I think I'm gonna try and keep these intros a bit shorter since the art usually speaks for itself. This week, we've got a giant robot comic dad thought would be cool but ultimately didn't have the time for. I helped design the leviathan.
Right before dad went, he managed to get a new scanner from a friend. I've only just recently hooked it up and started working with it and it's pretty awesome (well, compared to the rattle-box we both worked with since 2003). Here's a scan of a sketch I did a month back.
And now for something for completely different...
Today's Sean Artifact, like the many that have yet to be seen, is one of those small glimpses of what could have been a mind-blowingly awesome project.
Dad met a lot of cool people, that is for sure, but one person who absolutely loved working with dad was the insanely-talented man with a talent for insanity, Ralph Niese, who does the comics Mekano Turbo and 2491 A.D. Ralph was one of many who tried to get dad to regularly draw comics but as was said to me by the big guy himself, he just wasn't a fan of drawing comics, although he loved to read them. He was more of a one picture kinda guy, moving from one idea to the next.
Dad did one story for 2491 A.D., a Crowhead story, but he was always welcome to do another.
Dad began forming the idea for one which he called "Braincase and the Diesel Dinosaurs".
The idea came to him in 2010 (when "Scott Pilgrim" had just come out on DVD and I was still freaking out about it), during one of our many late-night movie viewings, this one being "Electric Dragon 10,000 V", one of my dad's favorites. Braincase, a tokusatsu hero, lead his punk band "The Diesel Carnivors" on gritty, violent and head-banging adventures through a "Mad Max" type of apocalyptic land where the world has gone back to the wild days while society attempts to rebuild itself.
This was all dad drew of it because he had work up the ass, leaving us only a three-panel peek at Braincase's brain case and his merry band of ruffians.
So, between all the work I've inherited and will be posting about, I decided I'd like to start a little segment called "Sean Artifacts" showcasing stuff my dad either never posted or little knick knacks he made and never shared with the world. Considering the amount of stuff, there's a lot to go through and I'm sure you'll all love ogling it.
If you haven't already heard of pop's magnum opus, Mars Hall, you're in for a treat. You can buy the physical copy or download the ebook for free on Lulu here and I highly suggest you take the time to read it. He spent a decade writing the thing and it reflects the eclectic explosiveness he showed in his art.
So, this is the first manuscript he got printed from CafePress.com. It's loaded with spelling errors and wordpad glitches but it's how I've been reading it and I've still fully understood it.
I'll be putting up some new artwork soon because I only recently started feeling up to drawing again, so keep an eye out.
I can go on and say everything that’s already been said about
dad, that he was a kind-hearted, talented, limited edition individual
that we’ll be lucky to see another one of his kind again or I can talk
about how he was taken from us at the wrong time but I’m not going to.
I’m here to reassure his fans that because he’s gone doesn’t mean his work is finished.
There was a lot he wanted to get done and I intend to do it.
I’ll try and update his blog with unseen works and news and keep his spirit alive because he would’ve wanted that.
Griffin Hartter, Sean’s son
In the early hours of April 27th, family, friends, and fans of art
everywhere suffered a great loss with the untimely death of Sean
Hartter. While he was an innovative and prolific artist, Sean was first
and foremost a devoted husband to Allison and father of Griffin and
Gabriel. He was a valued friend who was always willing to lend an ear
when you needed it or make you laugh until it hurt. The notion that a
heart so big and generous would stop beating after a short 39 years on
this Earth is both shocking and cruel to all who knew him.
Sean's death came at a time when his artwork was finally starting to
get the recognition it deserved. Any of Sean's nearest and dearest will
tell you that he never fully accepted just how gifted he was. His
brain bursted with creativity- his artwork included various mediums,
from the simple black sharpie and pen to recent adventures creating
action figures. He made music, wrote stories, but finally got a taste of
recognition from his "Alternate Universe" creations.
unfairness of losing this talented man at such a young age can not be
expressed enough. His death was so unexpected that it was not at all
planned for. Sean's friends would like to help his family through this
devastating loss in the only way we can- by assisting with the
tremendous expense of funeral costs and final arrangements. Because time
is so important, please share this link as much as possible. Thank you
so much for your help and for the outpouring of love and condolences
that have been showered on his family with this enormous loss. Donate here
I did 11 posters total for Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown and American Cinematheque's Film Festival being held April the 30th to May the 6th in Hollywood. I'll be there signing prints, which you can't even buy, you have to win them!
Go HERE for the trailer and HERE for info and the insane guests that will be at the screenings!
Advertisement for my friend's project. We've known each other since 1985, so the theme of the ad is fitting. Visit NEVERGEAR.COM for all kinds of t shirts. After they post them. I know Never Gear shirts will be in my booth at Comic Con Boston April 20th and 21st, booth AADR2. I'm a guest of the Sock Talk Podcast!
heavily on one of my absolute idols, Saul Bass, i did this official one
sheet for the upcoming Scorpio Film Releasing film "Dr. Frankenstein's
Wax Museum of the Hungry Dead"! Directed by my pal Richard Marr-Griffin.