Friday, January 31, 2014

Mark Morales - Iceman

2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Mark Morales has provided cover art for Marvel Comics titles: The New Avengers - Transformers, Marvel Kinghts: Spider-Man, Avenging Spider-Man, Fear Itself, Deadpool, Seige, Thor, Captain America, Avengers vs X-Men, Exiles, Alpha-Flight, X-Men, X-Force and others....

Morales has served as inker on X-Men, Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fear Itself, Iron Man, Thor, Siege, Secret Invasion, Marvel Comics Presents, Young Avengers and many others...

As a long time fan of the X-Men I had requested an image of Iceman, in my mind the original snowboarder...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Darrell Goza - White Fire

2013.11.09 Superheroes for Hospice, West Orange, NJ
White Fire - Destiny Squad

Darrell Goza - has worked with many small press comic books, Tutt (with M.W. Harris, DAvid MClain and Danny Nunez), Kulprit (with Kevin Darmaine for Dreadlockedninja Publishing), Danse (with M.W. Harris for Blackthorne Publishing), Resonnance (with Mark Alfred for ScritpGraphics), Crusader (with Keith Royster for ScriptGraphics)

With DC comics he pencilled backgrounds on The Young All-Stars, Nintendo/Valiant Comics  Capt N, backgrounds on Hero Graphics' Icicle, coloring on Puppet Terrors, backgrounds on Dark Horse Comics' The American, pencils on The Scarlet Scorpion from AC Comics....

ScriptGraphics was created by Keith Royster, Howard Small and Darrell Goza issuing a 13 page fanzine. As high school ends and life happens ScriptGraphics was put on hold. Years later Goza revived ScriptGraphics as a small press publisher. Their first publication was "The Professionals" with art and story by Goza. Destiny Squad stories would soon follow with help from Royster, Jim Saldana, Willie Peppers, John Brown, Nick Alenikov, David Amaker and other talents....

Goza also worked on Psi-Girl with Jeff Wilcox, Ben Collins and David McClain...

Lady Spiritfist, A weekly comic strip about a martial arts in a story revolving around mysticism magic and a woman's determination..

Darrell Goza's second story, with art by John Davenport and Mike Dargo, on Smack Jeeves webcomic-hosting is Thunderhawk, a science fiction story with a lot of twists and turns that will pull readers in one direction and than another and yet another again. Heroes and villains will be interchangeable at one time and then back again, because everyone is multifaceted and within the structure of this we'll explore all the motivations for all the character.

Friday, January 17, 2014

David McClain - The Artifyce Connection

2013.11.09 Superheroes for Hospice, West Orange, NJ

A 2000 year cryogenic deep sleep... & you still manage to make the top 10 most wanted list... in the known galaxy? The Artifyce Connection is a space spy-thriller that sees the emergence of Lt Col Damien T. Hightower from a cryogenic sleep. XJ and her crew have extracted him from his cryo-chamber just when things are not looking well outside of the transport gate located between Mercury and the Sun...security bases have been notified...

The Artifyce Connection is a web-comic created by David McClain. McClain began working as a penciler and inker at ScriptGraphics in 1981. McClain collaborated with writer Mark W. Harris on projects including "Brother's of the Wood", "Brandon Tolliver" and "Tutt". He has also worked on other projects such a "Maverick" and "Psi-Girl".

McClain has worked for Blackthorne Publishing in 1987 as Logo artist for their Color Line books and background penciler on the Street Wolf series, penciler and inker on Beatnik Comics' "Few Survive the Mission", "Equilibrium" and "UrbanHood". McClain was inker for 3rd Eye Publishing's Shadow Walker #1 and as cover artist for Landmark Comics "Flying Objects #1" and penciler for "The Cradinal"...

