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.