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Out Now!

Wednesday February 25th 2015, 10:46 pm

Out today is Sandman Overture 4 special edition. I ended up doing a decent length interview for this, talking about process with editor Sara Miller, hope it’s amusing. And we used some photos in spots that show my mess of a workspace. Yay.
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Image Monday!

Monday February 23rd 2015, 8:11 pm

This time I’ve selected a set of pages that was from a not as well known project. Back when we still actually had Wildstorm, before it got fully absorbed into the DCU, they published many different types of really good creator owned books. Much like what has become much more popular in the market today. One of the them I was involved in, besides Promethea and Desolation Jones was a little labor of love called Wild Girl, written by the very talented Leah Moore and John Reppion, and drawn by the incomparable Shawn McManus with a little help from myself. Each issue featured a short sequence aspect that was a story inside the main story. Leah and John asked for me to do these special segments. I suspect that had something to do with seeing that I could tackle various styles and they really wanted each of these brief story segments to be unique from each other and from the main look of the book that Shawn was handling. I loved the concept of this series, and liked the idea of being able to do something radically different each chapter. Playing around with different styles and techniques is something I really can’t help myself from doing, so any opportunity to make that work in the context of the greater narrative is something I relish. The pages below are my complete sequence from the final chapter of the series, and one of my favorites to do. It pushed expectations in ways that excited me. A story about about gods of India, so I wanted to give it all a sort of eastern hand-painted folk-art look, but also had to keep it feeling like comics. An interesting challenge. The result is something unique, and not what one typically thinks of when thinking comics. I keep asking for this series to get collected into tpb, so people can discover it again. It was interesting material and a pleasure to work on.
Wild Girl - issue 6, page7
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Image Monday

Monday February 16th 2015, 11:59 pm

Sticking with the theme of cosmic from last week– here is that relatively unpublished Warlock cover I mentioned. It was meant to be for issue 6, but with that particular series being canceled at issue 4 or 5 it never saw a full a release. I think it may have been used in the tpb of the story, can’t remember for certain. The fun thing for me about this is the pose I chose. Not many know this, but I love Ultraman. One of the all-time greatest Japanese live action monster versus space-alien hero shows. I remember fondly being eager to get home from school when I was a kid to catch the latest 30 minutes (with commercials) campy bliss of it all. It was that show and along the Adam West Batman TV episodes, and numerous anime shows from then that sparked my fertile young mind. At the time there wasn’t really anything like Ultraman being shown regularly, other than Godzilla flicks (love those too). Back then I had no idea that what I was watching was from the 1960s. There was so much crazy mind buzzing things going with that Japanese stuff. I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. To this day I get giddy over the concepts and characters, I still really dig this cheesy campy stuff. But at this point you’re probably asking what the hell does this have to do the Warlock cover below… You see, there was an often used iconic shot whenever SSSP senior member Hayata used this device that turned him into the enigmatic silver and red giant alien Ultraman. It’s one of those things that just doesn’t go away from my brain, forced tight perspective angles, permanently imprinted glory. So, for this Warlock cover I decided to try to capture that same effect. It came out somewhat alright. When I look at it, I want to imagine the sound effects and cheesy heroic music as its companion. I’m not certain at all why I ended up associating doing a Warlock cover with my fascination of Ultraman. Perhaps it’s the graphic design nature of both characters, some subliminal correlation taking place, I don’t know. Or… perhaps it’s just simply they’re both cool as hell.
Warlock - issue 6, cover (unpublished)




Image Day

Monday February 09th 2015, 8:54 pm

Quite some time ago I was given the opportunity to redesign Warlock for Marvel. This was way back before all of the film stuff for them went into play. The formidable Greg Pak was tasked to write a new series, and for some reason the people in charge felt I could contribute something to the new design, and also do the covers for the series. Charlie Adlard was the interior artist, and as always did a great job. Unfortunately the thing just didn’t take off, and so it was abruptly cancelled at issue 4, resulting in an unpublished cover (I’ll post that later). I’ve always loved Warlock, one of my all time favorite Marvel stories, the stuff by Jim Starlin was/is a tremendous inspiration. So being asked to be involved in an attempt to bring the character back, I was excited over the prospects. The trick for me was to try do something visually new with the character while very much adhering to what made him visually strong in the first place, staying true to the right feel, to do my best not to defile Starlin’s golden child. It was daunting, but the result is pretty interesting. It’s too bad this wasn’t coming out now. I think it would’ve been a hit now. With the new interest in cosmic Marvel happening, and excitement over what future films may bring in this area, I thought it would be cool to post these two images. The first is my final design, color by me. The next is the first issue cover for that series, color by my pal Dave Stewart
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Warlock - issue 1, cover




