Friday, December 27, 2013

Steve Ellis - High Moon "Macgregor"

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC

Steve Ellis runs Hyperactive Studios, taking on large projects for clients and is co-founder of Bottled Lightning LLC, which handles the creation of new properties and works with Skinwalker Studios as co-founder and Lead designer

Ellis is illustrator and co-creator of the Silencers with Fred Van Lente from Moonstone Books and High Moon with David Gallgher, which was developed in 2004 and debuted in 2007 as pat of Zuda, DC Comics web imprint...

High Moon is the story of bounty hunter, Matthew Macgregor, who investigates a series of strange happenings in Texas. A former Pinkerton Detective, Macgregor uncovers the town secrets while protecting his own...

The Gary Cooper FDC was selected because Cooper starred in High Noon, a 1952 Western directed by Fred Zinneman. Cooper plays a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by himslef. The film won four Academy Awards and two Golden Globes...

Ellis' works in comics include Lobo, Iron Man, Green Lantern, Crimson Dynamo, Wildstorm's Jexebelle, Tranquility
Ellis has also worked on CD covers, computer games, trading cards, toys and various other media...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Joe Endres - Weeping Angel Christmas

2013.11.09 Superheroes for Hospice, West Orange, NJ

While I was speaking with Joe and Paul Castiglia (Archie Comics) at the Superhero event, I noticed a drawing Joe had done of the Weeping Angels. It had a cute Charlie Brown quality but it still evoked the fact that they were Weeping Angels, probably the scariest Alien ever!

The Weeping Angels first appeared in the Doctor Who season 3 (2007) episode Blink, created by Stephen Moffet. They would go on to appear in seasons 5, 6 and 7...

That's when i got the idea of a Weeping Angels Christmas. I asked Joe if he could do the sketch and he did not hesitate to create this great piece... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all and don't blink !!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

James Fry III - Black Panther

2013.11.03 Jersey Shore Comic Book Show, Forked River, NJ

James Fry has been a penciler, cover artist and inker for many issues from both Marvel and DC including such titles as Amazing Spider-Man, Astonishing Spider-Man, Avengers, Batman: gotham Adventures, CAptain America, Classic X-Men, Blood Syndicate, Checkmate, Doom Patrol, Excalibur,  Impossible Man, Inhumanoids, Sub-Mariner, Marvel Zombies, Slapstick, Nomad, Venom, Thunderbolts, Star Trek...

Dynamite - Darkman vs Army of Darkness; Harris Comics - Creepy, Vampirella; Acclaim - Concrete Jungle, Doctor Tomorrow; Claypool Comics - Elvira; Eclipse Comics - Liberty Project; Archie Comics - Sonic Saga Series; Image - New Shadowhawk;

Fry also penciled the Justice League Adventures Burger King Mini-comics (Green Lantern and Justice League)....

James chose to draw Black Panther after seeing the Disney Lion King FDC. When I asked him which character he preferred to draw James responded the Beast. The closest FDC I had featured a hamster stamp, to which James asked to look at the available covers to choose from. I like the choice of Black Panther and Lion King....  Black panther  first appeared in Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #52 (1966), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as the first black superhero. Black Panther would eventually join the Avengers in 1968. Black Panther would gain his own title in 1977 and would continue with various  series...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Joe Martino - Shadowflame

2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Joe Martino got involved with comics through his cousin and uncle introducing Joe to Superman. At 10 his mother bought a subscription to Spider-Man and Hulk.  By 5th grade joe was drawing pictures of superheroes taking on his teachers...

1996 with the idea of producing his own book as writer and artist, Joe published Shadowflame through CFD Publishing... Arcana Publishing has continued the Shadowflame title as well as Ripperman

2012 Martino started his first Kickstarter campaign, successfully launching The Titan, a character that takes Martino's personal battle with kidney cancer and wrapping them in a superhero shell. Planned as a 5-book mini-series this book brings a superhero battling villains, giant Mechas and mythological creatures, while fighting his internal battle...

Titan #2 was another successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013...

Martino handles the writing, with Cory Smith (#1) and Luca Cicchitti (#2) as pencillers, Jeff Austin as inker, Keith J. Betancourt as colorist and Johnny Lowe (#1) and Adam O. Pruett (#2) as letterer... 

The Titan cover for the first issue was drawn by Jerry Ordway, The Titan #2 was drawn by Jamal Igle...

