Tuesday, November 30, 2010


She sure looks like she is feeling no pain...which is as close to bliss that I can think of. Just wanted to chat a bit here. This week, thrusday to be exact, because thats when the new comics are shipping...we have two titles out. JONAH HEX #62 featuring the art of EDUARDO RISSO and the new FREEDOM FIGHTERS #4 which is a total insane blast, if you ask me...lol

Took amanda to see TANGELED last night and it was entertaining...made for kids, but had enough cool moments in it that I totally enjoyed it. The scene with the vikings in the bar is a classic.

Also saw FASTER which was just ok. It got hi-jacked by a character/hitman that I could give a shit about and every time he was on screen the movie stalled...worst of all, you can tell the writers didnt have enough of a film to just do a full on revenge flick and it did a thing that every single flick is doing these days and ...well hollywood, we get it already...the good guys are bad guys...the friend is involved and the person we are suppose to think is clean or honest with one character turns out to be a bad guy. As well, another "r" rated flick that has less blood than "bones" on tv, and no nudity...why give it a "r" ratting? its pg-13 all the way.  A bit of a waste of time.

Sitting here figuring how I am going to get from florida to new zealand in april...flights are a problem because of connecting flights and such...but we will get there for sure. I owe amanda a nice break between the shows.

As well, finishing the outline I am working on...for a "how to" book on creating a property. Don't know if its needed, but going to shop for a publisher just the same. Its a laymans guide to the ins-and-outs of the industry. Again, maybe its not needed, but I am going to test the waters just the same.

Other than that, getting work done and prepping for the next holiday which isnt as much fun as it used to be...but thats anothr story.


Friday, November 26, 2010


Some of Raffa's magic...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

GREG HILDEBRANDT and his awesome gifts.

I have known Greg Hildebrandt for many year now. I have an original Greg and Tim Hildebrandt painting hanging in my studio [ thanks amanda and Jean] and have a bookshelf of their books as well. I met the brothers and Jean Scrocco [ she always makes me think I should have named Painkiller Jane - Painkiller Jean] back in the days when I was just getting into comics and they were all super generous, super talented and some of my absolute favorite people to talk and hang out with. Amanda and I have visited Jean and Greg at home a number of times, celebrated birthdays and holidays with them...and we are all to this day good friends. One particular time, and I remember this well mainly because I was talking to one of my heroes [ GREG] about what his favorite things is to paint, and we were on the topic of about comics, film,  art and such and the theme of the pin-up girl came up. we are both huge fans of the genre and the talented people in the past who have devoted a lot of time and paint to the idea. We talked about how not many people are doing it anymore and by the end of the day Greg said that he was going to give it some thought...that he always loved drawing women in his work, but the idea of creating new classic pin-ups was a neat one.

Well...here we are many years later and as you can see, with the help and push of Jean, Greg has gone to town on the idea and I personally think its some of his finest work. Below are some samples of the beautiful paintings he has done...and even cooler, they have made them into tin signs...which I think are simply the best  gifts you can give someone who is into the artform. Go hit the link to the site an give it a good look around. They have original art, books, ptints and so much more...and best of all , they update it all the time . Also check out the videos of greg...a kinder more talented soul you will not find. Honest, if they lived down the road from me instead of a boatload of states away, they would never get rid of me.

and yes Greg, if you read this at some point, I have not forgotten the offer to give me some lessons on how to paint. I will take you up on those this year for sure. Maybe i can twist your arm to come to florida for a mini-vacation? Jean?

Anyway, go check out the link and buy something that will make you look cool. Thats important you know...lol.


Please check it out: http://spiderwebart.com/default.asp


Hope everyone [ state side] takes a break today to appreciate their friends , family and how lucky they all are to have a home, people that love them and some hot food on their plates. If at all possible, try to do something generous today...help someone out...or make a call to a relative that no one stays in touch with. There are a lot of lonely people out there there...and  just the sound of your voice wishing you will  might turn their day around. 

As far as the history of the holiday itself, i think this article below gives you all a pretty good idea what happened that famous day so long ago. 

I sure hope we evolved somewhat. 


What Really Happened in Plymouth in 1621?

According to a single-paragraph account in the writings of one Pilgrim, a harvest feast did take place in Plymouth in 1621, probably in mid-October, but the Indians who attended were not even invited. Though it later became known as "Thanksgiving," the Pilgrims never called it that. And amidst the imagery of a picnic of interracial harmony is some of the most terrifying bloodshed in New World history.

The Pilgrim crop had failed miserably that year, but the agricultural expertise of the Indians had produced twenty acres of corn, without which the Pilgrims would have surely perished. The Indians often brought food to the Pilgrims, who came from England ridiculously unprepared to survive and hence relied almost exclusively on handouts from the overly generous Indians-thus making the Pilgrims the western hemisphere's first class of welfare recipients. The Pilgrims invited the Indian sachem Massasoit to their feast, and it was Massasoit, engaging in the tribal tradition of equal sharing, who then invited ninety or more of his Indian brothers and sisters-to the annoyance of the 50 or so ungrateful Europeans. No turkey, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie was served; they likely ate duck or geese and the venison from the 5 deer brought by Massasoit. In fact, most, if notall, of the food was most likely brought and prepared by the Indians, whose 10,000-year familiarity with the cuisine of the region had kept the whites alive up to that point.

The Pilgrims wore no black hats or buckled shoes-these were the silly inventions of artists hundreds of years since that time. These lower-class Englishmen wore brightly colored clothing, with one of their church leaders recording among his possessions "1 paire of greene drawers." Contrary to the fabricated lore of storytellers generations since, no Pilgrims prayed at the meal, and the supposed good cheer and fellowship must have dissipated quickly once the Pilgrims brandished their weaponry in a primitive display of intimidation. What's more, the Pilgrims consumed a good deal of home brew. In fact, each Pilgrim drank at least a half gallon of beer a day, which they preferred even to water. This daily inebriation led their governor, William Bradford, to comment on his people's "notorious sin," which included their "drunkenness and uncleanliness" and rampant "sodomy"...

