Friday, March 24, 2017

Jason Brower - The Beatles

2016.10.16 Non-Sport Update Card Show, Allentown, Pa

I originally went to the card show to obtain a few sketch cards and other collectibles. As usual I threw a few first day covers in my bag with the thought of obtaining some sketches from the artists in attendance. When I came to Brewer's table a second time I discussed the possibility of obtaining a sketch. His favorite area of art was focused on horror, but I did not bring any horror related covers with me...

Brewer has produced sketch cards for Viceroy: The Insect Collection, Monster Wax: Dinosaur Galaxy Liquid Leviathans and Monsters & Maniacs, Topps Garbage Pail Kids, Neil Cameras Monsters and Pastime Cards: Presidential set..

While speak with Brower he mentioned his other passion was music. A drummer/compser with roots in progressive rock, fusion and classical. The monster alternative had to be The Beatles Yellow Submarine, an animated movie that delved heavily into the pop art culture of the Sixties... George Dunning, who worked on the original Beatles cartoons, was the overall director supervising over 200 artists.

The animation design is credited to Heinz Edelman, who along with Milton Glaser pioneered the psychedelic style of the Sixties. The style is very reminiscent of the work of Peter Max, who is often incorrectly given credit for the film.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Emma Kubert - Batgirl

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Emma Kubert is a student at the Kubert School. She is working towards becoming a comic artist and illustrator and enjoys crating all kinds of art...

When I requested a sketch, I asked what would interest her.. Her response was she was drawing Poison Ivy and other red-heads.. That is why we selected Batgirl..

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jerry Dumas - Sam and Silo

I received this card in the early 1990's from Jerry Dumas. 
Although Dumas passed in November 12 2016, The Walker's ran a tribute strip in Beetle Bailey on March 3, 2017.

Jerry Dumas was best known for the daily comic strip Sam and Silo, which was created by Mort Walker, which started out as Sam's Strip (1961-1963). Sam and Silo, a continuation of Sam's premiered in 1977, with Jerry Dumas taking full control in 1995.
Sam and Silo are sheriff and deputy of the small town of Upper Duckwater, a town so safe the pair spend their time sleeping in their police car behind the billboards.
1962 (Crazy Kat and Ignatz reference)
I have always enjoyed comics strips acknowledging other comic strips...

Dumas also worked on the comic strip Benchley with Mort Drucker and Rabbits Rafferty and McCall of the Wild, with Mel Crawford. Dumas also did illustration work for The Washington Post, The New Yorker and the New York Times. As a writer he contributed essays to the Atlantic Monthly and the Smithsonian. He published a childhood memoir, An Afternoon in Waterloo Park...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Joel Adams - the Mask

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Joel Adams is the eldest son of Neal. Graduating from the School of Visual arts, NY in 1988, Adams moved to the West Coast to work at Continuity Studios. Adams has worked on titles such as Ms Mystic and Bucky O'Hare; Penthouse Comix' Young Captain Adventure.

Moving to Marvel Animation in 1996, Adams would provide character design for The Hulk: Animated Series. At FOX/Film Roman he would work on King of the Hill and at FOX Family Nascar Racers.

Further work would include Captain Scarlet, The Mask (Animation), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and many other licensed titles...

Adams has created the LILZ series of characters.. cute big eyed, big head characters that feature angels, pirates and mermaids inspired by the style of Betty Boop...

The Mask is a Dark Horse comic book series created by Mike Richardson, Mark Badger, John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke. The magical mask imbues the wearer with reality bending powers and physical imperviousness. The original story line was called the Masque, which ran in Dark Horse Presents...

The Mask was made into a feature film in 1994, followed by an animated series and a second film...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mike Leeke - X-O Manowar

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Mike Leeke is a comic book writer, penciller, cover artist and inker. His titles include X-O Manowar; Robotech -The Macross Saga; Psi-Lords; Deathmate; H.A.R.D. Corps; Solar, Man of the Atom; Turok, Dinosaur Hunter...

X-O Manowar (Aric Dacia) was created by Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Jon Hartz for the Valiant Comics label in 1992.  Aric is heir to the throne of the Visigoth, who were colonized by the alien race the Vine. Leading a revolt against the Vine, Aric stole their most powerful relic, Shanhara, the sentient X-O Manowar armor. Bonding with the armor Aric turned this powerful weapon against the Vine...

Friday, February 17, 2017


J Barbour hand painted - 2000

An ebay purchase... I do not know anything about J Barbour, except he drew and painted first day covers, which can be found on ebay for several issues...

I liked the comic touch to the basketball player... Although I am not a huge basketball fan I figured I would post this on NBA All-Star weekend.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sam Ellis - Archer

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ
"Do You Want Mail? Because That's How U get Mail!"

According to his website Man of Missle:
Sam Ellis
Visual Story Teller
& Purveyor
of other fine things

Sam Ellis makes comics, cartoons and games, having worked for Boom Studios, Cartoon Network-Adult Swim, Disney Interactive, FX and Marvel, he is currently co-writer and artist on Adventure Time 

Many fans of course know Ellis as the lead character designer for Archer (2009-2010), as well as illustrator on Frisky Dingo (2006) and the Xtacles (2008).

Ellis also provided voice work for Frisky Dingo and Archer (uncredited). Ellis had a successful Kickstarter project: Throwdown! Card Game - Robot Cowboy Samurai...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Anthony Helmer - Star Trek - Uhura

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Anthony Helmer's art is heavily influenced by the Disney style. His Facebook page states: cold beers, mouse ears and pop art...

With the release of the Star Trek stamp, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise, I wanted to obtain at least one sketch during this show that would focus on Star Trek.. My choice had to be Helmers, his style is is perfect for any princess: Disney or Star Trek...

His choice was the current Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana)...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Paul Newman - Slapshot

As a fan of the Paul Newman comedy Slapshot, I felt a need to express myself in a cachet design that honored the movie...One of the funniest movies to put on the foil...

In related news - January 25 marked the 93rd anniversary of the first Winter Olympics held in Chamonix France, 1924.  Hockey being one of the sports played with Canada taking the Gold, followed by the USA with Silver andGreat Britain winning the Bronze. Other participating teams included Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Sweden and Switzerland

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ben Risbeck - Ollie 008

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Ben Risbeck has worked in various areas of the design industry...character concept, storyboard artist, graphic designer, art director...

Risbeck is working a his own project Ollie 008: The Octopi Spy. The story of a young octopus eating his cereal, collecting boxtops to enter the Kraken Coalition as a junior spy. However when things don't go as planned he is elevated to senior level spy and the perks that go with it. However Ollie lacks the experience required...

Beautifully crafted book and story...scribbles and sketches

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)...