Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nutherworld 1

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Unfinished Dik Browne

I don't know the story behind this, but this was selling on ebay as an unfinished work of awesome cartoonist Dik Browne.
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Awesome Boston Cover

Monday, August 23, 2010

Increasing My Vocabulary

I learned a new word today. Stonking. It means "impressive" or "exceptional."
I think it's harder to say, though, than "cool" or "awesome." When you say it out loud, it actually sounds like a bad word. I probably won't be using it much.

Friday, August 20, 2010

(Gollum voice) Paaaappperrr.

I've been jumping around with a few varieties of watercolor paper.

One that I like a lot is Arches hot press watercolor board . It's more expensive than my standard love, Strathmore 500 imperial. Maybe the fact that it's more expensive helps focus my work in a way... "Shoot, I only have two more sheets of this!"

I haven't tried it with a big wet painting yet.

Thick originals are nice too with a board like this.


Thursday, August 19, 2010


I haven't been posting many drawings lately, as I've been writing more than drawing. Here's a little sketch that a client rejected.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Good News

I used to start my day off reading the news. Nowadays that pretty much just ruins my day. Is the world filled with Doom & Gloom, or is it just that Doom & Gloom sells? It doesn't matter. Doom & Gloom is depressing, so I found some Good News sources.

Superman Comic Book Saves Family From Foreclosure
In the nick of time, the Man of Steel saved a family's home ... for real. A couple facing foreclosure found the collateral they desperately needed with the discovery of an Action Comics #1 (aka, the Holy Grail of comic books) in their basement.

As any true fanboy knows, Action Comics #1 is the most significant comic of all time because it was Superman's debut. In fact, the issue birthed the entire genre of the superhero.

The fortuitous find occurred when the anonymous family began the painful process of packing up their home due to a bank's foreclosure proceedings. The house had been in the family's possession since the 1950s, which is probably when the wife's father stashed the issue in a box with some other, mere mortal titles. When they first realized what they had found, they contacted Stephen Fishler, co-owner of New York's 
ComicConnect andMetropolis Collectibles.

"They said they came across a box that had magazines in it and some old comic books," Fishler told Asylum. "And that they came across what appears to be an Action #1." Fishler points out that "99.9 percent" of similar calls he receives turn out to be about reprints, so at first he was dubious. "They took a cell phone picture of the book and texted it to me, and I realized it was an Action #1," he says. 


Friday, August 13, 2010

The Big Red Tractor Trailer (no pun intended)

The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village by Francis Chan and Matt Daniels.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chewbacca - Ghosts of Hoth

I'm working up some inking samples. These are my inks over the pencils of Cary Nord, from Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars Tales #17, Ghosts of Hoth. Inked with my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.
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Chris Van Allsburg - Queen of the Falls

Storyteller Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji, Zathura, The Polar Express) takes a new route with his forthcoming picture book, Queen of the Falls, which tells the story of the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Archie's Cousin, Andy Andrews

Archie Comics has posted the original art to an old story featuring Archie's cousin, Andy Andrews. Link

Monday, August 9, 2010

Art and Max - David Wiesner

Perhaps what defines an artist is his or her awareness that words are not the root of the thought process.

The Brilliant storyteller David Wiesner (Tuesday, Flotsam) describes his creative journey toward the development of his newest picture book, Art and Max, due out in October.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Charles Schulz Airport

Workers recently completed remodeling of the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma Airport.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hello Ironman

Asunarosya can make anything cute, just like Art Baltazar.

Old Rust

What exactly do you suppose the essence of Iron Man smells like?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Adrian Tranquilli

Sculptor Adrian Tranquilli addresses the vulnerable side of superheroes.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Another endpaper sketch. (When I Grow Up)

Billy getting ready for school. Some scribbles taped on the wall behind him.


Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess - "Instructions" Book Trailer

Book trailer for Instructions, the new children's book from Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Weird Al Tweets Picture Book

Weird Al Yankovic twitpicked (????) the cover of When I Grow Up, the forthcoming picture book penned by Al and illustrated by my buddy Wes Hargis.

Some of the comments from Al's tweet:

Ok, I admit it. I love the snail.

If the cover is that interesting then the book should be pretty good, I'll look for it next March.

aww ... how cute im gonna express my enthusiam for this book :D TOO it looks adorable!!

Great cover, my nephew will love it :D

Can't wait to buy it!!! Love the snail! :)

Nice cover by Wes Jarvis.

oops. Hargis. Sorry.

Now Al, that's sending a ba-a-a-a-d message to kids - standing up, steering w/his feet! J/k! Great!!

HarperCollins also publishes the Flat Stanley books! :)

I'll buy that...and I don't even have kids!

Looks good! Can't wait to read it!

If this is real, it's totally going on my blog next week in my Awesome Product feature. :)

The cover looks great. :)

I love that snail!

I'm really diggin' on the illustration style.

Why was this not out when I was a kid?!

Fake Stan Lee

Fake Stan Lee's Soapbox

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Captain America Movie Costume

As I mentioned earlier, I was suckered by the fake Captain America Comicon trailer. Aintitcool.com has official artwork for one of Cap's costumes. Or so they say.