SCAD Sequential Art Professor Illustrates the Atlanta Hawks

Oct. 28, 2010

SCAD sequential art professor illustrates the Atlanta Hawks
for ESPN The Magazine’s NBA preview issue

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ATLANTA, GA - SCAD sequential art professor Shawn Crystal has collaborated with ESPN The Magazine and Marvel Comics for their NBA preview issue that hit newsstands Friday, Oct. 22. The magazine features characters and iconography from the Marvel universe, including promotional images for all 30 NBA teams created by 31 different Marvel artists. Other artists working on the project include Marvel Comics CEO Joe Quesada, Greg Horn, Olivier Coipel, Leinil Francis Yu, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Land, Terry Dodson and Kaare Andrews.

Each of the NBA’s 30 teams is featured in their own art-laden preview, celebrating and paying tribute to classic characters and storylines while also prognosticating about what the 2010-2011 season will bring.

Marvel Comics Vice President and Executive Editor Axel Alonso and Marvel Manager of Talent Relations George Beliard worked together to line up Marvel’s top artistic talent to work on the project and found little resistance among a basketball-loving pool of creators. Crystal, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from SCAD in 2001, was the perfect choice to create the illustration for his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks.

“As a Marvel exclusive artist I am constantly producing comics, but this opportunity was something different, new and exciting. My work is now being exposed to a whole new audience. The Marvel artists who participated in this are some of the industry's top creators, to be included in that company was an honor. The comics community seems to really enjoy the image and I’m curious to see if the Atlanta Hawks will feel the same way, particularly Joe Johnson,” said Crystal.

SCAD has the largest and most comprehensive sequential art department in the United States, with the most full-time faculty. SCAD was the first, and remains one of the few, institutions to offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in sequential art. SCAD sequential art alumni are working successfully in several areas, including all aspects of comic production, education, illustration, model sculpting for action figures, concept design for animation, and drawing storyboards for major animated films, television, commercials, feature films and video games.

All SCAD sequential art faculty have industry experience and most, along with a select group of students, are currently working with Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, Top Shelf, Universal Syndicate, Devil’s Due Publishing, to name a few.

SCAD: The University of Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is the most comprehensive art and design university in the world, offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art university. SCAD is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees in distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers 43 majors and more than 50 minors at locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Lacoste, France; online through SCAD eLearning; and in Hong Kong.

SCAD offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body of more than 10,000 comes from all 50 United States and nearly 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of more than 650 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources and has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including BusinessWeek, American Institute of Architects, DesignIntelligence, U.S. News & World Report and Los Angeles Times.

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Jennifer Jones
Assistant Director of Media Relations
Savannah College of Art and Design