Thursday, December 25, 2014

Darren Auck - Winged Monkey

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

A second sketch from Daren Auck, a graduate of the Kubert School who has worked for Pacific Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics - book titles include Rocko's Modern Life, Ren and Stimpy, She-Hulk, Marvel Presents Wolverine, Vanguard, Vision, Elvira's House of Mystery and others...

The winged monkey is drawn on a commemorative Oz Fest event cover, from Chesterton, Indiana home of the largest Wizard of Oz festival.....

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dean Kotz - Krampus!

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

When the bones of Saint Nicholas are stolen, the Secret Society of Santa Clauses must call on their old friend Krampus, a child-punishing demon. But things are not so friendly as they must release Krampus from their jail cell and convince him to help...

Dean Kotz was the artist on the Kickstarter project for The Black Coat ...Or Give Me Death, with Francesco Francavilla and Ben Lichus.

Kotz has also worked on Zenescope's Charmed; Poe from Boom! Studios and Mask of the Red Panda from Monkeybrain Comics...

Merry Krampus to all...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Andrew Edge - Jimi Hendrix

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

Andrew Edge is currently working on Grizzly and Caticus for Cool Monkey Press. His previous work includes working for McFarlane Toys and McNabb Studios. What drew me to Andrew's table was a painting of Jerry Garcia. I remembered that I placed a Jimi Hendrix cover in my bag that morning just in case something came up. Ask if he would be able to produce a Hendrix sketch and Andrew was ready to comply...

Over the past year the stamp collecting old guard has raised complaints regarding the subject matter currently being commemorated. Reality is, if you what to attract a new audience you have to give them something they can relate to. A rough count shows as many as 40 stamps for George Washington (well deserved), but to honor modern figures that changed history, why not. Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) changed the way the youth of the 1960s heard music. Hendrix is one of the most influential and creative musicians of the 20th century. National Public Radio's 100 Most Important American Musical Works includes Purple Haze by Hendrix, alongside Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind, Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring, Gene Autry's Back in the Saddle Again, Pasty Cline's Crazy (written by Willie Nelson), George M. Cohan Give My Regards to Broadway, Ferd Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite and the list goes on...

A few designs that I drew for the Jimi Hendrix stamp:

A broom is drearily sweeping
up the broken pieces of yesterday's life.
Somewhere a Queen is weeping,
somewhere a King has no wife.

And the wind it cries Mary.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Vanessa Solis - Joker

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Vanessa is a first year student at the Kubert School...I am always amazed by the different approaches artist take to my requests. To my eye this has a Heath Ledger darkness, but the Joker's smile shows a playfulness that the eyes do not...