June 30, 2015

Frankenstein 1921: pages 89-91

These are some of my favorite pages from my personal Frankenstein epic (115 pages and counting - yeesh)

They are old (done in 2011) but I realized I haven't posted them in all that time.

From when Victor meets the creature after not seeing him in 2 years, and right after the death of his younger brother William...

June 29, 2015

Pirates of Mars volume 2 sneak peek

Here is a page I recently finished.  Feeling good about this one!

Trying not to color as I'm done inking.  Need to make myself wait until they are all pencils and inked to do the color in one go so it's more consistent.

June 28, 2015

Music to Draw to

After many weeks of being on a total QUEEN binge, I've temporarily switched over to Alt-J for a moment.

Thanks Chad for the recc

ALT-J    "Taro"

What do you guys listen to while working?

June 27, 2015

Catch-22 (1970) and the importance of cinematography

 Most of my adult life has been spent studying various forms of visual story-telling (film, comic books, animation, theater, etc.) and eating samples at grocery stores, and I can tell you without a moment's hesitation that I am an excellent judge of a good movie AND a good apple brie square.  Pretty proud of myself.

Yesterday I was flipping channels and without knowing what I was watching, stumbled upon a young Alan Arkin in a grey, dirty hospital bed talking to people who aren't his parents.

Instantly the dialogue and camera work hooked me.

It wasn't until the abrupt and much unwanted commercial break cut in that the television informed me I was watching "Catch-22" (1970)

I hadn't read that novel in high school even though it was on our list of summer reading books.  Instead I chose Fahrenheit 451, although I feel no regret since I am in a much better place now to read a WWII novel.

I had to know who was responsible for this masterpiece and it is the work of 4 principle men: Mike Nichols (oh of course, how could I not know this) Buck Henry (Get Smart and Saturday Night Live) David Watkin the cinematographer and Joseph Heller who wrote the original classic.

I will never understand why trash like Birdman gets showered with awards, and films like this go largely under appreciated.  (The director for that film telling Mike Nichol's himself at a dinner party that he didn't need his advice on directing, as well as claiming publicly that "Hitchcock is overrated."  So he is a moron.)

If you've seen Catch-22 and can appreciate the camerawork involved, you'll know how deft and masterful the cinematography really is.  This is back in a time when there was no quick digital editing or the ability to do massive CGI touch ups in post-production.  The film cost serious, serious money to develop and each take was important.

Maybe it was a bad time for the film to be released, having to compete with the much more successful M.A.S.H. and Patton released in the same year.  I do love the film Patton and despite my reticence that Robert Altman is also a genius, don't particularly care for M.A.S.H - TV or movie.  Maybe it was war-movie overload for audiences already tired and angry over Vietnam.

In the end, if I'm the only one who thinks this film is truly exceptional then that's cool.  It's not the kind of thing I can watch often, but will continue to be a source of artistic inspiration.

June 25, 2015

Pirates of Mars FO FREE + podcast

Sorry this is late, I didn't know about it until now - hopefully the code works

Thank you to Comixology for mentioning
our book "Pirates of Mars" in their podcast!

You can get the first issue FO FREE with their code!

June 24, 2015

Maybe no more roadtrips

We drove from MA. 

To Charlotte, NC.   

Because we are masochists.

We are definitely flying next year, can't take this much time off to make the 15 hour drive.  Which we also did in one day, both ways because we are insane.

Here are some bits from the road trip.

 I have no idea what this is but the title made me laugh so hard I teared up:

June 23, 2015

HeroesCon 2015 Recap


The only con appearance for me in 2015 was HeroesCon and man, it was a good one.

Not only does the con staff treat everybody really well, but the tables are flush with artists I'm personally a big fan of, so as usually I spent all my free time running around the floor like a crazy person soaking in as much visual stimulation as possible.

Personal highlights

Meeting Jonathan and Mark; new source for all my husband's Xmas + birthday gifts, as well as being incredibly fun people --- Matt Chapman is incredibly rad and even sketched a gift for my little sister! I'm also pretty sure he is part wizard.

Meeting the inimitable Andy Suriano, who is sincerely one of the greatest people on earth (makes the Dos Equis guy look like a pile of dirty laundry) as well as picking up his knock-out art book.

Breakfast with Matt Wilson and Chip --- Zdarsky (who is already one of my favorite people) kindly tweeted about my Twin Peaks painting he bought as did Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt (who I also wanted an excuse to talk to) and it quickly sold out!  Thank you guys so much for the support!

Having a conversation about difficult women + why they are awesome as well as why Twitter is evil with Matt Fraction --- Meeting Evan Dorkin and his lovely wife Sarah Dyer and talking Japanese horror comics and why it's OK not to know anybody at these cons.

