Friday, December 30, 2011

Sanjit Choudhury - Darth Maul


2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ

Sanjit Choudhury is a concept and vector artist, you can see his concepts at sanjitchoudhury.weebly.com, his inspirations come from Tim Burton and Gris Grimley. Loves the beauty of nature but has a twisted style whose cute but evil characterizations has big mournful eyes...

Sanjit choose to draw Darth Maul, Sith Lord apprentice of Darth Sidious. Darth Maul first appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  George Lucas' idea for Maul was being a figure from your worst nightmare. The character was originally designed by Ian McCraig. The design was a combination of a flayed flesh face, face painting in African tribes and a Rorschach experiment.
The character of Darth maul was portrayed by Ray Park.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Erica Hesse - Christmas Elf


2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ

Erica Hesse, is an illustrator specializing in pin-up, burlesque style art.

Erica has created several posters and logos for roller derby leagues including The Charm City Rollergirls, Arizona Roller Derby Association and the Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls and for Chaz Royal's Infamous Burlesque Social Club. Erica is a regular contributor to Pin-Up America Magazine.

Erica has also provided art for 5Finity, Jim Mahfood Mixtape sketch cards, Comic for Cures sketch cards, Treasure Chest of Art sketch cards (Chicagoland Expo), Marvel Masterpieces III sketch cards, the Moon-Rays "Sinister Surf" album and poster art to name a few....

I liked the Christmas cancel used by the Plymouth, Vermont post office ... The elf running with the shopping bag looking for the right present, in this case he's got his eyes on the cute elf in the corner...

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all... this past year has been great, meeting excellent artists, nice people and sharing my joy of comic art. Thanks to all who have left nice comments. Thanks to Jim Anderson for his great Ellie e-card, and the Reed Gunther Christmas post card from Shane and Chris... A Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Howard Bender - Green Lantern


2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ

Howard Bender is a freelance comics artist and illustrator, having studied at the Arts Students league, Artist Guild and the Ivy School of Professional Art. After contributions to fanzines and lettering jobs at Marvel, in the 1970s, Bender went to work for the big companies in the 1980s, starting at Harvey on Richie Rich. Bender contributed to DC's ghost and superhero titles, including Supergirl, Dial H for Hero, Action Comics, as well as some work for Marvel on Silver Hawks, Spider-Man. With Gladstone Publishing he worked on "Dread of Night" and "Maggots". At First Publishing he worked on "Ghostbusters" and "Munden's Bar". In the 1990s Bender worked for Archie Comics.

1996 drew one of four mini comics for Hanna-Barbera's Johnny Quest, which was packaged with the VHS of the show.

Bender has also created his own original characters and titles  "Mr. Fixitt"(Apple Comics), "Billy & Pop" and "Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries"...

Bender also draws caricatures and is often at the Superheroes for Hospice Monmouth comic sale providing caricatures...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jerry Robinson - Joe Simon

Jerry Robinson passed Dec 7, 2011, at 89. Robinson was well known for his work on DC Comics Batman titles during the 1940s, and as the creator of the Joker.

Besides DC Comics, Robinson would work for several publishers, and created the newspaper cartoon True Classroom Flubs and Fluffs for the New York Sunday News. During the 1950s Robinson drew political cartoons, as well as cover illustrations for the Broadway based magazine Playbill.

Robinson was awarded the national Cartoonists Society award for the Comic Book Division, 1956, Newspaper panel, 1963 for Still Life, Special Features Award, 1965 for Flubs and Fluffs, Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000, The Cartoon Art Museum Sparky Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011.
Inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame 2004.

Joe Simon passed Dec 14, 2011, at 98, co-creator of Captain America, along with jack Kirby.

Simon co-created several important comic characters  during the 1930-1940 time period. For DC Comics, he co-created Sandman, the Boy Commandos, Manhunter. With other publishers he is credited with Fighting American and the Fly. Simon and Kirby created the field of romance comics and were pioneers of horror comics.

At Timely Comics, Simon created the Fiery Mask; worked on Blue Bolt for Funnies, Inc; Started Mainline Publications with Kirby publishing Bullseye: Western Scout, Foxhole, In Love and Police Trap.

Awarded Inkpot Award, 1998. Inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame 1999.

