Friday, May 26, 2017

Shannon Wheeler - Too Much Coffee Man

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

When I read that Shanon Wheeler would be at East Coast Comic Con, I searched through eBay for a coffee related first day cover. I found the above Silver Coffeepot from 2005, designed by Tania Lee, based on a coffeepot crafted by silversmiths in Philadelphia over 200 years ago. Apparently tea and coffee were a big part of the 18th century social life...

Coffee is still a big part of life today, and Shannon Wheeler knew this when he created Too Much Coffee Man in 1991. A satirical superhero, TMCM broods about the state of the world and politics first saw publication in the Daily Texan. TMCM would eventually make the pages of the Dark Horse Comic anthology series.

Wheeler published a book called Postage Stamp Funnies:

Wheeler is a cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine and a recipient of the Eisner Award 1995 and 2011.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Gerhard - Cerebus

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

As anyone who attends a large convention knows, you can spend a lot of time standing on line. This takes time away from the potential to meet someone. I was standing on line to obtain a signature from Joe Giella, a silver age artist. I then realized I was standing in front of Gerhard's table. He was speaking with two fans and started sketching. My first thought was, it is possible he does not have a full dance card this late in the afternoon. I leaned in to speak with with wife to ask if it was possible to still obtain a sketch and she respond yes, of course it was. Wow!

A sketch from Gerhard was a dream for me, however the US Postal Service has not issued any aardvark stamps.  I chose a generic Star first day cover for the sketch.

Gerhard started his association with Dave Sim's Cereus with issue #65, in 1984. Gerhard often described his job as drawing tables and chairs behind an aardvark. Besides his work on Cereus, Gerhard has worked on Stephen R Bissette's Tyrant #1, colored Oni Press' Free Speeches #1 and provided a panel to Locust Moon's Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, a beautiful look at the classic comic from the perspective of various artists

It was a pleasure meeting Gerhard and his wife. He has recently provided illustrations for a children's book The Wish, written by Shelley Byers



Joe Giella, Inkpot Award 1996, studied at the Arts Students League in Manhattan and obtaining his first job on the humor feature "Captain Codfish". He would obtain some freelance work at Fawcett Comics to ink Captain Marvel. He moved to Timely/Marvel finishing backgrounds and making pencil corrections on Captain America  Comics, Human Torch, Sub Mariner and others. 

At DC Comics he would start inking Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary and other titles for Julius Schwartz. He would ink Alex Toth westerns and Sheldon Moldoff Batman stories and Gil Kane's Green Lantern...

Giella also assisted on King Features Syndicate comic strips Flash Gordon and The Phantom, inking Dan Barry and Sy Barry. Up until 2016 Giella was drawing the comic strip Mary Worth.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bill Wray - Gasoline Alley

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

I had met Bill Wray at last year's East Coast Comic Con, but did not have the opportunity to obtain a sketch. So this year I made the effort to reach his table and request a sketch. Wray is a cartoonist noted for his work on the Ren & Stimpy show and Samuri Jack, as well as starting out with Disney, Hanna-Barbera and Filmation studios.  He has contributed to Mad magazine and co-created Hellboy Jr, with Mike Mignola.

Wray sketches scream with the Ren & Stimpy style, and I thought I would obtain a sketch of either character doing something stoopid. Wray started looking through the selection of covers I had with me and became engrossed in the art of the stamps. He stopped at the Classic Comics stamp for Gasoline Alley and started to reminisce about his enjoyment of the newspaper comics especially Gasoline Alley.

When I returned to pick up the sketch I was very surprised to see Wray had drawn the main characters Walt Wallet and Skeezix, in the style of the original comics, as done by Frank King during the 1920's. We are the same age, so I know the nostalgic feeling he must have had when he did this. Gasoline Alley was one of the few comic strips that actually grew up with you as you read it..

Thank you Bill for a truly beautiful tribute..

Under the name William Wray, he paints the Urban Landscape series of fine paintings documenting the urban California landscape..


