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G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS #1 – On Sale Tomorrow

I mentioned this a bit ago but am just posting a friendly reminder that tomorrow, 8/12/09, G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS #1 will be on sale at finer comic book shops everywhere. I mention this not only because it’s a wonderfully fun and funny superhero comic…and not only because it’s by my friend and fellow cartoonist Chris Giarrusso, but also because Chris let me contribute four pages of material. So when you pick up that issue you’ll get three pages of PIX: TEENAGE AMERICAN FAIRY and a brand new SAFARI JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL comic.

And if that’s not enough, Chris also invited others to contribute material. So you’ll get a page of THE MIGHTY SKULLBOY ARMY by Jacob Chabot (the artist on the oft mentioned X-BABIES mini-series), THE BASICS by Brian Smith (not to be missed; The Basics are awesome), MISERY LOVES SHERMAN by Chris Eliopoulos, and PATRICK THE WOLF BOY by Art Balthazar.

That’s a can’t miss roster in a can’t miss comic book. It’s the first of five issues and it starts on Wednesday. If your local comic shop doesn’t have copies, ask ’em to order them.


Swabby Luke

At some point circa 1999, in the pre-Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace days, there was a slew of new Star Wars action figures being released. One such figure, Luke Skywalker “Escape from Mos Eisley”, was referred to around the office as “Swabby Luke”, on account of his wearing a “Swabby Hat” (see Fig. 1)

swabbyluke_fig(Fig. 1 – Luke Skywalker “Escape from Mos Eisley” – note “Swabby Hat”)

Credit where credit’s due, the use of “Swabby” was not my doing (credit goes to one Mark Powers who may have picked it up from Mike Rockwitz, if memory serves), but regardless, a good handful of us in the office found it quite entertaining…

New Stuff

Just in time for the holidays, all kinds of new stuff:

First up, speaking of holidays, a new holiday card for 2007 is up in Pictures.

In Comics, under “From What School?”, you’ll find a one-page comic based on a conversation about comics on a talk radio show (phew!) that may or may not entertain you.

And finally, under “Nickelodeon Magazine” in the Portfolio section, click on the li’l image of SpongeBob and Patrick on the bottom right. Why? Because there you’ll find my first official printed published writing work for Nickelodeon. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, this comic is appearing internationally first; someday it’ll hopefully see print here in the US. But, in the meantime, it’s here, on my site…That’s right: Exclusive!! (and when it does find its way to American shores, I’ll give you the scoop)

All of that said, I hope you enjoy it.


Mike Wieringo

This isn’t entirely news, especially to those who keep up with comics industry news, but this past weekend Mike Wieringo passed away, suddenly, at age 44. Mike was an incredible illustrator and cartoonist who was a favorite of mine and a great influence on my work before I got into the field professionally. And after my professional career got started and I got to talk to and meet him, my opinion of him only grew.

Some of the most fun I had in comics were the epically long chats with Mike and his studio-mate and occasional inker Rich Case (also very talented, indeed), and the first convention I attended professionally, Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC, in 1999. I was there as a lowly assistant editor from Marvel Comics, and the Artamus Studios crew, chief among them Mike and Rich, were so welcoming and I felt like they took me in as one of their own; an absolute pleasure – only to be topped off by nearly the entire population of comics pros going to see Disney’s Tarzan as that was the opening weekend. To be in that theater, with that group…among them now friends like Mike, with whom I’d often talked about our mutual love of the Disney style and its influence on us both…those are moments that are monumental to a developing young professional in so many ways.

Thank you, Mike for your influence, as an artist and as a friend.

It’s terribly sad to know he’s gone.


SDCC 2007 report

Back from Comic-Con in San Diego and the show was incredibly busy and very crowded…but in the end, worth the effort. It’s a good time, but a tough one just the same. As always, it’s great to see old friends and co-workers from the comics industry, as well as the “Friends of the Show” and folks who stop by year after year for new sketches. Phil’s BBQ, as always, delivered their usual deliciousness, as did Tin Fish’s fish tacos, the hand-made corn tortillas at the Old Town Mexican Café, and the newest discoveries, the San Diego Chicken Pie Shop and Extraordinary Desserts (holy cow, the Bette Noir cake was among the richest desserts I’ve ever indulged in).

Thanks to everyone who came by, hung out, and maybe bought a thing or two.

Also thanks to you who sent me scans of the sketches I did at the show. Those are up in the Pictures section in the appropriate category therein.



Welcome to the all-new, just re-launched, now with more stuff!

As of this moment, not everything is in place and some areas are still “under construction”…but in those cases I’m working on it and slowly but surely this whole business of managing a web site will come together.

In the meantime, please enjoy the sights!

As if that weren’t enough: I’m on my way to the west coast, so if you’re gonna be out there for Comic-Con in San Diego from July 26 -29, you can find me drawing and cracking wise in Artists’ Alley at table FF-16. I’ll be sitting alongside Chris Giarrusso (FF-17) and Jacob Chabot (FF-18) and special guest Tim Smith 3 (and if you’re particularly lucky you might get some face time with my pal Scott Silver who will also be on hand). If you’re out there stop by and say hello.