Monday, October 27, 2008

Tiki Joe Mysteries!

Hey kids, do you like Tiki? Googie? Vegas? Cocktails? Bars? Heists? Mobsters? All female motorcycle stunt teams? Well then this book is the book for you! Tiki Joe Mysteries is a graphic novel written and illustrated by a friend of mine and fellow Dallas area creator, Mark Murphy. It's published by Slave Labor Graphics and is actually two stories jam packed into one graphic novel. My only regret is that I didn't pick it up sooner! But hey, cut me some slack, we have new baby here. Any-who, the book is a well crafted retro blast, well worth the price of admission, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today!

Check out the Official Tiki Joe Mysteries Website

Monday, September 01, 2008

Jack is here


Well, Jack arrived at 7:02 pm on Friday August 29. 6 pounds 7 ounces. 19.2 inches long. He has lots of dark brown wavy (maybe curly) hair. Heather was in labor for 13 hours. Both she and baby Jack are doing great.

Friday, August 15, 2008

My Son the Comic Book Fan

This is crazy. I was taking a closer look at some of the sonogram shots of the kiddo and noticed this. Apparently, he got a hold of a copy of Fantastic Four #48. The classic Stan Lee/Jack Kirby issue introducing Galactus and the Silver Surfer. That's incredible. I don't even have that comic! Looks like it's Near Mint too! Once he comes out, I'm putting that book away for his college fund.

Monday, July 28, 2008

This Weekend - Tulsa Defcon!

Just a reminder that Tulsa Defcon 7 is at the Tulsa Convention Center this weekend. The show is actually Friday through Sunday but I’ll only be there Saturday and Sunday.

I’ll be doing commission sketches, selling art, comics and other goodies. So, if you’re gonna be there, stop by my table and say hey. Above are some pre-drawn pieces that I will be bringing to sell at the show.

www.tulsadefcon.com
Defcon 7 - “Oklahoma’s Largest Entertainment Expo”
Friday August 1 - Sunday August 3
Tulsa Convention Center

Guests include:

Peter Mayhew
Michael Golden
James O'Barr
Brian Pulido
Igor Jijikine
Larry Dixon
Tom Morga
Johnny Yong Bosch
Wendy Pini
Joe Jusko
Mark Texeira
Jason Pearson
Joe Benitez
Steve Erwin
and more!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tulsa Defcon - August 1-3

If you’re in or around Tulsa on the first weekend in August, come out to the Tulsa Convention Center and pay me a visit. I’ve been invited to be a guest at Tulsa Defcon 7. The show is actually Friday through Sunday but I’ll only be there Saturday and Sunday.
I’ll be doing commission sketches, selling art, comics and other goodies. So, if you’re gonna be there, stop by my table and say hey.

www.tulsadefcon.com
Defcon 7 - “Oklahoma’s Largest Entertainment Expo”
Friday August 1 - Sunday August 3
Tulsa Convention Center

Guests include:

Peter Mayhew
Michael Golden
James O'Barr
Brian Pulido
Igor Jijikine
Larry Dixon
Tom Morga
Johnny Yong Bosch
Wendy Pini
Joe Jusko
Mark Texeira
Jason Pearson
Joe Benitez
Steve Erwin
and more!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Spookytown Ad and More

I took a Spopkytown pin-up and created a print ad for the book. It's supposed to appear in Samax's upcoming ghettoManga Quarterly. Samax, when's that coming out? Have I missed it already?A while back, I made the original mini comic available in a pdf format, for those who never read it and might be interested in it. Just click on the icon on the left to download it.

If you're interested, I have still have some sketchbooks for sale. It’s a 20-page mini-comic type book containing over 70 sketches, drawings and doodles that I’ve done will preparing to start the graphic novel. I printed up a limited edition of 100 books. Each is hand numbered and signed, I usually do a sketch on the back too. Just drop me a line if you'd like to buy one, they're just 5 bucks.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Watch our award-winning film

Seriously, it won an award. And it's only 5 minutes, so watch it.

