Friday, August 10, 2018

John Beatty - Batman

2018.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

John Beatty entered the world of professional artist at age 15, when he was hired by Camelot Publishing to produce cartoons for computer instruction manuals. shortly after graduating from high school, he wrote and drew "Crime Smasher", which found publication Tom corrigan's Super Hero Comics. while attending a comic con in orlando, Beatty met AC Comics publisher Bill Black. After seeing Beatty's work, Black offered him a job as an inker.

Soon Bob McLeod asked Beatty to assist him on some pages, which inducted drawing backgrounds.

Beatty then had a second opportunity to show his work to Jim Shooter, who offered him work, if he came to New York. Beatty would spend 20 years inking titles such as Captain America, Punisher, Secret Wars, The Nam, The Adventures of Superman, Batman, JLA and many other titles.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Mike DeCarlo - Batman

2018.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Mike DeCarlo has been involved with numerous titles as both penciler and inker.
With DC comics in the 1980s, DeCarlo work Batman, Tales of Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes inking the pencils of George Perez, Greg LaRocque, Keith Griffen and Jim Aparo.

DeCarlo has also worked on diverse titles as Atari Force, Cartoon Network Block Party, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Fantastic Four, Pinky and the Brain, Simpsons, Superman, Bugs Bunny, NFL SuperPro, Thor, Conan the Barbarian

Bongo Comics Radioactive Man series received an Eisner Award in 2002 for Best Humor Publication, while DeCarlo was one of the series artists

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fernando Ruiz - Cosmo - Animal Jam

2018.07.08 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Animal Jam is an online virtual world launched in 2010 by WildWorks and the National Geographic Society. Players discover various facts about zoology. The popularity of the on-line game has launched other media products including shirts, notebooks, playlets, plush figures.

In 2017 Dynamite comics released a 4 book mini-series of comic books written and drawn by Fernando Ruiz and Eric Esquivel (this includes #0 a Free Comic Book Day publication).

When I came across the FCBD copy at my local store, I had to grab it because first there was a koala on the cover and second because it was by Fernando.

My wife does not know Fernando, but she loves koalas. Given the choice of me or a koala, it would be the koala. I knew Fernando would be at a local show, so I went on eBay to look for a first day cover that featured a koala stamp and kept an eye open for Fernando's appearance. I am posting the cover this week, as Nancy birthday is in a few days, so this is for her. (cheap gift)

There are several main Alphas that oversee the Animal Jam community which includes:
Liza the Panda (leader); Greely the Wolf (animal magic); Graham the Monkey (Inventor); Sir Gilbert the Tiger (warrior), Peck the Rabbit (non-conformist); Cosmo the Koala (expert herbalist), Tavi the Dolphin


Friday, July 20, 2018

Charles Paul Wilson III - Pooh's On First

2018.07.08 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

As a fan of Abbott and Costello, I had been looking for someone to draw a Frankenstein Meets AC. Then i taught it would be great to obtain a sketch related to the routine "Who's On First". Which is still one of the greatest comedy routines ever!

Then it hit me - "Pooh's On First!"

Why hadn't I thought of this before (this is where I smack myself in the head!). Charles Paul Wilson III was the perfect artist for this. If you ever saw Charles at an event you know he uses the Pooh character in many of his works. I had to wait it bit before Charles was at an event I was attending. Charles accepted the challenge to draw a baseball related Poh character.  Pooh is dressed in an early style uniform with the round painters style cap (See Willie Stargell - Pirates c.1970s)

Thanks to Charles Paul Wilson III for his great style...

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dylan B. Caleho - Love and Power

2018.07.08 Gaden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Source Point Press is a publisher in alternative fiction in books, comics and graphic novels, with a focus on horror, science fiction and pulp fiction. One of their books is The Seance Room, written by Ben Goldsmith and illustrated by Keyla Valerio. The story features a haunted mansion owned by a ghost monger. Six ghosts reside within, and should you find your way to the Seance Room, one of them will enlighten you.

As I walked past the Source Point Press booth, which was covered in books and staffed by several creators, I glanced a a sketch that was lying on top of one of the books. Ben Goldsmith noticed my interest and mentioned the sketch was from their artist intern, Dylan B. Caleho. The sketch was of Death, one of the ghosts residing in the Seance Room. As he pitched the story to me, I asked if it was possible for Dylan to provide a commission. Ben asked Dylan if she would, we discussed the subject and agreed on the ghosts from the second story Love and Power. 