I am sorry to say I did not get to meet either of these gentlemen. They will be missed by the comics community...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Rick Parker - Beavis and Butt-head

2011.12.03 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Beavis and Butt-head is an animated series created by Mike Judge, originally appearing as part of Frog Baseball, 1992. MTV signed Judge to develop the concept airing the first episode on March 8, 1993 until November 28, 1997 (212 episodes). The boys were later seen on Comedy Central and UPN and in a feature film, "Beavis and Butt-head Do America"...

The shows center on two socially awkward teenage delinquents who live in Highland, Texas. Their unsupervised actions sometimes have dire consequences, for which they show little remorse. This has been a controversy for the show, as opponents of the show claim they promote dangerous behavior. However Beavis and Butt-Head proved to be very popular...

From 1994 to 1996 Marvel Comics published 28 Beavis and Butt-Head comics, written by a variety of writers, with each issue being drawn by Rick Parker...

I had met Rick Parker in June of 2010, when he drew Stinky Dead Kid for me. At this show he seemed like just one of many artists meeting fans. At the Superheroes for Hospice show, I saw a different man. He was the center of attnetion. Maybe it was the revival of the Beavis and Butt-Head cartoon, but when the other artists look to get a sketch, you know he is special. Parker's Beavis and Butt-Head drawing reflects the Patriotic Quill Pen stamp in that Beavis is holding the pen and both are wearing stars and stripes shirts.

Parker had a friend with him, who showed me a book of art drawn on matchbooks by Parker. These had been done over a series of time and over a thousand had been done.
This image of Hat was taken from Rick Parker's Art blog, in which he states in his bio...

I do quite a bit of humorous drawing to amuse myself and others, but I feel most fulfilled as an artist creating 3-dimensional objects, incorporating existing or found objects into my work. I believe that art can be a great form of self-expression and through the use of cartooning I endeavor to help people to express themselves and communicate to others their own personal thoughts, feelings and ideas about the world.
Rick Parker Art

Rick Parker has two sites that I have found, one featuring his art the other featuring his photographs, with a truly a strangely wonderful collection of art, well worth the time to look and think! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Nick Mockoviak - Garfield

2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ

Nick Mockoviak is a comic illustrator drawing all of the usual comic characters, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, Joker, Frankenstein, as well as turning convention guests into zombies. He zombified my son Matt a while back, as can be seen on Matt's page.

While reading Nick's bio on his Deviant Art page, I noted he was a fan of Garfield. Nick also said Garfield was the reason he went into drawing. With the recent release of the Garfield stamp by the USPS, I thought I would offer Nick the chance to draw Garfield any way he wanted. Nick jumped at the opportunity, and created FrankenGarfield...

Garfield cover sent to Jim Davis, and was returned with his signature...

Garfield, an orange tabby cat, was created by Jim Davis and first appeared on  June 19, 1978, following the lives of Garfield, his owner Jon Arbuckle, and Jon's dog Odie. Garfield has become on e of the most popular comic characters appearing in newspapers, television shows, movies, greeting cards, video games...

Ziggy by Tom Wilson 2011.10.11

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ian Glaubinger - The Munsters

2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ
I had obtained a halloween day cancel, October 31, 1997, on this cover from the Munster Branch of the Hammond, Indiana post office. I knew Ian would be perfect to provide the artwork on this cover...

Munster, Indiana was settled by Jacob Munster, of Dutch decent, who opened a general store with a post office located within. By 1907 Munster was incorporated into a town, with 76 residents voting yes, 28 voting no...

The Munsters were a 1964 television sitcom featuring a family of monsters. Herman Munster the was Frankenstein-styled head of the house. His wife Lilly (Dracula's daughter) actually ran the house. Their son Eddie, a wolf-boy, Lily's father Grandpa (Dracula) and their pretty niece Marilyn, the mis-fit of the group. The show was originally suggested by animator Bob Clampett as a cartoon series in the 1940s to Universal Studios...

In the 1960s writers Chris Hayward and Allan Burns submitted a similar idea, which was further developed by Norm Liebman and Ed Haas. The show premiered September 24, 1964...

On another channel The Addams Family was premiering on September 18, 1964, bringing to life the characters cartoonist Charles Addams had brought to life in single panel cartoons which ran in The New Yorker magazine from 1938 until Addams' death in 1988.

The Addams' are not evil, they just share macabre interests. Gomez and Morticia remain ever passionate, their children Pugsley (originally Pubert) and Wednesday, who find their classmates to be repulsive. Uncle Fester (Charles Addams' alter-ego), Grandmama and Lurch their butler andThing. In the TV series Fester was Morticia's Uncle, while in the movies he was Gomez's brother. Originally in Addams' cartoons the characters did not have names, these were created for the TV series...


