Friday, February 16, 2018

Reilly Brown - Outrage

2018.02.10 WinterCon, East Brunswick, NJ
Reilly Brown and Fabian Nicieza are creating a webcomic about a superhero who goes after the jerks who tweet and post anything that picks on others. Outrage a mysterious hero can navigate his way through the internet, As Reilly put it, "it is like a hand reaching out through your computer to smack you in the head!" The Webcomic will be hosted at WebToon

Reilly is traditionally is an comic book artist and illustrator, who started with self published comics in 2002. He has contributed work to Dark Horse, Archie, Tantor Media and most notably Marvel Comics on Deadpool. He has also created the webcomic Dash Hudson - Tentacles of the Trident, and as co-creator, with Kurt Christenson, of Power Play available on comiXology.

Since I have not read a lot of Deadpool, I was more intrigued by the character Outrage. I picked a Progress in Electronics first day cover and asked if he would be willing to provide a sketch of Outrage. Reilly agreed, saying this would be his first commission sketch of the character!
Bleeding Cool 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Joe Wigfield - Conductor Pug

2017.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

While I was looking over Joe's booth, I noticed a trend of Pug art. Pug Iron Man, Pug Captain America, Pug Ragnaruff, Pug get the idea...

It seems Joe has a Pug and it's his inspiration. So I requested a sketch of a Pug, in any incarnation that Joe could think of. I picked the Owney mascot of the Railway Mail Service first day cover. Joe and his wife looked up the story of Owney, a stray who traveled the rails in the Post Office cars. The postal workers adopted and cared for him as he traveled around the country. Check out the Smithsonian site for more info here

I thought Joe was going to sketch a superhero, but he read the story and changed the idea to a Pug train conductor. Excellent idea, Thank you Joe...

Friday, February 2, 2018

Greg Land - Wonder Woman

2017.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Greg Land got his start with independent publisher StormQuest, after advertising himself as an artist for hire at a Mid-Ohio Comic Con. He was later hired by DC in 1999 to finish the covers for Birds of Prey, based on sketches by Brian Stelfreeze. This would lead to runs as penciller on Birds of Prey and Nightwing...

From 2001 through 2004, he worked on a series called Sojourn for CrossGen Comics.

At Marvel Comics,  Land collaborated with Greg Pak as the main artist on X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong. Land would also pencil issues of Ultimate Fantastic Four, Marvel's Ultimate Power written by Brian Michael Bendis, J. Michael Straczynski and Jeph Loeb.

Friday, January 26, 2018

George Vega - Alien

2017.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

When I am looking for artists, I always look over their work to help decide if I want to include them or what kind of sketch they could provide.. George decided to draw the Xenomorph from the Alien series, a great choice...

George had a book with some sketch cards, and this Captain marvel card pulled me in. 
2015 Upperdeck Marvel Retro Fleer set

George is an illustrator and graphic designer from the New Jersey area. He has provided sketch cards for Upper Deck Firefly the Verse, Alien, Marvel Gems, Marvel Doctor Strange, Marvel Masterpieces, Alien Anthology

Friday, January 19, 2018

Rick Leonardi - Batgirl

2017.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Rick Leonardi worked on various series for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including Cloak and Dagger, the Uncanny X-Men, the New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099, Nightwing, Batgirl, Green Lantern versus Aliens and Superman. His first published work was for Marvel on Thor #303 (1981)

Leonardi has also worked on the feature film tie-in comics for Star Wars: General Grievous and Superman Returns Prequel #3

He is also co-credited with development of the black and white Spider-Man costume, worn during the 1984 Secret Wars mini-series, with Mike Zeck. With Tom DeFlaco, they created the Rose in The Amazing Spider-Man #253 (1984). With Chris Claremont, they introduced the country of Genosha in Uncanny X-Men #235 (1988)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Christian Mack - Pennywise

2017.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Christian Mack is a recent graduate of the Kubert School..


Friday, January 5, 2018

Marat Mychaels - Moon Knight

2017.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Marat Mychaels is a freelance writer-artist having worked on Brigade, Grimm Fairy Tales, Notti & Nyce, Wonderland, Deadpool, Hawk & Dove, the Phantom...

