Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween Past

I did not wear a costume this year. But there was a time that I would shock and amaze everyone with my Joker outfit!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Neal Adams

While reading Creativity Magazine, I caught this AD for Cougar Paper. If you have ever wondered what Neal Adams is up to, he is still doing advertising work! As for the drawing, it's printed on card stock paper and the colors were really nice.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The latest Variety

In the Oct 23-29 issue of Variety magazine has a Virgin Comics preview issue with it. It's sure to be read by the Hollywood ruling class, but it's not so hot in my opinion. The book says director's cut on the cover but it's censored on the inside. It's a 9 page preview, so maybe the full length book is much better.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bill Sienkiewicz Inking

I can remember working in the Marvel bullpen in the 80s and watching Bill Sienkiewicz Ink a cover for ROM the Spaceknight. I think I was an intern at the time. He was really cool and he did not mind us watching him work. He even said a few words. "I try to keep my lines real loose. Like I almost don't care."

I'm sure he cared, but he did have a real fluid line. At one point in the early 90s he started inking other artists. People like Sal Buscema and M.C Wyman and many others. He is such a great artist he takes your pencils to another level but he never inked my stuff. Maybe one day.

The two pieces of art is from the early 90s and the BLAZE cover was penciled by Ron Wagner

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I am a big fan of Tom Grindberg and I've inked him many times. He has penciled in a variety of styles and he is really talented. He did have a bit of an ego and I remember him thinking that the powers that were in charge at Marvel at that time had something against him. I don't know about that, but the guy had talent. The art is page one of Cosmic Powers and It shows THANOS noticing a surveillance camera in the middle of a battle.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Janet Jackson

I caught this photo of Janet Jackson while surfing the web. She's wearing a beautiful kimono during a press conference in Japan. I tried drawing an outfit similar to this years ago and I could not come close. I wish I had this shot as reference.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Photos with Boxers

I have noticed a sorry trend. Every time I see Muhammad Ali photographed at a charity event he is usually posing with the sponsor or another celebrity. Hey, if I was at an event I would want a snapshot with the champ. But why is everyone trying to punch the guy? Is it necessary to pose with some girls fist in your face? I promise that if I ever meet The Greatest of ALL Time, I will simply shake his hand.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

More Kolchak color

This is another page of color from the book I'm working on. By the way, the excellent color art is courtesy of Monica Kubina!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

In search of...

Have you seen this man?

Monday, October 16, 2006

More Kolchak

I am still working on the Kolchak book! It's the third issue and I have some pencils to put on the blog!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Toth Talks


If I knew anything about html you could just click on that web address and you would read a savage art critique by Alex Toth.

I had a chance to meet Steve Rude at the San Diego Comic Con this year. I bought his latest sketchbook and told him that I was fan. As I left, another fan asked why he would not show up at the Alex Toth tribute the con was holding. Steve said that he didn't have much to say. He could only recommend his art because Toth was such a miserable person. I am paraphrasing here, but I got the impression that there was no love lost. I thought that was strange because Steve Rude has done so many Hanna-Barbera characters for comics, like Space Ghost and Jonny Quest. Characters that Alex Toth had a hand in creating.

Toth critiques the first issue of Jonny Quest, drawn by Steve Rude in 1986. Published by COMICO. Toth's comments on the first 12 pages of the book and he does not pull any punches!
He chides him for his lack of research, his poor composition and storytelling. After reading the review, I agree with Toth. His observations make sense and I wonder how he would have interpreted the same script. I don't know how Rude reacted to the review... But it puts the comments he made in San Diego in perspective.

Before he died, Alex Toth evaluated his own work and you can see his self-critiques at www.tothfans.com.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Sketch of the day

What is the sketch of the day?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Kolchak in color

My MOONSTONE book is staring to come together. The first issue will hit the shops in January and I have a page of color that I can share with you. In this page, Kolchak is arguing with his boss. I think he is always arguing with his boss!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Super Sketches!

It's always great to see how other artists work. You can see Jerry Ordways' skill as he does these cover sketches.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Comicraft gets around!

I had a conversation with R. Starkings at the SDCC earlier this year about the ubiquity of his fonts. I see his work on billboards and cereal boxes and it's cool! I took this photo in Vegas. This is the kind of peppy font that gets me in the gambling mood!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Day trip to Vegas

I took the day off and caught the 8:15 flight to Las Vegas! Wednesday's are the best time to go to sin city and it was a quick trip, only six hours. I took a cab to the MGM Grand and did well with blackjack. Stayed there for a while and walked to the Paris casino. I did well at both places! Walked back to MGM for the tasty buffet and the tasty craps table! I caught the 3:00 flight back to LA. Ahh. Such a nice way to spend the day!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Hey kids! Let's Sketch!

I have been doing a lot of sketching lately...and this is the sketch of the day.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Some strange drawings

My previous post was about my new Tokyopop blog and how I'm trying some kind of manga style. It seems a little awkward to me, but I've given myself the challenge. I tried something like this years ago but did not stick with it. Four pages of sequential sketches. It's a slow moving story about a girl and an empty subway station.

Monday, October 02, 2006

I like MANGA!

I have a new blog at TOKYOPOP.com! I am joining all the cool young kids who blog and post photos and chat on the forums! The site is cool and it's growing. I plan on posting some sketches on it.


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Superman Covers

I am a fan of BACK ISSUE magazine! It's a fan mag devoted to comic books of the 70s and 80s and that's an era I am familiar with. I met the editor of BACK ISSUE, Michael Eury, at the SDCC and asked him about the proposed book on Michael Golden. He admitted that there was one planned, but since the artist was somewhat "mercurial", progress was slow.

I've loved the art of M. Golden since high school and I have tons of photocopies of his original art. I sent several scans to Back Issue but I forgot to include these covers done in the early 90s. They were for SUPERMAN and not sure they were ever published.