- Posted May 27, 2011 by
Ghostbusters: "Drawn Together"
When I first contacted Nick Runge concerning the image on the "Ghostbusters Displaced Aggression Series #4 Cover" I sent him an email and asked "where he got his inspiration for the cover?" I noticed many similarity between the Egon drawing and the Egon I Dress as when doing Conventions and events as a Ghostbuster. He then very respectfully and humbly acknowledged to me that I was one of the inspirations for the cover. We formed a fast friendship which over time has grown into partnership per say with each other. He explained to me that IDW does have a licensing right to publish the Ghostbusters comics, just not the likeness rights to images or likeness of the original actors of Ghostbusters, Murray, Ramis, Aykroyd and Hudson.
Nick is no stranger to the comic world, he has an impressive history and portfolio within the comic industry working for such comics as Angel and Spike, Terminator Salvation, Star Trek and Superman. His vast ability and growing talent has proven him to be more than just a ink slinger to fill pages. When Nick then asked if we would like to work with him, giving him reference photos for the variants covers he was assigned by IDW to do for Ghostbusters, he wanted our help based on the equipment and faces he saw within our group. The most important thing to Nick was to get it right, and bring as much realism to the covers as possible. This was also an extremely huge compliment to us, but I and the rest of The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters knew that this was bigger than us.
Thus we started to get Ghostbusters Fans outside of our group to be on the covers as well. Nick was very open to the idea. So We then went into the GB community to bring alive the next vision for IDW and Nick. We thought, “Okay this is pretty big; a Ghostbusters comic book”. Having met many Ghostbusters from around the country, we then started asking them to send in individual photo shoots based on the character and position they would be playing on the cover that we would be shooting for Nick. We would then later either incorporate them into our photo collections for Nick.
We have used Ghostbuster fans from all over, Robby Fuselier from Tallahassee, Austin Young from Oklahoma and now most recently our first International Ghostbuster Fan from the United Kingdom- the always awesome Ben King. For those of you who don’t know these individuals I can tell you this from my personal interactions with them: they are reliable, trustworthy individuals, who understood what being a Ghostbusters is all about. They took the time to meet a deadline and understood just how important it is to give the characters from Ghostbusters more than a 2d feel.
As you can see here in the photo's we shot we recreated to the best vision we could based on the images Nick Runge were given for variant covers by IDW. You can see the progression here in the photos here for the 3 covers we have been involved with coordinating and shooting. The shoots are always great fun for all involved they take place in my backyard which happens to be on a golf course, however sometimes leaves you pretty open for just about anything from Jumanji-sized bugs and wild coyotes. Yes, there was a wild black coyote that stopped by our photo shoot one night. He saw us but decided we weren’t worth his time. Then once we have our finished photos, we go through the 500 or so, and give to Nick the best 30 to 50 shots, Nick of course takes on the Hardest part in the next phase, drawling it out for the cover.
Since our group has been helping, Nick he has done some of the most successful covers for the Ghostbusters series including the holiday issues "CON-VOLUTION" and "What the Sam Haim Happened." Thankfully as many fans of the comic know, IDW has decided to go monthly for Ghostbusters series and Nick Runge has also been asked to drawl a variant for the first Cover of this new On-going series. Now upon its release you can see the inspiration for the piece with us interpreting it into a photo shoot.
Re-creating a iconic piece of music history like the cover to the "Kiss: Destroyers" album is no small task! I was as surprised as anyone to find out this was to be the first variant cover for the new series but the approach of combining two different genre's of ideologies of fandom became quite a challenge. Thankfully we were able to shoot the photo's and the final product is one that Nick, IDW and we are very happy with.
It took a lot of guts on Nick Runge part to trust us, to rely on us and also be apart of Ghostbuster history. Nick is an artist who gives credit to the fans who keep Ghostbusters in the contemporary. Nick himself is a large Ghostbuster fan and understands how important a fan base is for a Ghostbuster comic series to survive. Using REAL hardcore fans brought something impossible into reality, and for fans involved, it brought a higher appreciation for the art and dedication of today's comic book artist to the fore-front.
I think it's every kids dream to be a "super-hero", I just didn't think it would ever happen to me.
For More info please visit the following Websites:
Artist Nick Runge Blog:
The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters