“I didn’t really say that, but I probably will.”

 “…A Republic, if you can keep it.” This weekend is the MCBA Fall Comic-con in St.Paul, MN.  I will, for the first time in about ten years, not be attending. I had intended to not say much of anything about why, (an unusual show of restraint by me) but it… Continue reading

I am so damn tired

Okay…new blogs every Wednesday…so…uhm…here we go. I just did two mid-sized comic-cons in two weeks so I am tired.  So damn tired.  I’ll give the winners and losers of 2015 next week, I have to get a little info from a friend of mine on a couple of things so… Continue reading

False bravado vs unfounded terror

I read a blog recently ( that I should have copied the link too, but forgot) about how creative types end up, through manipulation or self loathing, doing more work than they are actually being paid to do.  Among other points made was this ” all artists secretly feel like… Continue reading

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

9-11…what a joke.

Not long after 9-11 I came up with a gag.  It starts with King Kong getting loose, climbing to the top of the Empire State Building and swatting at airplanes. He’s knocked down and captured and chained ( you probably see where this is going because I started off talking… 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

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