Monday, November 16, 2015

Carter. Agent Peggy Carter!

Hayley Atwell really has turned the role into quite the career so far. And deservedly so in my humble opinion. Able to play a strong female lead like that character and still have her be a "lady" is no easy task even here in the day of political correctness. She makes the character work and enjoyable to watch whether you are a male or female.

Anyway, the character of Peggy Carter has been one of the most requested of me for quite some time now at the conventions and I was long overdue the actually sit down and correct that. My wife and I are both fans of the show and working on the piece was fun to do. I figured I HAD to have Steve Rogers in there so I opted for the "true" Steve Rogers.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Batman!! 1989!!

So lets jump ahead about 40 years. Not really. More like in relation to the cinematic version of Batman. My last  post was bout the 1949 serial and the man who played Robin so if you add 40..., you get the idea. This movie was huge for me. I remember paying to see a movie I didn't care about because the Batman trailer was showing with it. I collected all the newspaper and magazine articles leading up to it. I even used me lunch hour from the bank I was working at to go buy tickets in advance the day it premiered for me and all my friends! Yes, you had to go in person back then. No internet for the masses yet. We ordered pizza and watched the 1966 movie as we ate before heading out to the movie theater. There must have been 12-14 of us. It was awesome!! The movie was fun as well. Looking at it now it may be dated as far as superhero movies are concerned but it really set the tone for what was to come. Hard to believe that Superman was 11 years earlier than this and it would be another 12 for Spider-Man. Kids have it good now.

So I made one artistic change. The bat symbol on the bat suit is not screen accurate for this movie as I always felt that they got it wrong. They must have felt that way as well as they fixed it for the sequel. No biggie really.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Batman and Robin, 1949!!

Many of you will know that I have a love for the old time movie serials. As luck would have it, I was recently invited to not only be at a small convention here in Central Florida, but was also asked to create a special print of the guest of honor. The second person to ever play Robin from the serial Batman and Robin mane way back in 1949, Johnny Duncan!! Robin is still with us and was there smiling and signing autographs! It was awesome and I had a really good time making this print. When there was a lull in the crowd, I made my way over with a copy of it to get one signed for me. Someone else told him that I was the artist and suddenly he was as excited to meet me as I was to meet him. Apparently he loved my print so much that he wanted more printed up just for him so he could have them at some other of his appearances. I was happy to oblige so I got up and out of the house early this morning so I could head to the printer right after dropping my son off at school. Tomorrow I get to hand deliver them as it turns out that he lives quite close to me!! I can't wait!!

Here is photo taken at Lake Collect A Con with Johnny and my wife Mindy and I.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Yup. Spider-Gwen. Honestly, that has to be the dumbest name ever for a superhero or comic book. It is. I am not saying that just to trash it so please just think about it for a moment before you get all defensive. I am going to admit that I really didn't know about her as I don't read many comics anymore and I usually follow the creators more than characters and I have not tried many "new" characters in quite some time. So whey did I draw this? Well, as fate would have it, I have been seated near Robbi Rodriguez twice in the past year and once (in Chicago), right next to him. We chatted a bit when he was not swamped with fans and he signed and gave me a copy of the first issue for free. Nice guy. It was months later before I actually read the book but it did look nice and I could not help but notice that there are SO many ladies out there that have been taken with the character and started to cosplay her in mass quantities! Plus I kept being asked if I had any Spider-Gwen art or planned on doing any. It wasn't until I was walking out of a convention that I was suddenly hit with the idea that I should do one and that I could use Emma Stone as the likeness. Seemed like a natural fit for me considering the work I have been turning out of late. I know that Emma is more than likely never to play the part again and if we see a Gwen Stacy in the movies again it will be played by another actress but she is currently in the conscious of the pop culture masses and who am I to not indulge that. Exactly! Plus, I could always update the picture should someone else ever take on the mantle! Ha!!

So, here is Spider-Gwen!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Walking Dead!

I admit that I have never read or even looked thru a Walking Dead comic book. I also didn't watch the TV show when it first came on either. My wife and I got hooked on it when it aired as re-runs just before the second season and we were hooked. We have not fallen off and it's still one of the only shows that we actually watch the night it's on! That says a lot considering the time of DVR and on demand services that are available today. I have done a Walking Dead piece before. Some may remember the Michonne picture I made a few years back. It was in my "toon" style but it was fairly well received.

So cut to a few years later and my style has changed and I have been showing at a lot more comic book and pop culture conventions and people always ask me for Walking Dead. I have been at several shows and seen the mass of people that gather for Norman Redus first hand. But I stopped printing my Michonne piece some time back and I have shied away from doing any other Walking Dead related drawings for one reason or another. So when a Walker Stalker convention announced they would be coming here to Orlando, I figured the time was right to do another piece. I really enjoyed piecing this one together. The biggest hurdle was to pick which characters to use as I didn't want to paint a million heads all in one. I figured I could always do more and use other characters in each if the muse dictates it so. I did take the most liberties with Rick. I know that he never really wore his police uniform with his beard, but I found that both elements were iconic and wanted to mix them. I also took some flak for putting his gun in his left hand (Danny!!) but I actually found reference to support me on that front. Plus when you are a bad ass like Rick Grimes, you can shoot with either hand anyway. Unless it's in the comic. From what I am told.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

War Doctor and Twelve!

I have not worked much in my "'toon" style in the past year or so but I got an interesting commission not too long ago. I know of at least two people that have had my 11 Doctors tattooed on them and were asking for updates. Seemed like a fun idea so I was willing to oblige. Sorry it took so long but I am glad I finally got around to it. It was fun to do and it was like riding a bicycle.


Here are some other sketches and such of these two. One. Whatever!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I have been in love with Ant-Man for longer than I care to admit. I must have been about ten when I randomly picked up a comic off the rack and fell in love with it! I had no idea at the time that I was witnessing the birth of the second Ant-Man. I probably should have actually read the comic but it was so pretty to look at! John Byrne and Bob Layton and it still looks slick and gorgeous today! I still have that very same comic today. Sure it's all dog eared and stained with time (nope, I failed to bag it) and I was finally able to track down the second issue several years ago. See how enamored I was, I didn't even know how the story ended for at least seven to ten years!!

So Ant-Man is a big deal now and actually has a major motion picture devoted to him and it loosely based on that very story I read over and over again for all these years. I feel vindicated! So of course I had to sit down and draw the new look version of the hero. I actually still find myself drawing the old version in my sketchbook quite often. I must admit that I find it extremely ironic that one of the most simple designs for a superhero costume has become one of the most complex ones to draw if you are drawing the movie version! It was fun anyway. Go see Ant-Man! It's not as dumb as it sounds.


Here are a smattering of Ant-Man doodles from my sketchbook as well.