Friday, May 30, 2014

Michal Brodka - the Batman

2014.05.24 Woodbridge Comic Fest, Woodbridge, NJ

Outdoor festivals always run the risk of bad weather. When I arrived at the Woodbridge Fest, there were 5 vendors set up. Larry Hama, Michal Brodka, Vanessa Seixas, a candle seller, robotics and a musician, along with a few cos-players. the threat of bad weather had kept many of the comic book vendors away...

I give credit to those who did brave the potential for rain (we all know what happens when comics and water mix)!

I was looking over the art at Michal and Vanessa's booth and taken in by both of their work. Michal had some amazing engraved and screen prints. Since I try to keep my collecting to first day covers, and there were only 3 artists are the fest I asked Michal if he would be willing to provide me with a sketch. His response was low key "sure". When I asked what his preference in drawing might be his response - "anything dark"... I love that kind of response!

Michal provided me with a quick Batman, that does not give full credit to his talent. His engravings are gorgeous.. From his Youtube video bio - Michal is one half of Celestial Bodies, a galactic collaboration between himself and the music artist Ruined Machines. I have been listening to them while writing this, excellent prog rock...

Check out Michal's work at his facebook page and RSI apparel...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Louis Small Jr - Vampirella

2014.04.12 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Louis Small Jr is best known for his work on Harris Comic's Vampirella.  Small has also worked as a writer, inker and cover artist on titles for  DC Comics (Supegirl); Marvel Comics (Ka-Zar); Defiant Comics (Michael Alexander, Dark Dominion; and Vertigo Comics (Codename: Knockout), which Small co-created with Rob Rodi...

Small has also provided sketch work for Breygent Marketing Cards (Golden Age Heroes, Cartoon Sketch cards and Sci-Fi Horror cards)...

updated 2014.06.26 recently came across this site for Vampirella related covers

Sunday, May 18, 2014

H. R. Giger

H.R. Giger, swiss painter, sculptor and set designer passed on May 12, 2014. Giger was known for his fantastic designs for the movie Alien, as well as album covers such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery. Meticulously detailed, his paintings show a biomedical style that combines flesh and machine...


comic strip - Eek! by Scott Nickel

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chris Calle - Moon Landing

2014.05.07 postmarked

Oh my GOD!!!
The voice was that of a 10-year old girl - the body it came out of was a 50+ male. That was my reaction when I saw the above sketch from Chris Calle.

I had the opportunity to receive a correspondence from Chris Calle, when I had posted one of the Peter Max moon landing covers I had on e-bay. Since I had a few copies of the cover being offered, I suggested a trade of several space and Peter Max related covers for a sketch of his. His e-mail came back "I usually do not do quick sketches...    let's trade!"

Apparently Calle had visited my site previously and was impressed with the covers I had presented. The note he sent with the above cover "My cover to add to your very cool collection - All the best, Chris."

Chris Calle is the son of Paul Calle (1928-2010), two of the most talented artists to put pen to paper. Their specialty is space art. Paul designed the 1969 Moon Landing stamp, as well as the Gemini Space twins, Douglas MacArthur, Robert Frost, Clara Maas, Vietnam Veterans all for the USPS. Paul also designed stamps for the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Sweden and the United Nations.

1962 - NASA set up their art program for the purpose of recording the history of space through the eyes of artists. These artists included Paul Calle, Norman Rockwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Annie Leibovitz and several others. As part of the program, Calle was given exclusive access to the astronauts during the mission and his sketches are on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Chris Calle followed in his father's footsteps as he designed the 25th anniversary Moon Landing stamp with his father. Chris has also designed many issues for the USPS including issues for Bessie Coleman, Theodore von Karman, Edward R Murrow, Connecticut Statehood, and others. Chris Calle also produces his own first day covers...

Chris Calle also specializes in wildlife and nature sketches due to his concern for the environment and the plight of endangered species...

As for the Moon Landing envelope, this was given to me by my Uncle Bob, who was President of an envelope manufacturing company, the same facility where my parents worked and met. Uncle Bob was in Washington for a conference on Sept 9, 1969, when the stamp was issued. He attempted to obtain a first day cancel, but found he did not have an envelope in his possession. He had to borrow one!
Because of this I have always held on to this cover, never realizing that one day it would carry Chris Calle artwork.

As far as the trade I made with Chris - I win!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Terrell Jefferson - Harley Quinn

2014.04.12 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Terrell Jefferson (JTonz) had a small table at the Con, yet he was totally comfortable with that. His work displayed on the table showed skill and a style that called to me. We talked briefly about his style, which I referred to as having sharp angular features with a soft touch. His subjects included Hellboy and Michael Jackson.. when we discussed a subject for his sketch, he suggested Harley, to which he provided a great sketch with Harley mimicking the Fanny Brice stamp. 

Looking at his deviantart page, I was really taken by his drawing of The Horseman of Death (wish I had seen that at the con!)...

Fanny Brice in 1910 became a headliner for the Ziegfield Follies, was a comedian, singer, actress, radio personality (The Baby Snooks Show) and was the subject of the Barbara Streisand film Funny Girl. (Never thought I would be including Streisand in this blog)...

Harley Quinn was introduced into the DC world in 1992, created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for the  Batman: The Animated Series television program...

Friday, May 2, 2014

Bob Fingerman

2014.04.12 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ
"Will kids of 2025 ever know the Dewey Decimal system?"

Bob Fingerman's titles for Fantagraphics include the acclaimed Minimum Wage (semi-autobiographic) and White Like She (a 1993 graphic novel about a black man who has his brain transplanted into a teenaged white girls body). Image Comics issued Maximum Minimum Wage in 2013 which is a deluxe reissue of his defining comic series...

Starting in 1984 Fingerman produced work for Harvey Kurtzman on the young readers anthology "Nuts!" During this time Fingerman produced a series of parodies for the French L'Echo Des Savans and Spain's El Vibora...

Other works included Cracked magazine, Screw magazine, Penthouse Hot Talk, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, High Times, The Village Voice and Business Week. Comic books include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and short stories and cover work for Dark Horse and Verigo Comics...

Fingerman looked through my available first day covers and chose the Libraries FDC to draw his self portrait, since his works cross the boundaries of comic books, graphic novels and prose novels...

Novels  - Pariah, Bottomfeeder...
Graphic Novels - Minimum Wage, Beg the Question, From the Ashes (I picked up this book and found it to be very humorous), Recess Pieces, You Deserved It...
Illustrated Novella - Connective Tissue