Friday, January 27, 2012

Chris Notarile - The Protector

2011.12.03 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Chris .R. Notarile is the writer and creator of "The Protector". A filmmaker by trade, Chris is the driving force behind his New Jersey based film company Blinky Productions Inc., and over the last decade Chris has built a very notable reputation for himself in the superhero comic community through his fan films as well as through his original work.

Chris Notrile is an illustrator whose career has span nearly forty years. Drawing inspiration from the silver age comics of his youth, Chris realized his dream of becoming a comic illustrator, when he created and drew a series of 2-page storylines for Teen Life Magazine, at the age of eighteen. Chris also worked briefly as a freelance artist for Marvel comics, while attending the Parsons School of Design. Chris has also produced artwork for TV Guide. Chris is the co-founder and owner of Outlines Inc, producing comps, storyboards and animated webisodes for the advertising community.

Chris' proudest accomplishment is his illustrations for The Protector, and thanks to his son for reconnecting him with his first love...comics.

The Protector tells the story of a golden age hero, who has virtually out lived his usefulness. Longing for the good old days, this now old hero tries to find his place in a modern world.

Friday, January 20, 2012

K. Michael Crawford - Dragon

2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ

Happily Ever Art!
K. Michael Crawford is a children's book illustrator. Her first book was "Timbo and the Butterfly" providing illustrations for a friend's story. A few copies were printed and sold and a career was born...

1991, after working as a graphic designer, Crawford's work in children's books took off, illustrating several picture-books, educational work and product illustrations. She worked for Disney on Pooh and Friends, Warner Brothers Studios on Looney Tunes and Scholastic's Magic School Bus...

Crawford's books include Professor Horton Hogwash's Museum of Ridiculous, The Island of Zadu, Batty Malgoony's Mystic Carnivale, The Mystery of Journey's Crowne, The Munched-Up Flower Garden and others...

Ms. Crawford aded one of her fanciful dragons to a Jurassic Park first day cover... The Jurassic Park stamp was part of the Celebrate the Century 1990's sheet. Jurassic Park was written by Michael Crichton, and Universal Studios purchased the movie rights prior to the 1990 publication. The movie was released in 1993 with Stephen Spielberg directing....

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bill Ellis - Dr. Horrible

2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ
Dr. Horrible - Science and Technology FDC

Bill Ellis writes the web-comic All New Issues with Dani O'Brien, and provides the art as well. The strip looks at relationships, being poor, the comic book industry, gaming through the eyes of a few flawed individuals...

When I got to Bill's table I was thumbing through his sketch cards, when I was struck by his rendition of Dr. Horrible, from Joss Whedon's 2008 web-based Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, featuring Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion (Firefly) as Captain Hammer and Felicia Day (Buffy) as Penny their shared love-interest. Without hesitation I requested a sketch from Bill...

This drawing was one of those special treats. I didn't have any expectations going in, I was not looking for this and I did not know what to expect... I was not disappointed, an excellent sketch!

When I first discovered Dr. Horrible, I thought it was great. Excellent concept 3-acts each around 15 minutes only available on the internet. It was brilliant, fun and who knew Harris could sing!

2009 - Dark Horse Comics issued a one-shot Dr. Horrible comic, available with 2 variant covers, credited to Zack Whedon, writer, Joelle Jones, pencils, Dan Jackson, colorist, Kristian Donaldson, covers...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Cliff Chiang - Wonder Woman

2011.12.10 Wonder Woman -Uncle Sam FDC
Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Cliff Chiang is a graduate of Harvard University with a joint degree in English Lit and Visual Arts. Chiang has worked as an editor for Disney Adventures magazine, and as an illustrator for Vertigo and DC Comics pencilling titles such as Human Target, Batman, Dr. Thirteen, Beware the Creeper, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Red Sonja and Swamp Thing.

Chiang also worked on the comic adaptation of Neil Young's Greendale with writer Joshua Dysart...

Chiang is now working on the new Wonder Woman for DC Comics, providing the art and covers for issues 1-4, and the covers for issues 5 and 6...