FANTASTIC FOUR Artist Raises Big Money for How-To Book
So it's not surprising that a Kickstarter-funded how-to-draw book by a popular Marvel artist would do well. But few, including those involved, could predict just how well: At press time, I Draw Comics has raised more than $205 thousand against its original $10,000 goal, more than other hugely successful comics-related Kickstarters like Womanthology, Sullivan's Sluggers and Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series. And that's with five days left to go.
I Draw Comics is a collaboration between Stegman and his childhood friend Matt Marrocco. After bonding in middle school over a shared passion for drawing and comic books, Marrocco became an industrial designer in the consumer electronics industry and Stegman a comic book artist, whose credits include Marvel books Scarlet Spider, Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula and She-Hulks.
When Marrocco first approached Stegman to see if he would be interested in doing a comic book version of "I Draw Cars," the artist was initially hesitant due to his busy schedule (along with being a full-time comic book artist, he's the father of a one-and-a-half year-old son), but became convinced that it would be an effective educational tool.
"When he showed me 'I Draw Cars,' my attitude wasn't, 'That would work for comics,'" Stegman said. "It was, 'that is something that I wish I would have had for drawing human figures and perspective when I was younger.'"
Ryan Stegman.Stegman calls himself a "nerd" for how-to-draw books — citing works by Andrew Loomis, Glenn Vilppu, George Bridgman and John Buscema's famous How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way — which helped convince him that he could make his own, despite being a relative newcomer in the comic book industry.
"I'm obviously still learning, I'm definitely not a master," Stegman said. "But I have such a wealth of knowledge on these how-to books, and I know what's helped me to get where I'm at. That helped me make the decision, because immediately I had ideas of what I could do, and I think all the exercises that I have in the book will be very helpful."
Stegman's day job, of course, continues — he jokes that between his Marvel work, I Draw Comics and family life, he's lost touch with everything else — though his Fantastic Four stint ends in October, and his next project has yet to be announced. But news should be coming in the near future.
"I know that I'm working on something, and that it's awesome, and that it should be announced relatively soon," he said.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!