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Fred Lang's Marvel Comics Pencil Test
Fred Lang
post Mar 14 2011, 04:51 PM
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I came away from Emerald City Comic Con 2011 last week with a business card from C.B. Cebulski, Marvel's Senior VP for Creator & Content Development (read: Boss O' Talent Scouts), and a request from him to draw a few Marvel test pages that'd be sent to me later via e-mail.

I got them today.

Now, this is only a PENCIL TEST, not a job offer, nor promise of one down the way. C.B. did not say "YOU ARE SO AWESOMESAUCE--DRAW FOR US PLEASE OR I WILL VOMIT!"--he liked most of what was in my portfolio, and critiqued a few things he didn't like as much. All a pencil test means is that Marvel thinks I don't suck and might look kindly upon me if the pages look good. I have to make the pages worth it to them now, so time to get to work, using the critiques I got from C.B. and other pros at the convention to improve my stuff to the point I can get work with The Big Guys.

I get to choose from an Uncanny X-Men script, an Amazing Spider-Man script, and a Moon Knight script...then pick 5-6 sequential pages from one of them, draw it, and send 'em in.

Pretty. Darned. Neat.

I asked for permission to include any work drawn from these Marvel scripts in my portfolio for WonderCon here in San Francisco in a few weeks, and they nicely said yes. So I get to kill two birds with one...er...pencil.

On to reading and drawing these scripts!

Woo!

I'll post those pages in this thread as I get them done. I'll be starting in a few days.


