Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ZOMBIE BOMB! (anthology on sale!)

You may recall my mentioning the zombie story i worked on with old buddy Jack Herman recently - well,the book - ZOMBIE BOMB! - is finally available!

clik on the page above to go to the Terminal Press site and grab some copies- then bring them to the Pittsburgh ComiCon the weekend of April 23-25th to have me - and any other attending creators who worked on it - sign it!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blue Line Pro Sketch Card Event for Cancer 2010!

Some people talk about doing something to help; others actually take steps to make it a reality. And with a little help, big things can happen.

Such is the case with the Blue Line Pro Sketch Card Event Cancer, an annual auction that benefits Relay for Life. Over the past two years, the event has pulled in over $15,000 as hundreds of artists mostly from the comics industry have donated their talents and contributed baseball card-sized pieces of artwork for auction.

In 2008, Robert W. Hickey, founder of Blue Line Pro, a leading, started the Event and dedicated it to his wife’s recent bout with cancer. Blue Line Pro, a leading producer of comic book paper products, also make and distribute sketch cards, which are sent out to artists to produce small pieces of artwork.

Past contributors have included some of the comic book industry’s leading professionals including: David Mack, Steve Rude, Dick Giordano, Joe Staton, Todd Nauck, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jim Valentino, Neil Vokes, Don Perlin, David Michael Beck, and hundreds of others. The auction this year promises to include some of the same as well as some new faces.

I'm proud to say I am one of those individuals again.

The auction of the cards will end on May 22, 2010.

The Comics for Cures website,
www.comicsforcures.com, will provide a link to the auction on eBay the week before.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dick Giordano R.I.P.

This is very sad news - like a beloved uncle dying - one of the greatest perks in becoming a pro in this industry was getting to know several of the guys i admired growing up- Dick was one of these.

As a hopeful comic artist back in the mid '80s i had many meetings with comics pros (trying to get work or at least advice)- one such meeting was with this man at DC Comics- he was already a legend at that point so just meeting him was an honor - he was attentive,friendly, helpful and just a nice guy- considering i was literally nobody (with little actual talent at that point) he was more than gracious (he spent a good hour with me)

Over time,after getting work at Comico Comics,i met up with Dick several more times (and his right hand "man" Pat Bastienne-she was also gracious and later in his life,she was the one who "yelled" at Dick what people were saying because he was quite hard of hearing) including picking him up and driving him to a Comico party (i was both honored and scared to death-what if i should get Dick Giordano killed in a car crash- just how i wanna be remembered-lol)

Tho I can't truly say we were ever close friends,we did have that unnameable bond the we pros have in this crazy biz - and if that was all we had i was blessed ...but I had a little bit more than that...so I was doubly blessed...I'll miss him...;o)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Stuff: Marc of the Vampires!

The short MARC OF THE VAMPIRES story i did for the SECRET PROJECT has finally appeared-hope you like it:


Here's a link to a previous post about the 1st MARC story Bob Tinnell and I did in MORE FUND COMICS...


Friday, March 12, 2010

New Stuff: WALPURGIS KNIGHT! (updated: 3.26.10)

Pages 1-8 of my 1st run thru of the Walpurgis Knight story by Jack Herman & myself (for Kerry Gammill's Bela Lugosi:Tales From the Grave) - it came out to 12 pages (I'm holding back the last 4 so as not to spoil the ending)

Problem is that the story was written as a 6 page tale...but Jack writes very densely and i needed more room (hell-i could of used 22 pages-lol) -may have to cut it back a bit...;o)

And here's the 1st page in pencil...

...and inked...

New Stuff: layouts to GORILLAS IN THE MIDST !

Layouts for a short story that Bob Tinnell and I were asked to do for Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger's ATOMIC ROBO book...many years ago (my fault I'm afraid)

-it's actually 6 pages long but I've left out the 6th so as not to spoil the ending ...;o)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Stuff: LSOH #24 - Mummies!

The legendary Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine-devoted to the history of Britain's Hammer Films-will be covering (UNcovering?) the 4 Mummy movies in the next ish.

As usual,I was asked by LSOH's publisher and all around nice bloke,Dick Klemensen to contribute some illos for the ish (along with other very talented folk like Shane Oakley,Bruce Timm and Ade Salmon)

The 4 films are:

As you'll see here,I've included some of the basic layouts and then the pencils and inkline...

Following that with the finished wash art below - hope you like them...;o)

That's All,Vokes!

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