Friday, January 30, 2015

Sean Douglas - Home World

2014.11.08 - Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Sean Douglas is a freelance artist who is trying to publish his first book, Home World.
Home World is a Sci-Fi military comic set in 2181 AD. After a war that brings destruction to our  planet a search for a new world ensues. But the explorers run into trouble along the way...

Previously Douglas has provided character designs for game companies, painted commissions (Matt picked up a Red Hood at the show), and provided a pin-up for Blue Juice comic The Accelerators... 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Shawn Andrews - Harley Quinn

2015.01 Harley Quinn

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Shawn Andrews was inspired by Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri and studying the works of Vallejo, Bell, Olivia and Frazetta. Through studies fine arts and figures became Andrews focus, dissuaded from comics by his professors...

In 2012 still chasing the dream Andrews joined the comic convention circuit bringing his fine art and pinups, using fully rendered pencil techniques to showcase stunning images of comic industry icons...

I am always amazed at the work that can be produced by a pencil, bringing out the shades and textures...very nice..

Friday, January 16, 2015

Anthony Marques - The Shadow

2014.10.10 Deweys Comic City, Madison, NJ

Anthony Marques is a graduate of the Kubert School, and has worked for DC Comics, Dark Horse and produced a comic anthology Epics through Kickstarter. Now Marques joins Michale Moreci, writer, Moritat and Dev Madan, art, on Dynamite's one-shot book The Shadow - Agents of the Shadow.  Faced with a world without the Shadow his agents must step up and tackle a crime syndicate...

Signed by Marques, the cover art for the book is by Robert Hack... I am not OCD, but I keep wanting to peel that damn price sticker off the book!!

The Shadow first appeared as a pulp fiction character, in the story "The Living Shadow", in 1931. The character was created by Walter Gibson under the pen name Maxwell Grant.  The Shadow would continue in publication until 1980 featured in over 300 stories.  The Shadow is a vigilante, using a secret identity, dressed in black working in the shadows of the night.

By 1931 the character had moved to radio with Frank Readick voicing the character. In 1937 Orson Welles would bring the character to life in the official Shadow radio dramas.

Comic strips took hold of the Shadow in 1940, written by Gibson and pencilled by Vernon Greene. The strip ran for 2 years. Archie Comics would revive the character in 1964 with an eight-series run of books. These stories were written by Robert Bernstein and Jerry Siegel, with art by John Rosenberger. DC Comics would reintroduce the Shadow in 1973, written by Dennis O'Neil and pencilled by Michael Kaluta, Frank Robbins and E.R. Cruz. The character would continue to find his way into the comics over the years..

In film the Shadow had s series of short movies produced in 1931-1932 based on the Detective Story Radio program.  Five additional features would be produced in 1937 through 1958, until 1994 when Alec Baldwin brought the character back to life..

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 Batman

DC Comics and the USPS teamed-up for the 75th anniversary of Batman with a  series of stamps issued at New York Comic Con on October 9, 2014...

The sheet of stamps features four Batman designs from the various comic book eras. Bill Finger and Bob Kane's original vision of Batman on the bottom row, the Silver Age Batman, the Golden Age Batman and the Modern Age Batman (credited to Jim Lee), along with their specific bat-signal, issued in four round stamps...

Besides the traditional first day cancel, the USPS provided a pictorial first day cancellation featuring the Batman logo...
a color printed first day cancel...
a DC Comics pictorial unofficial first day cancel...



the USPS also produced pictorial cancelations for each day of the Comic Con...

Even though stamp collecting is an old fashioned hobby that many see as well past its prime. I enjoy the fact that many artists are creating their own stamp designs, often as part of their training. The below links show a couple of artists who have created their own Batman related stamps, with some very nice designs...






Friday, January 2, 2015

Hyeyoung Seong - Japanese Animation



Japanses animation - Dragonball Z Kai issued January 23,2012 and Naruto Shippuden issued October 23, 2009. Both cachets were drawn by Hyeyoung Seong and are featured on his blog Thematic Stamp Collecting. The site features a variety of subjects such as Japanese anime, Doctor Who, Disney, Sherlock Holmes and other subjects...

The above are two of Seong's hand drawn covers from popular Japanese animation. Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama, was first published in manga form in 1988 in Weekly Shonen Jump. The cartoon series first aired on the Japanese Fuji TV from 1989 to 1996...

Naruto was first published as a one-shot in Akamaru Jump in 1997. It would then be published in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014. The series was created by Masahi Kishimoto. The anime series premiered on TV Tokyo in 2002...

Thanks to Hyeyoung for allowing me to share his covers...