Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Everywhere A Zombie

For those of you who didn't know, I've been on vacation for the last 11 days. Casey I took a drive around a little of the country. We went to Colorado, New Mexico and Missouri, but also drove through Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska. So, We hit a fair amount states. We had a blast. But now I'm back home and it's time to get to work and post somethings.

First, we've got my Zombie Variant for Cable & Deadpool #46. For Halloween Marvel asked a bunch of us to do variants for our books. They also put this in a hardcover, Zombies cover book that should be out soon.

And second, we have a pumpkin that I carved. Well, I drew the pumpkin and I had a friends 14 year old son carve it. You know, to teach him something or another about life and stuff. And I couldn't be bothered to do things like carve a pumpkin. He did a good job and I think it came out looking great. I haven't carved a pumpkin since I was a kid so this was a fun night.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Love You, Beth Cooper

I Love You, Beth Cooper is the name of a book that someone put in list of book suggestions...and I thank you. What a fucking outstanding book! Really. It's been years since I've read book that made me laugh out loud through out the entire thing. It is truly funny. Not just cute, you know, something that makes you smile and say "that's clever." No, I really was laughing out loud.

It's smart, funny, and covers a time in life that we can all relate to. It reminded me of the classic John Hughes films of the 80's focusing on the odd ball characters in school. Larry Doyle is the author (this is his first novel) and had the added bonus for me being from the Chicago Suburbs. It had a midwest feel to it and I can relate to that.

I won't go into it that much because I don't want to ruin it. But for anyone that has read it, or will read it, I want to know if you think he will write another one. So, todays drawing is of Denis Cooverman, the stories main character. GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!

I'm also going to add a side bar to show what I'm reading right now if any of you would like to read along.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Seriously...the Jungle, I must be getting Canceled

Here is my latest cover to Cable & Deadpool. I believe he goes to the Savage Lands and hooks up with Ka-Zar. I wish I would have had a little more time, but my deadline for this and the tail end of Xmen were at the same time so things were a little tight. Overall, I enjoyed this one though. It has a creepy jungle feel, but also adds the light comedy that the book is known for.

Only one more C & D cover to go, as issue #50 is the last of the title. So, we'll see what I can come up with for the big send off. next month.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Thank You...and Good Night!

Ok, so the title of this post has nothing to do with drawing. The drawing was just a quick warm up today. But a warm up would mean that I was drawing some else after this piece...and I'M NOT!!!! Thats right, I finished with my run on New X-men.

I want to thank each and every person who bought the issues, gave reviews, talked on message boards, posted comments here, and anything else that was in support of my run on NXM. Really, you all made that one of the best experiences I have had in comics yet. I will miss the characters and the dedication that all the fans had to the book. So, thank you very much.

And the drawing...it's just that. I has no real meaning or intention. I just pulled out the brush, white out pen, and a marker and did something random.


Monday, October 08, 2007

24 Hours of "What the F#ck Were We Thinking?"

This week marked the dawn of the 24 Hour Comic Podcast. Where a bunch of idiots entered a comic shop at 9a.m. on Sat, hit record at 10a.m. and didn't stop again until 10a.m. on Sun. Yes, you read that right...24 hours of talking, movie commentary, fighting, laughing, trivia, and the full melt down of one human being that seems to want to marry my lady. Its was a crazy, one of a kind day and I will never do it again...maybe. Chris Burnahm also did a 24 page comic in the 24 hours, which is fucking more insane than us all talking for that long.

So, check out my slide show, with music from Hour 7 of the podcast, when my girlfriend Casey came in a gave us all a break by singing a few songs.

For those those of you interested in listening to human disasters go over to...

24 Hour Comic Podcast

...and give a try. It will be everything from funny to sad.

A big thanks to Mike and Crank for putting this thing together and making run smoothly and Mark at Dark Tower Comics for letting us rough necks use his store to house this social experiment.


Friday, October 05, 2007

Give Me A List And Break My Bank

Again, no art, deal with it. I should be finishing X-men on Sunday...I can't wait, I'm going to shut the door to my studio for a week and you will get nothing...I'm kidding. I'm going to spend some time sketching outside of the studio so I will still be updating.

Ok, now onto the post. I asked everyone to recommend some books that they've enjoyed and I was shocked at the number of responses. I've been reading a lot of graphic novels lately, mainly things that I have just passed on over the years. Whether the free time wasn't there to read them or I just wasn't interested at the time, I missed a shit load of comics over the years. I've enjoyed what I've read for the most part, but still have not found something that has really shook me to the core. It's like everything almost gets there and then falls a little short. Maybe because comics are focused on an ongoing style of storytelling and it seems that there is never an ending. I never get paid off. Maybe after years of one story, the writer or artist isn't feeling it as much and just want to move on. I don't know the reason, I just feel that over the last year of me reading more comics, I'm starving for some more finite tales to spark my imagination. So, I've decided to give a little more time back to books.

So, I took a trip to Borders today with a list of books that you all and a few friends have recommended and fill a bag with whatever they had available. Before I went, I ran thru Amazon to get descriptions to make sure I like the subject matter and for the most part I was digging them all. I left out the Sci Fi stuff, not really my thing...at least for now. I also had to pick up a book for my lady (hmmm...I wonder which one) And you know I can't come home with out wasting more cash on movies to add the insanely large collection. Hey, it's all "research" right.

So pat yourselves on the back then take the Red line straight to hell for making me spend more money. You all should know I have a "buy too much shit" disease. Seriously though, thanks for taking the time to turn me on to these new books...that is if I like them. If I hate them, then fuck you all!!!! haha


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Must Not Sleep, Must go Listen

Continuing the week of no art posts but still trying to update, I wanted to give everyone a new podcast to go listen to.


This is a great interview podcast. I know, there are a ton of these out there but for me, as an artist, this one is quickly becoming my favorite. It focuses mainly on artists which seems to be more rare than you would think. It has been a writer driven industry lately and everyone is always talking about and interviewing writers. So to get a hold of a podcast that focuses on the art world is very exciting. And not just the "top selling books" type of artists...they are really reaching.

Like most podcasts, these guys have been learning as they go and you can see by the interviews they've pulled in the last few episodes, they are not fucking around. Drew Struzan...come on now, you can't beat that. I've never heard an interview with him and it was great to listen to his thoughts. The latest episode, the guys talk to Ben Templesmith and is equally informative. I love that they are going for not only the "big names" but guys that have something to say artistically. Here's hoping that they can keep getting this caliber of artists on the show.

Go Listen.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A Book to Read: I Am Legend

Ok, there will be no new Art updates for the next few days. I'm on the home stretch here with X-men and will be done with days.

Until then, I thought I would mention a book I just finished. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I'm sure a lot of you may be familiar with this book, but if you're not, you should go read it. It's a fairly short novel and moves very quickly, but it is very creepy and all around a great book in my opinion.

It is a story of a Man, to his own knowledge is the last living person on earth. But he's not alone. That's right baby....VAMPIRES!!!! The last man on earth trying to survive in a world of a legend come to life. That's all I say, but the book is worth reading.

There is am movie coming soon as well. Will Smith will play Nevil, the last man on earth. I think that instead of L.A. where the book is set, New York will play the backdrop to the tale. I'm happy with that choice. I find L.A. to be a little boring to look at and it's hard to convince me that a place that is sunny 98% of the time is a creepy place. We'll see. I am looking forward to the movie, though I'm sure some will hate the idea out of the gate. Me, I don't care, the book will not get erased by the movie so I'll take both!

If you have any suggestions of books you think I might like, throw them in a list in my comments.