The Random

Wednesday February 04th 2015, 10:33 pm

Well, in an attempt to keep things relatively active here (I’ve been very neglectful)– I’m thinking about occasionally posting random images from my gallery at Flicker. Post a comment if you think this is a decent idea, or just a bit dull. Usually, in the past, I’d have more frequent content. Such as art of what I’m working on. But with Sandman, every reveal before issue releases is understandably negotiated by editorial. It’s difficult to figure out what can be safely shown that doesn’t spoil anything. And I’m rather indecisive as to what cropped art would be worth posting. So I’ve left it alone. But the result means that the blog has been very stagnant in terms of new content. And I’ve had very little time to devote to prose writing as I had previously discussed publishing here. Extra work time has been focused on developing projects that will follow Sandman down the road.

Anyway, so I thought maybe it might be a decent idea to post older images here once a week or so. So yeah, comment if this is appealing, or not. In the meantime here is something older to look at…
Desolation Jones - issue 4, final cover




New Year New Art

Monday December 29th 2014, 10:23 pm

Here is some recent drawings I did for some friends of mine. You can view larger versions at Flicker…

Ghost Rider
GhostRider- For Ubence
Daredevil
Daredevil- For Josh
Elric
Elric- For John




Ho! And Ho!

Tuesday December 23rd 2014, 9:51 pm




The Sandman Overture 4

Sunday December 14th 2014, 11:01 pm

We’re finally getting this out there. Yeah, we know it’s been awhile ;^) We do hope you enjoy it…

Here is the main cover– virgin version

Now the main cover– with logo and text

Here is my variant cover– virgin version

Now here it again– but with logo and text

And finally the digital combo variant




A Shameless Plug

Friday November 28th 2014, 12:25 pm

Well, it’s that time of year where shopping becomes a priority for many of us, preparing gift giving for the next holiday break this December.

So I thought I would shamelessly point in the direction of my shop. Quite a few things for consideration that possibly make good gifts. If you happen to agree with that, then click the store button in the menu. But wherever you’re shopping, do it with heart.




Riding High (because this Sword has wheels)!

Thursday October 16th 2014, 9:48 pm

Working with powerhouse music artist The Sword just remains utterly cool– it keeps on going. The latest development is a BMX bike featuring art elements from the album artwork I did for The Sword’s Apocryphon. It’s a wickedly cool bike. More details through the official band site will come October 17th and over the weekend. Below is an official press release along with some photos and video teaser…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2014

THE SWORD AND SUBROSA TEAM UP FOR “THE STORMWITCH” BIKE

BIKE UNVEILED AT TEXAS TOAST THIS WEEKEND IN AUSTIN,TX
Following in the footsteps of their branded beers and hot sauce, The Sword is now expanding their brand to the world of extreme sports by partnering with Subrosa for the creation of the “The Stormwitch” bike. Overseen by Sword drummer and longtime BMX rider, Jimmy Vela, “The Stormwitch” features artwork from famed comic book artist J.H Williams who designed the most recent Sword album, Apocryphon. The bike features quality components by Rant and the Shadow Conspiracy. The bike was displayed last month at Interbike in Las Vegas but will have its first public viewing starting today at Texas Toast in Austin.

The bike will be available worldwide. U.S distribution will be handled by Sparkys distribution, info@sparkysdistribution.com. For dealers ex-US go to http://subrosabrand.com/contact/. During Texas Toast, the bike will be on display at the Subrosa tent. It will also be available at Empire BMX in Austin, TX http://empirebmx.com, Dan’s Comp and all Subrosa’s worldwide distributors.

The Sword Website







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THE SALE!

