Thursday, June 28, 2012


Enter NenoWorld.

We won't hurt you:
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Noel Sickles

I'm not sure where this ('60s?) Sickles illustration first appeared (can anyone help me out?).

One thing that's clear, though, is that Sickles continued to grow both in technique and in influence as an artist.

Just as his loose, noirish, chiaroscuro-based style made its big impact on Milton Caniff in the '30s (culminating in the styles of Alex Toth, Frank Robbins, Lee Elias and so many others), so this '60s style predates and sets the stage for many of today's indie cartoonists of what could be called the Fantagraphics/New Yorker school, any one of whom could have drawn the figure at the top of Sickle's illo.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Jim Anthony Art

Drawn for "Under a Comanchee Moon" for the new Jim Anthony anthology published by Airship 27. More details as we get close to the publication date.
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Attention Nabokov Fans: The Waltz Invention First Printing

Only three days left to bid on a 1966, hardbound, first printing copy of Vladimir Nabokov's satirical and futuristic play The Waltz Invention on eBay. Free shipping!

Two dealers on eBay are offering the book for $125.00. I've set the bidding to start for my copy at $10.00.

Check it out here:
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Lousy Copper!

From my Fletcher Hanks tribute story, Big Blue.
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Jesse Cale's The Hunger Games Song: Spending My Nights with Katniss Everdeen

Check out the video at:

And then buy it on iTunes!

Above, Jesse (AKA The Official McSwagger) at the '09 Wild Goose Creative New Year's Eve bash.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Laugh Your Head Off!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Signifiers Universe Characters Take the Stage

Who are The Emotionists? Find out this summer!
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Fingers of Death

You gotta love this cover art by Carmine Infantino.
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Batman and Robin With a Gun

DC's own 1966 Batman comics didn't look this cool!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Quacky Pig and Friends Go Shopping!

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Sunday Comix Group Meets This Sunday at Packrat Comics

The Sunday Comix monthly meeting is this Sunday June 24, from 2-4 at Packrat Comics in Hilliard, OH.

Cartoonists from the C-Bus area and beyond spend one hour sharing what we've done and what we're doing...then we JAM! So bring your comics, works-in-progress, drawing tools and creativity!

Packrat Comics hours and location:

The Sunday Comix blog:
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Poor Lovey Dovey!
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Zelda Fitzgerald Pencil Study

...for my Michael Neno's Dream minicomic.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

It's Time for a Hula!

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Less Than Two Months Till PulpFest 2012!

In addition to the amazing events described above, many panel discussions and thousands of pulps for sale, along with zines, paperbacks, digests, original art, and much more, cartoonist Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales) will be in attendance, as well as publisher Airship 27.

PulpFest is an amazing show and this year's show looks more amazing than usual.

All the details are at this beautifully designed site:
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Doctor Doom, 2012

Drawn this afternoon.
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Cartoonists, Allow Me to Ink Your Pencils!

If you are a professional penciler looking for a professional inker, allow me to ink your work! I'm immediately available for paying inking work. I work in a variety of inking styles and can do your pencils justice.

Contact me on this blog or through my website:
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Underwater Cats

The logo for my new line of greeting cards, available soon!
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Thursday, June 14, 2012


The Signifiers #2, bustin' out soon!
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Reactionary Tales #1: Your Introduction to the Signifiers Universe

We do still have some new, mint condition copies of Reactionary Tales #1 for sale, but when they're gone, they're gone!

Featuring the first appearance of Larvae Boy and This Eternal Flaw, Reactionary Tales was my first work which takes place in the Signifiers Universe, features a drawn introduction by Paul Pope and was funded by a grant from the Xeric Foundation.

Order your copy here:
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Ten Dumbest Headlines for the Week of June 10th, 2012

"When to Steer Clear of Saran Wrap"

"Lungs Found on Sidewalk 'Not Human'"

"Man Plays Civilisation II For 10 Years, World Disintegrates into 'Nightmare Of Suffering'"

"Can You Judge A Woman By Her Shoes?"

"Photo: Rihanna Dons See-Through Top in NY"

"Russell Brand Thinks He Deserves Knighthood"

"My 'Rare Sleep-Vomiting Disease'"

"Mom Put Nasty Item in Girl's Sandwich"

"Watch: Toddler's First Taste of Soda Is Hilarious"

"What P. Diddy and Mitt Romney Have in Common"

Above: Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL, Inc.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Who Is the Voyst?

Early thumbnail for the first of three Voyst posters.
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"Isn't He a Scream?"

I'm lovin' the use of negative space in this page from Jack Kirby's The Demon.
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Monday, June 11, 2012

My Drawing Board on 6/11/12

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Vince Colletta Erasing Jack Kirby's Pencils Again

Notice the two figures inker Vince Colletta erased and didn't ink in this Thor panel penciled by Jack Kirby - figures which played a part in the graceful design and thrust of the panel's composition.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

High Security Prison

From The Signifiers #2, oh so close to being ready for print.
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Stars In Heaven: An MGM Blog

An unashamed plug for another of my blogs, Stars in Heaven: An MGM Blog, where I'm in the process of reviewing every MGM feature film made from 1924 to 1959 which still exists.

Just reviewed: Rudolph Valentino in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Coming this week: Scaramouche, starring Ramon Novarro.

Check out, bookmark and follow the site here:
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Bush and the Easter Bunny

Just because.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Ten Dumbest Headlines for the Week of June 3rd, 2012

"Man Tried to Blow Up Wife...Twice"

"Unbelievable Thing Found in Boy's Lung"

"Rusty the Dog Doesn't Live a Normal Lifestyle"

"Octomom Cancels Strip Club Appearance"

"WATCH: Man Catches Fire After Applying Sunscreen"

"Watch: Teen Radio Host Slams President Obama"

"Facebook May Make Controversial Move"

"Special Animal Found on Side of the Road"

"Star Says Raunchy Thing About Rihanna"

"Teen: Disney World 'Ruined My Dreams'"

Above: Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL, Inc.
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Alex Toth Lives in Fatale

A gorgeous, Alex Toth-ish panel by Sean Philips for Fatale #2, published by Image.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jack Kirby Tribute Poster

Penciled by Sterling Clark; I inked and colored it.

Check out a much more detailed gander at it here:
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Psychedelic Hanna-Barbera Character Design

The Cattanooga Cats ran on ABC from 1969 to 1971; music by Mike Curb, with voice actors Daws Butler, Paul Lynde, Casey Kasem and many more. I watched it regularly.
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Comics I've Read Recently, June 4th, 2012

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