Thursday, August 30, 2012

I Want Some of the Black Shells

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Neno Now Taking Your Commissions

Allow me to draw a commission for you! Or ink, letter, color or bounce a ball on my head. I can do lots of things! Contact me here or on NenoWorld:
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Vic Herman, Overlooked 20th Century Artist

Above are a few beautifully drawn illustrations from one of my favorite books as a kid, 100 Pounds of Popcorn by Hazel Krantz. (The last two illustrations are part of one, but couldn't be scanned because part of the art was printed into the spine area.)  Herman's line work here is exceedingly delicate, assured and fun.

Researching Herman's work online leads me to believe he's one of the most overlooked, underappreciated illustrators of the 20th century, for he had careers in illustrating comic books, children's books, gag cartoons, product design and as a fine arts painter of MexicoRo Gallery says this about that: "In 1969, during the bicentennial celebration of the founding of San Diego, Herman was awarded a Medallion of Honor for his part in furthering good relations between Mexico and the United States. Recently, he has been proposed as a candidate for the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor Mexico can grant to a foreigner for promoting better cultural relations between Mexico and his country-a fitting tribute to Vic Herman's dedication and talent."

To top it all off, he created the character Little Dot for Harvey, Elsie the Cow for Borden, Reddy Kilowatt for the Electrical Industry and taught for the Boards of Education in Los Angeles and San Diego!

In addition, he an artist-field correspondent for Yank Magazine and Stars and Stripes and owned his own art production company. During WWII, the US Army assigned him cartoons for the "Don't spread rumors" campaign.

Herman's work also appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Liberty, Life, Look, Redbook, and Argosy.

Some of the companies Herman created advertising campaigns for: 7-Up, Pepsi, Borden's, Phillips 66 gasoline, General Food Post Cereals, Schick, Pabst and Blatz Beer, Pfizer Drugs, Lipton Soup and many more.

Here are examples of his gag cartoons:

Examples of his painting:

Examples of his comic book at the Lambiek Comiclopedia:

Below: storyboards for a Pep commercial.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Enter Thelma Stage Right

From the upcoming The Signifiers #2!
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The Return of The Vicar in Nix Comics Quarterly!

Evildoers beware! It's official - I'll be teaming with writer/publisher Ken Eppstein to draw a new Vicar story, titled "That Dog Don't Hunt", to be published in Nix Comics Quarterly #5!

You've been warned, naysayahs!
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Monday, August 27, 2012

New Jim Anthony Art

Art drawn yesterday for a new collection of Jim Anthony stories to be published by Airship 27.
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Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum New Newsletter

The amazing OSU cartoon research library (now on its fifth name, but forever known as the OSU Cartoon Research Library in my mind) has released the first edition of a colorful newsletter, with info on the library's move to the larger Sullivant Hall next year, upcoming exhibits, the OSU Art Spiegelman Residency and more.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum also continues posting obscure and delightful work from the collection on its blog:

You can also follow the library on Twitter: @CartoonLibrary
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Signifiers Work Area Getting Out of Control

What it says above.
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Wonka's Face-Kini

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Drawing Board, 8/25/12

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Comics I've Read Recently, August 25th, 2012

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

C-Bus' Own Dark Dixie

Here's a blast from the past: a mid-'90s promo flyer for central Ohio band Dark Dixie. The rockin' band was led by Bill Fridley who, coincidentally, will be opening a new arts forum, The White Eagle Theatre, soon.

Not coincidentally, I've had the honor of creating art for both Dark Dixie and The White Eagle Theatre, designing the logo and CD cover art for Dark Dixie's The Manson-Nixon Line and promo and video graphics for The White Eagle Theatre - more on that intriguing venture soon.

In the meantime, take a trip back 17 years, when Fireside Books in German Village was still open (and where I spent too much on used books on cool summer nights), Magnolia Thunderpussy hadn't been bulldozed for a frozen yogurt joint, The Record Connection, World Records and Singin' Dog Records were still around (lamented record shops all) and Tamerack Circle was still a place you'd risk your life to visit. Ace in the Hole Records, thank Buddy Holly, still abides:

View a large, readable copy of the flyer here:
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World's Greatest Comics

Just picked up my weekly pull of comics in Westerville. World's Greatest Comics has the largest selection of Silver Age comics in central Ohio, as well as tons of comics from the '50s. '70s and up, action figures, supplies and books. Older comics are frequently discounted and fairly graded. Plus, World's Greatest Comics carries my comic book series, The Signifiers!

If you live in the area, fill out a pull sheet and allow owner Jeff Patrick to order books for you on a regular basis (20 % off!).

The WGC website:

Some pics of the store I took recently:

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


From The Signifiers #2. So very close to being done!
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Kraa, the Unhuman!

From Tales of Suspense #18 (1961), by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

Kraa became a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos Monster Force in 2005.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Signifers T-Shirts in Stock!

All-cotton t-shirts featuring the cover to The Signifiers #1 are in stock. These shirts are made in the US by American Apparel.

Choose from Medium, Large and 3XL.

$23.00 ppd. to the US or $20.00 free delivery if you live in the C-Bus area. Contact me here on at for payment options.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

You $5 to $10 A Day!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Independents' Day, Columbus, Ohio, September 15th

I'll be set up at Independents' Day this year at the corner of Gay and Pearl as part of its Ohio Author Fair on September 15th, from 11:00 am to noon.

I'll have copies of all of my books and pubs in print for sale and signings, so stop by!

This year's event boasts an amazing 36 live bands, including Flotation Walls and The Black Swans, live visual arts, food trucks, crafters and artists, standup and improv comedy, a short films festival, a kids' area, fashion workshops and much, much more! Check out more details here:
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Parfum Magnet

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