Jim Scancarelli sketch, with his 90th anniversary strip honoring those who came before him: Frank King (creator 1918-1959), Bill Perry (Sunday strips 1951-1975) Dick Moores (1956-1986)


Friday, May 5, 2017

Mr Havoc - Groot

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Hr. Havoc (Chris Alvarez), his Facebook and twitter pages states he is a New Jersey based artist, illustrator, father and husband. Comic needing, movie quoting, drawn, bad ass.
Love me some comics, toys and movies
Who doesn't love Groot


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opens today, looking forward to it...Enjoy!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Nicky Soh - Rock Mary Rock

2016.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Rock Mary Rock is a comic created by Nicky Soh, an artist from Singapore who studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The concept for Rock Mary Rock, about a young girl who picks up a haunted guitar, releasing the Rock n Roll spirit was developed over many years. After being turned down by major publishers, Soh turned the comic into a 2015 web-comic.

Rock Mary Rock has since been independently been released as a comic book..


Friday, April 21, 2017

Raymond Estrada - Rock n Roll

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Raymond Estrada is a student at Joe Kubert's School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

Friday, April 14, 2017

Diana Leto - Vampirella

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Diana Leto is an illustrator and production artist who displays a very diverse style of art, from My Little Pony (IDW) to Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse), ERB's Cave Girl and as colorist for Carson of Venus.. 

While looking over her blog I was taken by her Green Mermaid, which is beautiful.. When presented with an artist that can offer some many styles, I have to decide on what to ask for... a mermaid, My Little Pony, Tarzan... Diana made the choice herself. After looking through the available stamps, she quickly chose the Phantom of the Opera and offered to draw Vampirella. Her reason "she likes to draw Vampirella".. I can not ask for a better reason..

I also picked up a copy of the Dark Horse Graphic novel "The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion" created by Martin Powell and Leto, with art by Thomas Boatwright and Leto.. hope to see more of this...

During of conversation Diana had mentioned her grandfather had worked for he US Post Office and was involved with the production and design of the Paul Revere stamp, part of the Liberty series released in 1958..

Friday, April 7, 2017

Brad Clayton - Storm

2016.11.19 New Jersey Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Brad Clayton is a student at Joe Kubert's School of Cartooning and Graphic Design.
Using the Love stamp first day cover, Brad drew Storm of the X-Men holding a lightning heart in her hands...

You can view Brad's work on instagram @Bradleyclayton

Friday, March 31, 2017

Chris Henderson - Star Trek


I recently came across the above sketch of Mr Spock on Ebay. The price is reasonable considering what some artists with lesser talent s are charging at shows.

I came across an article regarding Chris Henderson at Sketch Card Art Blog, so most of the information about Henderson comes from this site.

Chris Henderson is a mostly self-taught artist, who starting doing sketch cards in 2004 for the Battlestar Galactica Premiere set for Rittenhouse Archives. He has also provided sketch cards for Cartoon Sketches, Star Wars Galaxy 5, Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back 3D, Sci-fi & Horror Movie Posters 2, Hammer 2, Woodstock Generation, 2010 Topps Football....



A few additional sketches that were available on Ebay at the time of this post. I like how the colors of the Bob Hope sketch, mimic the stamp design, with duplicating the stamp art.

Chris Henderson is a freelance illustrator, who has suffered some unfortunate health issues over the last few years. A stroke in 2012 left him unable to use his dominate left hand. After rehab and regaining his ability to create, he was struck with colon cancer. Henderson currently has a Go Fund Me site to help with his bills.

Henderson's Facebook book page shows many of his first day covers and sketch cards, which include Avengers, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Batman, Astronauts, Hollywood and Sports celebrities.

I wish Chris Henderson all the best and a healthy recovery...




Friday, March 24, 2017

Jason Brower - The Beatles

2016.10.16 Non-Sport Update Card Show, Allentown, Pa

I originally went to the card show to obtain a few sketch cards and other collectibles. As usual I threw a few first day covers in my bag with the thought of obtaining some sketches from the artists in attendance. When I came to Brewer's table a second time I discussed the possibility of obtaining a sketch. His favorite area of art was focused on horror, but I did not bring any horror related covers with me...

Brewer has produced sketch cards for Viceroy: The Insect Collection, Monster Wax: Dinosaur Galaxy Liquid Leviathans and Monsters & Maniacs, Topps Garbage Pail Kids, Neil Cameras Monsters and Pastime Cards: Presidential set..

