Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I've been doing a lot more of these.  I suppose most doodlers of doodles are.  Here are a few of them.  More Deadpool.  The kids love Deadpool.

One thing that is truly baffling about sketch covers is their inconsistent paper quality.  If it was company to company, I would understand, but on these four covers-all Marvel titles-the paper quality varied from cover to cover.  Some slick enough the ink sits on the surface and easily smears, others so porous they sucked the ink like a hungry leach.  Get it together publishers  One cover stock.  Good quality.

Monday, July 15, 2013


The move date is fast approaching.  So, I did a farewell sketch and sign at the localish comic shop, KAPOW! in Sherwood AR.  There was much jaw-waggin' and ink-slingin'.  A win/win by any measure. 

Here are the doodles that got dood.

I ran out of time and gas.  So, I wound up bringing home two to do in my down time.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


It's been a while.  Probably, over a year.  Don't pity me.  I have a list of commissions to draw.  I just haven't been able to get to them.  There are some guys who've been waiting for quite some time.  Feel bad for them. 

Don't feel too bad though.  I never take money until I'm done.  I've heard horror stories about artists who take money up front, then drop off the face of the earth.  There's a lesson in that for all you collectors/commissioners.  Do NOT pay your artists up front.  If you absolutely must, you might pay them a percentage as a retainer, but not any amount you're not willing to lose. 

Now, I'm not saying all artists/cartoonists are flakes.  I'm just saying enough are you should be careful.  It's just good sense.

Well, enough with the dispensing of wisdom.  It's doodle time. 

This is a little doodle I like to call PROJECT PEGASUS POKER PARTY.  The commissioner asked for a shot of The THING playing poker with a table full of heroes.  I'm pretty sure (I said it was a long time ago) he said he wanted Wolverine.  He might have even mentioned Titana (the broad with the boomerang on her head).

Now, my being a card carrying (and paste eating) nerd, I remembered the old Marvel Comics series Marvel Two-In-One, which every month teamed The THING, from Fantastic Four with random heroes from the Marvel Universe.  In this series, he often found himself involved with an experimental and top secret experimental hi-tech research facility.  This facility hired a revolving door of d-list heroes as security. 

There were some characters I really wanted to include- not because I have any great love for them, but because they were just so dopey and obscure, I know it would be my only chance for the cheap giggle.  Alas, there was only so much space. 

I've always loved Ant-Man.  His power is so incredibly lame, but I love insects and his helmet is bitchin.  His power over ants, also, presented the opportunity for a visual gag.  If I can, I try to put stupid little details in a drawing to amuse me and the Viewer. 

I've always been amused by the need to have "black" in the name of black characters and the group needed a splash of color.  So, Black Goliath was a shoe-in.

Valkyrie has always been a favorite character I've never really read.  I've never really read Avengers or Defenders.  She has a great look, with her hair in her face.  I imagine she could be a really interesting addition to a team.  She's a mystical being from Asgard.  So, your most powerful character on an otherwise male team is a woman.  Cool right?  I'm, also, drawing a graphic novel involving  Norse mythology (sort of).  So, it's a nod.  I follow Debbie Harry on facebook. I thought of her while drawing the character.

I needed someone serving snacks and Jacosta sprung to mind.  I got nothin' else on her. 

I've had a few comments/questions regarding the HAMM'S BEER lamp.  I just wanted to use a more obscure brand (to fit the heroes) with a fun graphic/mascot.  The bear won. 

I'm considering having this thing colored and made into a print to sell at shows.  What do you think? 

Thursday, July 4, 2013


I think I might have mentioned I picked up an inking gig.  I'm working on a five issue arc of Ultimate X-Men, starting with #29. 

There's a lot to like about inking.  It's much faster than pencilling.  It's, frankly, much easier.  The pay isn't as good as pencilling, but because of the previously stated reasons, I can ink more in a day than pencil.  So, it more than works out.  I'm inking an X-book.  So, there are residuals.  Free money is always a good thing.  It being an X-book, also, increases chances of selling originals. 

Aside from the monetary and laziness advantages I get to play around with other styles/techniques I wouldn't normally use.  So, it can be a learning experience- something I can take back to my own work.  Going back to the issue of speed, once I finish my ink work, I can work on drawing.  It's a win/win.  That's the idea, anyway. 

There's been a bit of juggling.  In order to get a good groove going with my inks- it always takes a bit before I'm able to find the happy zone when inking a new artist-, I was neglecting my drawing. 

Now, I don't know about you, but my drawing muscles atrophy, practically, overnight.  Once I got back to drawing, I felt as though my drawing hand had been replaced with a monkey paw.  I have no idea what animal part had replaced the part of my brain used for drawing.  Layouts were a pathetic struggle.  I scrapped half of the first page layouts AFTER drawing most of it.  I redrew the first page I worked on three or more times.  Not exactly the best use of time. 

The rust has begun to shake off.  Getting the first page done exorcised a lot of the bad spirits.  Confidence and routine are a huge part of doodling.  The layouts for the second page came much easier and I only drew it once.  Other than forgetting to draw one of the characters into the scene, there were few bumps in the road. 

I'm sure it's all easy-peasy from here on out.