Friday, April 18, 2014

Mark Schultz - Xenozoic Tales

2014.04.12 Asbury Park Comic Con, ASbury Park, NJ

Mark Schultz's first published comics work was The Sea King, featuring King Kull in Marvel Comics Savage Sword of Conan, inking over the pencils of Val Semeiks.

Schultz would later develop his own storyline Xenozoic Tales. A story where a catacysm has wiped out human society. When the survivors emerge from their underground bunkers, they find a world tranfromed to a prehistoric age dubbed the Xenozoic age.

Xenozoic Tales has been published by Kitchen Sink Press, Dark Horse and DC Comics. The story would also be turned into a Saturday morning cartoon series (which I am watching while I write this). The 13 episodes ran from 1983-1984. A video game was also created based on the series...

Schultz created the underwater adventure SubHuman for Dark Horse, contributed illustrations for Wanderin Star Books reprinting for Robert E, Howard's The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, writer for the DC - Dark Horse crossover Superman and Batman versus Aliens and Predators.


In 2004 Schultz began writing for the comic strip Prince Valiant, created by Hal Foster in 1937. The Sunday only strip has always been one of my favorites...

John Cullen Murphy
Murphy began his collaboration with Hal Foster in 1970. When Foster retired n 1979, Cullen's son took over the writing of the strip. Shortly before his death in 2004, he turned over the illustration duties toGary Gianni.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tim Yates - Anne Bonnie

2013.11.09 Superheroes for Hospice, West Orange, NJ

Tim Yates was a first time attendee to the Hospice show, but has previously appeared at NY Comic Con to promote his work...

A graduate of the Kubert School, Yates has been the colorist for Spike's 1000 Ways to Die, Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales, Jabal Entertainment's Jinnrise and  Blue Juice Comic's The
Accelerators, written by P.F.I. Porto and penciled by Gavin Smith (Joker FDC), signed first issue by Porto and Yates..

Yates was the colorist on Anthony Marques' "Katyusha", self-published in EPiCs Anthology comic book...  

Yates has also produced a web-comic titled Failhunter, about an inept bounty hunter...

Now Yates is promoting his own project Anne Bonnie - The Journey Begins, a high seas pirate adventure set in the Great Seas. Follow the adventures of Ariana during an ear of change following the Great Sea War and the disappearance of the Pirate Queen, Anne Bonnie. Ariana is thrust in the middle of this chaotic time...






Updated 2014.04.12 - One of the first people I ran into outside of the Asbury Park Comic Con was Tim Yates.  Anne Bonnie has been published and is getting great notice. I picked up my copy and had it signed by Yates and writer Lelan Estes..
I have just read the fist few pages and I am enjoying what I've seen so far... If I can borrow form the book -

"There are many tails in the world: rat tails, cat tails, skinny tales and fat tales --
But the only ones worth speakin' of...
The only ones worth tellin'...
are the tall tales.
The Legends.."


Friday, April 4, 2014

Adam Kubert - Superman

2006.12.02 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Adam Kubert has provided art for all of the major comic publishers on titles including Action Comics,  Superman, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk...

The son of Joe Kubert, Adam started his career as a letter at age 12, and would earn his degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in medical illustration...

Kubert received The Eisner Award for best inker on Batman versus Predator, 1992...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dan Khanna - Transformers: Starscream

2014.01.26 Garden State Comic Fest. Ledgewood, NJ

Dan Khanna is  a freelance illustrator, who has penciled comic books for Dreamwave, IDW Publications, Titan UK Publications and the Transformers Collectors Club/Botcon Collectors Convention. Khanna studied at Cornell University, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Parsons School of Design...

Khanna work has included concept and packaging design for Hasbro, hard Hero and Titan Books/Eagle Moss Publications..

Khanna can be found at may conventions surrounded by his Transformers art. Matt and I first met Khanna in 2011 at the Wizard show in New York, where he drew Starscream for Matt's Collection. Starting his Transformers with fan art, Khanna has quickly become one of the top Transformer artist on the convention scene...

When I approached Khanna, I did not remember which Transformer he did for Matt, and subsequently asked for the same sketch (like son, like father). I had picked up a few United Nations air mail first day covers with the idea of obtaining flight related sketches. Knowing Khanna would be at the Garden State Comic Fest I decided on a Starscream sketch. Starscream is the Decepticon Air Commander F-15 jet, making his first appearance in 1984 as part of the original franchise...
Khanna has a page on the Transformers Wiki...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Canaan White - Uber

Allied Troop
2013.10.11 New York Comic Con

Canaan White is the artist for the Avatar Press comic Uber, written by Kieron Gillen. The story alters the history of the second world war, where super soldiers control the fate of the battle...