As a fan of the Addams' Family I was surprised, around 1986, to discover that Charles Addams was still drawing for the New Yorker. In 1988 wrote to him and received this wonderful drawing of Uncle Fester. Addams' death a short time later came as a shock to me, as I had just re-discovered his work in the New Yorker. Fortunately several books have been published and the release of the first movie brought about additional publications of Addams' work.

2011.11.12 Lunt Fontanne Theatre, NYC... Went to see the Addams Family play on Broadway with my family as an early Christmas present. It was great!

In an effort to aid Broadway Cares-Equity Fights Aids, the cast was selling cast signed programs as a fund-raising event after the show. Autographs of the stars Roger Rees and Brooke Shields are located under the Playbill title. The cast also auctioned the ring Brooke Shields was wearing during the performance for $1,000.00, which surprised both the cast and the audience!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Paul Benincasa - Astronaut

2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ
Messenger Space Mission FDC

Paul Benincasa is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator. His first comic Transient Tales was published in 2010, an anthology comic with one contributor and with each story featuring a different genre of story-telling: science fiction, spy mystery, horror and superhero...

The science fiction story "5 Minutes More" features a stranded astronaut, running out of oxygen who is forced to leave a friend behind to find help...

The story reminded me of the "Fallen Astronaut", a small statue left on the moon to honor those who lost their lives in the pursuit of space exploration...

The statuette (8.5cm aluminum) was commissioned by Astronaut David Scott, to feature an astronaut in a spacesuit, with the requirements that the sculpture could not be identifiably male or female, of no specific ethnic group. The statuette was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck.



On August 1 the Fallen Astronaut was placed on the moon by the crew of Apollo 15, (Scott and James Irwin, with Alfred Worden orbiting the moon) and along with a plaque bearing the names of eight American Astronauts: Theodore Freeman, Charles Bassett, Elliott See, Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee, Edward White, Edward Givens, Clifton Williams and six Soviet Cosmonauts: Vladimir Komarov, Yuri Gagarin, Pavel Belyayev, Georgi Dobrovolski, Viktor Patsayev and Vladislav Volkov...
Scott noted "Sadly, two names are missing from the plaque, those of Valentin Bondarenko and Grigori Nelyubov." At the time secrecy surrounding the Soviet space program did not release news of their deaths.

Paul's art can be seen on his web-site Yeah I Drew It!, which features sketches, works in progress and Paul's finished projects.
 Amy Chace was the model for the cover of Transient Tales issue one.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bil Keane - Family Circus


Bil Keane, creator of Family Circus comic passed away on Nov 8, 2011 at the age of 89.

The Family Circus, began its run in 1960 and is continued by Keane's son Jeff.
The panel-strip focus' on a family modeled after Keane's own family. The father Bil, wife Thel, kids Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ. The panel is unique in that it is drawn within a circle. The strip was originally called The Family Circle, but had to change due to  objections from the magazine of the same name. Family Circus has also been adapted for several television specials and the panels have been compiled into many books.

Keane started his career when he was published in 1936 on the amateur page of the Philadelphia Daily News. While in the US Army, serving in Australia during World War II, Keane drew for Yank and Stars and Stripes. Keane also created the comic panel Channel Chuckles.

Keane was the recipient of National Cartoonists Society's Award for Best Syndicated Panel - 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974. NCS Cartoonist of the Year and Reuben Award 1982. Elzie Segar Award 1982...

I received the above pencil sketch of Jeffy in 1987, it was the first sketch I ever received, to start my collection.

Keane's oldest son Glen is an animator at Walt Disney Studios working on Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan and Tangled...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Amy Chace - Sweet Baby Fumes



2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ
Baby Breathing Apparatus Using Sweet Baby Fumes to Breathe...Ah Life!

When I attend a comic con, I have some ideas I about what sketches I want to obtain. Other times I come across the unexpected...

Amy Chace was not the artist I expected to find at a comic con. Yes, she has published the comic Foot Fetish, a Love Story, through Spit-Faced Comics, but proclaims herself to be a visual artist working in wood, acrylic, photos creating mixed media artwork..

As Amy looked through my covers she found several she liked. Hot Air Balloons, Olympic Runner and Astronaut Alan Shepard. Amy selected the Olympic Runner, to which I commented on the similarity to the Cosmic Jumper by a shared favorite Peter Max...

