Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How long does it normally take for you to draw a page?

Between 4-8 hours depending on the complexity. I can usually draw a page to two pages a day.

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Tired question... New Year's Resolutions? Have any?

1. To lose 20 more lbs. 2. To take some time for myself and not run myself ragged all the time. 3. To watch my blood pressure.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Will you be at Wondercon next year?

No, It's the same time as another commitment but I will be at San Diego this year.

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What would you say are the top 5 things an artist must do to draw dynamic and expressive figures in comics?

1. Observation: watch gymnastics footage, Parkour, acrobats, etc so that you can see how extremely the human body can move.

2.Remember that it's comic books. Walt Disney use to say "All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable." That means not being afraid to go extreme occasionally for effect.

3. For your characters to be credible, there's a certain amount of acting involved, so study peoples body language and try to replicate that in your work.

4. Watch how faces move, what they're capable of expressing, particularly the eyes.

5.Realism is a trap, unless you're going for that type of stiffness in your work. Even Rockwell and Sargent allowed for a certian amount of fantasy and whimsy in their work.

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If you could ask George W. Bush one question what would it be?

No questions. I don't think there would be a satisfying answer that I would accept.

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Zatanna and Supergirl have been my number one favorite books for the past year. You have excellent taste in projects. Cannot even express how much I want issue 11 in front of me right now.

Thank you!

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If you're the new full time artist on Zatanna I may have a happy heart attack.

call a paramedic then, LOL

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do u have any pets?

An old , cranky, french, cheese and butter croissant eating cat named Loustique

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who would you rather sleep with: jessica alba, gwen stefani or lucy liu?

Jessica Alba. Although I wouldn't kick any of them out of bed for eating crackers.

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Your art style feels so unique. I think one of the best qualities an artist can have is the ability to express facial reactions and you nail those (especially in Supergirl 59) Can you recommend a good art/drawing book? I've read DC's guide to drawing.

For drawing I recommend I usually recommend dynamic anatomy by Burne Hogarth and any of the anatomy books by George Bridgeman to start. for storytelling basics I usually go with how to draw the Marvel way, Comics and Sequential art by Will Eisner and for more advanced techniques Film directing:Shot by Shot by Stephen D. Katz

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010


Starting in March I will be the series artist of Zatanna!
Written by PAUL DINI
Satanic sorcerer Brother Night lost his magical powers when Zatanna defeated him atop Mount Diablo. But in prison, he’s forged a bloody pact that could make him the most dangerous nemesis she’s ever faced! Last time, her friends barely escaped with their lives; this time, they might not be so lucky!
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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All-time favorite movie? (also, My 5 year old just said, "Jamal is AWESOME!")

i have two, the Big Sleep and Superman. And tell your 5 year old, "Thank You!"

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What was your Favorite Toy as a child?

I had a talking Mork form Ork doll that I adored and then I moved on to the Mego Superman doll.

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What's Your All Time Favorite Sci-Fi TV series?

The Six Million Dollar Man

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Who's is your favorite person to follow on twitter?

Steve Austin @Steveaustinsbr is a trip to follow

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Who is you least favorite charecter to sketch at cons, and who is your favorite?

My least favorite is Deadpool, my favorite is probably Nightwing.

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no question just as a Supergirl fan just thank you and good luck in the future to both you and sterling gates.

Thank you very much for supporting the book.

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Dave Mazzucchelli or Art Adams

Not a fair comparison but i'll say Mazzuchelli

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Final issue of Supergirl previewed!

Vote for Pedro... I mean me!

Newsaram is currently running a "Best of 2010" tournament and I'm up for best comic book artist. If you'd be so kind could you make your way to Newsarama and vote for me. I'd really appreciate it.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bat-Lisa Commission

A private commission for a fan who wanted a drawing of his wife, a green eyed, red haired librarian as Barbara Gordon/ Batgirl.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hi, I'm a scriptwriter in training and although I'm learning to write for TV or Films, I have been reading comics for some time now and I am very interesting in writing comic books. Where do you thing I should start my training from? Some websites, books?

Well, unfortunately there really aren't that many books on writing specifically for comics:
The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics [Paperback] by Denny O'Neill
Writing for Comics with Peter David (Writing for Comics & Graphic Novels)

Writing for comics by Alan Moore

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What was your first car?

