Friday, March 30, 2012

Brian Buniak - Dinosaur

2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ
"Oh Man -- I hate when this happens!"

Brian Buniak was an artist of the underground comix scene of the 1970s. He cooperated on several publications by the Mood Publishing Empire (Amazing Adult Fantasies, New Paltz Comix).
He is the creator of the Spirit parody 'The Sprite', 1974 New Paltz Comix. In the 1980s he illustrated Thunder Bunny for Blue Ribbon Comics, created by Marty Greim...(for publishers - Charlton, Archie, Warp Graphics and Red Circle)...

Buniak is also a skilled celebrity character artist providing art for Mad Magazine, the Daily News, Dark Horse Presents....which have included Sschwarenegger as Conan the Barbarian, William Shatner as Capt. Kirk, Jackie Gleason, Elvis Presley, Ted Kennedy and many Television and movie parodies...

After looking through the assortment of FDCs I carry with me Buniak choose the Pterodactyl Dinosaur FDc and draw the wonderful comic of the cave woman being carried away...

Friday, March 23, 2012

McGruff the Crime Dog

2011.04.03 -  Bobby Timony - Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ

Twin Comics produces The Night Owls, written by Peter Timony, art by Bobby Timony. Set in the 1920s NYC, Professor Ernest Baxter, Mindy Markus, flapper and Roscoe, a Bonx gargoyle are the Night Owls. together they solve crimes no one else can, the supernatural kind. A Web comic, the Night Owls were Harvey Award nominees 2009 for Best New Series, Best Online Work and Best New Talent, Bobby Timony...

The Night Owls vol 1 collects the Zuda online comic...Roscoe sketch from Vol 1...

When I got home from the show to set up my post, I found Bobby's tweet..First sketch of the day. McGruff the crime dog, with US Postal stamp...awesome!

2011.12.03 Mark Mariano - Superheroes for Hospice

Mark Mariano's HappyLoo characters are for younger readers, with stories that tell tales almost entirely through the artwork. The above cover features HappyLoo character Meatsauce along with McGruff.

Mariano also draws Flabbergast, stories for older children featuring two slackers who stumble across a laboratory that is studying a zombie virus. As expected they set the zombies loose, and with the help of a scientist's daughter they have to save the world.

In the late 1990's Mariano ventured into Webcomics with the O>Matics, a comic strip about his band and their adventures off stage.

"Take A Bite Out of Crime"
McGruff the Crime Dog was created by John Young (Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Ad Agency) for the Ad Council for the National Crime Prevention Council for crime awareness among children through Public Service Announcements in TV commercials, songs and books. The McGruff stamp was issued Sep 24, 1984 Washington, DC...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Andre Szymanowicz - Hell Yeah

2012.03.10 Andre Szymanowicz, Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ
Ben Day - Hell Yeah

Image Comics release Hell Yeah #1 March 7, 2012.
The Last Generation of Superheroes is Here!
20years ago, the first ever superheroes debuted without warning and forever altered our global culture! Now the generation born in their wake fight to claim their place in a world evolved beyond the!
Written by Joe Keatinge, illustrated by Andre Szymanowicz...

Szymanowicz had previously contributed illustrations for Image's Elephantmen and Popgun...

His website features a lot of great sketches including Supergirl, Audrey Hepburn (excellent!), Elephantmen, the Beatles and the Spirit. It's great seeing the transition of his work from sketch to watercolor, worth a look...

Joe Keatinge has contributed to Negative Burn, the Next Issue Project #1: Fantastic Comics #24, Savage Dragon and as editor of the Harvey award-winning anthology Popgun, with co-editor Mark Andrew Smith...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sid Couchey

Sid Couchey (May 24, 1919 - March 11, 2012)

Sid Couchey got his start drawing by assisting John Lehti on the comic strips Tommy of the Big Top and Tales from the Great Book. He would go on to drawing backgrounds for books based on TV shows Lassie, Big Town and Howdy-Doody.

In the early 1950's Couchey would work as an assistant for Joe Shuster. However his big break came when Harvey Comics was looking for cartoonists. Couchey would work on Little Dot, Little Lotta and Richie Rich during the 1950s and 1960s.

