Friday, November 28, 2014

Tom Schloendorn - Lego Spider-man

2014.11.08 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

I had this Spiderman FDC signed by Chris Claremont on 2014.04.12 at the Asbury Park Comic Con. I figured I would have him sign the cover and have an artist provide a sketch.  Prior to meeting Claremont, I was asked if I ever requested a writer to write something on the cover. I had not given this much thought, but in my usual smart-ass manner, I explained my project to Claremont I added that he was welcome to write something if he wished. He looked up at me with a look that said "let me give this consideration" - No. He did this with a slight smile and took less than of 1 second of thought. Although best known for his work on Uncanny Z-Men (16 years), Claremont did write Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #11...

Tom Schloendorn started out as a penciler, but switched to inking when he realized inking was a lost art. Many of the inkers of the past were so good, you did not know they were there. Their job was to compliment the pencils not overtake them. Tom is credited with inking the titles Hope: New Orleans (2007), Memories and Echoes: Remembering World War II (2005), Pantheon (2007),  Varied Scaries (2004), Tales of the Starlight Drive-In, Trailer Park of Terror....

Tom was sketching Lego Superheroes at the Hospice show, so I figured a Lego Spider-Man would work great for this cover...


Friday, November 21, 2014

Ed Coutts - Wasp

2014.11.08 - Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

I am always amazed at the beauty of Ed Coutts' work. I knew he was going to be at the Hospice show and I  was prepared to ask for a Lady Liberty sketch. Then  I started looking through some of his prints, and his drawing of Wasp changed my mind. I had a dragonfly first day cover, which I was hoping for the right set of circumstances, the right character and the right artist...  Time was right...

I first starting thinking of obtaining a Wasp sketch after having seen a sketch from Jason Baroody at show earlier in the year. When I saw Ed's version it was a must have for me. As usual Ed did not disappoint...

Wasp was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in 1963, Tales to Astonish #44. A founding member of the Avengers...

Besides the bevy of beauties Ed always draws, he had some excellent monster prints, I especially like the Creature from the Black Lagoon...
Ed Coutts Art Portfolio site

Dragonfly is a villain from Marvel comics, created by Chris Claremont and Len Wein for Uncanny X-Men #94 (1975).  Rik Levins created a Dragonfly character for Americomics, in 1983, who became a member of Femforce. One day I hope to add a sketch of her to the mix...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Donny Cates - Batman

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

After leaving artist alley, I ventured to the main floor to check out the comic companies. As I walked past the Dark Horse booth, I noticed a creator drawing a Batman sketch in a fan's book. The sketch was not great but the artist was having fun and the collector did not seem to mind. When he was done I questioned the book he was signing "Buzz Kill". He told me he was the writer, Donny Cates. I picked up a copy and asked him to sign it, and questioned why he was drawing a Batman. He stated some collectors ask him to draw even though he is not an artist.

We discussed my collection and that I had one previous writer draw a sketch (Erica Shultz) and had asked Chris Claremont if he would write something (he did not, but after some thought). 

I opted for a Batman sketch from Donny, which is not that bad for a writer. I enjoy collecting and it is fun to watch someone create a drawing even if it is not their specialty.

Buzz Kill is the story of an alcoholic superhero who derives his power from massive amounts of alcohol. Written by Cates and Mark Reznicek, art by Geoff Shaw.

Cates is also writing The Ghost Fleet for Dark Horse Comics...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

J.M. DeSantis - Chadhiyana

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

"Sagreembal learned his cruelty from the great enemy, but it is said he learned his wisdom and cunning from the dragons"...

I was finishing my day at Comic Con by visiting the small press area when I stopped to look at the sketches on display at DeSantis' booth. Something about his style caught my interest. Although I was getting ready to leave and did not have much time, I asked for a sketch, something related to DeSantis' book Chadiyana. Although there are no dragons in the story, the serpent Sagreembal has a relationship to dragons, J.M. provided a quick sketch, which he did while standing up (I'm impressed).

J.M. DeSantis is a writer and artist, and creator of Chadhiyana the heroine of an India-inspired fantasy. DeSantis' approaches his writing as if they were historical events. His art utilizes traditional methods of acrylics, watercolors, colored pencils and ink.

Works include - writer and artist for GWP Presents, Planet Lovecraft Magazine and Psychosis Today. Penciller for Comicbook Artists Guild Anthology and Iconic...