Friday, October 26, 2012

Vicente Alcazar - M3

2012.10.13 NY Comic Con, Javits Center, NYC

Vicente Alcazar has worked for almost every publisher in the US, as well as around the world with work published in Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, England and France. His is best known for his work on DC's Jonah Hex as well as Marvel's Moon Knight, Conan, Satana, Thongor and Creepy & Eerie...

Alcazar took time away from the comics industry to pursue a gallery career in fine arts, before coming back to the world of comics and M3...

I have had the pleasure of meeting M3 creator Erica Schultz some time back at the Barnabas Superheroes for Hospice show and have become a fan of M3... Machiavella Maria Marcona - marksman, trained in hand to hand combat, fluent in Italian and English. Taking in by the man who killed her parents when she was seven. She has since grown into a master assassin...
Great story, great art...

Matt has a drawing of Moon Knight by Alcazar posted on his page...

Friday, October 19, 2012

2012 NY Comic Con

2012.10.13 NY Comic Con, Javits Center, NYC

This is a headache induced rattle - I've had a headache for several days and still attempted to attend NY Comic Con. I had a list of artists I wanted to get sketches from and found that this being day 3 of the event, they were all booked with commissions or were not even there. After wandering the artist alley for an hour with no sketches obtained, I came across Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl) and David Petersen (Mouse Guard). During Free Comic Book Day, Archana Entertainment published a hard covered book featuring Mouse Guard, Cursed Pirate Girl and several other stories. I thought this would be great for obtaining autographs of the writers and artists. The good news was I stuck the book in my backpack before leaving home and was able to have both Bastian and Petersen sign my book. Bastian's commission list was full, but he agreed to do a quick sketch for my collection, the result being the marvelous sea creature (above) typically found on many a pirate map.  Looking over his prints, the detailed work that he puts into his drawings, I am not surprised to find he work is in demand. Thanks Jeremy!

Cursed Pirate Girl - Adventures on and under the high seas lead a cursed pirate girl to encounter mythic creatures, gnarled and crusty pirates (are there any other kind) and ghostly apparitions as she tries to find her lost father.....

As the hours passed and I had trouble focusing on my goals, I picked up a couple of sketch cards....
Superman by Brian C. Roll at Odyssey Art, even though I haven't read Superman in a while, I am not into the New 52, I still like Supes...
Venom by Andrew Charipar at Misfit Corner Press ... I just liked it!

Headaches finally going away, wish I had a better outing, but Matt and I did get to meet Christopher Lloyd (picked up a signed photo from the movie Roger Rabbit - everyone else seemed to select a photo from Back to the Future), picked up The Stuff of Legends Book 3 (Mike Raicht, Brian Smith and CP Wilson III) one of the exhibitors asked who my favorite character was and I drew a blank. I realized later it wasn't any character but the story and presentation that I enjoyed. Picked up Heartbreakers meet Boilerplate (Paul Guinan & Anna Bennett) good story and a sketch from Vicente Alcazar, artist of Erica Schultz's M3 comic which I will post next week...

As my mind cleared I realized Matt and I never made it to the main exhibition floor.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ken Branch - Claudio Reyna

2012.06.10 Super Mega Show, Whippany, NJ

I had heard of Ken Branch prior to meeting him, but strictly as a sports related artist. I was not aware of his comic background, providing work for DC, Valiant, Marvel, Malibu, First and Comico, as well as sketch cards for Topps Heroes Season 2, MLB '08, Indiana Jones Masterpiece, NBA Hardwood and Star Wars Galaxy...

Since soccer is a big sport in my house, I gave Ken some photos of Claudio Reyna, Captain America of the US Men's National Soccer Team, to be drawn on a 1996 Olympic FDC. I find the Captain America tag somewhat ironic since Reyna played his professional career in Germany (1994-1999), Scotland (1999-2001) England (2001-2007) finishing his career in the US (2007-2008)... Reyna played for the US in the World Cup in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and in the Summer Olympics, 1992 an 1996...


Friday, October 5, 2012

Howard Bender - Daniel Boone

2012.09.22 SuperHeroes for Hospice, Eatontown, NJ

For the past three years that I have helped at the Monmouth Mall Hospice comic book show, Howard Bender and Mark Voger have been there drawing caricatures for the patrons, mostly kids. Until this year I had only said hello and did not have the opportunity to spend any time with them. 

Mark Voger is a author and writes for the NJ Star Ledger, features on pop culture which appear in the Friday Ticket supplement. A feature I always read and did not realize this was him! When I starting talking about his latest article on Indiana Jones, the conversation moved to movie serials from the 1930-40 era, especially Superman, Batman, Captain America, Green Hornet and Captain Marvel and then some. It was a pleasure being able to spend a little time with them.

I had previously met Howard Bender at another comic book show, where he drew a Green Lantern for me. when I approached him at that time he asked if I had anything for Davy Crockett, which I did not. However this time I brought a Daniel Boone FDC with me. It was close enough for Howard to provide an excellent sketch of the frontiersman. I especially like the detail of the raccoon face on the hat.

Davy Crockett (1786-1836) was a folk hero, frontiersman, politician and soldier, losing his life at the Battle of the Alamo. Crockett was popularized in a 1954-54 Walt Disney television mini-series starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen as his friend George Russel.

Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was a folk hero, frontiersman, explorer from Kentucky. Daniel Boone was popularized in a television series which ran from 1964-1970 by Fess Parker.
Both men were honored by the US Post office - Crockett in 1967 and Boone in 1968