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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
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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Evil Robot Defending the Suplex against Hulked Up Elf. Please get behind this project and help me finish it by checking out my Kickstarter here;http://kck.st/1O4Ersu Finished pencil art by Sam Kressin for the comic book Strength Monsters in “Christmas Tree Delivery!”
Source: Suplex Counter Finished Pencils
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!
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.
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.
This classic advertisement for Joe Weider’s Destructive Self Defense mail order martial arts course once ran in comic books and mens magazines all across the country. Make sure you check out the illustration I did with comic book inking legend Joe Rubinstein back in 2012 inspired by this classic Martial Arts Mail Order Course here.