Friday, November 30, 2007

Mid-Ohio: Micronauts & Kang

Here's a couple scans from last weekend since I didn't manage to post yesterday. I just finished 36 hours straight of work without sleep to finish Checkmate #22. zzzzzzzzzzzz
zzkfzxfthppptahuh? Oh, uh have a nice weekend everybody. I'm headed on down to Sleepytown:)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mid-Ohio: Rocketeer

This one was a lot of fun. I've never done any sketches of the Rocketeer before and Andy, the same gent who picked up the Nimrod from yesterday(thanks again, Andy), had plenty of really helpful actual photos for reference which helped me from from feeling outclassed by Dave Stevens's art...of course Brian Hurtt's Rocketeer did that instead.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mid-Ohio: Nimrod

Alright, here's my first of many sketches from Mid-Ohio. Today we've got the X-Men villain Nimrod. Thanks again, Andy.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Comics are Awesome! People Should Read Them.

Well, we made it back safe and sound from Mid-Ohio Con, where we met a lot of great folks and got a chance to see some old friends, so now it's time to get back to the old drawin' board.

If you're reading this and picked up a sketch from me out at the show I'd really appreciate it if you could send along a scan so I can post it up here on Ye Olde Blogge. Thanksabunch!!

While we're waitin' on some scans, here's a link to an article on some of St. Louis's comic creators... and me!
Sure, there are a few little mistakes. I was born and raised here, and never relocated to be a part of the comics community or anything.
"Two and a half weeks to pencil a 60-page comic book"? I hope none of my editors ever see that one. Yeah, I can go pretty fast when need be but I think 22 in three or four weeks is tough enough for now:)
And I do work a lot but the cat and the TV aren't my ONLY company. My wife Laura handles just about everything around here that isn't drawing comics on top of her 9 to 5 and school and still manages to find time to hang out with me every day. Love ya, kiddo!
But still, it is a really nice article spotlighting a lot of great creators from the area who work in comics, so go take a look. If nothing else to check out my That Girl hair in my photo.

Monday, November 19, 2007

3 min: Punisher

I had Jorge Zaffino's Punisher in my head when I did this...not that it really shows, but that's what I thinkin' of.
By the way, this'll be my first and last post of the week. I'm cracking down on another batch of pages this week to make time for Mid Ohio Con this Thanksgiving weekend.
If anyone is in the area, and aren't too stuffed with turkey to move, come on by. I'll be doing 9x12 B&W con sketches on bristol for $40 (it's an extra $20 for each additional character) and should have plenty of comics on hand, as well as a big stack of the sketches that have been up here on the blog lately for sale.
Hope to see ya there. If ya can't make it be sure to have a great Turkey Day.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Still Pluggin' Away

Don't forget, to place your orders for Checkmate #22, okay? Hell, forget that I pencilled and inked the interiors, Kalman Andrasofszky's cover should be enough to get you to pick up a copy!
I know it's kind of nerdy, but I think it's really cool to see another artist's take on something I designed. Even if it's just an incidental character like the little girl seen above... Just sayin'.
Here's all the official solicit text:

Written by Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann; Art by Chris Samnee; Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky
"Mademoiselle Marie" concludes! Will Black Queen's Knight get her target safely out of Bialya, or will she become the latest Mademoiselle Marie to be laid to eternal rest?
DC Universe 32pg. Color $2.99 US
On Sale January 16, 2008

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

5 min: Mask-Man

From Legion of Superheroes we've got the 30th century descendant of Mxyzptlk Mask-Man.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

3 min: Joker

Since today's my birthday I really wanted to post something that felt I dunno...birthday-ish, but I couldn't find anything special so, instead you all get a glimpse of what to expect in 3 minute sketch week with the Joker here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

5 min: Rocketship Pumpkin

Okay, so I guess we're going a bit obscure today, since I couldn't even find anything in a Google search for ol' Rocketship Pumpkin here. After reading this issue of Our Fighting Forces again last week I just had to put him on paper.
If you look at the scan of the cover in the link above my copy looks almost just like that. Well probably a bit more well read, but some kid drew a moustache on Johnny Cloud>:(

