Friday, May 22, 2015

Peter Gallagher - Heathcliff

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately (Gallagher) in 1973, featuring the wisecracking cat as the title character. Peter Gallagher took over the comic in 1988 after apprenticing under his uncles Gately and John Gallagher. Heathcliff is distributed by Creators Syndicate in over 1,000 newspapers. Heathcliff has also appeared in comicbook format and has been the subject of an animated motion picture...

Peter Gallagher was born into cartooning, following his uncles Geroge Gately and John Gallagher, who both worked on the original Heathcliff...

A New Jersey native and instructor at Montclair State University, Gallagher has also created the "Jersey Tomato" comic strip in Weird NJ Magazine...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jim Salicrup - The Thing

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jim Salicrup has served as editor at Marvel Comics, for twenty years, working on titles such as Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers and Spider-Man..

At Topps Comics Salicrup edited Bram Stoker's Dracula, X-Files and Zorro..

Salicrup also worked for Stan lee Media and currently at Papercutz, which publishes Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. He is also a trustee at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City...

At comic book shows, Salicrup has a sign at this table promoting "Lousy Art $5", and his table is littered with half-decent drawings of superheroes. I am not sure if this is a direct poke at the artists that surround him.  After passing Salicrup's table at many events I finally stopped to obtain some lousy art.  Upon receiving my sketch, I told Salicrup that I was disappointed, this was not lousy as advertised, it was good!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Simon Bisley - Batman

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Simon Bisley has cited his influences to be Frank Frazetta, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, William Turner and Richard Corben. His distinctive style is predominantly rendered using acrylics on bristol board, Bisley does not use airbrushes, although his style gives that effect...

Bisley, a British comic book artist is best known for his 1990's work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Slaine. Much of his work is also influenced by rock album covers as traditional comic book art. While a student Bisley did a painting of a robot holding a baby that a friend passed to Pat Mills, and inspired him to relaunch the ABC Warriors strip with Bisley as artist in 1987...

When I approached Bisley, he was hunched over a painting of Harley Quinn. I inquired about a sketch and then explained my project. Bisley took a few glances up at me and then asked "Are you nuts?!"  I replied yes and we agreed on a Batman piece.  From what I could see Bisley was working strictly with washes, shades of black, little else...

At times I do not get to watch the art come to life, this time I had the opportunity as Bisley quickly grabbed a brush and starting bringing Batman to life. No pencil sketch to figure out the plan, just quick defined brush strokes, which grew stronger and deeper in black. He mumbled "like painting my own money" and continued on...

He hit the postmark, which he originally intended to go around. Continued to complete the line and declared the postmark was the moon behind Batman's shoulder. Brilliant !!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kevin Greaves - Chewbacca

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Kevin Greaves - Kevtoons

My inspiration for obtraining drawing of Chewbacca on the Negro Leagues Baseball cover, is the celebration many minor and major league baseball teams have been having over the years to honor Star Wars on May 4th...

Since 2011 several teams have taken to wearing Wookie inspired jerseys, these teams include the Toledo Mudhens and the Kane County Cougars. Other teams honoring Star Wars which witnessed several characters throwing out the first pitch (Ewoks, Darth Vader, and others) include Sacramento River Cats, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Brooklyn Cyclones, West Michigan Whitecaps, New York Mets, Cincinnati Red, Atlanta Braves spring training at Disney and this great picture of Chewbacca....

The Negro Leagues stamp and  first day cover commemorates the times when baseball was segregated on the field (owners were sometimes white). but on the field black Americans could not play along side white Americans, until Jackie Robinson stepped on the field for the Brooklyn dodgers in 1947. The Negro Leagues would continue for w few years past this time, but integration of Major League Baseball saw the end of the segregated leagues. One of the stamps features Rube Foster, a player and manager in the Negro Leagues from 1902-1926, called the Father of Black Baseball...


Friday, April 24, 2015

Arthur Adams - Space Girl

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Arthur Adams, a self-rtaught artist, has been a fan favorite for is highly distinctive and detailed artwork. He gained popularity pencilling the critically acclaimed Longshot limited series, written by Ann Nocenti, published by Marvel Comics in 1985...

Adams has served in roles as penciller, cover artist and writer for many of the more popular titles including Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, Godzilla, Rocketeer, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Hulk, Red Sonja, Avengers, Green Lantern and many others...

Adams launched his creator owned, written and drawn series Monkyman and O'Brian in 1993 with Dark Horse Comics Legend imprint.

Looking over Adams artwork I was not sure what I should ask for, I was leaning toward the Space Girl idea from a previous piece I had seen.  I was at the East Coast Con, helping at the Hospice table, which was next to Adams' table. I saw his Creature from the Black Lagoon, which was great. I kept looking over thinking do I dare cut into the long line that form and change my request. I was lucky enough to be first on his commission list. His line of admirer's never stopped coming. I held my ground and awaited by Space Girl...

Damn is she beautiful !!!  I am sure I would have been impressed with anything he drew...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Roger L Phillips - The Gray Zone

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

As a young art student, Roger L. Phillips was accidentally granted permission to enter the top secret facility near Roswell, NM at Groom Lake - Area 51...

