Friday, October 30, 2015

Greg Larocque - Black Cat

2015.07.25 Garden State Comic Fest, Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ


Greg LaRocque is a comic book illustrator best known for his work on the Legion of Super-Heroes and The Flash.

LaRocque began his comics career at DC Comics and his first published work was the story "That Which Conquers All" in Mystery in Space #115 (Jan. 1981). Following this was OMAC back-up stories in The Warlord #42-47 (Feb. 1981-July 1981). His first work for Marvel Comics appeared in Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (Sept. 1981). He drew several issues of Marvel Team-Up including the last issue of the series. He and writer Louise Simonson launched a new Spider-Man title, Web of Spider-Man, in April 1985. Returning to DC Comics, LaRocque became prominent for his work illustrating the Legion of Super-Heroes. He drew The Flash with writer William Messner-Loebs from issue #15 (Aug. 1988) through #79 (Aug. 1993). A career highlight was redesigning the Flash's costume to its current incarnation.


Exiled Studio released LaRocque's creator owned material in the three-issue mini-series The Exiled, followed by CryBaby, Exiled Studio's first color comic book. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Russ Braun - Where Monsters Dwell

2015.06.06 NY Special Edition, NYC

Russ Braun has been working in comics for over 25 years, including time spent with Disney Feature Animation. Braun has worked on various titles including Batman, Fables, Hellstorm, Animal Man, jack of Fables, Dead Boy Detectives, Battlefields, and The Boys with Garth Ennis...

Currently Braun is working on Where Monsters Dwell, written by Ennis as part of Marvel's Secret Wars.  Phantom Eagle (Karl Kaufmann) and his companion Clementine Franklin-Cox as they fly rustic bi-planes and fight dinosaurs and cannibals...

Braun took the opportunity to draw a pencil sketch of Clementine on this Eddie Rickenbacher first day cover...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Jason Chatfield - Ginger Meggs

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

After I left artist alley at NYCC I went to the main floor to wander around. When I saw the National Cartoonist Society booth, I was drawn like a moth to the flame. I found several cartoonists waiting to provide sketches, including, to my surprise, Jason Chatfield current artist on the Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs...

Ginger Meggs, Australia's Favourite Boy, running since 1921 under the guidance of creator Jimmy Banks, follows the escapades of the red-headed mischief-maker. The strip has been passed through several cartoonists - Ron Vivian (1953-1973), Lloyd Piper (1973-1982), James Kemsley (1983-2007) and Jason Chatfield (2007-present)...

Captain Australia  is Ginger's imaginary alter ego, much like Calvin and Hobbes' Spaceman Spiff...

2015.10.07

Jason Chatfield besides drawing the iconic Ginger Meggs is also a stand-up comic and writes for several publications and is a New York Correspondent for ABC News Breakfast on ABC1 / ABCNews24, funny or Die, Nova 100 and The Project (Network 10)...
Chatfield although is drawing the Australian comic currently resides in NYC...

Ginger Meggs was first honored by the Australian Post July 17, 1985 as part of the Australian Classic Children's Book issue, which included Blink Bill, The Magic Pudding, SnugglePot and Cuddlepie and Elves and Fairies...
Ginger Meggs has also appeared on an Australian coin

1952 Ginger Meggs Fan club envelope



Friday, October 9, 2015

Nick Justus - Enemy Ace

2015.10.03 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Nick Justus was promoting his newest publication Mantasy, written by Jon Carroll, colors by Juanchoo..during his Nick Justus Does New Jersey Tour...

A graduate of the Kubert School, Nick had a fantastic portrait of Joe Kubert on his DeviantArt page. With this in mind I asked Nick to draw Enemy Ace - Hans von Hammer, created by Kubert and Robert Kanigher in 1965 first appearing in Our Army At War #151. I had the chance to meet Joe Kubert, but he was not doing sketches at the time only signing books. I would have loved to obtain an Enemy Ace sketch, but I was able to have him sign a collected edition of Enemy Ace stories...
I choose the Eddie Rickenbacker cover to compliment Enemy Ace, both World War I aces, representing different side of the battle, although one is fictional...


Currently a penciller/inker at Bluewater Comics, Nick has previously worked Devil's Due...


Friday, October 2, 2015

Brittany Pezzillo - Wolf Spirit

2015.07.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ

Brittany Pezzillo is a Kubert School graduate and an illustrator from Centeral New Jersey specializing in fantasy, sci fi, horror and psychedelic themes. In addition to illustration, Brittany also colors comic books and has developed a variety of concept art.

Brittany's business card which drew me to her table...
Brittany loves to paint and tell stories, to forge new worlds and their inhabitants for all to enjoy

Clients have included AEG, Pelgrane Press, Knighthawk Games and others...

Exhibitions
2015 - Art All Night Exhibit - Trenton, NJ
2014 - 10x10 Show - Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