Tuesday, January 10, 2017

20 in 2016 Book Challenge


Year 7 of our challenge. My favorites this year were probably Stiletto and A Dance With Dragons.

Here' the list:
  • Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt (Recommended if you: 1. Like Patton Oswalt, 2. Like movies. 3. Like obsessing about stuff.).
  • Dredd: The Illustrated Movie Script and Visuals by Alex Garland and Jock (Really nice book if you’re a fan of the film, great artwork).
  • Armada by Ernest Cline (Not a great as Ready Player One, but that’s not really fair. I enjoyed it. If you liked RP1, you’d most likely dig this.)
  • Death Without Company by Craig Johnson (Planning to read through the entire series. Second book was good).
  • The Quick and the Dead, Borden Chantry, Silveri Canyon by Louis L'Amour (Continuing my streak of liking every L’Amour book)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (Been wanting to read one of her books for a while, this was a great start)
  • A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (Different from the movie, loved it)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Been meaning to read this one for years. Sad at times but it kept the pages turning.)
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson (Since this one took place in Philly, not usual Montana, I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as the others, but I still did)
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Volume 1 by Greg Pak, Bart Sears, Mirko Colak, Cory Smith (Liked it)
  • Tank Girl 2 by Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett (Always fun, great art)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard By J.K. Rowling (You can read this in a sitting. It was okay. Don’t spend money on it. Get it from the library like I did)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (Definitely my least favorite of the series so far, but I think a lot of people had the same complaint I did. Half the characters being absent in this book and then opposite in the next book. Still, even with that, it’s better than a lot of books out the there.)
  • Gateway by Frederik Poh (I had never heard of this book before and learned about it on Jeopardy. I enjoyed it. Jumped back and forth in time, which I usually like.)
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (My first Vonnegut, very good. Already added two more to my list to read)
  • Planet of the Apes: Lord of the Apes By George Alec Effinger (Only for die-hard Apes fans)
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (Much better than the previous one, now if Martin would just write the next one)
  • Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Darwyn Cooke (I was torn reading this one. Loved the art and stories of course, but felt sad knowing there’s never going to be new stuff from the guy).
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High by Cameron Crowe (Book is out of print and super expensive. Found a free PDF of it. Great read. All the stuff form the movie and more).
  • Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings by Florentino Flórez (Awesome book. Buscemi was a huge influence on me as a kid, highly recommend it.)
  • Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture: A Career Retrospective by Jack Davis (Another high recommendation if your an illustration fan)
  • Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley (Great follow up to one of my favorite books, The Rook. Read this series if you’d a love mix of X-Men, Hellboy, MI5, X-Files, Buffy and Harry Potter)
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Cylon Death Machine by Glen A. Larson and Robert Thurston (Kind of a die-hard fan read, an adaptation of a two-part episode)
  • Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (Disappointing, much like the previous book in the series. Liked reading the characters again but just not up to par.)
  • Gunslinger by Stephen King (This was a re-read for me. I read it twenty something years ago and didn’t remember much about it. I do remember not liking it as much as his other books. It was okay this time around. I wouldn’t rave about it.)
  • Drawing of the Three by Stephen King (Another re-read for me which I also didn’t remember much about. An improvement from The Gunslinger.)
  • The Wastelands by Stephen King (Getting into the Dark Towers that I haven’t read. I enjoyed it about the same as these second one)
  • Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Great book about the end of the Shuttle era. Part travel log, part NASA history lesson).
  • The Warlord: The Savage Empire by Mike Grell (A reread of these issues for me but I’ve never owned this TPB)
  • Silver Surfer Volume 1: New Dawn and Vol. 2: Worlds Apart by Dan Slott and Mike Allred. (Loved Allred’s art on this. The stories were great too.)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (Great series. Spoiler alert: Was disappointed that Miss Peregrine was relegated to the background for most of it though)
  • Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume I by Amicus Arcane (We got this from the library for our kid but he decided not to read it. Being the Haunted Mansion fan that I am, I read it. Fun, but aimed more at kids. Some nice Haunted Mansion references sprinkled throughout, not a Haunted Mansion story per se)
  • Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Cool and original, I wished Volume 2 was out)
  • The Walking Dead Book 9 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (I had stopped reading the series after Negan’s big moment. It had gotten too bleak for me at the time. Decided to pick it back up)
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub (A little confusing at first, but then all the characters and pieces of the plot fall in place).
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (The movie of this book was always a favorite of mine when I worked in a video store in college. Finally got around to reading the book.)
  • Hell House by Richard Matheson (Inspired by The Haunting of Hill House, but the evil is cranked way up)
  • Johnny Halloween:Tales of the Dark Season by Norman Partridge - Cool collection of short stories, perfect October reading.
  • Halloween by Curtis Richards, John Carpenter, Debra Hill (Pretty much sticks to the script except at the beginning. Worth reading if you’re a big fan of the film.)
  • Lost Boys by Craig Shaw Gardner (A movie I watch at least once every year around Halloween. Finally read the novelization. It was great because it had all the deleted scenes in place and expanded on some elements)
  • Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday by Scott Lobdell, Jim Lee and other (Nice trip down late 90s memory lane)
  • Conan the Buccaneer by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter (First of these Conan books I’ve that was a full novel instead of short stories. loved it.)
  • Conan the Warrior By Robert E. Howard (Another good one.)
  • Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson (Series is staying consistently good).
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (You have to let some stuff go but I liked it. I was worried that the resolution would be overly kooky but it wasn’t too bad)
  • Comic Book Fever: A Celebration of Comics: 1976-1986 by George Khoury (Must-have book for any fans of Bronze Age comics and culture)
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Enjoyable start to the series, a longer read but worth it.)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Art

