Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gene Deitch - Credits


I received an e-mail from Gene Deitch the other day, informing me (and many others) about his new blog - Gene Deitch Credits - The 65 Greats behind the scenes

From the e-mail: "This week I've posted two new pivotal career markers on my "Roll The Credits!" blog. One is about the nuts & bolts of a beginning in graphic arts, (war-time edition), and the other is about the man who most inspired my own graphics direction, ending with a never before published letter that I believe will blow your mind.... Please read it, and be inspired!

The blog is basically an autobiography of the man behind many of television's early animation - as Gene states - The Incredible people who helped make my 80-year career...
They made me look good, and it's high-time I give them the credit they deserve!

Take a few minutes to look at Gene and the people around him, how they helped to shape his career and life...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Keith Giffen - LOBO


Keith Giffen...Lobo...2010.02.18 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Giffen has been penciller and writer for many comics including XO-Manowar, Magnus Robot Fighter, Solar Man of the Atom, The Defenders, Hero Squad, All-Star Comics, Dr. Fate. Giffen's style has been influenced by many other artists over the years, and the Jack Kirby influence is readily seen in the new issue of the Legion of Superheroes...

Giffen is probably best known as the co-creator, with Roger Slifer, of Lobo...alien, interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. I thought the Take a Bite Out of Crime first day cover worked well with Lobo's character.

I have to be honest in that I never had an interest in Lobo and never heard of another of Giffen's creations, Ambush Bug. These characters appeared during a time when I was not reading comics. However, Giffen is the penciller of an old favorite the Legion of Superheroes. Growing up I like the idea of Saturn Girl, Sun Boy, Bouncing Boy, Lighting Lad, Lighting Lass, Cosmic Boy, Superboy....it was a superhero club of teenaged heroes, formed in 1958, with an interesting array of powers that allowed them to take on the bigger and badder criminals of space. Although the members have changed through the years, the concept has not...

Giffen signed first page of Legion of Super Heroes Annual (Feb 2011)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fred Chao - Johnny Hiro

2011.04.03 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ .. Johnny Hiro, his girlfriend Mayumi Murakami, and Super A-OK Robot in the corner. I chose the dinosaur (T Rex) stamp as Johnny first encounters Godazilla (a giant dinosaur) in the first panel of Johnny Hiro #1...

Johnn Hiro is a half-Asian busboy working in a sushi resturant in the city...but strange things keep happening to Hiro such as fighting giant dinosaurs and battling business ninjas...Hiro is more concerned about keeping his job at the restaurant than about the strange and supernatural events he seems to encounter...

Fred Chao is a free lance illustrator and graphic designer, creator of the comic Johnny Hiro {half asian, all hero}, published by AdHouse Books...Chao was nominated for 4 Eisner Comic industry awards and included in The Best American Comics 2010 anthology...

Chao utilizes a Chinese seal (the red impression) on his sketches. The Chinese seal is a stamp that is used in lieu of a signature on personal documents or for proof of authorship. It adds a nice touch to the sketch.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Alitha Martinez - Yume and Ever

2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Altiha martinez is a veteran of the comic industry having drawn for Ironman, Black Panther, Spider-Girl, Fantastic Four, Shi, Voltron, Twisted Journeys, X-Men: Black Sun, as well as drawing political cartoons for the NY Post...

Usually Ms. martinez does not draw at conventions, but I was fortunate that she agreed to provide me with a sketch of her creation Yume...

Yume and Ever - All the great heroes are dead!, Wiped out in a great battle. Evil has a diabolical scheme to rule the world, the heroes unite to defeat the foe. After an epic battle the bad guys lose...Wrong. The bad guys win leaving Yume and Ever to take on the challenge...

Yume presents a blend of styles, as Martinez draws as without rules that can not be broken...Yume means dream in Japanese and the first issue is like reading a dream as the story unfolds before you...

Twisted Journeys - You are the hero of the book. Your journey is packed with adventures and every story stars you! At every twist, you're the one who gets to decide what happens next. But be careful...the wrong decision could make you journey very short!
Twisted Journeys #16 The Quest for Dragon Mountain...written by Robin Mayhall, illustrated by Alitha Martinez.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jamal Peppers - Archie

2011.05.22 Wizard Comic Con, NY

Jamal Peppers worked in illustration and design, but got his start in comics at Archie Comics where he has worked on Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Mega Man...