Friday, November 27, 2015

Geof Darrow - Mechanical

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

In my mind Geof Darrow is a brilliant artist, however... His table was next to Frank Cho. I picked up a book from Cho and noticed that Darrow was drawing on his table (waiting for customers). I had picked up a sketch from his creation Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot a couple of years earlier (although not on a first day cover).

I approached Darrow and asked if he would provide a commissioned sketch for me. His response was "Why would I want to do that?", I respond by explaining my collection and my admiration for Big Guy and Shaolin Cowboy. His response "I don't know, I'm kind of lazy". I pointed to a gorgeous finely detailed sketch of a dragon and said "That is not lazy", he returned with "I get paid for that", all the while kind of laying back in his chair., or a cat toying with a mouse... 

I told him I was more than willing to pay for services provided, he took the envelope  (Science and Technology FDC) and told me to come back in 15 minutes and he would think about it. When I returned I saw this beautiful mechanical dinosaur-human hybrid, which reminded me of HR Geiger's work, although Darrow has listed as his influences Moebius (Jean Giraud), Tezuka Osamu (Astro Boy), Herge (Tin Tin) and Jack Kirby (they worked together at Hanna-Barbera). It was a pleasure getting the opportunity to interact with Darrow, it gives more meaning to the sketch he provided.. I believe he truly loves what he does, it shows in his work....Thank you!

From Darrow's facebook page:
I Just thought I'd mention you can purchase my 2015 sketchbook from Craig Popplewell. I am too lazy to keep going to the post office but Craig has it down to a science. So if you want em he has them!! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Michael Grassia - Popeye

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

At the Superheroes for Hospice show I stopped at the Outpouring Comics table. I picked up a promo card for Rusty Gilligan and asked Jonathan Miller where Rusty was this day, and was told at another event, which sounded something like Pop Art Con. I responded "There's a Con for Popeye!". Michael Grassia who was sitting next to the Outpouring Comics table, yelled "I'd go to that!" and the discussion of Popeye and Robin Williams' movie started. Grassia showed me a sketch he recently did of Popeye, and this gave me the idea to have Grassia  draw Popeye on a US Naval Academy cover..

Michael Grassia is an art teaches who realized his passion is storytelling through illustration and animation. He produced the child-friendly web-comic Plunger-Pup, a sci-fi adventure about a dog who fights crime with a magic plunger...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Annie Wu - Batgirl

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

The first time I came across Annie Wu was at the 2014 NYCC. I saw a long line of fans waiting for sketches, Annie focused but quick providing beautiful artwork. I made it part of my mission for this con to obtain a Batgirl sketch

Annie Wu has worked for Archie Comics, Vertigo (House of Mystery), DC Comics (Batman Beyond), Marvel (Young Avengers), Wired Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and many others...

Currently she is illustrating Marvel's Hawkeye with Matt Fraction, provided a storyboard for the sixth season of Adult Swim's The Venture Brothers and DC's Black Canary with Brenden Fletcher..

Friday, November 6, 2015

Ray Alma - Alfred E Newman : Mad Magazine

2015.10.09 New York Comic con, NYC

One of the special moments of attending NYCC is walking around discovering who might be at the con. Yes there is a program, but I tend not to take the time to go through it, I would rather wander the aisles. When I came to the National Cartoonist Society booth, which had several cartoonists in attendance. 

One of the downsides to wandering around is not knowing some of the artist by sight. Ray Alma was taking his turn at the table so I asks what comic strip he drew. He pointed to his shirt which said "MAD Magazine"...

We discussed his doing a skeetch of Alfred E Newman, so I chose a Norman Rockwell cover. I liked the comparison of one of America's famous and loved illustrators linked to America's children choice for literature...

When I went to research Ray Alma, I was happy to see the photo on his site mimic the famous Rockwell painting of his self portrait technique..

Ray Alma  is a caricaturist and illustrator. His work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and books. His contributions to Mad Magazine earned him status as one of "The Usual Gang of Idiots".

Alam won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Best Magazine Illustration - 2009.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Greg Larocque - Black Cat

2015.07.25 Garden State Comic Fest, Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ

Greg LaRocque is a comic book illustrator best known for his work on the Legion of Super-Heroes and The Flash.

LaRocque began his comics career at DC Comics and his first published work was the story "That Which Conquers All" in Mystery in Space #115 (Jan. 1981). Following this was OMAC back-up stories in The Warlord #42-47 (Feb. 1981-July 1981). His first work for Marvel Comics appeared in Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (Sept. 1981). He drew several issues of Marvel Team-Up including the last issue of the series. He and writer Louise Simonson launched a new Spider-Man title, Web of Spider-Man, in April 1985. Returning to DC Comics, LaRocque became prominent for his work illustrating the Legion of Super-Heroes. He drew The Flash with writer William Messner-Loebs from issue #15 (Aug. 1988) through #79 (Aug. 1993). A career highlight was redesigning the Flash's costume to its current incarnation.

Exiled Studio released LaRocque's creator owned material in the three-issue mini-series The Exiled, followed by CryBaby, Exiled Studio's first color comic book. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Russ Braun - Where Monsters Dwell

2015.06.06 NY Special Edition, NYC

Russ Braun has been working in comics for over 25 years, including time spent with Disney Feature Animation. Braun has worked on various titles including Batman, Fables, Hellstorm, Animal Man, jack of Fables, Dead Boy Detectives, Battlefields, and The Boys with Garth Ennis...

Currently Braun is working on Where Monsters Dwell, written by Ennis as part of Marvel's Secret Wars.  Phantom Eagle (Karl Kaufmann) and his companion Clementine Franklin-Cox as they fly rustic bi-planes and fight dinosaurs and cannibals...

