Monday, September 29, 2008

HULK commission

Here is a Hulk commission I did on a blank Marvel Secret Invasion cover. The surface on these is absolutely terrible to work on, much worse than the Hero Initiative covers for some reason. I hope the client is happy, I always worry about that. The original is in black and white, I put some quick digital colors over it for the web.

Friday, September 26, 2008

My HULK cover on eBay

My HULK cover for The Hero Initiative is up for bid on eBay. THE HERO
has been established to provide monetary assistance to former comic
book creators requiring supplemental health, medical, and quality-of-life
assistance. This really is a great charity and has helped numerous comic
creators who typically do not have health insurance or 401k's when they need it.
I'm very proud to help them in any way I can, but it'll only help if my cover
sells, so if you're interested and can spare the donation, click over to the auction and feel good about what you're doing as well as getting a great piece of original art.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Diet. Day2

Not drinking sodas definitely sucks, unsweetened tea and water would not be my first 2 choices of beverages in an ideal world. My legs are a bit sore from the bike rides, 5 miles yesterday, 5 more this morning but it will only get easier, and I managed just fine thanks. I think I might be able to stick with this one. Here is a bit of art, the first page of the new Hurricane Kids book I'm working on. See it full size at The Hurricane Kids blog.

also be sure to check out my daily (almost) art posts at The Daily Sketchjam!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Hurricane Kids

My creator-owned book The Hurricane Kids which is written and co-created by Grant Alter will be making a comeback in January 2009 with an all new Hurricane Kids Super Spectacular. I've rebooted the blog for it and put up some pin-up art we just received. Check it out, show some love.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Time to make a change.

About 3 and a half years ago, the ex, the boys and I decided to switch to a Vegan diet. I only went Vegetarian and even then, I still ate fish, so I didn't adhere the way they did. I stuck to this diet 100% for about 2 years. No chicken, pork or red meat. During that time I took tremendous pride in my self control to not slip up. While not on that diet anymore, I've decided it's time to get back into that mindset of self-discipline. Starting next week, I will start the first ever diet (for weight loss) in my entire life. Growing up I was a skinny little twig, but eventually, the lack of physical activity, poor eating habits and beer drinking caught up with me.

So the plan is, only Cheerios with 1% milk for breakfast, salads with balsamic dressing for lunch and a normal dinner, plus riding my bike 5 miles at least 4 times a week. I don't expect miracles, but I currently eat crappy for breakfast most days and really bad for lunch almost every day. I'm also cutting out sodas, so that will reduce my calorie intake by about 900 a day. It's all water and unsweetened tea from here on out. I'll keep you all posted as I'm sure you will be following with unimaginable excitement.

Here are a couple new sketches, I'm currently working on The Hurricane Kids special for January 2009 and looking for new freelance opportunities.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Top 5 Dream Jobs - #1

#1 - Writer/Director.

Not a huge shock, someone already called it in the comments (Rory?). I believe that most people who enjoy creating, writing and drawing comics really just enjoy telling stories in a visual medium, which is the same thing as film, only with a much lower budget. I've never gotten past page 15 on any screenplay, and I've never directed, but I like to boss people around. If T.V. shows like Saving Grace can be greenlit and movies like Bangkok Dangerous still get made, then I figure I still have a shot.

Favorite movies of all time... True Romance and The Departed. I'm easy like that. Sorry to be so anticlimactic.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Top 5 Dream Jobs - #2

#2 - Travel Writer/TV Host

Ever since the onslaught of travel shows on channels like Discovery, Travel Channel, National Geographic, etc. I’ve always thought about how that would be the greatest job in the world; global travel on someone else’s dime. The only problem is making a show unique and I’ve found 2 ways to do that. The first is that I travel solo, couch surfing with local artists and writers around the world, documenting my travels that way, each week introducing a new and passionate spirit that I meet. The other way, and one I see as lacking in any current show, would be me traveling the globe with my kids in tow, documenting the reactions to all these places from both my own, and their perspectives. Again, that could be affordable as well; we could stay in hostels, people’s homes, etc. I think the family type show would work well on Discovery Kids or PBS or something. If anyone knows any producers or anybody that could get this rolling, let me know. I’m down.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Top 5 Dream Jobs - #3

#3 - Successful Independent Comics Creator

This one is fairly straight forward. I want to be able to live well off of my own creations. I don't produce nearly enough work right now but a large part of that is due to the fact that I work 40 hours a week (or more) at a day job. Critically my book VILLAINS did very well, but financially, it was a loss for everyone involved. That may change in the future with other media options, but for now, that's the facts. I'm aware of some creators that live off of their books, but I know many more that have to do the same thing I'm doing. I'll have to keep plugging away and produce more work more frequently to get noticed, but it would be a great career to have, I have no doubts about that.