Friday, May 29, 2015

Farlaine the Goblin

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a Goblin is a wandering sprite that is usually mischievous and malicious.

Farlaine the Goblin is wandering but far from malicious. His story is a fairy tale. A tree goblin shaman from the Forest of Fin-Din, has spent many years wandering the Oddlands of Wug in search of a forest to call his own. Traveling with his tree Ehrenwort, Farline's story is told through a series of family-friendly books...

Dobby was honored as part of the Harry Potter series issued in 2013. A house-elf, who strongly resembles a goblin, served the Malfoy family before Harry Potter found a way to gain his release through trickery...

The creator of Farlaine remains anonymous to the audience. There is no mention of who the creator is on the website or on the book itself. The drawing is signed with a letter j. The creator of Farline wishes the audience to focus on the story without focus on the creator...

Friday, May 22, 2015

Peter Gallagher - Heathcliff

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately (Gallagher) in 1973, featuring the wisecracking cat as the title character. Peter Gallagher took over the comic in 1988 after apprenticing under his uncles Gately and John Gallagher. Heathcliff is distributed by Creators Syndicate in over 1,000 newspapers. Heathcliff has also appeared in comicbook format and has been the subject of an animated motion picture...

Peter Gallagher was born into cartooning, following his uncles Geroge Gately and John Gallagher, who both worked on the original Heathcliff...

A New Jersey native and instructor at Montclair State University, Gallagher has also created the "Jersey Tomato" comic strip in Weird NJ Magazine...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jim Salicrup - The Thing

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jim Salicrup has served as editor at Marvel Comics, for twenty years, working on titles such as Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers and Spider-Man..

At Topps Comics Salicrup edited Bram Stoker's Dracula, X-Files and Zorro..

Salicrup also worked for Stan lee Media and currently at Papercutz, which publishes Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. He is also a trustee at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City...

At comic book shows, Salicrup has a sign at this table promoting "Lousy Art $5", and his table is littered with half-decent drawings of superheroes. I am not sure if this is a direct poke at the artists that surround him.  After passing Salicrup's table at many events I finally stopped to obtain some lousy art.  Upon receiving my sketch, I told Salicrup that I was disappointed, this was not lousy as advertised, it was good!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Simon Bisley - Batman

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Simon Bisley has cited his influences to be Frank Frazetta, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, William Turner and Richard Corben. His distinctive style is predominantly rendered using acrylics on bristol board, Bisley does not use airbrushes, although his style gives that effect...

Bisley, a British comic book artist is best known for his 1990's work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Slaine. Much of his work is also influenced by rock album covers as traditional comic book art. While a student Bisley did a painting of a robot holding a baby that a friend passed to Pat Mills, and inspired him to relaunch the ABC Warriors strip with Bisley as artist in 1987...

When I approached Bisley, he was hunched over a painting of Harley Quinn. I inquired about a sketch and then explained my project. Bisley took a few glances up at me and then asked "Are you nuts?!"  I replied yes and we agreed on a Batman piece.  From what I could see Bisley was working strictly with washes, shades of black, little else...

At times I do not get to watch the art come to life, this time I had the opportunity as Bisley quickly grabbed a brush and starting bringing Batman to life. No pencil sketch to figure out the plan, just quick defined brush strokes, which grew stronger and deeper in black. He mumbled "like painting my own money" and continued on...

He hit the postmark, which he originally intended to go around. Continued to complete the line and declared the postmark was the moon behind Batman's shoulder. Brilliant !!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kevin Greaves - Chewbacca

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Kevin Greaves - Kevtoons

My inspiration for obtraining drawing of Chewbacca on the Negro Leagues Baseball cover, is the celebration many minor and major league baseball teams have been having over the years to honor Star Wars on May 4th...

Since 2011 several teams have taken to wearing Wookie inspired jerseys, these teams include the Toledo Mudhens and the Kane County Cougars. Other teams honoring Star Wars which witnessed several characters throwing out the first pitch (Ewoks, Darth Vader, and others) include Sacramento River Cats, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Brooklyn Cyclones, West Michigan Whitecaps, New York Mets, Cincinnati Red, Atlanta Braves spring training at Disney and this great picture of Chewbacca....

The Negro Leagues stamp and  first day cover commemorates the times when baseball was segregated on the field (owners were sometimes white). but on the field black Americans could not play along side white Americans, until Jackie Robinson stepped on the field for the Brooklyn dodgers in 1947. The Negro Leagues would continue for w few years past this time, but integration of Major League Baseball saw the end of the segregated leagues. One of the stamps features Rube Foster, a player and manager in the Negro Leagues from 1902-1926, called the Father of Black Baseball...