Wednesday August 27th 2014, 9:37 pm

September 6th we’re doing something we’d been thinking about doing for quite some time. A massive retail sale of comics and books I’ve worked on in some form or another, all from my personal cache.

There will be signed hardcover and softcover books, some of them in sets. Such as a few Batwoman five volume trade sets, or Promethea hardcover sets. Signed sets of various series. We’re also doing a bunch of grab bags– 50 random comics for $50 (Guaranteed at least 5 or more signed). There is an amazing array of comics going back to the early parts of my drawing career. Also throwing into this mix are old sketchbooks. There are some interesting surprises and odd things in there. And some packages might even have complete runs of a few things, or a random tpb.

Each Grab bag features a mix of 50 different comics/trades/sketchbooks/variant covers, no duplicates per grab bag.

We’re also offering six signed Promethea 32 poster sets, these are very rare artist proof numbered editions that come with a limited comic sized Promethea covers book signed by author Alan Moore and myself.

Items will start going into the store Saturday September 6th from noon to 1pm PST– we should have everything loaded up within that hour.




Well… 8-17-2014

Sunday August 17th 2014, 10:16 pm

Skulking from corner to corner, scrutinizing every shadow. Poking under tables and chairs searching for unseen enemies, always high strung. Coloring of grays, browns, soft tans, and sandy whites. All layered with deep grey-black blocky shapes and stripes. Slightly billowy and lush to the touch, but it gets obsessively compulsively pulled out in clumps that skirt and puff along the wooden floors. A tiny brown reddish nose rimmed with a fine line of black. And two large citrine and lime wide open orbs that stare up at me with an expression full of love, “I love you. I love you. You are mine and I love you” they say to me. He always comes out of nowhere whenever Wendy and I get in the same room, no matter what or when, he arrives with uncanny precise timing, its like he is psychic or something, he always knows. Demanding our undivided attention, exclaiming with a voice that seems to have a hint of desperation as he looks up at us with his beautiful feline eyes that say “You are mine and I love you”.

Sweet Sammy
February 7th 2012

Today was a terrible day, and I feel a bit strange blogging a sad thing when I’ve been extremely inconsistent and neglectful with my blog this past year. But today we lost Sweet Sam after 16+ years of him in our lives. It’s hard to explain just what that feels like– when you lose a dear four legged friend after so long– he is family. I remembered writing about him a couple of years ago during a year long blog experiment, and felt like sharing it above again in honor of him. We first met Sammy when he was a very small kitten on a hot Fourth Of July holiday. A scrawny little greyish thing, and noisy enough to hear over the fireworks. He had been hit by a car in a shopping center parking lot, and his back hip and pelvis were broken. We managed to rescue him, but that injury never healed quite right. That injury caused him some serious trouble in his old age unfortunately, and played a role in what happened to him today. I wish more people had gotten a chance to meet him and see just how much of an oddball cat Sammy truly was. It easily took two hands to count his obsessive compulsions. They always made for amusing stories, such as the singular joy he took in finding and eating cobwebs like they were cotton candy made just for cats, very carefully leaving the spiders alone. Or no matter how docile he was here at home, all of his vet files and charts had giant red caution stickers all over them because he would literally lose his mind whenever going in for a check-up. Or loving to hide inside paper bags pretending that we couldn’t see him, and whenever we showed that we could he would get very annoyed while trying to pretend even harder. So funny and strange. And no matter what we were doing throughout the day he was there, most likely staring at us. He liked to stare at us a lot. As if we were his personal entertainment, waiting for us to jump up suddenly and do something just for him. It’s going to take a very long time for us feel normal without him. We love you Sweet Sam. We were yours.




Out now…

Tuesday July 29th 2014, 9:29 pm

Chapter 3 has arrived!

Hardcover collection of various Batman work from over the years. I wrote a new short Afterword for this.




Signing!

Tuesday July 15th 2014, 10:32 pm

I’ll be doing a bit of a short notice signing appearance. Details below…

July 23rd
3pm
Barnes And Noble
Merced Marketplace
1720 West Olive Ave.
Merced, CA 95348

The plan is to have some time for a Q and A along with the signing meet and greet. I’ll be signing whatever is there or what people bring in. The short notice couldn’t be helped, but please come and chat a bit.

Here is an image for the Tales Of The Batman By J H Williams III hardcover book due out next week and we’re hoping to have fresh off the press copies for this…




The Proper Number 4

Tuesday July 15th 2014, 10:15 pm

Recently a cover image was circulated attached to the solicits for Sandman Overture issue 4. But there was a bit of crossed wires information. That image was actually planned to be a variant cover. Below is the proper issue 4 cover, in its virgin and logo versions…




Covered

Tuesday July 15th 2014, 10:06 pm

Well. I’ve been typically remiss in keeping the blog current. I suck. But thought I’d finally post the second print cover of Sandman number 1 that was made available a few weeks ago…




BLONDIE 2.0

Monday May 12th 2014, 11:00 pm

Blondie’s Ghosts Of Download album is officially out. So here is a new post featuring more images and design pieces that I did for the release.

First up is the back and front covers to the CD booklet. The back cover gets used again as part of the vinyl inner sleeve that holds the record.

Here is another example of how the lyrics were used for the CD booklet. There are sections of the booklet that use just the handwritten lyrics against an art backdrop. It was a lot of fun creating these more abstract art sections to lay the lyrics over. The lyrics in the booklet transition from red to blue half way through and so this is from the blue half featuring written lyrics by Debbie Harry on the left, and written lyrics by Chris Stein on the right.

Next up is another example of the CD booklet design. This is one of the end credits pages butted up against another page of art. I felt it was best to keep the credits sections simple, and then transition back to art for one last image. This image was originally only seen as the cover to an early promo cd single cover. So I thought it’d be nice to give it more attention here.

This spread below is from an alternate version of the CD booklet being used overseas. The art on the left is grabbed from the CD Trifold Cover here on the US version, but slightly tweaked. The image on the right is grabbed from the back of the CD Trifold Cover as well, but on that I used the song titles, where here I placed ghostly images of the entire band set into the screen.

Next is the first versions of the inner sleeve art for vinyl edition. The red side shows how this was used slightly differently than the CD booklet version. The back of the CD Trifold Cover was used here differently as well, more in a Warhol sort of way. Originally I had placed the album credits here on the screens. Below that shows how it was altered for the final version (shown sideways here for production set up). Ultimately it was best decided to move the very small album credits off the those small screens and onto a insert for the vinyl that I will show in the next post. That allowed to make them larger and easier to read by moving them elsewhere. I replaced those credits with variations of fonts that are G.O.D. repeating, keeping with the Warhol repetitive nature of the design here. Simple but interesting to look at.



The strange orb like thing that I created in some places and the odd spider like creature are based on biological viruses, another blending of the physical and the digital themes the graphics show throughout all of the art for this album.

And yes, the codes say real things!




Blondie Lyric Video

Wednesday April 23rd 2014, 12:47 pm

So cool, it’s using my graphics!




Blondie! Yeah!

Tuesday April 22nd 2014, 8:16 pm

The art I did for Blondie’s upcoming release Ghosts Of Download can finally be shown. I worked on this mid-last year, so all of the work has been waiting for a release date. That is now here, May 13th 2014, links below on where to order the package, and Blondie’s Facebook page and website. The package design is a unique one, there will be two albums in one package– featuring The Ghosts Of Download album along with another album of Blondie’s greatest hits newly recorded, and a deluxe version with all kinds of extra goodies. I did all of the design work for Ghosts, while the Hits portion was done by someone else. I worked on every visual aspect of this release, from concept, to cover design, to booklet design, and all the same for the Vinyl Double LP. There are different pieces or alterations for the CD versus the Vinyl, and the same situation for some foreign versions of the release– GO COLLECTORS GO! Below I’ve selected some of the art images for your entertainment. I’ll show more over the next couple weeks, but wanted to get a few Key pieces up for everyone to see. The CD booklet will print the lyrics for the songs, and here some of them are shown as example of the art design, but the album will feature all of the lyrics, all done in the band’s own writing, something they’ve not done before. The Vinyl LP will feature the lyrics as well, but very different in configuration, I’ll show that soon. The overall goal of the visual concept was to marry the idea of digital and organic, but done with a graphic sensibility. The first images I’m showing are good for getting that idea across. This mode of thinking brought the idea of the handwritten lyrics being used, so cool we were able to do that.

