Friday, July 3, 2015

Charles Thurston - Sam Eagle, The Muppets

2015.06.06 NY Special Edition, NYC

Charles Thurston, a former puppeteer at Disney World now creates a series of pop culture parody books based off popular culture and classic children's stories...

Going through Thurston's portfolio were many fantastic drawings...Doctor Who's K-9 with Pluto's facial features, Good Boy K-9 where K-9 mets the Iron Giant, the Not Gonna Happen series where Pikachu meets various other fantastic characters including Figment, monsters from Where the Wild Things Are, Groot and others...

Sam the Eagle is a Muppet originating on the Muppet Show, and operated by Frank Oz. Sam is overly patriotic, stuffy and pompous...

Happy 4th of July !!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jacob Chabot - Skullboy

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jacob Chabot is a NYC based illustrator. His comics have appeared in various publications, including Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad Kids, Savage Dragon, TMNT, Hello Kitty, X-Babies, Ultimate X-Men, Spongebob, Voltron Force, Black Widow, Captain America, Young Avengers and many other titles...

Chabot is best known for his comic The Mighty Skullboy Army, published by Dark Horse Comics, which was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008 for Best Book for Teens.

Brazen robots! Hostile corporate takeovers! Ill-fated interns! Criminally insane turnips! Distinctly unhelpful helper monkeys! All await the readers ready to enlist in the ranks of the Might Skullboy Army! -  Dark Horse Comics

Chabot has also worked for American Greetings, The Princeton Review

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob Budiansky - Sleepwalker

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ
"Where Dreams Blossom"

Bob Budiansky is a comic book writer, editor and penciller. At Marvel Comics where is is best known for his work on Transformers. He is responsible for much of the writing of the original Marvel comic and conceived the names of most of the characters including  Megatron, Ratchet and Ravage...

Budiansky also created the Marvel character Sleepwalker and wrote most of the issues of the comic. Sleepwalker is a character from the Mindscape a dimension that borders on the mind of all intelligent beings and is inhabited by strange creatures. Some are vey dangerous, seeking to invade the sleeping mind. The Sleepwalkers serve as guardians to defend the mind. However Sleepwalker from the book becomes tapped in the mind of a college student Rick Sheridan. When Rick sleeps, the Sleepwalker emerges...

Budiansky served as penciller for the final years of the Johnny Blaze - Zarathos version of the Ghost Rider, drawing the covers from 1978 - 1983...

As an editor at Marvel, he oversaw Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the Spider-Man Clone Saga.

At BotCon 2010, hasbro named Budiansky as one of the first four human inductees in the Transfromers Hall of Fame for his contributions to creating the franchise...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sara Goetter - Boozle

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ


Boozle is a grumpy wizard on a quest to collect Macguffins, scattered all across the world. Luckily he has Bitsy, a cyclops and adventure enthusiast, to help him do just that. With a team like this how hard can it be?

Sara Goetter is a freelance illustrator specializing in comics and cartooning. She loves to draw stories about monsters and getting into adventures

Boozle is drawn on the Harry Potter Dumbledore FDC. Dumbledore is the head wizard at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The stamp features Michael Gambon as Dumbledore...

Friday, June 5, 2015

Eric Talbot - TMNT

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Eric Talbot is a comic writer and artist known for his work on Mirage Studios' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

Talbot co-wrote the graphic novel The Melting Pot, with TMNT creator Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley. The story was published as a 4-issue series by Kitchen Sink Press between 1993-1994. Key characters from the story became the basis for the film Heavy Metal 2000...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Farlaine the Goblin

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a Goblin is a wandering sprite that is usually mischievous and malicious.

Farlaine the Goblin is wandering but far from malicious. His story is a fairy tale. A tree goblin shaman from the Forest of Fin-Din, has spent many years wandering the Oddlands of Wug in search of a forest to call his own. Traveling with his tree Ehrenwort, Farline's story is told through a series of family-friendly books...

Dobby was honored as part of the Harry Potter series issued in 2013. A house-elf, who strongly resembles a goblin, served the Malfoy family before Harry Potter found a way to gain his release through trickery...

The creator of Farlaine remains anonymous to the audience. There is no mention of who the creator is on the website or on the book itself. The drawing is signed with a letter j. The creator of Farline wishes the audience to focus on the story without focus on the creator...

Friday, May 22, 2015

Peter Gallagher - Heathcliff

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately (Gallagher) in 1973, featuring the wisecracking cat as the title character. Peter Gallagher took over the comic in 1988 after apprenticing under his uncles Gately and John Gallagher. Heathcliff is distributed by Creators Syndicate in over 1,000 newspapers. Heathcliff has also appeared in comicbook format and has been the subject of an animated motion picture...

