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.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Vanessa Solis - Joker

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Vanessa is a first year student at the Kubert School...I am always amazed by the different approaches artist take to my requests. To my eye this has a Heath Ledger darkness, but the Joker's smile shows a playfulness that the eyes do not...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tom Schloendorn - Lego Spider-man

2014.11.08 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

I had this Spiderman FDC signed by Chris Claremont on 2014.04.12 at the Asbury Park Comic Con. I figured I would have him sign the cover and have an artist provide a sketch.  Prior to meeting Claremont, I was asked if I ever requested a writer to write something on the cover. I had not given this much thought, but in my usual smart-ass manner, I explained my project to Claremont I added that he was welcome to write something if he wished. He looked up at me with a look that said "let me give this consideration" - No. He did this with a slight smile and took less than of 1 second of thought. Although best known for his work on Uncanny Z-Men (16 years), Claremont did write Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #11...

Tom Schloendorn started out as a penciler, but switched to inking when he realized inking was a lost art. Many of the inkers of the past were so good, you did not know they were there. Their job was to compliment the pencils not overtake them. Tom is credited with inking the titles Hope: New Orleans (2007), Memories and Echoes: Remembering World War II (2005), Pantheon (2007),  Varied Scaries (2004), Tales of the Starlight Drive-In, Trailer Park of Terror....

Tom was sketching Lego Superheroes at the Hospice show, so I figured a Lego Spider-Man would work great for this cover...


Friday, November 21, 2014

Ed Coutts - Wasp

2014.11.08 - Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

I am always amazed at the beauty of Ed Coutts' work. I knew he was going to be at the Hospice show and I  was prepared to ask for a Lady Liberty sketch. Then  I started looking through some of his prints, and his drawing of Wasp changed my mind. I had a dragonfly first day cover, which I was hoping for the right set of circumstances, the right character and the right artist...  Time was right...

I first starting thinking of obtaining a Wasp sketch after having seen a sketch from Jason Baroody at show earlier in the year. When I saw Ed's version it was a must have for me. As usual Ed did not disappoint...

Wasp was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in 1963, Tales to Astonish #44. A founding member of the Avengers...

Besides the bevy of beauties Ed always draws, he had some excellent monster prints, I especially like the Creature from the Black Lagoon...
Ed Coutts Art Portfolio site

Dragonfly is a villain from Marvel comics, created by Chris Claremont and Len Wein for Uncanny X-Men #94 (1975).  Rik Levins created a Dragonfly character for Americomics, in 1983, who became a member of Femforce. One day I hope to add a sketch of her to the mix...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Donny Cates - Batman

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

After leaving artist alley, I ventured to the main floor to check out the comic companies. As I walked past the Dark Horse booth, I noticed a creator drawing a Batman sketch in a fan's book. The sketch was not great but the artist was having fun and the collector did not seem to mind. When he was done I questioned the book he was signing "Buzz Kill". He told me he was the writer, Donny Cates. I picked up a copy and asked him to sign it, and questioned why he was drawing a Batman. He stated some collectors ask him to draw even though he is not an artist.

We discussed my collection and that I had one previous writer draw a sketch (Erica Shultz) and had asked Chris Claremont if he would write something (he did not, but after some thought). 

I opted for a Batman sketch from Donny, which is not that bad for a writer. I enjoy collecting and it is fun to watch someone create a drawing even if it is not their specialty.

Buzz Kill is the story of an alcoholic superhero who derives his power from massive amounts of alcohol. Written by Cates and Mark Reznicek, art by Geoff Shaw.

Cates is also writing The Ghost Fleet for Dark Horse Comics...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

J.M. DeSantis - Chadhiyana

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

"Sagreembal learned his cruelty from the great enemy, but it is said he learned his wisdom and cunning from the dragons"...

I was finishing my day at Comic Con by visiting the small press area when I stopped to look at the sketches on display at DeSantis' booth. Something about his style caught my interest. Although I was getting ready to leave and did not have much time, I asked for a sketch, something related to DeSantis' book Chadiyana. Although there are no dragons in the story, the serpent Sagreembal has a relationship to dragons, J.M. provided a quick sketch, which he did while standing up (I'm impressed).

J.M. DeSantis is a writer and artist, and creator of Chadhiyana the heroine of an India-inspired fantasy. DeSantis' approaches his writing as if they were historical events. His art utilizes traditional methods of acrylics, watercolors, colored pencils and ink.

