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Here at World of Superheroes we have been lucky enough to chat to one of the artists who create Topps Sketch Cards for Star Wars, Jay Manchand. 

Jay, thanks for chatting to us here at World of Superheroes, we couldn’t help but get in touch and ask about your work. We have a lot of artwork similar to yours in our store of most Sci-fi and Fantasy on screen because we love the culture so much. Is it safe to say you're a proud geek yourself? 

Hi, thanks for having me! Oh absolutely, I'm a huge geek - always have been. I’ve always been drawn to franchises of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy nature - I collect action figures (mostly Star Wars) and my ‘studio’ is filled with them, I love working amongst collectibles of a genre that inspires so much of my work. Part of the reason I adore attending conventions to promote my work so much, is because it feels like home - that buzz of energy and excitement from passionate fans is a wonderful culture to be a part of.

Sounds like we will get along just fine then! The work on your Instagram account is obviously stunning, have you always been an artist or is it something that was a hobby turned work opportunity?

Thank you! I’ve been drawing for as long as I have been able to hold a pencil but when I hit my early twenties, I realised that it was the path I wanted to take my career down. I put myself through University and graduated 5 years later with a Bachelors & Masters Degree in Fine Art. Towards the end of my studies, I began reaching out to companies I wanted to work for, hoping to build a professional platform to leap into once I’d graduated. 

Though my Degree work was rooted in the conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians, I realised my true passion for art was inspired by the franchises I grew up with - I began making Star Wars art and building a portfolio of work for submissions. 

I began producing sketch cards for Topps in 2016 and have contributed well over 1000 Star Wars sketch cards since.

That's an impressive origin story. Looks like you've worked hard getting so many out in just 5 years with such detail on each character. I can see how you used your skill of creating detail on reptiles by looking at the detail on the alien characters. Despite the obvious difficulties during the pandemic, have you found you've been able to focus more on your art?

The pandemic has been such an uncertain time for many people, whilst there have been struggles like the majority of people - I feel incredibly lucky that I managed to use the lockdowns to my advantage, I was able to fully commit to my art, and forced myself to make the decision to take it full time and make it my only source of income. Had the Pandemic not happened, I probably wouldn’t have taken the risk to focus on the career I’d always wanted, so there is a positivity in that. I feel more creative than ever and more inspired and empowered to make art for a living.

That's often the way life changes work isn't it? You said most of the officially licensed cards you've mentioned are for Star Wars, how does it feel as an artist to be involved with such big companies?

Working professionally for the franchises that inspire myself and so many others around the world, is something I don’t think I will ever quite come to terms with - I’m honoured, humbled and grateful for the opportunities. Though it began with Star Wars for Topps, I have since produced sketch card artwork for popular culture shows and movies such as Game of Thrones, Alien, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead and more. 

Many great opportunities and experiences have been gained from working with these licensed properties and although I work hard and hope that I continue to grow as a professional artist in this world, I have to occasionally pinch myself as there will always be this little element of disbelief that my name is attached to some of the most influential media in history. 

Star Wars is probably the biggest and longest sci-fi franchise on screen but it's great you've been able to spread your talents to more recent shows like Game of Thrones and Strangers Things which I personally love myself! Your detail is incredible and the likeness of the characters is so realistic, I just love your pieces of Natalie Portman as Padme but which are your favourite characters to work with?

Thank you, they have been a part of a fun project, I’ve loved exploring so many of her complex and intricate attire from the prequels. 

As for my favourite characters, I’d actually say the more bizarre, the better. When I was a kid, I was fascinated with the larger than life aliens and creatures often hidden in the background of the Star Wars movies - I’d want to know all of their names, backstories etc. Part of what I love most about working on various Topps sets, is the freedom to paint and draw so many of these obscure aliens, which often have wonderfully rich and colourful palettes to work with. 

That said, I also enjoy working with light and reflections, so any armoured character or mask/helmet wearer is usually a fun subject too. 

It sounds like the dream job for you then Jay! Obviously you create work of a lot of heroes, have you created any piece of Superheroes licensed or not? 

Ok now that we are such good friends, I should probably confess, up until last year - I had never seen a Marvel movie (for no other reason than because I’ve been so wrapped up in my comfort zone of Star Wars, LOTR, GOT & Alien). I’ve now watched almost all of them and thoroughly enjoyed what I watched. 

Ive never felt compelled to work from source material that doesn’t inspire me, even though it may be popular and sell well, it wouldn’t feel true to myself - the work I am passionate about tends to be my best work. Due to the nature of the work I post on social media, commission requests are usually from the franchises I already work with. That said, now that I’ve watched and loved so much of the MCU, there’s so many awesome characters I’d like to work with. So stay tuned! 

That does sound promising! Guardians of the Galaxy have a lot of different aliens, just putting it out there! Congratulations on your success so far and Thanks so much for talking to us here at World of Superheoes Jay. Please do keep in touch and let us know about any up-coming work, we'd love to see it!

