Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3852 - This past weekend my youngest son, Vinnie, and I attended the Free Comic Book Day event in Rancho Cucamonga. One of the nice things about this event at 4 Color Fantasies is that while we were standing in line for a couple of hours plus, we were in line in front of several comic book creators and small press publishers!
One of those people I knew from seeing at comic cons in the past few years. I've only see him on the attendance side of the tables, not on the other side of the table as an exhibitor.
So I was a little surprised at what he had on his table. What Mat is shown holding in the photo at the top right is 'Mat Nastos Sketch Book Volume One'.
What I also found out is that Mat is a graduate of the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, in 1992.
Here is an incomplete list of Mat's works in comics, as shown at the Grand Comics Database.
Mat also went to the School of Visual Arts in New York, graduating in 1994.
Mat is also the owner of Nifty Entertainment, aka Nifty Comics.
So after all of the above... I'm back to this Sketch Book.
The front cover is a double cover spread, with Wolverine as the main character. Not bad, and it is color! Blake Wilkie did the coloring.
However, the inside pages are not in color, just black & white. Which is okay, because this is supposed to be a sketch book!
The inside front cover has an Image 'Infinite' cover illustrated by Mat, and the indicia at the bottom of the page.
The following pages are either one page illos or double page illos. There are a few pages with trading cards illustrations, so those number about nine to a page.
The artwork is from the 1990s to the 2010s.
I especially liked his FF cover, and the Incredible Hulk cover with the Thing, that Mat illustrated in 2011.
There were some other pieces that I found quite interesting. For the most part, the pages were mostly on superheroes from DC & Marvel, but there were a few pages on Elfquest characters, and also Star Wars characters, plus Doctor Who & Walking Dead illos.
This 40 page Sketchbook is a pretty good representation of Mat's art as far as I could tell.
I would have to give this Sketchbook a Very Fine / Near Mint (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale.
This Sketchbook is for sale at this link.
Although this sketchbook is not listed for sale at Amazon, some of Mat's other works are shown at this page.
In addition, I noticed a few miscellanous works by Mat at the eBay sales page.
Here's some of Mat's other pages:
The Official Mat Nastos Web Site
Thanks Mat for introducing me to your works!
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