Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I LOVED Preacher. Still do, in fact, as I often re-read the creativity, profanity, insanity and ingenuity provided within it's pages. Above is an illustration I produced for one of the UK Convention booklets.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

R.I.P. John Hicklenton.

From the 2000ad message boards:

We have just been informed by Pat Mills that John Hicklenton has sadly passed away.

Here are a few words from Pat: John Hicklenton passed away peacefully last week. His ending was an expected one and he saw it as a triumph over his illness MS. Amongst his final words to me were "MS - you have a week to live, you've met someone you shouldn't have f***** with". A great artist and a true hero.

Pat Mills

I met John a couple of times - we had the same agent - and he was always very nice...a little weird, perhaps...but who of us isn't?!! Pat, my agent, would tell me stories of his original art...created on whatever he could find or cobble together ( deconstructed cereal boxes being most prominent in my mind). He was a true original and the spontaneity in his artwork was truly inspirational and unmatchable. Goodbye, John.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wrapping things up with the commission posts for a while due to just having loads of work on the go - but here's a Tusken Raider to tide you over until the next entry...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Batman:The Dark Knight Returns blew me away when I first read it and subsequent readings don't blunt the experience. It's a seminal piece of the comic-book medium and, if you haven't had the chance or opportunity to read it then please do take the time. Don't bother with the sequel, though.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I truly enjoyed working on Ruse at Crossgen . It was unlike any other book - in outlook, in execution and in the way we collaborated on it. Maybe one day I'll go into the ins-and-outs of how we all chipped in and, perhaps, what was actually going to happen in the comic disregarding it's untimely demise.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Change of pace here today in order to show you the basics of advertising :
One Wolverine print - check!
One cute little kid in Wolverine costume - check!
Print sold!

This little guy at Megacon was just fantastic! He's probably all of two years old but as soon as he saw a camera he was down on one knee and posing! Brillant!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'm a huge fan of Greg Rucka's writing - and, in particular, his Queen and Country books ; both in the comic form and his subsequent novels. Today I present to you his damaged heroine - Miss Tara Chace:

Monday, March 15, 2010

A few Megacon Commissions....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A bumper crop of card commissions today as I won't be updating for the next three days due to the convention. See you all on Monday - enjoy your weekends.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


This weekend it's the Megacon in Orlando. If you're in the area do pop along - for me, it's one of the highlights of the convention season.

I'll be signing, sketching and chatting at my table over the whole weekend. I've also got a group signing at the Hero Initiative booth:

200-300pm: 100 Wolverines: Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mark McKenna, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, Brandon Peterson

Then later on Friday I'll be "instructing":


Time: 5:30 PM - 6:20 PM
Join Nelson Decastro, Mike Perkins, Sergio Cariello, Andy Smith, and Graham Nolan as they show you what goes into a page and how it takes more than just knowing how to draw. This will be a question and answer session where you can pick the creators brains. Ask the questions no one has answered yet.

Room: 222B

And....hopefully, I'll have some new prints for sale at the show:

Some fans are D.C. people - some are Marvel people. Me? I just like good comics - wherever they're published. Saying that, though, I don't get asked to illustrate a lot of D.C. Comics characters. A shame because they have a lot of visually striking protagonists. Here's a convention sketch of The Spectre:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mary Jane Watson - of Spider-Man fame - has an extremely interesting face to illustrate. It's not a visage you can just slot in "female face #1" and get away with it...and I've tried. I guess it's the dimples and the eyebrows but more importantly it's the playfulness and the light behind the eyes. Get that correct and , well, "you've hit the jackpot".

Monday, March 8, 2010

I was asked to make Warpath BIG. BIG MUSCLES - RIPPED. Still think I could have made him bigger! Next time....next time.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I was just wrapping up my inks over Steve Pugh on Superman vs Terminator when iI was asked if I'd like to try-out over the pencils of Rick Leonardi. I'd long been a fan of this fantastic artist and was overjoyed by, at least, inking a page or two of his. I subsequently got the job on the four issue Green Lantern vs Aliens and it still remains one of my favourite series I have worked on. Maybe it shows that I was so happy to be embellishing the flowing pencils of Mr. Leonardi.

Here's a Green Lantern illustration featuring one of the eponymous heroes who opened the first issue already "impregnated" by the Alien. He didn't last long...but obviously made enough of an impression for me to be commissioned to illustrate him once again :

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Marvel vs DC. An intriguing concept that hardly ever raises itself above the ordinary, unfortunately. Luckily we have commissionees who like to keep the idea vibrantly fresh. Here's one of Deathlok and O.M.A.C.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

There's a couple of guys - two brothers - who almost always get a commission from me at Megacon and they like to keep it challenging. Always eager for a good challenge I relished the chance to depict Black Knight and the 70's Warlock.

By the way - this years Megacon is NEXT WEEKEND - the 12-14th of March - you can buy tickets, and support a worthy cause at the same time by heading over to here : http://heroinitiative.blogspot.com/2010/03/get-your-megacon-ticketsnow.html

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Michael Finn commissions illustrations based upon the concept of "One Minute Later" - taking classic comic covers and leaving the artist to extrapolate what happened next. You can see a whole bunch of these up on www.comicartfans.com ( just put "one minute later" into the search option) - but beware....half your day may just disappear!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

That little scamp Tony Stark - he's such a lovable drunk!...