Thursday, August 10, 2017

Titania vs. The Thing

My most recent commission depicts Ms.Mary MacPherran of Denver, Colorado vs. Mr. Benjamin J. Grimm of New York City. The quote comes from Titania's first appearance in Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars #3, written by Jim Shooter and drawn by Mike Zeck.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fin Fang Foom and Cosmic Jack

I was privileged to be asked to be in Kirby & Me, a brand new French coffee table book released this month that honors the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, co-creator of The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, The Mighty Thor, The X-Men, Iron Man, and Captain America, among many others. The two images above were included in the book. The portrait of Jack, done in his own style, is what got me into the book. Since I knew that many artists might also be trying to emulate Kirby's style, I wanted to do something else completely different. So I created a Godzilla-style faux movie poster for a hypothetical Fin Fang Foom movie, deliberately trying to design the monsters so that they resembled rubber suits that could fit a person within. If you look closely, you can see a couple of eyeholes on Fin Fang Foom's neck. Some of the other luminaries in the book are Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin, The New Mutants, Moon Knight), Mike Deodato, Jr. (The Avengers), Stefano Gaudiano (Daredevil), Jeff Lemire (a million DC Comics currently being published), Brendan McCarthy (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Mike Allred (I, Zombie, Madman); I feel honored myself being in the same book as them. For more information about the book, visit

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

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


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:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Bar Car Mural

Here on top is my original drawing that the owner of The Bar Car commissioned me to draw as the basis for a new mural on the side of the building...and beneath it the muralist's interpretation of it.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Bar Car Bartenders

Jeremy Matzke, the owner of my favor watering hole, The Bar Car, commissioned me to create portraits of him and his employees that will be displayed on "digital picture frames" hanging in the bar.