Amy's abstract art compliments the ancient Greek runner and told me that the smell of babies was the most wonderful thing to smell and was her inspiration for this piece. Amy included a small mixed media element to the lower left corner as well as drawing on the back flap on the envelope. I never try to critique any art, but I find elements of surrealism similar to Joan Miro in this artwork.




Astronaut by Amy Chace.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Alex Cormack - Edgar Allan Poe


2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ

Alex Cormack is a comic artist, illustrator and animation director...

South Pole - Animation Director and writer with Ashley Cook, in a story about Kris Kringle's brother Kyle, who hates the holiday after one year misunderstanding his present, an art set, as his parents giving him coal. Now many years later he decides to put an end to the festivities once and for all...
South Pole received The Award for Excellence in Animation, Best Animated Characters and Best Animated Screen Play at the Los Angeles Movie Awards...

Besides animation Cormack has provided comic book art to The Poe Twisted Anthology from Red Stylo Media for the stories Tell Tale Cat and Eldorado with Sherezada Windham-Kent.

The Poe Twisted Anthology takes characters and settings from favorite Poe stories and twists them, and make them something new...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dave Bullock - Superman

2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ
"More powerful than a locomotive"

Dave Bullock has provided his skills to several animated features, including work as storyboard artist for Transformers Prime TV series (2011), The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest heroes TV series (2010), Sc0oby-Doo and the Samurai Sword video (2009), Wonder Woman video (2009), Kim Possible TV series (2002, 2004, 2007), Justice League TV series (2005, 2006), Teen Titans TV series (2003, 2005), Masters of the Universe vs the Snake Men TV series (2002), Disney's Tarzan & Jane video (2002), Batman Beyond TV series(1999, 2000, 2001), Superman TV series (1998, 1999), The New Batman Adventures TV series (1997, 1998), Incredible Hulk TV series (1996)...

Bullock has directed the Spectacular Spider-Man TV series (2008), Justice League: The New Frontier video (2008 - Emmy Nomination), Star Wars: Clone Wars TV series (2008)...

Dave Bullock style is reminiscent of the classic comic artists during a time when traveling by locomotive was an everyday occurrence...

The first day cover features the streamlined 20th Century Limited train stamp issued as part of the Celebrate the Century 1930s sheet. The Limited was operated by the New York Central Railroad from 1920 to 1967. The Limited was known for its style suggesting exclusivity, sophistication and speed...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Steve Mannion - Fearless Dawn


2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ

Steve Mannion's jet riding good girl Fearless Dawn battles her arch nemesis Helga Von Krause in Asylum Press' mini-series Fearless Dawn, released 2009...
Fearless Dawn infiltrates the "Manitoba Sector" to discover the secret behind Helga's chemically-induced Nazi Monsters..Meanwhile at home, Dawn's boss has discovered our hero has broken probation and flown the coop!

Mannion's art reminds readers of the classic comic illustrators, the styles of Wally Wood, Will Elder, Robert Crumb, Al Capp, bringing excitement and fun back to the comics...
Mannion's creation's Dawn, Brownhole Jones, Sea Goin' Lil, Helga Von Krause were first brought to comic pages through Atom Bomb Comics...

Mannion's style can also be found in Batman: Black and White, Batman Gotham Knights, Tales from the Crypt, Captain America:Sentinel of Liberty, Satan's Circus of hell, Strange Pirate Tales and Warlash: Dark Noir...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Summer Anne Burton - Every Hall of Famer

2011.10 -
I first read about Summer Anne Burton's project Every Hall of Famer in the May web-issue of ESPN Magazine, and I immediately liked the project. Beginning in January 2011, Ms. Burton began drawing a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame every day in chronological order. This really is a momentous and monumental task.

I have always appreciated the sports editorial cartoonists when I was growing up, Bill Gallo and Bruce Stark. The art was great and the subject matter was usually the Yankees, Mets, boxing, horse racing, etc...A a child it was like reading the daily comics but learning about the current events in sports...

As I grew older I became more aware of artists like Willard Mullin, creator of the Brooklyn Bum, the iconic image of the Dodgers and Karl Hubenthal...Now when newspapers are cutting back on their content, most sports cartoons have vanished. Editorial cartoonists have picked up a few sports subjects, usually the worst of sports like steroid use, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Michael Vick, Tiger Woods...

