Monday, August 31, 2009

Wonderful Wizard of Oz HC Signing in Chicago

This Wed, Sept. 2 is the release date of my WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ HARDCOVERS and I will be signing at Challengers Comics in Chicago, IL. I will be doing free head sketches to all those that purchase a copy of the book.


See you There!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Be cool and review my JUNK

Thank you to those of you that have jumped in and purchased my new artbook JUNK. The support you all give me is amazing!! Now that you've done your part in showing love for the art, I'm going to ask another favor. Not only do I want to give you all a look inside the artistic process, but I'm also trying to push this new self publishing model as far as it can go. I think that there a many places that we artists can use to get our art into the world with out depending on major publishers.

Here's where you come in.

If you ordered a book, I would be very grateful if you could stop by the store page and leave both a RATING and a REVIEW. Just a minute of your time will really help spread the word about the book and the ability to bring your own projects to life.


Again, I can't thank you enough!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Finally Trying

After years talking, asking questions, reading, and playing around with water colors, I finally took the plunge. I pulled out the big boy paints and just tried them out.

Nic Klien is a good friend of mine and I've been mining him for info for a while now. He's a great painter and he's given me some great tips so I decided to quit being a little sissy and just throw some paint around. I pull out the acrylics and this is what came about. I didn't want to try to get too bold and go for crazy colors at the moment, just tried to keep it in the sepia world.

This is a very rough first step, but that's what first steps are. There meant for bumping and scraping and getting a little hurt in the process. This is me trying to understand a new medium and after playing with it for a day, the fear is now gone. It's time to get a little crazy and see what I can pull off on my second time around.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Piggy lost his glasses

Steven Gettis has an amazing collection of art by an incredible list of the top names in the art game and he's been pestering me for years to add my piece to the bunch. Honestly, it's always a bit intimidating to do a piece that will stand next to the artist he has. But he finally nailed me down when he sent me the entire collection of AKIRA books.

Check out his gallery of Literary Characters and Authors

I was going to do an I AM LEGEND piece but decided at the last minute to switch up to LORD OF THE FLIES. It was a very fun piece to work on.

11x14 bristol board, smooth
Brush and Ink,
Water Color
White out
Colored pencil
Photoshop adjustment

Monday, August 17, 2009

Marvelous Land of Oz

For those of you wondering what the next Oz book will look like. Here's your first look at the cover to #1.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

JUNK available now

My new artbook JUNK is now available exclusively online. Hardcover, 298 pages, full color. This book has a little of everything from doodles to final pieces. You also get to see the stages of my process from thumbnail to final color.

This will only be available online. Thanks everyone!!!


Zomibe Baby Clothing

Go and get your ZOMBIE BABY T-shirt or Hoodies at my new Zazzle store. I'll be adding some new products in the coming months. You can choose from many different styles and colors, whatever fits your tastes.



Sunday, August 09, 2009

Chicago Comicon 2009 Report

Ok, so all the blah blah blah about Wizard Chicago Comicon not being about comics anymore because they didn't have the 12 highest selling creators on the roster, or no long list of panels that force people to spend the majority of the prime hours waiting in line to sit in a room and hear things that they could read about in 10 minutes after the show... is dead wrong in my opinion. This years show was INCREDIBLE for me and it was because there were hundreds of comic fans showing their love for artist alley and all the creators that were there.

The lack of what people have come to expect from cons seemed to have kept people out on the floor and checking out what Artist Alley had to offer. I've never seen the aisles of the Alley so packed. And i personally have never signed as many comic books as I did this weekend. The love for OZ was beyond what I could have ever expected and I am grateful to each and every person that came by and showed there support.

I had the chance to talk with a ton of fans and a few of them really were quite touching. A father bought the original cover to Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8 (with Dorothy running thru the field on her way back home.) to give to his daughter when she goes away to college so that she knows that she can always come home. If that wasn't enough to pull on the old heart strings, an artist told me that while battling cancer going thru kimo, reading my blog lifted up his spirits and got him back to his art. Come on, tell me you wouldn't just break down right there. These were just two examples of how my incredible fans made me feel so good about creating art and that it means more than just a few lines on paper. I am truly grateful to each of you.

i'd also like to send a big thanks to Jesse Labbe and Anthony Coffey for the sketches, art and the BEAUTIFUL book BERONA'S HUNDRED YEAR WAR (i can't seem to find a link to an official site for the book).

Seriously, I had a great time this weekend and it was great to hang with everyone again! I'm glad to be back home with my ladies!

See you at the next show.