Ethen Beavers

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Ethen Beavers
Born Grants Pass, Oregon
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
Mutation
Justice League Unlimited
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Six

Ethen Beavers is an American comic book artist from Modesto, CA. He graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1989.

Ethen's comic industry work includes titles as Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans Go!, Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century, Six, Noble Causes: Distant Relatives #4, as well as pin ups in Savage Dragon #112 and Hellhounds #3.[1]

He has also done logo design as well as freelance illustration for various advertising agencies. Ethen is also a storyboard artist for Warner Bros. Justice League Unlimited animated show on Cartoon Network. He now illustrates a series called NERDS by Michael Buckley. He also created comic art for George Lucas such as Clone Wars and Indiana Jones.

Mutation[edit]

In 2004, Ethen began working with writer George T. Singley on Mutation for Speakeasy Comics. Due to major complications with the now defunct Speakeasy Comics, neither writer nor artist received compensation for their work and the book was published months behind schedule. Several completed issues of the series never even saw the shelves of your local comics book store.

Luckily, Mutation was picked up by Markosia Enterprises and published (with the missing issues) in trade paperback format. The series is set to continue with new issues in the future.

"Beavers is indeed a student of Kirby and the Bruce Timm stable of artists. Beavers captures Kirby's frenetic motion and truly dynamic anatomy so that Mutation seems to hit bad guys, all imaginatively designed, save for the opening Kalibak-clone, off the pages. The women have that highly stylized hourglass figure so prevalent in Batman: the Animated Series, Superman and to a lesser extent Justice League. The blustery nature of the fights and the painfully hot female background players are in fact very sly clues to the surprise conclusion. " - Comics Bulletin[2]

N.E.R.D.S.[edit]

In January 2009 Michael Buckley (author), a New York Times best seller, walked into a Brooklyn New York comic shop to hand pick an illustrator for his new book series N.E.R.D.S.. Buckley and his creative director Chad Beckerman hand selected 10 candidates to submit to their editor as potential artists for the project. Out of that process, Ethen was selected as the illustrator for the N.E.R.D.S. book series.[3] Four projects have been completed to date, N.E.R.D.S. (2009), M is for Mama's Boy (2010), The Cheerleaders of Doom (2011), and The Villain Virus (2012). Since the first installment, the N.E.R.D.S. series has gone on to become a New York Times best seller. Movie rights for the series were recently purchased by Sir Elton John.[4] Commenting about Ethen's illustrations in the N.E.R.D.S. series Creative Director Chad W. Beckerman has said:

"Again this a series that I always wanted as a kid. Nerds that are superhero spies, sold! But what really sells me is Ethen Beavers insanely amazing illustrations that cover this book to create the world of NERDS. "[5]

Influences[edit]

Ethen’s influences include Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Darwyn Cooke, Bruce Timm, Mike Mignola, and Steve Rude.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • DC COMICS

    • Justice League Unlimited #2, #7, #18
    • Justice League Unlimited Vol. 1: United They Stand
    • Justice League Unlimited Vol. 2: United They Stand
    • Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #7, #9, #12, #18
  • IMAGE COMICS


    • Mutation #1-3
  • MARKOSIA ENTERPRISES

    • Mutation Volume 1
  • DARK HORSE COMICS

    • Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 7
    • Indiana Jones Adventures Volume 1
    • Indiana Jones Adventures Volume 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Backstage - Interviews - Ethen Beavers". World's Finest. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mutation Review". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Mishaps and Adventures". Chad W. Beckerman. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Elton John Acquires Film Rights to Michael Buckley's NERDS Series". Stonesong. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Interviews Chad W. Beckerman - Creative Director, Abrams". www.childrensillustrators.com. Retrieved 7 August 2012.