Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Mark Irwin, Art Director of Upper Deck
Can you give us some background on the company Upper Deck?
Upper Deck is the leading sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit http://www.upperdeck.com/
What type of sketch card sets/genre does Upper Deck like to do?
Typically Marvel-related, as that’s what the fans seem to love.
What do you look for in your sketch card artists?
I try to hire a good combination of actual comic pros and known sketch card artists, mixed in with some new folks from different walks of art.
If an artist wanted to contact you or your company about working on future sketch card sets, how would you recommend they go about it?
They’d need to send samples to me; Mark_Irwin@upperdeck.com is the best way to get ahold of me.
How would you recommend they DON’T go about it?
Do NOT call me; I’m an email guy anyway. :)
You did some artwork on the Marvel Masterpieces sketch card sets, correct? Do you normally work on sketch card sets as well?
I’ve worked on all 3 Marvel Masterpiece sets from Upper Deck, as well as some old sketch card sets from Fleer many years ago. Since I still work in comics as an inker, it’s always good to try my hand at these sets and keep a foot in that side of things.
Can you tell us about the current sketch card sets Upper Deck is working on?
We’re currently working a sketch card set for the Iron Man 2 Movie release.*
Any information on future sets?
None that I can divulge at this time!
Does Upper Deck hear from card collectors from time to time?
All the time; in fact, I still get cards that I did years ago sent to me for signing all the time. It’s great to see and hear the fans passion for the hobby.
Where can people find additional information on Upper Deck?
Thank you so much for your time, Mark!
*The Iron Man 2 sketch card set is currently full and Upper Deck is not looking for more artists.