A 4 door champagne 94' Nissan Sentra, that I ended up totaling when I was driving through New Mexico in 2001.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Do you think are the top 5 skills and artist needs to develop strong draftsmanship? -Nate

Well strong draftsmanship depends on the look your going for in your work. Styles vary so much that it's difficult to say "well, you need to work on this or that". but for comics the keys are smooth storytelling.
1.Being able to move the "camera" , the eye of the reader around the page .
2.A good understanding of anatomy.
3. A good command of perspective.
4. Being able to make your characters "act" by giving them a range of emotions facially and a good command of body language.
5.Versatility, the ability to draw any type of comic in any genre.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Have you ever or are you still considering a creator owned project?

I've done creator owned before with Venture for Image. i have several creator owned projects I'd like to do and will at some point.

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what would it take to get you to draw the LSH after Cinar goes crazy and leaves the book?

Someone asking me to do it.

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How is the best way for a writer to get someone to read their stuff? An artist can just show up at a comicon to show their stuff around but a writer...

The best way i've found is to actually have something in print that the editor can read later. Even if it's just something you publish yourself in black and white, I've found editors are more receptive to reading a printed comic from a new writer. You're never going to get them to read it at a convention, sorry. It's not malicious it's just that there's a lot going on at conventions.
With writing it's about cultivating a relationship with an editor and that takes time.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Whats your favorite character that you have drawn so far?


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I joined an art class with basically zero experience drawing aside from doodles. Felt like everyone there had already taken the class. Is drawing something anyone can learn with the proper training or is most of it something some people can't learn?

Anyone can learn to draw. However its like any other learned skill, it takes dedication and time. Don't be intimidated by the other artist in your class. Depending on the school, an art class should be a nurturing environment. They'll encourage you and have fun with it.

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I'm trying to hook up with an artist, what's the best way to ensure I get the pages done and not get screwed money wise? Love Supergirl by the way. Hands down the most reliably good book on my pull list.

Well, the fact of the matter trying to find the right artist is like dating. you're going to meet a lot of duds first before you find the right person. You need to be upfront with said artist exactly what it is you're looking for.

1. No down payments. If it's work for hire, make sure they know that and never pay an artist any money up front. Payments should only be made upon completion of the work and not before.
2. Set a realistic time table. if your artist can only do a page a week or can draw 6 pages a day, make that part of your over all publishing plan.
3.Don't be desperate, never settle for the first artist you meet. Find the right artist for your project by mentioning the styler of artist you're looking for.

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Marvel or DC? Or Image? Or Dark Horse? Or IDW?

All of the above. I read everything. I buy what I like.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Commissions begin in December

I'll be taking on commissions again for the first time in three years. I've done a few small things for friends, (Eric, I haven't forgotten your Doctor Who piece) but I haven't really taken a lot of private commissions. I'll be doing them on a limited basis maybe two a month starting in January but this month to get the ball rolling, I'll be taking on four commissions. Pricing to be determined. you can get more information at Cadence Comic Art or hit the original art link on this very blog.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

How long before Linda Danvers inevitably shows up for a brawl with Kara over the Supergirl name?

Isn't she still in hell?

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Who is the artist you fashioned yourself after once you made the decision to do comics for a living? And what was your first steps in following that path? :)

Well, it comes down to three artists ultimately. Dave Stevens, Steve rude and Brian Bolland. those were the guys whose work I gdevoured back in the 80's. I also liked Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, John Byne, Jerry Ordway, Chris Warner and Don Newton. As far as my first steps? Well I was lucky enough to attend a High School that not only focused on art but had a comics program, I also was able to become an intern at DC Comics when I was in my junior year for six months so that help me get to know a few editors.

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Ronnie Raymond & Professor Stein era or Elemental Firestorm (Blank Slate Era)?

Ronnie and Martin. i wasn't a fan of the elemental Firestorm.

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In World's Finest #3 Catwoman was captured with her outfit zipped up. When she is later rescued by Supergirl, her outfit is zipped down. So, who had the busy fingers?

to be honest, I hadn't given it that much thought. I took the lead from Gillem March on Gotham City Sirens. Honestly, I wanted to do a little fan service and that seemed like the perfect "Perils of Pauline" sort of situation to do it.

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Have you ever been given the opportunity to write ???? and if not would you take such an opportunity???

Here's the dirty little secret, i suppose. I've done a lot of writing outside of comics over the years and written a few things in comics that you would never have known I'd written because. I don't pitch to DC very often but I've got three or four different creator owned project in various stages of development, one with Fred Van Lente, the others are more recently developed concepts that i'm writing. I've written plays and screenplays since i was 12

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if your daughter was asked what your job is her response would be???

