Friday, February 12, 2016

Zack Viola - Winged Victory

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Zack Viola is a student at the Kubert School. Zack has been influenced by video games, as he is an avid gamer. Besides character design, Zack also likes the storytelling telling aspect that his art can deliver...

I liked the design on Zack's business card, which led to a discussion of his sketching a steampunk  styled rocket-pack flyer...



Interview at Gilbert Curiosities

Friday, February 5, 2016

Kim De Mulder - Nick Fury

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

Kim DeMulder is an artist with over 30 years of experience having worked at Marvel, DC and others. He has inked several top comic titles including Swamp Thing, Nick Fury, SheHulk, Defenders, Superboy, Hellblazer, Green Lantern, Transformers, Punisher, RoboCop...

I had asked DeMulder for a sketch of RoboCop, but he asked for a reference image which I did not have. He threw out Nick Fury, which was good for me. He said he did not need a reference as he would just draw Clint Eastwood and throw an eyepatch on him!

DeMulder is an award winning painter and fantasy artist. He also paints landscapes..

DeMulder provided this illustration for the Bettie Page Private Collection trading card #5



Friday, January 29, 2016

Alejandro Bruzzese - Space Adventure

2015.06.06  NY Special Edition, NYC

Alejandro Bruzzese's table was next to Colin Lawler, and I decided to keep working the space theme. Bruzzeses' approach was to take on the look of a comic book panel, with an astronaut fighting a couple of aliens..

Alejandro is a cartoonist, graphic designer, write and teacher. Originally from Uruguay currently residing in Brooklyn, NY

Largely self-taught, his work has been influenced by Wayne Barlow, Pete Fowler, Stanislav Szukalski, Junko Mizuno and Grant Morrison.. He has developed an illustration style which focuses on character design, dynamic movement and sparse settings.

Aljeandro's work has appeared in God Hates Astronauts, Feral NYC, Dracula: Son of the Dragon, Bartika.....

Alejando Bruzzese website

Friday, January 22, 2016

Anthony Ojeda - Frankenstein

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Anthony Ojeda is a student at the Kubert School. One of my joys of meeting artists trying to make their way into the industry is they have passions about what they enjoy drawing. When Ojeda mentioned he enjoyed monsters, I requested Frankenstein.  I looked over his portfolio, but still that is never an indication of the sketch I will receive. I was very impressed with Ojeda's take on Frankenstein.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Paul Renaud - Cavewoman

2015.06.06 NY Special Edition, NYC

Paul Renaud is a French comic book artist who broke into the US market with Cavewoman from Basement Comics. He has also worked on Fear Agent from Image, Red Sonja and Athena from Dynamite...

A popular cover artist, his titles include Vampirella, Flash Gordon, The Green Hornet, Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness from Dynamite, and Star Wars, Mass Effect, Kull, Dungeons and Dragons...

Working for Marvel Comics, Renaud has worked on Uncanny Avengers Annual, Secret Wars (FCBD), Shield and CaptainAmerica.  He has produced covers for Uncanny Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Hawkeye and Mockingbird, Black Panther and many others...

For DC comics Renaud was worked on Convergence: Justice League International and Suicide Squad...

Cavewoman was created by Budd Root and published by Basement Comics, Caliber Comics and Avatar Press

The Jurassic Park stamp was issued by the USPS as part of their Celebrate the Century 1990's series...

Friday, January 8, 2016

Fraim Brothers - Batman

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

One is a penciller, the other an inker...

Brendon and Brian Fraim have worked on Knights of the Dinner Table, and the Hackmaster and Champions RPG systems and the comic book sections in the novel, Wolf Boy...

They have also illustrated the Harvey Award nominated Antiques: The Comic Strip from Gemstone Publishing and the award winning daily web-comic America Jr, which was collected by Image Comics. The Fraim brothers have also illustrated The Odd Squad, a three issue limited series published by Devil's Due Publications and the horror comic Vampire, Pa from Moonstone...

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Karl Kerschl - Abominable Charles Christopher

2015.06.06 NY special Event, NYC

I started reading the web-comic the Abominable Charles Christopher about 2 years ago. The comic started in 2007 following the adventures of Charles Christopher, a child like sasquatch, who's story intertwines with animals of the forest and the forest spirit in the guise of a lion...

The web-comic won the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2011.

