Don’t judge a book by it’s illustrators desk

don’t judge a book by it’s illustrators desk or to see yourself as the world sees you A by gone era of comic book publishing known as “the Golden Age” gave us the industry we have now.  Out of that era came the greats like Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, Alex… Continue reading


90% of what I do, you never see. Countless pages of trial and error, countless sketches leading up to those pages, countless ideas leading up to those sketches. How much of that 90% was necessary as a “means to an end”…Lord only knows.  The art Director at Mad Magazine told… Continue reading

a commission for…myself

  When you are inking, you want to be loose…as in not tense.  I have a bunch of pages that I have been saving to do last, for the next book.  Illustrating can be just like any other physical skill, like say…being a pitcher in the major leagues, you are… Continue reading

TWD and Dr.Seuss

Chasing Dr.Seuss I am notorious for doing things over and wringing my hands over details.  At the level I take it , it is probably not good. HOWEVER…all you illustrators, or illustrators in the making, who have heard this while worrying about some detail -“no one is going to notice… Continue reading

I have two different color socks on today…that’s how it’s going

There is a scene in the original Star Trek t.v. show where Dr. bone takes a smart pill or absorbs smart rays or something and starts doing a brain transplant with supreme confidence…then the ray or pill wears off and he becomes terrified and questions why he ever thought he… Continue reading

The big 150, sexy costumes, and being sick of somethings’ effects on market value

It’s the 150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland.  Quite a milestone for a book.  Sort of.  Just being 150 years old is more or less inevitable, barring any unforeseen apocalyptic obliteration of time itself.  Alice in Wonderland is 150 years old, Arsenic Lullaby will one day be 150 years old…hell,… Continue reading

Comic-Con International

It’s three weeks and a few days away now.  Can you feel my stress through the computer screen? I can’t put enough thoughts together for a blog so here’s a bunch of stuff that’ll be there.  more details and an actual blog in a day or two… you can stay updated… Continue reading

prior to contrary belief…waking up at noon don’t mean you don’t work a lot

I live above a print shop and the guys down there always razz me about how late I sleep.  “well, good morning sunshine!” They’ll say as I wander in around 1pm to pick up any packages that might have come for me.   Let it be known though, I actually work… Continue reading

the day I frightened a child

I wasted about ten hours this week drawing an unusable story.  It was going to be a story about whether or not the moon landing was a conspiracy.  It was pretty funny too.  I got a model kit for the moon lander at an estate sale or thrift store (… Continue reading

pro tip. drawing nothing is very underrated

Lost in the splash pages and action shots of up and coming comic book illustrators, and (pathetically) some veteran illustrators is the simple idea, that what we are trying to do is capture the imagination of the readers. I’m going to reintroduce a phrase here , write it down- “establishing… Continue reading