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...






Friday, January 2, 2015

Hyeyoung Seong - Japanese Animation



Japanses animation - Dragonball Z Kai issued January 23,2012 and Naruto Shippuden issued October 23, 2009. Both cachets were drawn by Hyeyoung Seong and are featured on his blog Thematic Stamp Collecting. The site features a variety of subjects such as Japanese anime, Doctor Who, Disney, Sherlock Holmes and other subjects...

The above are two of Seong's hand drawn covers from popular Japanese animation. Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama, was first published in manga form in 1988 in Weekly Shonen Jump. The cartoon series first aired on the Japanese Fuji TV from 1989 to 1996...

Naruto was first published as a one-shot in Akamaru Jump in 1997. It would then be published in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014. The series was created by Masahi Kishimoto. The anime series premiered on TV Tokyo in 2002...

Thanks to Hyeyoung for allowing me to share his covers...

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Darren Auck - Winged Monkey

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ


A second sketch from Daren Auck, a graduate of the Kubert School who has worked for Pacific Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics - book titles include Rocko's Modern Life, Ren and Stimpy, She-Hulk, Marvel Presents Wolverine, Vanguard, Vision, Elvira's House of Mystery and others...

The winged monkey is drawn on a commemorative Oz Fest event cover, from Chesterton, Indiana home of the largest Wizard of Oz festival.....

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dean Kotz - Krampus!

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

When the bones of Saint Nicholas are stolen, the Secret Society of Santa Clauses must call on their old friend Krampus, a child-punishing demon. But things are not so friendly as they must release Krampus from their jail cell and convince him to help...

Dean Kotz was the artist on the Kickstarter project for The Black Coat ...Or Give Me Death, with Francesco Francavilla and Ben Lichus.

Kotz has also worked on Zenescope's Charmed; Poe from Boom! Studios and Mask of the Red Panda from Monkeybrain Comics...

Merry Krampus to all...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Andrew Edge - Jimi Hendrix

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

Andrew Edge is currently working on Grizzly and Caticus for Cool Monkey Press. His previous work includes working for McFarlane Toys and McNabb Studios. What drew me to Andrew's table was a painting of Jerry Garcia. I remembered that I placed a Jimi Hendrix cover in my bag that morning just in case something came up. Ask if he would be able to produce a Hendrix sketch and Andrew was ready to comply...

Over the past year the stamp collecting old guard has raised complaints regarding the subject matter currently being commemorated. Reality is, if you what to attract a new audience you have to give them something they can relate to. A rough count shows as many as 40 stamps for George Washington (well deserved), but to honor modern figures that changed history, why not. Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) changed the way the youth of the 1960s heard music. Hendrix is one of the most influential and creative musicians of the 20th century. National Public Radio's 100 Most Important American Musical Works includes Purple Haze by Hendrix, alongside Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind, Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring, Gene Autry's Back in the Saddle Again, Pasty Cline's Crazy (written by Willie Nelson), George M. Cohan Give My Regards to Broadway, Ferd Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite and the list goes on...

A few designs that I drew for the Jimi Hendrix stamp:


A broom is drearily sweeping
up the broken pieces of yesterday's life.
Somewhere a Queen is weeping,
somewhere a King has no wife.

And the wind it cries Mary.