He draws grown folks in funny costumes kicking the crap out of each other.

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If you discovered a Djinn (Genie) who offered to grant you three wishes (and, no, you can't wish for more wishes, smartypants), what would you wish for?

Good health, enough money to live off of so that I can self publish, and an end to congressional gridlock, or is that too specific.
I don't want to immortal and I don't need to be rich, but I really want congress to get past all this ego driven bullshit and fix the economy.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

First convention announcement of 2011: SAN DIEGO!

San Diego – Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, will open its Comic-Con 2011 attendee registration for four-day and one-day passes at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, November 1 at In advance of the occasion, the organization today announced the first 20 special guests for its 2011 show.

Jordi Bernet, Dave Gibbons, Alan Davis, Jonathan Hickman, Jamal Igle, and Patricia Briggs are just a few of the special guests scheduled to take part in Comic-Con 2011. Four-day passes for last year’s convention were sold out eight months prior to the show, and one-day passes were gone by April.

“2010 was the fourth straight year in which we reached a self-imposed attendance capacity,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “With the impressive roster of talent we already have lined up for 2011, we expect that enthusiasm to continue and for the 2011 show to be one to remember.”

Comic-Con 2011 will be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center. Passes to the show’s Preview Night on July 20 were sold out during this summer’s 2010 convention, although more four-day passes with Preview Night may be released closer to the show, depending on returns or cancellations.

Following is the current list of special guests confirmed for the 2011 convention:

Jordi Bernet (Spanish comics artist known in the U.S. for the hardboiled Torpedoseries and for DC’s Jonah Hex)

Patricia Briggs (Author, Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series)

Jo Chen (Award-winning cover artist for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Runaways)

Alan Davis (British writer/artist on such titles as Captain Britain, Excalibur and JLA: The Nail; currently artist on Avengers Prime)

David Finch (Artist known forCyberforce, Avengers, New Avengers, and Brightest Daycovers; he’s now writing and drawing Batman: The Dark Knight)

Dave Gibbons (British artist on the classic Watchmencomics series, and Give Me Liberty/Martha Washington;writer/artist, The Originalsgraphic novel)

Kim Harrison (Author, Rachel Morgan, Madison Avery series)

Jonathan Hickman (Writer, Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors, and S.H.I.E.L.D.)

John Higgins (Long-time British artist on 2000 AD titles; colorist on the classicWatchmen comics series)

Charlie Huston (Crime/horror novelist, Hank Thompson series, Joe Pitt Casebooks;comic book writer, Wolverine: The Best There Is, Moon Knight)

Jamal Igle (Artist (Marvel, Image, Devils Due, Disney), whose latest work includesSupergirl)

Richard Kyle (Writer, Graphic Story Magazine, highly influential fanzine of the 1960s; coined the term “graphic novel” in 1964)

Rebecca Moesta (Co-author (with Kevin J. Anderson), Star Wars Young Jedi Knightsseries, Crystal Doors series; author, Buffy novels)

Christopher Moore (Author, humorous vampire novels, including Bite Me: A Love Story, You Suck: A Love Story, Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, etc.)

Bill Schelly (Historian of comics fandom; books include The Golden Age of Comics Fandom, biographies of Joe Kubert and Otto Binder, etc.)

Frank Stack (Pioneering underground cartoonist (as “Foolbert Sturgeon”), artist on many of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor stories as well as the graphic novel Our Cancer Year)

Mark Tatulli (Cartoonist with two ongoing syndicated strips: Lio and Heart of the City)

Roy Thomas (One of the first fans to become a pro: published early 1960s fanzineAlter Ego, went on to be editor-in-chief at Marvel and write titles such as Conan;currently editing revived Alter Ego magazine)

Maggie Thompson (Editor of Comics Buyers Guide; co-creator of Comic Art, one of the earliest comics fanzines in 1961)

Scott Westerfeld (Author, Uglies, Midnighters series)

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring and the Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web:,,

Sunday, October 10, 2010

To All things.. an ending and a new beginning.

I just wanted to write a quick note and address the news that was released at NYCC 2010. Yes, Sterling and I are leaving Supergirl with issue # 59. The book however will continue on with Nick Spencer and Bernard Chang, who I have every confidence will continue what we started, so be nice to them, okay?

