Monday, July 10, 2017

Red Sonja

A new commission for a friend wanting some inspiration for her weight room.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Shade the Changing Man vs. Weird Al Yankovic






















Behold! Erica Stickler MacIntosh, the Assistant to the Director of Programming for Denver Comic Con, commissions a drawing from me every year for her husband, Bruce MacIntosh, the Director of Programming. Usually she tells me what characters she wants, but this year she gave me carte blanche, saying she just wanted the drawing to have something to do with Denver Comic Con. Since Weird Al Yankovic was going to be at the con, I thought it'd be funny to make him the antagonist to some comic book character for whom 2017 is an anniversary year of their first appearance. Since 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Steve Ditko's very weird Shade the Changing Man, I decided on him. The original Shade the Changing Man series was cancelled after eight issues back in 1978, so the idea here was that in another universe than our own, publication of Shade resumed just as Weird Al burst upon the scene, perhaps as some cross-promotion synergy.

Weird Al signed the white UPC box which I left blank, and I will post his signature in the box when I get a photo of it.

Ink and watercolor
11"x17"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Mother and Her Daughter

A neighbor and friend commissioned me to draw her and her daughter, who very enthusiastically provided the color and design specifications for her own personal Sailor Moon character, as well as the Japanese characters, which apparently reads, "Kitsune Kuraitsukino /'Fox of the Dark Moon'."


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More Bar Car portraits


Two more portraits of employees of my neighborhood bar.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dune

Another recent commission for a fan of Frank Herbert's DUNE.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Redux


For a retirement gift to himself, a client commissioned me to create a new version of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover by The Beatles. With a couple of exceptions, he chose the personages.

Pictured are:

1. Godzilla 2. Beany 3. Cecil 4. Jean Shepherd 5. Charles Dickens 6. Thomas Jefferson 7. Barack Obama 8. Franklin Roosevelt 9. Abraham Lincoln 10. Langston Hughes 11. Toni Morrison 12. Emily Dickinson 13. Robby the Robot 14. Mars Attacks! 15. Invasion of the Saucer Men 16. Robert Oppenheimer 17. Don Bosco 18. Dracula 19. Batman 20. Frankenstein's Monster 21. Zacherley 22.  Tim O' Brien 23. Dorothy Day 24. Mark Twain 25. Edgar Allan Poe 26. Steve Ditko 27. Spider-Man 28. Jack Kirby 29.Captain America 30. Human Torch 31. Frederic Wertham 32. Pope Francis 33. Jesus Christ 34. Santa Claus 35. M.C. Gaines 36. John Lennon 37. Ringo Starr 38. Paul McCartney 39. George Harrison 40. Truman Capote. 41. Green Lantern 42. Ringo Starr 43. John Lennon 44. George Harrison 45. Paul McCartney 46. Walt Disney 47. Mickey Mouse 48. Freddy Krueger 49. Bob Dylan 50. Wonder Woman

The original art is 21" x 21", watercolor and ink.

Note: The original album cover has Sgt. Pepper's spelled without an apostrophe.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Colorful History: Eisenhower



To celebrate Memorial Day, Pop Culture Classroom (the nonprofit that organizes Denver Comic Con), hired me to write, color, and letter a four-page comics story about President Dwight Eisenhower. The pencils are by Billy Tucci, who is best known for Shi, the nineties-era "bad girl" comic, and Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion for DC Comics. This is the first time I've ever written a comic book for someone other than myself, so it was most interesting to see how my script was interpreted. To download a PDF of this story, the original script and layouts, or a teacher's guide, please visit: