Friday, December 29, 2017

Scott Koblish - Lady Jaye

2017.11.18 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Scott Koblish is an artist and musician. He has worked for Marvel and DC Comics on various titles including Deadpool, Wolverine, Excalibur, Doom 2099, Punisher, GI joe, Iron Man, Disney Adventures, Wonder Woman, Brave and the Bold....

Scott chose to draw Lady Jaye, a member of the GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic and cartoon series. The character was original created for the GI Joe cartoon series produced by Marvel Productions in 1984. Her role on the team is covert operations specialist.

When I looked-up Scott's information I was surprised to find he is a singer-songwriter. Scott Koblish blog to listen to his music..

Friday, December 15, 2017

Jerry Ordway

2017.11.18 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Although I have been a fan of Superman since I was small, I do not have many Superman sketches. When I had the chance to meet Jerry Ordway, I had to jump at the opportunity. I expected to wait, so I tried to get an early spot on his line.

Ordway was more than generous with his time, with each fan that requested a sketch. Although this made the wait fairly long, it was understandable as you knew when your turn came, he would take his time with you as well. He was very pleasant and drew sketches that went well beyond the expected Superman requests...

Jerry Ordway is a writer, penciller, inker and painter. His work includes DC Comics Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985-1986), Superman titles (1986-1993) the Captain Marvel graphic novel The Power of Shazam! (1994) and the ongoing monthly Captain marvel series (1995-1999)

Ordway has also provided cover and art for Warp Graphics, AC Comics, Charlton Comics, paragon Publications, Eclipse Comics, Image Comics (Wildstar), First Comics (Grimjack) as well as Marvel comics Fantastic Four, The Avengers and US Agent.

Ordway received the Inkpot Award in 1994, and the Inkwell Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award in 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Stan Sakai - Usagi Yojimbo

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct
Year of the Rabbit first day

Stan Sakai started his comic career through lettering (Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragon's and Mark Evanier) and illustrating The Adventures of Nilson Grounthumper and Hermy, which was influenced by Groo

Usagi Yojimbo, follows the story of Minamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in the late-sixteenth century Japan, was first published in 1984 and has continued through 31 volumes. Space Usagi is a futuristic look at the descendants of Minamoto. Usagi Yojimbo has crossed over into several other comic storylines, notably the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sakai has illustrated  the limited series book 47 Ronin.

The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles presented an exhibit "Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo" July - October 2011.

Sakai has won numerous awards for this work including: Parent's Choice Awards, Inkpot awards, Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards and many others...
Dave Bennett Cachetoons

When Sakai saw me hand him the first day cover, he was well aware of them. He mentioned his good friend was Dave Bennett, who produces a series called Cachetoons. Bennett list himself as a cartoonist by day...philatelist by choice.

Bennett and his dad produced their first cachet for the 1987 Wildlife stamp issue

Friday, December 1, 2017

Arthur Suydam - Zomie Deadpool

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Arthur Suydam is the Marvel Zombie artist... His first published work appeared in Creepy magazine from Warren Publishing.

His work would appear in many publications including House of Secrets, House of Mystery, Epic Illustrated, National Lampoon, Penthouse Comix

Work as a penciller, inker and colorist in comic books include Batman, Conan, Tarzan, Predator, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight and other titles..

As a cover artist Suydam has contributed to Deadpool, Marvel Zombies, Dead Days, Batman, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Ghost rider, Thor, Spider Girl, Black Panther, Army of Darkness, Red Sonja and many others

Marvel Zombies was first created by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips in 2005. The success of the storyline would continue on through several series, with Suydam taking on the role of cover artist for most of the issues.

Suydam's creator-owned stories include Mudwogs an Mudwogs II, which appeared in Heavy Metal magazine. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Howard Chaykin - Blackhawk

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Howard Chaykin, started his career as an assistant to Gil Kane. By 1970 he began publishing his own art under the pseudonym Eric Pave. He would move on to working with Wally Wood and Neal Adams. It was Adams who introduced Chaykin to the editors at DC Comics, who gave him single page fillers.

