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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stephen Coughlin - Ezra : Sanctuary

2014.11.08 - Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Stephen Coughlin is a fan of Disney's Nine Old Men, so it is no surprise that his work on Sanctuary has a Disney feel to it. Coughlin attended the Ringing School of Art and Design, in hopes of working for Disney.

Sanctuary is a murder mystery, where a Panda ends up dead! The story takes place in a zoo, where the humans are experimenting on the animals!!

Sanctuary is available as a digital book from SLG Publishing

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jeff McComsey - FUBAR

2014.04.12 Asbury Park Comic Con, Asbury Park, NJ

I was familiar with Steve Becker and Jeff McComsey's FUBAR zombie based military comic. I had the idea of asking Steve Becker if he would initiate Beetle Bailey into the FUBAR world.  When I returned to pick up the sketch, Steve had handed the assignment off to Jeff McComsey.

McComsey is the editor-in-chief of the historical zombie anthology and New York Times best seller FUBAR. According to his bio when he's not chained to his desk drawing pages, he's chained to his desk... drawing pages...

Although I had never been a big zombie fan, still have not read or seen Walking Dead, I have enjoyed the FUBAR books. Zombie armies need a purpose, and what better purpose than to maintain the battle...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Neil Vokes - Parliament of Justice

2014.11.08 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Parliament of Justice, Image Comics one-shot written by Michael Avon Oeming, art by Neil Vokes. Set in Victorian times, Parliament patrols the city by night in a motorized dirigible...
A great review of the book can be found at Popmatters


This is not the first time Neil Vokes has provided me with a sketch, he is someone who openly shows he enjoys what he is doing...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ayşegül Sınav - Joker

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Ayşegül Sinav is a first year student at the Kubert School. She comes from Instanbul, Turkey, prefers fiction over reality and loves to draw...

On DeviantArt her quote is "I color the world with the hues of my madness"

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sean Douglas - Home World

2014.11.08 - Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Sean Douglas is a freelance artist who is trying to publish his first book, Home World.
Home World is a Sci-Fi military comic set in 2181 AD. After a war that brings destruction to our  planet a search for a new world ensues. But the explorers run into trouble along the way...

Previously Douglas has provided character designs for game companies, painted commissions (Matt picked up a Red Hood at the show), and provided a pin-up for Blue Juice comic The Accelerators... 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Shawn Andrews - Harley Quinn

2015.01 Harley Quinn

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Shawn Andrews was inspired by Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri and studying the works of Vallejo, Bell, Olivia and Frazetta. Through studies fine arts and figures became Andrews focus, dissuaded from comics by his professors...

In 2012 still chasing the dream Andrews joined the comic convention circuit bringing his fine art and pinups, using fully rendered pencil techniques to showcase stunning images of comic industry icons...

I am always amazed at the work that can be produced by a pencil, bringing out the shades and textures...very nice..

Friday, January 16, 2015

Anthony Marques - The Shadow

2015.10.10 Deweys Comic City, Madison, NJ

Anthony Marques is a graduate of the Kubert School, and has worked for DC Comics, Dark Horse and produced a comic anthology Epics through Kickstarter. Now Marques joins Michale Moreci, writer, Moritat and Dev Madan, art, on Dynamite's one-shot book The Shadow - Agents of the Shadow.  Faced with a world without the Shadow his agents must step up and tackle a crime syndicate...

Signed by Marques, the cover art for the book is by Robert Hack... I am not OCD, but I keep wanting to peel that damn price sticker off the book!!

The Shadow first appeared as a pulp fiction character, in the story "The Living Shadow", in 1931. The character was created by Walter Gibson under the pen name Maxwell Grant.  The Shadow would continue in publication until 1980 featured in over 300 stories.  The Shadow is a vigilante, using a secret identity, dressed in black working in the shadows of the night.

By 1931 the character had moved to radio with Frank Readick voicing the character. In 1937 Orson Welles would bring the character to life in the official Shadow radio dramas.

Comic strips took hold of the Shadow in 1940, written by Gibson and pencilled by Vernon Greene. The strip ran for 2 years. Archie Comics would revive the character in 1964 with an eight-series run of books. These stories were written by Robert Bernstein and Jerry Siegel, with art by John Rosenberger. DC Comics would reintroduce the Shadow in 1973, written by Dennis O'Neil and pencilled by Michael Kaluta, Frank Robbins and E.R. Cruz. The character would continue to find his way into the comics over the years..

In film the Shadow had s series of short movies produced in 1931-1932 based on the Detective Story Radio program.  Five additional features would be produced in 1937 through 1958, until 1994 when Alec Baldwin brought the character back to life..

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 Batman

DC Comics and the USPS teamed-up for the 75th anniversary of Batman with a  series of stamps issued at New York Comic Con on October 9, 2014...

The sheet of stamps features four Batman designs from the various comic book eras. Bill Finger and Bob Kane's original vision of Batman on the bottom row, the Silver Age Batman, the Golden Age Batman and the Modern Age Batman (credited to Jim Lee), along with their specific bat-signal, issued in four round stamps...

Besides the traditional first day cancel, the USPS provided a pictorial first day cancellation featuring the Batman logo...
a color printed first day cancel...
a DC Comics pictorial unofficial first day cancel...



the USPS also produced pictorial cancelations for each day of the Comic Con...

Even though stamp collecting is an old fashioned hobby that many see as well past its prime. I enjoy the fact that many artists are creating their own stamp designs, often as part of their training. The below links show a couple of artists who have created their own Batman related stamps, with some very nice designs...