Friday, April 24, 2015

Arthur Adams - Space Girl

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Arthur Adams, a self-rtaught artist, has been a fan favorite for is highly distinctive and detailed artwork. He gained popularity pencilling the critically acclaimed Longshot limited series, written by Ann Nocenti, published by Marvel Comics in 1985...

Adams has served in roles as penciller, cover artist and writer for many of the more popular titles including Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, Godzilla, Rocketeer, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Hulk, Red Sonja, Avengers, Green Lantern and many others...

Adams launched his creator owned, written and drawn series Monkyman and O'Brian in 1993 with Dark Horse Comics Legend imprint.

Looking over Adams artwork I was not sure what I should ask for, I was leaning toward the Space Girl idea from a previous piece I had seen.  I was at the East Coast Con, helping at the Hospice table, which was next to Adams' table. I saw his Creature from the Black Lagoon, which was great. I kept looking over thinking do I dare cut into the long line that form and change my request. I was lucky enough to be first on his commission list. His line of admirer's never stopped coming. I held my ground and awaited by Space Girl...

Damn is she beautiful !!!  I am sure I would have been impressed with anything he drew...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Roger L Phillips - The Gray Zone

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

As a young art student, Roger L. Phillips was accidentally granted permission to enter the top secret facility near Roswell, NM at Groom Lake - Area 51...

For nearly 60 years, Mr. Phillips studied the extraterrestrial aliens being held at the base. He observed their behaviors, befriended them, learned from them and eventually understood them...

The Gray Zone is the result of this experience. Alien based cartoons reminiscent of Far Side cartoons, These single panel strips are hilarious...


While first speaking with Phillips, he pulled out a fan letter he received from Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, who utilizes envelopes with the Apollo 13 patch as a cachet. Upon seeing this I started discussing this project and Phillips was quick to offer his service to draw a cachet for me...

Very funny...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Owlgirls - Dave Ryan

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

NYC 1940 - the Owlgirls find themselves living in the human world of murder... The 3 sisters live in a Soho apartment, keeping to the shadows and a mystical corner of reality...

The Owlgirls are the creation of Italian artist Rachel Aragno, and she provides the beautifully inspired artwork, and ink washes. Dave Ryan provides art direction, enhancement and editing. Robert J. Sodaro wrote the story based on Rachel's synopsis...

I came across the first issues at a previous show at Robert J. Sodaro's table. Purchased the book and was fascinated by the story. Then Dave Ryan ran a Kickstarter for the second issue, which I am proud to say I am a supporter...

Dave was in attendance at today's premier East Coast show, so I had to request he provide an Owlgirls sketch...

Owlgirls is an original creator-owned comic series by Rachele Aragno...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cursed Pirate Girl and Naval Covers

In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day !!!

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con

Coming into the 2013 New York Comic Con, I made my way to Jeremy Bastian's table early. The previous year Bastian graced one of my first day covers with a gorgeous rendering of a sea creature, as he did not have time in his schedule to provide a cursed Pirate Girl sketch. Ever gracious Bastian accepted my request and provided the above sketch of the Cursed Pirate Girl. I finally picked up a copy of the book at the 2014 NY Comic Con and found it amazing. The artwork is so detailed, I had to go back to see what I originally missed...

1936.08.09 USS Ohama
M Fay Muridge (ACE 99) sketch

M Fay Muridge and her sister Slyvia were both members of Tacoma' USS Porposie Chapter #23.
Fay was a commercial artist who worked in a Seattle department store. Fay created many cachet designs for several ship covers. It has been noted that here interest was in creating the artwork more that in the covers themselves.

The Art Cover Exchange - in 1935 Leonard J. Turley formed the original Art Cover Exchange. The idea was to send a cover with a handmade cachet to a member to receive one in return. Using ingenuity, members mailed covers from post offices with names like Bald Knob, WV with appropriate artwork on their envelopes. Designs were done for birthdays, holidays and special events. Most important was the cover and the friendly exchange. The Art Cover Exchange is still in operation...

USS Omaha CL-4 was was launched on Dec 14, 1920, two years after being laid down and wasn't commissioned until Feb 24, 1923. the Omaha joined the Atlantic Fleet and was used for training visiting ports throughout the world. During the Second World War, the USS Omaha continued to patrol the Atlantic Ocean, assisting in the capture of the German blockade runners Odenwald and Rio Grande, sinking a third the Burgenland.

The USS Omaha was decommissioned in 1946....