Friday, August 29, 2014

Erin Humiston - Band

2014.04.12 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Erin Humiston is currently working on a mature audience comic titled Band, on Run the Risk comics, written by Christine Humiston. After losing a key member of their band the remaining members try to continue...

Humiston's career however is based in animation, working for Humouring the Fates, Genesis Orlando, 3DH Entertainment, ToonWerks and Premise Entertainment serving in several roles including animator, storyboard artist, inbetweener, video editor, character designer, concept artist, background design, layout artist and more....


Friday, August 22, 2014

Rusty Gilligan - Mac and Trouble


2014.07.20 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ
"Only for cheese"

I had passed Rusty Gilligan's table at several shows. I would stop and look and then move to another table. In the back of my mind I kept thinking I need to get a sketch, but I didn't have the right envelope.

On May 5, the USPS released a set of stamps commemorating vintage circus posters. I had several of the stamps serviced for first day covers. When the above circus stamp with the tiger arrived I thought of Mac and Trouble. With luck Rusty would be at the next show I was attending and I would have my opportunity. When I approached Rusty with the idea of Mac and Trouble doing a circus routine, he readily agreed...

Mac and Trouble are based on Rusty's real life pets. The story of two average house cats who fall through a wormhole in their litter box and land in the middle of the Nexus of realities. Accident or destiny? The evil Professor Wormhole holds the answer... 

Posted on Rusty Ink! - Mac and Trouble will appear in The War of the Independents, Red Anvil Comics by Dave Ryan. This is one comic I always look forward to the next issue...

Rusty has worked on many titles in the comic industry, including storyboard artist for Captain America: The First Avenger, The Walking Dead, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 and Heavy Metal...

Credited as starting the sketch card while working for "Clubhouse Diamonds" in 1992/1993 Rusty has also worked on cards for Star Wars, The Avengers, Marvel Beginnings and Star Trek and Recollection Magazine sketch covers (with Jim Taylor)..

On the website Sketch Card Fanatics Talk - Rusty made some great comments on his lack of formal art training "I'm so slow that I basically hold pencil and the Earth's rotation slowly moves the paper underneath it!"

On IMDB Rusty has credits as a professional wrestler and child actor...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chris Faccone - Goamla "Savage Conquest"

2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ
Goamla "I Want Your for Savage Conquest!"

Chris Faccone's style of art is influenced from a mixture of Bruce Timm, Jack Kirby, Dan DeCarlo and Frank Frazetta. Faccone contributes to the card art for Zoloworld and H8 Club Designs' "Warlords and Warriors"

The Barbarian Brothers' Savage Conquest  is a barbarian themed comic book.There is some great art, figures and comic pages on the Savage Conquest website. You can definitely see the Kirby influence in many of the drawings. I also see elements of He-Man, Conan, Sonja and others that dwell in the world of barbarian mysticism...

Faccone has also been a professional and award winning tattoo artist...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mina Sanwald - Harry Potter: Bellatrix Lestrange

2014.07.20 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

When I decided to attend this show and reviewed the artists in attendance, I knew immediately I wanted to have Mina draw Bellatrix Lestrange. Mina has done a sketch for me in the past, and I really enjoy her style and vibrant color palette. 

Since Mina is a big fan of Sailor Moon I thought of Bellatrix in a Sailor Moon anime treatment. I was not disappointed. This almost looks like a fashion design for Bellatrix, evil can still be beautiful on the outside.

Yes, even though Bellatrix is purely evil throughout the Harry Potter movies, her portrayal in the movies is fascinating, you can't take your eyes off her (beside that would not be wise).

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bob Petrecca - Star Lord

2014.07.20 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

Bob Petrecca started his career in 1990 at Marvel Comics as one of John Romita's Raiders. This eventually led to freelance inking and finishing work for Marvel, DC and Continuity Comics.
Petrecca has worked on titles that include Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange, Hyperkind, MS. Mystic, Justice League of America, Green Lantern, Birds of Prey, Batman, Night wing, Scooby-Doo, Wonder Woman and many others...

When I approached Petrecca he was intrigued and started looking through my selection of covers. He stopped at the 1993 space fantasy first day cover and offered to draw one of the Guardians of the Galaxy. I had no idea what I was going to get. When I saw the finished product I was amazed...

Star Lord, leader of the space-based Guardians, created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gans in 1976, with his first appearance in Marvel Premiere #4.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rose Arenas - Breathless

2014.07.20 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

Breathless is a fantasy-action comic that tells the story of Jesse Williams. He learns he has a twin brother and now he must save the world from falling apart.


This world however is not the world we live in. The Carasonians are a species evolved from dragons. In the 1980s a portal opened between their world and ours...

Rose Arenas, who began this web-comic in 2007, is a visual and web-designer...

The web-comic was originally published in black and white, the comic shown is a color version of the first chapter of the story. The cover of the book features Jesse Williams. Arenas sketch on the Year of the Dragon first day cover features Eclipse, a powerful and dangerous clan leader. He takes on the task of training Jesse and his twin T.J. for what lies ahead...


Friday, July 18, 2014

Jamal Peppers - Sonic the Hedgehog


2011.07.16 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ


Sonic the Hedgehog is video game character from Sega, whose popularity has moved him beyond the game to TV series, comic books. Sonic first appeared in 1991. Credit for the creation of Sonic are given to Sega programmer Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Oshima.

A blue 15 year old anthropomorphic hedgehog, Sonic can run at supersonic speed and has the ability to curl into a ball to attack his enemies...

Sonic as published by Archie comics debuted in 1992. Archie also publishes Sonic the Hedgehog (TV Series), Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Archives trade paperbacks...

Jamal Peppers took an interest in comic art at a young age. He has worked in illustration and character design, but got his start in comic at Archie Comics working with Sonic the Hedgehog...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mickey Fiedler - OctoTrooper

2013.11.03 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Forked River, NJ

Mickey Fiedler, his Dad's Cartoons facebook page states he is a proud father of 2 awesome boys, loves science fiction, comic books and video games. During the day Fiedler teaches 4th grade, and by night he mashes comics...

I took some time looking through his portfolio of images before requesting a sketch. Many of Fiedler's drawings were humorous mixes of animals and fictional characters. These include Electrophant, Breaking Bad Papa Smurf, Symbiote Mickey Mouse, Yoda Stewie, Boba Fett Elephant, Mega Man Green Lantern, Dr. Suess' X-Men and the drawing that really had me was a Cyclops Mike Wazowski from Montsers Inc.

As we discussed the sketch concepts the decision was made to draw an octopus Storm Trooper. When Fiedler was done another of his customers comment that the drawing looked a lot like the Hydra emblem. Neither one of us realized this at the start. In any case, I like the concept of the OctoTrooper...

Fiedler is working on his own comic book to help children with life issues, such as bullying and health...

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bob Camp - Ren & Stimpy

Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Bob Camp started his animation career working on the animated series Thundercats, Silverhawks, TigerSharks and many others for producer Rankin/Bass. At DiC, Camp worked on The Real Ghostbusters. At Warner Bros, he worked on Tiny Toon Adventures...

Camp would co-found Spumco, the studios that gave us Ren & Stimpy. John Kricfalusi created The Ren & Stimpy Show for the NIckelodeon Network in 1991. Bob Camp would take over as director in 1992 when production of the show was moved to Games Animation (later Nickelodeon Animation Studios).  Ren is an unstable chihuahua and Stimpy (Stimpson J Cat) is good natured and dim-witted. The show developed a cult following for it's satirical style and off-color humor

Camp has been nominated for two Emmys, a Cable ACE Award and an Annie Award for The Ren & Stimpy Show...

Camp would also work on Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Robots, Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age: The Meltdown; as well as illustrations for several comics including GI Joe, Crazy Magazine, Bizarre Adventures.....