Friday, November 29, 2013

Matthew J Fletcher - Winged Monkey

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC

Prior to attending Comic Con, I had attended an Imax, 3D showing of the Wizard of Oz in celebration of the movie's 75th anniversary. The movie was in theaters for only 1 week. Even though I could probably recite much of the dialog along with the movie, I had to go see it on the big screen. Since it was not intended for 3D, there were no cheesy effects like throwing items at the screen. However the 3D helped bring out depth in many of the scenes especially in Munchkin Land, wher you could clearly see many of the Munchkin faces (after all these years I learned they used children to help fill in the crowds).

I had wanted to get at least one winged monkey sketch and Matthew J Fletcher did an excellent job on the Year of the Monkey FDC. Fletcher is currently the feature artist on Red Stylo Media's graphic novel the 7th Voyage... Fletcher has also illustrated The House of Montressor as part of the Poe Twisted Anthology, contributed sketch cards for Perna Studio's Classic Mythology card set and has been featured in Thunk Magazine...

Wizard of Oz FDC  1990.03.23 Hollywood, Ca
My lino-block print cachet of Dorothy (Judy Garland)
Wizard of Oz Day 1994.09.01 Chesterton, In - commemorative cancel
singed by Ray Bolger the Scarecrow of Oz
I thought the cover would look better if the yellow-brick road in the cancel were yellow, and I extended the design across the cover
Emerald City Station 2002.06.22 Aberdeen, SD - commemorative cancel
The Wizard of Oz is very popular as commemorative cancels exist for festivals held all across the country.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Andy Price - Applejack: My Little Pony

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con, NYC
"C'mon, Ponies! Move it! You freakin' glue factories!
I got 20 bits ridin' on this!"

Andy Price is currently working for IDW on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, with writer Katie Cook.

Price has also donw license work for DC Comics, Marvel comics, Boom Studios, Innovation Comics (penciller for Quantum Leap), Slave Labor Graphics' Haunted Mansion (writer, penciler, inker) and Rittenhouse Archives,
 and WordGirl

Price is heavily influenced by comic book artists such as Don Newton (DC Comics: Batman, Captain Marvel and Aquaman in the 70s and 80s) and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Comics: Superman and Wonder Woman). Price has an unhealthy love for Batman and an obsession with Nightmare Before Christmas..

My Little Pony was created by Bonnie Zacherle, developed by Hasbro and is marketed to girls. Starting as a line of toy ponies in 1983, the ponies feature colorful bodies, manes and a unique symbol on their flank. The Ponies were featured in their first animated special in 1984 titled My Little Pony and later retitled as Rescue At Midnight Garden. In 2012 IDW published the first Pony comic Friendship is Magic.

Price drew a very funny Applejack, a hard working earth pony in charge of family's apple orchard, watching the horse race on the stamp and cheering them on...

Friday, November 15, 2013

David G Hardy - Bride of Frankenstein

2013.11.03 Jersey Shore Comic Show, Forked River, NJ

I honestly do not remember who told me about David G Hardy, either Karl or Don who assist at the Hospice shows, about this fantastic artist. The first time David attended the Hospice show was the only one I had missed in several years. Seeing David's name on the Jersey Shore list, was the reason I made the trip. I had viewed his work on his site, which were beautifully rendered sketches of characters from old movies, Boris Karloff, Ingrid Berman, Elizabeth Montgomery and Ernest Borgnine as members of the Fantastic Four, and others. When I finally had the opportunity to meet David and his wife, and view the collection of drawings I was very impressed with the wide range of work and their friendliness...

I had picked up several first day covers that featured composers and I already picked up a sketch of King Kong on one of the covers. I had been looking for someone who could do justice to the Bride of Frankenstein (1935) beautifully portrayed by Elsa Lanchester, on the Franz Waxman FDC. Waxman is best known for the music he composed for the movie industry, including Rear Window, Rebecca, The Spirit of St Louis, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sunset Boulevard, Tara Bulba, The Bride of Frankenstein and others (all nominated for the American Film Institute's list of greatest film scores)...

David proceeded to produce a beautiful pencil sketch, which captures Elsa's beauty. I could not be happier with the final results...

Hardy shared on his Facebook page that arrangements were made with the Boris Karloff Estate and Karloff Enterprises to work on several projects. Congratulations on a great achievement...

A nice writeup of meeting David G Hardy from Sabrina at Runnin' Down a Dream...

Friday, November 8, 2013

Janet K. Lee - Return of the Dapper Men

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC

Janet K. Lee has worked as a commercial artist, who is self-taught. She developed a layered art style soon after her son was born because it was portable and dried before a toddler could get his hands on it. After achieving critical acclaim as a gallery artist, Lee made her foray into illustration with the story "Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome", written by Alethea Kontis...

