Some Caselli Updates for Ya...
Some updates for all you people regarding Stephano Caselli. Some of his work and his blog site. I'll start with his recent work on 'The Initiative' for Marvel. Here's a stolen paragraph from CBR News (and when I say 'stolen' I mean a 'properly referenced' quote in blockquote style and everything):
When Slott originally pitched "The Initiative" he had no idea how big the project would become. "Tom Brevoort liked a lot of the ideas I had riffing off of Millar's 50 State Initiative concept. And he said, ‘Why don't you pitch that at the next editorial retreat?'" Slott told CBR News. "We threw it out there and people just went crazy about it. Bendis was a really big booster for it. Joe Quesada really liked it. Guys like Ed Brubaker and Mike Carey were chiming in as well and they just really seemed to dig it. Before I realized it everybody was saying, ‘Let's make this an ongoing.' Tom Brevoort and I were the only ones saying, ‘Whoa! Let's try six issues first and see what people think.' The only person who was agreeing with us was Dan Buckley. It was weird to be fighting for a book to be a mini instead of an ongoing.
"But once we started getting all the designs and art work in from Stefano Caselli, it was all so gorgeous! And suddenly I was like, ‘There's all these stories I want to tell with these characters, this set up, and status quo! I'm an idiot! Why did I say six issues?! Why?!' Then the orders came in for the first issue and it was like, ‘My god this thing is huge.' Marvel wanted to make it an ongoing, and I wasn't going to complain!"
Kick ass. Here's hoping the writing is as good as the preview art and that the sale numbers stay up. Mr. Caselli deserves any recognition that comes his way.
More recognition you say? Here's some more of what the writer said about his partner (same article reference):
One thing that isn't open to debate for Slott is how much he loves the work of his collaborators on "Avengers: The Initiative," artist Stefano Caselli and colorist Daniele Rudoni. "I first saw Stefano's work on the ‘Young Avengers/Runaways' cross-over for ‘Civil War' and I thought it looked really sweet. And as good as I thought those issues were, the stuff he's doing in ‘Avengers: The Initiative' is even more amazing.
And even though he is up against some deadlines for his Marvel book, he still takes time to post a new colored image on his blog...