Dylan is an art student at the Moore College of Art and currently serving an internship at the Source Point Press. Dylan's work can be followed at dylanbeedoodles and Instagram. Dylan provided a great sketch, thank you and I wish you the best of luck. Hope to see you at your own booth in the future!

The Seance Room follows the style of the Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt as a horror anthology. The cover above from The Seance Room 2, featuring Love and Power

Friday, July 6, 2018

Kevin Altieri - Batman


Kevin Altieri is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School. Alteri started working for DIC on Saturday morning cartoons and launched his career in animation. He is a director on Batman: The Animated Series, C.O.P.S. and Stripperella. Additionally he was a storyboard artist for Exterminator 2 (1984), storyboard designer and sequence director on Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), director and screenwriter on Gen13 (2000), visual development on Treasure Planet (2002)

Altieri also co-directed Pearl Jam's music video Do the Evolution with Todd McFarlane

Batman: The Animated Series developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and produced by Warner Bros Animation originally aired on Fox Kids in 1992 and ran until 1995 airing 85 episodes.
The series brought a new look to television animation with a darker tone and higher artistic quality, which had been missing on television.  The story lines shared continuity with DC Comics providing a broader range of fan involvement. As a Saturday morning kid, glued to my TV watching cartoons well into an age when my parents didn't think I should be watching kids' shows, I was overjoyed to see a return to TV of quality animation. The fact that it was Batman was even better.....

Friday, June 29, 2018

Kyle Baker - Charlie Brown Deadpool

April 27, 2018 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Kyle Baker - cartoonist, comic book writer-artist and animator, known for his graphic novels (Why I hate Saturn) and for the 2000s revival of the TV Series Plastic Man. HIs influences were Jack Kirby, Norman Rockwell and Jack Davis. He also spent a lot off time reading the newspaper strips, which included Peanuts, Li'l Abner, Pogo and Blondie. 

My original thought was to ask for a Plastic Man sketch, but then I came across a Star Wars card featuring Baker's art. The back of the card had a "Charlie Brown" style portrait. That's when I decided to request a Charlie Brown style sketch of any super hero he wanted to choose. When I returned to pick up my sketch, I was handed a Charlie Brown Deadpool with a Spider-Man Woodstock.

Kyle also adds an imprint of his Quality Jollity logo in the lower corner
Baker has won numerous Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards for his work in the comics field

Additional works include:
The New Baker, The Bakers: Do These Toys Belong Somewhere? and Naat Turner, all self-published.
Dark Horse - The Residents: Freak Show, Instant Piano, Creepy
Wildstorm - Gen13: Carney Folk
America's Best - ABC Special, Tom Strong
Bongo - Bart Simpson's Tree House of Horror
IDW - Rocketeer Adventures
DC Comics - The Shadow, Justice Inc, The Spirit, Batmen: Gotham Knights, Justice League America
Vertigo - Undercover Genie, House of Mystery, Mystery in Space
Marvel - What The --?, Damage Control, X-Men Fairy Tales, Deadpool, Clive Barkers Hellraiser, Nightmask
Lodestone - Codename: Danger
Walt Disney - Dick tracy
Classics Illustrated - Lewis Carroll, Cyrano De Bergerac

Friday, June 22, 2018

George Vega - Catwoman



George Vega is an illustrator based in New Jersey, and has provided me with beautiful work in the past, a Xenomorph from Alien. Since Lee Meriwether, Catwoman from the 1966 Batman film, I had decided to obtain an autograph, but it had to be on a sketch first day cover. I knew George would provide an excellent sketch. We both decided on a traditional Catwoman outfit as the best choice.

Lee Merewether served as Miss America in 1955. She had some very well known roles in television including Buddy Ebsen's assistant in Barnaby Jones; as Lily Munster on the 1980s remake The Munsters Today; and as Dr Ann MacGregor in The Time Tunnel...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Keith Williams - The Phantom

2018.04.27 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Keith Williams is known for his work in the Phantom newspaper comic strip, with George Olesen. He started as a background inker for John Bryne , on DC Comics' Superman. 

At Marvel Comics, Williams was assistant editor to Jim Owsley on the Spider-Man titles, and then full-time inker on Web of spider-Man, Quasar, Transformers Silver Surfer, She-Hulk and The Mask.