Works include - writer and artist for GWP Presents, Planet Lovecraft Magazine and Psychosis Today. Penciller for Comicbook Artists Guild Anthology and Iconic...



Friday, October 31, 2014

Lee Kohse - Star Wars

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

Lee Kohse has worked as a freelance artist for Aspen Comics, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Topps, Marvel, 20th Century Fox, IDW, Indiana Jones, Nike, Reebok and Speed Racer...

Contributes to Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit as well as a regular contributor to sketch cards for Topps and Rittenhouse Archives..

Kinergoth a webcomic by BloodFire Studios, with lots of ass-kicking...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Claire Connelly - Dinosaur

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

While walking around the small publishers booths on the main floor, I came across Erica Schultz' booth. She and Claire Connelly were promoting their book The Unauthorized Biography of Winston Churchill: A Documentary.

A strange book that sees Churchill taking a time machine back in time to the prehistoric age and helping the velociraptors fight the tyrannosaurs...

The website Slay Monstrobot of the Deep! stated: You know why I love comic books?  Because it's a cold Sunday morning, and, well..because sometimes you just need to see Winston Churchill riding a dinosaur and brandishing a sword while flipping everyone off.

I agree!

Not sure if Erica and Claire did well this weekend, but they were sure having fun!

Erica Schultz is the writer and creator of M3. Claire Connelly has published many stories which can be viewed on her website...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jay P. Fosgitt - Bodie Troll

2014.10.11 New York Comic Con, NYC

I became aware of Bodie Troll through the Ellie On Planet X website, and then introduced as the backup story in the Red 5 Atomic Robo FCBD comic...

I had obtained a pictorial event cancel commemorating the 150th anniversary of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, Troll Capital of the World! Rich in Norwegian history Mount Horeb holds an annual Troll Festival, where trolls can be found all over town...

Jay P Fosgitt is Bodie Troll's creator, and was nominated for the Shel Dorf Award in 2013 for the Kid's Comic of the Year, for Bodie Troll.

Bodie Troll is an all-ages comic set in the mythic village of Hagadorn. While Bodie wants to big and scary like the other trolls, he is fact cute and cuddly...

On Fosgitt's dark side is the web-comic Dead Duck, a minion of Death and his sidekick is a zombie named Zombie Chick. Yes she is a cute chicken. There mission is to collect the dead for their master Death. I wish there was more of this, although I wonder why I enjoy comics about death and ducks?

Fosgitt's other works include Old McMonsters Haunted Farm and Necronomicomics in Rue Morgue Magazine. Contributed to Boom's Adventure Time, sketch cards for Star Wars Galaxy 5 from Topps, Archie, Sabrina and hack/Slash for 5finity..

Fosgitt is also involved with Team Cul De Sac: Cartoonists draw the line at Parkinson's. Proceeds from this book go towards finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Howard Bender - The Hulk

2014.07.20 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

I had picked up the 1966 World Cup cover from Great Britain and was looking for a unique way to obtain a sketch. The morning of the show I had come across a Nike commercial "Winner Stays", in which several youths arrive on a pitch to play football. One group challenges the other to a game. As the game begins one boy calls out that he is Ronaldo and turns into Ronaldo. The other counters he is Neymar and turns into Neymar. This continues throughout the game as the boys yell out various players names. One boy calls out that he is the Brazilian forward known as Hulk. Instead of Hulk the footballer, he transforms into the Incredible Hulk. Another boy tells him he can not be the Hulk, so he transforms into American goalkeeper Tim Howard. Nike has always produced some excellent commercials, but this has to be one of the best commercials Nike has ever produced!

Knowing that Bender had worked for Marvel, I thought he would be perfect for the transformation of turning the Incredible Hulk into a footballer...


Friday, October 3, 2014

Alex Rivera - The Mummy

2014.08.23 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Alex Rivera - Playful Gorilla was sitting with Mickey Fiedler when we were discussing his contribution to my collection. Mickey was very enthusiastic when he said "You have to get a sketch from Alex!" and I could not agree more...

Rivera is an animation artist with a great style...I like the mummified haircut! His interests include production of limited edition art toys. Playful gorilla is dedicated to upholding artistic freedom, the pursuit of unbridled creativity and remembering a time before it was all about money...