Couchey was honored in 1994 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kansas City Comics Conventions, alongside John Byrne, George Perez and Lee Falk...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Jean Giraud - Moebius

Jean Giraud (May 8, 1938 - March 10, 2012)

A French comic artist, Giraud earned world-wide fame under the pseudonym Moebius, which he started using in 1963.

Moebius created a wide range of science fiction and fantasy comics, utilizing surreal imaginative style. His work includes Arzach, the Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius, L'Incal.  Moebius would also contribute his talents to Marvel comics The Silver Surfer.  Moebius contributed storyboards for the movies Alien, Willow and Tron.

Giraud also used the name Gir for his work on the Blueberry series, a Western comic series. The comic follows Mike Blueberry on his travels through the American Old West. The atypical hero, framed for a murder he did not commit...

1988 - Giraud's design used as one of 11 stamps issued by France on the subject of communications. All of the artists selected for the stamps were winners of the prestigious Grand Prix of the Angouleme Festival.

1973 - Shazam Award, best foreign comic series - Lieutenant Blueberry
1975, 1980 - Yellow Kid Award, Lucca, Italy
1986 - Inkpot Award
1988, 1989, 1991 - Harvey Award, Best American Edition of foreign material
1989, 1991 - Eisner Award
1998 - Will Eisner Hall of Fame

Friday, March 9, 2012

William Olmo - Casey Jones

2011.09.17 Barnabas Health Superheroes for Hospice, Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ

Prior to going to help out at the show I had read on-line that a new fan film about Casey Jones would be released, so I had the idea to get a sketch of Casey and his hockey mask on an Olympic Hockey FDC. The stamp has a devilish look with the blood red background and attacking goalie! A perfect combination...

Casey Jones is a vigilante from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series roaming the streets of New York and befriending the Turtles and April O'Neil. Jones' arsenal includes, baseball bats, golf clubs and hockey sticks..he made his first appearance in Raphael (solo issue) #1 1985...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sheldon Moldoff - Ralph McQuarrie

Sheldon Moldoff (April 14, 1920 - February 29, 2012)

Moldoff's career is often defined by the work he did for DC Comics.  As an uncredited artist, Moldoff worked with Bob Kane and the Batman.  Moldoff is credited with co-creation of Batgirl, Batwoman, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Clayface and Bat-Mite.
Moldoff was also known for the work he did on Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern in the 1940s...
After being let go by DC Comics in 1967, Moldoff started drawing storyboards for animated TV series, most notably courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, created by Bob Kane as a parody of Batman.

Moldoff created the character of the Black Pirate (Jon Valor), who made his first appearance in Action comics #23, 1940. The stories followed the 16th Century privateer on his adventures working for his King, bearing a resemblance to movie star Douglas Fairbanks. The Black Pirate ran for 20 episodes in Action Comics ending in November 1941. He would later turn up in Sensation Comics, All-American Comics, until 1948...

Ralph McQuarrie (June 13, 1929 - March 3, 2012)

McQuarrie was an illustrator and conceptual designer, whose work appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, ET the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon (Academy Award winner), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Jurassic Park...

Before providing his talents for the movie industry, McQuarrie did technical illustration of Boeing, and then designing movie posters and animation for CBS News' coverage of the Apollo Space program. George Lucas was impressed by McQuarrie's work and commissioned him to illustrate several scenes from the Star Wars script. McQuarrie would go on to design many of the main characters including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2D2. McQuarrie would also get to portray General Pharl McQuarrie in the Empire Strikes Back.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Shane Moore - The Omens

2011.12.03 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Shane Moore is a self-published writer and artist who has recently formed Electro-Magnetic Press with fellow writer and artistLarry Morgan.

Moore's comic The Omens is on of EMP's first two publications, the other being Morgan's The Believer.

The Omens is a science fiction adventure that follows Maggie Goodwin, a young woman who discovers she is a posthuman, a genetically engineered breed, whose basic capacities radically exceed those of present humans as to no longer be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards.

Maggie's strange new abilities cause an abrupt end of her normal suburban life when she is forced to go on the run from both the US Government, strange extraterrestrials and the nefarious Dr. O...