Canaan White was sitting at the Avatar Press booth, when I walked by. I stopped to watch him sketch an Uber comic book cover and and was very impressed by his skill. I was not familiar with the comic, but become impressed with the story as Canaan explained it to me. I could not turn up a chance to obtain a sketch from this talented artist so I asked if he could draw on a first day cover. I chose the Inverted Jenny commemorative because I was thinking the story was taking place during the first world war instead of the second. My mistake, however Canaan's sketch of the allied soldier is wonderful.

The Inverted Jenny was an error postage stamp issued in 1918, where the image of the Curtiss Jenny bi-plane was printed upside down, in relation to the stamp border. Only 100 stamps found their way into public hands making it one of the most famous errors in US stamp collecting. The stamp has reached a value in excess of $900,000.00. In 2013 the US Postal Service decided to commemorate the famous mistake by re-issuing the stamp in a $2.00 value. The original Jenny was a 24c airmail stamp.

The Inverted Jenny made an appearance on the Simpson's during the 5th season. In Homer's Barbershop Quartet, Homer is looking through a box at a local flea market finds a full sheet of stamps and throws them back with the statement "the airplanes upside down"...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Peng Peng - Adventure Time

2013.10.12 NY Comic Con, NYC

Penelope "Peng-Peng" Gaylord likes fantasy art, cheesecake poses, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and mermaids. Finds inspiration from her husband, anime, comics and video games...

Gaylord studied graphic design at American University is currently inking Boom Studios' "Fanboys Vs Zombies" and has done an exclusive cover for "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake" issue #1...

I was not a fan the first time I saw the Adventure Time cartoon, but my son Matt told me to give it a chance. I watched a few more episodes and now I am a fan. I wanted to obtain a sketch of Finn and Jake on a Lewis & Clark cover, which commemorates their adventure across the Western portion of the US from 1804-1806. By a wild stretch of the imagination I could picture Finn and Jake taking the roles of Lewis and Clark with Princes Bubblegum in the role of Sacagawea, as they cross uncharted territories...

Gaylord drew Finn and Jake along with Lumpy Space Princess (Peng-Peng's favorite character)...

At the site BuzzFeed Geeky, Gaylord was one of 20 female artists who provided advice for female artists fro artist alley at the 2013 NY Comic Con... Her advice "DO YOU. Don't let others tell you otherwise."

Penelope was named after the cartoon character Penelope Pitstop...

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dan Parent - Archie

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC

Dan parent is a writer and artist for Archie Comics. After graduating from the Kubert School, Parent began working for Archie. His writing of the Love Showdown Series from 1994 received widespread attention.  In 2012 Parent introduced the first openly gay character, in Archie comics, when he created Kevin Keller (Veronica #202), on which he served as artist and writer...

In 2013 Parent was presented with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book in San Francisco. He was also nominated for a 2013 Harvey Award for "Special Award for Humor in Comics"...

Parent has also worked on the first interracial Archie's storyline featuring Archie and Valerie, from Josie and the Pussycats, as well as storylines with KISS, Barack Obama, George Takei and Archie Meets Glee...

Parent has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures and many other titles...

I chose a New York Statehood first day cover to coincide with the NY Comic Con, for this sketch...

Friday, February 28, 2014

Ziggy Blumenthal - Sidekicked!

2014.01.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Ledgewood, NJ
"Kinetixx"

Ziggy Blumenthal, along with Cory Harris and Brad Smoley created the brand Fake McCoy Comics

Sidekicked, from Blumehtal and Harris, offers a comic with an unique story line.While the heroes are out of town, saving the town, their sidekicks are taking care of the mundane every day problems. The townspeople see their work and promote them to hero, demoting the heroes to sidekicks. A very interesting and funny concept. The character drawn on the first day cover is Kinetixx, sidekick to Brigadier, who can only fly feet first!

Operation Pajama Pants, a successful 2012 Kickstarter project, the story of a man in search of an ancient magical pair of pajama pants belonging to an Egyptian Sun God. The cover art to this book was drawn by Amanda Connor..

As Blumenthal told me, these books are meant to be fun and they offer some good laughs with the witty dialog by Cory Harris...

