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Steve Rude Art NewsletterMarch 1, 2014
In This Issue!
-- On the Board
-- Appearances
-- Workshops
Quick Links
From the Easel  
OMAC Commission Sketch!      
Adventures of Superman Cover


Superman.  OMAC.  Together. 


Who would've thought? 


Well, me, for one.  Me, being Steve Rude the Dude, as well as the brass at DC West who asked me to come on board for this project. 


It was editor Alex Antoine, a cool and hip, barely 30-something who made the initial contact to the Dude's home in sunny AZ. many months back.  You may recognize Alex's name as editor on many of the IMAGE books, before he gravitated to DC West, to supervise many of their online/print comics.


To begin the process of Dude recruitment, Alex submitted several scripts to entice my interest for the Adventures of Superman project, but it wasn't until we settled on something specifically catered to "The Dude Mentality"-with characters most memorable to the 60's and 70's-- that things finally clicked. 


And what would fit the Dude mentality?


How 'bout OMAC?  Of the One Man Army Corps?  As created by the great Jack Kirby back in '75?


That, I decided, was the character I wanted to feature along with Superman, in the 10-page comic which would mark my artistic debut with DC West.  Smartly, editor Alex was from the

"let the talent do their thing and get outta their way" school.  And soon I was off to do just that.


But hey, I'm an artist not a writer.   Who was gonna write this thing?


No sooner than did the question launch itself into the comic book ether than did the answer return with a resounding boom.  The writer, it was decided, would be actual one-time Adventures  of Supermanwriter/artist himself--Jerry Ordway.   And what kind of writing job would Jerry end up doing?


Here's your answer; Jerry submitted his script and we all loved it.  And after a hour or two of of finely tuned script discussion over the phone one afternoon, he and I were able to up the dramatics even further on the cool-meter.


No sooner was our script fully refined and on track, when out came my collection of the great Kirby OMAC comics.  With my memory still fully intact with the groundbreaking concepts common to all Kirby comics, I needed little brushing up on OMAC history as I proceeded to get up to speed and draw the 10 pages with Superman and OMAC in record time.


And let's not forgot about the lettering.  I had to complete that job before breaking out my  pens and finest sable brushes for the critical job of inking over my pencil work.  With that  finished, the pages were then submitted to both editor Alex and writer Jerry, where the final highly-skilled part of comic book production would come into being-the coloring. 


Fortunately, I've already been working with the best colorist in the biz-he's been coloring my work on Nexus and the Moth for years now.  And that name would be--Glenn Whitmore. 


Glenn it turns out, was another actual alumni of The Adventures of Superman, the very series that I'd just mentioned that Jerry Ordway himself was drawing and writing back in the early 80's.  Yo--the chance that these two creative talents would finally reunite after all these years--is that amazing or what?


And so the momentous wheel of creativity that is COMICS would grind and turn, until the project was ground smooth enough to be scheduled for public release.  Now, it would be turned over to the fans themselves, where their buying power prerogative would eventually point their thumbs in the north or south direction. 


Superman Rough Take 2 Finally, I should mention that though DC's budget didn't permit the rates normally required by the Dude to paint this issues cover-I painted it anyway.  Such sacrifices does one make in the name of proper presentation.


So-release date ------------- APRIL 1, 2014.


Be there-or be left behind in the kryptonian dust!


Till then I remain, humbly yours,


Steve Rude the Dude

If you would like to see more prelims, roughs, and thumnails, support our Kickstarter!  If we reach our stretch goal we are including an exclusive section including those!

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OK, people!  Does time really fly? Or does it just have a warp engine stuck up its derriere?  However you think it, there's only 5 DAYS LEFT for my 2014 Sketchbook Kickstarter deal.  Here's the link, you lucky dogs:

Gino tells me we're only $3,700 away from raising the print run and adding those 40 extra pages.  So who's on board!  

In my best interest,

The Dude

Stretch Goals

Great question!  Here are just a few things you will get with the stretch goal...
  • Print run goes from 150 to as many as 500
  • 40 pages are added to the book!
  • Book will have a spine instead of a staple
  • We will include exclusive prelim artwork from Steve's Adventures in Superman book
  • You will have Steve's undying gratitude for supporting this project

We did a test run and everyone LOVES the Saturday morning memories book!  It's 20 pages, spiral bound, and professionally printed.  Last chance to order!

If you want to create a custom package for your 2014 preorder, your best option is the online store!  You will receive all the benefits of the Kickstarter, but be able to customize your pacakge.


Steve started this painting of Supergirl over a year ago and is finally putting it back on his easel.  It's being done in cel vinyl and Steve swears he'll never work that big with that again. Painting is oversized at 20x30 and is giving him quite a bit of trouble.  Steve's regular model, Aurora Dawn is posing in the photo reference.

And for something different, Steve is doing an oversized painting of Captain Kirk.  This is also 20x30, but done in watercolor.  Hopefully the next update will have finals of both paintings!

Milk Straight Up
"Milk, Straight Up" was accepted in Salon International

April 4-5, 2014
April 4: Awards Presentation 6:00-9:00. Details will be posted on the website
April 5: Exhibit opens in gallery.
10:00am - 5:00pm - Open house reception for artists, collectors and press.
5:00pm - 8:00pm - "Meet the Artists" Reception

April 24-27, 2014
Washington DC

May 9-11, 2014
Kansas City, MO

ICE - The International Comics Expo
August 2, 2014
Birmingham, England
1 day show. We are also attempting to set up workshops in the area.  Details TBD.



June 24-27, 2014

The biggest complaint from Steve's last class was that it was TOO SHORT.  So we've added a day here and will go for 4 days.


Dawn Uscher
Education Manager

Scottsdale Artists' School, 3720 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251