Friday, August 28, 2015

Toe Tag Riot - Sean Von Gorman

2015.07.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ

Sean Von Gorman is an NYC based comics illustrator & writer, known for Toe Tag Riot, Secret Adventures of Houdini, and Pawn Shop with Joey Esposito.

A hilarious and gory tongue-in-cheek story, Toe Tag Riot is about a punk rock band cursed to become zombies whenever they perform their music! The band goes on a last cross-country tour in search of the cure to their affliction, but being the ethical sometimes-zombie punks that they are, Toe Tag Riot uses their zombie superpowers to rid the world of racists, homophobes, misogynists and all kinds of other nasty people. Read the LGBT-positive book that the Westboro Baptist Church themselves accidentally endorsed and then felt really stupid about doing! Guest appearance by Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy! - Previews World

Sean drew this image of Toe Tag Riots' lead Dickie Tagz in a retro style to compliment the Richie Valens stamp...

Picked up a copy of the first issue signed by von Gorman and writer Matt Miner...

In addition to his comics work, Sean is also a brilliant guerrilla marketer, who has been known to hand...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Allison Strejlau - Mystical Musician

2015.06.07 Special Edition, NYC

Allison Strejlau is a cartoonist and illustrator based in New York, and is the artist for the Regular Show comic published by Boom!Studios, as well as Senior Digital Editor at ComiXology.

Allison has had exhibitions at the APW Gallery: Small Works, Big Ideas (2009) and Visual Arts Gallery: Myths Transformed (2010).

Friday, August 14, 2015

Kelle Riley - Mystical Musician

2015.06.07 Special Edition, NYC

Kellee Riley attended the Ringling College of Art and Design.. Riley began working at American Greeting on properties such as Strawberry Shortcake, Carebears, Popples and Holly Hobbie. After gaining some experience she struck out to found KelleeArt Design Studios, LTD...

Since then she has gone on to work on may other properties including Barbie, My Little Pony, Spongebob Squarepants, Polly Pocket, Littlest Pet Shop, as has a client list of Mattel, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks, Random House, Simon and Shuster and others...

Currently she is most well known for being the original illustrator on Mattel's Monster High...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Steven Bowman - Mystical Musician

2015.06.06 NY Special Event, NYC

Steven Bowman is a comic book artist and freelance illustrator from Louisville, Ky. Bowman published his first comic "Astounding Tales Presents: Rooftops" in 2010 featuring his character the Blue Badger...

Bowman was one of those artist I was not looking for when I went to the show. Late Saturday afternoon, when I thought I was done for the day, I was wandering aimlessly and came upon Bowman's table. I stopped to look at his work and was taken by a print of a mystical musician playing an old wooden stringed instrument.  A Beautiful girl at his side and a very large dragon in the background. I enjoy fantasy art but find it difficult to find the right first day cover for this type of art. Then it hit me.. the mystical musician and Jimi Hendrix.  A perfect combination, as could envision him playing in the band...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Walt Simonson - Thor : Ragnarok

2015.07.25 Garden State Comic Con, Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ
Leif Erikson FDC - Icelandic explorer, the first Norse explorer, descendent of the Vikings, to reach North America c.1000, landing on the northern tip of Newfoundland, Canada...

Walt Simonson is best known as the writer and artist for Marvel Comics Thor (1983-1987), during which time he created Beta Ray Bill.  Thor is based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name, the Asgardian god of thunder. Thor debuted as a Marvel character in Journey Into Mystery #83, the creation of Stan Lee, Larry Leiber and Jack Kirby. In 2011 Thor placed 14th on IGN's list of Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time..

Walt Simonson is the creator-owner of the Star Slammers title, and has worked on X-Factor, Fantastic Four, DC Comics' Detective Comics, Manhunter, Metal Men and Orion. He has also worked on licensed properties including Star Wars, Alien, Battlestar Galactica and Robocop vs Terminator, among many other titles...

July 2014, Simonson released through IDW Publishing, his creator owned series Raganrok, a version of Thor 300-years after the destruction of the nine worlds... unrelated to the Marvel character. A signed copy of Ragnarok #1, with Simonson's distinctive Brontosaurus signature

Simonson arrived at the show to sign books around 1:00. He arrival was promoted at 11:00. When he did arrive there was no line at this unmarked table (his name plate was under the table cloth).. He put down his bag and said he would be right back and proceeded to visit with Greg Hildebrandt. He then wandered over to a couple of other artists

He signed my two books (the other being the Judas Coin) and took the envelope in hand, stopped and announced he was willing to provided sketches free of charge, but would do so at 4:00 to allow himself time to sign as many books as possible.

I arrived at his table at 3:45, and the table was deserted. I waited as the line grew.. At 4:15 he arrived.. He looked over the line and announced he would first sign any books and then provide 10 free sketches, more to follow if time allowed. In order to know who was in line for sketches he stated he would number our thumbs, so no one would be missed. I held out my hand and received my number 1 on my thumbnail. He proceeded to number thumbs down the line...

Considering he was not selling anything and only brought pencils and pens (fans had to provide the books and paper for sketches), he had the right to make the rules...

When my chance had come, we discussed the sketch.. I had been trying to decided between the Marvel Thor and the Ragnarok Thor currently seen in the IDW comic. I settled on the current Simonson version.. When he completed the sketch he paused and stated "I believe this is the first time I have drawn this version of Thor. I have not done many shows since I started the new book."
I will take this as the first Ragnarok Thor by Walt Simonson outside of the IDW release!!!

This was a test of patience and the willingness to have a grown man write on my thumb!!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Colin Lawler - Space Adventure

2015.06.06 NY Special Event, NYC

Colin Lawler obtained his BFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He has since been working as a freelance graphic, web and motion designer. Lawler dreams of befriending a dinosaur, consuming an all-ice cream and cookie diet, use a jet pack, live in a lighthouse and spend his days drawing stories... Nothing wrong with that...

