Wednesday, December 21, 2022

AI Christmas Jokes!

My writer friend, Scott Emmons, prompted artificial intelligence to write some Christmas jokes. I then downloaded Wonder and created AI art using his riddles as prompts--

This is a good opportunity to practice laughing at our soon-to-be robot masters' jokes.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

How to Draw a Cat. Step by Step.

 This occurred to me. I thought I'd make it before someone else did.

The Mistress of Kung Fu Vs. Iron Sis!

In the 70's, one of my all-time favorite comics was Iron Fist. Written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Byrne. Byrne once drew parody art of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu and Iron Fist. It appeared on back cover of the magazine FOOM as Shang-She, Mistress of Kung Fu and Iron Sis, while Fu Manchu became Su Manchu. I loved it at the time, but disliked the color treatment, seen below. (I didn't understand printing in only two colors to save costs.) Even though it's cool in its own way, a little piece of me never accepted its crudeness. So, I decided to scratch that tiny itch and, through the magic of Photoshop (and manual labor), make a full color version! (Using the color of the times.)

Here's the original image...

And here's the front cover of Foom #9, March 1975.


Monday, October 17, 2022

Branphibian - The Shirt!

Yes, I know this looks like a post I made a few days ago, but-- I've turned "Branphibian" into a shirt design, due to overwhelming requests. (Well, one. I get overwhelmed easily.) I changed some wording to make it an obvious parody.

Get shirts, or stickers, or magnets, or such at TeePublic.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Branphibian Breakfast Cereal!

My oldest son thought the Creature from the Black Lagoon should have his own monster cereal. I couldn't think of a good name. The best I could come up with was DELISH FISH. Then my son blurted out-- BRANPHIBIAN! It seemed wrong for me not to turn it into art.

Happy Halloween Month!

Friday, October 7, 2022

Even a Mimic Chest needs to take a break.

My youngest son wanted me to draw a "mimic chest" for a project he's worked on. I did. Then, he wanted it on a shirt. I just uploaded it to TeePublic for anyone else who is interested. (It's on sale for the first 2 days!)

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Golden Age Pin-up

 This was a fun commission I drew for Kevin Garcia. He reimagined a few public domain, comic heroes and asked if I would create a time-period piece. I did! The below image shows the original golden age characters, and his redesigns.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Wolverine. No! John Brown!

I just finished promotional art for the FREE STATE COMICON in Lawrence, KS. The old man is John Brown, an abolitionist from the 1800's. He's famous in Kansas and is the con's "mascot" of sorts. I based the poster on the Wolverine #1 cover by Frank Miller and Josef Rubinstein.

If you'd like to see more of John Brown on convention posters over the years, here's a fun gallery the convention has put together!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

CATLEN: The Movie!

I've been digitizing old family movies-- When I was 13, I made up a superhero named “Catlen.” (I merely put a “t” in my last name. I thought cats were cool.) Growing up in the county, the character gave me something of my own to draw.

As I aged, I decided to make a movie with our family’s wind-up 8mm movie camera. I was 16 or 17. The quality is very varied. My mom could have filmed it properly, but instead I asked a cute girl to do it. Too bad. You can't tell a spinning car wheel is actually off the ground in one scene.

There's no sound, so I added captions with iMovie. It’s 5 minutes long, complete with “special effects!”

You might suspect that the cape and metal disks were inspired by Thor. But actually, I though Nomad looked cool.

I used the tops off Quick containers for the disks on my costume.

And, no, I wasn't supposed to break the glass on the screen door. Oops.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Super Antics #18

I usually draw these in a "golden age" style, but this time I went mostly with my own natural style!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Halo and Sprocket: The Definitive Collection

I’ve long wanted to abridge and color ALL my Halo and Sprocket work and compile it into ONE volume. I finally did earlier this year. HALO AND SPROCKET: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION is available on Amazon. If you only own one piece of work by me, it should be these 194 pages!

It's abridged (and better) work. I took the opportunity to change aspects that has bothered me over the years. I tightened up some of the art and spiffied up some of the dialog.

Aside from creating new art for the cover, I also created a new piece for the Forward.

I initially drew the background for this page. As I started coloring it, I decided I loved merely using one of my hiking photos instead!

Friday, March 25, 2022

Aquaman's Dirty Secret

I don't know why I draw this stuff.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

An Excellent Question

 Cartooned for posterity.

Friday, February 18, 2022

(Doctor) Strange Going-Ons

I recently saw some really cool Dr. Strange pencils by Marie Severin. I couldn't resist inking it and adding color! I feel she's underappreciated as a Marvel artist in the 60's and 70's. Here's her original pencils. (Btw, it looks like a watermark might have been removed from it. Not my doing.)

Monday, January 3, 2022

Aquaman for the win!

Everytime I see a 70's photo of the Superheroes Ski Show at Sea World, I want to add a word balloon. I finally scratched that itch.