Chaykin's first major work for Dc was a 23-page story in Sword and Sorcery #1 with writer Denny O'Neil. After working on several titles, He would pencil stories for Marvel featuring his own creation Dominic fortune, as well as Cody Starbuck for the independent Star Reach comic anthology comic.

1976 Chaykin landed the job of penciling Roy Thomas' adaptation of Marvel Comics Star Wars. He would also pencil and/or write stories for Micronauts, American Flagg, The Shadow, Black Kiss, Twilight (with artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez), Cyberella, American Century, Blackhawk, Challengers of the Unknown, Phantom Eagle and many other titles...

Chaykin was one of the writers for the 1990 television series The Flash, and the 2001 first season of Mutant X

Inkpot Award 1977

Friday, November 17, 2017

Joesph Inga - Liberty Belle

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Joe Inga is a fireman from New York, who loves to paint and draw with a focus on fan art and items from the 80s and 90s...

I was looking for an artist to draw the 1940s character Liberty Belle, for a Liberty Bell first day cover. When I passed Joe's table at TerrifiCon, I was impressed with his cartoon style. As a fan of the older style drawings techniques, the clean line and sometimes exaggerated features, I knew Joe could provide the sketch...

Liberty Belle was Libby Lawrence, whose powers of speed, strength and stamina were associated with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Created by Don Cameron and Chuck Winter, Liberty Belle's exploits took place during World War II, appearing in Boy Commandos and Star Spangled Comics.

Liberty Belle would become a founding member of the All-Star Squadron, in 1981, written by Roy Thomas

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tom Lyle - Airboy

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Tom Lyle became a fan favorite working on Starman for DC Comics and the first Robin limited series, with Chuck Dixon.  Lyle is credited with co-creating the third Electrocutioner, with Dixon for Detective Comics in 1992. Other titles for DC include Green Lantern, Batman, Teen Titans

Lyle has also penciled issues for The Comet for Impact Comics; Blood of Dracula for Apple Comics

For Marvel he created the character Annex, for The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27, with Jack C Harris. Lyle also created the original blue hoodie and red spandex costume worn by the Scarlet Spider. Other titles for Marvel include Punisher, Daredevil, X-Men, Iron man and Warlock

My goal in meeting Lyle was to obtain an Airboy sketch on a Snoopy first day cover. Of course Snoopy is featured in his World War I pilot guise getting ready to fight the Red Baron. Lyle provided pencils for The Air Fighters Meet Sgt. Strike Special (1988), Airboy (1986) Airboy Archive (2014) 

Airboy is an aviator hero, originally published by Hillman Periodicals, 1942. The character was created by writers Charles Biro and Dick Wood and artist Al Camy. The character returned to the comics during the 1980s written by Chuck Dixon for Eclipse Comics.

The original Airboy was assisted by a Franciscan monk Brother Francis Martier, who created a maneuverable prototype airplane that can flap it's wings like a bird. Airbus named the plane Birdie, and together they assisted the Allied Forces during the war. Lyle made it a point to include Birdie in the sketch...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Dave Fowler - Frankenstein

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Dave Fowler is a freelance and sketch card artist. He started his art journey at a young age, but put down his pencil for other adventures. After two decades, his inspiration returned and his career revived. Since then he has produced sketch cards for Topps, Walking Dead, Star Wars, Upper Deck, Unstoppable Cards and Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2...

Friday, October 27, 2017


As the Baseball World Series is under way, I thought I would continue the baseball theme with this beautiful sketch. Another eBay purchase, I have no information about the artist except the back of the envelope has the letters HRAS, and the signature on the front appears to be VTLC 89....

Looks like the Dodgers-Astros matchup is a good one, expect a fun series.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Baseball - Playoffs!!!

Baseball season is winding own for the year as the last round of the playoffs take place. The LA Dodgers are going to the series and the Yankees and Astros are playing tonight to find out who gets to play the Dodgers.

Since I am originally from Brooklyn, I would love to see a Yankee-Dodger World Series. The last time these two team meet was in 1981, with the Dodgers taking the title. These two have met in 11 World Series. Enjoying the season...

