Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Kid Inside is Smiling

When I was 15 or 16, i started buying Wizard Magazine. I loved it. This was how I got my comic news before the internet came along and would read each issue from front to back. This is how I found out about my first comic book shows and conventions and led me to attending one of the first Chicago Wizard Worlds in '96. That show opened my eyes to a whole new world that I wanted to be apart of. Creating comics.

During those teenage years, I used to check in each month to see if any of my favorite artist would make the Wizard Top Ten artists. I would have arguments with friends over who was on it and who wasn't each month. It was our version of watching sports. Today made me remember those conversations and I wonder what my old pals would think of Wizard #213.

Yes, the kid inside is smiling because today I made the list. It's a small thing, but it's huge to that 16 year old that used to wait for Wizard each month hope to see his name on that Top 10 list. It's pretty cool to see. Thanks to everyone out there buying and supporting me on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and making that childhood dream come true! You guys kick ass!

32 comments:

Blaine said...

way to go man :D

Tom said...

Congrats, Skottie! It was great seeing you on the list in the latest issue. I too used to read Wizard like a fiend and the top 10 artist list was always an important feature to me. Congrats again, you deserve it!

Johnny P said...

Great news! You definitely deserve it. I haven't been exposed to all of your art, but I have to say after picking up Wizard of Oz I will be going back and finding your stuff.

Fabian said...

Congratulations, man!! You deserve it!!! I'll make sure to get it.

Hey, any news on your new sketchbook?

brice said...

way to go skottie!! that's awesome man!

Spider G said...

Funny how things come full circle, huh? One day, you're the one on the outside, wanting to "be like that", and then before long, you ARE "that". Congrats, and let it be a lesson to always keep that inner (or outer) kid smiling.

Joe Romano 2 said...

Congrats Skottie, that must be a really cool feeling. Enjoy it, you've earned. I'll have to go grab a copy.

A. Enriquez said...

I used to love looking at the Wizard Top 10 too! A sincere congratulations sir. Im loving your Spiderman covers. I cant wait till TWOzz is collected!

Anonymous said...

beautiful

Mike Sudduth said...

Congrats Skottie! You deserve every bit of credit you get. You are an inspiration for me to push my artwork to the next level (sorry for the public banana riding). I also fondly remember those days of looking for the top 10 artists each month.( that and mort of the month ). Can't wait for the Wizard of Oz hardcover collection.

Nishan Patel said...

congrats, skottie!!!
you deserve it--keep up the AMAZING work!

Anonymous said...

No, man. YOU kick ass.

James Doe said...

I'll drink to that!!!

Doug said...

Hah. Great job, you really deserve it!

PlaidKlaus said...

I'd feel the same way. Huge congrats! It's been fun to watch your success grow over the past 3 years online man! I'm happy for you.

PlaidKlaus said...

Should've said " one small step for a man, one giant leap for comic book kind" hehe.

Grand Kenery said...

Sometimes we do things not knowing the huge impact it may have on others. Your work has definitely had that HUGE impact on me and to think that i'v only seen the tip of your COMICBOOK-ART-ICEBERG. I'v only seen what is online (especially what you post on your sites), but its been more than enough to fire me up as an artist and to get me Love-Lockeddown to your art as a FAN. Thanks Skottie!

CONGRATULATIONS! The best is yet to come!!!!!!

geoffroy said...

Congrats Skottie !!!

Paton said...

It may have been a childhood dream but it has been your hard work that has made it come true. Congratulations and I hope you take the time to enjoy the rewards your years of hard work. Looking forward to seeing your future projects.
All the best.

RickyD410 said...

Congrats man! That must have been an incredible moment. Thats great to hear. Keep up the great work. I look forward to your next projects!

-kube- said...

Well a long overdue congrats to one of the best in the biz! Amazing news man.
-kube

Sugee Andersyn said...

That is cool. Congrats! :)

evan said...

Congrats on the coverage and for making the list. It's a whole lot of awesome!

juand182 said...

You've been on my top ten since The Human Torch Series, Keep up the great work!!!!

Csyeung said...

Congrats!

Greg B said...

YEAHHHH!

natalia said...

Congrats!

Talia

Jason said...

Well deserved! You're the shit!

COMIKXGUY said...

MAN YOUR HAVING A GOOD YEAR :)

GRATS SKOTTIE

Mike Bear said...

Damn you! That was my dream!

I mean...um.. very cool to see it happen for you. Can't wait to read OZ. Yeah, that's right, I'm waiting for the trade. I really just want to enjoy it in it's entirety. I haven't bought comics much at all in the past year, but yours and Frank Quitely's are the only ones I'm waiting for. Keep on kicking ass, it's inspiring.

PAT said...

Since I have to wait to get all my Wizards, I'm the last one to the party, as usual. just saw the one with you in it.
A proud moment indeed. Way to go man!

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