It's going to sound cliche' but the truth is, at least for myself , I chose to leave. I approached Matt Idelson about 4 months ago right after we finished War of the Superman and let him know I wanted to move on. Two years on a series as an artist is a long time creatively, and like any artist, you feel the need to stretch and do new things. There was no malice, no secret agenda on DC's part. There were discussions of what I may do next but nothing finalized. , including Birds of Prey. So when that news leaked out I was a little befuddled and didn't know how to respond to it and I chose silence on the subject. I know a lot of people were hoping I would take over BOP. Sadly when they would have needed me to start conflicted with finishing my Supergirl run. I'll get to work with Gail again one day, LOL.

I just wanted to say thank you to the Supergirl fans who have supported us during our 2 year run on the title. Especially to all of the Supergirl fan sites like Comic Box Commentary, Maid of Might, DC Women Kicking Ass, Too dangerous for a girl, Superman homepage and Living between Wednsdays for all the support and love. I'm leaving some out because as I wrtie this I'm on my way back to New York Comic Con for the last day of the show. I haven't forgotten you so please charge it to my head and not my heart.

Our work was not for everyone. I know there were a few fans who were proponents of the book when it started who've decided, in one case, to stop reading any DC title while we were involved with the series.

That's a little extreme don't you think?

For those people I can only say : you can't please everyone. Hopefully you'll come back to the series and support Nick and Bernard.

As for me, have no fear. I'm still at DC and an announcement about my next project is coming in the next few months. It's gonna be fun.

Thank you,

Monday, September 27, 2010

New York Comic-con update.

There are five spots left for the advanced sketch list for NYCC. The list closes on Friday and the only other chance to get on the list will be at the show on Friday morning and Saturday morning when the show opens.
I will be located in Artist Alley all weekend.
I'll be selling prints and sketching along with original artwork.
Also there will be a pricing change to accommodate as many people as possible

Pencils $40 for head and $ 60 for full figures
Inks $60 for head and $ 80 for full figures
Marker sketches $80 for head and $120 full figures
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NYCC Signing schedule:
All day:
Artist Alley table D3

Midtown Comics booth # 2143

12:00- 1:00 pm
Artist Alley table D3

1:00- 2:00 pm
DC Comics booth # 2243

3:00- 7:00pm
Artist Alley table D3

11:00 - 2:oo
Artist Alley table D3

2:30- 3:30pm
DC Comics booth # 2243

4:00- close
Artist Alley table D3

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wonder Woman Day Apperance and Auction

Sunday, October 24, 2010 -- 12noon-5 pm -- FREE
Comic Fusion, 42 Main St., Flemington, New Jersey
A part of national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

An ALL AGES benefit and celebration for an important Domestic Violence shelter!
Safe in Hunterdon of Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Since I was unable to do two separate pieces of art (the above for the auction in Portland, Oregon) I will be at the New Jersey appearance signing and sketching.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On a scale from one to ten, how would you rate your own physical attractiveness?

On a scale of 1-10? on what ...the Richter scale? Lol. I clean up pretty well when I want to, in spite of being a bit gooey in the middle. So i'll say "7". My wife says I'm a "10"

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Have you every wanted to be a part of a writer / artist team like Wolfman & Perez, Lee & Kirby, Claremont & Byrne and if so who would the writer be?

I have. I've done it a few times with Alex Simmons, Sean McKeever and Jay Faerber having worked with them multiple times on different projects. It's a hard question to answer because there are so many writers I would love to work with like Gail Simone, Ed Brubaker, Paul Tobin, Joe Kelly. Pete Tomasi and Geoff Johns.
There are people like Sterling Gates and Stuart Moore that i would work with in a heartbeat. I think the opportunity may present itself but I couldn't pick one name.

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when you became a professional artist what has been the biggest challenge/surprise that you hadn't considered before become a professional?

Time management. I don't think i truly comprehended the sheer man hours it takes to complete a monthly comic. Before I became a pro I had other jobs so if a page took a week to draw, that's the way it was. However, when you have to crank out 220+ separate illustrations per year and try to maintain some sort of private time and social life/ family life, it can be daunting.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Do you normally layout a whole issue before going back and tightening up the pancils, or do you do it page-by-page? Or maybe something else entirely?

I thumbnail the entire issue and then each week I take that weeks pages whether it's 4 pages or 10 pages and do 4x 6 inch layouts I spend a day or so doing just that. That way I know what I'm working on and what the finished product with end up like.

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Marvel or DC?

Both. I read everything (Indies as well) and am a fan of books at both companies.

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When did you find your "style"?

Probably about 5 years ago or so. I did a little experimenting with a more blockier style for a couple of years after I returned to comics in 2001 but I think when I started working on Firestorm for DC comics was when my real voice came out artistically.