While speak with Brower he mentioned his other passion was music. A drummer/compser with roots in progressive rock, fusion and classical. The monster alternative had to be The Beatles Yellow Submarine, an animated movie that delved heavily into the pop art culture of the Sixties... George Dunning, who worked on the original Beatles cartoons, was the overall director supervising over 200 artists.

The animation design is credited to Heinz Edelman, who along with Milton Glaser pioneered the psychedelic style of the Sixties. The style is very reminiscent of the work of Peter Max, who is often incorrectly given credit for the film.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Emma Kubert - Batgirl

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Emma Kubert is a student at the Kubert School. She is working towards becoming a comic artist and illustrator and enjoys crating all kinds of art...

When I requested a sketch, I asked what would interest her.. Her response was she was drawing Poison Ivy and other red-heads.. That is why we selected Batgirl..



Friday, March 10, 2017

Jerry Dumas - Sam and Silo


I received this card in the early 1990's from Jerry Dumas. 
Although Dumas passed in November 12 2016, The Walker's ran a tribute strip in Beetle Bailey on March 3, 2017.

Jerry Dumas was best known for the daily comic strip Sam and Silo, which was created by Mort Walker, which started out as Sam's Strip (1961-1963). Sam and Silo, a continuation of Sam's premiered in 1977, with Jerry Dumas taking full control in 1995.
Sam and Silo are sheriff and deputy of the small town of Upper Duckwater, a town so safe the pair spend their time sleeping in their police car behind the billboards.
2013
1962 (Crazy Kat and Ignatz reference)
I have always enjoyed comics strips acknowledging other comic strips...

Dumas also worked on the comic strip Benchley with Mort Drucker and Rabbits Rafferty and McCall of the Wild, with Mel Crawford. Dumas also did illustration work for The Washington Post, The New Yorker and the New York Times. As a writer he contributed essays to the Atlantic Monthly and the Smithsonian. He published a childhood memoir, An Afternoon in Waterloo Park...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Joel Adams - the Mask

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Joel Adams is the eldest son of Neal. Graduating from the School of Visual arts, NY in 1988, Adams moved to the West Coast to work at Continuity Studios. Adams has worked on titles such as Ms Mystic and Bucky O'Hare; Penthouse Comix' Young Captain Adventure.

Moving to Marvel Animation in 1996, Adams would provide character design for The Hulk: Animated Series. At FOX/Film Roman he would work on King of the Hill and at FOX Family Nascar Racers.

Further work would include Captain Scarlet, The Mask (Animation), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and many other licensed titles...

Adams has created the LILZ series of characters.. cute big eyed, big head characters that feature angels, pirates and mermaids inspired by the style of Betty Boop...

The Mask is a Dark Horse comic book series created by Mike Richardson, Mark Badger, John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke. The magical mask imbues the wearer with reality bending powers and physical imperviousness. The original story line was called the Masque, which ran in Dark Horse Presents...

The Mask was made into a feature film in 1994, followed by an animated series and a second film...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mike Leeke - X-O Manowar

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Mike Leeke is a comic book writer, penciller, cover artist and inker. His titles include X-O Manowar; Robotech -The Macross Saga; Psi-Lords; Deathmate; H.A.R.D. Corps; Solar, Man of the Atom; Turok, Dinosaur Hunter...

X-O Manowar (Aric Dacia) was created by Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Jon Hartz for the Valiant Comics label in 1992.  Aric is heir to the throne of the Visigoth, who were colonized by the alien race the Vine. Leading a revolt against the Vine, Aric stole their most powerful relic, Shanhara, the sentient X-O Manowar armor. Bonding with the armor Aric turned this powerful weapon against the Vine...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Basketball

J Barbour hand painted - 2000

An ebay purchase... I do not know anything about J Barbour, except he drew and painted first day covers, which can be found on ebay for several issues...

I liked the comic touch to the basketball player... Although I am not a huge basketball fan I figured I would post this on NBA All-Star weekend.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Sam Ellis - Archer

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ
"Do You Want Mail? Because That's How U get Mail!"