Getting a killer mini print from Jake Wyatt and discussing ice cream truck menus --- running into Nathan Fox whose career, unbeknownst to him I have followed since our SVA days, and looking at his wild 3D Japanese silkscreen with Alexis Ziritt --- and making Fabian Rangel Jr. deal with my pretentious JLPT2 BS.

We were so glad super cool Devin Smith stopped by our table - he was our neighbor last year, and all around stellar guy!  Finally got to talk to Kate Breezy, Lauren Moran, Denver Zach, Caleb Goellner, and so many others that until then had just been digital data on my phone.

See you next year!  (but hopefully before)

Artwork I did:

 For Betty

For Neal

For Jordan

For Jeems

For the charity art event

 If you meet the Out of Step Arts people, check out this sick 3D Nate Fox print: 

June 17, 2015

Pirates of Mars Volume 1 on Comixology

Hello friends,

Comixology released the Pirates of Mars collected issues 1 - 3 today, they are the original 2010 publications but in color and digitized.

>>> Next month we release "Extra Loot" with a brand new short story for just 99cents!

June 16, 2015

HEROES table AA-1706

"Domino" commission

I'll have prints for sale & will be doing commissions as well :)
.... CON SKETCHES $30 ..... ART PRINTS $10-20 .... 

June 14, 2015

Best 30th Birthday EVER

This Friday was such a lovely evening, I can't thank friends and family enough for making my 30th birthday beyond wonderful.

It was truly an embarrassment of riches...

Elaine made the supremely flavorful roast chicken, roasted beets, antipasto, risotto and there was even Chad's homemade bread with real butter!


Jan made a strawberry short cake with handmade whipped cream!
She even made me the gorgeous bouquet below from her garden.
Thank you to everyone who made it so special - I'm so blessed you are in my life!

June 12, 2015

Goodbye 20s! I'm 30 now.

Welp, yesterday I felt I should hurry up and accomplish something else before June 12th hit but now it's here and I am no different than yesterday.

I can't complain about my 20s at all, they were a wonderful decade and it's amazing to think about the person I was in 2005 - whoa!  That courdaroy jacket needed to be retired.  But I'd still like to know where it ended up.

This song was a hit when I was in high school, and while I hoped my own commencement would have a speech similar to this. It would not be, but that's a lofty bar to beset on a regular guy from Auburn, MA.

This song is taken from a Chicago Tribune essay by Mary Schmich, and resonates no matter what age you are.

On June 12th

  • 1838 - Iowa Territory forms (where my grandparents live)
  • 1880 - John Lee Richmond pitches first perfect game in Worcester (where I live)
  • 1923 - Harry Houdini frees himself from straightjacket suspended over NYC
  • 1942 - As a birthday present, Anne Frank receives a diary
  • 1967 - US Supreme Court unanimously ends laws against interracial marriages
  • 1981 - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" premiers 
Sharing a birthday with:

David Rockefeller, Irwin Allen, Samuel Z. Arkoff, George W. Bush, Anne Frank, Jim Nabors, Chick Corea, Hideki Matsui

June 9, 2015

Tokyo Love Story theme

森恵 東京ラブストリー テーマソング カバー
Megumi Mori covers "Tokyo Love Story" theme song

It's from this Japanese drama, here is the first episode subtitled in English - I'm kind of crazy about it lately.  Going to track down the original 80s manga!

June 7, 2015

Sun Hug for Mowgli Surf

It is always such a pleasure to work with the people at Mowgli Surfwear, and this time around they asked me to create an illustration for their new Summer 2015 Women's line.

You can see everything here - and feel the California sun on your face!!

 The image was also simplified to be a hang-tag (but printed on the inside of the shirts with the size info). 

I personally think this is a super great idea because I hate it when tags itch or stick out!

June 5, 2015

Vintage Japan / Showa 40 (1965) prints + painting

Andy just got this print in from INPRNT and the quality is astounding!! 
 I can't believe how beautiful their work is!

(which I think is a bit more convenient for US customers than the Canadian based Nuvango)

Here is the pencil sketch + digital reference material I compiled to make this painting

The original painting (with the red car) is still available for sale HERE with proceeds going to charity!

Hero Complex Gallery has another year exclusivity on the original RED BATMOBILE prints - you can find them at the above link as well!

**** EDIT ****

My husband pointed out to me (because he knows all Batman-related things) that neither Batmobile was available in Japan at the time.  Which is kind of a pain because everything else was so meticulously researched, but oh well, its done now.

June 4, 2015

Japanese guy playing Mario Brothers

This made me laugh...

FYI: The flying type is from users watching this video on a service called "Nico Nico Douga" (Smile Video) in Japan, where you can comment in real time.

June 3, 2015

Color work for Helena Rose

Here are some pages I recently colored for the new series by Emet Comics, 
"Helena Rose" : written by E.O Levendorf & art by Sonia Liao

It was a lot of fun to color this way, and credit goes to Erin and Sonia who came up with this lovely pastel palette and soft watercolor style.

June 2, 2015