Monday, September 22, 2008

Paul Castiglia interviewed!

P.I.C. friend (and JMG Comics’ Managing Editor) Paul Castiglia talks to Newsarama about JMG Comics’ MECHA MANGA BIBLE HEROES…

First and foremost, we’re committed to spreading the Word, introducing readers to the stories of the Bible, and encouraging them to read the real Bible, in this unique way. Think of it as a "great commission" approach. Secondly, we believe we have a comic book concept whose appeal can go beyond both the Christian bookstore industry and the direct sales comic market. So if you’re going to reach the masses, you can’t confine yourself to things as specific and niche as Christian bookstores, comic shops and ComicSpace; you have to be out there in as broad a way as possible.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hero Initiative fundraiser!

My local comic book store, Main Street Comics, will be hosting a fundraiser for the Hero Initiative! I donated some artwork for the event. If you live in the Middletown, New York area, please stop by tomorrow evening and support a great cause.

Here’s more information from Peter Dolan of Main St. Comics:

Main Street Comics
September 21, 2008

Hero Initiative Fund Raiser w/ Steve Dillon Monday 4-7

Monday (Sept 22) is our big Hero Initiative Fund Raiser with Steve Dillon.

Please join us if you can. 100% of all money raised will go to 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.

Steve Dillon is probably best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Preacher, but has also done Hellblazer, Punisher, and most recently, Wolverine Origins and Supreme Power: Nighthawk.

Steve will do head sketches in paperbacks or hardcovers purchased on-site at Main Street Comics for an additional $15 benefiting Hero.

We'll be doing a Tricky Tray/Chinese Auction, with some great prizes. A Chinese auction is a type of raffle with lots of prizes. You can choose what prizes you're interested in, and buy tickets for those specific prizes. A more detailed description is on wikipedia –

Raffle tickets will be $1.00 each, or 15 for $10.00. Winners need not be present to win.

There's over 40 prizes to be won!

Among the prizes offered:

-2 pages of original art from Justice League Unlimited #39

-Complete original art from a 6 page Jughead story

-Signed and numbered (#35/250) set of Brian Wood promotional post cards

-Black Diamond #1 with promo poster signed by series writer Larry Young

-DC Direct action figures

-Michael Turner Identity Crisis #1 Sketch Variant

-Jim Lee Superman #204 Sketch Variant

-and a whole lot of limited promo items, variant covers and other cool stuff!

Come on in and check it out!


Update (From Peter Dolan):

The fundraiser went well. We had a decent turnout, considering it was a Monday. We did about twice a normal Monday's business, and raised over $300 for Hero. We had a Chinese auction, which was a lot of fun, with over 40 prizes being offered. Two of the most sought after prizes were the complete original art from a 6 page Jughead story, and two pages of original art from JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #39. Special thanks to inker Al Nickerson who donated the pages to the auction. Steve was a terrific guest, sharing anecdotes with fans and giving advice to aspiring artists. The event went into overtime, with Steve graciously continuing to sign books in order that everyone who showed up could be accommodated. Thumbs up to Steve, and thumbs up to all who attended! Thanks to ComicsPRO and Hero for making this event happen.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

P.I.C. lunch and trip to SVA...

Above photo: Virgil's Real Barbecue restaurant.

Yesterday, P.I.C. members, Martin, Sean, Scan, and myself, gathered for lunch at Virgil's Real Barbecue (located at 152 W 44th Street, New York, NY). I had the Pulled Chicken, which is always quite tasty.

Above photo: Outside the School of Visual Arts.

Afterward, Scan and I took a walk down to the School of Visual Arts (located at 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY). SVA is our old college… the place where, over twenty years ago, P.I.C. first became P.I.C.. We walked right into the main building on 23rd street. Even though I had my SVA alumni I.D. card, I was concerned that security would stop us, but, fortunately, they didn’t.

Scan and I went up to the second floor, and relaxed in the student lounge (now called "Moe’s Café"). In our college days, we used to hang out at the lounge between classes. Back then, the lounge was often times cluttered with portfolio-carrying-art-students, and surrounded by loud music and cigarette smoke. The juke box is gone, but the pool table is still in the same place. However, some knuckle-head decided to remove the booths and replace them with small tables and chairs. The lounge looks more like a trendy café then the college lounge that I remember (stupid Moe). Still, the visit to the student lounge brought back a lot of memories.

Above photo: Sean having a smoke in a classroom at the School of Visual Arts. School year 1986-1987.

I wanted to find the classroom where we once attended Will Eisner’s ‘Sequential Art’ class. It took us awhile. Scan and I couldn’t remember exactly which floor the classroom was on (the six floor, by the way, in room 605). I peaked through the door, and noticed a class in session. I then tried to pull the room number off of the doorway (as a souvenir, of course), but it wasn’t about to freely come off. On my text visit, I’ll be sure to bring a crowbar.

Scan and I continued to roam around SVA’s main building. We visited the Amphitheater on the 3rd floor, where we once attended the ‘History of Animation’ class. We checked out photographer Sheila Metzner’s exhibit on the first floor gallery. And we stopped at CAVA, SVA’s computer store next door.

Above photo: Taken in a classroom at the School of Visual Arts. (Left to right) Mitch and (comic book legend and SVA instructor) Gene Colan. School year 1986-1987.

One striking difference that I had noticed during our visit was how clean everything now looks at SVA. Back in the day, the walls of chipped paint were covered with scuff marks, small amounts of graffiti, and numerous flyers (check out the two photos above from yesteryear). Back then, I used to complain about the sorry state of the classrooms: "We’re paying a ton of money for tuition! How come they can’t buy a can of paint!?!" Now, SVA looks too clean, too tidy. I miss the untidiness of the old days.

Update: P.I.C. member, Scan, has also blogged about this day’s events, as well, with "My New York Day".

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Comics and politics" or "Super-Heroes for McCain"…

In the days of World War 2, patriotism played a significant role in American comic books. That sounds great, doesn’t it? Comics should have something to say. Comics can and should have an impact on society. Today, a couple comic book creators are voicing their opinions about politics, specifically in regards to the current Presidential race. Alex Ross, as well as Erik Larsen, appear to support Senator Barack Obama. This isn’t too surprising since most artists tend to sit on the Liberal side of the fence. So, I thought I’d contribute my own (opposing) point of view.

I would like to point out that this is my own personnel opinion and it does not reflect those of P.I.C. TOONS Studios nor of the members of P.I.C. (most of whom I love dearly, but who would sooner light themselves on fire before ever voting for Senator John McCain.). :)

Update: Cartoonist Eric Merced
has joined in on the fun: "Dogsaint for Obama".

Update: Illustrator Chad LaForce has made a contribution with this illustration.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Yay for Miguel!

Above photo: P.I.C. member and famed animator, Miguel.

Miguel’s animated short film, TICKLE ME SILLY, was honored with two awards at recent film festivals. Congratulations, Miguel! Stop by Miguel’s blog for all of the juicy details.