The Pilgrims of Plymouth, The Original Scalpers

Contrary to popular mythology the Pilgrims were no friends to the local Indians. They were engaged in a ruthless war of extermination against their hosts, even as they falsely posed as friends. Just days before the alleged Thanksgiving love-fest, a company of Pilgrims led by Myles Standish actively sought to chop off the head of a local chief. They deliberately caused a rivalry between two friendly Indians, pitting one against the other in an attempt to obtain "better intelligence and make them both more diligent." An 11-foot-high wall was erected around the entire settlement for the purpose of keeping the Indians out.

Any Indian who came within the vicinity of the Pilgrim settlement was subject to robbery, enslavement, or even murder. The Pilgrims further advertised their evil intentions and white racial hostility, when they mounted five cannons on a hill around their settlement, constructed a platform for artillery, and then organized their soldiers into four companies-all in preparation for the military destruction of their friends the Indians.

Pilgrim Myles Standish eventually got his bloody prize. He went to the Indians, pretended to be a trader, then beheaded an Indian man named Wituwamat. He brought the head to Plymouth, where it was displayed on a wooden spike for many years, according to Gary B. Nash, "as a symbol of white power." Standish had the Indian man's young brother hanged from the rafters for good measure. From that time on, the whites were known to the Indians of Massachusetts by the name "Wotowquenange," which in their tongue meant cutthroats and stabbers.

Who Were the "Savages"?

The myth of the fierce, ruthless Indian savage lusting after the blood of innocent Europeans must be vigorously dispelled at this point. In actuality, the historical record shows that the very opposite was true.

Once the European settlements stabilized, the whites turned on their hosts in a brutal way. The once amicable relationship was breeched again and again by the whites, who lusted over the riches of Indian land. A combination of the Pilgrims' demonization of the Indians, the concocted mythology of Eurocentric historians, and standard Hollywood propaganda has served to paint the gentle Indian as a tomahawk-swinging savage endlessly on the warpath, lusting for the blood of the God-fearing whites.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago for the Long Beach con and then Took a couple of days off to see friends and run around a bit...and on purpose, NOT see anyone at any of the studios and try to pitch my work there. This process has run its course this past year and I need a break from all the empty promises and people wanting to totally deconstruct my work and make it fit into what they are looking for. Its not to say I wont be back again pitching...it just means I am taking a break.

Anyway, Amamnda and I made a pit stop at a great art bookstore called , after the owner, STUART NG ART BOOKS. For me, I felt like a kid again walking into a place that had so many things i wanted to buy. As you get older this happens less and less and regular comic shops just dont carry this type of material...as wel, book stores dont either. Check out the site when you get a chance and tell them I sent ya: http://www.stuartngbooks.com/

anyway, picked up a lot of stuff and I will be sharing them along the way, but the first artist I would like to show you is CLAIRE WENDLING...a little about Claire:

Claire Wendling was in her third year at the École des Beaux-Arts in Angoulême when she won the 'Alph'Art Avenir' prize in 1989. In volume 1 of 'Enfants du Nil', Delcourt published Wendling's story 'Carmina et Vittorio'. In 1990 Claire Wendling began her series 'Les Lumières de l'Amelou' with scenario writer Christophe Gibelin. For magazine Schtroumpf she made 'Garance' in 1991. In the same year, Wendling won the critics' prize for the first volume of 'Les Lumières de l' Amelou', followed by the best young illustrator prize in 1992 for her magazine covers of Player One.

yeah, not a lot of info...so lets let her artwork speak for itself. Let me know what you think...and stuart has a few art books by her and originals as well. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

something to think about...

natalie portman from her new movie coming in 2012

one of many reasons i love BIG BANG THEORY. 


Tuesday, November 16, 2010



I am glad that marvel finally got to getting this story out there...worked on this with Rafa Garres a while ago and its just beautiful. Make sure to keep this on your radar. 

Written by Rick Spears, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Simmons, Vince Hernandez & Sarah Cross
Penciled by Tim Green, Rafa Garres, Mike Ryan, Luke Ross & Joao Lemos
Cover by Stephen Segovia
Variant Cover by Rafa Garres
He’s literally clawed his way out of hell, but in this savagely super-sized special, Wolverine’s inner diablo is unleashed when he leads THE LAST RIDE OF THE DEVIL’S BRIGADE. And Logan’s WWII era suicide-mission behind enemy lines is only the beginning of his troubles in a collection from today’s hottest talent that takes the long-lived killer to the bayou, the Mojoverse and beyond!
80 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$4.99

Monday, November 15, 2010




Here are one page previews of upcoming books we are currently getting ready for the printer. Make sure you check them out...all will be out within the next 3 weeks.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Recieved this from a good friend and insanely talented creator DAVE GIBBONS. Its of the WATCHMEN detectives. Thanks Dave.

Friday, November 12, 2010


One of my top ten artists, and one of the best working in comics right now. Just wait till you see his issue of JONAH HEX. Till then, a couple of masterpieces by the master himself.

how awesome would a new blade runner series be by Risso? I would buy it all. 

you like this? wait till you see his JONAH HEX!

I love EDUARDO'S WOMEN...sexy and bad ass combined. 

I wish more artists would take such care with backgrounds . 

spiderman, you lucky bastard. 

What a wonderful talent and nice guy...if you were ever lucky enough to meet him, you would remember his smile. 

man...pulp fiction the comic...imagine that...lol.