I miss the sports cartoons...although there are a few sports related comic strips like In the Bleachers by Steve Moore, Tank McNamara and Cleats (which recently ended its run) by Bill Hinds, Benchies by Rick Pearson, Small Market Sports by Bill Charbonneau, Gil Thorp created in 1958 by Jack Berrill and currently drawn by Rod Whigham

When I read about Every Hall of Famer I knew I would like to obtain a sketch, and who better than Mickey Mantle. Admittedly I rooted for Roger Maris as a kid, probably because my brother rooted for Mantle. Since the USPS issued a set of stamps honoring baseball heroes Mantle, Roy Campanella, Mel Ott and Hank Greenberg, my choice for a sketch on cover had to be Mantle! What a joy I saw the drawing of Mantle, it's a hit!

I had the pleasure of meeting Mickey Mantle 1990.10.28 at a sports card show in Edison, NJ... I have an autograph book in which I do sketches of the athlete and then have them sign the page...


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Jack Matsuoka is best known for his book about Japanese relocation camp life titled Camp II, Block 211 (Japan Publications, Inc. 1974), a humorous look at life in Poston relocation camp.

Matsuoka began drawing at an early age. With no formal art education, Matsuoka would soon draw for the camp newspaper. In the 1960's Matsuoka was living in California and began drawing cartoons for the UC Bears and Berkely Gazette. By 1969 he was a freelance cartoonist, working as the Editorial cartoonist for Pacifica Tribune, as well as providing drawings for the San Francisco Examiner, San Mateo Times, San Jose Mercury. At the Times, Matsuoka would mostly draw sports cartoons...

Matsuoka has donated original drawings to the Japanese Historical Museum, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Cornell Universities.
2002 National Japanese American Historical Society.




Random sports in comic strips
Lio by Mark Tatulli - 2011.06.14
Shoe by Chris Cassatt, Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly - 2006.03.24

Friday, October 7, 2011

Billy Tan - Wolverine

2008.12.07 Comic Fest, East Hanover, NJ

Billy Tan became a regular artist on Marvel's Uncanny X-Men in 2006. he began his career as a penciller in the 1990s for Image Comics with Codename: Stryke Force, Tomb Raider and Witchblade.

While with Marvel, Tan has also provided work for Thor, New Avengers, Star Trek an Daredevil.

Wolverine first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1974 in The Incredible Hulk #180, in the last panel and making a full appearance in the following issue. Wolverine was created by Len Wein, John Romita Jr. and Herb Trimpe...
In 1975 Wolverine was recruited into the X-Men and by 1982 his popularity lead to a 4-part mini series. In 1988 Wolverine had his own title...
Wolverine's popularity continues through comics, movies and animation

Friday, September 30, 2011

William Torres - Wolverine

2011.09.17 Barnabas Health Super Heroes for Hospice, Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ

William Torres ha provided is skills to the comics The Apneist (based on the album by A Life of Science), Freshmen Summer Vacation Special an The Sire: Revelations...A comic fan at heart, Torres has trained himself to become a comic book illustrator. Torres work has also been featured on the A&E show Dog the Bounty Hunter and Blue Waters Production Valkyrie #1, 10th Muse 800 #1 an Judo-Girl & Venus one-shot...

Torres chose the subject on this, because he likes to draw the Wolverine...

Friday, September 23, 2011

William Olmo - Wonder Woman

2011.07.16 Barnabas Health Superheroes for Hospice Comic Book Show, Livingston, NJ

I presented Mr. Olmo with several options, and we came upon the idea of Wonder Woman posing like Marilyn Monroe...His rendition of Wonder Woman posing like Marilyn, complete with big earrings and Marilyn styled hair is perfect! William Olmo is an independent artist, he work appearing on American Screaming Eagle and Omega Sector...

Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, 1941, is a Princess of the Amazons, as a distinctly female role model bringing the ideals of love, peace and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men..

Marilyn Monroe is listed in Wikipedia as an actress, model and singer (?). Her dumb blonde persona and her beauty have made her an icon in the film world. 1999 Monroe was ranked as the 6th greatest female star of all-time by the American Film Institute.

Both women are held in high regard and are easily two of the most recognized female role models in pop culture...

