Discover what it does and doesn't take to be an artist in BOOM! Studios' "The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell"

Discover what it does and doesn't take to be an artist in BOOM! Studios' "The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell"

It’s always fascinating to see the creative process at work. Every artist and writer has a different approach to their craft, so there are as many ways of doing things as there are people doing them.

BOOM! Studios recognize the talent and skill behind the creative process, which is why they’ve chosen to shine a spotlight on The Goon creator Eric Powell. This fall, the publisher will release The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell, which is just as much an irreverent biography as it is an art book. The eponymous Powell will share hilarious stories about his upbringing and family history, along with plenty of artwork from throughout his career.

He also mentions “illegally obtained medical records,” so yeah, I’ll be checking this one out.

Check out the details below.

Per BOOM!:

A New Art Book From the Creator of Beloved Cult Sensation The Goon in October 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 5, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced THE ART (AND MANY OTHER MISTAKES) OF ERIC POWELL, a brand new art book with scandalous tales, family gossip, illegally obtained medical records, behind-the-scenes character designs, sketches, and illustrations from the twisted mind of the creator of the acclaimed series, The Goon, available in stores October 2019. Celebrate an obscene number of years of low art and high art, failure and success, and the many other mistakes of multi-award winning writer and artist Eric Powell!

In Nashville, Tennessee lives a man, a recluse, a curmudgeonly high falutin’ cartoonist-type who, as a young child, had a penchant for drawing and making up tall tales. It was at the tender age of 18, he turned his back on a promising career in adult film cinematography and followed his heart into the comic book industry. Out of desperation, Eric kept drawing, painting, and then creating his own characters and worlds culminating with the beloved series, The Goon, currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary.
THE ART (AND MANY OTHER MISTAKES) OF ERIC POWELL sheds light on the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world renowned comic book creator as recalled by the artist and a few of his delinquent friends. This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen childhood drawings, early superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell’s homegrown publishing house Albatross (Exploding) Funnybooks. 

Eric Powell is an Eisner Award-winning writer and artist best known for his critically acclaimed series The Goon, which launched in 1999, and quickly became an indie hit with a die-hard cult following. In 2002, Powell launched his own publishing house, Albatross Exploding Funnybooks, which has been home to several creator-owned titles, including his own series Chimichanga and Hillbilly, as well as Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis, Fabian Rangel Jr. and Logan Faerber's weird war tale ’Namwolf, and Brendon Small's Galaktikon. In 2019, Powell relaunched The Goon at Albatross in coordination with the book’s 20th anniversary.

“Ten years ago I thought to myself, ‘I’m a multiple award-winning artist who has been at this for a while. It’s probably time to put out an art book.’ And since then many notable jag-offs have had art books published. Including Justin Bieber’s The Art of the Bieb: A Retrospective of Paintings I Made With My Butt. Unfortunately I did not get an art book. What I got is what I always get… THE SHAFT!” said creator Eric Powell. “But then my friend and editor Sierra Hahn said, ‘BOOM! Studios will do it.’ And here we are. On the verge of the publication of a biography about a backwoods idiot who taught himself how to draw pictures for money..” 

“He said we were friends? Well, okay then. This fancy art book chronicles the artistic legacy of Eric Powell, a curmudgeon and one-of-a-kind storyteller,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This book is the culmination of a lifetime of experience in the gutters and trenches of the comic book world and an inspiring how-to for up and coming cartoonists who can learn from his many mistakes . . . This book is also home to some of the best cartooning and painterly work I believe this industry has ever known (and that’s not sarcasm).”

The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell will hit comic shops on October 23 and other retailers on October 29.

First look at "DCeased" #1 from DC Comics

First look at "DCeased" #1 from DC Comics

Image Comics celebrate the "Excellence" of creators of color with a series of variant covers

Image Comics celebrate the "Excellence" of creators of color with a series of variant covers