Friday, September 22, 2017

Matt Buttich - Darth Vader

2017.03.26 Manahawkin, NJ

Matt Buttich is a freelance artist, who specializes in sketch cards and comic book covers. He is currently providing art for Topps Star Wars Galactic Files series 5...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Buzz - Mad Hatter

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

I had seen Buzz' booth at several conventions, but never stopped by. Tons of great art being displayed, but I never took the time to stop by.  At the Garden State Comic Fest, someone asked if I had gotten a sketch from Buzz. They went on to say he was a great person and a great artist.

While at TerrifiCon I decided to stop by Buzz' booth. We discussed the sketch I would like, Mad Hatter on a Batman FDC. He knocked it our of the park, what a great sketch. Note the full and cross bones coming from the cup of tea.

Buzz was born and raised in Rangoon, Burma. He grew up reading his father's comic books. Moving to the States at age 13, Buzz would enter the comic industry with Blackthorne Publications at age 15. Buzz would would with Neal Adams' Continuity Studios by age 17. Moving onto the DC Comics, Buzz picked up work on Justice League Quarterly and Justice League International.

Buzz has worked on Vampirella, Shi, X-Factor, Dragonlace, Impulse, Forgotten Realms, Atomika...

Buzz has received Emmy Awards for commercial work with CBS, FOX, Los Angeles Lakers, US Marine Corps....

Friday, September 8, 2017

Eric Klaus - Mad Hatter

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Erik Klaus is a graduate of the Kubert School and is currently working on a graphic novel titles Ninjas and Robots

I had picked up a set of Disney Celebration first day covers, one of which was the Alice in Wonderland Stamp. Coincidently the Johnny Depp movie had been playing all weekend, so I was inspired to obtain a Mad Hatter sketch. Looking over the guests at the GSCF, I choose to request a sketch from Erik because of his style, I knew I would get a great sketch.  Thanks and the best of luck..

Friday, September 1, 2017

Barry Kitson - Doctor Mid-Nite

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

The USPS issued a special stamp to commemorate the upcoming Solar Eclipse. The moon seen as a black circle is actually printed with thermochromic ink, which uses the heat from your finger to reveal the surface of the moon. When cooled the image reverts back to the full eclipsed Sun.

With the solar eclipse coming up, I thought it would be great to obtain a sketch of Doctor Mid-Nite on an Eclipse FDC. While speaking with Joe St Pierre, after picking up his Gambit sketch, I mentioned I was looking for someone to draw a Doctor Mid-Nite. He looked down the line of artists to his left and said Barry Kitson would be perfect.

I had attempted to meet with Kitson at the Garden State Comic Fest, but did not have any luck, so the second opportunity presented itself, an Kitson obliged with a great sketch.
Barry Kitson has pencilled many titles for both DC and Marvel Comics, which started with his first professional work in Spider-Man for the Marvel UK imprint.

Doctor Mid-Nite was created by writer Charles Reizenstein and artist Stanley Josephs Aschmeiert in 1941, appearing in All-American Comics #25

Charles McNider, was a surgeon who was blinded after and explosion, learns that he can see in perfect darkness. Developing a special which allowed him to see in light and creating blackout bombs which block out all light, he became the crime fighter Doctor Mid-Nite. He would join the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron...

Friday, August 25, 2017

Joe St Pierre - Gambit

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Joe St Pierre started drawing early in his life, using loose leaf paper and a dual red and blue colored pencil. He would eventually attend the School of Visual Arts, NYC. As a professional illustrator, wrier and designer he has had the opportunity to illustrate some o the most recognizable super-heroes, including Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, X-Men, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Transformers.

Joe St Pierre has started work on his creator owned comics, The Zodiax, Megahurtz, Bold Blood..

The King of Hearts stamp was issued along with a Queen of Hearts as the 2009 Love issue...

The character of Gambit first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #266, was created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mark Dos Santos - Rocketeer

2017.08.09

I was volunteering at the Garden State Comic Fest, so I knew I would have limited time meeting some of the artists. I contacted Mark prior to the show and arranged to obtain a sketch. Mark kindly agreed and when I met him at the show, him told me it would take a while for him to return it since he was heading to San Diego. Waiting is not a problem for me, especially when I know something special is coming in the mail...

I had difficulty picking a subject for him to draw, since everything he does is fantastic. I finally settle on the Rocketeer, a character I wished I could be. I do not want super powers like Superman or Spider-Man. I do not want crime fighting abilities and detective skills like Captain America or Batman.... I want a rocket pack... I know I've said this before...