The Return of the Dapper Men, by Jim McCann and Janet Lee is a tale of a world between time, where children have played for so long it has become work. All the clocks have stopped at the same time. 314 dapper-looking gentlemen, with Bowler hats, rain down from the sky and set off to start the world again. Ayden, the only boy to still ask questions, Zoe, the robot girl all other machine hold dear and the Dapper Man "41" must discover what happened to make time stop...

I enjoy the concept of the story and I found Lee's style to be a fascinating blend of children's story and comic book art. I found myself going through the pages looking at the pictures and then going back and reading the story...
  • The story won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - new -  2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens - 2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner for Best Publication Design - 2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Writer, Jim McCann - 2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art), Janet Lee - 2011
When I approached Ms. Lee and presented my idea of a Daper Man in Uncle Sam's hat, instead of the bowler they usually wear, her response was "Uncle Sam is a Dapper Man"...  

Friday, November 1, 2013

David T. Wenzel - Gandalf the Grey

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC

David T. Wenzel's early career path led him to work at an advertising agency, followed by pencilling comic books. He won an Eagle Award in 1979 for Best Continued Story for an Avengers story arc.

Wenzel moved to illustrating children's literature in the 1980s when he illustrated Robb Walsh's Kingdom of the Dwarfs for Centaur Books. Wenzel would then provide the fully painted art for The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic, written by Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming, published by Eclipse Comics, 1989. The collection was re-published in 1990 by Ballantine Books and is considered one of the most successful graphic format adaptations. Del Rey Books re-published the collection in 2001...

Wenzel with writer Douglas Wheeler adapted some of the Brothers Grimm's fairytales for NBM in 1995. In other publications, Wenzel has worked with writer Kurt Busiek on The Wizard's Tale (1998), with writer Robert L. May's Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Grosset and Dunlap, 2001), Max Lucado's A Hat for Ivan (Crossway Books, 2004), the Little Bear series, under the direction of Maurice Sendak (Harper Festival, 2003-2004)....

Although the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were English Literature, I used the American Libraries FDC for this sketch because of the Libraries theme... I did not have any covers that I could otherwise relate to this fantastic sketch...

July 1998 the UK Post (Royal Mail) issued a series of stamps titled Magical Worlds, one of these issues featured Bilbo Baggins and Smaug from the Hobbit... Following the release of the movie, New Zealand Post Office issued a series of stamps in 2012 featuring scenes from the movie..
In 2004 the Royal Mail issued a series of stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings. New Zealand would also commemorate the story with issues in 2001 for the Fellowship of the Ring, 2002 The Two Towers, 2003 Return of the King and 2004 New Zealand Landscapes featuring scenes from the movie showing the beautiful New Zealand countryside...

JJR Tolkien was no stranger to stamps. Every Christmas from 1920-1942, his children would receive a letter bearing a stamp from the North Pole. The letter from Father Christmas would contain colorful drawings and tales of Father Christmas' travels and adventures. The envelope contained North Pole stamps and postmarks drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien. these letters would be collect by his d=children and published posthumously in 1976...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Scott Wegener - Atomic Robo

2013.10.12 Comic Con, NYC

Atomic Robo's adventures come from the creative team of Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger. Starting as a 6-issue limited series by Red 5 Comics in 2007, Atomic Robo was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award in the Best Limited Series category. Following the first series, Atomic Robo's adventures have continued...

Atomic Robo is a robot that possesses automatic intelligence, created by Nikola Tesla in 1923. Now a member of Tesladyne Industries Atomic Robo explores the fringes of scientific inquiry, responding to the paranormal and supernatural emergencies... One of my favorite story lines was issued in volume 7, in the aftermath of World War II Robo joins with a band of female mercenaries who use rocket-packs to stop a rogue japanese super-science counter-attack of America...

There are times when the opportunity dose not present itself for me to obtain a sketch on a FDC. Two such incidents happened this weekend. Fortunately I was able to get a couple of sketches of 2 other high flying characters...
Royden Lepp - Jet from the comic Rust
Another great title from Archaia - Rust, written and drawn by Royden Lepp is about a mysterious boy and a jet pack, involved in a World War where steampunk and robots are the technology used to fight the battles...

Geof Darrow - Rusty the Boy Robot
I was able to pick up thsi great sketch of Rusty from Darrow's series The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. Written in 1995 by Frank Miller and drawn by Darrow, the Dark Horse series was adapted into an animated TV series (1999-2001) which uses a different plot than that used in the comic... The animated series brought more depth to the characters back-story of Rusty as a replacement for the Big Guy, the robot champion of Earth, which is piloted by Lt. Dwayne Hunter. Rusty's inexperience requires guidance from Hunter and the Big Guy...

