Friday, July 22, 2016

Sono - Lion-O

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Mike Chan aka Sono, is a free-lance artist currently working on a children's book. You can check out his instagram page for more...

ThunderCats was an animated action-adventure featuring a team of humanoid cats fight evil on their adopted homeworld. The show ran from 1985 - 1989. The show was produced by Rankin-Bass and Lorimar Pictures. The characters, created by Tobin Wolf, were humanoid cats named Jaga the Wise - Lord of the ThunderCats;  Lion-Oleader and hereditary Lord of the ThunderCats; Tygra - the level headed warrior; Panthro - mechanic and engineer; Cheetara - has a precognitive sense; Wilykat and WilyKit - twin "ThunderKittens"...

A later series was produced in 2011

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thomas Griffin - National Guardian

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ
Sketch of National Guardian from Hero

Thomas "SirGryphon" Griffin being obsessed with science fiction and a fan of science fact, is a writer, illustrator, colorist and letterer. He has worked on HERO, Greasers in Greece, Greasers in Greece Rerelease, The Only Choice, Frankenstein vs Dracula and his own book the WOW signal.. Along with his brother, Sean Griffin, started their own label Gryphon Knights in 2010...

Since it's inception Gryphon Knights has added many creators to it's roster and continue to look for new talent to host and publish comics. Their purpose is to share their work and help other indie creators get exposure, recognition in their efforts and creative work and contributions to the arts..

Additional titles published include Tomfool, Greenpoint of View, Millennials, Jenny Everywhere, Munster Transit Authority.....

Hero is a gritty superhero crime noir, that takes place in New York City during the 1940's. On the verge of World War II Nazis and mob elements are trying to subtly invade and take control.  A small group of rouges are trying to protect their home by trying to stop them. Through their actions they are finding the painful truth of what it means to be a hero..

Friday, July 8, 2016

Jeff Shultz - Snoopy

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jeff Shultz, long time Archie artist, has added Charles Schutlz' Peanuts from Boom Studios to his resume.  Boom Studios brought the Peanuts characters back to the comic book format in 2012...

Jeff was a ghost artist for the Tom and Jerry newspaper comic strips...

Jeff provided a nice pencil sketch to the Peanuts cover..

Friday, July 1, 2016


2015 - I work in a facility that has a parking deck.. the stairwell to the 3rd level is glass enclosed. One morning with the sun shining on the glass I noticed an impression of a bird on the glass. A pigeon, we have lots of them, must have crashed into the glass and left his own chalk outline of feathers and dander..I know it does not sound attractive, but I found  beauty in the impression. I did not see any bodies on the ground, so I figured he must have staggered away like a concussed soccer player refusing to leave the pitch...

This vision stayed with me and I keep looking for new impressions, as if it were a traveling art show. Each bird leaves their own mark, but all are similar in style.  I finally decided to put the image to paper..a little self indulgence...

One of my favorite quotes from the movie The Producers (Mel Brooks 1968)
Concierge (Madelyn Cates): But you won't find him there.... he's up on the roof with his boids.  He keeps boids. Dirty disgusting... filthy.. lice-ridden boids.  You used to be able to sit out on the stoop like a person. Not anymore!  No sir!  Boids!

Jeff Pidgeon, started working at Pixar in 1991, graduating from Cal Arts in 1988, to work on Toy Story. His work with Pixar would later include Toy Story 2, Toy Story3, Monsters Inc, Mike's New Car, Lifted, Wall-E, Up.....
Jeff has also provided voice work for several of these movies, including the 3-eyed aliens from Toy Story..
I had sent a request for a sketch on a Project Mercury FDC, and Jeff signed the card stock from inside the cover along with this sketch of a 3-eyed alien from Toy Story.. Thanks Jeff!

Erica Schroeder was in attendance at the East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ
Ms. Schroeder is an actress, who is known for her voice work on several animated projects..notably Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Winx Club, Tai Chi Chasers... providing voices for over 50 characters on over 15 animated shows.  Ms. Schroeder has appeared on Broadway in Jane Eyre and Shout, The Mod Musical and in  many off-Broadway and regional theatre productions ..
I had the idea of drawing a Pokemon Pidove, a character voiced by Ms. Schroeder, on a state bird first day cover, to obtain her autograph on. I like the concept...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gregg Schigiel - Mermaid Man

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

I purchased 2 sketches from Schigiel at the ECCC, which is not something I usually do. My first sketch from Schigiel was Pix, the obvious choice since it was his own character. I was at the comic con with my sone Matt, who was looking over Schigiel's work on the SpongeBob Comics. Both of my boys had grown up watching the SpongeBob TV show, and we still watch it.  After walking around the show for a while we went back to Schigiel's booth.

I had been saving my Wonders of the Sea first day cover for an Aquaman drawing... I knew I had to have a sketch of Mermaid Man.

SpongeBob SquarePants premiered in 1999 on Nickelodeon, and has shown close to 200 episodes. The character of Mermaid Man and his sidekick Barnacle Boy (voiced by Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway) made their first appearance in episode 6 (August 1999) as two retired superheroes. The character was created and  designed by Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the series...

Borgnine and Conway had performed together on the TV series McHale's Navy from 1962 to 1966. Hearing these voices come from these SpongeBob characters brought a little more excitement to an already good show. While my boys watched and enjoyed the show, I had recognized these voices from my childhood and was easily drawn in...

Matt had appreciated that Schigiel included the Mermaid Man catch phrase to enhance the sketch... EEEEVVILL!

