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...