Peter Gallagher was born into cartooning, following his uncles Geroge Gately and John Gallagher, who both worked on the original Heathcliff...

A New Jersey native and instructor at Montclair State University, Gallagher has also created the "Jersey Tomato" comic strip in Weird NJ Magazine...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jim Salicrup - The Thing

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jim Salicrup has served as editor at Marvel Comics, for twenty years, working on titles such as Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers and Spider-Man..

At Topps Comics Salicrup edited Bram Stoker's Dracula, X-Files and Zorro..

Salicrup also worked for Stan lee Media and currently at Papercutz, which publishes Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. He is also a trustee at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City...

At comic book shows, Salicrup has a sign at this table promoting "Lousy Art $5", and his table is littered with half-decent drawings of superheroes. I am not sure if this is a direct poke at the artists that surround him.  After passing Salicrup's table at many events I finally stopped to obtain some lousy art.  Upon receiving my sketch, I told Salicrup that I was disappointed, this was not lousy as advertised, it was good!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Simon Bisley - Batman

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Simon Bisley has cited his influences to be Frank Frazetta, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, William Turner and Richard Corben. His distinctive style is predominantly rendered using acrylics on bristol board, Bisley does not use airbrushes, although his style gives that effect...

Bisley, a British comic book artist is best known for his 1990's work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Slaine. Much of his work is also influenced by rock album covers as traditional comic book art. While a student Bisley did a painting of a robot holding a baby that a friend passed to Pat Mills, and inspired him to relaunch the ABC Warriors strip with Bisley as artist in 1987...

When I approached Bisley, he was hunched over a painting of Harley Quinn. I inquired about a sketch and then explained my project. Bisley took a few glances up at me and then asked "Are you nuts?!"  I replied yes and we agreed on a Batman piece.  From what I could see Bisley was working strictly with washes, shades of black, little else...

At times I do not get to watch the art come to life, this time I had the opportunity as Bisley quickly grabbed a brush and starting bringing Batman to life. No pencil sketch to figure out the plan, just quick defined brush strokes, which grew stronger and deeper in black. He mumbled "like painting my own money" and continued on...

He hit the postmark, which he originally intended to go around. Continued to complete the line and declared the postmark was the moon behind Batman's shoulder. Brilliant !!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kevin Greaves - Chewbacca

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Kevin Greaves - Kevtoons

My inspiration for obtraining drawing of Chewbacca on the Negro Leagues Baseball cover, is the celebration many minor and major league baseball teams have been having over the years to honor Star Wars on May 4th...

Since 2011 several teams have taken to wearing Wookie inspired jerseys, these teams include the Toledo Mudhens and the Kane County Cougars. Other teams honoring Star Wars which witnessed several characters throwing out the first pitch (Ewoks, Darth Vader, and others) include Sacramento River Cats, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Brooklyn Cyclones, West Michigan Whitecaps, New York Mets, Cincinnati Red, Atlanta Braves spring training at Disney and this great picture of Chewbacca....

The Negro Leagues stamp and  first day cover commemorates the times when baseball was segregated on the field (owners were sometimes white). but on the field black Americans could not play along side white Americans, until Jackie Robinson stepped on the field for the Brooklyn dodgers in 1947. The Negro Leagues would continue for w few years past this time, but integration of Major League Baseball saw the end of the segregated leagues. One of the stamps features Rube Foster, a player and manager in the Negro Leagues from 1902-1926, called the Father of Black Baseball...


Friday, April 24, 2015

Arthur Adams - Space Girl

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Arthur Adams, a self-rtaught artist, has been a fan favorite for is highly distinctive and detailed artwork. He gained popularity pencilling the critically acclaimed Longshot limited series, written by Ann Nocenti, published by Marvel Comics in 1985...

Adams has served in roles as penciller, cover artist and writer for many of the more popular titles including Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, Godzilla, Rocketeer, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Hulk, Red Sonja, Avengers, Green Lantern and many others...

Adams launched his creator owned, written and drawn series Monkyman and O'Brian in 1993 with Dark Horse Comics Legend imprint.

Looking over Adams artwork I was not sure what I should ask for, I was leaning toward the Space Girl idea from a previous piece I had seen.  I was at the East Coast Con, helping at the Hospice table, which was next to Adams' table. I saw his Creature from the Black Lagoon, which was great. I kept looking over thinking do I dare cut into the long line that form and change my request. I was lucky enough to be first on his commission list. His line of admirer's never stopped coming. I held my ground and awaited by Space Girl...

Damn is she beautiful !!!  I am sure I would have been impressed with anything he drew...

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...