One of the perks of working on such a project is the art that you see. Over the past few years I've become an avid collector of Norm's art, to the point where I'm almost exclusively buying his art and no-one elses. I still get the occasional piece and there's always some artists that I'll buy (like Dave Simons!) when it's affordable and there's cash to play with (lately - not as much as I'd like). In the process of this project I've bought a few hundred pages of Norm Breyfogle. I kid you not. I'd hazard a guess and say that I have the largest private collection of Norm's art in the world, and it's growing with the passage of each and every week. I now have art that amazes even Norm - always a good thing.
So if there's a publisher out there wanting to consider a fully authorised biography on one of the best artists of the past twenty or so years, then get in touch. Art wise you'll be blessed and blown away. In the meantime I ask the question, again, only this time visually - what will it take for a major publisher to place Norm on a regular book once more? I already know the answer, but I'd love for others to start asking as well.
Even better - Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle. In the meantime here's the proof of the pudding.
Red Bulletin Crushed Ice cover painting. 2008. Be it black and white or colour, Norm is more than capable of producing the goods.
Metaphysique promotional art
Does It Scare You? 12 Stone Toddler album painting. 2007. Oh, yeah, did I mention? Norm can paint too...
Thing commission. Coloured by Tom Smith, hello Marvel?
Arcade Fire illo, Mojo Magazine, 2007. So good I expect that the band want it.
Bob Dylan, Mojo Magazine, 2006. Dylan wishes he looked this good. This is as good, if not better than any album cover Dylan has produced since the 1970s.
Batman: Birth Of The Demon cover art. Paint. You need to see this to believe it.
Prime #9, unpublished cover art. Tell me who's pumping out covers this good these days?
Detective Comics #610. As much as we all adore Jim Lee, honestly, has there been a more stylistic artist drawing Batman who could pump out work of this quality, on time, month after month?
Superman style guide, circa late 19080s. Inked by Dennis Janke.
Black Panther #30 pencils. To use the old cliche, this just explodes off the page. I know inkers that'd sell their souls to the devil to ink pencils like these.
The Phantom. Pencils. Hello King Features?
The Phantom, inked by Joe Rubinstein. Is that a cover shot or not?
Batman Dreamland. Cover painting
Amy Winehouse, Mojo Magazine 2007
Man O'War, character design, 2002. You see, Norm can create as well as merely illustrate...
The Flash. Unlike a lot of other artists when Norm is called upon to draw children he actually gets the proportions right.
Batman #460 preliminary art for the cover. Even Norm's rough preliminaries are more finished than most people's 'full pencils'.
You know, I could do this all day, but I'll stop for now. If you're out there and want a book on Norm, or a book by Norm, then stop sitting there wondering what you have to do to make it happen, just email and let's make it happen. Not that Norm is desperate for work, let me tell you right now when he announces his next project it's gonna blow a lot of people clear out of the water. But hey, wouldn't it be cool to see Norm's art once again gracing the pages of say Batman...?