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I guess you've "made it" when...

Someone cosplays one of your costume designs. This was a kick for me, I was coming down the escalator at the Baltimore Comic-Con when I saw him and had to have my picture taken.
Came to find out that not only is he a pro wrestler Eric " The Smoke " Moran but a major comics fan. We'd met previously but this was the first chance we had to talk and it was great to see the work he put in.
Of course the funniest part is when i showed the picture of Smoke and I standing together, Karine said" You look tiny next to him, he must be really tall!"
Thanks, Smoke!

New York Comic Con Sketch list is now open.

The NYCC Sketch list is officially open and there are only 10 slots available before the show to leave some room for people on site.
Email me at to get on the list.
All art will be done on site, all sketches must be paid for before they are drawn.
Sketch prices are 60 dollars for a pencil sketch and 80 dollars for an inked sketch.

Convention tour update: Project Comiccon2

I just got back from Vacation and i'm going to a convention?

Yes. It's my first trip to the St. Louis area and i'm looking forward to meeting all the fans there.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Convention tour update: Baltimore Comic-con

Baltimore Comic-Con

I'll will be at the Baltimore Comiccon, run by two of my favorite people Marc and Shelly Nathan, all weekend signing and sketching along with Sterling Gates and many others.
I'll be at table A45

The Baltimore Convention Center

One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


I've already started lining up my 2011 con appearances and in store signings. Anyone interested in me appearing at your venue can contact me at JamalYIgle

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Baltimore Comic-con sketch list is now open

Just email me at I'll be charging $60 dollars for full figure pencils and $80 for inks.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Signing on Saturday

Deweys Comic City

Dewey's Comic City

13 Park Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940-1825
(973) 593-0042

Saturday, August 7th
from 1:00 to 3:00pm

The popular artist on the SUPERGIRL series and the man who destroyed New Krypton in SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #1 comes to Dewey’s Comic City! His detailed pencils have graced many titles including Firestorm The Nuclear Man and Nightwing.

But perhaps Jamal’s most impressive achievement to date has been his work on Supergirl,where he redefined and re-focused the image of the character making her one of the most popular heroes in the DC Universe!

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Way back Machine 8:The really early years.

My buddy Steven Huie, tattoo artist extrodinaire of Flyrite Tattoo sent me these today after we saw each other at a mini reunion we had in Central Park.
These pages date back to 1986, freshman year at the high School of Art and Design in New York City. It's a character I created called "Crusader" the last surviving member of the Skatorian race. Skatorians were the progenitors of humanity. Earth was a lost Skatorian colony (Sound familiar?Thank you Battlestar Galactica, LOL) and Crusader was a low level shuttle pilot who barely survived an attack from the Deneb, a hive mind race of aliens led by a half Skatorian/Denebinoid called the Grand Architect.
Rescued from near death by the Skatorian Sun god (I forget what the name was but It was based on the name of a protostar in the Andromeda galaxy, I remember that much because even at 14, I was all about research, Ha!) He was reborn with the ability to control light, heat and microwave energy.
So I present six pages from "The Mighty Crusader"
Ok, yeah I know but I didn't know about the Archie heroes when I did this. I also had a Nightwing like vigilante called "Megacycle" and a Ninja/ Werewolf who looked like Corey hart called"Nightwolf"

Okay you've got to love the blu blocker Shades and the "Full Force" Jericurl, LOL


As with everything I thought about revisiting the concept a few years ago.

Just a rough sketch.
Ultimately I ended up cannibalizing elements of the character for another creation of mine, Venture, back in 2003.

About Me

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One of the most popular and prolific pencillers in the comic book industry, Jamal Igle is an award winning artist and writer. Best known for his run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, Jamal has been a professional jack of all trades for nearly 20 years, drawing every title from Action Comics to Zatanna for DC Comics. A former comics retailer, Editor for several small press companies including TV Comics, Airwave Comics and Destination Entertainment. Former Junior Art Director and Marketing rep in the Advertising and publishing arenas. Jamal's clients include Marvel Comics, image Comics, Dark Angel productions/ Simmons and Company, Devil's Due Studios, Crusade Entertainment, Walt Disney inc., Sony Television, CBS Television and Scholastic Entertainment. Jamal has also worked as a conceptional artist for the Toy and gaming industries as well as film and television. Jamal is married to his beautiful, and much smarter wife Karine.They're also the proud parents of an extremely cute child named Catherine and a Cat named Loustique