Check out Jay's Instagram Page for more of his work.

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Here at World of Superheroes we have been lucky enough to chat to one of the artists who create Topps Sketch Cards for Star Wars, Jay Manchand. 

Jay, thanks for chatting to us here at World of Superheroes, we couldn’t help but get in touch and ask about your work. We have a lot of artwork similar to yours in our store of most Sci-fi and Fantasy on screen because we love the culture so much. Is it safe to say you're a proud geek yourself? 

Hi, thanks for having me! Oh absolutely, I'm a huge geek - always have been. I’ve always been drawn to franchises of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy nature - I collect action figures (mostly Star Wars) and my ‘studio’ is filled with them, I love working amongst collectibles of a genre that inspires so much of my work. Part of the reason I adore attending conventions to promote my work so much, is because it feels like home - that buzz of energy and excitement from passionate fans is a wonderful culture to be a part of.

Sounds like we will get along just fine then! The work on your Instagram account is obviously stunning, have you always been an artist or is it something that was a hobby turned work opportunity?

Thank you! I’ve been drawing for as long as I have been able to hold a pencil but when I hit my early twenties, I realised that it was the path I wanted to take my career down. I put myself through University and graduated 5 years later with a Bachelors & Masters Degree in Fine Art. Towards the end of my studies, I began reaching out to companies I wanted to work for, hoping to build a professional platform to leap into once I’d graduated. 

Though my Degree work was rooted in the conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians, I realised my true passion for art was inspired by the franchises I grew up with - I began making Star Wars art and building a portfolio of work for submissions. 

I began producing sketch cards for Topps in 2016 and have contributed well over 1000 Star Wars sketch cards since.

That's an impressive origin story. Looks like you've worked hard getting so many out in just 5 years with such detail on each character. I can see how you used your skill of creating detail on reptiles by looking at the detail on the alien characters. Despite the obvious difficulties during the pandemic, have you found you've been able to focus more on your art?

The pandemic has been such an uncertain time for many people, whilst there have been struggles like the majority of people - I feel incredibly lucky that I managed to use the lockdowns to my advantage, I was able to fully commit to my art, and forced myself to make the decision to take it full time and make it my only source of income. Had the Pandemic not happened, I probably wouldn’t have taken the risk to focus on the career I’d always wanted, so there is a positivity in that. I feel more creative than ever and more inspired and empowered to make art for a living.

That's often the way life changes work isn't it? You said most of the officially licensed cards you've mentioned are for Star Wars, how does it feel as an artist to be involved with such big companies?

Working professionally for the franchises that inspire myself and so many others around the world, is something I don’t think I will ever quite come to terms with - I’m honoured, humbled and grateful for the opportunities. Though it began with Star Wars for Topps, I have since produced sketch card artwork for popular culture shows and movies such as Game of Thrones, Alien, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead and more. 

Many great opportunities and experiences have been gained from working with these licensed properties and although I work hard and hope that I continue to grow as a professional artist in this world, I have to occasionally pinch myself as there will always be this little element of disbelief that my name is attached to some of the most influential media in history. 

Star Wars is probably the biggest and longest sci-fi franchise on screen but it's great you've been able to spread your talents to more recent shows like Game of Thrones and Strangers Things which I personally love myself! Your detail is incredible and the likeness of the characters is so realistic, I just love your pieces of Natalie Portman as Padme but which are your favourite characters to work with?

Thank you, they have been a part of a fun project, I’ve loved exploring so many of her complex and intricate attire from the prequels. 

As for my favourite characters, I’d actually say the more bizarre, the better. When I was a kid, I was fascinated with the larger than life aliens and creatures often hidden in the background of the Star Wars movies - I’d want to know all of their names, backstories etc. Part of what I love most about working on various Topps sets, is the freedom to paint and draw so many of these obscure aliens, which often have wonderfully rich and colourful palettes to work with. 

That said, I also enjoy working with light and reflections, so any armoured character or mask/helmet wearer is usually a fun subject too. 

It sounds like the dream job for you then Jay! Obviously you create work of a lot of heroes, have you created any piece of Superheroes licensed or not? 

Ok now that we are such good friends, I should probably confess, up until last year - I had never seen a Marvel movie (for no other reason than because I’ve been so wrapped up in my comfort zone of Star Wars, LOTR, GOT & Alien). I’ve now watched almost all of them and thoroughly enjoyed what I watched. 

Ive never felt compelled to work from source material that doesn’t inspire me, even though it may be popular and sell well, it wouldn’t feel true to myself - the work I am passionate about tends to be my best work. Due to the nature of the work I post on social media, commission requests are usually from the franchises I already work with. That said, now that I’ve watched and loved so much of the MCU, there’s so many awesome characters I’d like to work with. So stay tuned! 

