Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Appearances: The Doctor Who Podcast

Another podcast interview I did while at the Gallifrey One convention in L.A., this time with the Doctor Who Podcast.

Sketchbook: Golden Age Sandman

Another quick sketch and color experiment, this time featuring Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Appearances: The Happiness Patrol

I recorded a wild, fun, wide-ranging interview with the folks at the Happiness Patrol this weekend. We pretty much covered the entire gamut of entertainment -- Doctor Who, Doctor Who comics, and homunculi -- in a long afternoon over the internet. Most fun I've ever had in an interview, so cheers to Lewis, Dale, Tara, and Lela for having me on. They've just posted the - thankfully - edited down version on their blog, if you'd like to hear it.

Work In Progress: ACC Magdalena Cover, part 3

Ron Marz just added a look at the colors for the Magdalena cover I did with Terry Austin for the upcoming Albany Comic-Con to his blog. The colors are by Virgin Comics artist Patel Saumin.

Check it out, and if you're in the Albany area on April 25th, stop on by the show.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sketchbook: Golden Age Starman

Another sketch, another Starman character. This time it's Ted Knight, the original Starman.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sketchbook: Batman

A sketch in honor of the great Dick Giordano, who has passed away. The character I always think of when I think of Giordano -- Batman.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Work In Progress: ACC Magdalena cover, part 2

Ron Marz has posted a sneak peek at Terry Austin's inks on the Magdalena convention variant cover we did for the upcoming Albany Comic-Con on his blog.

And according to his post, he's planning to post a peak at the colored cover, as well.

Sketchbook: The Shade

A quick companion piece to yesterday's Jack Knight, and another experiment with color, featuring The Shade from James Robinson and Tony Harris' STARMAN.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sketchbook: Starman

Another sketch, another one of my favorite characters -- James Robinson and Tony Harris' Starman.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sketchbook: The Wretch

Another quick sketch and color experiment, this time featuring Phil Hester's The Wretch. Phil's one of the nicest, most talented people in the industry, and The Wretch, his creator-owned series at Caliber Comics, was one of the best things they ever put out.

Sketchbook: Sandman

Another quick sketch and color experiment, this time featuring Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Gaiman's work on the SANDMAN title was another reason I got back into comics when I was in college. And some of the artists he worked with on the book remain some of my biggest inspirations to this day.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sketchbook: Kane

After sketching Jack Staff, I couldn't help but take a crack at another one of Paul Grist's brilliant creations, Kane.

Sketchbook: Jack Staff

Yet another quick sketch and color experiment in-between my other work. Thought I'd try my hand at a brighter (well, brighter for me, at least) palette this time around, and there's no character that screams bright, fun palette to me more than Paul Grist's character, Jack Staff.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sketchbook: The Marquis

A quick sketch and color experiment featuring Guy Davis' The Marquis.

Sketchbook: John Constantine

Another quick sketch and color experiment. Photographer and writer Ian X and I have been talking about John Constantine a lot lately. One of the few magical characters at DC I've never gotten a chance to draw professionally. He's one of my all-time favorites, and HELLBLAZER was one of the books that got me back into reading comics when I was in college.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sketchbook: Hellboy

Another quick sketch and color experiment, this time featuring Mike Mignola's Hellboy.

Work In Progress: ACC Magdalena Cover

Ron Marz has been posting the layouts and pencils for the Magdalena cover I did for the upcoming Albany Comic-Con on his new site, If you're interested in the process of putting something like this together, you should check it out.

And keep an eye on his site. You might just get an early look at Terry Austin's inks and the final colors before the show on April 25th.
Publish Post

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sketchbook: Lobster Johnson

A quick sketch and color experiment featuring one of my favorite characters, Lobster Johnson.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Upcoming Appearances: Albany Comic-Con

I will be appearing at this Spring's Albany Comic-Con, along with my friends Ron Marz, Terry Austin, Fred Hembeck, Joe Staton, Joe St Pierre, John Hebert, Paul Harding, and a host of other talent from the local area and beyond. The show will be held on April 25th, at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Colonie.

Once again, we'll be doing a special Albany Comic-Con convention variant cover that will be available at the show. This year it's a variant cover for Top Cow's new Magdalena series, written by convention guest Ron Marz. I just finished penciling the cover, and I'm thrilled to say it's going to be inked by one of my heroes, inking legend Terry Austin.

Don't want to give the whole image away, but here's a little sneak peek at my pencils for the cover:

A big thanks to Ron, Terry, John Belksis, and everyone at Top Cow for giving me another crack at a Top Cow cover, and for supporting a great local show.

If you're going to be in the area, stop by and say hello.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Upcoming Project News: Doctor Who

As anyone who has read this blog must surely know by now, I've been a Doctor Who fan since I was 6 or years old, so when IDW Publishing asked me to draw a story arc in their new ongoing series, I was over the moon. When I wrapped up work on those four issues last year, I told everyone who would listen that I had no idea how I was going to follow up a dream project like that.

Now, thanks to IDW's Chris Ryall and Denton Tipton, and ongoing series writer Tony Lee, it looks like I've found a way -- drawing more Doctor Who.

At the Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles this past weekend, IDW announced several new Doctor Who comic book projects, including the final 10th Doctor Story arc and a brand new series featuring the 11th Doctor.

I'm delighted to say they've asked me to draw both, as well as a short preview story that leads into Tennant's final story, and a short story that I'll be writing as well, both for a Doctor Who annual timed to hit the shelves before that final story begins.

(Me, Richard Starkings, Denton Tipton, and Tony Lee
at the IDW Doctor Who comic book panel at Gallifrey One)

We'll be wrapping up the current ongoing series with the four-issue "Final Sacrifice" (the first cover of which is featured above), which will tie up the long story arc Tony Lee has been planning since issue #1, ending the series at issue #16, and then relaunching the Doctor Who comic book with a brand new #1 featuring the new Doctor, Matt Smith (no relation, sadly).

I'm incredibly excited to be involved in all of this, and looking forward to once again working with IDW, Denton, Tony, and Charlie Kirchoff on my favorite character. Tony's got some great plans for both Doctors, and we heard a lot of great suggestions from people at the convention for things they'd like to see in the new series.

And I'd especially like to thank Gary Russell (who oversees scripts for both the show and our comic) for making all of this possible.

This is a dream come true for me, and the idea of being the regular artist on a new series of Doctor Who comic book stories is more than I could have ever hoped for. A big thank you to all the fans who responded so positively to the "Fugitive" story arc. Your kind words about my art on the book led to all of this, and it couldn't have happened without you. Cheers!