Friday, July 27, 2012

Henrik Jonsson - The Joker

2012.05.05 The Joker - Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ


Since I have started building my collection of sketched covers over the past few years, I have been making the effort to attend Free Comic Book Day at Dewey's.  Besides the free comics, there are usually guest artists providing sketches. Dewey's manages to get 3rd year students from the Kubert School in Dover, NJ. these up and coming young artist are a joy to watch as they work before a crowd of fans, probably for the first time...

This year Henrik Jonsson was on hand. Continuing with my Joker's theme, last year provided by Nick Justus and Gavin Smith, Henrik drew a very sinister looking Joker. Excellent...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Jesus Marquez - The Rocketeer

2012.06.23 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

After listening to a lecture on creative comics writing by writer Alex Simmons, where he asked the attendees to pick a hero and develop an out of character synopsis, I had picked the Rocketeer, I came upon Marquez. My first questions was "Can you draw the Rocketeer?" His response "I can give it a shot." Good enough for me...

Marquez draws a comic book called Live by the Sword (killin' zombies for God!). He has also worked along side Joe Endres on Megazeen #4, Megazeen #7 and Megaunity and the Megazeen Convention Special. 

Marquez's blog lists his profile as sequential assassin, wanna-be luchador and all around good guy...and features some excellent art... Marquez was interviewed on Positively Popular as artist of the week...

I like the drawing Marquez did on the Charles Lindbergh FDC. Lindbergh was the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean solo in 1927. He was obviously a hero to Cliff Secord...

Alex Simmons signature -  2012.06.23 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Simmons was one of the speakers for the Hospice Get into Comics lecture series, "From Batman to Scooby Doo: Imaging Your Idols". Besides hearing his lecture, Matt and I were able to spent a great deal of time speaking with Simmons and Paul Castiglia (Archie Comics), on topics of movies, comics, education. It was a pleasure to listen to his lecture as well as being able to spend a little time with this gracious individual...and we made it to the train on time!

Simmons has written comic books for Archie Comics - a four arc series featuring Chuck Clayton, DC Comics Scooby Do, Disney movie adaptations for Lion King, educational documentaries, biographies, stage plays including Sherlock Holmes & the Hands of Othello, which received critical praise and was published in black Thunder: Anthology of Contemporary African American Drama, Signet/Mentor Books. Simmons travels as a speaker, conducting workshops on creative writing.

Simmons serves as the Arts in Education Director for the Children's Art Carnival (NYC), sits on the board of the NY State Alliance for Arts and Education, is affiliated with the Museum of Comic & Cartoon art, is a member of the NY Writer's Workshop and is involved with Kids' Comic Con...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Joe Endres - Colossians

 2012.06.23 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Joe Endres has been writing and drawing comics since he was 6. His first published work was Cross Press Comics #1, a collaboration with Joseph Crossett and served as webmaster, associate editor and recruiter for the Megazeen...

Endres' latest work involves the comic Colossians, which feature a trio of Foxx, a character he created  when he was 10, and has finally found a home with the Colossians. Jason "Savage" Foster, an unlikely hero who seems to hold powers he is not willing to reveal. Finally the Manx..as Endres tells it he was drawing a typical female charcter when the pencil took over creating fur and a long fluffy tail. His obsession with the character had started.

The Colossians book was released on June 23, 2012 at the Superheroes for Hospice event...

After attending the Kubert School to hone his skills (a gift from his wife), he became involved with Cross Press Comics. by 2002 he was involved with the anthology comic Megazeen, in which his characters would make appearances.

Now with the help of Kneon Transitt, pencils; Mark Melton, Hale Burkhin and Vlad Vergara, colors and cover art by Jeff Slemons, the Colossians have their own book, a space based action adventure comic...

I chose the dogs FDC, as a tie in to the anthropomorphic characters of Foxx and the Manx...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pablo Marcos - Zombie

2012.06.09 Super Mega Show, Whippany, NJ

It is always a pleasure to meet someone of Pablo Marcos' skill in being able to provide finely detailed drawings that keep the viewer looking for minor details. Marcos, born in Peru, wher he started his career working with Julio Fairle at the newspaper La Prensa. Marcos would later contribute to magazines, Rochabus and Zamba Conuto. During the 1960s he would draw the comic strips Benito Puna and James Bond 007. By 1966 Marcos was freelancing for the Mexican publisher Editorial Novaro. Marcos would move to Mexico in 1967...

During the 1970s Marcos relocated to New Jersey, USA! Working for Warren Publishing Marcos would pencil stories for Creepy and Eerie. In 1972 Marcos would start working for Skywald Publications' Nightmare, where he would meet artist and future mentor Boris Vallejo. Bringing his talents to Marvel Comics, Marcos would work on Captain Britain, Planet of the Apes, Dracula, Monsters Unleashed, Tales of the Zombie and Vampire Tales...

Freelancing for DC Comics, Marcos would work on Man-Bat in Detective Comics, Freedom Fighters, Kamandi, Kobra, Secret Society of Super-Villians.  Marcos would also create the series Dragon for the Italian magazine Ejea.