I've been bad about posting to here. I don't use this blog very much but I should try to get some new art on here on a more regular basis. Anyway, here's some now.





 






Monday, February 29, 2016

Texas Zombie Wars

The second issue of Texas Zombie Wars is out. It's technically #1, because the first issue was #0. Working on #2 now, keep an eye out for it!


Check out the teaser trailer:

Thursday, January 14, 2016

20 in 2015 Book Challenge


My lovely wife and I did our yearly book challenge for the six year. Read at least 20 books in a year. I wound up with 42 books and 7 comic collections. I think my favorites from the year were: The Rook, The Martian, Joyland and Station Eleven.

Here is my list:
  • Lisey's Story by Stephen King (King said this is his favorite book of his. It had a slow start but it finally got going and I enjoyed it. But it's far from my favorite).
  • Hellboy in Hell Volume 1 by Mike Mignola (Not much to say here. It's Hellboy. It's Mignola. It's always awesome)
  • The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (A enjoyed this a lot. Engaging story, likable characters, quick read. Spoilers: Sure, I was disappointed there was no resolution to the case, but I get where he's coming from)
  • Danger Girl/G.I. Joe by  Andy Hartnell and John Royle (Fun, that's probably best describes it. Great mix of both series. The illustrator gets amazingly close to copying Campbell's style.)
  • Savage Wolverine Volume 1: Kill Island by Frank Cho (Popcorn movie of books. Awesome art. Big fun)
  • For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul's Boutique by Dan LeRoy and Peter Relic (A must for any true Beastie Boys fan. I could have used some more insight into the making of the album rather than some of the other chapters where people talk about the impact it had on them.)
  • Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross (Pretty dark at times, but I loved the character from the show. Hope the author writes more)
  • Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 3 by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley (Always great)
  • A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan (I really liked this one a lot. Creepy main character. England. Twists. What more can you ask for?)
  • Major League Chew by Rob Guillory, John Layman (Always a fun and sometimes disgusting read)
  • Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean (Always loved the movie and the Iron Maiden song, thought I'd give the book a try. Also great)
  • The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (One of my favorites for the year. I never walk into a book store anymore, discover a book and buy it. I always have a stack of books, and to-read lists. But I saw this book, was intrigued and bought it. Great book. Mix Hellboy, Buffy, Harry Potter and X-Men together and it's something like that.)
  • America's Favorite Radio Station: WKRP in Cincinnati by Michael B. Kassel (If you're hardcore fan of WKRP, I'd recommend it. I was disappointed that half of the book is an episode guide, which back in pre-internet early 90s, would have pretty cool but not today)
  • Beastie Boys Book Deluxe by Frank Owen (Even though this wasn't a very in-depth book, I did actually learn a  few tidbits. Had lots of photos and a nice layout)
  • Guns of the Timberlands, Hondo, Ride the Dark Trail, The Man Called Noon, and Dark Canyon by Louis L'Amour (Continuing by plan to read more Westerns, I've yet to read one of his I haven't liked)
  • The Art of Robert E McGinnis by Robert E McGinnis and Art Scott (Amazing book, must-have for fans of this type of art)
  • The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book by Paul Ruditis (Nice look into the first season and how they adapted the comic to TV)
  • This is Spinal Tap: Official Companion Edited by Karl French (Got this for a buck. It was fun to read the script but the back half of the book was kind of filler)
  • Somebody Owes Me Money by Donald E. Westlake (Good read if you like the genre)