Mark Dos Santos is a Kubert School graduate, whose Gotham Evening Post illustrations, which pay homage to Norman Rockwell have been featured on Buzzed and io9. His credits include work on Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenoscope; Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar and Eureka: Dormant Gene from Boom Studios, The Book of Five Rings from Smarter Comics and a Hack/Slash cover for Image Comics.  Mar has also provided sketch cards for Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, Hellboy Animated and Mars Attacks..


Friday, August 11, 2017

Chris Puglise - Wonder Woman

2017.06.10 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Dewey's Comic City in Madison started off the summer with an emerging creator's sketch party. One June 10 Chris Puglise was at Dewey's greeting comic book fans and providing sketches. A graduate of the Kubert School, Chris is currently a freelance artist...

Instagram - check out the Young Frankenstein print Chris prepared for the Garden State Comic Fest...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Robert Atkins - GI Joe

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Robert Atkins is known for his work on titles such as GI Joe, amazing Spider-Man, Venom and Heroes for Hire.

Atkins earned his MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has built a clientele in commercial art and product, which include package art for Hasbro and other toy lines. Atkins also shares his knowledge and skill by teaching for Comics Experience

I like the way Atkins incorporated the first day postmark into the actual sketch.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Colleen Doran - Reach for the Stars

2017.07.08 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Colleen Doran is a writer and artist. Doran has illustrated hundreds of comics, graphic novels, books and magazines.

Doran adapted and did the art for the short story "Troll Bridge" by Neil Gaiman, which became a New York Times best seller.

Doran is a recipient of the Eisner Award, Harvey Award and International Horror Guild Awards. She was on of two people listen among the top 25 female comic creators in both the writer and artist categories. Comics Alliance listed Doran as one of the twelve women cartoonist deserving of lifetime achievement recognition.

Credits include illustrating works of Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, Joe R Lansdale, Anne Rice, J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David and Tori Amos.

I sought out Doran, because of the Vertigo graphic novel Orbiter, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Colleen Doran. Published in 2003 the novel was dedicated to the lives, memories and legacies of the astronauts who died in the 2003 Columbia disaster. Both Doran and Ellis are spaceflight enthusiasts, as I am. I was so taken by the story, that I looked forward to meeting Doran and obtaining a space related sketch. My only instructions were an astronaut, and Doran's sketch is fabulous. I like the Peter Max style background landscape.

Ten years after the Space Shuttle Venture mysteriously disappeared, it returns. Of its original crew of seven, only one remains, in a catatonic state. The ships contains san from Mars. Three scientists investigate the Venture and its astronaut to try to learn its secrets..

Doran signed my copy and inscribed it "Reach for the Stars"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Joe Staton - Countess von Bludd

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

This was not the first time I had the honor of meeting Joe Staton. He has been involved with comics since 1971, starting out with Charlton Comics. where he co-created one of his best known creations E-Man. Staton has be honored with Inkpot Award, Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards. Staton is still hard at work in the comic industry....

The Countess was the creation of Joe Staton and Nicola Cuti, as the hostess and narrator for Charlton Comics' Scary Tales

Modern Comics reprint of Charlton Scary Tales #1, cover art byJoe Staton
signed by Joe Staton
The original Charlton versions were published from 1975-1984
Scary Tales had three stories, the introduction has kids sneaking into a haunted house to meet the Countess, the second "The Vampire's Bride" is narrated by the Countess and the third "The Wedding Gift" tells how the Countess became a vampire..

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bella Rachlin - Wonder Woman

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Bella Rachlin is a Kubert School graduate, who originally comes from Tel Aviv. Bella has recently collaborated on the cover of Blue Juice Comics' Accelerators #11, with Nick Justus, as well as an incentive print for Tom Stillwell's Kickstarter for Fangirl.

I had requested a sketch of Wonder Woman, because I was very impressed with the work Bella did on the Morristown PBA Garden State Comic Fest commemorative poster...
The artwork features Wonder Woman and a Morristown Police cruiser...

In my short time speaking with Bella, I found a very talented and enthusiastic artist. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Michael Grassia - Doctor Fate

2013.11.03 Jersey Shore Comic Show, Forked River, NJ

Often when I request a sketch, I do not have the opportunity to watch it being drawn, and I like the surprise and anticipation.  My surprise on Doctor Fate, was that I thought I had posted this!

I was going through my files and realized I had never posted this cover from Michael Grassia, creator of Plunger Pup. Grassier has worked in illustration, graphic design, web design, video production, photography and puppetry. He can be found at all the best NJ based shows.

Doctor Fate is a DC Comics character appearing in several incarnations. The original Doctor was created by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman appearing in More Fun Comics #55, May 1940.

Sorry I missed this one!