Lawler ran a successful Kickstarter for his book "The Soul Collector"; produces The Lighthouse, a single-panel watercolor webcomic and created "Savvy Sally Sets Sail", the story of an adventurous 7-year old who finds herself on a slightly mysterious ship on a magical journey..

When we discussed the type of sketch Lawler would provide for me, we settled on a space theme, I left the idea to his imagination. The finished product is awesome.  I really like the background of barely visible trees, offsetting the astronaut as he approaches the space being...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Alex Sanchez - Star Wars

2015.06.06 NY Special Edition, NYC

Hammerhead (Momaw Nadon) was an Ithorian who was exiled from his home world, Ithor, after he revealed secrets of Ithorian agricultural technology to the Galactic Empire. He spent musch of his exile on Tatootine and was seen in Chalmun's Cantina...Wookieepedia

Hammerhead was the idea of Ironhed Alex Sanchez, who wanted to pick a Star Wars character to draw. I thought since most artist would choose Darth Vader or Princess Leia, Hammerhead was a nice change of pace... salute

Alex Sanchez illustrates Star Wars: The Old Republic, for Marvel as well as Marvel Age Hulk, X-Men, First Ride, Elektra; Dark Horse - Tale of Vampires; IDW - 30 Days of Night; DC - JSA Classified, Katana, Batman Joker's Asylum; Top Cow - Fleshdigger; Dynamite Comics - Raise the Dead 2 and many others

Friday, July 10, 2015

Gregg Schigiel - Pix

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Gregg Schigiel is a regular contributor to Spongebob Comics, writer for the X-Babies: Stars Reborn graphic novel for Marvel Comics, and has worked for Nickelodeon, DC Entertainment and Disney.

PIX - Emaline Laurel Pixley, is a super-powered teenager. She wears an awesome costume and uses her powers to help those in need. People call Pix a hero. Pix says she's part fairy. Actually a fairy princess, whose father rules the fairy kingdom, at least that's why she thinks she has powers. 
People call Pix a weirdo...

The Pix Extra page is great: it features drawings of Pix with Mod Dog from Mighty Skull Boy Army, Chance Falconer from Leave it to Chance!, El Deafo, the intrepid Escape Goat, Missile Mouse, The Green Turtle from the Shadow Hero, the Lumberjanes, Bodie Troll, the Color Guardians and many others...

Schigiel also hosts the podcast STUFF SAID, which explores comics and cartooning...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Charles Thurston - Sam Eagle, The Muppets

2015.06.06 NY Special Edition, NYC

Charles Thurston, a former puppeteer at Disney World now creates a series of pop culture parody books based off popular culture and classic children's stories...

Going through Thurston's portfolio were many fantastic drawings...Doctor Who's K-9 with Pluto's facial features, Good Boy K-9 where K-9 mets the Iron Giant, the Not Gonna Happen series where Pikachu meets various other fantastic characters including Figment, monsters from Where the Wild Things Are, Groot and others...

Sam the Eagle is a Muppet originating on the Muppet Show, and operated by Frank Oz. Sam is overly patriotic, stuffy and pompous...

Happy 4th of July !!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jacob Chabot - Skullboy

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jacob Chabot is a NYC based illustrator. His comics have appeared in various publications, including Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad Kids, Savage Dragon, TMNT, Hello Kitty, X-Babies, Ultimate X-Men, Spongebob, Voltron Force, Black Widow, Captain America, Young Avengers and many other titles...

Chabot is best known for his comic The Mighty Skullboy Army, published by Dark Horse Comics, which was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008 for Best Book for Teens.

Brazen robots! Hostile corporate takeovers! Ill-fated interns! Criminally insane turnips! Distinctly unhelpful helper monkeys! All await the readers ready to enlist in the ranks of the Might Skullboy Army! -  Dark Horse Comics

Chabot has also worked for American Greetings, The Princeton Review

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob Budiansky - Sleepwalker

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ
"Where Dreams Blossom"

Bob Budiansky is a comic book writer, editor and penciller. At Marvel Comics where is is best known for his work on Transformers. He is responsible for much of the writing of the original Marvel comic and conceived the names of most of the characters including  Megatron, Ratchet and Ravage...

Budiansky also created the Marvel character Sleepwalker and wrote most of the issues of the comic. Sleepwalker is a character from the Mindscape a dimension that borders on the mind of all intelligent beings and is inhabited by strange creatures. Some are vey dangerous, seeking to invade the sleeping mind. The Sleepwalkers serve as guardians to defend the mind. However Sleepwalker from the book becomes tapped in the mind of a college student Rick Sheridan. When Rick sleeps, the Sleepwalker emerges...

Budiansky served as penciller for the final years of the Johnny Blaze - Zarathos version of the Ghost Rider, drawing the covers from 1978 - 1983...

As an editor at Marvel, he oversaw Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the Spider-Man Clone Saga.

At BotCon 2010, hasbro named Budiansky as one of the first four human inductees in the Transfromers Hall of Fame for his contributions to creating the franchise...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sara Goetter - Boozle

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Boozle is a grumpy wizard on a quest to collect Macguffins, scattered all across the world. Luckily he has Bitsy, a cyclops and adventure enthusiast, to help him do just that. With a team like this how hard can it be?

Sara Goetter is a freelance illustrator specializing in comics and cartooning. She loves to draw stories about monsters and getting into adventures

Boozle is drawn on the Harry Potter Dumbledore FDC. Dumbledore is the head wizard at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The stamp features Michael Gambon as Dumbledore...