Saturday, June 30, 2007

Back to Greenpoint!

When I visited NYC earlier this year, I made a point to go back to Greenpoint. I shared a place with two other guys and it was cool. One of the roomies like to make films and he got a bunch of his friends, including me, to act in his photoplays. If you are not familiar with Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it's an old neighborhood on the East River. It had a harbor that once built ships for the Union Army in the Civil War. So, as an old port, it has a lot of old buildings. Those old buildings made some great scenery for movie making!

Like I said, I was an actor in my roomates 'movie'. It was on VHS, so I don't think you will see it in Cannes anytime soon. It was fun and I was so impressed by this location, I returned a few days later to shoot a sepia snapshot of the corner. It's the corner of West st. and Oak st. in 1989.

Twelve years later, I go back to the scene of the crime and I find out that one of the warehouses in the old photo was burned down. Some thieves used fire to help strip the copper wire from the building. I read that the fire was pretty big. I'm sorry I missed it.

Like I said, My friend got some good shots of the location. Maybe one day he'll transfer the tapes to DVD.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Time to hang out

Now that the story is done, I can hang out with my homies on the bridge.

Actually this is a photo from a party at Paramount studios at Stage 14.

Star Trek Art

This is a sample of the work I'm doing for the Star Trek Manga. The final BW tone is being done by The Bucce and I look forward to seeing the final art!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Job...well it's Done

I am no stranger to a job taking longer than expected. There was a job I did for Jazzercise that put me over the edge...that's a long story as well. But this job I'm working on for TokyoPop is finished! Good thing too, because I was starting to lose weight worrying about the deadline.

Now that I have handed over the pages, I can start a to-do list. There was no such list for the last month or so because I was consumed with the job. Now that I have more time, this is what's on the agenda.

San Diego Con. So much to prepare for San Diego!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Still Wondering.

Another photo from the Daytime Emmy Awards. I guess Lisa Renna is a Soap-Opera star and Elmo is a star from his toys and Children's programming. It makes sense that they would be seen on the red carpet together. I only hope they are not dating.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Pretty Face

It's been along day Inking Star Trek Manga. I have just enough energy to post a photo of Marcy Rylan. A Soap Opera actress. She was at the 34th Annual Daytime EMMY Awards in LA recently.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Raising a Family

My Friend Jose Marzan just sent me photos of his newborn baby boy. It's been a stressful day, but that email link to his photo gallery perked me up. I've known Jose since High School and he started Inking Backgrounds as a senior. I was so jealous! Now he and his wife have a beautiful baby. Now I'm so happy for him.

UPDATE...This is a photo of Jose back when he lived in NYC. He moved to FLA a while ago. I think that Florida is a great place to raise a family; except when it's hurricane season.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Where are these Cougars?

I read an article about Cougars at There seems to be an increase of TV shows with sexier, single older women. Older Actresses portraying professional women on the prowl! Only on TV! Where are these prowling Cougars? Do they only date younger men?

I'm looking for a 40 year old professional female to date. Do I have to take an acting class? I'm just sayin...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I read The Onion

The Onion 'Newspaper' has an article about "5 wonderfully weird moments from Fantastic Four comics". I saw the headline and thought that it was some snarky, sarcastic humor piece. How could they insult my favorite Super Team? Then I read it and realized that they were right. Now you read it!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Iron Man

I caught this snapshot in a magazine. This photo in addition to the great casting I hear about. It makes me want to see the film in 2008!

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Unseen Alan Weiss

As you may know, I am a big fan of the work of Alan Weiss. He puts a lot into every page he pencils and it shows. I don't remember when I came across the art I've posted here. I do know that it was drawn by A. Weiss after his stint on The Avengers in the mid-Eighties.

Weiss draws the Sub-Mariner entering a colorful, swabby bar and I guess the locals pick a fight. He lays out the storytelling in notes on the bottom of the page. This stuff looks like so much fun to ink, and I think I might have lightboxed a page to ink for practice a few years ago.

He did not finish the story. Only 5 pages were done and the fifth page is incomplete. He could have handed over the pages to the Editor of the book at the time, and they sat around the Marvel office. That's how I saw them. These are some beautiful pages and i wish I knew the whole story. If someone can shed some light, let me know!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Old fashioned

I am inking my Star Trek story and I find myself using a variety of pen points. I even went to the old Esterbrooks. For those unfamiliar with this type of nib, It's a steel pen point that you dip in your choice of black ink. It's a pen and ink point used by all kinds of old school inkers. If memory serves me, I bought 2 boxes from J. Rubinstein a long time ago. There were so many in the boxes, I wondered if I would ever use them all! Now I am so glad I made the investment.

R. Esterbrook 600-School, steel pen points. Maybe the same type Frank Giacoia used! They don't make them like that anymore.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Star Trek Art

For my 300th post, I will post a page from the Star Trek Manga I am working on!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Let's have some laughs

Comic Conventions used to be a lot of fun! Mark Gruenwald used to enlist a bunch of MARVEl regulars in his Convention skits way back when. These shots were printed in Marvel Age Magazine in 1992. Can you believe that I was Capt. America?

Hey! That was 15 years ago!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Let's draw Jeannie

It might have been 6 or 7 years ago when I did a few tryout sketches for an 'I Dream of Jeannie' Comic Book. I forget what company published it, but they didn't go for my version of what it could look like. Oh well.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Pretty Horse

As I fan of Western comics, I can appreciate a good horse.