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!!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Art Baltazar - Patrick the Wolf Boy

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa

Art Baltazar starting making comics with a self-published book - The Cry-Baby Adventures. Since that
time he has moved up to Gyro-Man, Captain Camel & Space Chicken, Jimmy Dydo and Patrick the Wolf Boy with Franco...

<<< Patrick the Wolf Boy Happy Birthday signed by Franco and Art...

Together with Franco they were awarded the 2009 and 2011 Eisner  Award for Best Publication for Kids, with Tiny Titans...
Art and Franco also worked together on Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!, Young Justice, Superman Family Adventures...

Together through their Blind Wolf Studios they have published Patrick the Wolf Boy and Aw Yeah Comics! (a successful Kickstarter campaign)...

Baltazar also worked for Warner Bros. and had a monthly comic strip in Disney Adventures Magazine titled "Gorilla Gorilla!".
The Big Amoeba, Platinum Studios about a teenage cartoonist who feels under-appreciated, creates his own comic award and tries to get his classmates to take the award seriously. Patrick the Wolf-boy is featured on a coffee mug on the cover...

Art and Franco were providing free sketches during the show and were great with everyone who came to their table!