William Olmo is a friend of the Barnabas Health Hospice comic book shows, appearing at several of the events, often with William Torres (more from the both of them in the coming weeks)...
William Olmo and William Torres at the Barnabas Health Superheroes for Hospice
2011.09.17 Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tom Wilson - Ziggy

Ziggy c1984

2011.09.16 Tom Wilson creator of the Ziggy, the comic strip character who stumbles through life, like the rest of us, passed away at age 80. Wilson created Ziggy in 1969, based on memories from Wilson's childhood, "Ziggy is an experience", "I think in our own heads we're never all that confident. I'm not".

Wilson was working for American Greetings when he created Ziggy for a humor book. Ziggy became a comic strip in 1971 starting in 15 newspapers. Ziggy is now seen in more than 500 newspapers, has appeared in television specials, paperbacks and thousands of office bulletin boards...

Wilson drew Ziggy until 1987, when Tom Jr (Tom Wilson II) took over the strip from his father and continues to draw Ziggy today...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bryan "Kaiser" Tillman - Ninja

2011.05.22 Wizard Comic Con, NYC

Bryan "The Kaiser" Tillman - he has his own Creature game-card...Looking through his portfolio I decided to request a sketch, but was not sure of what to go for. My son Matt said to get a ninja. I didn't think I had a cover that would carry a ninja sketch well, so Matt looked through the hundred covers I usually carry with me, and thought the Hawk on the Recovering Species FDC would work., so we set the challenge before The Kasier. Draw a ninja with a hawk reference. He accepted the challenge and achieved success...


When The Kaiser comes into play all other creatures are destroyed. All of your opponents deck has to be placed in the boneyard/ the kaiser card can not be countered.

Remember the Oscar Gamble baseball card

Friday, September 9, 2011

Scott Lincoln - Ralf the Destroyer

2011.06.18 Wizard Comic Con, Philadelphia, Pa

Scott Lincoln started in the comic business by drawing a comic strip called Kabloona for the Winsted Phoenix in 1980's, and then moving over to the Winsted Courier. After an opportunity to meet with Guy Gilchrist, Lincoln began assisting Gilchrist on the Nancy and Nights Lights comic strips.

Gilchrist would open a Cartoon Academy, at which Lincoln would teach drawing. The character of Ralf the Destroyer was born during these lessons in 2004.

Ralf is an anti-villain, a villain who can't help being good. Recruited as a one-man demolition crew with the goal of destroying Earth. But Ralf discovers the wonders of the planet and it's inhabitants including Mai, an astronomer. Ralf struggles with the thoughts of being ruler of this planet or destroying it. However most of Earth's inhabitants fail to notice his invasion or that he is an alien...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Dave Ryan - War of the Independents



2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ ...the Wizard Mathonway, from Ryan's Penance looking at the Sorcerer Mickey with some doubt "What kind of Wizard is this?"

The cover is from Pushin' the Envelope limited edition cachets. The cachet portion is actually placed on the same side as the Mickey sorcerer stamp, and features the dancing brooms from Fantasia. The cancel is a digital color cancel, not one I usually choose, but I liked the cover and wanted to get a wizard sketch to go with it...

David Ryan, creator of Penance, has embarked on an undertaken an adventure known as the War of the Independents..."Who didn't like to see their favorite heroes band together in an unbelievably big event". As Indie crossovers were uncommon, Ryan felt the time was right to bring the Indie heroes together. To Ryan this was not about him reinventing each character, but bringing them together and use each of their strengths in the storyline...

Featured in the story are: Penance, Zippy the Pinhead, Captain Canuck, Johnny Raygun, The Tick, E-Man, Usagi Yojimbo, Fem Force, Too Much Coffee Man, Flaming Carrot, Bone, Gumby and Pokey, Mr. Monster, Cerebus, Shadowhawk, Mad Man, Captain Action, Megaton man, The Maxx and many others....




Zippy the Pinhead, is a comic strip created by Bill Griffith in 1971 starting out in underground publications before being syndicated. Zippy is unusual in that the comic strip features literary nonsense, an a near-abscence of jokes. Griffith's artwork is more intricate than the majority of daily comics. I am curious to see how Zippy can fit into this story. Zippy can be seen on the cover above the Flaming Carrot.











Captain Canuck was created by Richard Comley (artist) and Ron Leishman (writer) first appearing in Captain Canuck #1, July 1975. Tom Evans, a Canadian secret agent gains superhuman powers from contact with extraterrestrials. Captain Canuck was reincarnated in 1993 as Darren Oa to fight global conspiracy. A third incarnation was known as the West Coast Captain Canuck was created by Reil Langlois and Drue Langlois, story edited by Richard Comley...

