Friday, January 3, 2020

Jose Varese - Daffy Duck aka Duck Dodgers

2019.10.26 Suffolk Comic & Art Expo, Brentwood, NY

Jose Varese's passion for art and design can be traced back to his childhood, when he was repeatedly grounded for drawing on his bedroom wall. Eventually they discovered his potential and encouraged his creativeness

Jose continued developing his skills as an illustrator, winning regional and national competitions and collaborating with local Miami artists

2009, Jose partnered with Creature Entertainment as their art director and lead artist for titles The Gun and Ravenous. Jose has also worked on projects such as The Mighty Titan, Soulfire - the Dying and the Light, Soulfire - Hope, the Faro Chronicles, Light Earth, Alpha, The Beach Chronicles, Red Sonja and Vampirella

Amidst his prints of gorgeous women and superheros, Jose eyes lit up when he saw the Daffy Duck stamp. He asked if he could provide a drawing for it and produced a proud Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century. A favorite of both of ours.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Peter Clinton - Flash

2019.10.26 Suffolk Comic & Art Expo, Brentwood, NY

Peter clinton is a comic book artist from London, England, who has worked for Cloudscape Comics, Upper Deck Entertainment and other small press publishers. Peter is currently a third year student at the Kubert School

Peter has also created the comic book Voyager with artists, Jack French, Eugene Zebrowski, Zackary Marois and Justin Shin

peter came up with the idea of the Flash having a race with a rocket, drawn on a Bell X-1 first day cover to honor the breaking of the sound barrier by Chuck Yeager, in 1947

Friday, December 20, 2019

Dan Mora - Klaus

2019.10.26 Suffolk Comic & Art Expo, Brentwood, NY

Dan Mora has worked for Boom! Studios on Hexed, Klaus, Power Rangers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also illustrated covers for Marvel and DC comics

2016 Mora was honored with the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award for his work on the series Klaus with writer Grant Morrison

Aftr graduating from the University of Costa Rica, Mora focused on painting. He soon turned his attention to fantasy and science fiction. Along with friends from University, they created the comic magazine El Zarpe, in 2008. They published 9 editions. Mora would have comics published in the magazine SoHo (2013) and Buensalvaje (2014)

Klaus: Award winning author Grant Morrison and artist Dan Mora revamp, reinvent and re-imaging a classic superhero for the 21st century, drawing on Santa's roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism... Klaus: Stan Claus Year One - Boom!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holiday and a Joyous New Year!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Andy Carreon - Galactus

2019.10.26 Suffolk Comic & Art Expo, Brentwood, NY

Andy Carreon is an established sketch card artist, with sketches for Rittenhouse Archives Spider-Man,X-Men, Avengers, Marvels 70th Anniversary set and Marvel Universe Archives. DC Projects include Batman, DC Villains and Cryptozoic Entertainment DC Bombshells.

Additional sketch cards were featured in Marvel Gems, Marvel Masterpieces, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor Ragnarok and X-Men for Upper Deck.

Carreon is working on a book titled Bad Mother Truckers for an independent publisher

Friday, December 6, 2019

Chris Hamer - Oswald - Adventures of Byron

2019.10.05 NYCC, Javits Center, NYC

Chris Hamer, comic book illustrator, painter, recycler of forgotten objects, tattooer...

Under the guise of UrbanPop, Chris pays tribute to street art and urban decay while putting on a humorous twist on his world, while working for companies that include Spotify, AMC, Jack Daniels, Mellow Mushroom, Topps, Upperdeck, Cryptozoic and Scout Comics

His creation Byron the One Eye Monster has been the mascot of UrbanPop since the beginning. He is a friendly loving one eye monster, who gets into mischief with his friends Oswald and Paxton. Bryons stories are published by Scout Comics and can be seen on shirts, street art, toys, buttons and on season 5 of AMC's Walking Dead

The Adventures of Byron are all age self-contained stories featuring Byron, Oswald an Paxton, three monsters with different personalities who rely on each other no matter what harebrained idea each has

Friday, November 29, 2019

Scoot McMahon - Spot on Adventure!

2019.10.04 NYCC, Javits Center, NYC

Scott "Scoot" McMahon is a versatile cartoonist, illustrator, character designer, writer... Scoot has contributed to Aw Yeah Comics! Time for Adventure, Make Way for Awesome and Sami the Samurai Squirrel. Creator of a 2019 FCBD poster for Diamond Comics Distributors

Scoot is a graphic designer and illustrator for Toledo's Allied Learning Labs, turning his talents to comics by night. As quoted in Toledo Parent "I have always been into all ages books and stories. I was always coming up with silly characters. When I draw all-ages cartoony comics, it's almost like I become a 7-year old kid again, and that's a good feeling."