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- Fred Lang   Fred Lang's Marvel Comics Pencil Test   Mar 14 2011, 04:51 PM
- - MasonEasley   Awesome bud! Looking forward to seeing how thi...   Mar 14 2011, 05:02 PM
- - Bill Nichols   Awesome, Fred. We're looking forward to seein...   Mar 14 2011, 05:30 PM
- - Tim Tilley   This is fantastic news Fred, congratulations! ...   Mar 14 2011, 08:57 PM
|- - Tyler James   Fred, You might want to first post layouts for yo...   Mar 15 2011, 11:46 AM
- - Ron Fortier   We're all waiting here with bated breaths, ami...   Mar 15 2011, 03:54 PM
- - MasonEasley   Yeah, don't screw up!   Mar 15 2011, 06:28 PM
|- - Fred Lang   QUOTE (MasonEasley @ Mar 15 2011, 05:28 P...   Mar 15 2011, 10:19 PM
- - Fred Lang   Alrighty, here's the plan as it stands: I can...   Mar 16 2011, 04:53 PM
- - Thehoyt   wow fred props! thats awesome!   Mar 16 2011, 08:39 PM
- - spearcarrier   I think THAT is awesomesauce. (new word for the vo...   Mar 16 2011, 11:28 PM
- - dre   That's great Fred! Your work is awesome. I...   Mar 18 2011, 07:47 AM
- - Fred Lang   Thanks to EVERYONE for the great comments and posi...   Mar 18 2011, 09:25 AM
- - Bill Nichols   Cool, Fred. Years ago, I got a call from Al after ...   Mar 18 2011, 12:43 PM
- - Fred Lang   Alrighty! I've studied the things that Ma...   May 2 2011, 11:45 AM
- - Ron Fortier   Knockem out of the ballpark, Fred!!!   May 2 2011, 12:45 PM
- - Bluepencil   Totally agree with Ron.   May 2 2011, 06:54 PM
- - Johanne Light   We are definitely rooting for you!   May 4 2011, 02:49 AM
- - Tim Tilley   Good luck with those pages!   May 4 2011, 05:06 AM
- - Tim Tilley   Good luck with those pages!   May 4 2011, 05:06 AM
- - Fred Lang   I won't lie to ya. This page hurt my brain. ...   May 5 2011, 12:25 AM
|- - Greg G.   QUOTE (Fred Lang @ May 5 2011, 02:25 AM) ...   May 11 2011, 11:42 PM
|- - Fred Lang   QUOTE (Greg G. @ May 11 2011, 10:42 PM) G...   May 12 2011, 12:04 AM
- - Ron Fortier   As always, you are the master of details, my frien...   May 5 2011, 06:29 AM
|- - Fred Lang   QUOTE (Ron Fortier @ May 5 2011, 05:29 AM...   May 5 2011, 11:19 AM
|- - tbrotomo   QUOTE (Fred Lang @ May 5 2011, 10:19 AM) ...   May 5 2011, 11:42 AM
- - Ron Fortier   Yeah, like that rip-off issue of SIN CITY where Mi...   May 5 2011, 11:44 AM
- - uphillbrian   Looks awesome fred! I love the lighting and g...   May 5 2011, 12:32 PM
|- - Fred Lang   QUOTE (uphillbrian @ May 5 2011, 11:32 AM...   May 5 2011, 04:25 PM
- - uphillbrian   yeah, i don't think its necessary. Just throwi...   May 5 2011, 05:10 PM
|- - cougar18   Really like this, think it is amazing work, and I ...   May 5 2011, 06:43 PM
|- - Fred Lang   QUOTE (cougar18 @ May 5 2011, 05:43 PM) R...   May 5 2011, 07:07 PM
- - Bill Nichols   I'll be inking the last set of pages of a Bloo...   May 5 2011, 07:20 PM
- - Tim Tilley   I liked the work Mitch did with Blood and Roses. N...   May 5 2011, 07:59 PM
- - Bill Nichols   QUOTE (Tim Tilley @ May 5 2011, 09:59 PM)...   May 5 2011, 08:11 PM
- - Johanne Light   Excellent work! I love how the people in the b...   May 10 2011, 08:07 PM
- - Fred Lang   Thanks, all. Under the weather for the last few d...   May 11 2011, 02:23 PM
- - Ron Fortier   Mitch and I actually did a five page horror tale m...   May 11 2011, 04:06 PM
- - Fred Lang   I checked him out and I don't see it either, R...   May 11 2011, 04:32 PM
- - Carl Shinyama   Fantastic!   May 11 2011, 11:36 PM
- - Fred Lang   I AM TOTALLY SCREWED. What I've been doing is...   May 12 2011, 06:10 PM
- - Tim Tilley   It's no secret that Greg has changed the way h...   May 12 2011, 08:23 PM
- - Casey Campbell   Hey Fred...self loathing is the curse of every thr...   May 12 2011, 08:41 PM
- - uphillbrian   I'd chime in, but I don't know what the sc...   May 12 2011, 10:42 PM
- - Fred Lang   Page 10. On to page 11.   May 13 2011, 05:19 PM
|- - cougar18   Fred, if you consider yourself less of an artist t...   May 14 2011, 09:21 AM
|- - Fred Lang   QUOTE (cougar18 @ May 14 2011, 08:21 AM) ...   May 14 2011, 11:14 AM
- - Anthony Hochrein   I have to second that. Land's work is falling ...   May 14 2011, 09:41 AM
|- - cougar18   QUOTE (Anthony Hochrein @ May 14 2011, 07...   May 14 2011, 10:22 AM
- - autowagon   Thinking anyone would notice that you did similar ...   May 14 2011, 10:19 AM
- - Fred Lang   I'm worried I'm using too many flat horizo...   May 14 2011, 04:42 PM
- - uphillbrian   fred, I think the pages are looking great. I would...   May 14 2011, 10:27 PM
- - Fred Lang   I've decided to scrap the 2 most recent pages ...   May 15 2011, 01:13 AM
- - uphillbrian   Give'em hell! Sorry to hear about the page...   May 15 2011, 07:46 AM
- - Tim Tilley   Personally, I liked what you had done but pushing ...   May 15 2011, 01:39 PM
- - Bill Nichols   Fred, Okay, so you have your plan in place. You...   May 15 2011, 07:02 PM
- - ChadStrohl   Fred, I'd say the only issue I see in anything...   May 16 2011, 06:26 AM
|- - Fred Lang   QUOTE (ChadStrohl @ May 16 2011, 05:26 AM...   May 16 2011, 09:08 AM
- - Fred Lang   I'm canceling my HeroesCon visit as well as my...   May 16 2011, 12:53 PM
- - Bill Nichols   Brother, you're being waaaay too hard on yours...   May 16 2011, 01:00 PM
- - ChadStrohl   Well Fred, good luck on your mission. But I agree ...   May 16 2011, 01:26 PM
|- - cougar18   QUOTE (ChadStrohl @ May 16 2011, 11:26 AM...   May 17 2011, 10:08 AM
- - Ron Fortier   Hi Fred, sorry I wasn't on board to jump into ...   May 16 2011, 07:13 PM
- - Tim Tilley   Technically you have less than 96 days, because yo...   May 16 2011, 09:09 PM


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