I met Jimmy Grist at Planet Comicon 2013 – a whole year after I started collecting drawings. Another Kansas City native, Grist’s booth caught my eye when I saw him drawing a killer rendition of Finn & Jake. Then I saw that the artwork he had on display was all watercolors. I’m a sucker for watercolors – always have been thanks to Bill Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes. So of course, I had him draw me a Ghostbuster. You’ll come to see that for Planet Comicon, 2013 was the year of the female Ghostbuster. Turns out, Jimmy Grist is a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes, too. And it shows in his webcomic, Dinosaur Kid.He’s been making his comic for about almost half a year now.
It’s about a kid who’s a dinosaur, growing up and going to school and trying to do the right thing. The comic is only 5 months old, so a lot of things are still changing and’ll keep changing. But I love making it. As he goes through little adventures with Octopus Kid and learns about existing, I learn about techniques, materials, publicity, and website construction.
Who’s your favorite Ghostbuster?
I’ve always enjoyed Ray’s innocence, I started to appreciate Venkman’s sardonicism a lot more as I got older, and I think Winston is criminally overlooked — but when it comes to a favorite, I gotta go with Egon. I was a kid with glasses. I was Billy the Blue Ranger, Donatello the Ninja Turtle, Chuckie Finster: always the smart kid with weird anxieties. I never went so far as to collect spores, molds, and fungus, but I’ve always understood why a person would.
Check out Dinosaur Kid over at jimmygrist.net or follow him on twitter @jimmygrist.
Most of the drawings you’ll see here are commissioned from artists at Planet Comicon here in Kansas City. Meaning, most of the people you’ll see featured are local KC people which is awesome because Kansas City is the best place in America and St. Louis can shove it. One of those local KC people is Levi Hoffmeier. I met Levi at Planet Comicon in 2012. His booth drew me in because he had a lot of artwork featuring stuff from Halo. He’s done work for official Halo and Shadowrun books, and he even made a popular webcomic set in the Halo: Reach universe called A Fist Full of Arrows. So, of course, I had him draw me a Ghostbuster.
This was my first commission of the convention, and I was blown away. I didn’t know what to expect starting this project last year, and this drawing got me pumped to see where else the drawings would take the idea. I could see this guy working right along side Master Chief and he wouldn’t seem out of place.
I caught up with Levi at Planet Comicon 2013 and asked him about his latest projects. He’s just about to launch his newest graphic novel titled “Mayflower,” which comes out later this year.
“Mayflower is an original comic book hearkening back to the golden age of optimistic science fiction from the twentieth century. Though the world the main character, a scientist named Roger, is thrust into might be ruled by an oppressive society, it is still a part of a solar system full of color and innovation. It’s the future, but we’re rewinding back to the ideas that sci-fi takes for granted now: the discovery of faster-than-light travel, of rayguns, and more.”
Who’s your favorite Ghostbuster?
“I’m going to say my favorite Ghostbuster is Winston. It’s actually Venkman, but Winston never gets the credit he deserves!”
True ’nuff. You can find a lot more stuff over at his website or follow him on twitter @Leviwastaken.
I’m Patrick. And as far back as I can remember, Ghostbusters has always been my favorite movie. There was even a short period in my youth when I only answered to “Peter.” When I was four or five, I brought my barber an ad for Ghostbusters II I ripped out of a magazine. “Cut it like him,” I said, pointing to Peter Venkman’s thinning and receding hairline.
When I was a kid, they were just goofy movies with cool looking ghosts and fire poles. As I got older though, I began to understand more of the subtle humor. The movies grew up right along side me. The lines I quoted changed. My favorite Ghostbuster changed. But both movies still remained an important part of who I was – comically, creatively, artistically – everything. Which, as I’m writing this, sounds kindof silly to say about a movie with a 110-foot marshmallow man. But everyone has their defining piece of art. Whether it be Abbey Road, or The Iliad, or van Gogh’s Starry Night. Everyone has that one thing that they connect to more than anything else. For me, it’s a couple of movies from the 80’s about 4 guys crackin’ wise and bustin’ ghosts.
Which I guess brings us to the whole point of this thing. As an illustrator and geek, I find myself attending a comic book convention or two. While there, I get the pleasure of meeting a lot of other illustrators and geeks. And while I’m at it, I ask them to draw me a Ghostbuster. (Hey, that’s the name of the site!) I give them no direction or specification other than the initial idea and see where it goes.
Here I’m going to be posting all of the drawings I’ve received. I’ll be talking to the artists about what their “Ghostbusters” are in their lives. About art and influences and what they’re into lately. Talking about their latest project, what they’re working on, or just what they happen to be up to at the moment. I’m really excited to show you what I have so far. I haven’t been disappointed once. I’ll leave you with one I did last month, as an exercise to start getting more into working with markers.
Anyway, thanks for reading all that – and I hope you dig all the stuff I have to show you. Oh, and if you’re an artist, or know an artist that would like to get in on this, you can catch me on twitter @patrickfedo.
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