I picked up another sketch from Darrow while at the show, which is posted in Matt's Collection...

Three different characters with some similarity all bring me delight

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ramona Fradon - Aquaman

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con, NYC

When I found out Ramona Fradon was going to be at comic con, I made it a point to get a sketch from this matriarch of comics. Fradon, known for her work with Aquaman, is co-creator of Metamorpho.  Starting her career in 1950, Fradon landed her first assignment with DC Comics on the title Shining Knight, followed by drawing backup stories in Adventure Comics featuring Aquaman. Fradon is also credited with co-creating Aqualad. Fradon would also contribute art for Superman, Batman, House of Mystery, Gang Busters, Freedom Fighters and Plastic Man.  Fradon also put time in at Marvel comics on Fantastic Four and Girl Comics.

In 1980, Fradon took over the daily comic strip Brenda Starr, from Dale Messick continuing of the strip for 15 years... Brenda Starr was commemorated as part of the 1995 Comic Strip Classics issue

Fradon was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006, Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 1999.

I am always amazed that more attendees were not flocking to her table. They don't know what they are missing...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Amy Reeder - Rocket Girl

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con, NYC

Just got back from Comic Con and had a great time (I will be back there tomorrow helping to promote the Barnabas Hospice). My first post from the show features Rocket Girl from Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare. Getting this sketch was special, not juts because I enjoy stories about people with jet packs, but I had received my copy of Rocket Girl #1 on Wednesday as a supporter through Kickstarter. I have enjoyed backing a few successful projects, it is fun watching them take form.

Rocket Girl was funded June 7, 2013 and posted as a high-flying adventure comic by artist Reeder and writer Montclare. DaYoung Johansson, a 15 year-old cop from the future goes back in time (to 1986) to save the world... I look forward to the next issue.

Amy Reeder has previously worked on Fool's Gold, Madame Xanadu and Batwoman.  Brandon Montclare has written for Marvel's Fear Itself - Fantastic Four, Haunted Tank, Batman, Mystery in Space and many other titles. Together Reeder and Montclare produced Halloween Eve published through Image...

The stamp used on this cover features the Wright Brothers first flight commemorated as part of the Celebrate the Century issues of 1998. Otto Lillenthal made the first glider flight in 1895, in germany. Octave Chanute made the first flight with a hang glider in 1896, in America, and the Wright Brothers followed with powered flight by 1904.  I liked the idea of combining the beginnings of flight with a futuristic concept of the flight suit...

It is always a pleasure to see many of the artists and writers I have meet over the years at the conventions, Paul Castiglia and Fernando Ruiz at the Archie booth, Richard Clark, Erica Schultz and her husband. I was able to get Erica's M3 second issue with cover by Bill Sienkiewcz signed by Sienkiewicz.  Paris Cullins, Joe Staton, Joe Endres and Jesus Marquez, Jason Quinones, all who have provided me with great sketches in the past.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Ian Glaubinger - Mars Attacks Again !!

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa
Project Mercury - Alan Shepard FDC

Another gem from Ian....

Friday, September 27, 2013

Andrew Charipar - Mars Attacks Again!

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa

Andrew Charipar, founder of Misfit Corner Press, creator of the sci-fi drama comic Tales From the Cornerstone, co-creator of the sci-fi military comic Agents of C.O.L.T.  For Action Labs, Charipar worked on Glob World...

Charipar has been inspired by many artists, and found his passion for art from X-Men Giant Annual #9 with art by Art Adams.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Jan M. Velazquez - The Mummy

2011.06.18 Wizard Comic Con, Philadelphia, Pa

Jan M. Velazquez is a artist working with on the comics The Blue Bullet, The Devil Dies Different, Crying Rainbows, Genesis and Zomboy...

Boris Karloff brought the Mummy to life in 1932 for Universal Pictures, with additional Mummy titles being produced The Mummy's Hand 1940, The Mummy's Tomb 1942, The Mummy's Ghost 1944, The Mummy's Curse 1944, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy 1955...

The Mummy would rise again as a series of movies in 1999 with The Mummy, The Mummy Returns 2001, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2001, as well as an animated series...

The Living Mummy would walk through the pages of Marvel comics in 1973...
The Mummy Strikes, 1943, was the fourteenth adventure in the Superman animated shorts from Famous Studios...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Rich Torrey - Hartland

Rich Torrey - Hartland 1989

Another sketch on envelope that is not a first day cover. when I started collecting sketches I would send out post card size stock with my sketch requests. Rich Torrey was drawing a comic strip called Hartland. The sketch on card and envelope came long after I had sent the requests. The sketch on the envelope says "What Took You So Long?" the enclosed letter explains...

