Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Marvel Christmas

Well here's the Marvel Family Christmas page in color as I'd originally intended to post it. 4 days late, but it's still before the New Year, right? I didn't want to wait around until next year to post the colors so consider this a late Christmas gift.

What I didn't mention before is that with this I was able to put in three characters I really wanted to with my Captain Marvel page for the Comic Twart: Mister Atom, Uncle Dudley, and Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. A certain stretchy hero shows up too if you look hard enough.

I can't imagine I'll post much before the New Year so I'll see you all in 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One Two Punch

Hey all. We got back yesterday from spending a week with my family in Michigan, which is why I wasn't able to finish up colors on the Marvel Family Christmas page I posted earlier. I've been working on it here and there since we got home so here's a panel from it featuring Cap and Mister Atom. I should have the whole thing colored and posted here in the next couple of days.

I managed to pick up a nasty cold bug while we were in Michigan and brought it back home with me. The last day or so have been the roughest of it so if you've e-mailed me in the last week or so know that I'll be getting back to you soon. Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, or at least didn't get sick!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Season's Greetings!

I was really hoping to get a chance to color this before Christmas, but it looks like I probably won't. Regardless I wanted to share this with you all. The box at the bottom was going to say "Season's Greetings from the Marvel Family" and the same goes to all of you from the Shaners. See you in the new year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jay Fosgitt's Hellboy

My good buddy Jay Fosgitt posted a short two page young Hellboy story the other day and I had to take a swing at coloring it. This is the first of the two pages, the lineart for which you can see here and here. Jay's phenomenal and I always have a blast coloring his work.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Today's commission, featuring Commissioner Gordon and Batgirl. The commissioner (snort) of this one asked for a recreation of this sample I did a few weeks back, but asked that I substitute in Gordon and Batgirl. This is the first time I've drawn either of them. Gordon was always one of my favorite parts of the animated series when I was a kid.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

For Atlantis!

Here's something I cooked up yesterday of DC Comics' Aquaman and his manic depressive octopus, Topo. Tom Katers (formerly of the great Tom vs. Flash podcast, now of the great Tom vs. Aquaman) said this yesterday and as soon as I saw it I couldn't stop thinking about drawing these guys. I love the couple of Don Newton and Jim Aparo drawn Aquaman comics I've been able to get my hands on. He's a great character that seems to get a lot of misdirected scoffs because apparently it's easier to just make fun of him. Go figure.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Here's another piece from the latest batch of commissions, featuring Velma Dinkley of Scooby-Doo fame. It didn't dawn on me until I drew this that I totally married a Velma.

Speaking of commissions, here's the deal: I know I said that I was going to take a new round of commissions this month, but a lot of wild things happened at the end of November so I just won't have the time. I'm still finishing up the last round plus a few stragglers because I got sidetracked (which is entirely my fault) with some really exciting news that I hope to share very soon. I apologize that I didn't realize this sooner and that I've waited until the 10th to mention anything here. I do plan, and I don't see any reason this would change, to start taking them again in January. Thanks for your understanding, folks.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Funny Animals

I'm not sure how I got this far along without drawing Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. I just don't know folks.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Great Caesar's COMIC TWART

The theme at the Comic Twart last week, as picked by Mitch Gerads, was Superman. You can see the full piece by clicking on the clip above, and make sure to check out all the other great entries from the guys. I'd just been thinking last week that it'd been a long time since I drawn the big blue boy scout and I was really starting to get the itch to do so.

I know I talk a lot about Captain Marvel but I'm truly a huge fan of Superman too. The 1978 movie is a favorite of mine and I can remember watching reruns of the George Reeves series as a kid and thinking Superman was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. The Death of Superman was the first comic book I read (say what you will) and I've really grown to love Curt Swan's work with the character recently. I say this about a lot of characters but it would sincerely be a thrill to work on anything involving Superman.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Someone wants to get...funky.

I watched Scott Pilgrim vs. the World for the first time on Wednesday morning and have since watched it 3 or 4 times. That bass battle is one of my favorite parts.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Here's something I've been talking about forever but never done anything about, an actual page of Encyclopedia Brown. I've been racking my brain for a while on different ways I want to approach this, and while I may not be completely 100% on what I've got here, it's heading in a direction I like. I may keep tinkering with this page in particular just to see how I want to go forward with these.

This story is from the first book, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. The way I've got it laid out right now this would be about 4-5 pages, but we'll see. I'd like to say I'll add a new page for this one each week, but with the holidays fast approaching, I'm not going to promise anything like that.

Monday, November 22, 2010


The theme on ye olde Comic Twart this week was a favorite tv show of mine, Futurama. Once I got Fry, Leela, and Bender in there it became all about getting as many of my favorite characters in there as I could. Above is just a clip featuring Bender, but you can head over to the Twart to see the full piece and all the other great takes from the rest of the guys.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Shaner knows...

Today’s commission, The Shadow. This guy gets requested more than any other character for some reason, even more than Batman.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Today’s commission: The Inhuman Lockjaw. I know I talk a lot about Captain Marvel, and the Thing, and Popeye, and so many others, but man I really think Lockjaw is the coolest. I would happily do a book about nothing but him walking around, doing Lockjaw stuff.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Strange Brew

Don't let anybody tell you that Dr. Strange can't look at least a little like Frank Zappa. Because they'd be wrong.

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Spider Sense!

Here's another commission, a mugshot of Peter Parker sensing...something. Probably the Rhino. I don't get requests to draw Spider-Man ever and I don't draw him much when left to my own devices but this surprised me by being a lot of fun. I'll have to try some more with Spidey soon.


I go on and on about Captain Marvel all the time and even though I haven't drawn him much, I think Black Adam is a heck of a villain, both in counterpoint to Cap and on his own.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thundering Typhoons!

Here's the first piece from this round of commissions, a Captain Haddock from the Adventures of Tintin for Paul Montgomery. I like drawing grumpy old sea-dogs.

With that, commissions are closed for the month, thank you to all of you who wrote in. I'll be opening them back up again at the beginning of December.


This is something I was going to do anyway, but it turns out today is the 41st anniversary of the beginning of Sesame Street. I am in some kind of Muppet mood this week.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Weird stuff

This is the other sketch that I mentioned yesterday, Doom Patrol villain Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, which was suggested by current Hulk artist Gabriel Hardman (I doubt I need to say it but you should all be reading Hulk). I had never even of the character before Gabriel suggested him. I think the Doom Patrol are really interesting, I just haven't read a whole lot of their stuff, but I do love me some silver age madness. I had a lot of really great suggestions yesterday but once I saw AVM Man and the cool Dinosaur head I couldn't shake the idea. Plus it gave me a chance to draw the Doom Patrol, who I've been looking for an excuse to draw again anyway. Robotman is awesome.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Wokka wokka

In an attempt to get back into the swing of things after what feels like years without drawing, I took sketch suggestions on twitter. My only rule was that it be somebody I haven' tried yet. There were a ton of great ideas, but the one I ended up going with for today was Katie Cook's suggestion of one of the Muppets. I had to go with Fozzie Bear, who's been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I don't draw them much because, like a lot of characters who are pretty well established as looking a certain way, I never know how to go about drawing the Muppets. But man do I love the Muppet Show, and plenty of the movies.

Katie also suggested the title character from her webcomic, Gronk, which I suggest you go take a look at. I did my best to try and draw her.

I actually got one other suggestion that I found really interesting but couldn't get to. The silver lining here is that I'll post it tomorrow so make sure to come back.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

It's Slobberin' Time

Nate Cosby told everyone on twitter to draw this, the Thing fighting a bad guy while holding an ice cream cone. So I threw in a bunch of bad guys I’ve never drawn, with the exception of Blastaar. Because you gotta understand this internet folks, if you’re going to mention Ben Grimm doing something wild, I am bound to draw it. Also, I miss Awesome Andy.

Commissions are coming along well, there's still room for a couple more if you're interested. If I don't get back to you right away, or haven't yet, don't worry we've just been very busy with the house.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Samnee's Howling Avengers

Hopefully you all kept checking the Twart last week, as we also got a great Rocket Raccoon from Tom Fowler and Chris Samnee posted linework for his pick, Nick Fury and his Howling Avengers. For weeks now I've been looking for an excuse to color something of Chris', and he was nice enough to let me have a large file of this one to try it out. Thanks Chris!

I've still got some commission e-mails to process after a long Halloween weekend but I'll be getting to them very soon. There's still some room on the list if you're interested.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Commissions - October/November

Aaaaaand it's time to open commissions again! As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, October was just too busy what with moving and fixing up the house to take any commissions when I normally would have. I'm just now finally getting back into something resembling a schedule and finishing what few are left from the last round but it's time to take some new ones. I'll be taking a few more than usual to make up for October, but this will essentially be the commissions for November. I do plan on taking more at the beginning of December, but be aware that if you want something in time for the holidays you'll want to play it safe and try to get it this round. I'm also considering raising my rates as of next January so now's the time to get in on this. Enough talk, here are the rates: Below you'll find some examples of what the categories may look like.1 Mugshot
1 Figure
2 Figures

This is only a rough idea of what your commission might look like. I will most likely add some kind of background to each, just something simple, but it's not guaranteed.

