Visions of an Icon: Wolverine by James Turner

James Turner has been working as a freelance illustrator and art director for years and years, since even before there was Twitter.

Over the course of his career, including an earlier life in multimedia, he has worked for a wide array of clients, including The Wall Street Journal, Elle, WIRED Magazine, IBM, BASF, The Milken Institute Review, ING, TD Bank, In Character, Reader’s Digest, The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, Popular Science, Red Herring Magazine, MacWorld, and dozens of other exceptional and remarkable publications he can’t remember.

James enjoys cycling and cross country skiing, but has foresworn the latter as it always seemed to involve getting up before 6 am.

In 2005 he ventured into the graphic novel field and wrote and illustrated Nil: A Land Beyond Belief. He followed that up with a quarterly comic book about a butt-kicking librarian. He’s high-concept all the way.

His new series is about a spoiled rich kid who wants to be a rock star but gets saddled with running a planet. Check out Warlord of Io here.

Humble and modest to a fault, James rarely waves about the awards he has won in front of guests to his home. He spends his time drinking coffee, loitering in art galleries and other public buildings, and writing wild and outlandish bios.

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The piece shown above is one of over 40 pieces of original artwork featuring Wolverine donated to the Joe Shuster Awards for the Visions of an Icon Art Show and Sale by Canadian artists. The pieces were exhibited twice in 2009 – at the Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony in September and at the Speakeasy Comic Art Show in November. The original art pieces will be auctioned off on eBay in March 2010. Watch for announcements on this site!

Every day we will try to post an original piece and some information on the artist(s) that donated the work.