I picked up the above cover from an e-bay purchase, so I have no information on the artist. It is a hand drawn sketch of Andre Dawson, with the National Sports Collectors pictorial postmark from 1983. the cover is signed by Dawson, who played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kristen Gudsnuk - Henchgirl

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct
"Made it Ma! Top of the World!"

Kristen Gudsnuk is the creator of Henchgirl. The story of Mary Posa who is a member of the butterfly gang. The comic was originally published by Scout Comics (2015-2016) and ended the story line with issue #11. A trade was released by Dark Horse Comics in 2017.

I had several opportunities at previous shows to meet Kristen, but I was never able to fully connect with her. At TerrifiCon, I wanted to make sure I got the chance to request a sketch. James Cagney is an actor I grew up watching, because of my parents. Whenever one of his movies was on TV, we were watching it. An all around performer, Cagney was known for his many gangster roles, and I figured Henchgirl was the perfect fit.  It turns out that Kristen is a big fan of Cagney and portrayed Henchgirl in the Cagney role of Cody Jarrett in White Heat.  At the end of the movie, Jarrett is trapped by the police and decides to fight rather than surrender. The police fire tear gas into the building and gunfight ensues. Jarrett climbs to the top of the building where he is shot. He takes one last stand and yells "Made it Ma, Top of the World".

In her sketch Gudnsuk as Mary re-enacting the scene with her mother, the superhero Flame Girl looking on.

Kristen claims in an interview on Bleeding Cool, that her inspirations are Bruce Tim's animated DC universe, sitcom humor, Sailor Moon, Scott Pilgrim and her own life. She told me that was also was a fan of James Cagney, having written a school paper about his movies.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ron Lim - Silver Surfer

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Ron Lim's interest in comics began as a child, reading Batman and the Fantastic Four.

His first published work was on the in dependent title Ex-Mutants, from 1986-1988. He would follow this with work for Marvel Comics, given the job of penciling Silver Surfer, from 1988-1994. Lim also penciled most of the Infinity trilogy (Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, Infinity Crusade).

Lim would pencil Thanos, Captain America, Dragon Lines, X-Men 2099, spider-Man Unlimited, Sovereign Seven J2, Badger, Flash, Green Lantern, Stormwatch....

Lim has also penciled Sonic the Hedgehog for Archie Comics and Metallix for Future Comics.

Currently he is working with the comic adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures..

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Marc McKenzie - Macross Robot

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Marc McKenzie is a freelance artist with experience in character design, illustration and writing. He has worked for the New York Times, the Animation Collective and Curious Pictures.
Mckenzie is heavily influenced by Manga, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Marc was sitting at the National Cartoonist Society table during the convention. When I first approached the table, one of the other gentlemen said come back when Marc is here, he is excellent.
I took the advice and came back to request a sketch.

Marc provided a cute macross robot, well worth the effort to return as suggested..

Mckenzie's Harsh Lines sketchbook

Friday, September 22, 2017

Matt Buttich - Darth Vader

2017.03.26 Manahawkin, NJ

Matt Buttich is a freelance artist, who specializes in sketch cards and comic book covers. He is currently providing art for Topps Star Wars Galactic Files series 5...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Buzz - Mad Hatter

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

I had seen Buzz' booth at several conventions, but never stopped by. Tons of great art being displayed, but I never took the time to stop by.  At the Garden State Comic Fest, someone asked if I had gotten a sketch from Buzz. They went on to say he was a great person and a great artist.

While at TerrifiCon I decided to stop by Buzz' booth. We discussed the sketch I would like, Mad Hatter on a Batman FDC. He knocked it our of the park, what a great sketch. Note the full and cross bones coming from the cup of tea.

Buzz was born and raised in Rangoon, Burma. He grew up reading his father's comic books. Moving to the States at age 13, Buzz would enter the comic industry with Blackthorne Publications at age 15. Buzz would would with Neal Adams' Continuity Studios by age 17. Moving onto the DC Comics, Buzz picked up work on Justice League Quarterly and Justice League International.

Buzz has worked on Vampirella, Shi, X-Factor, Dragonlace, Impulse, Forgotten Realms, Atomika...