Very sorry in the delay in getting this to you. I spent the spring fighting with the syndicate, trying to save the strip from an untimely death. To no avail, King Features canceled it June 18th! They also delayed my mail and I'm just getting this now. Better late than never I guess. Here's the requested sketch, and I hope you enjoy it!
Best wishes.....

Torrey has been an author, illustrator and cartoonist, working for Highlights Magazine, KidCity (Sesame Street publication) and Inside Sports.. Besides Hartland, Torrey drew the syndicated strip Pete and Clete and currently works on children's books for Random House, Simon & Shuster, Golden Books, McGraw-Hill, Grolier/Scholastic, Harper Collins, and Innovative Kids

Torrey's dad is Hockey Hall of Famer Bill Torrey (NY Islanders - 4 Stanley Cups)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Mike Mongello - Adam Strange

Mike Mongello - Adam Strange 2010.10.02 Wizard-Big Apple Comic Con, NYC

Mike Monge is a freelance artist, illustrator currently writing and illustrating Jungle Women vs Dracula an Titans: Icons of Mystery through Supermonge Graphics.

Adam Strange was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky, 1958 appearing in DC Showcase #17. Strange is an archeologist suddenly transported from Peru to the planet Rann by a Zeta Beam. There he becomes defender of the planet, fighting monsters with a space suit fitted with a jet pack for sustained flight and interstellar travel and ray-guns.

Adam Strange has been a member of the Justice League, R.E.B.E.L.S. and Seven Soldiers of Victory and has appeared in Mystery In Space, Strange Adventures and his self titled book...

Adam Strange is drawn on a World Columbian Stamp Expo cover with commemorative cancel for Space Day May 1992...

Friday, August 30, 2013

Robert J. Blake - Togo

2002 Barnes and Noble, Springfield, NJ...release of Togo the story who was part of a relay that carried a life saving serum to Nome, Alaska, having to run over 350 miles. Although Togo's team carried the serum for a longer distance than any other of the teams involved another dog received most of the credit. His name was Balto. Balto's team only carried the serum 35 miles, but brought the serum into Nome...

Robert J. Blake is a writer and illustrator who grew up in Springfield, NJ.. His first book illustration was for The Spiders Dance. Blake felt picture books were the most creative art form for him. He credits his experiences in working for newspapers learning the patterns of light and dark, with publishers learning about characters and creating art for odd shaped spaces...

Blake likes to travel to the locations of his stories, so he can write and paint where the story takes place, providing a touch of realism, while he tries to live each character as he develops them for his stories...

Other books written and illustrated by Blake include: Painter and Ugly (2011), Little Devils (2009), Swift (2007), Carousel Cat (2005), Fledgling (2000), Yudonsi (1999), Akiak (1997)...
Blake has also illustrated books for author other than himself: Dance of the Spiders (written by Joanne Ryder 1981), The Care Bears & the New Baby (written by Peggy Kahn 1983), Riptide (written by Frances Ward Weller 1990), The Angel of the Street written by Weller 1998) and many others..

Blake has received many awards for his work, and Togo alone has been awarded the TexasBluebonnet Award, Washington State Children's Choice Award, Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Golden Sower Children's Choice Award (Nebraska), North Carolina Children's Book Award, Land of Enchantment Book Award (New Mexico)....

Friday, August 23, 2013

Gary Fields - Rugrats

2013.03.31 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

I had previously received a sketch from Gary of Huckleberry Hound. On his table he had several dailies from the Rugrats comic strip he had been involved with. When I got home I thought the next time I came across him at a show I would obtain a Rugrats sketch. Since both my boys are soccer players, having Tommy kicking a soccer ball seemed the perfect idea.

Rugrats was created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon television, premiering in 1991. Tommy Pickles is the prominent character from the series, who carries a screw-driver in his diaper for emergencies ( probably a Dr Who fan).

The comic strip started it's run in 1998 through Creators Syndicate up through 2003. There were several writers and artists involved with the production of the strip, with Gary Fields providing pencils and lettering.

When my boys were young we regularly watched Rugrats, and as I look back I probably enjoyed the show more than they did...

No post last week as we were in Montreal for a short vacation, which included a visit to Stade Saputo to watch the Montreal Impact v DC United soccer game...

Friday, August 9, 2013

Webster Colcord - Mutagenic Man

Mutagenic Man by Webster Colcord

Webster Colcord started his animation career with the Will Vinton Studios in 1987 as a stop motion animator. While at Vinton Studios, Colcord's credits included the Emmy-winning Claymation Christmas Celebration, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker and commercials for Tang, Fuji and Nabisco...

