Friday, September 30, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sean is one hell of an illustrator and painter. It's great to see him getting the recognition he deserves!
This cartoon has all my favorite action figures from this movie from when I was a kid - except for the slave girl (I don't think they made a toy for her back then). I don't know if I will be able to use this drawing for anything. I just really wanted to finish it, since I also did one of the Mos Eisley Cantina creatures from the first Star Wars movie.
Some friends sent me this terrific article concerning the depiction of women in (some) mainstream comic books. DC Comics, in particular. Well worth your time: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/09/22/starfire-catwoman-sex-superheroine/The comic strip above, by the way, is from David Willis's excellent webcomic Shortpacked! Read that here: http://www.shortpacked.com/I should have Poets updates, (color pages, finally!), later this week. And that's all from me. Cheers.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Who says waiting to the last minute never pays off? The discount price of Ellington Way has been extended until Sept. 26! Now you can get every strip from my undoubtedly stellar comic (including the one above) for 15% off. Just enter promo code OKTOBERFEST305 at time of check out! Power to the procrastinators! http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/ellington-way/14416678
Friday, September 23, 2011
I wrote up most of the details that I could remember about how my first solo comic "Petey" came to be. This isn't really the end of the story for this book, but I've recounted many of the details from initial sketch to printed book.
PLEASE CLICK HERE if you are interested in reading about it.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Go to RIPT Apparel's website to pick up Ian Glaubinger's Iron Man-inspired shirt "A Better Tomorrow"! The shirt is only $10 and is only for sale one day only - TODAY (Sept. 21)!
To see more of Ian's work online, CLICK HERE to go to his website!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I’ll be hosting an Artist Trading Card (ATC) session in Chestnut Hill this Saturday at the Nichols Berg Gallery. I have invited a bunch of my friends from the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society so it is bound to be a fun-filled and super creative afternoon. If you need more info on “What the heck is Artist Trading Cards?” you can find it here and here.
It’s an All Ages, Free Event , grab a friend and come on out. ATC sessions are a great way to meet fellow creatives, trade techniques and swap artwork!
Monday, September 19, 2011
That's right. From now until Sept. 23, enter promo code OKTOBERFEST305 at time of check out and score Ellington Way for 15% less. Good deal. http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/ellington-way/14416678
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Rushmore has some great subtle humor and dry wit. It’s still hands-down my favorite Wes Anderson movie, and always makes me laugh every time I watch it. If you have seen it, you probably get the jokes incorporated into the shirt design. I tried to incorporate some signature visual elements from the film, like the colors of the Rushmore Academy uniform, Max Fischer’s glasses and beret, and the style of lettering from the signage on the school’s fence. I threw all this stuff into a drawing with Mount Rushmore (which actually has nothing to do with the film except the name of the school) and used the words “Sic Transit Gloria”, the only Latin that Max knows and uses to try and pick up a teacher.
Rushmore is a great “Back to School” movie, and one of Bill Murray’s best performances. If you haven’t seen it, you ought to check it out.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Gallery 1988: Venice
214 Pier Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I decided to try and show what video game characters might do after a long hard day of fighting off a gorilla, chasing after a hungry yellow sphere, our endlessly pouring beers for thirsty customers (bartenders are never off-duty...). This was done using Micron ink pens and Prismacolor markers. The original piece and a very small edition of prints will be available at the show, and on the gallery's website the day after the show.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I don't spend nearly as much time there as I used to. But I still feel awfully welcome when I walk in the door. The bike messengers and hipsters may not know me. Neither do the kids who pack the place on the weekends, but the barkeeps and the locals do. I will always feel comfortable sitting and drawing cartoons at that bar. I found this piece from 2001 that was drawn at the bar while rocking cans of Pabst and shots of Jim Beam:
It was a flier for the bar. Frank, the manager at the time (and the guy responsible for scoring most of that vintage PBR swag way back when) wanted to do something nice to pay pack the bar's steady patrons. So he created "The Big Payback", a weekly event where he brought in free home cooked food. Sadly, the event started to draw a lot of starving addicts who popped out of the woodwork and disturbed steady patrons. So the Big Payback was a short-lived event in Bob & Barbara's history. But it was great that Frankie wanted to do that for his customers. Bob & Barbara's has always been diverse and experimental with their nightly events, from Bingo to Ping Pong to Pictionary to the Drag Show to live Jazz every week.
Above is a photo I took back around 2001 or 2002. I've sung the praises of Nate Wiley & the Crowd Pleasers many many times. They are my heroes. Nate and Cliff have passed, but Howard Candie, the greatest organist the band ever had, is still around. Lately, he has been having some health problems. So once again, Bob & Barbara's Lounge is giving back. Tonight, September 14, from 8 PM to 11 PM, there will be a fundraiser to help Howard and his family with their medical bills. Anyone who has ever heard Howard play has been amazed. He makes that Hammond B-3 shake the room like no other. If you know Howard's music, please come out and help him and his family out. They're great folks.
If you've never heard Howard, you can CLICK HERE to hear him on this documentary short made by local filmmaker Jim McGorman.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
So be sure to pass the info on to all your Dr. Who fan friends and have pop on over to TeeFury.com to pick one up tomorrow SEPTEMBER 12th cause after that it's gone for good...unless of course you have a TARDIS then you can travel back in time and...
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
And here's some of the characters I designed for the game...
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
The time, and strange interactions with street crime and hospitals, have passed by. Despite all this time, the earnest work and dedication to one of the coolest west coast art show interactions prevails. I present my piece for the Garbage Pail Kids show for Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.
This piece, like all the rest in the show, is a version of an existing Garbage Pail Kid. In this case, the character is named "Hy Gene". Take a wild guess why.
Come take a peek inside the gross-out shack!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Concetta Barbera is one of the cornerstone members of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society, helping to curate and organize almost anything we do that is even semi-organized. She was once the co-owner of AMBLE Gallery & Books in Northern Liberties, showing work by artists from all over the globe. Concetta now devotes her time to all things historical - from drawings to old-tymie documents to Philly's libraries. Her artwork combines old fashioned and dreamy aesthetics, using delicate and wistful lines that radiate Concetta's unique charm and sense of humor. The contraptions and characters in Concetta Barbera’s drawings may seem a little dysfunctional, but in a good way – like people and things that can only exist in a little kid’s awesome dream.
If you know Concetta, you’ll see that her work very much mirrors how and who she is. If you don’t know Concetta, come out to the Lost Bar on September 2 and see these drawings and get to know her. The drawings are great, and she is someone worth knowing.
"Pierced Pearl" is my contribution to the "Garbage Pail Kids" show at Gallery 1988 in LA. The show opens this Friday Sept, 2.