Friday, September 30, 2016

Creees - Batman

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Creees, aka Hyungsun Lee, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, NYC.  Creees started honing his skills at age 3, growing up drawing characters form Dragonball Z and Batman. Creees draws because he feels it keeps him alive...

Creees is inspired by the talents of Jim Lee, Kenneth Rocafort, Klaus Janson (SVA), Matteo Scalera and Sean Murphy...

CreesArt - check out his Marvel X Pokemon art on Phoenix X Ho-oh, as well as his other Marvel and DC - Pokemon pieces...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Howie Noel - Louie the Lilac

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

When I picked up this envelope, I knew I wanted to get a sketch of Milton Berle as Louie the Lilac, from the Batman TV series. I ran into an old friend Nick Mockoviac when I entered the Monsters and Robots show. I told him I was looking for the right person to provide a character sketch. He pointed to Howie Noel, whose booth we were standing in front of. Noel provided an excellent rendition of the Berle character.

The Batman TV series ran from 1966 - 1968, featuring many top names in villainous roles created just for the show. Louie the Lilac appeared in 1967, having cornered the flower market in Gotham, he planned on taking over the "flower generation"..  Milton Berle is considered the first major American TV star and was affectionately known as "Uncle Miltie"..

Berle stamp was part of a series honoring early stars of television. Berle starred in the Texaco Star Theatre (1948-1955)..

Howie Noel is an illustrator-caricturist, as well as the creator of the comic Tara Normal, Mr Scootles and Vincent: The Painter of Death. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Noel is the official cartoonist of TAPS Paramagazine...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jenaro Pagan - Phantom of the Opera

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jenaro Pagan has been an illustrator for over fifteen years, providing work for Headlocked Comics and Arcana Comics (colorist for Koni Konfidential and A Cat Named Haiku)..

Excellent version of the Phantom of the Opera...

Jenaro Pagan homepage

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sian Mandrake - Wolfman (Universal Monsters)

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Sian Mandrake is the daughter of Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, and is following in the family footsteps. A graduate of the Kubert school, Sian has done storyboards for the Indie movie Zombie Prom, Mars Attacks! sketch cards, the graphic novel Creepsville, as a colorist on John Carpenter's Asylum, X-Files, Convergence: Suicide Squad.

Sian is working on Chuck Dixon's "7 Deadly Sinners" and with Area 52 Studio as an artist, colorist and creator...

Sian has also worked as a colorist on Philip Lim's book "Kill the Night"...

On her Tumblr page Sian states " I draw lots of cats, vampires and bikers"... I guess it was no surprise she picked the Wolfman cover to draw her sketch...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Jack Mandrake - Captain America

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jack Mandrake, is a comic artist on the rise.. The son of Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, brother of Sian Mandrake.. Jack attended his first comic convention as an artist, getting a feel for the family business..

Jack is currently in school to help fine tune his artistic skills. I feel fortunate to be in possession of Jack's first convention commission, Captain America.