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It was an honor to be able to participate in this years Annual Joe Sinnott Ink Well Challenge. Pictured below is the legend himself Joe Sinnott after signing this years pages. The circled page is mine.
The Pro Wrestling Comic Book Association Stickers I promised to all of my Kickstarter Backers who have pledge $3 or more are now in stock! The stickers are die-cut and came out really nice.
When all the rewards ship I will be dropping several stickers into everyones package! In the meantime here is a goofy video I made to introduce these Kickstarter funded stickers to the world!
Good News! The Funds from our Successful Kickstarter Campaign have finally come in and we are now working full force to finish the next two issues of Strength Monsters! Here is a recently completed panel penciled by Marvel Comics Veteran Mike Witherby and Inked by Sam Kressin.
I’ve known artist and animator Franco Cespedes for several years now. He is a fantastic artist, and has been working with me on an incredible new Worlds Deadliest project that should showcase by the end of this year. In the meantime, Franco has put out an awesome 4 issue mini-series on ComiXology titled, “Asusto.”
Asusto is based on classic Costa Rican and Latin American folktales, stories that have been passed down for generations. Asusto quickly focuses in on Chito, a violent man with a quick temper who doesn’t for a second believe any of the local folklore, but soon finds himself battling for his life. Franco has put together a quickly paced, action packed, thriller / horror saga, showcasing his take on several legendary Latin American tales.
The cartooning and illustration work of Franco Cespedes is excellent. His characters are extremely animated, expressive, and filled with emotion. This is a fast and fun read, filled with Devil Dogs (El Cadjos), She Monsters (La Segua), Headless Priests (El Padre Sin Cabeza) and a host of craziness. Just 99 cents per a 26 pg issue, for a total of three dollars and ninety six cents for the entire series, you can’t go wrong. You can pick up all four issues right here on comiXology. Asusto is available in both English and Spanish pick up a copy here; https://www.comixology.com/Asusto-1/digital-comic/77059
THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! There are literally only 3 days left I was seriously worried! I was thinking, “man this is going to come down to the last minute,” and then… This morning I get up check my email and find out. It made it! IT MADE IT! I’m jumping off the walls right not. Thank you everyone who’s back this project, liked or shared any of my posts and believed in this! I won’t let you guys down! There are still 3 days left if anyone else wants to jump in and pick up one of the rewards heres the link; http://kck.st/1O4Ersu
The History of the Pro Wrestling Comic Book Association. Source: The History of the Pro Wrestling Comic Book Association
Jiu Jitus Magazine ran a really cool interview article with my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Chris Haueter this past month. In it he talks about the Graphic Novel Project we’ve worked on over the years and you can check out the comic book page we collaborated on a number of years ago. You can see the most recent illustration I finished for this project here.
The evolution of the Cover Art to the Comic Book Strength Monsters in “Ultra-Mayhem” Get behind this comic book and help me get this cover colored here is the link; http://kck.st/1O4Ersu
Less than two weeks now to get in on this Kickstarter here’s the link; http://kck.st/1O4Ersu The creative evolution of the Cover Illustration to Strength Monsters in “Christmas Tree Delivery!”
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Suppor this project on Kickstarter here; http://kck.st/1O4Ersu
I only printed up 50 hard copies of my first comic book and they are gone. I’m making hard copies of all my comics available through this kickstarter. To pre order your hard copies check out my kickstarter here; http://kck.st/1O4Ersu
I have put up a Kickstarter to raise funds to finish the next two issues of Strength Monsters please check it out and if you can support the project I have a lot of cool rewards! Here’s the link; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/683699354/strength-monsters
Not long ago I wrote about how Superman is Immortal and can do anything not only in comic book but also in real life. There are no limits to absolute absurdity of Silverage Superman which is probably why it’s one of my favorite eras in this characters comic book history. This 1979 Corgi Supermobile Diecast Spaceship is no exception!
These are some early concept illustrations I did for Worlds Deadliest Circa 2011. I hope to bring this comic book out of Hiatus by the end of the years. Currently I have several project I have to wrap up until I can bring Worlds Deadliest back but mark my words it will come back!
ORIGINALLY POSTED MARCH 15TH 2009
Action Comics # 1 featured the first appearance of Superman and has been recognized by historians as the beginning of the modern-day comic book superhero.
The book was published in 1938 and cost 10 cents.
A high-grade original copy of this comic book closed in auction this past Friday evening selling for $317,200.00
The winning bid was placed by John Dolmayan, drummer of the band System of a Down, on Friday evening, on behalf of an unidentified client.
This is one of the highest prices ever paid to date for a comic book.
Not to say see I told you so but anyone in my family can attest to the fact that years ago I predicted at many a dinner table discussions that a high-grade golden age key issue comic books would hold up better in a down market than any stock.
I stand to be corrected. Notice I said Golden Age and Key Issue.
Further more this is why I love Superman because not only can he do anything in Comic Books but he can also do anything outside of comic books. Many people dislike superman for the fact that he cannot be killed. But it is true he can’t be. The character is now more than 70 years old and he will be around long after you and I are far gone.
UPDATE POSTED MARCH 2010
Since the time of my original note posted on March 15th 2009 another issue of Action comics # 1 sold recently for exactly $1,000,000.00 dollars this is LESS THAN A YEAR LATER and in the middle of an ongoing economic recession. Then following month March of 2010 another copy of Action Comics # 1 sold for 1.5 million.