I will keep adding any pertinent information to this post as it comes up. Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments. If you're interested in a piece, e-mail me at Thanks!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Inhumanity's Last COMIC TWART!

As I've been talking about this week, we've been doing What if the Comic Twart took over Marvel Comics? over at the Comic Twart, and here's some behind-the-scenes stuff for the book I picked, Fantastic Four.


And to see the finished piece with color,text, and some rambling from me, head over to the Twart! You'll also find Mike Hawthorne's gorgeous second entry featuring Elektra.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Here are the pencils for my cover for this week's Marvel What If? special on the Comic Twart. Hoping to have it inked soon, and fellow Twartist Mitch Gerads is helping me out with the text.

If you haven't been watching the Twart this last week, you've been missing some stellar work from the guys. You've got Mike Hawthorne's X-Men, Francesco Francavilla's neat take on the Avengers, Declan Shalvey's killer Punisher vs. Daredevil, and Dan Panosian's retro Luke Cage and Iron Fist. So much great stuff and there's a lot more to come so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Negative Zone is full of stars

I've been wanting to try one of those Jack Kirby-style photo montages for a while, so as a way to get back into things this week I drew up my favorite super team and put them in cluttered PHOTO-SPACE.

Also, this week at the Comic Twart we're doing a special two-week event which basically amounts to "What if the Comic Twart took over Marvel Comics?" We've each picked the Marvel book we'd like to get our hands on and we're doing a mock cover for it. I've already mentioned here and there which one I'm going with so I have no problem saying that TODAY'S POST IS A BIG HONKIN' CLUE. Make sure to keep checking in there to see who picks what!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Slowly getting back into the swing of things after a very rough, very long week or so. Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Matchstick Gearhead is dead

I found two seconds to draw today, they were underneath my desk. "Matchstick Gearhead" is a favorite nickname of mine for a friend who most of you probably know. That is not him behind the desk though.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Update Time with Doc

Sorry for the recent lull in posts, we just moved into the house yesterday and in the weeks previous I was spending most of my time packing, painting, and otherwise getting the house ready. Even now I'm sitting on the floor of our apartment typing this because we haven't switched our internet over to the house yet. But I've been getting some questions in e-mails and twitter lately, and wanted to make sure they were addressed.

-October Commissions- I have not started taking commissions for October as I'm not sure when I'll be able to get back into a regular schedule. I've still got one or two left from the last round as well, but most of you should be getting your pieces in the mail this week. I might take commissions later in the month, but there are no guarantees. I will absolutely take commissions at the beginning of November though.

-Red Clay- In typical me fashion, I started a web strip at the worst time possible. As mentioned, I've barely had time to finish commissions, and I just couldn't fit in time for Red Clay. As with commissions, I'm hoping that once we've settled a little more into the house I'll be able to get back on track. I really appreciate you all waiting on me. I'll have an announcement with a more concrete return date soon.

I'm not sure when we'll be getting internet access at the house so it'll probably continue to be a little spotty here at the blog. We've got something really cool planned for the Comic Twart though and I plan on having something for that, keep an eye out!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

By Crom!

Say, here's another commission. This time it's Robert E. Howard's BĂȘlit and Conan. I'll admit I know very little about Conan, who I've never drawn before. Most of what I do know about him is what I could learn from my kid brother who was obsessed the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. So basically a lot of screaming "CROM!"

I am, however, a big fan of John Buscema and it's tough not to be at least vaguely aware of his Conan work. Some of the creatures I've drawn here come loosely from his covers for Marvel's Conan series, some of them I just made up, and some are just a giant snake. I've drawn BĂȘlit once for the Comic Twart so it was fun to return to her. Overall this was a blast to draw so I'd be more than happy to do something more in this world.

And while I'm at it, good buddy and fellow Comic Twartist Mike Hawthorne is penciling a Conan book coming from Dark Horse in December, written by none other than Roy Thomas! I am positive it is going to look great, especially now that I see it's also being inked by John Lucas. Look here to find out more about that and be sure to pick it up.


Tuesday, October 05, 2010

From Symkaria With COMIC TWART

Slipping this in under the radar for last week's Comic Twart pick by Patrick Stiles, Marvel's Silver Sable. This is also Ketchup Week on the Twart and as far as I can tell this is the only one I missed this round. To see the full piece head over to the Twart.

Monday, October 04, 2010

This Mocha...

I spent all weekend painting our new place, getting no drawing in. I needed to start today off with something fun to get back in the groove, and I've really been digging the last week's worth of posts on Today's Inspiration, featuring cartoons in ads. From all that you get what you see here.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Enchantress and...Sif?

