Lending a hand. Or a cover

Recently I had two friends ask me to help them out by doing a cover for their creator owned comics. Local Minneapolis creator Dave Wheeler and fellow Ape Entertainment alumni, Steve Bryant.

Dave publishes a few books, The Misadventures of Wonderboy and The Bolt Strikes. Here’s the cover for an upcoming issue featuring both (Though the Bolt is a little ominous in the background.)

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Athena Voltaire has been the labor of love from comic creator Steve Bryant for almost 15 years now. I met Steve when I first got started in comics and was hustling my portfolio around Wizard World Chicago right out of college. He’s been relentless in keeping Athena going and it’s very impressive. The comic is currently being produced at Action Lab Comics and this cover below will be on a future issue. Colors by the awesome Alberto Silva.

 

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2018 Con Schedule (For now)

I wanted to post my 2018 convention schedule as it stands right now. There may be an addition here or there but for now, these are the ones that are locked in. Hope to see you out there.

Indiana Comic Con

March 30th-April 1st, 2018- Indianapolis Convention Center- Indianapolis, IN 

Comic Card- Comics, Card, & Collectables Show

April 14th, 2018 -Bloomington VFW 311 W 84th Street -Bloomington, MN

MSP ComiCon 

May 19th & 20th, 2018-Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Tampa Bay Comic Con

August 3rd-5th, 2018-Tampa Convention Center- Tampa, FL

Louisville Super Con

November 30th- December 2nd, 2018-Kentucky Expo Center- Louisville, KY

 

 

 

 

 

I like it RAW

Solicits for comics coming out in April of 2018 have been released recently and I figured it was a good time to show off the first four connecting covers of Boom Studios WWE comic. This year’s covers celebrate 25 years of Monday Night RAW. It’s a little different then the Royal Rumble variants we did that we six issues across over two rows. This years covers (issues 13-24) are placed out four issues across over three rows. Here is the first row of covers, issues 13-16.

I’ll keep posting rows as they become revealed.

 

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Into the Shadows

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, each studio had its own distinctive cinematic personality, a style of filmmaking unique to that brand that moviegoers could count on with every picture. While many of the studios presented optimistic stories during World War II and bright Technicolor in its aftermath, RKO embraced the darkness, producing some of the greatest films noir in cinema history.

Trylon Roadshow is presenting seven of RKO films at the historic Height’s Theater every Thursday during the months of February and March. It’s a really impressive compilation of films. To promote the event they asked me to do a series poster for the films. How could I say no?

This is one of those projects where I had way too many ideas in my head than I could possibly ever fit onto the image itself. I wanted to do something from every film in the series and try and make it work as a montage at first. Then I thought maybe I could just do one film as a focus but quickly abandoned that idea. Finally I decided on coming up with a noir scene but incorporating the classic RKO radio tower from their logo. That seemed like the perfect choice. Below if the final poster along with some of the concept sketches I submitted.

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2017 : Cover to Cover

Howdy everybody. Welcome to the 2017 postmortem report. Some of us have thrived this past year. Some of us have just been trying to stay afloat. And some of us have done a little bit of both. I think I fall in the latter. So here’s a recap of what 2017 was for me work wise and personally.

I was really busy with a large project for Mayo Clinic most of the year. The job allowed Nicole to go freelance and be home more, which has been wonderful. It was such a large project that I didn’t draw as many comics as I usually do. The ones I did draw however, were really fun. I had the pleasure of working on The Mighty Captain Marvel for Marvel Comics. Carol Danvers is such a fantastic character and I had a real blast drawing her. Looking forward to seeing her on the big screen soon.

I did manage to keep busy in comics with a TON of cover projects. As a matter of fact I did 28 covers in 2017 (see the collage below). Two of the projects, the WWE Royal Rumble variants for Boom! Studios, and Doc Savage: Ring of Fire for Dynamite, were connecting covers, which made for a fun challenge. I really enjoyed doing covers for so many excellent books and characters.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention doing one for Josie & the Pussycats, as we named our daughter after the character. That was a bucket list gig for me.

As for comic conventions, we did our traditional shows NYCC, and C2E2. A new one for us (and everyone else) was the ID10T Festival in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. It was a cool and unique experience merging music, tv, and comics under one big carnival type atmosphere outside. We had a blast and hope the show continues on and keeps getting bigger and better. We were lucky to make it to San Francisco as three days before our trip I had to have my appendix taken out. This was the first surgery in my adult life and thankfully I rebounded fast. On the positive side of the health front I have lost around twenty pounds this year and getting myself in better shape. I bought a standing desk and I love it. The less sitting the better for me.

In August I drew a marathon of sketches for the Hero Initiative in honor of Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday. A fun challenge that I will never ever do again, but happy to say I did it once in my life. Thanks to everyone who purchased sketches, all the proceeds from the sketches went to a great cause.

On the family side, we took an amazing trip up to northern Minnesota and Itasca State Park. I loved camping as a kid and while we didn’t really rough it on this trip, it sure was fun to get out in the woods for a while. We also made our family beer blog, Tykes and Taprooms a little more official. You can now follow it as a blog, Facebook page, and on Twitter. The same goes for my weekly lunch bag sketches, which is now called Peanut Butter and Justice.

For 2018, I have a lot of things on my to do list. I worked on a pitch for a creator owned comic book that I am hoping to have news on soon. I started writing more comic scripts the last month or two, and am trying to make some things happen so I can write and draw both moving forward. Recently I’ve had a strong reminder of how slow things move to get approval and it’s important to try and plan two or three projects ahead. I feel like I lost a little momentum towards the end of the year, and am trying to get ahead of the game for 2018.

I am looking to shake up my approach to my convention experience. Try new conventions. New banner. New merchandise. New table layout. For the last year I have really only had single issue comics and commissions for sale at my table and it’s made for some great shows, and some not so great shows from a financial aspect. I am trying to add more items like a sketch book, prints, and enamel pins. Excited to see how it turns out.

I’d also like to try and do a newsletter. I love doing this blog but traffic has diminished over the years as social media sites have become the norm. I’ve seen a few other artists putting out newsletters and it looks like they help get people to check out their work and bring more clicks to their site. Hopefully at some point in the next 12 months I’ll start doing a BSI quarterly newsletter. Maybe we can have a naming contest.

Finally, I’d like to take the time to thank you for the continued support of my work. It means a lot to me that so many people continue to keep an interest in my drawings and projects. I hope the next year treats you and yours well, that any goals you have in front of you or are wishing to make happen, you can pounce on like a ferocious starving bear and maul it into submission. That’s my plan of attack. We’ll talk more about it in twelve months.

Stay classy.

 

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