Find A New Hero Series: Joe Corroney
Anyone hoping to bump into David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson this year? Yep, it's true. X-Files madness is going to take over SDCC and our next featured artist is bringing an X-Files exclusive cover adding to the excitement.
So maybe X-Files isn't really your thing? Don't worry. We don't judge. Thankfully, Joe is not a one trick pony. His work includes seriously big names like Star Wars, True Blood, Doctor Who, Star Trek and GI Joe. So let's take a peek into his talented life and what he has for us coming up at SDCC and beyond.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I grew up on a steady diet of movies, comic books, video games and cartoons so a lot of my influences in my work come from those sources. A lot of my artistic influences are comic book artists and other illustrators from the late 70's and early 80's. People like Frank Miller, Mike Zeck, Howard Chaykin, Walt Simonson, Bernie Wrightson, the Romitas, George Perez, Drew Struzan and Ralph McQuarrie. I'm also inspired by some of my fellow artist friends and colleagues like Jan Duursema, Dave Dorman, Tom Mandrake, Tsuneo Sanda, Chris Trevas and Brian Rood.
What is your favorite work you have done?
One of the things I'm most proud of probably is my recent work drawing the Star Trek: The Next Generation comic book series Hive for IDW Publishing. The final issue was released earlier this year and it was written by writer and producer of the Star Trek TV series and films Brannon Braga. I had a lot of fun drawing the series, the story was so epic and cinematic. It deals with Starfleet's final confrontation with the Borg and is essentially a sequel to the last TNG movie. It's a great story and probably one of the most detail oriented comic book series I've ever drawn.
What current work are you most excited about?
I'm really excited about my new Star Wars project for Lucasfilm and Topps called "Star Wars: A New Hope Illustrated". Some other Star Wars artists and I are illustrating the original Star Wars Radio Drama by Brian Daley for a series of 100 trading cards which includes many scenes from the radio drama that have never been illustrated before. It's kind of like seeing the first Star Wars film again but from a totally new, fresh perspective. It should be really cool and comes out later this year from Topps.
What is one thing you would like to pursue if you had additional free time?
I'd pursue more drawing, definitely more film related work, and less promoting and networking probably. I'd like to focus more on my creator owned comic book series, The Death Avenger, which is a project I've been working off and on now for years and focus on my other creator owned projects eventually as well.
What do you typically offer at your booth at SDCC? Is there typically any exclusive items?
Every year I offer a wide array of large prints for sale of most of the artwork I do in the comic book industry along with tons of original art and sketches in my portfolios I always bring with me. I usually don't do any exclusive prints but I did illustrate an exclusive convention cover with my colorist Brian Miller for IDW Publishing's new X-Files Season 10 comic book series. The comic books are being co-developed with series creator Chris Carter which is pretty great. The convention exclusive cover I drew for Comic-Con features my artwork of Chris Carter himself and Chris and I will be signing the new comics together at the IDW booth there too. Hopefully fans will stop by on Friday afternoon at the show and come see us and check out the new X-Files comics.
What other uses have people found for your designs?
I find a lot of my artwork for Star Wars, Star Trek, True Blood, Doctor Who and so on all over the internet on fan sites which is always pretty fun to see. I really love sharing my work with fans and appreciate that kind of free advertising when it circulates. Some of my artwork has been used on official merchandise for these properties too like t-shirts and other collectibles. And I've seen a decent number of fans sport my Star Wars artwork as tattoos on their bodies over the years too. That's always incredibly flattering.
What is your favorite autograph or collectible you’ve picked up at a convention?
I'm not a huge collector of autographs or collectibles really. One of the perks of being a guest at Comic-Con and other conventions is that I've gotten to talk to and hang out with some actors and actresses I've really admired or have been a fan of for many years so that's always a thrill and makes up for and lack of autographs really. I used to collect Star Wars toys and memorabilia but nowadays I'm too busy with projects to really spend time tracking stuff down. I still pick up the occasional action figure, statue or collectible for reference though when I'm at a convention or when I'm online or whenever I hit a toy store.
What is the best SDCC or convention moment you have had?
Probably my favorite convention moment happened because the convention itself was really lame. Me and one of my artist friends, Justin Chung, were invited to a small show years ago in New Jersey where our good friends Jan Duursema and Tom Mandrake live. They also work as artists in the comic book industry as well. The show itself was a train wreck because it was so poorly promoted, the venue was pretty lame and hardly any fans showed up. Since we had plenty of time to kill we made friends with some of the other Star Wars guests in attendance there which included Darth Vader himself, David Prowse. The last day of the show on Sunday afternoon the group of us decided to bug out pretty early since no fans were showing up whatsoever and we invited Dave over to Jan's house for a cookout. He happily came along and we spent the afternoon well into the evening hanging out with Mr. Prowse at Jan's place talking about the Star Wars films and hearing all kinds of great stories from his career as an actor that he shared with us. Everything from his Hammer horror film days too. That turned into a really fun, memorable day for all of us.
Do you have any other upcoming events?
I will be attending Star Wars Celebration Europe II later this month in Germany and I will be offering my new limited edition print I illustrated with Brian Miller, The Slave Princess, for sale at the event in the Art Show. Also, for any fans not able to attend the event in Germany who would like to purchase my print for their collection they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and email address and get on my "wait list". If I have any copies left after the event I will be offering them for sale everyone on the list, first come first serve, for $55 US plus shipping.
I'd also like to thank everyone for enjoying and supporting my work too. I really appreciate it and I'm looking forward to seeing hopefully many of you at Comic-Con in San Diego soon!