Friday, April 17, 2015

Roger L Phillips - The Gray Zone

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

As a young art student, Roger L. Phillips was accidentally granted permission to enter the top secret facility near Roswell, NM at Groom Lake - Area 51...

For nearly 60 years, Mr. Phillips studied the extraterrestrial aliens being held at the base. He observed their behaviors, befriended them, learned from them and eventually understood them...

The Gray Zone is the result of this experience. Alien based cartoons reminiscent of Far Side cartoons, These single panel strips are hilarious...


While first speaking with Phillips, he pulled out a fan letter he received from Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, who utilizes envelopes with the Apollo 13 patch as a cachet. Upon seeing this I started discussing this project and Phillips was quick to offer his service to draw a cachet for me...

Very funny...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Owlgirls - Dave Ryan

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

NYC 1940 - the Owlgirls find themselves living in the human world of murder... The 3 sisters live in a Soho apartment, keeping to the shadows and a mystical corner of reality...

The Owlgirls are the creation of Italian artist Rachel Aragno, and she provides the beautifully inspired artwork, and ink washes. Dave Ryan provides art direction, enhancement and editing. Robert J. Sodaro wrote the story based on Rachel's synopsis...

I came across the first issues at a previous show at Robert J. Sodaro's table. Purchased the book and was fascinated by the story. Then Dave Ryan ran a Kickstarter for the second issue, which I am proud to say I am a supporter...

Dave was in attendance at today's premier East Coast show, so I had to request he provide an Owlgirls sketch...

Owlgirls is an original creator-owned comic series by Rachele Aragno...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cursed Pirate Girl and Naval Covers

In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day !!!

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con

Coming into the 2013 New York Comic Con, I made my way to Jeremy Bastian's table early. The previous year Bastian graced one of my first day covers with a gorgeous rendering of a sea creature, as he did not have time in his schedule to provide a cursed Pirate Girl sketch. Ever gracious Bastian accepted my request and provided the above sketch of the Cursed Pirate Girl. I finally picked up a copy of the book at the 2014 NY Comic Con and found it amazing. The artwork is so detailed, I had to go back to see what I originally missed...

1936.08.09 USS Ohama
M Fay Muridge (ACE 99) sketch

M Fay Muridge and her sister Slyvia were both members of Tacoma' USS Porposie Chapter #23.
Fay was a commercial artist who worked in a Seattle department store. Fay created many cachet designs for several ship covers. It has been noted that here interest was in creating the artwork more that in the covers themselves.

The Art Cover Exchange - in 1935 Leonard J. Turley formed the original Art Cover Exchange. The idea was to send a cover with a handmade cachet to a member to receive one in return. Using ingenuity, members mailed covers from post offices with names like Bald Knob, WV with appropriate artwork on their envelopes. Designs were done for birthdays, holidays and special events. Most important was the cover and the friendly exchange. The Art Cover Exchange is still in operation...

USS Omaha CL-4 was was launched on Dec 14, 1920, two years after being laid down and wasn't commissioned until Feb 24, 1923. the Omaha joined the Atlantic Fleet and was used for training visiting ports throughout the world. During the Second World War, the USS Omaha continued to patrol the Atlantic Ocean, assisting in the capture of the German blockade runners Odenwald and Rio Grande, sinking a third the Burgenland.

The USS Omaha was decommissioned in 1946....

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...