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, 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