Saturday, January 29, 2011

"That's a frog...

...Bears wear hats."

Friday, January 28, 2011

Flash Cornered

I made up a Flash corner box for the great blog, Cornered . Anybody remember when I used to do Flash Fridays? I didn’t realize how much I missed drawing the Flash until I sat down to do this.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Whole Darn Thing

Well here's the whole page, put together Frankenstein style. That last panel goofed everything up with the panel breaking word balloon so I had to make a couple adjustments to earlier panels. I also added a header that I made up earlier in the week because I had this sketch of Ted without the mask on. This was a great learning experience, especially for getting an idea of how to use the faux zip-a-tone more effectively. If there's another one of those Wednesday Comics, I'd love a chance at a Wildcat story.

This was a heck of a lot of fun. Maybe I'll do another one next month with a different character. Or maybe more of what's going on here. I bet Wildcat wins this one.

Ring the Bell

Here's the final panel for my build-a-page experiment featuring Wildcat, and guest star Killer Croc. I realize I have a habit of cutting off these pages right before the action starts, maybe I'll try this again and keep going with it. When I did the first panel I wasn't planning on any of this, what you're seeing is the extent of thought I put into this. I'll post them all stitched together as a page here soon.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wacko

Running behind today but here's the next panel. Tune in tomorrow for the last panel in this experiment.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Aw Crap

Wherein I make Wildcat say things that I say. And hey look! A villain! I do a poor job of disguising who it is so I'd imagine you all can figure it out. Check back tomorrow as things escalate.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Shuf

Whuh oh, what's our hero gotten himself into? Make sure to check in tomorrow for the next panel, we're about halfway there.

And this is the answer to yesterday's trivia about the reference I made with the letter from "Bruce". One of my favorite comic books.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jackpot

Here's panel number 3 for my Wildcat "build-a-page" experiment. Shaner points if you know the comic that letter comes from (hint: the words themselves are not that important).

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hey now...

After the Wildcat panel I posted yesterday and some folks asking what happens next, I thought maybe I'd keep going with it. So I'll keep doing a panel each day until it's a page. I'm really enjoying drawing this guy. And it's only fair that I mention that yesterday's panel was inspired by Vito Delsante.

Make sure to check back every day to see what Wildcat's got himself into.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Go figure

I had Wildcat on the brain again. I am enjoying this character more and more. A Wildcat black and white book would be fun as all get out.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Birthday of the TWART

The Comic Twart turned 1 year old this week, and in honor of the big to-do, I've drawn a mugshot for every theme we’ve picked thus far. All 46 of them. Click the above clip to see the whole thing.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Something about Freddy

I thought it was only fair, after my long ramble about the recent history of Mary Marvel, that I say something about Freddy Freeman and what's happened to him in the last few years. So here it goes:

Weird.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fosgitt's Fozzie

In an effort to pay forward the kindness you all showed me over the Captain Marvel Dream Team thing, today I'm posting a sketch my friend Jay Fosgitt did for me, with my colors on it. I have no idea what the current status of Muppets comics is but I'd love nothing more this year than to see Jay's name on a Muppets comic book. If you search Jay's deviantArt gallery he's got a couple Muppets samples in there and they're great. So go spread the word folks!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Something about Mary

Ron Salas got me thinking today about something that's been bugging me for a while. He mentioned that you can't Google image search for Mary Marvel without finding some things you can't unsee. This applies to a lot of things in Google's image search but I find it particularly disturbing when it happens to one of my favorite female characters.

I'll admit that for being as big a Marvel Family fan as I am, I'm largely ignorant about their recent history, the last decade or so. It seems to be a matter of both them not showing up terribly often these days and that when they do I have no idea that it's happened. Only in the last month did I finally read 52 and learn what Black Adam's been up to. So try to imagine my surprise when I happened on this essay detailing Mary Marvel's arc the last couple of years. I thought the black costume she kept showing up in was a fan art thing. I didn't realize that pink-haired dominatrix character was her. I was a little more than disgusted to find out what she'd turned into, and appalled to find out that at the end of it she was no better off. A character I really like, one that symbolizes a lot of what I like about this medium, was damaged for reasons I can't begin to, or would prefer not to, understand. Do go read the post I just linked to, the finer details are stated much better there than I could do here.

The question gets thrown out there a lot about whether The Marvel Family is better or worse off for being part of the larger DC Universe. I've never felt particularly strongly about the issue; there have been some nice things about Cap mixing it up with Superman occasionally. But now I'll point to Mary as a big honkin' reason I wish the Marvels never came to DC.