Buzz has received Emmy Awards for commercial work with CBS, FOX, Los Angeles Lakers, US Marine Corps....

Friday, September 8, 2017

Eric Klaus - Mad Hatter

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Erik Klaus is a graduate of the Kubert School and is currently working on a graphic novel titles Ninjas and Robots

I had picked up a set of Disney Celebration first day covers, one of which was the Alice in Wonderland Stamp. Coincidently the Johnny Depp movie had been playing all weekend, so I was inspired to obtain a Mad Hatter sketch. Looking over the guests at the GSCF, I choose to request a sketch from Erik because of his style, I knew I would get a great sketch.  Thanks and the best of luck..

Friday, September 1, 2017

Barry Kitson - Doctor Mid-Nite

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

The USPS issued a special stamp to commemorate the upcoming Solar Eclipse. The moon seen as a black circle is actually printed with thermochromic ink, which uses the heat from your finger to reveal the surface of the moon. When cooled the image reverts back to the full eclipsed Sun.

With the solar eclipse coming up, I thought it would be great to obtain a sketch of Doctor Mid-Nite on an Eclipse FDC. While speaking with Joe St Pierre, after picking up his Gambit sketch, I mentioned I was looking for someone to draw a Doctor Mid-Nite. He looked down the line of artists to his left and said Barry Kitson would be perfect.

I had attempted to meet with Kitson at the Garden State Comic Fest, but did not have any luck, so the second opportunity presented itself, an Kitson obliged with a great sketch.
Barry Kitson has pencilled many titles for both DC and Marvel Comics, which started with his first professional work in Spider-Man for the Marvel UK imprint.

Doctor Mid-Nite was created by writer Charles Reizenstein and artist Stanley Josephs Aschmeiert in 1941, appearing in All-American Comics #25

Charles McNider, was a surgeon who was blinded after and explosion, learns that he can see in perfect darkness. Developing a special which allowed him to see in light and creating blackout bombs which block out all light, he became the crime fighter Doctor Mid-Nite. He would join the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron...

Friday, August 25, 2017

Joe St Pierre - Gambit

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Joe St Pierre started drawing early in his life, using loose leaf paper and a dual red and blue colored pencil. He would eventually attend the School of Visual Arts, NYC. As a professional illustrator, wrier and designer he has had the opportunity to illustrate some o the most recognizable super-heroes, including Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, X-Men, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Transformers.

Joe St Pierre has started work on his creator owned comics, The Zodiax, Megahurtz, Bold Blood..

The King of Hearts stamp was issued along with a Queen of Hearts as the 2009 Love issue...

The character of Gambit first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #266, was created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mark Dos Santos - Rocketeer


I was volunteering at the Garden State Comic Fest, so I knew I would have limited time meeting some of the artists. I contacted Mark prior to the show and arranged to obtain a sketch. Mark kindly agreed and when I met him at the show, him told me it would take a while for him to return it since he was heading to San Diego. Waiting is not a problem for me, especially when I know something special is coming in the mail...

I had difficulty picking a subject for him to draw, since everything he does is fantastic. I finally settle on the Rocketeer, a character I wished I could be. I do not want super powers like Superman or Spider-Man. I do not want crime fighting abilities and detective skills like Captain America or Batman.... I want a rocket pack... I know I've said this before...

Mark Dos Santos is a Kubert School graduate, whose Gotham Evening Post illustrations, which pay homage to Norman Rockwell have been featured on Buzzed and io9. His credits include work on Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenoscope; Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar and Eureka: Dormant Gene from Boom Studios, The Book of Five Rings from Smarter Comics and a Hack/Slash cover for Image Comics.  Mar has also provided sketch cards for Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, Hellboy Animated and Mars Attacks..

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chris Puglise - Wonder Woman

2017.06.10 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Dewey's Comic City in Madison started off the summer with an emerging creator's sketch party. One June 10 Chris Puglise was at Dewey's greeting comic book fans and providing sketches. A graduate of the Kubert School, Chris is currently a freelance artist...

Instagram - check out the Young Frankenstein print Chris prepared for the Garden State Comic Fest...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Robert Atkins - GI Joe

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Robert Atkins is known for his work on titles such as GI Joe, amazing Spider-Man, Venom and Heroes for Hire.

