Friday, December 22, 2006

'Nother Q&C Commission/ Inked!

Here's the final inked version. Have a nice holiday, everybody!

Thursday, December 21, 2006


I'll post the inked commission tomorrow. 'Til then tip one back for me.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

'nother Q&C Commission/ Pencils

Here's the final pencilled version... well, sort of. Note the redrawn hand and arm.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

'nother Q&C Commission/pencils?

Yeah, so this was my first shot at pencilling this one...for some reason it just wasn't working for me so I came up with the version you'll see tomorrow. 'Til then, thanks for lookin'!

Monday, December 18, 2006

'nother Q&C commission

Here's a few sketches working out one of this week's commissions. The one at top is what ended up being the basis for the final piece. I'll post the rest of the steps throughout the week.

Friday, December 15, 2006

A Commish and a Dish

Here's a few Pitt brush pen sketches to close out the week. The grey tone gives 'em a bit of class they were lacking in just plain ol' black & white, I think. That's Jim Gordon on top, by the way.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Big Grey Hulk

Just looking at how loose and open lined this is I think I drew it after reading an issue of Frank Espinosa's Rocketo. The first time I saw Espinosa's work I was absolutely dumbstruck and I felt I must be in the wrong business. I immediately thought "this is the future of comics". If you haven't read Rocketo, go pick it up. Seriously, it's just beautiful. And if you have, YOU know what I'm talkin' about!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Indie or Mainstream?

Hey folks here's a few more pages of sketchbookyness. The top one is Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca's Street Angel and if I have to tell you who the bottom drawing is of you're reading the wrong blog. I think I did this drawing of our pal Kal-El after reading Lex Luthor: Man of Steel. See ya tomorrow, everybody.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Buy My Stuff!


Written by Harvey Pekar; Art by Haspiel, Eddie Campbell, Ty Templeton and others; Cover by Dean Haspiel
Harvey Pekar returns to celebrate 30 years of autobiographical comics with his newest volume collecting the 4-issue acclaimed miniseries.
Vertigo 136pg. B&W Softcover $14.99 US Mature Readers
On Sale April 4, 2007


Written by Simon Oliver Cover by Philip Bond; Art by Tony Moore, Chris Samnee and Ande Parks

In this stunning volume collecting THE EXTERMINATORS #6-10, Henry and Stretch get an emergency call to dispose of a black widow that's been terrorizing the local SandM club. But what they encounter will change the course of their newfound mission.
Vertigo 128pg. Color Softcover $12.99 US Mature Readers
On Sale March 7, 2007
Sure it's shameless but here's a couple of trades coming out that I've got a little bit of work in. I get a kick out of having my stuff in something I can sit on a book shelf so this is pretty cool news for me that DC's getting these trades out so fast.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Coupla Weird Doodles

I think the title says it all.
Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

What Evil Lurks...

Here's a really stylized Shadow doodle from a couple years back. The actual art for this looks absolutely awful. Since I was finishing off like 3 markers on this sketch it's all faded and is in at least three different colors. The Prismacolor and the Pitt pen blacks still look like I just put them on yesterday, but the felt tip stuff looks all faded and pitiful. Never trust a Sharpie on your comic art! Sure it might get it done, but don't expect it to look anything like you want in a couple years. Just a word of warning:)
See ya tomorrow, everybody!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

HB's 10th B-Day

Here's the pencils to a Hellboy pinup I did for the 10th anniversary of Mike Mignola's baby for the San Diego Comic-Con souvenir book a couple of years ago. I sent in this one and a really cartoony pinup...the cartoony one eventually saw print. I still think this one turned out okay though.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Cool Exec with a Heart of Steel

Here's a drawing of ol' Shell Head inspired by an issue in which Tony's rocket boots failed and he had to make a landing just with his repulsars. I think it might have been drawn by Tuska but sinceI don't have that comic anymore can somebody tell me what issue this might have occured in and who handled art chores. It's really starting to bug me now that I think about it. Thanks folks!

I think I've got a colored version of this packed away somewhere. If I happen across it I'll post it here. See ya tomorrow, kids!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Sketchbook Doodles

Alright, so I finally hunkered down and went through some more of my old sketchbooks and spent some time scanning in a bunch of pages this morning so I can get back into this daily(well, maybe every other day or so, we'll see how it goes) blog thing the kids like so much.
Keep checkin' back, there's a bunch of cool stuff I'll have posted in the next few weeks. See ya next time!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Catchin' up

Since I haven't been as diligent lately with posting here's three sketchbook pages from some months ago.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here ya go kids, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday here's a ... flying elephant and mouse. When junk like this ends up coming out on paper you know it's time to call it a night. More soon, folks. Have a nice long weekend!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Dynamic Duo!

