Friday, February 28, 2014

Ziggy Blumenthal - Sidekicked!

2014.01.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Ledgewood, NJ
"Kinetixx"

Ziggy Blumenthal, along with Cory Harris and Brad Smoley created the brand Fake McCoy Comics

Sidekicked, from Blumehtal and Harris, offers a comic with an unique story line.While the heroes are out of town, saving the town, their sidekicks are taking care of the mundane every day problems. The townspeople see their work and promote them to hero, demoting the heroes to sidekicks. A very interesting and funny concept. The character drawn on the first day cover is Kinetixx, sidekick to Brigadier, who can only fly feet first!

Operation Pajama Pants, a successful 2012 Kickstarter project, the story of a man in search of an ancient magical pair of pajama pants belonging to an Egyptian Sun God. The cover art to this book was drawn by Amanda Connor..

As Blumenthal told me, these books are meant to be fun and they offer some good laughs with the witty dialog by Cory Harris...

Blumenthal also publishes a web-comic called Chris Wnuk: Secret Jew

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chris Ivy - Raven

2014.01.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Ledgewood, NJ
"Nevermore"

Chris Ivy graduated from the Parsons School of Design, NYC. He started his career working for John Romita and Don Parlin in the Marvel Bullpen. Ivy is most well-knonw for his inking for Marvel over the pencils of Ron Garney (Ghost Rider), Dwayne Turner (Cage) and Michael Bair Tom Morgan (Alpha Flight), James Fry and Stephen Platt (Marc Spector: Moon Knight)...

Ivy eventually moved on to inking for DC Comics - Sovereign Seven, Flash, JLA, Beast Boy; Image Comics - Shadowhawk, Supreme; Valiant - Bloodshot; Dark Horse - Aliens v Predators v Terminator, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters-Kenix Kil; IDW - GI Joe: Cobra Civil War and Dynamite Entertainment - Army of Darkness...

Ivy has also worked as a penciller on JLA, Fantastic Four, Psi-Force, New Avengers, Cloak and Dagger and many other titles...

Ivy has also served as colorist and cover artist for many comics...

I thought the Raven subject matter for the Edgar Allan Poe FDC from 2009 was a perfect match...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jason Baroody - Combat Jacks

2014.01.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Ledgewood, NJ
Sgt. Dorothy A. Darling - Combat Jacks
1983 Medal of Honor first day cover

Combat Jacks comes for the talented mind of Mark McKenna, who has been in the field for over 20 years working for DC and Marvel comics on titles like Batman, Justice League, X-Men and Spiderman...

McKenna created a children's book call Banana Tails, and now Combat Jacks, pencilled by Jason Baroody.

Combat Jacks tells a story of a a group of Marines who arrive on the planet Maia, to find the human inhabitants who were terraforming the planet to be missing. Early on they also find the locals are there to give them a deadly reception...

Jason Baroody is mostly known for his comic book work AIT/Planet Lar - Elvis Van Helsing; Image - Tales of the Starlight Drive-In; 5Finity - Archie Sketch card; Not Hardly Entertainment - Montana Briggs; Jim Krueger's The Clockmaker; Alterna Comics - Jesus Hates Zombies; New Adventures of the Human Fly; Voices of the Dead World...  Baroody has also written and provided illustrations for comic related magazines.

A founding member of Ten Ton Studios - Originally met Jason at a Widl Pig show in 2010 where he drew an excellent Galactus for my son Matt. Check it out on Matt's Collection page...

Medal of Honor first day cover  from 1983...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mark McKenna - Green Arrow

2010.05.15 Wild Pig Con, Springfield, NJ

Mark McKenna has been involved in the comic book industry for close to 30 years. McKenna first work was on Marvel's Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion #4 (1985). Since then he has continued to become an influence in the comic industry.  His extensive list of titles includes Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Avengers, Psi-Force, Nomad, Iron Man, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Dead-Pool;  DC Comics' Batman, Justice League, Doctor Fate, L.E.G.I.O.N., Aquaman; First Comics' Nexus; Valiant Comics' Magnus Robot Fighter; Dark Horse Star Wars..and  many others...

In 2012 McKenna was honored with the Inkwell Award; which was started in 2008 to recognize the craft of inking...

McKenna has also started his own imprint with a book designed, with his father, for kids called Banana Tail. Banana Tail is a mischievous, kind-hearted monkey with an unusual yellow tail, who is always getting into adventures with his friends Tic Tac the zebra and Reena the rhino...

McKenna has also written Combat Jacks, pencils by Jason Baroody, inked by Kate Finnegan, lettered by Sam Eggleston. There is also a hot variant cover by Billy Tucci...

Green Arrow was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, making his first appearance in More Fun Comics #73, November 1941...