Working on something for down the road, and was reading Fantagraphic's excellent collection of John Severin (and Will Elder) work BOMB RUN last night for a little inspiration. Instead, it utterly flattened me. The art, combined with Harvey Kurtzman's unparalleled storytelling, inspired and dejected me at the same time. If you're interested in a master class of comic storytelling, pick up BOMB RUN ASAP. In the meanwhile, here's my daily doodle:
Just a doodle here, folks. I enjoy drawing.
This weekend is Free Comic Book Day! There are tons of comic shops participating, and I encourage you to swing by your local shop to see what they've got going. I know that here in Chicago many have signings and specials as well as the usual FCBD goodies.
As for this hombre, my FCBD plans went askew. ANYway, there are some things brewing on the ol' stove that are pretty exciting but I'll not discuss them until they're more concrete. Right now I'm trying to focus on work despite the hand-shaking anticipation I'm enduring until I get to see CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR on Thursday. Really, Marvel? Releasing a Captain America film overseas before here? Shame on you! I need to see it now!
Here's a drawing.
Monday, back to work after a nice weekend. The folks at Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie are fantastic! I'll admit I felt a little out of place in such a family friendly environment, and squirmed when kids would stutter in fear at the gore and horror in my portfolio... but they need to toughen up sooner or later and get with the cool stuff! Regardless, much thanks to those folks who stopped by and especially to the fantastic crew at Aw Yeah.
Sideshow Gallery was a smash, from what I saw. Anne and the team there put on a great show and the second I walked in I knew why I always feel so at home there. The art in the Mythical Creatures show was jaw dropping, congrats to all who participated.
This was long winded, so here's a cowboy getting shot with an arrow.
Folks, just want to let you know a couple things going on this weekend: I'll be at AWE YEAH COMICS in Skokie on Saturday! Part of their Awe Yeah Mini-con, it's seriously one of the best groups of people you could hope to meet and I'm looking forward to it.
Also, I'll have a piece in THE SIDESHOW GALLERY's "Mythical Creatures" show, which opens on April 23 from 7-11 at 2219 N Western, Chicago. Even if you don't make the show, stop by their shop - it's super bad ass.
Hope to see you at one of these! In the meanwhile, here's Godzilla.
Well folks, been hard at work but I'm going to get this store figured out one of these days. I'll put up prints and original arts up there, and POSSIBLY old out of print self published issues. In the meanwhile, here's some art for the now.
True story: when Marvel decided it was time for Captain America to "die", I went to the local shop with an honestly heavy heart. I almost didn't want to buy the issue, I couldn't believe they would do this to us. Why? What did he ever do to deserve it? I'd read Civil War and was on his side the whole time... He's the best of what we're supposed to be. When I was young I thought he was a square - now I wish he was the role model he deserves to be. Can't wait for the movie!
Well, Emerald City is over, I'm back from Seattle and trying to get things back in order. While I was at the show I met some very fine folks, and thank you so much if you were there and stopped by to chat or pick up some art. Gonna take some time off and get some work done, but I'll be posting here as often as I can. Next up is AWE YEAH MINICON, which I'll let you know more about shortly!
In the meanwhile, here's a disturbing image.
Folks, I'm almost packed and ready to leave for Seattle. I had a great time last year, it's a gorgeous city and I'm looking forward to meeting some comic lovers! You can find me in AA-06, I'll have original art, books, and prints like the two pictured below! Hope to see you there.
Hey folks, I'll be in Seattle next week! That's right, it's time for Emerald City Comicon and I'll be in ARTIST ALLEY AA-06 so stop by and say hello. I'll have books, prints, and original art with me. Very happy to have an officially sanctioned (by Mr. O'Barr) Crow: Skinning The Wolves print as well as a new horror print "Riding Hood". Hope to see you there!
Just wanted to thank everyone who came to C2E2 and said hello. Met a lot of nice new folks, got to see some old friends and everything in between. It's my favorite show to do, it's my hometown, and the crew that puts it together does a damn fine job.
Which is good, since they also put together EMERALD CITY COMICON, which is ... holy mackerel, NEXT WEEK. I'll be there folks, doing my thing. Last big con of the summer for me, I believe, so if you're in the Seattle area swing by and say hello. I ought to have a couple new things specifically for that show. In the meanwhile, here's some art!
Folks, next weekend (3/18-20) is C2E2! If you're looking to stop in and say hello, I'll be in Artist Alley, TABLE B6. I'll be doing commissions as well as selling prints, comics, and original art! Also: I will have a CON EXCLUSIVE, which I'll let you know about soon. Hope to see you there!
Here's some art to look at:
Folks, CON SEASON is here! Next week I will be at C2E2 in my hometown Chicago! It's one of my favorite shows and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll post my table # and such in a bit. In the meanwhile, here's some art! ALSO: I will (hopefully) have a surprise ready for the show, something that will only be available through the conventions!
Was supposed to go to a screening of THE MALTESE FALCON today but feeling under the weather, so here's a shot of the work I have hanging at the SIDESHOW GALLERY on 2219 N. Western Avenue here in Chicago! Stop by the place, it's a wild shop and the art there is pretty killer.
Hey folks, remember to swing by NWI Comicon on the 20th! I'll have prints, original arts, and comics! Look for this banner!
I'd written a very long rebuttal to something nasty a comic creator said about "traditional artists", then deleted it. I figured, what's the diff and who cares. He'll do his thing, I'll do mine.
Hey folks, just wanted to let you know I'll be in Northwest Indiana on FEB 20 at the NWI Comic-con! There will be a ton of talented folks there and the show is a great way to kick off the season. Here's a link:
I'll have original art, comics, and prints at the table, and might do a couple sketches if time allows!
Take it easy, and hope to see you there.
Here's the Road Warrior!
I thought I would be much more consistent with this! Ah well, now that it's creeping into "Con" season I'll be updating here and letting you know where I'll be. I'm trying not to do as many shows this year, but I'll be at the usual ones. First up will be Northwest Indiana on Feb 20, I'll post a link down the road. Most likely. In the meanwhile, here's a LOTR piece I did just for the hell of it.
It's a new year, so here's some more Spirit! As I said, he's my absolute favorite to draw... and there's nothing wrong with that.
Once again, my favorite to draw - so I did this up for the fun of it. Sometimes waiting for a gig to come through gives you the opportunity to remember why you love drawing so much!