Hey folks, sorry I haven't posted in a while been keepin' pretty busy 'round these parts. Anyhoo this here is a piece from last year, that Ande Parks was nice enough to ink, that was auctioned for A.C.T.O.R. what's now the HERO initiative.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Self Portrait

Hi Folks! This is Chris's wife, Laura. Chris hasn't had much time to post lately since he's been working so hard so I thought I would add one for him. I found this little gem on Chris's table this morning. It's a self portrait he drew late one night this week. Large hand = pain. Poor guy . . .

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


So a while back Laura and I made it out to Kansas City for the Mo-Kan Comics Conspiracy show where we got a chance to hang out with a bunch of great creators and super-cool fans. It was a total blast! Easily one of the most fun cons I've had the pleasure of being behind the table at, and it's all thanks to the great creators who made it out like Ed Brubaker, B. Clay Moore, Andy Kuhn, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Brook Turner, Tony Moore, Cullen Bunn, and Brian Hurtt (who all made me feel like one of the cool kids) and all the fine comic fans who took the time to come by the table and chat with me a bit or pick up a sketch or a comic.

So here's a few sketches I did while at the show that some folks were nice enough to scan in for me. If anyone else has a scan of one of my doodles handy drop me a line and I'll stick it up here on the blog and I'll email you a no-prize. Thanks everybody! Oh, and a special thanks to Greg and Cho for havin' us out. Cheers!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Beast of Halloween

What says Happy Halloween better than some guy covered in blue fur?! Have fun trick-or-treating, kids.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

This One is Rad...Norrin Radd

Geez, this was a pain to color! Now I know why he's the Silver Surfer and not the Chrome Surfer.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


I usually stay away from color, but I was on a roll the other night so here's another marker sketch. This time it's of everyone's favorite blind superhero(I think he's the only one, but I may be wrong) DAREDEVIL!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Everlovin' Blue Eyed THING!

Here's a doodle of the FF's own Ben Grimm. This is my closest approximation to how Kirby did him back in the day. Again, this one was done with my handy dandy Prismacolor markers on some printer paper I had sitting next to my desk. See ya next time!

Monday, October 23, 2006


Here's another color marker doodle. I just wish I could get this loose with my regular comics work. Have a good one, everybody!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Logan... in Technicolor!

Yup, Logan...colored with Prismacolor a nice weekend?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Color Sketch... and few plugs

Here's a color piece to spice things up a bit...Wait, did I post this before? Anyway, if I haven't it's one of a bunch of sketches I drew in a fury after reading the manuscript to a kids book that Cullen Bunn wrote a while back. I know I keep singing praises for Cullen on my blog but I really think he's just a fantastic writer, and I just hope I get a chance to work with him before he gets too cool to talk to me. You're not reading this are you, CB?

Oh, and if you're heading out to a comic shop soon be sure to pick up Cullen and Brian's the Damned, which hits stands today along with my latest ish of Queen & Country, both from the fine folks at Oni Press. Have a nice one, everybody!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Just another page of assorted sketches today, folks. These were actually some early character designs for characters that appeared in the Exterminators issue I drew a while back. If you haven't read Exterminators yet you're missing out! It's easily one of the best comics on the shelves these days, with moments that stick in your head for months after put the book down. So go pick up the trade already!! With a sticker price of $9.99 it's a bargain at twice the price!! Go! NOW!!

Monday, October 16, 2006


Here's a sketch of Man-Thing I did a while back for my pal Cullen Bunn. Cullen's book the Damned is hitting shelves on Oct. 18th from Oni Press so be sure to go pick it up. I can't recommend it nearly enough. The Damned is gonna be HUGE, so get in on the ground floor, kids.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Old School- day 5

Here's the last of my "old school" posts for a while. I'll try to have some new goodies next week. Until then, here's a few Wonder Woman sketches from back in the day. Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Old School - day 4

Because nobody demanded it, here's day four of old sketchbook junk, this time with Conan and Robin. There's a team-up I'd like to see in a comic!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Old School-day 3

Since neither of these were good enough for their own post I figured together they might be equivalent to a decent, normal post. I'll have more new goodies soon though.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Old School day 1

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, everybody. Things have just been crazy around ol' Samnee Ranch. So without further ado the next bunch of posts will consist of doodles from way back in aught four. Thanks for lookin'!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Another Q&C Commission-Inks!

Here are the inks to the commission I worked up for one Mr Chris Neseman, who's one of the hosts of Around Comics. Check out part one of their Greg Rucka episode up today or if you can bear listening to me ramble on check out part two, with a mini interview with me, up on Thursday. It was a lot of fun, but pretty nerve wracking, especially for a kid who flunked public speaking. Thanks guys!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Another Q&C commission-pencils

Here's the pencils to a new Q&C commission I started the other day. I'll post the inks on Monday. Have a nice weekend, everybody!