Friday, January 13, 2017

Joseph Michael Linsner - Dawn and Sinful Suzie

Joseph Michael Linsner is best known for his creation of Dawn. Since her first appearance in Cry for Dawn, 1989, the character has struck a chord with thousands of fans in an international level. I first had the opportunity of meeting Linsner at a comic book shop in Woodbridge NJ, when Cry for Dawn was first being published. He was kind to provide the below sketch, which I appreciate for it's simplicity, yet still evokes emotion. Dawn is the goddess of birth and rebirth, who is generally depicted as a young red-head with three-tears running down her left eye...

I was pleased to meet Linsner again and have the opportunity to obtain another sketch at the Comic Expo. Linsner provided a newer creation, Sinful Suzi, whose own publication was released in 2013 by Image Comics. Suzi is a mischievous demon-girl with a fondness for hellish pitchforks...
2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Linsner has worked on a crossover with Dawn and Vampirella, painted covers for all of the major comic publisher including the titles Wolverine, Black Cat, Killraven, Justice League, Conan...
One of his proudest moments was getting to illustrate a short story written by Stan Lee for "Actor Comics Presents"... Art of Linsner

Happy Friday the 13th

Friday, January 6, 2017

Liana Kangas - David Bowie/Constantine

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Liana is an illustrator and aspiring comic book artist.  While I was looking over her prints, I was impressed by the style, many of which featured pop culture David Bowie, X-File's Scully, Doctor Who, etc...

We discussed several possibilities, selecting a form of David Bowie. The first day cover features composer Bernard Hermann, who won an Academy Award for The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), many Hitchcock films - Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo. Other film scores included Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still (not the Keanu Reeves remake), The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Cape Fear, Taxi Driver. TV scores include Twilight Zone...

Liana provided a sketch of David Bowie as Constantine, in search of the man who knew too much... The character of John Constantine, a working class occult detective, was created by Alan Moore, Stephen R Bissette and John Totleben, 1985 and published by DC Comics and their Vertigo imprint. Since they were fans of the rock group Police, Constantine bears a strong resemblance to Sting. A Constantine feature film would be released in 2005 starring Keanu Reeves (he does get around), while a short lived TV series premiered in 2014..,

Liana primarily freelances and listens to desert rock while drinking coffee. Her work incorporates strong angular linework and watercolor/inks...

We concluded your day with a nice discussion of Hockey and Don Cherry (Google his suits, it's worth the time)...

Friday, December 30, 2016

Jackie von Spanks - Bettie Page Christmas

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Jackie von Spanks is an illustrator who is heavily influenced by vintage pinup style of the 1940s - 1960s. Her art is heavily influenced by artists such as Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas. Jackie is also a pin-up model and a member of the Luscious Ladies.

When I asked for a Christmas sketch, she immediately smiled and said she know exactly what she would draw... Bettie Page, who is showing Linus how to properly trim a tree.

Page was born in 1923, in Tennessee and became a model after graduating college and moving to San Francisco. Her modeling career led to a Playboy centerfold in 1955 and icon status as a pin-up model.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all...

Friday, December 23, 2016

Liz Chesterman - Merry Christmas

2016.10.16 Non-Sport Update Card Show, Allentown, Pa

Liz Chesterman ia a traditional illustrator at heart. She prefers to lend her talents to  smaller trading card companies, for sketch cards. Liz is a fan of unique themes and freedom to do original (tiny!) works of art. According to Liz "In a period where digital art seems to dominate over traditional, it's pretty awesome to be involved in projects that require the skill to craft without a computer."

Liz's has provided sketch card artwork for Classic Fairy Tales, Hallowe'en, Spellcasters II, Civil War 1, Beyond Stoker's Dracula, ContemporaryPin Ups, Zombie Poker, Westward Ho!, Beauty and the Myth and several others...

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Years, Seasons Greetings

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tony Harris - Starman

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

In 1994 James Robinson and Tony Harris introduced Jack Knight, son of the original Starman in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #1.. Knight is a reluctant hero who takes up the helm after his brother David was killed by an assassin in Starman (vol 2) #0..

Jack wields a cosmic staff, but refuses to wear a costume, instead wearing a T-shirt, leather jacket, light shielding goggles and a sheriff's badge...