Friday, June 27, 2014

Evan Dorkin - Milk and Cheese

2012.09.29 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Evan Dorkin created Milk and Cheese, first published in 1988 in Greed Magazine. Milk and Cheese would eventalluy be published in comic book form through Slave Labor Graphics and Dark Horse Comics. The story line follows the anthropomorphic container of milk and a wedge of cheese. These dairy products "gone bad" drink to excess and are usually involved in violent situations...

Dorkin and his wife Sarah Dyer have written for Space Ghost Coast to Coast, episodes of Superman the animated series, the Adult Swim program Welcome to Eltingville. Dorkin co-created Beasts of burden with Jill Thompson...

Awards: 
  • 2010 Esiner Award: Best Publication for teens
  • 2005 Eisner Award: Best Short Story
  • 2002 Eisner Award: Best Short Story (The Eltingville Club)
  • 2002 Eisner Award: Best Writer/Artist (for Dork)
  • 2001 Harvey Award: Best Single Issue or Story (Superman & Batman: World's Funnest, shared with several artists)


Friday, June 20, 2014

Peter Bagge - Bat Boy

2014.04.12 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Bagge discovered underground comics in 1977 after being inspired by the work of R. Crumb. Bagge co-published three issues of Comical Funnies (1980-81), which saw the debut of the Bradley's, a dysfunctional suburban family. Buddy bradley would emerge as the main protagonist of the series Neat Stuff (1985-89). Neat Stuff would evolve into a new book titled Hate... 

Bagge would also contribute to R. Crumb's Weirdo magazine, taking over as managing editor. Additional work would be contributed to DC for Yeah! and Sweatshop, a Marvel one-shot satire of Spider-Man and a 2-year stint drawing the Bat Boy comic strip for the Weekly World News...

Bat Boy is a fictional character created by the Weekly World News editor Dick Kulpa in fabricated stories about a creature who is half boy and half bat in 1992. Scientists frequently capture the Bat Boy only to have him escape. An production the Bat Boy: The Musical debuted in 1997 (Los Angeles world premiere, 2001 Off-Broadway, 2004 West End)...

Bagge has also contributed to  several record and CD covers, as well as the magazines Hustler, MAD and Oxford American

Friday, June 13, 2014

Larry Hama - The original GI Joe

2014.05.24 Woodbridge comic Fest, Woodbridge, NJ
The original G.I. Joe

Larry Hama started drawing and/or writing the Marvel Comic version of the Hasbro military action figures G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero in 1982, continuing until 1994 for 155 issues.  Other titles included G.I. Joe: Order of Battle, G.I. Joe: Special Missions

For Devil's Due Publishing, which ran GI Joe stories from 2001 to 2008, Hama, returned to G.I. Joe for the miniseries G.I. Joe Declassified, G.I. Joe: Frontline, Snake-Eyes: Declassified, and Storm Shadow...

IDW began publishing the series in 2008, with Hama writing G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and  G.I. Joe: Origins.

Hama also wrote most of the file cards that were printed on the action figures' packaging.

However during the second world war, a young cartoonist with the 45th Infantry Division volunteered to work for the unit's newspaper. Bill Mauldin would created Willie and Joe, modeled after his friend Irving Richtel and every other regular Joe in the army. The original GI Joe.

July 1943 Mauldin  began working for the Army newspaper Stars and Stripes. Given a jeep and the freedom to roam the front lines to gather stories for his work. Mauldin's cartoons often offended the Army officers for his portrayal of them, but this endeared Willie and Joe to the soldiers on the front line and around the world.

Mauldin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Cartooning in 1945. His work has been published in several books and Willie and Joe were featured in the films Up Front (1951) and Back at the Front (1952).

Willie and Joe have appeared on 2 US stamps. The first as part of a 1993 set marking the 50th anniversary of the war and in 2010 honoring Bill Mauldin...


Charles M. Schulz, a WWII veteran regularly paid tribute to Mauldin in his comic strip Peanuts during  Veteran's Day...