I can’t even count the number of people who have laughed at me when I have told them time and again for years that Key Issue Golden Age comic books will out perform, any stock, real estate, silver, yes even GOLD (and I am a big fan of investing in both Gold and Silver). And yes people have literally laughed at me an as if I am completely crazy for making such a statement. All I have to say to every one of you who have ever rolled your eyes or chuckled in any condescending manner what so ever is “BOYAAA! I told you so!”
Of course all the financial advisors are now saying that this is a record that will not be surpassed for some time. However the same thing was said last year when several Golden Age Comic books (All Key Issues) Surpassed the 1 million dollar mark.
The proof is in the history it will be a short time and I will be updating this note again with books selling for even greater prices. Yes you would be wise to sell off your 401K and buy Golden Age Comic Books as Crazy as that Sounds! Get rid of your financial advisor who does little more than leach off the success of others give wall street the middle finger and start investing in real commodities.
UPDATE POSTED DECEMBER 1st 2011
Action Comics #1 Sells for 2.16 Million! Creating a new record for the most money paid for a comic book. All I have to say is “BOYAAA! I told you so!”
UPDATE POSTED AUGUST 25th 2014
Action Comics #1 Sells at auction on ebay for $3,207,852. Another record! I’ll admit it, I didn’t even think the book would go this high this fast. But am I shocked? No I’ve been following the sales of Golden Age Comic books for years. The physical scarcity of this comic book and the demand for it is actually real. I believe a copy of Action Comics 1 will surpass 5 million in my life time. Now here is a word of caution I have a small suspicion that Chuck Rozanski of Mile High Comics has several ungraded pristine copies of Action Comics Number #1 sitting in a vault somewhere. In fact I’ve heard rumors that he’s got one half of a short box full of them and should he suddenly flood the market with those books the price could drop exponentially. However these are all unconfirmed rumors.
Just yesterday I made this post about Mr. Monster a comic book I discovered in the late 1980s and read for a number of years. Eventually I was able to acquire an original Michael T. Gilbert Mr. Monster Page from his comic book and it remains in my collection to this day. Years later I would learn that musician Glenn Danzig also read Mr. Monster comic books and in this video he talks about them at .54 of the video.
This Michael T. Gilbert page is another one of my prized pieces of original art I’ve saved over the years. I found a number Mr. Monster Comics in the back issue bins of a local comic book shop in the late 1980s and loved book. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Monsters it is an over the top primarily black and white independent comic book from the 1980s about a guy who takes care of business when Monsters show up. Michael T. Gilbert based his character Doc Stearn on a golden age Mr. Monster character who appeared only twice created by a Canadian artist named Fred Kelly who left comics shortly there after and allowed his creation to fall into the public domain.
Another classic mail order martial arts course that ran in comic books and men’s magazines nation wide. For only $6.95 Aicondo will turn you into a deadly fighting machine. It is a deadly self-defense system using the best of Karate, Kung-Fu, Judo and Aikido. If I can learn how to simultaneously punch and kicking the air while neck chopping an opponent behind me sign me up! I want to be a studly looking dude in a gi that can pose coolly while young women admire me! As great as the over the top ad copy in Aicondo is I love the illustrations in this ad the most. I’ve actually done original illustrations of my own in tribute to this advertisement in my Worlds Deadliest comic book. Check out Men of Action my nod to the simultaneous side kick punch neck chop double neck chop here. My nod to the guy standing in the gi with the admiring woman next him has not been published public yet. When I do publish it I will link to it here.
This a drawing I did nearly 20 years ago of Rawking from my comic book Strength Monsters. This is a character I had been drawing as far back as highschool. While I’ve improved and changed him a bit over the years (they say you need to draw a character at least 50 -100 times) I’ve kept his guitar which also transforms into a robot nearly identical.
In the recent past I posted here about Fantaco’s 1991 comic book adaptation of the Night Of The Living Dead by Tom Skullan and Carlos Kastro. Kastro’s art in particular had a heavy influence on me. Posted here today is one of Kastro’s test pages for the series that had until today remained Unpublished. While at the San Diego Comic Con in 1993 I was able to buy this page off of Carlos for around $40. While I’ve sold most of the original art I purchased as a kid in order to raise money to take lessons in illustration and make my own comic books this is one of the few pieces I’ve held onto.
Having a long time intrest in heavy metal and rock music my research eventually lead me to studing blues music and finally to Robert Johnson. The all documented all true manga about the legendary blues great Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson is beautifully illustrated and historically accurate book following the journey of a man who was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil to inorder to become the greatest blues man of all time. I strongly recommend picking this book up. If you don’t believe me on how good it is you can read almost the entire thing online for free on Manga Eden here. But I think you will want to own your own copy.
Here’s a rare look at the pencils by A.J. Fulcher from my Catch Wrestling Comic Book Strength Monsters. You can still download THIS entire issue for free just put your name and email in the box below and I will email you a copy.
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You can download the complete comic book Strength Monsters in “Eat A Burrito” for FREE here just put your name an email in the box below and I’ll send you a copy.
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Stan Sakai writes and illustrates Usagi Yojimbo one of the great martial arts comic books about a Samurai Rabbit. This is an awesome video showcasing his illustration process.