Friday, June 29, 2012

Mina Sanwald - ThunderCats

2012.06.09 Super Mega Show, Whippany, NJ

During the Super Mega Show I stopped by Erica Schultz's table to say hello and pick up M3 #4. Erica said I had to get a sketch from her friend Mina, because she was an awesome talent. Mina was born on Ling Island, showing an interest in art at an early age, studying the great cartoons of the 80s and 90s... TMNT, Ducktales, Sailor Moon...Call Me Mina!

Her studies would lead her to the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She is credited in two animated shorts from Plymtoons, the Weird Al music video TMZ and the restored version of Winsor McCay's The Flying House. In April of 2012 she published her first book The Big Fat Book of Luscious Chicken, released through Hound Comics...

I overheard someone at the show looking for a ThunderCats comic, to get signed by voice actor Larry Kenney, who was at the show. That's when I had the idea to get a ThunderCats sketch. Mina's rendition of Cheetara is delightful. You can see how much fun this must have been to draw from Cheetara's expression. The Show ThunderCats debuted in 1984 from Rankin-Bass Productions, based on characters created by Ted Wolf. The story follows the adventures of a band of cat-people who live on the planet Thundera, which is dying. Forced to flee Thundera the ThunderCats - Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and Wilykat and Snarf - must find a way to survive on their new home Third Earth...

Larry Kenney is a radio personality and voice actor, voicing the lead character Lion-O, as well as Karate Kat from The Comic Strip, 1987 and Bluegrass from Silverhawks, 1986...in commercial work Kenney has voiced Count Chocula and Sonny the Cuckoo Bird...

The stamp on the envelope is from the Bright Eyes series of five stamps issued in 1998. The series features popular pets - cat, dog, goldfish, parakeet and hamster - designed by Bill Mayer...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Erica Schultz - Veronica Lake

Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

The first time I met Erica Schutlz, writer of the comic book M-3, was at Hospice show. After briefly looking over her book M-3 I purchased a copy, and Erica told me I was one of the first, outside of forced family members, to officially purchase a copy. I truly enjoyed the book. Since I try not to use this space to critique books or drawings, I felt I needed Erica to draw a sketch on a first day cover so I could feature her work. I had heard Erica had done some work in animation and as a colorist, but she was here to promote M-3 as the writer. The art for the book was done by Vincente Alcazar, (you can see a Moon Knight sketch by Alcazar on Matt's page)...

M-3 is the story of Machiavella Maria Marcona, an assassin who discovers her FBI boss is using her. M-3 is a powerful and independent female hero, without super powers, relying on natural abilities and intelligence, involved in corruption, greed, espionage and intrigue ....
Supporters for this book include Bill Sienkiewicz who illustrated the cover of the second issue (copy signed by Erica and Bill Sienkiewicz below)...

Issue 2 also features an alternative cover (inside back cover) by Kevin Maher, 3rd issue features a cover by Andree Maitland...the fourth issue is now available from Hound Comics and the story continues

When I asked for a sketch from Erica of any subject of her choosing, she was reluctant at first, but eventually gave in. I told her I do not mind a simple sketch, so replied she can do actress Veronica Lake (1922-1973) with a distinctive hairstyle that covered her right eye) with just a few pen strokes. When she was finished, with a borrowed red pen from Mark Mariano, Veronica Lake adorned the cover.

If you should meet Erica at a show, ask her to show you the drawing Chris Giarusso did of Machiavella, she is very proud of it. Maybe it will make a future issue of M-3...

I had Sienkiewicz sign the cover at the 2013 NY Comic Con.
Updated 2013.10.14

Friday, June 15, 2012

Ed Coutts - Zatanna

2012.06.09 Super Mega Show, Whippany, NJ

Ed Coutts has garnered attention as a fan favorite artist on the long-running AC Comics series "Femforce", but has also been recognized in the fine art world where his paintings have been on display at the Asterdam-Whitney Gallery, in New York. A native New Yorker, Ed was born in Hells Kitchen and hasn't yet been able to escape! - Bio printed in VaVaVaVoom! #2
VaVaVaVoom!  - Palisade Press - features an anthology of 5 stories written by Paul Monsky. The cover and first feature starring the character Alina Aguilar features pencils by Rudy Nebres and inks by Ed Coutts. Coutts told me it was a difficult pleasure inking over the detailed pencils of Nebres. Nebres' style shows intricate detail in every panel of the story and Coutts inks brings out every beautiful detail.

VaVaVaVoom! #2 signed by Ed Coutts and Rudy Nebres

At Coutts table were numerous prints of gorgeous women. When we discussed a possible sketch, Coutts choose to do Zatanna. The obivious cover was Marilyn Monroe. Zatanna was created by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson in 1964, appearing Hawkman comics. Zatanna is a magician associated with the Justice League and was voted the 4th in Comic Buyer's Guide of the 100 sexiest women in comics. Imagine Monroe playing the role...

I was at the show helping at the Superheroes for Hospice table, right next to Ed's. Had a great time discussing comics, Femforce and was especially thrilled to be able to watch Ed and Rudy Nebres discuss anatomic technique, with Rudy quickly drawing sketches on a piece of scrap paper...Amazing!
I wasn't sure a scan of Coutts pencil sketch would reproduce the beautiful detailed shading...

Friday, June 8, 2012

David Quiles - Yoda

2012.03.31 NY Comic Book Marketplace, NYC

David Quiles was listed in the show directory as a underground artist. He has worked on projects for Mimi Rodgers - Zombie  Killer, Bare Knuckled Fighter, Fur By Night, 10,000 Miles Through Exile and Hauntmares for Infinite Line Comics. Quiles has also provided illustrations for Now Comics, harris Publications, Nova Star Studios, Argo Comics, Jam Packed Productions, GB Studios, Crazee Comics, Blazer Studios, FBMFM Books and others...

Quiles' art is utilizes a dark gritty macabre ink sketch technique, which when seen in person has more impact on the viewer than does any reproduction. At first I hesitated to ask for a sketch. I was drawn to the style, but I was not sure his technique would work on a small piece. I was wrong. We discussed the cover, and Quiles did not hesitate. The art is dark and effective. The shades of black force you to continually look at Yoda's features. The light effect from Yoda's hand is cool...

Check out David Quiles work on deviantART...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Jerome Walford - Nowhere Man

2012.03.31 NY Comic Book Marketplace, NYC
Jerome Walford founded the Brooklyn based Comixmag.com in 2010 as an independent comics and entertainment media venture. One of his first features is the comic Nowhere Man, the science fiction police action story of Jack Maguire, an ambitious police detective caught in the middle of the biggest conspiracy of all time...

The webcomic starts  with Maguire and his partner Rose Yancy on patrol, the Beatles' Nowhere Man playing on the radio. Maguire is possessed by an agent, codenamed Zade, with powers controlled by electromagnetic energy. Zade strikes on his own, ultimately leaving Maguire with more questions than answers...

The webcomic's first volume is online, drawn with a crisp line the cityscape are finely detailed. The action and story line keeps the reader interested. Excellent webcomic, keep up the good work and good luck Jerome, a pleasure to meet you...