Atkins earned his MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has built a clientele in commercial art and product, which include package art for Hasbro and other toy lines. Atkins also shares his knowledge and skill by teaching for Comics Experience

I like the way Atkins incorporated the first day postmark into the actual sketch.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Colleen Doran - Reach for the Stars

2017.07.08 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Colleen Doran is a writer and artist. Doran has illustrated hundreds of comics, graphic novels, books and magazines.

Doran adapted and did the art for the short story "Troll Bridge" by Neil Gaiman, which became a New York Times best seller.

Doran is a recipient of the Eisner Award, Harvey Award and International Horror Guild Awards. She was on of two people listen among the top 25 female comic creators in both the writer and artist categories. Comics Alliance listed Doran as one of the twelve women cartoonist deserving of lifetime achievement recognition.

Credits include illustrating works of Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, Joe R Lansdale, Anne Rice, J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David and Tori Amos.

I sought out Doran, because of the Vertigo graphic novel Orbiter, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Colleen Doran. Published in 2003 the novel was dedicated to the lives, memories and legacies of the astronauts who died in the 2003 Columbia disaster. Both Doran and Ellis are spaceflight enthusiasts, as I am. I was so taken by the story, that I looked forward to meeting Doran and obtaining a space related sketch. My only instructions were an astronaut, and Doran's sketch is fabulous. I like the Peter Max style background landscape.

Ten years after the Space Shuttle Venture mysteriously disappeared, it returns. Of its original crew of seven, only one remains, in a catatonic state. The ships contains san from Mars. Three scientists investigate the Venture and its astronaut to try to learn its secrets..

Doran signed my copy and inscribed it "Reach for the Stars"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Joe Staton - Countess von Bludd

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

This was not the first time I had the honor of meeting Joe Staton. He has been involved with comics since 1971, starting out with Charlton Comics. where he co-created one of his best known creations E-Man. Staton has be honored with Inkpot Award, Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards. Staton is still hard at work in the comic industry....

The Countess was the creation of Joe Staton and Nicola Cuti, as the hostess and narrator for Charlton Comics' Scary Tales

Modern Comics reprint of Charlton Scary Tales #1, cover art byJoe Staton
signed by Joe Staton
The original Charlton versions were published from 1975-1984
Scary Tales had three stories, the introduction has kids sneaking into a haunted house to meet the Countess, the second "The Vampire's Bride" is narrated by the Countess and the third "The Wedding Gift" tells how the Countess became a vampire..

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bella Rachlin - Wonder Woman

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Bella Rachlin is a Kubert School graduate, who originally comes from Tel Aviv. Bella has recently collaborated on the cover of Blue Juice Comics' Accelerators #11, with Nick Justus, as well as an incentive print for Tom Stillwell's Kickstarter for Fangirl.

I had requested a sketch of Wonder Woman, because I was very impressed with the work Bella did on the Morristown PBA Garden State Comic Fest commemorative poster...
The artwork features Wonder Woman and a Morristown Police cruiser...

In my short time speaking with Bella, I found a very talented and enthusiastic artist. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Michael Grassia - Doctor Fate

2013.11.03 Jersey Shore Comic Show, Forked River, NJ

Often when I request a sketch, I do not have the opportunity to watch it being drawn, and I like the surprise and anticipation.  My surprise on Doctor Fate, was that I thought I had posted this!

I was going through my files and realized I had never posted this cover from Michael Grassia, creator of Plunger Pup. Grassier has worked in illustration, graphic design, web design, video production, photography and puppetry. He can be found at all the best NJ based shows.

Doctor Fate is a DC Comics character appearing in several incarnations. The original Doctor was created by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman appearing in More Fun Comics #55, May 1940.

