folks some of the Bat 66 work I’ve assembled over the years in chasing my dream.

I’ve included ideas from my 4th year of study at the Alberta College of Art & Design for a Visual History of Batman 66 and character studies for an animated version of the show.  Also, you’ll find my insistence on only drawing Adam West Batman when asked for a Bat-Commission!

Also, I’ve included some of my pitch work for the series.  A deeply trusted friend & colleague (you know who you are!) mentioned to Jeff Parker BATMAN ‘66 was my dream job, which got Jeff and I talking.  Amazing, right?  Obviously I had to provide some test-work to ensure I could recreate actors likenesses…well, can I really call this work?  I always loved John Astin’s RIDDLER! And while he doesn’t appear in the series, he does in this test work I sent to Jeff,  Jim Chadwick and Aniz Ansari.

So, that’s a snapshot, dear friends and neighbours, of my dream to draw Batman.  I’m so thankful to be here and having been able to experience this!
Keep your eyes opened for the digital version being released through Comixology soon, and the print issue available November 26, 2014 (the same month the TV Series is released on DVD and Blu-Ray!). 
More updates and interior glimpses soon!

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