That does sound promising! Guardians of the Galaxy have a lot of different aliens, just putting it out there! Congratulations on your success so far and Thanks so much for talking to us here at World of Superheoes Jay. Please do keep in touch and let us know about any up-coming work, we'd love to see it!

Check out Jay's Instagram Page for more of his work.

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When asked to name a superhero without any superpowers, you think of Batman or the Black Widow or maybe even Iron Man but not many think of Hawkeye.

Clint Barton did have superpowers however when he used Pym Particles to become Goliath in the Avengers comics in the late 1960s. As one of Marvel's most popular cinematic heroes, Hawkeye has come a long way from being a carnival attraction in Tales of Suspense 57 in 1964. 

This signed photograph is currently available for £200 in our store and includes an authentication certificate from The Sterling Collection signed by Steve Eyre.

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When asked to name a superhero without any superpowers, you think of Batman or the Black Widow or maybe even Iron Man but not many think of Hawkeye.

Clint Barton did have superpowers however when he used Pym Particles to become Goliath in the Avengers comics in the late 1960s. As one of Marvel's most popular cinematic heroes, Hawkeye has come a long way from being a carnival attraction in Tales of Suspense 57 in 1964. 

This signed photograph is currently available for £200 in our store and includes an authentication certificate from The Sterling Collection signed by Steve Eyre.

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So is anyone else enjoying Marvel's New WandaVision series?

A new take on the Avengers couple Wanda and Vision, carrying on after the events of Avengers: Endgame. I'll not go into any detail for anyone who hasn't watched the series so far but anyone who has read the comics will know what is happening. We've even got to see Elizabeth Olsen wearing the original Scarlett Witch suit that Marvel fans know and love. 

So I have found the stunning artwork we currently have of the mind controlling Avenger in her original costume.

Scarlet Witch Original Art Framed by Becky Knapp

Scartlett Witch by Mervyn McCoy Sketch Cover

 Avengers & Thunderbolts Vol 1 #2 Comic - Signed by Stan Lee

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So is anyone else enjoying Marvel's New WandaVision series?

A new take on the Avengers couple Wanda and Vision, carrying on after the events of Avengers: Endgame. I'll not go into any detail for anyone who hasn't watched the series so far but anyone who has read the comics will know what is happening. We've even got to see Elizabeth Olsen wearing the original Scarlett Witch suit that Marvel fans know and love. 

So I have found the stunning artwork we currently have of the mind controlling Avenger in her original costume.

Scarlet Witch Original Art Framed by Becky Knapp

Scartlett Witch by Mervyn McCoy Sketch Cover

 Avengers & Thunderbolts Vol 1 #2 Comic - Signed by Stan Lee

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Fans who were disappointed with the Justice League movie back in 2017 have been waiting for Zack Snyder to finish his version of the movie he initially intended to release before a family matter meant he had to leave production and hand it over to Joss Whedon.  

A new trailer has been released for the 4-hour long movie that is due to finally debut on March 18th of HBO debut and has been rumoured to be released on Blu-Ray soon as well but nothing has been revealed regarding a date.

The updated and expanded movie will add in new scenes changing the story and as we see in the trailer we see Darkseid, Superman in the black suit and a sneak peek at Jared Leto returning as the Joker. Despite the obvious money involved, it seems Zack Snyder wants to show to fans the movie he originally intended and it looks as if it will be well worth the wait!

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Fans who were disappointed with the Justice League movie back in 2017 have been waiting for Zack Snyder to finish his version of the movie he initially intended to release before a family matter meant he had to leave production and hand it over to Joss Whedon.  

A new trailer has been released for the 4-hour long movie that is due to finally debut on March 18th of HBO debut and has been rumoured to be released on Blu-Ray soon as well but nothing has been revealed regarding a date.

The updated and expanded movie will add in new scenes changing the story and as we see in the trailer we see Darkseid, Superman in the black suit and a sneak peek at Jared Leto returning as the Joker. Despite the obvious money involved, it seems Zack Snyder wants to show to fans the movie he originally intended and it looks as if it will be well worth the wait!

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Robert Bailey is one of our favourite artists here at World of Superheroes, his stunning sketches and work over the years inspires us and is why we continue to add his amazing pieces to our store.

These two amazing pieces have been added and celebrate the USS Enterprise in some of the most iconic scenes from TV and movie in Sci-Fi history.

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Star Trek: A Victory For Kirk by Robert Bailey

Star Trek: Champion of Challenges by Robert Bailey

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Robert Bailey is one of our favourite artists here at World of Superheroes, his stunning sketches and work over the years inspires us and is why we continue to add his amazing pieces to our store.

These two amazing pieces have been added and celebrate the USS Enterprise in some of the most iconic scenes from TV and movie in Sci-Fi history.

Click on the images for more info and prices. 

Star Trek: A Victory For Kirk by Robert Bailey

Star Trek: Champion of Challenges by Robert Bailey

Please visit our store for more Star Trek memorabilia.

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