Tony harris began his career in 1989, rising to prominence with Starman in  1994. He has been nominated for five Eisner Awards, penciled Ex Machina with writer Brian K Vaughan from Windstorm and War heroes with Mark Millar for Image comics.

Harris worked on additional titles including JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull, Legion: Secret Files 3003, Superman: Lex 2000, Dr Strange, Iron man, Spider-Man, Nightbreed

Friday, December 9, 2016

Charles P Wilson III - Astronaut Pooh

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

This is my second sketch from Wilson. I first met him at a Wildpig Comic Con in 2010, and picked up a great sketch from the series The Stuff of Legends...

Always a fan favorite at the local show, Wilson has provided the cover art for the Garden State Comic Fest Programs...

From Comics Alliance:  This article shows his work outside of Stuff of Legends, drawings of superheroes and his blending the world of Pooh and the superhero world. Imagine a Hulk Pooh, a Captain America Pooh... well I imagined a Pooh in Space and requested such a sketch. The results is another great sketch from Wilson...

Wilson has also provided a more serious tone of art for the IDW series The Wraith, written by Joe Hill.

The FDC features the Alan Shepard stamp honoring the first American in space. Yesterday John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth passed at the age of 95. I post this cover in his honor and in honor of all men and women from all nations with the courage and spirit to travel into space to explore the universe.

Shepard and Glenn were members of the Mercury Seven, the first seven astronauts selected by the US and NASA to become astronauts. The other Astronauts include Guss Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Wally Shirra, Deke Slayton

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jon Gregory - Janis Joplin

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Jon Gregory has 20 years of graphic design, illustration and art direction experience. Within the last few years Jon has established himself as a sketch artist for Topps' Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. But when I arrived at Jon's table I did not see any sign of GPK art, but instead I saw very impressive pencil sketches of various celebrities.  When I questioned Jon about a preference for a sketch, without hesitation he stated he loved Rock and Roll.

Rock and Roll is in Jon's blood. He plays guitar, drums and piano. In his spare time he moonlights as a professional concert photographer and travels with various bands capturing their performances..

Muhammad Ali trading card

Stamps that feature composers, musicians and artists are not new. What has changed is the subject matter that is reaching new audience. Where we once honored Bach, Beethoven, Sousa, Whistler, Picasso, or van Gogh, we now honor Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Buddy Holly, Abba, Kylie Minogue, Gordon Lightfoot, Andy Warhol, Calder, Peter Max, and many others..
The UK honored album art from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Blur, the Clash, now the Isle of Man honors Roger Dean...

Island and Bridges
Deans artwork has graced many album covers, and bands probably sold many of their albums due to the fantasy art that Dean provided.  Most famous of these bands were Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep...
The stamps from the Island and Bridges collection: Meeting Place - painting inspired by the Isle of Man, Blind Owl Late Landing - album art, Pathways - Yessongs album art, Green Parrot Island - Yes the Studio albums art, Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes album art, Sea of Light - Uriah Heep album art.
Thes stamps were issued by the Isle of Man on 19th August 2016


Friday, November 25, 2016

Travis Hanson - Trav's Big Imagination

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

I appreciate all styles of art, but every so often, one just grabs at me. Travis Hanson has that style. His self-published works include The Bean and Little Lost Tales.. Trav's website has a comic showing him speaking with his daughter about how his imagination took him on many adventures through his summer afternoons, fighting robots, traveling in hot air balloons, spaceships, riding on the back of dinosaurs, exploring jungles like Indiana Jones, etc...  No different from everyone who attends a comic expo...

I was especially taken by his imagery of a hot air balloon flying alongside flying whales, this beautiful vision of flight is what made me want to visit his booth at the expo...

Although the sketch he drew is small in size, it is expansive in imagination... Dream Big!


Travis provided the artwork for the Expo program and T-shirt.  He made sure to include the iconic Edison Tower in the background and the NJ Devil, in his hockey uniform as part of the artwork to add a true touch of Jersey attitude to his art...