Mychaels is the creator of the character Demonslayer. Jaclyn is pushed off a  mountain in Tibet and survives emerging as a formidable warrior for humanity against a demon horde. Her fiance, presumes Jaclyn is dead, so he cuts a deal with the devil and is transformed into a demon...

Mychaels drew Moon Knight for me, while everyone else was requesting Deadpool sketches.. I did not have a first day cover I felt was appropriate for Deadpool sketch, so we went with Moonknight..

Friday, December 29, 2017

Scott Koblish - Lady Jaye

2017.11.18 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Scott Koblish is an artist and musician. He has worked for Marvel and DC Comics on various titles including Deadpool, Wolverine, Excalibur, Doom 2099, Punisher, GI joe, Iron Man, Disney Adventures, Wonder Woman, Brave and the Bold....

Scott chose to draw Lady Jaye, a member of the GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic and cartoon series. The character was original created for the GI Joe cartoon series produced by Marvel Productions in 1984. Her role on the team is covert operations specialist.

When I looked-up Scott's information I was surprised to find he is a singer-songwriter. Scott Koblish blog to listen to his music..

Friday, December 15, 2017

Jerry Ordway

2017.11.18 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Although I have been a fan of Superman since I was small, I do not have many Superman sketches. When I had the chance to meet Jerry Ordway, I had to jump at the opportunity. I expected to wait, so I tried to get an early spot on his line.

Ordway was more than generous with his time, with each fan that requested a sketch. Although this made the wait fairly long, it was understandable as you knew when your turn came, he would take his time with you as well. He was very pleasant and drew sketches that went well beyond the expected Superman requests...

Jerry Ordway is a writer, penciller, inker and painter. His work includes DC Comics Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985-1986), Superman titles (1986-1993) the Captain Marvel graphic novel The Power of Shazam! (1994) and the ongoing monthly Captain marvel series (1995-1999)

Ordway has also provided cover and art for Warp Graphics, AC Comics, Charlton Comics, paragon Publications, Eclipse Comics, Image Comics (Wildstar), First Comics (Grimjack) as well as Marvel comics Fantastic Four, The Avengers and US Agent.

Ordway received the Inkpot Award in 1994, and the Inkwell Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award in 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Stan Sakai - Usagi Yojimbo

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct
Year of the Rabbit first day

Stan Sakai started his comic career through lettering (Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragon's and Mark Evanier) and illustrating The Adventures of Nilson Grounthumper and Hermy, which was influenced by Groo

Usagi Yojimbo, follows the story of Minamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in the late-sixteenth century Japan, was first published in 1984 and has continued through 31 volumes. Space Usagi is a futuristic look at the descendants of Minamoto. Usagi Yojimbo has crossed over into several other comic storylines, notably the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sakai has illustrated  the limited series book 47 Ronin.

The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles presented an exhibit "Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo" July - October 2011.

Sakai has won numerous awards for this work including: Parent's Choice Awards, Inkpot awards, Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards and many others...
Dave Bennett Cachetoons

When Sakai saw me hand him the first day cover, he was well aware of them. He mentioned his good friend was Dave Bennett, who produces a series called Cachetoons. Bennett list himself as a cartoonist by day...philatelist by choice.

Bennett and his dad produced their first cachet for the 1987 Wildlife stamp issue

Friday, December 1, 2017

Arthur Suydam - Zomie Deadpool

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Arthur Suydam is the Marvel Zombie artist... His first published work appeared in Creepy magazine from Warren Publishing.

His work would appear in many publications including House of Secrets, House of Mystery, Epic Illustrated, National Lampoon, Penthouse Comix

Work as a penciller, inker and colorist in comic books include Batman, Conan, Tarzan, Predator, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight and other titles..

As a cover artist Suydam has contributed to Deadpool, Marvel Zombies, Dead Days, Batman, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Ghost rider, Thor, Spider Girl, Black Panther, Army of Darkness, Red Sonja and many others

Marvel Zombies was first created by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips in 2005. The success of the storyline would continue on through several series, with Suydam taking on the role of cover artist for most of the issues.

Suydam's creator-owned stories include Mudwogs an Mudwogs II, which appeared in Heavy Metal magazine.