Monday, May 31, 2010

Original Scott Pilgrim Page

An original page from the Free Comic Book Day offering of Scott Pilgrim. By Brian Lee O'Malley. Click to Supersize.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 2010 Picture Book Trailers

It's a Book! by Lane Smith

The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez

Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett and Dan Santat

Race You to Bed by Bob Shea

Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino

Original Blondie Sunday Comic 1962

Drawn by Jim Raymond. Click to Supersize.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cincinatti's Superhero

Comics Reporter Best Good-byes

Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon reveals his list for the best Good-Byes of all time in Comics. In the Top Ten is Wes and Hollis Brown's Franklin Fibbs newspaper comic.


Original Dondi Sunday Strip 1975

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010


For anybody out there who still uses ink to draw with, here's a little tip. Several years ago I ran across Mont Blanc ink. It's fountain pen ink, and no good for inking comics, but the bottle is very handy. It's virtually unspillable.
It is designed with an ink reservoir in the front of the bottle, so with a little tilt you can keep the ink level exactly where you want it. No more accidentally dipping the pen in too far, or having to plumb the depths for the last drops. I just poured out the Montblanc ink and keep it filled it with my favorite India ink. The bottle is translucent glass so you can monitor the ink level easily.

Pencil Sketch

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Photo References

Here are more photo references created for the picture book.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Captain America #6 Original Art

Here's an original page from the original run of Timely Comics' Captain America from 1941, issue number 6. This was up on ebay, and there seems to be some question as to who penciled and inked it.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Richard Thompson Recognizes Blondie's 80th Anniversary

Point the little arrow on the word "Link" to be digitally transported to Richard's blog:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Some bugs.

It's Fun to paint these tiny and then blow them up bigger after a scan. This method can make brush strokes look much more lively to me.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Original Terry and the Pirates

Milton Caniff drew this Terry and the Pirates strip in 1945, just a couple years before he left the strip. Caniff left at the peak of Terry's popularity because he had no ownership in the strip. He said Good-bye to the Chicago Tribune and created Steve Canyon for King Features, with the promise of ownership and an annual salary of $100,000 for the first five years.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

ZUDA Comics Drops Competition

ZUDA Comics has announced that they'll be dropping the competition aspect of their comics. I see this as a positive step, mainly because the process isn't a scientific one and is prone to error. And I don't say that just because my former entry, Blitz, fared badly in its competition!

I think Zuda has enormous potential for bringing new talent to the forefront, and presents a web model that others should follow.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Carol Day Original Comic Strip

When I first saw this original Carol Day comic by David Wright, I didn't think much about it. Then I took a closer look and was amazed by the brush techniques used. It's impossible to look at these and not get pulled in by the detail of the art in that first panel. Zoom in and check out the amazing brushwork. These go beyond textbook inking techniques.

It's amazing to think that a comic strip with this much detail would hold up when reduced and printed on newsprint.
Wright is said to have used a #2 Sable for inking.
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There is a Carol Day website, with information on Wright and what looks to be the complete run of the comic strip for reading online: Carol Day site