Sorry I missed this one!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jay Wecht - Batman

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

I have not been able to find out too much about Jay Hecht, except he is a teacher in New Jersey.  He was sitting at the National Cartoonist Society table at the ECCC. He had several caricatures set out, so I ask for a sketch.  He selected the Wonder Woman first day cover, and drew Batman giving an Okay sign, it take that Batman approves of the stamp...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Nicole Lombardi

2017.06.18 Mt Bethel, Pa
Water Gap Comic Expo

Nicole Lombardi (N.M. Lombardi) is a Philadelphia-area writer with a lifelong interest in crafting short, impactful fiction and original fables. In addition to writing, Nicole enjoys traditional and digital art, photography, animal rescue, travel and home improvement.

When I came across Nicole's table, I started looking over her sketches. Her art featured some celebrity portraits, hearts, Groot, superheroes...
I asked if she was doing any sketch work, and she replied yes. Nicole, her husband Marc and I started discussing what she might like to draw, when I noticed a cat with a witches hat. I did not have a cover with a cat stamp, so I asked for a wizard rabbit, which Nicole drew rather quickly. I am always amazed at an artist who can produce a beautiful piece of art so effortlessly.

During our discussion, Nicole stated that she was really an writer, who used her art to attract people to her table.  It worked on me, and I picked up one of her books, The True Heart (available on Amazon).

I have only read the first story so far and found it to be a delightful story, I look forward to the rest.

It was a true pleasure to meet both Nicole and Marc, and I wish them all the best in their future..

Friday, June 16, 2017

John Higgins - Judge Dredd

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

John Higgins, writer-artist, who has provided significant work for 2000 AD and as a colorist for Alan Moore on Watchmen and Tharp's Future Shocks, original colorist on Batman: The Killing Joke..

Higgins worked on Judge Dredd for over 20 years and created the character Razorjack. Other titles that Higgins has worked on include Transmetropolitan, Vertigo Secret Files: Hellblazer, The Thing from Another World, Swamp Thing, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman, Shade the Changing Man, Preacher, Knights of Pendragon, Doom Patrol and many others...

Judge Dredd was created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, appearing in the second issue of 2000 AD, 1977.

Royal Mail issued a series of stamps to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the infamous blaze that is an integral part of British history. The stamps tells the story in a graphic novel style, evoking the high drama of those days, with a high degree of historical accuracy.

The series of 6-stamps were designed by John Higgins with colors by Sally Jane Hurst, both signed the cover for me. They were both very nice and a little surprised to see the Great Fires stamps and first day cover show up at the convention.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mike Grell - Starslayer

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Mike Grell is a writer and artist, recognized for his contributions to the characters The Warlord and Green Arrow. Grill also created the character Shaman's Tears for Image Comics. Breaking into comics in 1973, Grell first worked on the DC titles Superbly and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Grill also provided art for the daily Tarzan comic strips from 1981-1983.

Grill developed the creator-owned characters John Sable Freelance, for First Comics, and Starslayer, published by Pacific Comics in 1982. The cover claims Starslayer to be a Celtic Barbarian in the Far Flung future..  Tori McQuillen is a Celtic warrior, who is pulled into the future while fighting Roman invaders. He joins the crew of the spaceship the Jolly roger, whose crew are fighting the oppression of Earth by it's rulers...

I chose to ask Grell for a sketch of Starslayer, since I did not have a Green Arrow first day cover. I also owned a copy of Starslayer #1, so I felt it was a good choice. By Mike Grell's standards this is considered a quick sketch. Of note is that Grell offers his own Certificate of Authentication. Although it is not something I get involved with, since I am not making purchases for the purpose of re-sale, I thought it made good sense to take the option. Since the authentication comes from Grell himself, and most collectors would know this, it truly authenticates the sketch.. Besides the fact that he only charges an additional $2 for the service...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Gino Patti - Wonder Woman

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Gino Patti has been drawing since he was 4 years old, inspired by a Spider-Man action figure. Patti was accepted into Pratt Institute to study his craft. He would get an internship at Valiant Comics, eventually working for them. Patti would be accepted into Disney animation talent program. He would provide designs for various commercial projects.

Patti was hired by Curious Pictures Studios, where he assisted on the design of the pilot episode of Cyberchase, which would be picked up by PBS.

From DC Comics - June 3 -  Honor the Power, Wisdom and Courage of Wonder Woman as fans around the world Celebrate Wonder Woman Day!

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