Blumenthal also publishes a web-comic called Chris Wnuk: Secret Jew

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chris Ivy - Raven

2014.01.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Ledgewood, NJ
"Nevermore"

Chris Ivy graduated from the Parsons School of Design, NYC. He started his career working for John Romita and Don Parlin in the Marvel Bullpen. Ivy is most well-knonw for his inking for Marvel over the pencils of Ron Garney (Ghost Rider), Dwayne Turner (Cage) and Michael Bair Tom Morgan (Alpha Flight), James Fry and Stephen Platt (Marc Spector: Moon Knight)...

Ivy eventually moved on to inking for DC Comics - Sovereign Seven, Flash, JLA, Beast Boy; Image Comics - Shadowhawk, Supreme; Valiant - Bloodshot; Dark Horse - Aliens v Predators v Terminator, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters-Kenix Kil; IDW - GI Joe: Cobra Civil War and Dynamite Entertainment - Army of Darkness...

Ivy has also worked as a penciller on JLA, Fantastic Four, Psi-Force, New Avengers, Cloak and Dagger and many other titles...

Ivy has also served as colorist and cover artist for many comics...

I thought the Raven subject matter for the Edgar Allan Poe FDC from 2009 was a perfect match...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jason Baroody - Combat Jacks

2014.01.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Ledgewood, NJ
Sgt. Dorothy A. Darling - Combat Jacks
1983 Medal of Honor first day cover

Combat Jacks comes for the talented mind of Mark McKenna, who has been in the field for over 20 years working for DC and Marvel comics on titles like Batman, Justice League, X-Men and Spiderman...

McKenna created a children's book call Banana Tails, and now Combat Jacks, pencilled by Jason Baroody.

Combat Jacks tells a story of a a group of Marines who arrive on the planet Maia, to find the human inhabitants who were terraforming the planet to be missing. Early on they also find the locals are there to give them a deadly reception...

Jason Baroody is mostly known for his comic book work AIT/Planet Lar - Elvis Van Helsing; Image - Tales of the Starlight Drive-In; 5Finity - Archie Sketch card; Not Hardly Entertainment - Montana Briggs; Jim Krueger's The Clockmaker; Alterna Comics - Jesus Hates Zombies; New Adventures of the Human Fly; Voices of the Dead World...  Baroody has also written and provided illustrations for comic related magazines.

A founding member of Ten Ton Studios - Originally met Jason at a Widl Pig show in 2010 where he drew an excellent Galactus for my son Matt. Check it out on Matt's Collection page...

Medal of Honor first day cover  from 1983...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mark McKenna - Green Arrow

2010.05.15 Wild Pig Con, Springfield, NJ

Mark McKenna has been involved in the comic book industry for close to 30 years. McKenna first work was on Marvel's Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion #4 (1985). Since then he has continued to become an influence in the comic industry.  His extensive list of titles includes Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Avengers, Psi-Force, Nomad, Iron Man, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Dead-Pool;  DC Comics' Batman, Justice League, Doctor Fate, L.E.G.I.O.N., Aquaman; First Comics' Nexus; Valiant Comics' Magnus Robot Fighter; Dark Horse Star Wars..and  many others...

In 2012 McKenna was honored with the Inkwell Award; which was started in 2008 to recognize the craft of inking...

McKenna has also started his own imprint with a book designed, with his father, for kids called Banana Tail. Banana Tail is a mischievous, kind-hearted monkey with an unusual yellow tail, who is always getting into adventures with his friends Tic Tac the zebra and Reena the rhino...

McKenna has also written Combat Jacks, pencils by Jason Baroody, inked by Kate Finnegan, lettered by Sam Eggleston. There is also a hot variant cover by Billy Tucci...

Green Arrow was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, making his first appearance in More Fun Comics #73, November 1941...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Mark Morales - Iceman

2013.03.30 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

Mark Morales has provided cover art for Marvel Comics titles: The New Avengers - Transformers, Marvel Kinghts: Spider-Man, Avenging Spider-Man, Fear Itself, Deadpool, Seige, Thor, Captain America, Avengers vs X-Men, Exiles, Alpha-Flight, X-Men, X-Force and others....

Morales has served as inker on X-Men, Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fear Itself, Iron Man, Thor, Siege, Secret Invasion, Marvel Comics Presents, Young Avengers and many others...

As a long time fan of the X-Men I had requested an image of Iceman, in my mind the original snowboarder...