Friday, July 29, 2011

Jeff Shultz - Archie


Jeff Shultz, Superheroes for Hospice, Eatontown, NJ 2010.09.11

Shultz is an artist at Archie comics drawing Betty & Veronica. Shultz has also added his talents to the March of Dimes sketch cards.

Archie was created by John Goldwater (publisher/editor), Vic Bloom (writer) and Bob Montana (artist). An Archie drawing by Montana can be seen on the reference page...
Archie first appeared in MLJ Magazines' Pep Comics in 1941, becoming the dominant feature in 1944. As Archie's popularity grew the company changed its name to Archie Comic Publications. Archie is a perpetual 17 year old high school student, who has experienced the everyday life of a teenager, along with being a pop-music star, superhero and spy...

1946 Archie made his debut in the newspapers, today the strip is in the fine hands of Craig Boldman and Fernando Ruiz.. other artists on the comic strip included Dan DeCarlo and Henry Scarpelli. Of the 5 stamps issued as the Sunday Funnies, Archie is the only one probably better known for his comics and music, rather than his comic strip...

1943 Archie debuted with his own radio show which ran until 1953..

Archie comic strip credit to Fernando Ruiz and Craig Boldman

Monday, July 25, 2011

Comics on Vacation


2011.07.21 National Aquarium, Washington, DC - Sherman's Lagoon by Jim Toomey...

I spent 4 days in Washington, DC on a family vacation, showing my boys the museums and monuments...little did I expect to find comics along the route. The National Aquarium had a children's area that was supported by Jim Toomey's comic strip Sherman's lagoon. There were two sketches on display within the area, as well as decorations at the entrance...Smithsonian National Museum of American History...I couldn't believe how much time we spent walking through the museums. All were excellent, always enjoy Air and Space...Bringing my boys to see the monuments that document our history helps bring meaning to what they learn in school, or areas of history that do not get covered...

Happy to see at the American History Museum, in their entertainment, sports and music section, Julie Newmar's original Catwoman suit....

Action Comics featuring Superman, New York World's Fair comic featuring Superman, and Batman and Robin, along with Joe Louis' boxing gloves and a Lou Gehrig photo and signed baseball...

Original Kermit the Frog and friends from the early TV show "Sam and Friends"...
Charles Schultz's pen pencil and paintbrush....

Friday, July 22, 2011

Jan M. Velazquz - Metaluna

2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ
The Hospice Comic show is a benefit to help raise funds for the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center (NJ). The shows featured several guests: Jan M. Velazquez (Inkbot.com), Alitha Martinez (Yume and Ever), David Ryan (War of the Independents), Will Olmo, Jeff Drylewicz, Paul Castiglione (Archie Comics), Erica Schultz (M3), Marcello Carnivales (Brimstone comics) and thousands of comics cheap! It was great to meet these artists and writers, thank for being there!

I first met Jan at the Philly Comic Con, where he drew a fantastic Mummy for me, to be posted later. As I left the Inkbot booth, he said if you come across anything with a Metaluna let me know. This statement did not leave my mind. The classic 1950s science fiction movie This Island Earth had always been one of my favorite movies.

When i found out Jan would be in Livingston, my mind was set to get a sketch of a Metaluna on a Space Fantasy FDC. Jan jumped at the opportunity.

The publicity photo to the left shows Faith Domergue in the clutches of a mutant Metaluna. Released in 1955, This Island Earth was based on a novel of the same name by Raymond F. Jones, and starred Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason and Domergue...
At the time the movie was praised for its special effects...
Two Earth scientists are taken to the planet Metaluna, where the local inhabitants, aided by Mutant Metalunans are trying to defend their home from the Zagons... while the Metalunans have plans of their own for the Earth!

Inkbot's Zomboy written by Christian Rubiano, Illustrated by Jan M. Velazquez

Friday, July 15, 2011

Rich Woodall - Johnny Raygun

2011.06.18 Wizard Comic Con, Philadelphia, Pa

Johnny Raygun is a scifi action adventure published by JetPack Press, created by Rich Woodall...John Kurtrzberg (dedicated to Jack Kirby) is a Raygun Agent and his story lines remind the reader of Flash Gordon and Johnny Quest...

Johnny Raygun first appeared in 1994 in Cygnus X2 published by Twisted Pearl Press. With the assistance of Matt Talbot (inks, lettering, scripts) they continued publishing Johnny Raygun through JetPack Press..

Johnny Raygun did a one-shot crossover with Savage Dragon...

Woodall started drawing Johnny Raygun, because he loves comics, going from a reader to discovering the influences and artists behind the books. He has also painted covers for Episodes from the Zero Hour, Lance Start Pulp Novel...

Friday, July 8, 2011

JG Jones - Plasticman

2011.06.18 Wizard Comic Con, Philadelphia, Pa.

JG Jones has worked on a verity of comics, including Y: The Last man for Vertigo Comics, Villains United, Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia graphic novel for DC, Shi for Crusade Comics, Wanted fro Top Cow...

Jones is also noted for his cover art, being named 2006 Cover artist of the Year by Wizard Magazine. He has done cover art for The Avengers, Codename: Knockout, Y: The Last Man, Catwoman, Doc Savage, 52 (all 52 covers)....

Jones was also nominated for Eisner Wards for 2006 Best Cover Artist (Codename: Knockout and Transmetropolitan) and Best Penciler/Inker (Wanted)

When I handed Jones the above cover I expected a Wonder Woman sketch, but then he said "Can I use both sides?"
I replied yes and his Plasticman stretched across the cover...from the look on his face, I could tell Jones enjoyed this little diversion from his usual convention commissions...

Plasticman debuted in Quality Comics in 1941, the creation of Jack Cole. DC would acquire the rights that would bring him into the DC Universe as a recurring character in Batman: The Brave and the Bold...
In 1960 DC brought in another character of similar abilities called Elongated Man, created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino

Friday, July 1, 2011

Christopher Uminga - Frankenstein

2011.06.18 Wizard Comic Con, Philadelphia, Pa.

I came across Christopher Uminga's work through a web search and was totally blown away by the style...
Comics Alliance, in an article by Brian Warmoth, he stated Uminga's style melded adorable looks with macabre implications...Yea they are cute, but you would still walk the other way if you saw them on the street...Whether he draws superheroes, kids that like to fight, old school, little monsters...they all draw you in...

While I was walking the floor at Wizard, Philadelphia, I could not believe the Uminga had a table set up. Unexpected as I did not see him on the guest list. When I presented by concept of sketches on FDCs, he quickly said he likes to draw Frankenstein. I was glad to accommodate him with the Frankenstein FDC. He added a light green touch to the ink sketch for some depth to the character.

Uminga's bio states When I close my eyes I see monsters or other friendly creatures. I put them on paper and let them play. Some are scary or even strange, but to me they are my friends..