Friday, November 18, 2016

Budd Root - La of Opar (Tarzan)

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Budd Root is the creator of the independent comic book Cavewoman and his one-shot "Cavewoman: Jungle Tales" was nominated for a 1999 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story. I had hoped to obtain a Cavewoman sketch on the Tarzan cover, but Budd being a big fan of the Tarzan series decided to sketch a Tarzan character, and I am very happy with his choice. Since I am not well versed in Tarzan, Budd's enthusiasm has made me start to read the series...

La of Opar made her first appearance in the second Tarzan novel "The Return of Tarzan". La is the queen and high priestess of Opar, the lost city located deep in the Jungles of Africa. La would also appear in the story Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs...

Burroughs created Tarzan in 1912, with Tarzan of the Apes; along with John Carter from Mars as part of the Barsoom series of stories; David Innes and Abner Perry in the Pellucidar series; Carson Napier of the Venus series and his Caspak (or Caprona) trilogy that started with "The Land That Time Forgot"...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Jaff Zapata - Garbage Pail Kids

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Jeff Zapata  is the former art director for Topps (Garbage Pail kids, Hollywood Zombies, Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks). Along with  Joe Simko, they directed the documentary "30 Years of Garbage Pail Kids"

In attendance at the Monsters and Robots show were Zapata, Simko, Jay Lynch, James Warhola and Mark Pignitore. They all participated in a panel discussion of their experiences  creating and developing the Garbage Pail Kids. An excellent panel...

I went to this show with the thought of obtaining an in-person sketch, I have a Mars Attacks sketch card from Zapata... During our discussion he kept referencing back to his enjoyment of being involved with the Mars Attacks project. Since I already had a Mars attacks sketch card, we agreed on a Garbage Pail Kids - Mars Attacks mash-up. The Buzz Lightyear cover was a great choice, as we all know Buzz would be there battling  the Martians with us... To Infinity and Beyond....

Friday, November 4, 2016

Tom Palmer - Doctor Strange

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Tom Palmer started his career in comics with Marvel, after working in advertising and as a freelance illustrator. Palmer would go to EC Comics working alongside Jack Kamen and Wally Wood.
Moving to Marvel comics he was offered his first pencilling work on Doctor Strange #171, which did not go as planned, and the title was handed over to Gene Colan. Marvel quickly changed Palmer's position to inker. The Colon-Palmer run on Doctor Strange became legendary.

Palmer would also work with Neal Adams on Un canny X-Men and The Avengers. Palmer would also work on additional titles including Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula and Star Wars.

Palmer has received many honors for his work, including the 1969 Alley award, 1975 Favorite Inker Comic Fan art Award, 2008 Favorite Finisher/Embellisher Inkwell Award and the 2014 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award (Inkwell Award)

Doctor Strange was created by Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics, making his first appearance in Strange Tales #110, 1963. Doctor Strange is a neurosurgeon who lost the use of his hands following a car accident. Seeking out the Ancient One to help him, eventually becomes the Sorcerer Supreme himself..

Harry Houdini was honored by the USPS in 2002 with his own stamp. An illusionist and stunt performer, Houdini was noted for his remarkable escapes. Houdini started his career as a magician in 1891 as the "King of Cards" performing card tricks before moving on to the more demanding escapes.  Houdini would go on to debunking spiritualists, exposing frauds

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bob C Hardin

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

I have had the pleasure of meeting Bob C Hardin a couple of times, each picking up a nice sketch in return.  I used to enjoy the old DC Comics war comics, especially Enemy Ace or any other story that involved World War I era biplanes. I was a Kickstarter backer of Epics  (from Marques, Hardin, Redvio and Ruiz), so when I saw an issue of Epics 2 on Hardin table and it had a biplane in battle, I had to ask for a sketch.

Bob's main focus in art is hot rods, and his story in Epics 2 takes his lead, Rat Rod Daddy's Daughter, from the Epics 1 story and puts her in a situation where she is traumatized over an ancient fighter plane piloted by the German Ace Baron Rittmeister von Kamphert attacking her father during World War II.  The cover of Epics 2 show the biplane in action against the pinned down American soldiers...

On the Eddie Rickenbacker cover Bob has drawn a different version of a battle in which Rickenbackers plane is attacking the crazed visage of von Kamphert.
Capt Eddie Rickenbacker was  a World War I ace with 26 victories, and was awarded the Medal of Honor..

signed copy of Epics 2