Captain Canuck was honored by Canada Post in 1995, October 2, along with Superman, Nelvana, Fleur de Lys, and Johnny Canuck

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gene Deitch - Credits


I received an e-mail from Gene Deitch the other day, informing me (and many others) about his new blog - Gene Deitch Credits - The 65 Greats behind the scenes

From the e-mail: "This week I've posted two new pivotal career markers on my "Roll The Credits!" blog. One is about the nuts & bolts of a beginning in graphic arts, (war-time edition), and the other is about the man who most inspired my own graphics direction, ending with a never before published letter that I believe will blow your mind.... Please read it, and be inspired!

The blog is basically an autobiography of the man behind many of television's early animation - as Gene states - The Incredible people who helped make my 80-year career...
They made me look good, and it's high-time I give them the credit they deserve!

Take a few minutes to look at Gene and the people around him, how they helped to shape his career and life...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Keith Giffen - LOBO


Keith Giffen...Lobo...2010.02.18 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Giffen has been penciller and writer for many comics including XO-Manowar, Magnus Robot Fighter, Solar Man of the Atom, The Defenders, Hero Squad, All-Star Comics, Dr. Fate. Giffen's style has been influenced by many other artists over the years, and the Jack Kirby influence is readily seen in the new issue of the Legion of Superheroes...

Giffen is probably best known as the co-creator, with Roger Slifer, of Lobo...alien, interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. I thought the Take a Bite Out of Crime first day cover worked well with Lobo's character.

I have to be honest in that I never had an interest in Lobo and never heard of another of Giffen's creations, Ambush Bug. These characters appeared during a time when I was not reading comics. However, Giffen is the penciller of an old favorite the Legion of Superheroes. Growing up I like the idea of Saturn Girl, Sun Boy, Bouncing Boy, Lighting Lad, Lighting Lass, Cosmic Boy, Superboy....it was a superhero club of teenaged heroes, formed in 1958, with an interesting array of powers that allowed them to take on the bigger and badder criminals of space. Although the members have changed through the years, the concept has not...

Giffen signed first page of Legion of Super Heroes Annual (Feb 2011)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fred Chao - Johnny Hiro

2011.04.03 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ .. Johnny Hiro, his girlfriend Mayumi Murakami, and Super A-OK Robot in the corner. I chose the dinosaur (T Rex) stamp as Johnny first encounters Godazilla (a giant dinosaur) in the first panel of Johnny Hiro #1...

Johnn Hiro is a half-Asian busboy working in a sushi resturant in the city...but strange things keep happening to Hiro such as fighting giant dinosaurs and battling business ninjas...Hiro is more concerned about keeping his job at the restaurant than about the strange and supernatural events he seems to encounter...

Fred Chao is a free lance illustrator and graphic designer, creator of the comic Johnny Hiro {half asian, all hero}, published by AdHouse Books...Chao was nominated for 4 Eisner Comic industry awards and included in The Best American Comics 2010 anthology...

Chao utilizes a Chinese seal (the red impression) on his sketches. The Chinese seal is a stamp that is used in lieu of a signature on personal documents or for proof of authorship. It adds a nice touch to the sketch.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Alitha Martinez - Yume and Ever

2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Altiha martinez is a veteran of the comic industry having drawn for Ironman, Black Panther, Spider-Girl, Fantastic Four, Shi, Voltron, Twisted Journeys, X-Men: Black Sun, as well as drawing political cartoons for the NY Post...

Usually Ms. martinez does not draw at conventions, but I was fortunate that she agreed to provide me with a sketch of her creation Yume...

Yume and Ever - All the great heroes are dead!, Wiped out in a great battle. Evil has a diabolical scheme to rule the world, the heroes unite to defeat the foe. After an epic battle the bad guys lose...Wrong. The bad guys win leaving Yume and Ever to take on the challenge...

Yume presents a blend of styles, as Martinez draws as without rules that can not be broken...Yume means dream in Japanese and the first issue is like reading a dream as the story unfolds before you...

Twisted Journeys - You are the hero of the book. Your journey is packed with adventures and every story stars you! At every twist, you're the one who gets to decide what happens next. But be careful...the wrong decision could make you journey very short!
Twisted Journeys #16 The Quest for Dragon Mountain...written by Robin Mayhall, illustrated by Alitha Martinez.