I was 13 years old when DC decided to kill-off the Man of Steel. I remember the day that issue #75 hit the comic shop shelves. I was home sick from school—an awful cold. My Father came home from work and had the newspaper with him. The entertainment section had a cover page write-up, headline read: "Edina Man Kills Superman". They advetised that the man responsible—Dan Jurgens—would be at the College of Comic Book Knowledge in South Minneapolis signing books. I begged my Dad to take me and being that it was a once in a lifetime experience, he agreed. Needless to say, it wasn't the best idea to go. There was a long line to get in and it happened to rain while we waited. No umbrella. Cold and nursing a cold. I did however get a the issue signed. The book itself isn't worth anything today, but the opportunity to participate in comic book history is quite valuable.
Niko’s Ink is a project—a formal outlet—to illustrate characters from pop culture (movies, cartoons, comic books, TV, video games etc.) that have impacted and influenced my imagination. All drawings are on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch card (trading card size), using pen and ink and created from the deep recesses of the photographic visual library within my head. The project is divided into quarters or periods by a color theme. In other words, characters are grouped and drawn based on their association with a color. The first quarter is green, followed by red, blue and yellow (approx. 90 characters in each period). Sounds a bit complicated but it allows me to create whatever I want and share it with you. Parents, please feel free to print any of them out for your children to color and collect. Any comments, suggestions or requests are always welcome. I hope you enjoy the journey.