CD and Vinyl LP Front Cover…

Vinyl LP Back Cover…

Various Pages From The CD Booklet…





Order here…
Special Bundle Package
Deluxe CD
Standard CD
Double Vinyl

Blondie on Facebook
Blondie Site




Panels

Tuesday April 15th 2014, 8:16 pm

Back from our Asbury Park New Jersey trip. And from getting to visit with Todd Klein and his lovely wife for a few days. It was a good time all around. The NJ people were so inviting, making Wendy and I feel very welcome. We got to hang out with our good friend Ivan Brandon and Cliff Chiang while there. Also, I was extremely fortunate to have a great but all too brief conversation with the amazing Mister Jim Steranko. His work has been a major inspiration for me in everything I do.

Below is a link to an article about a panel I was on for the convention– moderated by Hannah Means-Shannon, Editor-In-Chief over at Bleeding Cool.

The Panel




The Con Game

Monday April 07th 2014, 7:30 pm

I don’t do very many conventions a year. Usually only one or two, if any at all. There just isn’t enough time to travel and get work done properly in the way I need to focus. Plus sometimes other travel comes up for family stuff. I probably will not be going to SDCC this year. So my only convention this year at this point is Asbury Park in New Jersey this upcoming weekend (12th and 13th), with a short stop along the way to see Todd Klein, Master Of Letters, for a couple days. Todd is attending the show as well. Below is a link, some cool people will be there that I’m eager to meet…

Asbury Park Comic Con




BLOG THIS!

Monday March 24th 2014, 8:43 pm

Well, I have been completely neglecting my blog since January now. I’m such a terrible internet host. It seems time has something to do with it. That is my excuse for now. As I work away on this current project, it does seems as if Sandman manages suck away time in ever increasing increments. I’m not sure why that is, really. But I do find it very interesting that this is occurring, since the story itself is sort of dealing with time and how it can move away from events only to circle back around again. There is a very strange sensation I’m having while working on this stuff. I’m a bit off kilter, that is the effect. Every new page posing a creative question in the turmoil of my addled brain. Questions I have yet to know if I’m answering correctly, or thoughtfully enough. I feel as if there is a creative sizzle popping and snapping, eager for a crash of a wall to release its fire.

This is tough for me, it is like all of my creative focus is honed into a blunt object on the project. Time being flattened across an intangible surface. Which means any other project, especially writing ones I had declared getting to, have evaporated into the dark pools recessed in my mind. And there they shall remain until time becomes something I can hold again. Frustrating because I have written a new intro concept story for a new blog feature and have written the first stages of a first act of the second story for this same feature. But I suppose everything happens as it should, when it needs to and not before.

On that note, finally issue 2 of Sandman: Overture is out this week. I’m relieved about this, but also quite nervous. It moves and breathes quite differently than issue 1, yet still feels like a part of the same story. That is a good thing. I’m finding the same is happening with issue 3 so far as well. It’s going to be very different from issue’s one and two.

Also, if any of you are making your way to San Francisco between now and the end of April you will find all of the art for Sandman: Overture issues 1 and 2 on exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum. The painted piece below is there, this is the cover to issue 2 out this Wednesday at all finer comic shops with good taste…




Upcoming Event

Saturday January 18th 2014, 11:36 am


Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is hosting some of my work for gallery display, and we’ll be doing a special event for them Saturday, March 15th. Currently there are a few pieces up for viewing now, including the image above. But we plan on displaying many more. If you can make it out to see us that evening would be wonderful. Details can be found here…

Cartoon Art Museum




HO

Tuesday December 24th 2013, 12:37 pm




New and Old art

Wednesday November 27th 2013, 6:10 pm

Adding a few items to the store today, but all available for purchase Saturday around noon CA time. Prompted by the surprise arrival of old Promethea related art that was found at one of the DC offices. I had thought these pieces were lost to oblivion. They were done for the ABC sketchbook a long time ago. Also 3 Batwoman covers are going up as well. These are up to issue 24, but the unpublished cover art for issues 25 and 26 will remain in my hands for the time being. Here are the images…
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