Friday, February 27, 2009


This seems to be my day for showcasing artists.

Dorian Cleavenger

this gent may be doing a cover for our new book-check out his work-very nice...;o)

Billy George ROCKS!

My pal David Zuzelo just started a new comic based on the BLIND DEAD horror films with an artist I'm sad to say i never heard of (an experience I myself am all too familiar with) Billy George.

His paintings remind me of famous artist Richard Corben-and that's a good thing.

Well now I am a happier person thanks to my intro to Billy's work.

You too can be a happier person.

Go ahead-i dare ya...;o)
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Friday, February 20, 2009


Since the masses were screaming for another blog that showcased my art- maybe not screaming-I'd like to present the debut of Gobsmakt Studios!

Actually it showcases mine,Adrian Salmon's and David Zuzelo's work.

It's just a fun idea we had in a moment of weakness-check it out when you have the time...;o)

Until then here's a recent pencil commission...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

999 Challenge-update (2.19.09)

OK- more stuff to check off (* = finished - 4 star system - reviews soon as i can get to them-busybusybusy):

1. 9 Western films:
1990 -1999

Dances with Wolves
Quigley Down Under
*Maverick -3 stars
*Tombstone -4 stars
The Quick and the Dead
Bad Girls
Last of the Mohicans
Geronimo: An American Legend
2. 9 Horror:

Exorcist III
From Dusk Till Dawn
Full Eclipse
House on Haunted Hill
*Shadowbuilder -3 stars
*Prophecy -4 stars
Night of the Living Dead (Savini version)
*Innocent Blood -3 stars
3. 9 Comedies:

*My Cousin Vinny -4 stars
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
*Bowfinger -3 stars
*Spy Who Shagged Me -3 1/2 stars
Addams Family
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
*The Mask -3 1/2 stars
The Big Lebowski
4. 9 Sci Fi films:

Deep Blue Sea
Predator 2
*Robocop 2 -2 1/2 stars
*Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace -2 stars
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Alien 3 (dir. cut)
*Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 -2 1/2 stars
5. 9 Martial Arts:

Kickboxer 5
Full Contact
Once Upon a Time in China III
*Above the Law (Yuen Baio) -2 1/2 stars
Fist of Legend
*Police Story 2 -3 stars
*Rapid Fire -3 stars
Showdown in Little Tokyo
High Voltage
6. 9 TV series on dvd (one episode each):
(unfortunately not strictly following the 1990-1999 theme as most of the shows i tend to buy the dvds of aren't in that time frame ;o)

Sapphire and Steel
The Tick
The Persuaders
Dr. Who
Star Maidens
The Wild,Wild West
7. 9 books:

A FORTUNATE LIFE (Robert Vaughn's autobiography)
MY WORD IS MY BOND (Roger Moore's autobiog)
*ERNIE (Ernest Borgnine's autobiog) -4 stars
*UP TILL NOW by William Shatner (autobiog) -3 stars
*MY BORING-ASS LIFE by Kevin Smith -3 1/2 stars
VIDEODROME: Studies in the Horror Film by Tim Lucas
DRACULA ASYLUM by Paul Witcover
*HAMMER FILMS:A LIFE IN PICTURES by Wayne Kinsey (i know this is primarily a photo book,with little text,but i wanted a Hammer related item on the list since it was originally Hammer and Beyond's Holger Hasse's idea) -4 stars
8. 9 albums/cds (again i want to try to listen to bands i haven't before-or at least paid little attention to-also between 1990 to 1999)
9. 9 chapters of a comic strip (i borrowed this idea from fellow blogger Davy Z) I'm not sure about what yet-something i haven't done before, i think-still working out a theme

That's all...Vokes...;o)
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Stuff

Self portrait of Steve Ditko asleep at drawing...Image via Wikipedia

Steve Ditko-the name conjures up teen-aged nerds crawling up walls;mystic masters of the supernatural;bizarre mindscapes;otherworldly dimensions and creatures-not to mention a world of stark black and white philosophies...

But for this entry it conjures up the cover of a fanzine devoted to the legendary artist: Ditkomania!

I was asked for a commission that would also be used for an upcoming ish of the fanzine-knowing my love of all things Ditko and horror,i was asked to do a cover design that evoked the work he did for the Warren magazines CREEPY and EERIE (in my humble opinion, some of the best work he ever did!) -in this case, specifically, a story called "Collector's Edition" - a great little tale drawn by Mr. Ditko and written by the great Archie Goodwin.

Here we have some of the steps i went thru...

after deciding on a concept (which i ultimately did not use) i began pencilling it out...

I was inking the piece when it started to bother me-it didn't feel eerie (or creepy) enough for Ditko- too average -so i decided on adapting a panel from the story and elaborating on it...

I used the characters and creatures from the Warren story (and a few others) in a montage-building it around the neat storytelling device he used of the obsessive collector's eyes in a separate panel (i won't spoil the tale for you-track it down!)

After pencilling i began the inkline- i usually add a wash nowadays, but Mr. Ditko used a cross hatching style this time so i tried to follow that idea...

It has a different feel than my other recent work but i rather like how it came out-all those lines are a bitch but the mood still comes thru as planned- hope you like it...

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

10 Questions

That's what they asked me-that's what ComicsCareer.Com is asking another 364 artists,writers,publishers,etc - one for every day of the year-today (2.8.09) was my turn.

Check it out:

and check out the others as well...;o)