As a freelance animator Colcord has produced music videos or Roger Waters and Wierd Al Yankovic, and commericals for Converse All-Star sneakers, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., Warner Bros. television...

Colcord worked on Disney's "James and the Giant Peach", Henry Selick's "Monkeybone", Brisk Ice Tea commercials, NBC's Community TV series ...

I am a big fan of the Ray Harryhausen animation

I picked this cover up on ebay and contacted Colcord to ask about the character Mutagenic Man. His response:

Interesting!  I would love to know where you found it, or what the story is behind that.  It was probably a sketch I did at a sc-fi convention in the Northwest.  

The only official appearances that character has made are in a short comic story for a Pacific Northwest underground comic publication and in the opening credits of a show that I tried to sell as a series: Extreme Man & Insane Boy

- Webster

Webster Colcord

Friday, August 2, 2013

Edwin Vazquez - Batman

2013.07.26 mailed from Elmont, NY

I met Edwin at the Superheroes for Hospice show on July 20, he was one of the guests promoting his Kickstarter backed comic "The Werewolf of NYC". I had the opportunity to look up his website before going to the show and was taken by his project called "Egghead Codex". After discussing his art I told Edwin that although I did not fully get the Egghead Codex, I really enjoyed the art, a mix of Mayan style and modern heroes (Captain America, Batman and Spiderman on page 2). I liked the way these superheroes of today would have been represented by an ancient culture. for this reason I had brought along a Cinco de Mayo first day cover in hopes of getting a sketch in the Mayan style, and he does not disappoint with the Batman! This was part of Edwin's thesis for school so the style is very different from his latest project...

Edwin is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and has been influenced by the settings of NYC. He was inspried by his studies with Joey Cavalieri of DC comics and assistant work with Jerry Robinson on the "Human Rights" art show. 

I missed Edwin's Kickstarter for Werewolf, which ran in November 2012...Beware! A Werewolf lurks terrorizing the citizens of New York City in the streets of Hell's Kitchen.
Suggested for Mature Readers !!!

Edwin's style is unique as he uses a scratchboard to create the art for Werewolf. A signed copy, #1 of a 4 part miniseries, is featured on the left.

Being a fan of Marvel Value stamps, which have been duplicated in Marvel Spidey Stories, Bongo Comics Simpson and several others, it was a pleasant surprise to see a letters page at the back of the comic with a Werewolf stamp. As posted on Edwin's blog "Included in the Werewolf of NYC will be a letters page. Similar to the classic comics features above (an image of a Marvel letters page with Marvel Kull value stamp). Send me your letters with questions, statements and I will print them."

Wolfnews with a review of The Werewolf of NYC...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Paris Cullins - Captain America and a duck!

2013.07.20 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

So Paris Cullins returns for another visit to the Superheroes for Hospice comic book show to meet fans, provide sketches, tell stories and lecture on his experiences in the comic book industry. Last time I met Paris he did a great sketch of Blue Devil, so this time I wanted to have hi draw whatever he liked. I used a first day cover of the "Volunteer Yourself" postal stationery envelope, since I also volunteer at the show.

Paris and I had a brief discussion about his previous sketch and I told him to draw whatever he wanted to. I thought for a minute and said I have an idea. My response was that I would what to see what it was when he was done.

Captain America and a duck! Ok so why a duck? Paris said it was easier than an eagle. How can you not love this! Cap is holding one of the flags on the flag stamp and the duck has a Captain America head piece. Great perspective on Cap! Unique!! Awesome!!! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mindy Indy - Aer Head

2012.11.10 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Mindy Steffen creates independent comics. Mindy always had a passion for drawing cartoon characters, so she went to art school and earned her degree in graphic design. Moving to New York to pursue her dream of creating comics, she has created the Misfortune Cookie and Aer Head, the story of Aeryan Zephyr, a surfer who appears to have a mysterious future ahead of him. Mindy has also colored Marvel's Deadpool Max assisting Kyle Baker

Mindy's blog shows the process she uses to create the comic Aer Head, in great detail

Mindy has taught workshops for "Make It On Myrtle" and has provided lectures on getting started in the field of comics for the Barnabas Health Superheroes for Hospice. Mindy has also created a weekly comic for the Familial Dysautonomia Foundation Facebook page, called "No Tears: Life with FD"...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Chris Flick - Rocketeer

2013.0.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa

Chris Flick started his career with a comic strip called 525 Calhoun Street, which ran in a college alternative newspaper, while at Radford College. After college came several graphic design jobs before landing his big break as a newspaper production artist and drawing an occasional editorial illustration.

Furthering his career by learning web design, Flick co-wrote two books on web design and partnered a company that assisted others in developing web designs. From this experience the weekly web-strip CMX Suite was born.

