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San Diego Comic-Con 2009

SDCC 2009: Laura Martin Goes Exclusive

The top-notch colorist of ASTONISHING X-MEN and SECRET INVASION signs with Marvel full-time

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By Tim Stevens

Marvel's quest to bring its fans the best possible comics has received another boost. The company has signed colorist extraordinaire Laura Martin to an exclusive deal with the company.

Martin, whose past works include UNIVERSE X, ULTIMATES 2, ASTONISHING X-MEN, and SECRET INVASION, made the deal after reaching a realization about her working relationship with Marvel.

"It was something I resisted for a while, since I do work with several other companies," she admits. "I thought, 'Why tie myself down? I like being able to pick my projects.' However, even though I was free to choose, I still usually chose Marvel projects first. I have an excellent working relationship with many of the editors there; communication between my

team members and editors is always open. But more than that, Marvel has embraced coloring as an integral part of the creative process and rewards its colorists accordingly. I appreciate that Marvel respects my contributions and those of my fellow colorists, and have been hoping for years that other publishers would follow suit."

Currently, Martin's work can be seen on THE STAND: AMERICAN NIGHTMARES. A lifelong Stephen King fan, the project has proven to be a great joy with her.

"What a treat it is to be involved in this grandiose project," she says. "As huge as 'The Stand' is, it's the normalcy of people and scenes that I enjoy. After having quite a few runs on big super hero books, it's a refreshing change of pace to color normal people-old, young, fat, thin, with wrinkles and acne and sunburns. It's fun to color small towns in Texas or the Lincoln Tunnel entrance. Real places. [Artist] Mike [Perkins] has done a hell of a job creating the unique individual looks of each character, and defining the world they inhabit, and I love trying to capture those impressions."

Martin also recently completed a run on THOR, a title she hopes to return to quickly.

"I'm currently taking a hiatus from THOR, but I definitely enjoyed it, and hope to return to it in the future," she explains. "I've been a Thor fan for a long time, probably more than any other hero in Marvel's stable, and I had been hoping for a chance to work with [artist] Olivier Coipel ever since he was on HOUSE OF M.  It's been such a pleasure working with him, that I hope we can pair up again in the very near future!"

In addition to THOR, the colorist has a significant list of other books she would love to get a hold of at some point.

"Metallic characters are cool," Martin shares. "I'd love to revisit Colossus or try my hand at Silver Surfer. I love coloring underwater scenes, so something with Namor and the Atlanteans would be awesome. NEXTWAVE was superb-a concept like that, taking B-list characters and reimagining them into a cool team, would be fun. How about a Bill & Kelda spinoff from THOR? Well, it sounds cool in my head, anyway. And I so wish I could've colored LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS!  C'mon, Frog Thor?! It doesn't get any more adorable than that!"


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