Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The "Ink Plots" exhibit at SVA…

Above photo: Outside the School of Visual Arts.

This Fall, the School of Visual Arts (located at 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY) is having an art exhibit focusing on comic book artwork by SVA alumni. Stay tuned for details.

Press release from the School of Visual of Arts:

Coming This Fall—Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA

October 9 - November 7, 2010
Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26 Street, 15th Floor
New York City

It’s been three decades since legendary cartoonist and former SVA faculty member Will Eisner coined the term "graphic novel," and since then the format has grown steadily in popularity and critical acclaim. The graphic novel’s success is especially noteworthy as other print media have struggled for an audience in the face of blogs, Facebook pages and iPhone apps. Curated by Marshall Arisman, chair of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, and Thomas Woodruff, chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department, this exhibition of published works and original art by SVA alumni helps explain the format’s enduring appeal.

Stay tuned for information on events planned in conjunction with "Ink Plots," including a benefit to establish a scholarship fund for cartooning and illustration students.

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Friday, June 18, 2010


Above: My copy of LETHARGIC LAD 2009 which includes a cover sketch of the New Lethargic Lad by Greg Hyland.

Do you want to read comics that don’t give you a headache? Do you want to read comics that don’t treat you like an idiot? Well, then you should be reading LETHARGIC LAD.

In a comic book world full of undead Black Lanterns, zombies, shape-shifting aliens, reboots, retcons, and money-sucking-world-shattering-crossover-mega-events that lead to nothing, there remain a few comics that are still fun, entertaining, and well-crafted. One of those includes Greg Hyland’s LETHARGIC LAD (there are others such as INVINCIBLE, ATOMIC ROBO, and THE TICK NEW SERIES, but we’re not discussing those books right now).

Today, my mailbox gave me my copy of LETHARGIC LAD 2009. It came with Greg Hyland’s cover sketch. This book collects LETHARGIC LAD webcomics featuring the "Frankenstein School", "Lethargic Lad R.I.P.", the Blog-Boy Legion, a naked Walrus Boy (Wah), the Real Dark Lethargic Lads, Black Suit Lethargic Space Zombies, the death of Lethargic Lad (again?), and the New Lethargic Lad. Also, LETHARGIC LAD 2009 has plenty of Pop Culture and comic book mockery… which I always enjoy.

If you’re not reading LETHARGIC LAD, then you’re probably reading a bunch of crap.

To purchase LETHARGIC LAD 2009 or to read the weekly LETHARGIC LAD webcomic, head on over to

I give LETHARGIC LAD 2009 four out of five NM’s:

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Hero Initiative sketchcards...

I drew two more sketchcards for the Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Al Williamson has died!

There have been a number of reports stating that legendary illustrator, Al Williamson, has died on June 12, 2010 in New York City.

Al Williamson has had an extensive and lengthy career. I’ve always enjoyed Williamson's artwork on the STAR WARS and BLADERUNNER comics, as well as his inks on DAREDEVIL and SPIDER-MAN. In his youth, Al Williamson took classes at Burne Hogarth's Cartoonists and Illustrators School, now known as The School of Visual Arts.

Here’s part of a press release that has been approved by the Williamson family:

Al Williamson, who for over fifty years drew for both comic books and comic strips, died June 12, 2010, at age 79. In recent years he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Cori, his daughter Valerie and his son Victor.

The Comics Reporter has an excellent account of Al Williamson’s career.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Benjamin Franklin: "Join, or Die"

Benjamin Franklin had an extraordinary resume. He was an ambassador, diplomat, publisher, author, editor, inventor, scientist, and patriot.

Benjamin Franklin was the only Founding Father who signed all four of the major documents that helped build the United States including the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris (which formally ended the Revolutionary War), and the United States Constitution.

Benjamin Franklin was also a man of many firsts. He created the first American political cartoon ("Join, or Die"). He created the first American hospital. He initiated the first American library. He began the first American volunteer Firefighter department. He started the first series of interracial schools of trade for youngsters. He was one of our first Postmasters. And he organized the first American militia.

As a scientist and inventor, Benjamin Franklin made many achievements. He discovered that lightning was electrical. Franklin invented the bifocals, the first iron furnace stove, the odometer, and the lightning rod (which protected buildings and ships from lightning damage).

Also, Benjamin Franklin was an "editor" of the Declaration of Independence. He was the head of the Abolition Society. And he raised money for the first synagogue in Philadelphia.

Above: "Join, or Die" was a political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin. It was first published in his PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE on May 9, 1754.

There are several well known sayings attributed to Benjamin Franklin including "a penny saved is a penny earned," "remember that time is money," and "early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Although my favorite being, after signing the Declaration of Independence, Franklin stated: "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately." There’s also: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

As I wrote earlier, the majority of our Founding Fathers were not deists, as many secular historians would like you to believe. Benjamin Franklin was a church member. He believed in the power of prayer. He believed in God’s divine providence and intervention in the affairs of men (see quote below). Franklin was raised as a Puritan. When he moved to Philadelphia, he joined the Presbyterian Church. But, by today’s standards, Benjamin Franklin would probably be thought of as a Unitarian.

-Benjamin Franklin’s Constitutional Convention Address on Prayer (June 28, 1787, Philadelphia, PA):

I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

BACK ISSUE cover sneak-peeks…

Above: The revised cover to BACK ISSUE #42. Cover art by Tony DeZuniga. Cover design by Michael Kronenberg.

Above: The cover to BACK ISSUE #45 by Neal Adams. Cover design by Michael Kronenberg.

For more on BACK ISSUE magazine, stop by TwoMorrow Publishing’s website.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Wanna buy some comic book art?

Comic Art House in now selling some of my original comic book artwork. Pages include comic art that I have inked for Archie Comics, DC Comics, Warp Graphics, as well as my first SECRET INVASION #1 original-comic-book-cover issue.

Check out my webpage at Comic Art House… and bring your wallet.

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