Friday, May 27, 2011

Sara Richard - Dinosaur

2011.05.22 Wizard Comic Con, New York

The first cover I want to share that I obtained at Wizard is from Sara Richard. I do not think the scan does the art justice. It is gorgeous!

Sara is a grad of the Columbus College of Art & Design, and started working at Hasbro as a temp. When I read her bio I was taken by the fact that she loved dinosaurs...

"Dinosaurs are freaking cool."

My choice of cover for Sara had to be the Dinosaur FDC, and gave her free reign to draw what ever she wanted. I am not disappointed. It is truly a miniature masterpiece...

Sara says her style is heavily influenced by Japanese Ink Paintings (sumi-e), trying to emulate the simplicity of the style. The art below is the back of her business card...


Thursday, May 26, 2011

2011 Wizard Comic Con - NYC

2001.05.22 Wizard Comic Con, New York...

Matt and I attended Wizard's Big Apple Comic Con this weekend. I usually go with a list of artists that are supposed to be there and work out which cover and what type of drawing I would like. Unfortunately two of the top five artists on my list did not show up, and a third was way out of my price range $$$3-figures for a bust/head shot. I can at least say I was in the same room and said hello...

Two others I was looking for were Sara Richard and Daxiong, from whom I obtained beautiful sketches..Sara coming up tomorrow, Daxiong, next Friday...We had a good morning at the Con, met some interesting people and great artists...

The above signed page is from Vertigo Comics Neil Young's Greendale signed by artist Cliff Chiang..I was not able to obtain a sketch on cover, as his dance-card was full, and this was 10:30 AM on Sunday...He must have had a very busy Saturday...

Phil Ortiz was also in attendance, from the Simpsons TV series and comic books (Bongo Comics). Matt had himself Simpsonized, and Phil did an excellent job, check it out on Matt's Page. He shared a table with Phil Yeh who had us in stitches with his stories...
Phil Ortiz - Simpsons TV series and Comic books

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bill Rechin - Crock


Bill Rechin, 80, cartoonist known for the comic strip "Crock" which looks at life at a Foreign Legion desert post died May 21, 2011...

1975, Rechin, Don Wilder and Brant Parker created "Crock" as a parody of the film Beau Geste. The strip followed the adventures of Vermin P. Crock and a variety of characters. The strip was syndicated by King Features Syndicate and appeared in more than 200 newspapers in 19 countries. Rechin's son Kevin and son-in-law Bob Morgan plan to keep the strip in production.
Don Wilder died in 2008 and Brant Parker died in 2007...

In addition to Crock, Rechin also created the comic strips "Out of Bounds" and "Pluribus". Rechin served as a past president of the National Cartoonist Society..

Friday, May 20, 2011

Harry North - Mad Magazine

Harry North original art from Mad Magazine #213, 1980... featuring a defunct trading stamp..King Kotton


Harry North an English-born illustrator for Mad Magazine, during the 1970-1990s, as well as Mad Magazine books "The Mad book of Horror Stories, Yeechy Creatures and other neat stuff (writer Lou Silverstone), Mad Tales of School of Hard Yocks (Dick Dibartolo writer), as well as James Bone Shark Bait, Heavy Metal magazine, BEEB Magazine (England)....



"Surplus Items We Can Send to the Arabs"
Artist: Harry North Writer: Tom Koch
Americans are bemoaning the fact that the Arabs are overcharging us of their oil, and then adding insult to injury by bringing the money back here to buy up most of desirable real estate and our most precious art treasures. So MAD asks: Why don't we do something about it? With our famed Yankee ingenuity, we should be able to convince those Middle Eastern oil billionaires that they really ought to spend their US dollars on the very items we'd love to unload. Employing this had sell technique, we could soon get our money back without giving up a single thing that we'd prefer to keep. Mad shows how painlessly we could balance our trade deficit......

Items in the parody article included Our surplus polyester leisure suits, Our perpetual supply of raspberry sherbet, the Philadelphia 76ers, Five million homeless kittens, the greatest tunes of the Johnny Mann singers, North Dakota, Cancelled TV shows, chicken Take-out franchises, Hardy grass seedlings, Spokane's World's Fair site, Outmoded 3-D glasses, Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase, Bankrupt stockbrokers equipment, Shameful football letter sweaters, Incompetent TV weathermen, Cyclamate Cola, Merv Griffin, Egg timer glass, Discard Christmas trees and Defunct Trading Stamps.


Friday, May 13, 2011

FCBD - A Pair of Jokers


Nick Justus

Gavin Smith

2001.05.07 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

During the morning hours of the FCBD - Dewey's had two artists who were in their 3rd year of Joe Kubert's School of Cartoon and Graphic Art (The Kubert School), Dover, NJ, the graduating class of 2011...

When Nick Justus started his sketch, he touched on the idea of turning Stan Laurel into the Joker...

I asked both artists to draw their version of the Joker on a Comedians FDC. The comedians stamps honored Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Jack Denny, Bergen & McCarthy and Fanny Brice and were all drawn by famed caricaturist Hirschfeld.

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) was well known for his line drawings of celebrities, musicians, movie stars and Broadway performers...I remember getting the Sunday paper to look for the comics, followed by the entertainment section to see fi there was a Hirschfeld drawing accompanying the reviews of the newest movie or Broadway play...I always had to try to find the Nina's hidden within...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bill Gallo - Sports Cartoonist

Bill Gallo (1922-2011) passed away on May 10, 2011.
Although this is not a first day cover, I wanted to share a sketch I obtained in 1988...
Gallo was a sports editorial cartoonist for the New York Daily News, as well as being a boxing journalist.
Gallo received the National Cartoonist Society Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, Page One Journalism Award from the New York Newspaper Guild (20-times), The Power of Printing Award, Elzie Segar Award as Outstanding Cartoonist 1975, NCS Sports Cartoon Award (10-times)..

Gallo's sports cartoons appeared daily in the New York Daily News providing a fresh look at sports not only from the New York teams, but from around the nation...

Galo created Basement Bertha who suffered for many years alongside the hapless NY Mets, Yuchie the average New York sports kid rooting for his favorite teams and General Von Steingrabber a take-off on the Yankees owner George Steinbrenner...

Gallo's art ranged from humorous to serious sketched portraits of sports celeberities. A few favorites seemed to be Ali and Casey Stengel...

My favorite memories of Gallo's cartoons were a special feature for the World Series. After each game Gallo would award a Hero and a Goat of the game..As I never expected the Yankees to lose, I took any Yankee being a goat to heart. As a kid I did not believe horns belonged on a Yankee cap...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Frank Thorne - Red Sonja

Frank Thorne - 2004.08.21 Barnes and Noble, Clark, NJ

Frank Thorne has produced art for many titles, including his own creation Ghita of Alizarr, Moonshine McJuggs for Playboy, Lann for Heavy Metal, The Iron Devil and Devil's Angel for Eros Comix and two autobiographies Drawing Sexy Women and The Crystal Ballroom.

Thorne started his career in 1948 working for Standard Comics romance issue, followed by work with the Perry Mason comic strip, comic book work on Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim and the Green Hornet. However, Thorne is best known for work on Marvel Comic's Red Sonja.

Red Sonja was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in 1973, for the Conan the Barbarian comics. When Sonja earned her own title Thorne took over (1977-79), establishing her character as a beautiful but dangerous barbarian.

The space fantasy stamp is credited to fantasy artist Attila Hejja.