Thursday, August 25, 2011

Batman mini sketch

This will be my last post for a little while. I'm leaving on vacation today, driving with a friend to Yellowstone, then later to Canada. So for the next two weeks my internet use will be limited. I'll see you later. Please try and have fun without me.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


The concept: take a Legion of Super-Heroes cover and re-work it, modeling the new design after some other classic DC/Marvel comic cover from the 60s, 70s, or 80s. This is the cover to issue 259, when Superboy leaves and the Legion gain their independent title, modeled after Teen Titans issue #14. Here's a link to the rest of the Gallery.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 report

Since it was only my second time attending, Baltimore Comic-Con is still very new and fresh to me. But in the short time I've known her, I've been impressed by every aspect of this convention. It's just a 2 day show that could easily be 3. Saturday especially, the aisles were packed with eager con-goers. I mean seriously packed, San Diego style. The place was hopping. Financially speaking, I had my most successful con in over 6 years of selling my wares on convention floors. And I had a great time. Hanging out with friends at my table, and especially after hours, is time that is always well spent. As with this year's Heroes Con, I roomed with talented friends E C Steiner and Christian Sager. We all sat in Artist Alley next to each other along with our extremely talented friend Robert Wilson IV. I couldn't want for better company. All weekend was filled with lots of great conversation, laughs, and some thrown objects here and there. I travelled to Baltimore from Pittsburgh with the incomparable fellows from Action Lab: Chad Cicconi and Bryan Seaton. I was very excited to hear that they made a significant splash with their work this year. They're really doing it with this Action Lab thing and it's invigorating to watch. This is a show where I get to see lots of familiar faces, and I also got to make some great new friends. If I had all day to write this, I might be able to start listing names, but I don't, so I won't. I hope the friendships made and continued this year continue on for a long time. Awesome folks come to this show. The local crowd is always kind and enthusiastic. The organizers and volunteers really know what they are doing, and they create an outstanding event. The fellow creators and exhibitors who come from far and wide are a spectacularly varied and charming group.

My webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley had the great honor of being nominated for a Harvey Award this year, and on Saturday night I attended the ceremonies. Sure, we didn't win, but it was a real thrill to be there. And I'm not just saying that, either. I was seated at a table with Bob Shreck and Jim Starlin, I could peer over a couple tables and see Stan Lee sitting there. I mean, c'mon, how amazing is that? It's pretty damned amazing, if you ask me.

There are hundreds of moments for this past weekend that I will carry with me fondly. Will you get to read about them all here? No. They're mine. If you can, get yourself and your friends to a comic convention and make your own moments. If you can get to Baltimore Comic-Con next year, that would be a great place to start. I'll see you there.

Here's pics of sketches from the show. You can see the rest of my photos at my flickr and facebook.

Friday, August 5, 2011


A quick reminder, the voting for the Harvey Awards ends tomorrow. If you are involved in creating comics, don't forget to vote. And if you would be so kind, please consider my webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley for the category of Best Online Work. Thanks!

Monday, August 1, 2011

One Minute Later: Moon Knight

This is the second cover re-creation I've done for the One Minute Later series, in which a classic cover is reinterpreted, the action taking place one minute later than the original. You can see the incredible gallery here, and my previous contribution Fantastic Four 171. This time, I re-created the cover to Marvel Spotlight #29, featuring Moon Knight and the nefarious Conquer Lord. Here's the original: