HULK HOLDS STUFF!

Ally says to me… “Hey, I just saw on Facebook that HULK has a beard???” Lo and behold he does indeed have beard and a fantastic mustache to match. But I couldn’t help but think…. what the heck is up with his hand??? I know, I know, the whole “I’M POWERFUL!!!” hand pose…. but to m  It looks like he’s holding something… So I then had to make him holding something… And then I realized he kinda looks a little like Santa Claus…. SANTA HULK, GO!!! I figured what the heck, I’d actually put the photoshop file together for any fellow artists who want to join in on the fun. There’s a layer you simply pop things into his hand. There is also an optional Santa hat you can turn off and on. You can download the PSD file here. (dropbox link) If you’re feeling it, go ahead and hashtag it on social media…. #hulkholds or #SantaHulk so everyone can find em on twitter, tumblr or whatever. I leave you with… PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE HULK! Apologies to Peter David, George Perez and Marvel Comics. You are all...

Back in the Hustle

“We’ve been in this hustle called comics for a long long time.”- Ed Piskor, upon being being introduced to Ally at Pittsburgh Comicon. It’s been a busy summer and early fall. We’re pretty much done with comic conventions for the year (maybe December show) – Response to the God Child project has been really great and now it’s time for us to hunker down and get back to work on finishing the first big book to deliver to our publisher, which we are really excited about. (more on that at a later date.) Getting back to shows and meeting fans old and new was really great. There was one fella who said he’s been looking for me for years to get me to sign some Hero By Night books and his FCBD edition. Over and over again I was asked for more Hero By Night and praised for those stories. I always see the collectors coming and stopping with their big carts when they see me and start paging through to find what they need signed. I can’t explain it, but it’s a really cool feeling to know that something I did has been cherished or put away. It really makes me think about my work and the craft differently. I’m of course asked for more, and there are more stories to tell. I may be up for it soon. Lots of things have changed, one important one being that certain entities don’t exist anymore and contracts have expired. I do believe ALL of the rights have reverted back to me. I’ll decide what i’m doing pretty soon, but...

Review: KING KIRBY the play.

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of driving to New York City to see the “KING KIRBY” play at “The Brick” theater in Brooklyn. A few weeks ago my pal Lucky the Painproof Man shared the kickstarter link with me and I told my girlfriend “wow, there’s going to be a play about Jack! I wish I could make it to NYC to see that”– and on Father’s Day she surprised me with the tickets on behalf of my boys. It’s the most thoughtful gift I can ever remember receiving. The play itself opened while people were being seated and you’re to Jack’s back as he’s drawing away at the drawing board. It gave me chills as I imagined being a fly on the wall watching him work. And then the auctioneer walks in to start auctioning off his work at Sotheby’s as he stands there listening in semi-disgust…. he stops the auctioneer before she can get to saying the price his original art has sold for. The playbill is a mock cover of the Sotheby’s auction that was held in June of 1994, only months after Kirby’s death. Anyone who knows me or has been around my office knows that Jack is a big inspiration to me.  Not really because of his art, but because of his true character and his amazing work ethic. He knew that the magic was in the work. In the “craft” as Will Eisner called it. I relate to that “spark” that comes. The spark that has molded my life and, like Jack, pulled me out of a rough childhood and the...

Ally and I are are super stoked to be officially attending San Diego Comicon and will be signing our new book, The God Child #1. Look for us Friday-Sunday at the Keenspot booth. (It’s between Marvel and Image) We also have a few other announcements to make closer to the show, very awesome things. If you haven’t been reading The God Child, now is as good a time as any! We update every Monday at http://godchild.keenspot.com We’re 17 pages in with tons more to come. I’m still not a fan of weekly updating but we have really busy lives these days with day jobs, kids, etc. I am grateful for the slow growth. It seems the numbers have been rising slowly but surely. I’ve never done a weekly updating comic before, I appreciate the patience from the fans. It makes me think, maybe I could bring back something else that’s been gone for too long. We’ll see.   What else is new? Flammable Solid has produced the “I AM COMICS” line of t-shirts which are for folks who read, make and generally love comics. Snag one or two today...

We Are Comics. Warts and All.

Over the weekend writer Ally Monroe found the We Are Comics campaign and we were wondering what it was about and stumbled into the controversy surrounding the comic reviewer (Janelle Asselin) who posted a well deserved scathing critique over on CBR of the new Teen Titans #1 cover from DC Comics. (Seriously, what is up with that tiny door under Red Robin??) The idea that ridiculously sexists comic covers like this exist is not news to anyone, but what is terrible is that Janelle ended up receiving rape threats and people trashing her for her critique. She has the full story over in her XOJANE article. The over sexualization of women in comics has bothered me ever since I was teenager. You would think a teenage boy would have LOVED going to look at boobs and scantily clad ladies, but the thought of someone getting a boner to a comic drawing was really gross to me. And I knew those types of boys and I always thought they were sad. Who knew they may have grown up to possibly rant rape threats to anyone who dared take their brokeback lady poses away. The solution? We need a time machine to travel back to the early 90s. Terminator style. In all seriousness though, while overly sexualized women have been in comics a long time, it was in the early 90s when things got REALLY out of hand. (Lady Death anyone??) What’s worse? It’s how young artists were taught that their women needed to be drawn. By editors. At portfolio reviews. Now that I think about it, I recall several “portfolio...

White Rabbits, Hives and Orwells

Hey, let’s blog about some stuff! Thought it might be cool to share some new things I’ve discovered that are making life more awesome. White Rabbit and The Hive On a Saturday afternoon a couple weeks ago Ally and I took a walk up to the White Rabbit Cafe in Greensburg. Not only do they offer probably the finest tea and coffees in the area, (homeboy makes a mean mocha) but they also have some neat loner books & games on the shelves. Ally happened across a little game called “Hive” which is kind of a cross between dominoes and chess. She busted out the rules and promptly kicked my ass at it several times. The object of the game is to surround the opponents bee tile, and all the bugs have different movement (like chess) and some have special abilities. If you like thinking games, it gets addictive pretty fast. I ended up ordering our own set for the apartment and travel. It’s a fun time killer. Music: The Orwells These days I usually discover music either on Alt Nation on Sirius Satellite radio or on Spotify. I caught a bit of this song “Who needs you” and immediately copied it to my spotify to check out the rest of the bands stuff. Also on Spotify you can see band bios pretty easily. Turns out these guys just graduated high school in 2013, but they have good taste in music. It’s not often you find a new young band covering The Stooges or even knowing who they are. Check out the fun version of “I wanna be your...

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