And here’s a page of original art by the amazing Rick Veitch I commissioned and own. I don’t own a lot of original art—it’s expensive, and even as a wealthy freelance writer, there’s only so much I can afford—but I’m very proud of this piece. Rick’s a genius, his rates are good, and he’s taking commissions, by the way.

Another great—Sam Keith, of The Maxx fame. Keith only draws what he wants to draw—the first four issues of The Sandman are a lot uglier than they needed to be except for the one issue that takes place in Hell—but when he actually gets into a groove (as, obviously, he has done in this sketch), he’s the best of the best. Also, I like Lobo. I realize he’s kind of silly, but that’s why I like him.

Another Bill Sienkiewicz—Psylocke, from the first Fleer Ultra X-Men series. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “I wonder what kind of taste Marvel Comics has?”, consider that Sienkiewicz got a few spot illustrations for this set of cards, and the chases are a really absurd fisheye-perspective puzzle painting by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, the Thomases Kinkade of comic art.

And here’s another guy who’s a huge influence on McKean (and another one of my very, very favorite artists): the estimable Bill Sienkiewicz, one of the few bona fide geniuses working in comics (McKean is another). He’s probably best-known for his Marvel Universe stories, especially Elektra: AssassinMoon Knight, and New Mutants, which are all collaborations, but his own writing holds up just as well, if not better, on stuff like Stray Toasters. This one’s of Conan the Barbarian, obviously. Many thanks to Thomas Haller Buchanan over at for sharing this one with the world.