Thursday, January 16, 2014

Olympians Poster-- the complete process

The upcoming Olympians poster is as finished as it's gonna get. I thought you might like to see this step-by-step process of how it was made, from the finish all the way back to the sketch.

finished color

finished inks
pencils
sketch


Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Tale of Two-and-a-half Covers

A lot of eagle-eyed readers have noticed that the cover of Aphrodite: Goddess of Love that appears on the back cover of Poseidon is different than the the cover that appears on the actual book. I wrote a piece on the :01 blog that details the reason why. It's an interesting glimpse behind the scenes of the creative and editorial processes.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Odin's Day

Bringing my week of superheroey days of the week themed drawings to a close we have Marvels' Odin, Thor's dad and supreme god of the Norse pantheon. I've never loved Marvel's version of Odin-- Odin's a crafty, sneaky god, not a huge armored Santa Claus. Still, here he is.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tyr's Day

After a few days exploring the 31st century and stranger places, we're back to Marvel Comics Thor for Tyr's day, or Tuesday as we call it in English. Here's Marvel's version of the Norse god of War, Tyr, recreating the fateful moment where he lost his hand binding the dread wolf Fenrir. Marvel's never really done all that much with Tyr, which is surprising as he's pretty kick-butt, in my opinion.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Moon Boy! With bonus extra Devil Dinosaur

Yeah, that's right! Celebrating Monday with Moon Boy! One of my favorite Jack Kirby creations. And to insure that readers won't think this is a naked teen Wolverine on a bad hair day I included Devil, his pet dinosaur.

 I just recently purchased the nine issues of the original Devil Dinosaur, and it starts off as the greatest concept for a kids comic ever (a young ape boy and his pet intelligent dinosaur) but quickly devolves into a hot mess. Particularly the multi-issue sequence where Moon Boy has been kidnapped by Kirbyesque superaliens who intend to vivisect him, and Devil is left outside to save him. Kirby obviously just drew this story as he went along, not planning anything out in advance, and the sheer amount of dei ex machini he has to employ to let a kinda sorta T-Rex defeat super-advanced aliens from another world is nothing short of stunning.  And this goes on for like 3 issues. But man, amazing artwork!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sun Boy Day

Working my way through the week! Celebrating Sunday with a drawing of Sun Boy, again from DC's Legion of Superheroes. He was never my favorite Legionnaire, but there's no denying he had a striking costume. 

Check back again tomorrow for Monday's avatar.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturn Girl's Day

I initially didn't intend this to be a thing but I guess it is now. On Thursday, I drew Marvel Comics's Thor, on Friday his mother, Frigga. So far as I know, Marvel doesn't have Saturn as a character so I jumped ship to DC and drew Saturn Girl of the Legion of Superheroes.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Frigga's Day

Building off of yesterday's 'marvel'ous post of Thorsday, I'm celebrating friday with the Marvel comics version of Thor's mom, Frigga. I went with the frumpy Simonson-era version as opposed to the smokin' hot Rene Russo movie version.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Olympians Poster Process

Long time no post! Been super busy working on Olympians Book 7-- Ares: God of War, and this bit of work below. Behold the pencils and inks for the Olympians family portrait poster that will be packaged with the upcoming Olympians boxed set.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Where I'll be at New York Comic Con



If anyone is going to the New York Comic Con this weekend, or will be in New York City, I'm going to be making a bunch of appearances, at the show and all over town. Here's my schedule:

Thursday, 7:00pm Location: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street, NYC 10009

"Comics: Not Only, But ALSO For Kids" w/ Calista Brill, Tony Cliff, and George O’Connor

Description: an informal discussion of the universal appeal of comics, the breaking down of boundaries between kids and adult comics, and the role of sequential art in both education and entertainment. The evening will then continue with "Comics & Pop Music", a conversation on the long-standing relationship between music and comics, the two forms' shared history and common inspirations, and the new wave of music-centric titles that are poised to reach an audience beyond that of traditional comic readers. Complimentary cocktails and light refreshments will be offered throughout the panel programming, and then at 9pm, a selection of DJs and musical acts will perform. They had me at "complimentary cocktails." For more info click here.

Friday, 3:00 PM NYCC at the Javits center Dare to Draw Table in Artists Alley, table #D11

Dare to Draw is an awesome non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring comics artists that I am lucky to be affiliated with. I'll be doing portfolio reviews at their table alongside a great list of other comics pros. Check out more about them here: http://www.bigcitydare2draw.com/

Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Location: Books of Wonder, 3 West 18th St, NYC 

"NY Comic-Con at Books of Wonder" w/ Cat Valente, Tony Cliff, Frank Cammuso, and George O’Connor

The above authors and I will be chatting and signing, maybe arm-wrestling, who knows? This will be my second NYCC related appearance with Tony Cliff, so we'll either be best friends or mortal enemies by then.

Saturday,  New York Comic Con at the Javits center
 Exhibit Hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm

I'll be avoiding this place on Saturday like the bubonic plague because it will be so ungodly crowded. I'll probably be home, sleeping.

Sunday, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Location: room 1A17
NYCC at the Javits center 

"The Magic of Storytelling"

 Description: Entertain your reader with stories of ghouls, time traveling weenies, lurking monsters, outlandish outlaws and the intrepid teens that keep them all in line. Join Lemony Snicket (When Did You See Her Last?), David Lubar (Weenies series), Matthew Cody (Will in Scarlet), Shannon Hale (Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends), George O’Connor (Olympians), and Scott Campbell (If Dogs Run Free) as they discuss crafting stories rich with humor, adventure, and mystery for young readers with M.D. Payne (the Monster Juice series). LEMONY SNICKET! It should be interesting to see if anyone even notices me sitting there next to LEMONY FREAKING SNICKET!

 afterwards...

Sunday, 12:00pm: George O’Connor Signing (Olympians) / Autographing Area 21

I'll be the short line somewhere next to Lemony Snicket's immensely long line. and in case Mr Snicket's long line totally blocks your access to me, at

Sunday, 1:30pm: George O’Connor (Olympians) signing at the First Second Booth #2237

 Come by and tell my editors how awesome I am :)