Friday, April 29, 2011

Elisha Lau - Fairy


Elisha Lau - Illustrator - Fairy 2010.12.12 Clifton Comic Book Expo

Elisha has done graphic design and illustration work for Fantage.Com, Fun Box, LLC, NJ.Com, GroundUp Studios, Studio 66 Media, as well as a production intern for $Kids Entertainment on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

When I viewed her website, I was taken by her style and presentation, everything was bright colorful and happy. I had obtained the dragonfly FDC for the purpose of obtaining a fairy or pixie style drawing. Ms. Lau's style was perfect for this idea, and I am not disappointed.

Ever since I had heard about the Cottingley Fairies photographs, the concept of fairies existence in folk tales and art has fascinated me and millions of people across the world. The series of five photographs were taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, two young cousins who lived in Cottingley, near Bradford in England, in 1917. The pictures came to the attention of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who used them to illustrate an article on fairies he had been commissioned to write for the Christmas 1920 edition of The Strand Magazine. Conan Doyle, as a Spiritualist, was enthusiastic about the photographs, and interpreted them as clear and visible evidence of psychic phenomena. He believed...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ryan Dunlavey

2011.03.26 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Ryan Dunlavey is the artist and co-creator of the American Library Award winning comic book series Action Philosophers, with writer Fred van Lente...

The duo also created Comic Book Comics through their Evil Twin Comics company, based out of Brooklyn, therefore the use of the Brooklyn Bridge FDC for Ryan's sketch...

Comic Book Comics tells the history of the comics industry in a comic book format. This make reading some of the dry stuff like litigation fun to follow...

Dunlavey also draws Tommy Atomic for Royal Flush magazine and Modok for Marvel digital comics. His illustrations have appeared in Wizard, Mad, Princeton Review and many other publications...

Friday, April 15, 2011

J.K. Woodward - Angel


2011.04.03 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ

J.K. Woodward born in an undisclosed location somewhere in the Northeast US, J.K. wasted little time in becoming the kid your mother warned you about.....

With a move to Germany, J.K. self-published a comic of his expressionist paintings called Flesh Angels and These Things Happen (a comedic comic).

Relocating back to the US, Woodward collaborated with A. David Lewis on Mortal Coils, and with Michael Colbert on Crazy Mary. His work caught the attention of Marvel Comics editor Mike Marts, who brought Woodward in to illustrate X-Men Origins: The Beast, 2008. Wikipedia

I had my son Matt ask Woodward to draw any one of the X-Men, he chose The Angel, his favorite and fortunately mine...he chose the original "old-school" version....cool!

Fallen Angel, created by Peter David and David Lopez in 2003.
The first 5-issue arc of the second series was painted by J. K. Woodward. - Hand drawn comic cover by J.K. Woodward...

Matt also had J.K. draw an excellent Professor X in his sketch book, see Matt's page...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dave Cockrum - Angel



I had the pleasure to meet Dave Cockrum around 1975 at a comic show, where I obtained my first comic sketch, Angel (image cropped from the 11x14 size). Angel was always my favorite character, the idea of being able to fly, not just like superman, but with wings! The Wings make the difference! (I know he is not the only character with wings.....)

Since I was a early reader of the X-men I liked the idea of the school uniform, which kept them a team. The original uniform was blue and yellow, and was created by Stan Lee (writer) and Jack Kirby (penciller) in 1963. In 1967 the uniforms changed with issue 39, written by Roy Thomas, penciled by Don Heck. I did not appreciate the change. When Dave Cockrum took over the pencilling duties with writers Chris Clermont and Len Wein, they brought in a whole new team, with the exception of Cyclops. I still read the comic but longed for the original team.

Therefore when I asked Cockrum for a sketch, it had to be Angel, even though he had left the team. I had also asked why all the changes, I was not aware of the need for a revamp to attract new customers. His reply was, often a new artist likes to put his signature on a character and will make changes with the writers so they can take ownership. The fact that Angel, Beast, Marvel Girl and Iceman were leaving the team did not make me happy, but did not turn me away from the comic.

Dave Cockrum (1943-2006) also provided his art for Spiderman, Avengers, Captain Marvel Star Trek at Marvel. For DC he worked on Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, Blackhawk, Superman, Batman and a host of others. According to the Wikipedia biography they noted that Cockrum was a prolific and inventive costume designer, who updated the Legion of Super-Heroes as well as they X-Men...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Rudy Nebres - John Carter of Mars

2011.04.03 Wild Pig Comic Con Somerset, NJ...

Rudy Nebres found work with DC Comics when Carmine Infantino and Joe Orlando were on a scouting trip in the Philippines. Migrating to the US in 1975, Nebres found more work and fame drawing for Marvel Comics on Dr. Strange, The Avengers, King Kull, Savage Sword of Conan, John Carter of Mars, Red Sonja...Nebres also provide art for Vampirella, Warren Publishing...

Nebres' work is very detailed providing great depth to his work, where the backgrounds play an important part of his work, framing the characters and animals in the main body of work...

John Carter of Mars was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, featured in a series of Martian novels, is from Earth and has been transported to Mars, where he serves as a warrior-savior.

The first day cover features the Apollo Lunar Vehicle 1971 (one of a set of stamps) issued by the Marshall Islands, as part of Expo `89, Washington, DC honoring achievements in space exploration.

Mr. Nebres stated he had never draw anything as small as this, and yet he still maintained his exquisite style...a masterpiece.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Terrrrrrrrrific!


2011.03.28 Gene Deitch - Tom Terrific and Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog

When I first wrote to Mr. Deitch and I received his drawing of Tom Terrific, see previous post...I was truly excited by receiving the sketch. Mr. Deitch also sent along a color print of Tom and Mighty Manfred, which I did not mention in my post. I do not post everything I receive or purchase. After seeing the post, Mr. Deitch replied......

Hi Ray, I didn't understand that you wanted me to draw something on the first day cover; I didn't want to ruin it, so instead I made you a large color cartoon. Apparently, you didn't like that, as you make no mention of it on your blog. The Tom Terrific head on the mailing envelope was just a very fast sketch I did at the last minute, before mailing it. Do you want to return the FDC? Best Gene...

I did not mention the print as it did not fit in with the overall collection of covers. I appreciate everything I receive, I understand the artist I write to are under no obligation to send anything. The fact that Mr. Deitch took the time to respond is greatly appreciated. At first I was not going to return the FDC as I did not want to take advantage of his kindness. But I really though having the Tom Terrific on a FDC was something I did not want to pass up.

Mr. Deitch has been more than kind, returning the cover with a pencil sketch of Tom and another sketch of Mighty Manfred... Thank you for your kindness...This was indeed a very special delivery...

I chose the Disney related FDC to honor Gene Deitch's work in animation. The Disney Studios do an excellent job of animating, but there are many others out there, like Mr. Deitch, who provide countless hours of pleasure and entertainment with their animation...

Special Delivery from Patrick McDonnell's Mutts 2011.03.31