Monday, November 12, 2007

Snapper Carr

This was done the same night as that Despero from last week....okay, back to work. Here's a bit of info on Snapper if you've never heard of him.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Silver Age Despero

I didn't plan on two "remember when?" posts in a row but I did this doodle last week after reading some old Justice League comics, and since it took more than 5 minutes (I had to get the scales on his fin right didn't I?!) I figured I'd go ahead and stick it up here.
Not really sure when his fin turned or he got big muscles and junk, or even why, but I always thought this version was pretty creepy.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Killer Croc

Remember the good ol' days when Killer Croc was just a big dude with a skin condition, instead of literally some sort of crocodile man?

I suppose this could've gone in with the 5 minute sketches but I wasn't timing myself, so it found a home here in potpourri week.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Q&C Blog Matter

Okay, so it may not be on the Diamond shipping list this week but Queen & Country Vol 8 Operation: Red Panda is out today. No, for real, I have a copy lookin' at me right now. No foolin'.
Anyway, I scanned in a bunch of pages of thumbnails, sketches, designs and what-have-you to help fill out the back of the trade. I'm sure I gave them way too many options, but since all you end up with is a sketch of a bruised Tara and "Anatomy of a Cover" I figured I'd go ahead and post all the other stuff I had gathered together as options, and just post the whole lot!
Starting at the top we have pencils to inks of #32 pg1, a few candid pics of some of the cast that I thought might be cool for the roster in the back of each issue (in the issues it's just head shots for consistency's sake), #29 page 13 the most trouble with a page I've ever we've got a few self-rejected versions of that:), half a dozen or so pages of cover ideas for the trade and we wrap it all up with some thumbnails.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

ROM: Spaceknight

Here's my contribution to the Spaceknight- ROM Tribute Show that Jason Leivian at Floating World Comics is putting on in order to help out Bill Mantlo. I'm sure most folks reading this have heard, but just in case this is news to you ,Mantlo (who wrote every story in the 75 issue running ROM comic back in the day) was injured in a hit and run accident back in '92 and due to severe injuries now resides in a brain injury rehab nursing home.
This show will serve as a fundraiser and celebration of the stories Bill has given us. All of the artwork and more will be compiled in a tribute comic next year that will be sold as a non-profit benefit book for Bill’s brother/caregiver, Mike Mantlo, to provide funding to enable Bill to enjoy somewhat of a quality of life.
In the meantime if you dig this, or if you'd like a print and/or original ROM art by the likes of Chuck BB, Jim Rugg, Jeffrey Brown, Simon Gane, Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, P. Craig Russell, Sal Buscema, Steve Ditko and tons of others you can check out the show here:
20 NW 5TH AVE #101

Monday, November 05, 2007

Scrap Batman

I've got another week's worth of 5 minute sketches waiting in the wings but I figured I'd give everybody a little break from that sort of thing for some assorted sketches, doodles, and stuff that I've gathered together in the past week or so.
This piece here was originally just the scrap paper I had taped to my desk that I was using to get a point on my brush as I've been inking lately. After a couple of days doing this I noticed that an image was starting to form, so I went ahead and slapped down some more ink to turn it into this gritty Batman sketch.

Friday, November 02, 2007

5 min: Elongated Man

I know a lot of folks favor Carmine Infantino's work on Batman or Flash or what have you but, in my opinion anyway, the best work of his career was in the back-up stories in the Flash staring Elongated Man. Especially when he managed to ink them himself. Man, I just love that stuff! I was going to go into all the reasons this stuff holds up so well to this day, but I think you just have to see if for yourself. Go pick up the Showcase Elongated Man, I can't recommend it enough.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

5 min: Kanjar Ro

You know if you squint Kanjar Ro kind of looks like a fish. No, really. The ear thing is an eye, he has a fin, the front of his little helmet thing is the top of the mouth and his nose is the bottom of the fish mouth. See it? Yeah. I'm tired. More five minute sketches tomorrow.