According to his website Man of Missle:
Sam Ellis
Visual Story Teller
& Purveyor
of other fine things

Sam Ellis makes comics, cartoons and games, having worked for Boom Studios, Cartoon Network-Adult Swim, Disney Interactive, FX and Marvel, he is currently co-writer and artist on Adventure Time 

Many fans of course know Ellis as the lead character designer for Archer (2009-2010), as well as illustrator on Frisky Dingo (2006) and the Xtacles (2008).

Ellis also provided voice work for Frisky Dingo and Archer (uncredited). Ellis had a successful Kickstarter project: Throwdown! Card Game - Robot Cowboy Samurai...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Anthony Helmer - Star Trek - Uhura

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Anthony Helmer's art is heavily influenced by the Disney style. His Facebook page states: cold beers, mouse ears and pop art...

With the release of the Star Trek stamp, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise, I wanted to obtain at least one sketch during this show that would focus on Star Trek.. My choice had to be Helmers, his style is is perfect for any princess: Disney or Star Trek...

His choice was the current Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana)...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Paul Newman - Slapshot


As a fan of the Paul Newman comedy Slapshot, I felt a need to express myself in a cachet design that honored the movie...One of the funniest movies to put on the foil...

In related news - January 25 marked the 93rd anniversary of the first Winter Olympics held in Chamonix France, 1924.  Hockey being one of the sports played with Canada taking the Gold, followed by the USA with Silver andGreat Britain winning the Bronze. Other participating teams included Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Sweden and Switzerland

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ben Risbeck - Ollie 008

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Ben Risbeck has worked in various areas of the design industry...character concept, storyboard artist, graphic designer, art director...

Risbeck is working a his own project Ollie 008: The Octopi Spy. The story of a young octopus eating his cereal, collecting boxtops to enter the Kraken Coalition as a junior spy. However when things don't go as planned he is elevated to senior level spy and the perks that go with it. However Ollie lacks the experience required...

Beautifully crafted book and story...scribbles and sketches

Friday, January 13, 2017

Joseph Michael Linsner - Dawn and Sinful Suzie

Joseph Michael Linsner is best known for his creation of Dawn. Since her first appearance in Cry for Dawn, 1989, the character has struck a chord with thousands of fans in an international level. I first had the opportunity of meeting Linsner at a comic book shop in Woodbridge NJ, when Cry for Dawn was first being published. He was kind to provide the below sketch, which I appreciate for it's simplicity, yet still evokes emotion. Dawn is the goddess of birth and rebirth, who is generally depicted as a young red-head with three-tears running down her left eye...

I was pleased to meet Linsner again and have the opportunity to obtain another sketch at the Comic Expo. Linsner provided a newer creation, Sinful Suzi, whose own publication was released in 2013 by Image Comics. Suzi is a mischievous demon-girl with a fondness for hellish pitchforks...
2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Linsner has worked on a crossover with Dawn and Vampirella, painted covers for all of the major comic publisher including the titles Wolverine, Black Cat, Killraven, Justice League, Conan...
One of his proudest moments was getting to illustrate a short story written by Stan Lee for "Actor Comics Presents"... Art of Linsner

Happy Friday the 13th

Friday, January 6, 2017

Liana Kangas - David Bowie/Constantine

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Liana is an illustrator and aspiring comic book artist.  While I was looking over her prints, I was impressed by the style, many of which featured pop culture David Bowie, X-File's Scully, Doctor Who, etc...

We discussed several possibilities, selecting a form of David Bowie. The first day cover features composer Bernard Hermann, who won an Academy Award for The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), many Hitchcock films - Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo. Other film scores included Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still (not the Keanu Reeves remake), The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Cape Fear, Taxi Driver. TV scores include Twilight Zone...

Liana provided a sketch of David Bowie as Constantine, in search of the man who knew too much... The character of John Constantine, a working class occult detective, was created by Alan Moore, Stephen R Bissette and John Totleben, 1985 and published by DC Comics and their Vertigo imprint. Since they were fans of the rock group Police, Constantine bears a strong resemblance to Sting. A Constantine feature film would be released in 2005 starring Keanu Reeves (he does get around), while a short lived TV series premiered in 2014..,

Liana primarily freelances and listens to desert rock while drinking coffee. Her work incorporates strong angular linework and watercolor/inks...

We concluded your day with a nice discussion of Hockey and Don Cherry (Google his suits, it's worth the time)...