We're having our first child in August. Regardless of whether it's a boy or a girl I'd like to be able to show them that I'm part of something that shows a little more respect to female characters and readers. I like to think that readers want something more than this. As a big fan of the character I'm more than a little disappointed to see Mary treated as if she's dumb and weak, and horrified to see her objectified so broadly. This kind of treatment tells me that today's comic books are interested in something completely opposed to what I love about these stories; the innocence, the fun, the wonder. Frankly, I want to see this hero with a near-70 year history of inspiring young girls to be their best treated with the dignity she deserves.

And while I'm perched on my soapbox, I'd love to see Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover take a swing at this. I think it may have been Paul that I first heard suggest this, but I would love to see that book. Colleen draws a great Mary, possibly my favorite, and I know that Paul has a reverence for these characters.

Thanks for reading all this, and thank you to you kind folks who have written in the last day with such nice things to say regarding the Captain Marvel dream team poll. I know I don't reply often enough to the comments you all leave here but they mean the world to me.

SHAZAM Dream Teams


Zack Smith’s been running a great series on the history of Captain Marvel over at Newsarama for his 70th anniversary. He was nice enough to include some of my work in the art he posted alongside it. At the end of the series he’s posted a poll of sorts with a list of 15 sets of names for possible Captain Marvel “dream teams” which one can vote on. You’ll find that here. They’re not ranked but I’m right at the top with Jeff Parker, much like that post from a year ago where I suggested the same thing.

Now, I don’t have any delusions of coming out on top. There are a lot of really great folks on that list and, as I noted yesterday, on a poll including myself I would put myself in 10th or so place. And you all know how bad I want in on that book. I feel a little bad that Parker got lumped in with me, ha!

So here’s something I drew up special last night. I’m not expecting to take the thing by storm but it would be pretty cool to see my name in the comments a couple times as the only “who’s that guy?” on the list. It’s really neat just to be included, knowing full well that I would vote for Samnee or Immonen myself. So spread this around if you like and thanks for looking as always.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Wildcat

I was reading a neat Wildcat script this afternoon and got the urge to draw him. I was working pretty loose on this, I wish I did so more often. The more I read about Wildcat the more I like him.

UPDATE: And how about some color while we're at it?

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Prepare for the COMIC TWART

After a two week break, the theme at the Comic Twart this week is Hercules, picked by Dan McDaid. Dan give me the impression that he picked him with the Marvel Comics version in mind, and even though I'm not as familiar with him I thought I'd try to take a swing at it. Above is a small clip, the full version of which you can see by clicking it. Seems like a really fun character, I'm definitely going to go search out some of the recent Incredible Hercules stuff.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

A Diseased Maniac

Just goofing around. I am on some kind of Superman kick lately and I've never tried Lex Luthor before.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

GERONIMO

Here's a commission featuring two guys I like a whole lot, Matt Smith's Doctor taking on Doctor Doom. Carla's started watching Series 5 of Doctor Who so I've had the Doctor on the brain lately, and for being one of my favorite villains, I really don't draw Doom as much I'd like. I tried to approach this as if it were an episode of Doctor Who where they end up in Latveria, because what screams DW more than a maniacal monarch/sorceror who lives in a castle with his army of robot doubles?! Nothing says I.

There were actually a couple Eleventh Doctor requests in the last round of commissions so I'm sure you'll see more of him from me in the weeks ahead.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Born on a Monday

As I mentioned a few days ago, Carla and I have been under the weather for practically the last couple of weeks. I had thought at that time that I had seen the worse of my flu but then I was knocked out again on Friday. This was right after I took sketch suggestions on twitter in an effort to get back into the work groove with something fun. I made a pick, started the sketch, and then was completely laid out with a headache and sinus infection. This is why this is coming two days later than it should have taken.

My pick, as you can see, was Paul Tobin's suggestion of Solomon Grundy. I like big dumb characters who talk like cavemen. Bizarro has long been my favorite Superman character. I think the Hulk is great too. I liked Grundy way before I got into comic books because of the commercial that Cartoon Network ran featuring his Superfriends incarnation asking for pants. I cannot believe I hadn't even tried drawing the big guy yet.

I had a lot of folks asking for Wildcat as well so I figured why not throw a whole bunch of JSA'ers in there? Hawkman and Jay Garrick are the only ones I've drawn before. Wildcat is surprisingly a lot of fun. This was for all of you folks who keep asking for more JSA stuff.

Baby New Year

Happy New Year everybody! In many ways 2010 was really great and I want to say thanks for all the support you've thrown my way. I'm very much looking forward to 2011 as work seems to be coming in pretty steadily, some of which I hope I can talk more about here soon. But by far the most exciting thing for me will be the arrival of our first child. Those of you who follow me on twitter may have seen me talking about some really exciting news that I got back around Thanksgiving. I was playing like it was comics-related but it was in fact that we found out Carla is pregnant. I couldn't be happier.

So when I disappear come August you'll all know why.