This post will be a little outside my ordinary, but I think it’s warranted in order to give credit where credit’s due.
Since launching this site, I’d been telling people that it was 90–95% of the way there to what I wanted it to be. There were a few items where I just couldn’t quite figure out how to tweak them into what I needed. But as of late yesterday, that has finally changed!
This is courtesy of an old friend, writer and expert/dabbler in many things, Nat Gertler. I approached him to see if perhaps he might be able to tweak those interweb thingies that needed tweaking, and he agreed to give it a shot. And he did it brilliantly! It’s a huge relief to have my site finally working just the way I always wanted it to work. So, a very big “Thanks!” goes out to Nat.
So what’s with the bear? Well, I thought it would be boring to have a post with no images. These panels come from a story I drew featuring Nat’s Licensable Bear™. LB™ and Mister U.S. are probably the main things that Nat and I have had the pleasure of collaborating on. You can see samples of my Mister U.S. work on the site here, here and here.
Okay, “popular demand” may be stretching things, but I’ve had two or three people asking me about this lately. I actually wasn’t planning on posting this one. I was beginning to feel like maybe I was posting too much old stuff, and should stick to more new work. But when you’ve got multiple people separately asking about one specific drawing they remember that you did awhile back, it seems like maybe that’s something to pay attention to.
This is a drawing I’d done back when I was working on “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” at Hanna-Barbera. Nothing to do with the show at all; this was just one of those goofy ideas that pop into your head while you’re working on a series, and it won’t let go until you get it out on paper. I can’t explain where it came from, but hey; wouldn’t it be cool to see a female version of Race Bannon running around kicking butt? I mean, it totally worked for Starbuck in the new “Battlestar Galactica.”
Pre-Photoshop days for me, this was colored with markers. There was another Jonny Quest drawing I did around this time that I posted in my Gallery. You can check that out here if you like.
Some may recall there was a mysterious “teaser” post I put up back before Christmas. I’d been asked to hold off on putting the full artwork for it on my site…until now. So here it is, finally: a copy of Amazing Fawcett Fantasy #15.
Never seen one before? That’s because it doesn’t exist. It was done as the cover for FCA #159, which will be appearing in the upcoming landmark 100th issue of Alter Ego. You can see it in context with the FCA logo and everything else over in my Galleries.
You’re probably saying, “Wait, you goofed up! That doesn’t look anything like Spider-man!” Ah, but it seems that before the Spider-man we’re all familiar with came to be, there were several villain “spider men” characters who cropped up in various Fawcett strips. Including the fellow on this cover here, who went up against Captain Marvel.
This assignment was several levels of fun: getting to do my best C.C. Beck impression, trying to figure out just what a Fawcett comic might have looked like had they still been publishing into the early 60’s, and working out how to use Photoshop to make it look like a real, well-read comic.
Many thanks to both P.C. Hamerlinck and Roy Thomas for inviting me to be part of this milestone issue!
As I mention on my “About” page, I was in a band back in the 80’s. (I know: “Who wasn’t in a band in the 80’s?”) We were called the Contact.
Since I was the artist/graphic designer in the band, I wound up doing all our flyers. It was a blast, because I could pretty much do just about anything I wanted. You can see a few samples of my Contact flyers over in the Galleries here.
Here’s another one (which may eventually make its way over into the Galleries too). A lot of the time, band flyers tend to draw from the same sources over and over. For this one, it occurred to me it might be fun to borrow visual influences of an earlier age for once. And it was! I had fun digging up all the reference in the library (pre-internet days, y’all), then pulling all those influences together to make a 30’s style band flyer. I think I did a pretty good job of cartooning all of us too (though I’ve never played a stand-up bass in my life). It was fun to get to do something a little different, and I was happy with how this experiment worked out.
Portions of the flyer are censored here, simply because I don’t think our generous hosts back then would appreciate their home address being posted on the internet.
So I was posting a lot of older material I did for the Lab my last several posts. It struck me it was time for something new. And though this looks really old, like something I pored through 60-year-old books of clip art to dig up and scan, it actually is something new. It’s an illustration done very recently for a presentation. It was fun to try to capture that “retro” look, and I was happy with the end result. So…I’m posting it here!