Currently Flick is drawing the web-comic Capes 'N' Babes, about hanging out in a comic book store in a strip mall with the many characters who work and shop there, including a werewolf. Capes 'N' Babes premiered on November 11, 2007. To date three books have been published. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

John Holmstrom - Bosko

2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

John Holmstrom is an underground comix writer and artist. Known for his Ramones album covers
Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin, as well as Bosko "America's LEAST Favorite Cartoon". Founder of Punk magazine (1975-79) he has also worked for the Village Voice, Video Games magazine, K-Power, Heavy Metal, Spin magazine, Screw magazine and High Times.

Holmstrom started his career as an assistant for Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.

Holmstrom also produced covers and posters for the Dandy Warhols, Murphy's Law, Animal Records record label lettering for Iggy Pop. He has designed posters and programs for the New Fillmore East Theater

Holmstrom asked for a first day cover with the postal service's most disgusting stamp. Since I didn't have anything disgusting with me I had to opt for the generic Patriotic Pen cover.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Dave Wachter - The Guns of Shadow Valley

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa
Franklin "Breakneck" Kelley
The image Wachter posted on his site did not have the official Dave Wachter commission stamp...
when Wachter saw the cover he stated - "Roy Rogers, I have that stamp..." what cowboy wouldn't...

Dave Wachter began his career as co-creator of the critically acclaimed independent comic Scar Tissue, with Jim Clark. In 2009, Wachter and Clark created the web-series The Guns of Shadow Valley. In 2010 the web-series was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and a Harvey Award for Best Online Work...

Wachter has also worked on numerous anthologies and as guest artist on the web-comic Mystery Solved, IDW Publishing - Robert Bloch's That Hellbound Train with Joe and John Lansdale, and notably the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves with writer Bobby Curnow...

The Guns of Shadow Valley - somewhere in the mysterious Shadow Valley lies a secret that could forever change the face of the frontier. To protect that secret, a posse of gunmen with special abilities must come together and defend against a tribe of ghostly warriors...

As of this posting Dave and Jim are running a very successful Kickstarter campaign for 200+ page hard-covered edition of the web-comic Guns of Shadow Valley. One of the rewards is a very cool wooden sherif's badge (only 40 available and all gone very quickly!)...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tom Raney - Batman

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa

Tom Raney has worked with every major publisher over the past 2 decades including titles such for DC Comics - Action comics, Batman: Shadow of the Bat annual, Outsiders, Gen 13, Stormwatch...

For Marvel Comics Raney's work includes Alpha Flight-Inhumans, Avengers Academy, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Silver surfer, X-Factor, X-Men, Thor, Deathlok and Double Dragon.

Raney pencilled Star Wars #7 for Dark Horse comics

Friday, June 14, 2013

John Trumbull - Batman

2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

John Trumbull is a freelance cartoonist-illustrator. A graduate of the Kubert School, Trumbull has worked for DC Comics licensing department working in the coloring books: Batman: Swinging Into Action, Superman: Jailbreak and Krypto the Superdog: Test Pilot Puppy.

Trumbull is regular contributor to The Line It Is Drawn on the Comics Should Be Good website

Excellent Blue Bealtemania print on his deviant website

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mike Norton - Battlepug

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa

To be honest I don't remember how I heard about Battlepug, but I quickly became a fan. When I heard Mike Norton was going to be at the Supershow, along with many other great artists, it helped make my decision to attend easy. 

Battlepug is a web-comic written and illustrated by Mike Norton and colored by Allen Passalaqua. The web-comic was launched in February 2011 after Norton created the characters for a t-shirt design. The story revolves around the last surviving member of the Kinmundian tribe, "The Warrior". His steed is the larger than life Battlepug.  The story is narrated by Moll, who tells tales of the Warrior to her dogs, a Pug named Mingo and a French Bulldog named Colfax. 

The first year of comic strips was published in a hardcover edition by Dark Horse, and Norton received an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2012.

Mike Norton has worked in the comic industry for many years on books like Queen and Country, Gravity, Runaways, All-New Atom and Green Arrow/Black Canary, Billy Batson & the Magic of Shazam, Young Justice, Fear itself: Youth in Revolt....

The Warrior is clearly influenced by Cimmerian Warrior Conan the Barbarian, a sword and sorcery hero, created by Robert E Howard in pulp fiction magazines. Conan first appeared in Weird Tales 1932. Howard would publish 17 stories in Weird Tales, along with 4 Conan adventures published after his death in Space Science Fiction, Fantasy Magazine, the Magazine of Horror and The Coming of Conan. 4 additional stories unfinished by Howard would be completed by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter...

