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 labels. 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, Goot, 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.  I 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!