For nearly 60 years, Mr. Phillips studied the extraterrestrial aliens being held at the base. He observed their behaviors, befriended them, learned from them and eventually understood them...

The Gray Zone is the result of this experience. Alien based cartoons reminiscent of Far Side cartoons, These single panel strips are hilarious...


While first speaking with Phillips, he pulled out a fan letter he received from Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, who utilizes envelopes with the Apollo 13 patch as a cachet. Upon seeing this I started discussing this project and Phillips was quick to offer his service to draw a cachet for me...

Very funny...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Owlgirls - Dave Ryan

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

NYC 1940 - the Owlgirls find themselves living in the human world of murder... The 3 sisters live in a Soho apartment, keeping to the shadows and a mystical corner of reality...

The Owlgirls are the creation of Italian artist Rachel Aragno, and she provides the beautifully inspired artwork, and ink washes. Dave Ryan provides art direction, enhancement and editing. Robert J. Sodaro wrote the story based on Rachel's synopsis...

I came across the first issues at a previous show at Robert J. Sodaro's table. Purchased the book and was fascinated by the story. Then Dave Ryan ran a Kickstarter for the second issue, which I am proud to say I am a supporter...

Dave was in attendance at today's premier East Coast show, so I had to request he provide an Owlgirls sketch...

Owlgirls is an original creator-owned comic series by Rachele Aragno...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cursed Pirate Girl and Naval Covers

In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day !!!

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con

Coming into the 2013 New York Comic Con, I made my way to Jeremy Bastian's table early. The previous year Bastian graced one of my first day covers with a gorgeous rendering of a sea creature, as he did not have time in his schedule to provide a cursed Pirate Girl sketch. Ever gracious Bastian accepted my request and provided the above sketch of the Cursed Pirate Girl. I finally picked up a copy of the book at the 2014 NY Comic Con and found it amazing. The artwork is so detailed, I had to go back to see what I originally missed...

1936.08.09 USS Ohama
M Fay Muridge (ACE 99) sketch

M Fay Muridge and her sister Slyvia were both members of Tacoma' USS Porposie Chapter #23.
Fay was a commercial artist who worked in a Seattle department store. Fay created many cachet designs for several ship covers. It has been noted that here interest was in creating the artwork more that in the covers themselves.

The Art Cover Exchange - in 1935 Leonard J. Turley formed the original Art Cover Exchange. The idea was to send a cover with a handmade cachet to a member to receive one in return. Using ingenuity, members mailed covers from post offices with names like Bald Knob, WV with appropriate artwork on their envelopes. Designs were done for birthdays, holidays and special events. Most important was the cover and the friendly exchange. The Art Cover Exchange is still in operation...

USS Omaha CL-4 was was launched on Dec 14, 1920, two years after being laid down and wasn't commissioned until Feb 24, 1923. the Omaha joined the Atlantic Fleet and was used for training visiting ports throughout the world. During the Second World War, the USS Omaha continued to patrol the Atlantic Ocean, assisting in the capture of the German blockade runners Odenwald and Rio Grande, sinking a third the Burgenland.

The USS Omaha was decommissioned in 1946....

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jeff Drylewicz - Harley Quinn


2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Jeff is a public school art teacher, who lends his talents to comic book art, logo design, story boards.

Jeff has been the colorist on Blessed Bullets, written by David Rondinelli, illustrated by James Rodriguez, and on Verdict, written by Achilles Yeldell, illustrated by Garry Michaels.

Jeff also has a line of t-shirt designs, which can be found at J80 Designs.

As a fan of animation, I was a fan of the Batman: The Animated Series. The show ran on the Fox Network from 1992-1995.  I became a bigger fan when Harley Quinn was introduced in 1993. The fact that Arlen Sorkin first voiced the character only added my guilty pleasure of watching Saturday Morning cartoons...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Damien Torres - Joker

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Torres is a recent graduate of the Kubert School...

Damien Torres has always dreamed of a career in comics, and the Kubert School is pushing him in the right direction.. Damien recently posted on his Facebook page some sketch cards he did for an Upper Deck Marvel Legendary card game...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Kelly Varesio - Phantom of the Opera

2011.06.18 Wizard Comic Con, Philadelphia, Pa

Kelly Varesio wrote her first novel Insperatus at age 16...a vampire story similar in genre to the Twilight series, but a totally different storyline, one that would interest fans of Twilight as well as fans of the classic Dracula story. Set in 1843, Rein Pierson falls in love with a man with a dark secret...

Since obtaining this sketch Kelly has published her second novel, Infects, a sequel to Insperatus continues to follow the lead character Rein as she tries to lead a normal life with her new husband...

Varesio is also an artist, who provides commissioned art at comic book shows and her art can be viewed on her deviant art page...

Happy Friday the 13th

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cliff Roth - Frog

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Cliff Roth is traditionally a digital artist, who is influenced by the art of H.R. Giger, as well as his love of Gwar...

When we were discussing a potential sketch, when he decided on the Frog cover from the Reptiles and Amphibians issue of 2003. I am not sure how to classify the style of art, not that I like to classify styles. I really like the look but I would not know how to describe to to someone who has not seen it.