In 1994 he succeeded Sy Barry on the newspaper strip The Phantom working with penciller George Olesen until 2005. Williams was inker on the Moonstone book The Phantom - captain Action crossover story.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Larry Stroman - Alien Legion - Jugger Grimrod

2018.04.27 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Larry Stroman first gained attention illustrating the Epic Comics series Alien Legion. He would go on to illustrate various Marvel Comics, including The Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, Ghost rider and Punisher. Stroman would also provide work for DC Comics' Darkstars and Dark Horse Comics' The Mark.

In 1993 Stroman and Todd Johnson would create Tribe Comics as part of Image Comics. Tribe is a predominantly African-American and minority superhero group based out of Brooklyn, NY. The concept for Tribe was the group would continue to grow throughout the run, as a massive underground movement. Tribe issue numbers 2 and 3 were published by Axis Comics and the story line ended with issue 0, published by God Comics.

Alien Legion - is a science fiction comic created by Carl Potts, Alan Zelenetz and Frank Cirocco for the Marvel imprint Epics Comics in 1983. The stories feature a military unit Force Nomad, similar to the French Foreign Legion

Jugger Grimrod - a native of the planet Thorax, is an expert hand-to-hand and small weapons fighter. Joined the Legion to evade criminal prosecution

Beau Geste is an adventure novel by P.C. Wren, detailing the adventures of three brothers who enlist separately in the French Foreign Legion after the disappearance of a valuable jewel. The movie has been adapted for the screen several times. The US Movie poster stamps commemorates the 1939 Paramount Pictures version starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preton and Brian Donlevy

Friday, June 1, 2018

David Lloyd - V for Vendetta

2018.04.27 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

David Lloyd started working in comics in the late 1970s, drawing for Halls of Horror, TV Comic and a number of Marvel UK titles. With writer Steve Parkhouse, he created the pulp adventure Night Raven

Dez Skinn set up Warrior magazine in 1982 and asked Lloyd to create a new pulp character. Lloyd had previously worked with writer Alan Moore on several Doctor Who stories for Marvel UK, so he called on Moore to work with him. Together they created V for Vendetta, a dystopian adventure featuring a flamboyant anarchist terrorist fighting against a future fascist government
singed copy of the Marvel Comics adaptation of the movie Time Bandits

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thomas Yeates - Tarzan

2018.04.28 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

I am an avid reader of the Sunday comics, and Prince Valiant has had my attention for years. I look forward to the traditional style of art and storytelling. Since it only runs on Sunday, the story has to keep the reader actively involved.

When I heard Thomas Yeates would be at this show, I would have liked to obtain a sketch of Prince Valiant. Unfortunately I do not have any blank covers on which to obtain sketches. 
I did have Yeates sign the above Prince Valiant cover for me. The choice of sketch to obtain however, was not difficult. A self-taught artist who is influenced by Hal Foster, NC Wyeth, Al Williamson and Wallace Wood, Yeates first professional work was for DC Comics in 1978 on Sgt Rock. He would continue with DC Comics' Warlord, Mystery in Space and Swamp Thing.

Moving to Eclipse, Yeates' worked on Airboy, Scout, Lugar, Brought to Light and Aztec Ace. At Pacific comics he would work on Alien Worlds and Vanguard. At T.S.R. he illustrated the Dragonlance Saga on Dungeons and Dragons.

In the 199os, Yeates drew his boyhood hero.. Tarzan of the Apes and Tarzan, The Beckoning for Malibu Comics and Dark Horse Comics

Years would also illustrated Dracula vs Zorro for Topps Comics, Tomahawk for DC, Zorro comic strip with Don McGregor, Universe X specials for Marvel comics, as well as illustrating graphic novels for Lerner Publishing featuring King Arthur, Robin Hood, Lancelot.....

I went to the show on Friday to obtain my sketches early, so on Saturday I just walked around without intention of obtaining additional sketches. I had passed the National Cartoonist Society table, which had the same artists that were there last year, so I did not give them much attention.
Henrik Rehr viking sketch

As I was getting ready to leave for the day, I noticed a gentleman sketching in a style similar to Moebius and I was pulled in. Turns out it was Henrik Rehr a Danish artist who draw the comic strip Ferd'nand, having taken over the strip in 1989, He signs the strip Rehr.Mik. We discussed some the work he was displaying, which included Beetle Bailey. The Walker family publishes Beetle overseas in book form. Since the daily strips seen in the US are not enough to fill the pages, Rehr takes their unused ideas and transforms them into additional Beetle Bailey strips.
Rear works in different styles depending on the content of the work, as for Moebius, he was an inspiration so when Rehr has down time, he sketches in the style of Moebius...