Friday, January 10, 2014

James Silvani - Darkwing Duck

2013.10.12 NY Comic Con, NYC

James Silvani is a Maui based comic book artist and commercial illustrator. Working as a free-lance artist since 1994, Silvani has been providing art for Kaboom! Disney's Darkwing Duck, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers (cover art), Ducktales (cover art) and APE Entertainment's Richie Rich, Boom Kids Muppet King Arthur (interiors and cover art), Muppet Snow White (cover art), Fozzie's Funny Business (interiors) and Bunsen and Beaker Save the Show (interiors).

Darkwing Duck is an animated television series produced by the Walt Disney Company in 1991, featuring Darkwing Duck (alter-ego of Mallard Drake) a pulp-fiction styled superhero who battled evildoers in the city of St. Canard. Along with his sidekick Launchpad McQuack and his adopted daughter Gosalyn. Darkwing's nemesis was Negaduck, an evil version of Darkwing himself...

Although this was produced a few years before my first son was born, I used to enjoy watching the Disney block of shows that included Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers and Ducktales. One of my cousins once told me that having kids was one of the excuses that allowed him to watch cartoons. I never needed an excuse to watch cartoons.

The Walt Disney first day cover was issued on September 11, 1968 in Marceline, Mo, where Disney grew-up on his family's farm, for Disney's contributions to America and the world. The design was draw by Disney artists Paul Wenzel (portrait) and Bob Moore (children emerging from Sleeping Beauty's Castle). Over 150 millions stamps would be purchased and almost a million first day covers would be canceled...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Amy Mebberson - Belle

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC
Belle - Art of Disney:Friendship fdc 2004

Prior to attending the NYCC, I usually try to do some research on the artists I am interested in. By chance I looked up Amy Mebberson's contribution to the comic industry. Originally from Australia, Amy has served as cover artist, penciller and illustrator for Walt Disney/Marvel Comics (Toy Story #2), Little Brown and Co (Muppet story books), APE Entertainment (Strawberry Shortcake, Sesame Street, Casper the Ghost, Richie Rich), IDW (Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life (cover), Dorothy of Oz), Boom Entertainment (Monsters Inc, Muppet Peter Pan, Muppet Sherlock Holmes, Muppet Show Comic Book, Darkwing Duck (cover), Tokyopop (Princess Ai: Rumors From the Other Side, Return to Labyrinth, Legends of the Dark Crystal)....

All that is great, but what drew me to Amy was her Pocket Princesses. I enjoy the different approach to the Disney Princesses being treated like real people, a little strange, a little over the top, a lot of fun...
Check out her drawing of Belle as  a Blue Lantern, and her other sketches as well, it's all great...

Amy choose to draw Belle, from "Beauty and the Beast" for me...1991 Disney produced the animated feature "Beauty and the Beast"  based on the traditional fairy tale first published in 1740. The first English translation appeared in 1757, with an opera being produced in 1771. The classic story has been adapted many times for the stage, film and television. The first film production was in 1946. George C. Scott appeared in a 1976 television production, Susan Sarandon and Klaus Kinski followed with a 1984 production for television...

In 1994 Beauty and the Beast became the first Disney animated film to be adapted for the Broadway stage, followed by several more direct-to-video stories...


2006.04.01 the USPS issued a set of 4-stamps in the Art of Disney series featuring Disney's Beauty and the Beast characters...

The Art of Disney stamp series - Friendship (Goofy, Mickey and Donald; Bambi and Thumper; Lion King and Simba; Pinocchio and Jimminy Cricket) Celebration (Mickey Mouse and Pluto; Alice and Mad Hatter; Ariel and Flounder ; Snow White and Dopey) Romance (Beauty and the Beast; Lady and the Tramp; Mickey and Minnie Mouse; Cinderella and Prince Charming) Magic (Sorcerer's Apprentice, Peter Pan and tinker Bell, Dumbo, Aladdin and Genie) Imagination (101 Dalmatians, Mickey Mouse, Sleeping Beauty, Mowgli and Baloo) were designed by illustrator Peter Emmerich, who has been associated with the Walt Disney Co., for many years. Emmerich has designed Disney Dollars and the iconic Mickey Salutes America!

A great interview with Amy at Ziggy Nixon...