Braun took the opportunity to draw a pencil sketch of Clementine on this Eddie Rickenbacher first day cover...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Jason Chatfield - Ginger Meggs

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

After I left artist alley at NYCC I went to the main floor to wander around. When I saw the National Cartoonist Society booth, I was drawn like a moth to the flame. I found several cartoonists waiting to provide sketches, including, to my surprise, Jason Chatfield current artist on the Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs...

Ginger Meggs, Australia's Favourite Boy, running since 1921 under the guidance of creator Jimmy Banks, follows the escapades of the red-headed mischief-maker. The strip has been passed through several cartoonists - Ron Vivian (1953-1973), Lloyd Piper (1973-1982), James Kemsley (1983-2007) and Jason Chatfield (2007-present)...

Captain Australia  is Ginger's imaginary alter ego, much like Calvin and Hobbes' Spaceman Spiff...


Jason Chatfield besides drawing the iconic Ginger Meggs is also a stand-up comic and writes for several publications and is a New York Correspondent for ABC News Breakfast on ABC1 / ABCNews24, funny or Die, Nova 100 and The Project (Network 10)...
Chatfield although is drawing the Australian comic currently resides in NYC...

Ginger Meggs was first honored by the Australian Post July 17, 1985 as part of the Australian Classic Children's Book issue, which included Blink Bill, The Magic Pudding, SnugglePot and Cuddlepie and Elves and Fairies...
Ginger Meggs has also appeared on an Australian coin

1952 Ginger Meggs Fan club envelope

Friday, October 9, 2015

Nick Justus - Enemy Ace

2015.10.03 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Nick Justus was promoting his newest publication Mantasy, written by Jon Carroll, colors by Juanchoo..during his Nick Justus Does New Jersey Tour...

A graduate of the Kubert School, Nick had a fantastic portrait of Joe Kubert on his DeviantArt page. With this in mind I asked Nick to draw Enemy Ace - Hans von Hammer, created by Kubert and Robert Kanigher in 1965 first appearing in Our Army At War #151. I had the chance to meet Joe Kubert, but he was not doing sketches at the time only signing books. I would have loved to obtain an Enemy Ace sketch, but I was able to have him sign a collected edition of Enemy Ace stories...
I choose the Eddie Rickenbacker cover to compliment Enemy Ace, both World War I aces, representing different side of the battle, although one is fictional...

Currently a penciller/inker at Bluewater Comics, Nick has previously worked Devil's Due...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Brittany Pezzillo - Wolf Spirit

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

Brittany Pezzillo is a Kubert School graduate and an illustrator from Centeral New Jersey specializing in fantasy, sci fi, horror and psychedelic themes. In addition to illustration, Brittany also colors comic books and has developed a variety of concept art.

Brittany's business card which drew me to her table...
Brittany loves to paint and tell stories, to forge new worlds and their inhabitants for all to enjoy

Clients have included AEG, Pelgrane Press, Knighthawk Games and others...

2015 - Art All Night Exhibit - Trenton, NJ
2014 - 10x10 Show - Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ben Caldwell - TMNT

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Ben Caldwell has worked in a variety of art and design fields over the years, including toy design, animation development, book illustration and comic book art.

A large portion of his work has been with Toybiz on projects that include The Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, X-Men, World Championship Wrestling and Harry Potter.

His comic work includes All-Action Classics comic: Dracula, Tom Sawyer, The Wizard of Oz, War of the Worlds and The Odyssey and on Justice League Unlimited covers, Wonder Woman children's books and Star Wars art. He is best known for his work with the Action! Cartooning series of how-to books. His work on Dare Detective comics was nominated for the Russ Manning Award for Most Promising New-comer in 2005

Friday, September 18, 2015

Lynne Yoshii - Emma Frost

2015.25.2015 Garden State Comic Fest, Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ

Lynne Yoshii  is an Illustrator, Graphic Designer and aspiring Comic Book Artist. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Yoshii graduated from the School of Visual Arts of New York. She has worked as an assistant editor for Marvel and as a Graphic Artist for a toy company.

She is an extremely talented artist whose work and style especially when it comes to strong female characters is simply some of the best there is in our opinion. Based on this description and art shown on her website, her Wonder Woman is fantastic, I asked for a female character on a Marilyn Monroe fdc.. Yoshii chose to draw Emma Frost, in a Monroe pose. 

During the show I overheard several people talking about Yoshii's beautiful work, and I quickly became one of them... 

Favourite style of art: Pre-Raphaelite, Russian Avant Garde, Art Nouveau, Early 20th Century Children's Illustrations

Friday, September 11, 2015

Scott Hanna - Batman

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

A top inker in the graphic novel industry, Scott Hanna has been drawing and inking comic books for over 25 years. His work has been published in well over 100 graphic novels, and he’s inked over 15,000 pages of finished black and white art.

At Marvel Comics, Scott has worked on all the top characters, including the Avengers, Spider-Man, IronMan, the X-Men and the Hulk including a fifteen year run on Spider-man. At DC Comics, he worked on many major titles including Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern and most notably a five year run on Detective Comics starring Batman.

Scott received two 2012 Inkwell awards - “Most Adaptable Inker” and “The Props Award”, two 2011 Inkwell Awards for “Favorite Inker” and “Most Adaptable Inker”, the 2010 Inkwell Award for “Most Adaptable Inker”, the 2005 Wizard Fan Award for “Best Inker” and the 2002 Eisner award for “Best Serialized Story” - Amazing Spider-Man #30-35: “Coming Home”.