Kerchl, currently drawing the popular Gotham Academy, has also drawn Superman, Assassin's Creed, The Flash, Teen Titans and several others...

When the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps came out and the Bumble was featured as one of the stamps, my first thought was wouldn't it be great to obtain a Charles Christopher sketch on one of these covers... this was an early Christmas present...

Friday, December 25, 2015

Jacob Chabot - Bumble

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 in a booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward...

Rudolph would gain immortality through the song written by Johnny Marks. Recorded by many artists through the years, the first commercially successful rendition was in 1949 by Gene Autry. Other artists include Bong Crosby, Spike Jones, Dean Martin, The Temptation, Burl Ives, The Jackson 5, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the list goes on...

Rudolph would gain further popularity in 1964 when Rankin/Bass Productions aired their stop-motion animated special on CBS television, which has never left the air-waves. The story follows a dejected Rudolph and Hermey the would be dentist elf who go on travels to help the misfit toys and their adventure with Yukon Cornelius and the dangerous abominable  snowman "The Bumble"...


2014 marked the 75th anniversary of Rudolph and the 75th anniversary of the television special. A series of US postage stamps was released on November 6, featuring Rudolph and his friends. My favorite characters are Yukon Cornelius and the Bumble. I asked Jacob Chabot to draw the Bumble on the 2014 Rudolph Bumble first day cover...

Jacob Chabot is a cartoonist illustrator whose work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine, Savage Dragon, Marvel Comics and his own The Mighty Skullboy Army, from Dark Horse Comics. Skullboy was nominated for an Eisner Award in 20078 for Best Book for Teens...

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,  Happy New Year....

Friday, December 18, 2015

Eryk Donovan - Luke Skywalker

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

Eryk Donovan is a comic book creator and illustrator. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, his work has been featured in Boom! Studios series Memetic, Thrillbent's series The House in the Wall and Super Mario Bros. 2 the Movie Sequel webcomic...

From Eryk's blog: "I make my drawings with the intention of the ink being the final work, not the pencils. If no-one ever sees my pencils I'm fine with that was long as they think my inks are sexy."

Since I didn't have any first day covers that related to the Boom Studios Memetic, I asked what his preference was, to which he quickly responded science fiction. When he noticed the Star Wars FDC that became his choice...


Donovan's lastest book with James Tynion IV (signed by both) from Boom! Studios - Cognetics

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Joe Eisma - Darth Sidious

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

Joe Eisma is the artist co-creator of the Eisner nominated and New York Times best selling series from Image Comics - Morning Glories. The story focuses on a group of students at the Morning Glories Academy, which hides sinister and deadly secrets. The series is written by Nick Spencer...

Eisma has also worked on Hoax Hunters, Existence 3.0 and Dynamo 5 from Image comics, Higher Earth from Boom! Studios and Cobra from IDW Publishing...

After a brief discussion Eisma chose to do Star Wars related sketch.  If i had a Higher Learning or other educational related first day cover, I would have went with a character from Morning Glories. 
His Darth Sidious captures the evil expression nicely...


Outside of artist alley Jelly Belly had a booth with 2 paintings made from jelly beans - Darth Vader and Yoda, while artist Kristen Cummings was working an a Batman. I don't know how she avoids eating the jelly beans while working. Cummings uses an acrylic drawing to serve as a guide to the final product. Cummings began working for Jelly Belly producing her first works in 2010..
The above postcard was available at the Jelly Belly booth...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Marki Wolfson - C3PO

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

Marki is currently a student at the Kubert School, provided a comic perspective of C3PO

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens



2015.10.20 -  Royal Mail honors the Star Wars Universe with 12 character stamps and 6 vehicle designs. 

Royal Mail also had different postmarks for cancellations for different types of covers being produced. The Alliance Starbird cancel from Elstree, Borehamwood was used as the traditional first day postmark,
the  Imperial cancel from Tallents House, Edinbrugh was used on the Prestige stamp book first day cover,
Millenium Falcon postmark used on the Vehicles medallion (PNC) cover 

AT-AT walker used on the Battles medallion (PNC) cover


2013 - Dutch artist Stefan van Zoggel produced fantasy art showing stamps that might have been used in the Star Wars universe. The stamps were featured on the site Damn Cool Pictures.
van Zoggel used some very old stamp designs to bring these stamps to life. Although in the futuristic setting of Star Wars, there had to be a past on all of these planets where they had a more archaic form of sending messages.