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Cesar Madarro
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 6:08pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Dear John, this one looks a bit like the 80's stuff many of us love sooo much.

I'll be glad to see more pieces looking like this one.

Your recent stuff is great, but I'm sure a bit of the old flavor, like this one proves, would be a successful addition.

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Mark Waldman
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 6:23pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

This would be a commission I'd like - love your Sonja.  Amazing work, sir!
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Jesus Garcia
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 6:38pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

John, it is evident from this sample alone that your would own sword and sorcery if you went for it.

There's a certain tongue-in-cheek humor to the genre which most fans seems to miss and which you have captured perfectly: Sonja smiling at us almost coyly while dangling a human head.

Heh.

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Joe Zhang
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 6:39pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

"John, it is evident from this sample alone that your would own sword and sorcery if you went for it."


He'd be the next John Buscema of the genre.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 6:58pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Oh, good -- no pressure!
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Bill Taylor
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 7:13pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

JB wrote:

'Perhaps this is my Sword & Sorcery line? I don't have a whole lot of work in that arena.'

Do you have any 'Sword and Sorcery' stories in you? Any interest in working in the genre at all?

 

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Dave Pruitt
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 7:13pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

No response. Have you done a Conan piece before? If not, I do hope one of the members asks for one, or Dark Horse ask for a cover. I'd like to see your Conan. I remember something in Savage Sword, but I think it was a Sonja, and a Solomon Kane.

Thoughts on Hilary Swank being cast as Sonja, the softness differences not withstanding. Who is your casting choice for a real Sonja?

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Brad Hague
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 7:18pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Me likee!

Seriously, I love the way JB renders his beasties (Savage Land comes to mind).  I'd LOVE a series with Red Sonja and/or Conan. 

Speaking of which, we know your feelings toward current management at DC and Marvel, Mr. Byrne; but are there any chances you might do some work for Dark Horse?

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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 7:22pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I like that you drew her without her chest being the focus of attention.  Very nice piece.
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Michael Kane
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 8:51pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

John Byrne has the utmost skill and knowledge of Female anatomy, excellent
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Al Cook
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 9:02pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

..now just how did he gain that knowledge, hmmm?
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 10:05pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Of note...

...I believe this is the first character pose of a non-Marvel and non-DC character.

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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 11:12pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Powerful lady. OH my....
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Lionel Faure
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 11:14pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Wow! Great piece! I am especially impressed by the chopped head, it looks so real.
I LOVE the way you drew her metal dress, amazing to me. I also love her boots, especially her right foot. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Brian Hunt
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Posted: 08 August 2007 at 11:26pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Outstanding!
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Rick Hannah
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 12:28am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Even if JB hasn't worked much in S&S, if he were to do such a series, we know we'd be guaranteed one thing: some great-looking cities, sorcerers and monsters.

Remember the Dweller BWS drew in an early issue of Conan? JB could so do that kinda stuff.

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John Peter Britton
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 2:08am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Now thats a dame you could lose your head over JB.
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Chuck Wells
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 5:09am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Oh, good -- no pressure!

I'm a bit late to this party, but damn that's a fabulous Red Sonja illo.  I also think that a JB sword & sorcery title would be cool.

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Matthew Hansel
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 7:37am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

GREAT COMMISSION, JB!

I've always had a affinity for red-headed comic book characters.

Red Sonja
Cheryl Blossom
Batgirl

You drawed Red Sonja real purdy!

MPH

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John Byrne

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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 7:51am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

...I believe this is the first character pose of a non-Marvel and non-DC character.

Sort of. But only because Marvel's lawyers dropped the ball.

Sonja is not a Robert E. Howard character. She is based, very loosely on a character he created called Red Sonya, who was set a few thousand years after Conan. A fan wrote in to the CONAN comic, saying it was a pity the Cimmerian could not link up with Sonya, as she would be his kinda gal, and Roy Thomas immediately installed Red Sonja in the Conan mythos.

So, if somebody had been a bit faster out of the gate, Sonja would be a Marvel character -- and as far as I'm concerned, she always will be.

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David Barker
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 7:56am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Now it makes sense why Arnold was in the Red Sonja movie, but wasn't Conan in it....
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John Byrne

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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 8:09am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Another interesting (well, to me anyway) bit of history concerns Sonja's "chainmail bikin".

As originally drawn by Barry Smith, Sonja wore a full mail shirt, belted at the waist. When she next turned up, in a story illustrated by Esteban Maroto and Neal Adams, there was less of it, giving the impression her shirt had been largely shredded in battle. This "shredded shirt" evolved into the "bikini" design -- which makes absolutely no sense, but which the fans seem to like for some reason.

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Al Cook
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 8:23am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

mmmmm.... chainmail bikini...
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Ted Pugliese
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 8:34am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

JB, you do seem to be at a new level lately.

Anything going on in your life that might account for this possible inspiration?

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Joe Franklin
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Posted: 09 August 2007 at 8:44am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Now I wish someone with the $$$ would ask for a She-Hulk/Red Sonja commission. That would be a classic meeting!
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