Friday, September 30, 2011

William Torres - Wolverine

2011.09.17 Barnabas Health Super Heroes for Hospice, Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ

William Torres ha provided is skills to the comics The Apneist (based on the album by A Life of Science), Freshmen Summer Vacation Special an The Sire: Revelations...A comic fan at heart, Torres has trained himself to become a comic book illustrator. Torres work has also been featured on the A&E show Dog the Bounty Hunter and Blue Waters Production Valkyrie #1, 10th Muse 800 #1 an Judo-Girl & Venus one-shot...

Torres chose the subject on this, because he likes to draw the Wolverine...

Friday, September 23, 2011

William Olmo - Wonder Woman

2011.07.16 Barnabas Health Superheroes for Hospice Comic Book Show, Livingston, NJ

I presented Mr. Olmo with several options, and we came upon the idea of Wonder Woman posing like Marilyn Monroe...His rendition of Wonder Woman posing like Marilyn, complete with big earrings and Marilyn styled hair is perfect! William Olmo is an independent artist, he work appearing on American Screaming Eagle and Omega Sector...

Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, 1941, is a Princess of the Amazons, as a distinctly female role model bringing the ideals of love, peace and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men..

Marilyn Monroe is listed in Wikipedia as an actress, model and singer (?). Her dumb blonde persona and her beauty have made her an icon in the film world. 1999 Monroe was ranked as the 6th greatest female star of all-time by the American Film Institute.

Both women are held in high regard and are easily two of the most recognized female role models in pop culture...

William Olmo is a friend of the Barnabas Health Hospice comic book shows, appearing at several of the events, often with William Torres (more from the both of them in the coming weeks)...
William Olmo and William Torres at the Barnabas Health Superheroes for Hospice
2011.09.17 Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tom Wilson - Ziggy

Ziggy c1984

2011.09.16 Tom Wilson creator of the Ziggy, the comic strip character who stumbles through life, like the rest of us, passed away at age 80. Wilson created Ziggy in 1969, based on memories from Wilson's childhood, "Ziggy is an experience", "I think in our own heads we're never all that confident. I'm not".

Wilson was working for American Greetings when he created Ziggy for a humor book. Ziggy became a comic strip in 1971 starting in 15 newspapers. Ziggy is now seen in more than 500 newspapers, has appeared in television specials, paperbacks and thousands of office bulletin boards...

Wilson drew Ziggy until 1987, when Tom Jr (Tom Wilson II) took over the strip from his father and continues to draw Ziggy today...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bryan "Kaiser" Tillman - Ninja

2011.05.22 Wizard Comic Con, NYC

Bryan "The Kaiser" Tillman - he has his own Creature game-card...Looking through his portfolio I decided to request a sketch, but was not sure of what to go for. My son Matt said to get a ninja. I didn't think I had a cover that would carry a ninja sketch well, so Matt looked through the hundred covers I usually carry with me, and thought the Hawk on the Recovering Species FDC would work., so we set the challenge before The Kasier. Draw a ninja with a hawk reference. He accepted the challenge and achieved success...


When The Kaiser comes into play all other creatures are destroyed. All of your opponents deck has to be placed in the boneyard/ the kaiser card can not be countered.

Remember the Oscar Gamble baseball card

Friday, September 9, 2011

Scott Lincoln - Ralf the Destroyer

2011.06.18 Wizard Comic Con, Philadelphia, Pa

Scott Lincoln started in the comic business by drawing a comic strip called Kabloona for the Winsted Phoenix in 1980's, and then moving over to the Winsted Courier. After an opportunity to meet with Guy Gilchrist, Lincoln began assisting Gilchrist on the Nancy and Nights Lights comic strips.

Gilchrist would open a Cartoon Academy, at which Lincoln would teach drawing. The character of Ralf the Destroyer was born during these lessons in 2004.

Ralf is an anti-villain, a villain who can't help being good. Recruited as a one-man demolition crew with the goal of destroying Earth. But Ralf discovers the wonders of the planet and it's inhabitants including Mai, an astronomer. Ralf struggles with the thoughts of being ruler of this planet or destroying it. However most of Earth's inhabitants fail to notice his invasion or that he is an alien...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Dave Ryan - War of the Independents



2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ ...the Wizard Mathonway, from Ryan's Penance looking at the Sorcerer Mickey with some doubt "What kind of Wizard is this?"

The cover is from Pushin' the Envelope limited edition cachets. The cachet portion is actually placed on the same side as the Mickey sorcerer stamp, and features the dancing brooms from Fantasia. The cancel is a digital color cancel, not one I usually choose, but I liked the cover and wanted to get a wizard sketch to go with it...

David Ryan, creator of Penance, has embarked on an undertaken an adventure known as the War of the Independents..."Who didn't like to see their favorite heroes band together in an unbelievably big event". As Indie crossovers were uncommon, Ryan felt the time was right to bring the Indie heroes together. To Ryan this was not about him reinventing each character, but bringing them together and use each of their strengths in the storyline...

Featured in the story are: Penance, Zippy the Pinhead, Captain Canuck, Johnny Raygun, The Tick, E-Man, Usagi Yojimbo, Fem Force, Too Much Coffee Man, Flaming Carrot, Bone, Gumby and Pokey, Mr. Monster, Cerebus, Shadowhawk, Mad Man, Captain Action, Megaton man, The Maxx and many others....




Zippy the Pinhead, is a comic strip created by Bill Griffith in 1971 starting out in underground publications before being syndicated. Zippy is unusual in that the comic strip features literary nonsense, an a near-abscence of jokes. Griffith's artwork is more intricate than the majority of daily comics. I am curious to see how Zippy can fit into this story. Zippy can be seen on the cover above the Flaming Carrot.











Captain Canuck was created by Richard Comley (artist) and Ron Leishman (writer) first appearing in Captain Canuck #1, July 1975. Tom Evans, a Canadian secret agent gains superhuman powers from contact with extraterrestrials. Captain Canuck was reincarnated in 1993 as Darren Oa to fight global conspiracy. A third incarnation was known as the West Coast Captain Canuck was created by Reil Langlois and Drue Langlois, story edited by Richard Comley...

Captain Canuck was honored by Canada Post in 1995, October 2, along with Superman, Nelvana, Fleur de Lys, and Johnny Canuck