  • The Ritual by Adam Nevill (Creepy book. First time reading this guy's stuff, planning to read more. The first half of this was awesome, the second have was good.)
  • Planet of the Apes 1, 2 and 3 by George Alex Effinger (Recommended only if you're a big POTA fan)
  • Joyland by Stephen King (One of my favorites of the year. Best Stephen King I've read in a few years)
  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Recommended if you like behind the scenes stuff and 70s sitcoms)
  • I Love You Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle (Read this in two days. Quick read, obviously. Thought it was funny. Never saw the movie, may have to see how it compares, heard it was lacking)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Never read it before. This guy might be going places)
  • The Martian by Andy Weir (One of the best I read this year.)
  • Conan the Wanderer and Conan the Adventurer by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter (Always entertaining)
  • Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay (Dexter books are always entertaining, there were some things in this one that I thought were odd, but still good)
  • The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain (Decent read, little clunky at times. Bought it for a dime, so i think I came out ahead)
  • Southern Bastards Vol 1 and 2 by Jason Aaron and Jason LaTour (Really loved these. Art and story are great. Gritty.)
  • Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (This was a reread for me. I read it for the first time almost 20 years ago, still a fascinating read)
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (One of my favorites this year. But I’m a sucker for post apocalyptic stuff) 
  • The Hidden Man by Anthony Flacco (Not great, but still enjoyable. Pacing seemed awkward) 
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Had to see what the fuss was about. I liked it. I assume it’ll be a movie before long).
  • The Ticket: Full Disclosure by Scott Boyter (A boy that would only appeal to the tiniest amount of people, but I was one of them)
  • Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster (Most disappointing book in a while. Had this book as a kid but never read it. Got a copy and read it 30 something years later. I found it very boring and sluggish)
  • Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (Recommended by a friend. Great October reading.)
  • The End of Summer: Thirteen Tales of Halloween by J. Tonzelli (Came across this book when looking for Dark Harvest and I’m glad I did. Well done Halloween stories)
  • Han Solo at Stars' End by Brian Daley (I liked this way more than Splinter of the Mind’s Eye)
  • The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (I like the show, starting to read the book. There are some differences but I liked it)
  • Revival by Stephen King (Good one)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Strip for a Newspaper Anniversary

A newspaper was celebrating its anniversary and the staff hired me to illustrate the story of how it got started. They framed it and presented it to the founder, surprising him at party they held.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Big Crisis Commission Piece

This was a tough one but a fun. Big Anti-Monitor battle. The guy who commmisioned it provided the masthead.



Thursday, July 09, 2015

New Comic - Texas Zombie Wars

I just started work on a  new comic book series called "Texas Zombie Wars". It's a companion book to the upcoming movie of the same name.


Check out the teaser trailer:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Recent Commissions

First up, two commissions for the same guy. Deadshot, KGBeast and Hush. Phantom Stranger, Demon and Deadman.



Next, some Star Wars pieces commissioned for a friend's birthday.




Here's a couple that wanted themselves as zombies and then fighting zombies.



This guy wanted Harley Quinn as Slave Leia.