Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gene Colan - Daredevil


Gene Colan passed away on June 23, 2011...

Colan was well known for his work with Marvel comics, specifically for Daredevil, Howard the Duck and Dracula...

Colan is credited with co-creating the Falcon and Blade and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005, 1974 Shazam Award for Best penciller (Dramatic Division), 1977 and 1979 Eagle Award for Favorite Comic Book (Humor) for Howard the Duck, 2008 Sparky Award, 2009 Comic Art Professional Society's Sergio Award...

Colan started in the comic industry with Fiction House in 1944, drawing Wings Comics an aviation series. Moving onto Timely Comics, Colan's original work went uncredited as a staff penciller (including Captain America)...

Work for DC Comics included Hopalong Cassidy Westerns, Our Army at War, Captain Storm, All-American Men at War, Batman, Wonder Woman, Fury of Firestorm, Night Force (created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and many others...

Work for Marvel included Astonishing Tales, Captain Marvel, Tomb of Dracula, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Avengers, Howard the Duck, Tales to Astonish, and many others...

Work for Dark Horse Comics on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Friday, June 24, 2011

James Anderson - Ellie on Planet X

Transmission from the Strang Institute...2011.06.11...Ellie landed on Planet X June 10, 2010...A little robot on a scientific mission...unfortunately she's off-line...

Ellie is a web-comic drawn by James Anderson, guided by the good people at the Strang Institute's mission control. I found Ellie through Wired.com's article on the best new web comics of 2010. They stated that Ellie's personality jumps out of every panel and the story has a classic, all-ages approach without feeling like a retread of a newspaper comic. I felt as if I were back in grade school reading a early reader with the drawing in two-colors on the top of the page, the art has that warm feeling. The limited use of color, and simple backgrounds

I also like the blog that goes along with Ellie featuring updates and information, like old manuals, advertisements and news articles from the Strang Institute. Check out the Dance-O-Scope...I hope they have a visitor's center.

I had sent a Project Mercury cover to James Anderson requesting a sketch of Ellie, he gladly consented. Like a kid sending in box tops for the special prize I waited for the cover to find it's way back. I could not be happier. Since I have a collection of space flight related covers this easily fits in both categories.





James also sent a letter on Strang Institute letterhead (I am impressed). - Thanks for sending the first day issue stamp. I'm honored to be able to draw on a stamped envelope from 1962! From Cape Canaveral, no less. I was actually really nervous to draw on it. I didn't want to mess it up. I hope I didn't!

Impossible to mess it up the drawing is better than expected. The letter also featured a drawing of Jeff!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Danielle Corsetto - McPedro

2011.04.03 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ...Ach! Who're these Impostehrs?!

Danielle Corsetto started drawing Girls with Slingshots in 2004, a web-comic, which has been published in book form. Girls follows the lives of Hazel (a red-head with a taste for alcohol) and Jamie, and a cactus, McPedro (that only talks when she's drunk) and their friends...

Beautifully drawn and rough-edged comedy...The first volume (with a drawing of Hazel) also features Corsetto's comic strip Hazelnuts, drawn for her high school newspaper...

The cactus FDC is also signed by cactus stamp designer Frank J. Waslick...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Matthew Petz - War of the Woods

2011.05.22 Wizard Comic Con, New York

Matthew Petz work ranges from biker zombies to computer games...as well as the Zuda web-comic War of the Woods, which MTV Geek named one of the best web comics of 2010.

War of the Woods is a classic alien invasion story to in a unique way, from the perspective of otters in the New Jersey Pine Barrens...Nathaniel Waterbrooks and his son Phinneas embark on adventures with their friend Issac Brownshell, a turtle, as they fight back against the greatest threat the planet has known...

The Liberty Bell envelope with the Lincoln stamps were chosen as Petz is a fan of Abraham Lincoln, and the Liberty Bell stand for American Freedom, from any invaders...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Joe Kubert


2011.06.04 - Joe Kubert was at Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ for a book signing. I did make a request for a sketch and Mr. Kubert declined as he was only signing books. I am good with that...

I had planned on picking up a couple of books, and the opportunity to meet Joe Kubert was in itself what the day was all about...

I picked up Kubert's latest Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965. Excellent. The art work is not typical comic or graphic novel. The art looks like pencil sketches on gray paper with highlights, as if he was there and making the sketches while the story takes place. No little boxes to separate the art, each page draws you into the story...As a fan of Sgt. Rock, you can see his spirit in these Vietnam vets...

The Vietnam draft ended in 1973, the year I would have been in the selection process. No one in my immediate family was involved in the war, although my wife lost a cousin in battle. However, the war still holds memories for me of news reports, protests in high school and at the local college. And probably not having a full understanding of the war. Of not providing our troops with the full support they really needed.

Kubert pointed out that the back of the book, which is a true description of the events the story is based on by the men who were there and survived.

I am not a book reviewer nor was this blog set up for that purpose, but I was so appreciative of the small time spent between my son Matt, Joe Kubert and myself, and the depth of the story I could not resist...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Daxiong - Chinese New Year

2011.05.22 Wizard Comic Con, New York

Daxiong Guo was born in Jilin Province, China...1999 founded QiCartoon Studios and is one of the most successful artists in Chinese and European comics, receiveing recognition for his work, including 1st place Shanghai Animation & Comic Competition and top honors at the 33rd Annual Angouleme International Comics Festival...

Moving to NYC in 2008, he founded Flag Studios, LLC, and has worked with DC/Wildstorm Productions, Dark Horse Star Wars Adventures, Treasure of the Dragonsnakes, Superman and Doctor Light in Samurai...

I had seen Daxiong's set-up at a previous show and he was booked, so I could not get a sketch. This morning I was there as he was setting up and was able to get in a request before anyone else. I choose the Chinese New Year FDC to told Daxiong to do what ever he pleased. His rendering of the beautiful woman offset by the magnificent dragon in the background is more than I could have imaged...

Photo of Daxiong taken from MTV Geek - Wizard World Comic Con: A Look Back in Photos...Under the photo they ran the caption...Everyone was talking about hot new artist Daxiong at the show...