Scoot draws a comic with Franco on Action Labs comic "Spot on Adventure" a not-so-serious exploits of a superhero canine and his robot partner, available on Comixology. Join the action adventurer Spot as he em-barks on the mission of a lifetime! Saddled with a brand new partner he never wanted, Golly-G the robot that wants to be real. Spot is hired to rescue a princess from the clutches of the bad guys...tune in for more action adventure!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Roberta Ingranata - Doctor Who

2019.10.05 NYCC, Javits Center, NYC
Matt Smith-Doctor Who on Year 2000 FDC

Roberta Ingranata, is an Italian comic artist. She started working for Italian publishers, including Delos Book's, Star comics, Bonelli, Astorina, Egmont, Monadori, Disney and Verticalismi, providing interior art, coloring and cover art.

In 2013 she started an international collaboration with several studios including N.A.S. Studios, Be Amazing Studios, Fractured Entertainment.. 2014-2015 she started working as a series drafter for Zenescope Entertainment on "Robyn Hood Ongoing" and Margins Publishing for projects that included "Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl"and "Anonymously Yours".

2016 worked for Image on "Witchblade", and 2019 Titan Comics on "Doctor Who"

Friday, November 15, 2019

Raya Golden - Space Discovery

2019.10.03 NYCC, Javits Center, NYC

Raya Golden, graduate of the Academy of Art University focuses on traditional and digital illustration. Her work includes the graphic novel Starport, based on an unused TV pilot written by George R.R. Martin, gaming cards for Fantasy Flight games, wrap around designs for Polar bottles and miniature concept designs for Dark Sword Miniatures. Her book The Meathouse Man, based moon a short story by George R.R. Martin, was nominated for a 2014 Hugo Award for best graphic novel

One of the first tables I reached at NYCC was Raya's, as she was setting up. We had a nice discussion about her work, which brought up the sketch. We agreed upon Raya creating whatever she felt like drawing, using the science fiction theme. She did not disappoint.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Peach Momoko - Dragonfly

2019.10.03 NYCC - Javits Center, NYC

Peach Momoko is a freelance illustrator, who has provided cover art for Marvel Comics (Silver Surfer, Blackcat, Marvel Rising, Ghost Spider #2), IDW, Image and Darkhorse. She has also published a short story in Heavy Metal Magazine

Peach has also provided official art for the 2017 movie "Cynthia" for Girls and Corpses, and "Meatball machine" directed by Nishimura

Going to NYCC I had planned to request a sketch from Peach, although I had little direction as to what to obtain. Her style can vary from Manga superhero to very elegant and detailed. Through her interpreter we decided on a "cute" dragonfly, which is awesome!

In preparation for this post, I checked out her instagram account and found the sketch was posted and received a nice response from her fans

Friday, November 1, 2019

Tom Travers - Boba Fett

2019.10.26 Suffolk Comic & Art Expo, Brentwood, NY

Tom Travers is the creator of the fantasy/action hero Battle Skull. His 1980/90s childhood fueled his creative fire, along with an unwavering desire to create unique, entertaining characters, stories and worlds. Tom is looking forward to self-publishing a Battle Skull comic book

Tom also has collaborated on External Underpants with writer Dan Phillips, a ten-page post-apocalyptic short story

Friday, October 25, 2019

Marcus Williams - Tuskegee Heirs

2019.10.05 NYCC, Javits Center, NYC
Tuskegee pilot "Able"

Marcus Williams, is a long time lover of video games, comic art and all things animated. His work has appeared in Hero Cats of Stellar city for Action Labs, Super Natural and D.M.C. 

Issue #1 of Tuskegee Heirs, signed by Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham (author of Broken Glass and Grandpa's shoes)
The story is a futuristic Sci-Fi adventure that follows a small squad of young gifted aviators who are forced to become the earth's last line of defense.
Funded as a Kickstarter Sept 2019

The story honors the Tuskegee Airmen were a group of mostly African-American (some Hispanic or Latino) military pilots (navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, all support personnel who fought in World War II. They formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group. The group trained at the Tuskegee Air Field, educated at Tuskegee University in Alabama

Friday, October 18, 2019

Billy Martin - Blue Meanies

2019.10.03 NYCC, Javits Center, NYC

Billy Martins is best known as the lead guitarist and keyboard player for the multi-platinum selling band Good Charlotte. Martin has a passion for music and art, and his art is featured on the bands' albums, stage designs and merchandise. Martin ran his own clothing line, Level 27, featuring his goth and horror art. Turning to books, Martin published the children's book titled Damious McDreary - A Boy and his Bat. He has also provided art for Disney, Upper Deck-Marvel trading cards, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, BOOM! and SLG Comics

Going to the NYCC, I had planned on requesting a sketch from Martin, so I brought several music related covers with me. When I explained that I would like to obtain a music related sketch of his design, I initially took out the John Lennon FDC to show him the work space. Martin quickly asked "Can I do something Beatlie" (not sure if that is a word or how to spell it, but it was clear he was a Beatle's fan) The next day I was handed a Blue Meanie from the Sgt Pepper's animation. The perfect choice considering the John Lennon stamp and the envelope were blue. The Lennon Stamp came in a rainbow of colors depending where on the sheet of stamps it was printed.

Martin pointed out that in his research he did not know the Meanies had 6 fingers, neither did I.

Billy Martin with Good Charlotte - 2016 Vans Warped Tour!