Most notably Conan would garner the publics attention when Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed the character in two feature films. This would spur both Marvel (1970-1974) and Dark Horse (2003) to publish further adventure stories. A newspaper comic strip from Marvel would also be published from 1978 to 1981 (Roy Thomas and John Buscema)

Robert E Howard is from Cross Plains, Texas, where they hold an annual celebration and a pictorial postal cancellations is available.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Dawn Griffin - Zorphbert and Fred

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa

Zorphbert and Fred is a web-comic drawn by Dawn Griffin, which premiered in 2006. The story revolves around two aliens who come to Earth disguised as dogs to study human life. Their mission is overseen by a bossy manager in a squirrel suit. Other characters that make the strip run are a weird kid in the neighborhood and an alien diva cat. Griffin was inspired for this strip from the TV show "3rd Rock from the Sun", the cartoon "Invader Zim" and comics like "Get Fuzzy" and the classic "Calvin & Hobbes"...

Recently Griffin has added a Fanart Challenge, with readers contributing their own take on Zorphbert and Fred. Griffin has had 3 volumes of the web-strip published...

Griffin's first online comic was titled "Leftovers"...

In her bio she states being from Cleveland and a fan of Cleveland sports teams and hates the Cowboys and Yankees. I now thank her for not complaining about the Yankee hat I was wearing when we met...

Title page from Volume One: Prepare to be Analyzed

Friday, May 24, 2013

Shawn Allyene - Aaron - Street Team

Aaron from Street Team
2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Shawn Alleyne is a freelance self-taught artist working on the Street Team Comic Book and Video game, as well as his November 2012 Kickstarter-funded comic Aizan, the story of a young woman who is a passionate artist and graffiti activist who lives in a world wher a super-powered war has left her city devastated. Aizan blends hip-hop, sci-fi, martial arts, Par-kour, graffiti and cool superheroes..

Street Team is a collaborative effort from 6 independent comic creators:
Plot - Stanley Weaver Jr and Joseph Currie
Writers - J Currie with S Alleyne, Koran Curtis and James Mason
Pencils - S Weaver Jr
Inks - S Alleyne
Colors - J Mason

The Street Team is: Aaron (Alleyne and Curtis); the Tiger (J Mason);Blackbird (Charles Goubile); Dodger (J Currie); Stalker (S Weaver Jr)
Street Team #0 features good old school team-up of their characters, who join forces to overcome a bad-ass (Shawn's term) villain named Lord Oguun, the Iron Dragon and his minions. The comic book was created as a follow-up to a video game that was based on a pin-up drawn by Alleyne featuring all of the characters.

Allyene has also provided the art for a chapter of a fantasy novel called Dusk: A Crown of Horns by John Cullins and Night Seeker by Eric M. Cooper

Interview at Comic Privy

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ian Dorian - The Thing

2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Ian Dorian started his comics apprenticeship at age 19 for artist employed by Marvel, DC and Continuity Comics, learning from Neal Adams, Mark Texeira, Rags Morals, Lou Small Jr and others. Outside of the comics industry Ian worked as a sculptor, toy designer, graphic designer, jewelry designer and storyboard artist. Dorian also shared is knowledge with students at Kean University, the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Design, The University of Arts (Philadelphia), the Maryland Institute College of Art..

Dorian and Jim Krueger co-created the graphic novel EPOCH for  Big Iron Entertainment. Provided illustrations for Phoenix and Elsinore (Atlas Comics). 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Franco - Hawkman

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Super Show, Reading, Pa

Franco Aureliani is best known for his writing the DC comics series Tiny titans with Art Baltazar, for which they won the 2009 and 2011 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids...

Franco and Art co-wrote DC's Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!, Young Justice, Superman Family Adventures, their Kickstarter campaign book Aw Yeah Comics! and Patrick the Wolf Boy...

Franco has penciled Adventure Time Showcase, Ambush Bug: Year None, Drifter, Flesh & Blood's Traviesa Love & hate, G-Man:Cape Crisis, NinjaTown: The Adventures of Wee Ninja.

As a writer Franco has been involved with Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Kids Mega Sampler, FCBD 2011 Young Justice Batman BB Super Sampler, I Dream of Jeannie, Young Justice and many others...

Green lantern the Animated Series written by Franco and Art Baltazar (signed by both) pencils by Dario Brizuela...

It was great watching both Franco and Art Baltazar work. They truly enjoy what they are doing...
Comic Geek Speak featured podcast with Art and Franco, which was very entertaining, tune in

And yes both Art and Franco colored in their sketches with crayons, what else!!!