The People's M.O.D.O.K.

As soon as I had written and drawn a real Marvel-616 continuity comic the requests for M.O.D.O.K. sketches started coming in fast and furious:

There were lots more, and they were all very fun and flattering to be commissioned to draw these for fans. I even re-visited the old "Che MODOK" sketch and finished it up for Robert Goodin's AMAZING "Covered" Blog.

But that was FAR from the end.

I ALSO came up with an idea to boost the sales numbers of M.O.D.O.K. Reign Delay - I had gotten pretty good and fast at drawing sketch cards, so I came up with a marketing idea where I would team up with an online retailer that was already planning on selling M.O.D.O.K. #1 (so I could easily send the non Wednesday warriors there) and I would draw a free sketch card that they would include in every copy of the comic - like doing an in-store signing, but entirely online! Marvel was cool with the promo, but asked that I not charge a premium for the cards and that I *only* draw Marvel characters - both of which was no problem. I ended up approaching Discount Comic Book Service and they said yes immediately.

I thought I'd have to draw somewhere between 50 and 100 cards. At an average production speed of 5-10 minutes per card, I could knock them out in a few weeknights of TV time.

Well, DCBS also decided to offer M.O.D.O.K. Reign Delay #1 at a larger than normal discount.

They didn't get 50-100 orders.

They got 435.


I used my trusty copies of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe for inspiration and you can totally tell where I hit a team page or was just plowing through the book in alphabetical order.

It was fun doing 400+ tiny pieces of fan art in two weeks (this isn't even all of them!) but, oof, never again. I'm getting hand cramps just lookin at these.

Ryan Dunlavey is an author, comic book creator and illustrator for hire based in New York City.

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