The Wonders of the Sea postage stamp was designed by Charles Lynn Bragg, issued October 3, 1994 Honolulu, Hi

Friday, June 17, 2016

Doug Bratton - Frankenberry

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

Doug Bratton's bio starts off -  After a brief and unsuccessful career as a nude model....Doug is the creator of the daily panel comic Pop Culture Shock Therapy, which have been collected into two books The Deranged Stalkers and Comic Re-Mix..

The single panel comics deals with pop culture stereotypes from Star Wars, breakfast cereal (Frankenberry), super heroes, Disney, Star Trek and everything and anything else he can poke fun at..

I asked Bratton to draw a Frankenberry (he was on the cover of his Re-Mix book, with Charlie Brown, Homer Simpson and Wonder Woman in a blender). Although I was a Count Chocula fan, I always enjoyed the monster cereal commercials...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tim Vigil - the Mummy

2016.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ

Tim Vigil is best known for his work in the horror/adult genre.  His graphic novel Faust, co-created with David Quinn, was first published in 1987 through Rebel Studios and then by Avatar Press. Faust,  is a series that features strong violence and sexual situations, was developed into a film in 2001 by director Brian Yuzna as Faust: Love of the Damned..

The followup series Faust: Book of M was nominated for the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative...

Vigil has also provided work for Grips (Silverwolf Comics), Caliber Presents (Cailber Comics), Zero Tolerance (First Comics), Champions of Hell (13 Flames Empire) and others..

I was a little hesitant to obtain a sketch from Vigil, due to the graphic and sexual nature of most of his work (it's not that I don't appreciate the art, but I have to bring this home and my wife might not approve!) I did approach Vigil with my request based on his background in horror.  His sketch for the above Mummy first day cover is exceptional. The detail he provided , especially in the left hand reaching out of the drawing, it's beautiful...

Tim Vigil's facebook page

Friday, June 3, 2016

Criss Madd - Marvin the Martian

2016.04.03 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

Hard to believe that in all my requests for astronauts and Mars Attacks sketches, I had never requested one of my favorite cartoon characters, Marvin the Martian.
While I was looking over Criss' art work I was very inspired, but a majority of his work was fantasy and monsters. He had a great Frankenstein drawing, but I did not have anymore Franksnestein covers to use..

Criss mentioned he did some work on a new toy line that had monster-astronaut characters, called Hell Screamers, you can see his work on Hell Screamers on his Facebook page... Criss has provided the pencils for the Kickstarter project New Cairo, written and created by Bradley Golden and Alex Barranco... Criss also provided sketch covers for the Kickstarter project Until We Sleep...

I left the Project Mercury first day cover and ask Criss to do whatever he felt like...and Marvin the Martian was his choice..

Marvin first appeared in the 1948 Looney Tunes cartoon "Haredevil Hare", and was created by Chuck Jones. He mission is to destroy the earth with the aid of his trusty companion K-9, his army of instant martians and the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Trevor McCarthy - Nightwing

2016.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ

Trevor McCarthy is noted for his work on such titles as Batman:Gates of Gotham, Nightwing, Batwoman, Blackhawks, Green Lantern and the Atom, Thunder Agents and X-Men.. as a cover artist his work has been seen on Nightwing, Green Lantern Corps, Batman, Birds of Prey, Justice League Dark and others....

McCarthy has also provided work on the David Hine and Kyle Higgins character Nightrunner, featured inDetective Comics Annual #12. The character is an Algerian Sunni Muslim French citizen working for Batman Incorporated as the Batman of Paris...

McCarthy signed Nightwing #65

Friday, May 20, 2016

Bob Petrecca - Capt Cold

2016.04.03 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

Bob Petrecca, has worked on titles such as Dr Strange, Justice League Unlimited, Captain America, Superman and several other titles as an inker, penciller and cover artist.  This is my second drawing from Petrecca, and he always does beautiful work...

Captain Cold, Leonard Snart was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, as the fist super villain to face the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen. Listed as #27 on IGN's list of Top 100 comic Book Villains...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Jeff Maksuta - Mr Freeze

2016.04.03 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

Jeff Maksuta is a champion among men, and though he holds the belt for conquering universes and destroying worlds, his true passion lie in creating cartoons and comic art. While he flexes his muscles across the land, he enjoys drawing very shapely characters and creating stories in a humorous nonsensical fashion.  If you don't believe this check out his site where he tells you the exact same thing...

Mr Freeze (Victor Fries) is a super villian from the DC Comic universe. Created by Bob Kane, David Wood and Sheldon Moldoff, the character first appeared in Batman #121 (1959) under the name of Mr. Zero. He is one of Batman's most enduring enemies, having faced Batman in the comic, televison, movies, and cartoons. the character was played by George Sanders, Otto Preminger, Eli Wallach, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nathan Darrow and voiced by Clancy Brown, Michael Ansara and Maurice LaMarche..

IGN listed Mr Freeze #67 on the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time

Friday, May 6, 2016

Jacquelyn Elio - Killer Frost

2016.04.03 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

When the Geometric Snowflake stamps, designed by Antonio Alcala and Leslie Badani, were initially reveled, i was not inspired by the simple design. A couple of days later I started thinking of the various comic book characters with cold-related powers that would complement the stamp stamp...The common fact was to maintain the snowflake design.  I asked each artist to be sure to include a snowflake as part of their sketch...

The first sketch in the snowflake series comes from Jacquelyn Elio, her facebook page states she studied art at Sussex Community College. I wish you all the best in the field, thanks for the great sketch...

Killer Frost, created by Al Milgrom and Gerry Conway, is the second Frost character in the DC universe. Louise Lincoln was a friend of the original Frost, Crystal Frost, also created by Milgrom and Conway. Upon Crystal's death Lincoln recreated the accident that gave Crystal her powers and became the new Killer Frost to seek revenge against Firestorm, who she blames fro Crystal's death...