Another commission, where the request was Marvel's Enchantress and Sif, as a frog. Believe you me, finding a version of Sif's get-up that would translate well to frogs is not easy.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Intrepid Reporter

Another commission, this time of Superman's favorite lady, Lois Lane. Lois is a tough one for me, because I always go directly to one of my favorite renditions of her by Ming Doyle. She is one of my favorite DC characters though.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

COMIC the Sailor TWART

Instead of just posting a clip of it like usual, here's the entirety of my final piece for the COMIC TWART featuring Popeye and friends. This took a long while because I had trouble figuring out exactly what I wanted to do until Friday of last week, and then there was a lot of digging through the cartoons to be done. I really wanted to do something that would fit in a bunch of the little things I like about the character's history so I went with something akin to the old 12 panel Thimble Theatre Sunday page grid. As far as all those little things:

- Castor: In discovering the strip I was really taken with Olive's brother, Castor. He basically brings Popeye into the strip after all and he's got a great face for cartoons. I'm a little disappointed now that he and the rest of the Oyl family were never in any of the cartoons. My favorite part in this piece is watching his face as the strip goes along.
- That's Brutus in the 2nd, 3rd, and final panels, not Bluto. Frankly, Brutus is a heck of a lot funnier to me. It's probably the crossed eyes and uni-brow.
- The 5th panel has got Poopdeck Pappy, who I've never drawn before, but I have drawn Popeye and plenty of beards.
- The 6th panel is a reference to the inital story where Jack Snork shot Popeye while at sea and Bernice the Whiffle Hen basically saved his life.
- Eugene the Jeep is hanging out on the gutters between the panels, as creatures who can pass into the fourth dimension tend to do. This is a reference to what I think is one of the funniest gags ever.
- The 7th panel is from Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp.
- The 8th panel is from the short Goonland.
- The 9th panel is from Popeye the Sailor meets Sindbad the Sailor. The giant buzzard from that cartoon is my stand-in for Bernard, the Sea Hag's buzzard, both of which I wanted to put in here but didn't get to. There's Bluto in the back as Sindbad.
- The 10th panel is a reference to the last scene in the 1980 live-action movie featuring Robin Williams. Olive and Wimpy are in there if you look real close.
- And the rest of it is just me foolishly trying to be Segar.

Thanks for coming back and checking out the Popeye sketches all week folks, this was a lot of fun for me. If you've got a little time make sure to check out my tumblr account - Wait a Minute, Doc - where I was posting various Popeye related art and such throughout the week.

toot toot!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Popeye and Company

I drew this a week or so ago as an ink and color test when I was trying to decide on what I wanted to pick for the Twart.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


The third and final Popeye team-up before I post the piece for the Twart, featuring my favorite boy detective, Encyclopedia Brown.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Funny Frenz

Another day in Popeye week and this time he's helping out Captain Marvel fight...a bunch of animal people. I'm sure the Sea Hag is behind it somewhere.

Monday, September 20, 2010

It'sk Clobburshkum Time!

The first of what will probably be a couple Popeye sketches this week, this time with everybody's favorite blue-eyed clobberin' machine, the Thing. And yes they're hanging out at Jimmy's, from Darwyn Cooke's issue of Solo, where I assume all fictional characters hang out and grab a drink.


With last week's piece for the COMIC TWART I challenged you guys to find the clues to who I was picking for my week. What I didn't tell you was that the three clues were to three different characters, because as of posting this last Wednesday, I hadn't decided. I've pointed them out above, but I'll also post some clips that have each face colored differently so it's easier to see.
3. Blueberry
Charlier and Giraud's western character ended up being a bit of a backup if I'd decided I couldn't pick between the other two. I love these books, but was mostly a little surprised that we haven't picked a western character on the Twart, and that was a large part of why I was considering him.
2. Plastic Man
It was really tough not to pick Plas. I love the Jack Cole comics and he's in my DC trinity, and as I've mentioned before here, I love drawing the guy. Don't be surprised if I pick him the next time around.1. Popeye
Finally, I ended up deciding on Popeye. I've been a huge fan of the character since I was a kid and thought the idea of the rest of the guys on the Twart drawing him could be really interesting. I've told a couple folks that one of my goals is to get everybody I know to draw Popeye for me. The anchor tattoo on the pirate's arm in the background is completely coincidental, I'd totally forgotten I put that in there. A lot of people also guessed Terry and the Pirates, which is one of my favorite strips and a completely understandable guess.

This was a tough pick because I had planned on picking Captain Marvel this round, but I'm actually glad Ron picked him because now I get to see two of my favorite characters this round. Over at my tumblr account, which I try my best to keep just to stuff I like, I'll be putting up Popeye stuff all week. So welcome to Popeye week.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Here's another commission from the last batch, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous duo, Holmes and Watson.