Dog Food Productions (my buddies and I) landed 2nd place (out of 24 teams) in the Auteur division in 2008 24-Hour Video Race, put on by the Video Association of Dallas.

VIDEO RACE REQUIREMENTS
Theme: A twist of fate
Prop: A key
Line of dialogue: "What's this going to cost me?"
Location: Anywhere a sport is played.

So, enjoy "Community Service".

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Back on the road to Spookytown

Here is a new Spookytown promo image I recently did. Once again the book (a graphic novel I'm working on) has been sitting on the back burner due to many other things taking priority. 1. Baby coming. This means cleaning out the spare room, painting it, installing crown moulding and a chair rail, putting up shelving in the closet, etc. 2. Freelance work. Paying work comes before non-paying work, especially with the previously mentioned baby on the way. 3. Other comic projects. Right now I'm working on the last story I'm doing before Spookytown.

I keep getting lucky enough to receive offers to do stories in other books, and it's really hard to turn them down. I probably should've turned down this current but it was too cool. Recently, I've had to turn down a couple of nice ones. One from my man Samax at GhettoManga and one from Kevin at Ape Entertainment. I really, really, really wanted to do them both, but I just can't. Not if I want to have any chance to get Spookytown done. Comics are soooo time consuming.

I've been doing a lot of sketches in the past couple of weeks, just to get me back into the groove of drawing the characters. It helps me get pumped up for the story again drawing these guys. So hopefully I can get back on track with it.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

New Comics!

Two new comics that feature my work that I want to let you know about. One is Potlatch #7, an anthology published by Angry Dog Press. I drew a story entitled "Kissed by a Muse", which was written by Chad Lambert. The book has actually been out for a couple of months now, but I've been holding out posting about because I was waiting on copies of the book that I could sell at cons. Well, I'm still waiting on copies of the freaking thing. I have two comp copies, but apparently the publisher is having a hard time dealing with the printer. Sounds like a sucky printer to me, but what do I know? Anyway, he's working on it and I hope to get some soon.

The other book is a collection of pin-ups done by various artists for Scotty Story's book Johnny Saturn. It's a nice mix of different styles. I drew Madame Fishnet, as noted several posts back, and Scott like it so much that he used it for the cover. I was very flattered by that. Scott's a really nice guy, very genuine. If you are "Shades of Blue" fan from back in the day, you might remember that he drew the Marcus fantasy issue (#6). Go check out his stuff.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dog Food Productions in the Finals Again

Somehow, the judges of the Video Association of Dallas 24 Hour Video Race have let DFP slip through to the finals for the 2nd year in a row. Last year we actually managed to nab 3rd place in our division. I'm not sure if we'll be that lucky again this year or not. The competition is pretty strong. Our film is entitled "Community Service" and this years race requirements were:

Theme: Twist of Fate
Location: Anywhere a sport is played
Prop: A key
Line of dialogue: "What's this going to cost me?"

Thursday, May 15, 2008

24 Hour Video Race 2008

For the 5th year (well, not in a row), me and my cohorts from Dog Food Productions are entering the Video Association of Dallas 24 Hour Video Race. If you don't know what that is... teams of filmmakers race to make a 5 minute (or shorter) film in 24 hours. We meet at a central location at midnight this Friday and are given elements that we have to incorporate into the final film. A theme, a line of dialogue, a prop and a location. We have to meet back at that location before midnight Saturday, tape in hand. Last year we won third in our division. Our only goal is to finish on time and make a funny film. Placing or winning is just icing on the cake. But We like icing.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

New Comic and CAPE 4 - May 3rd

I have a page in a new mini comic called "Mine All Mine" by David Hopkins. David wrote a whole bunch of one page stories (all about stealing, hence the Jane's Addiction referenced title) and got various artists to draw them. Including me. Here's the run down so far...

Samax Amen ("The Plan")
Joshua Boulet ("Hero and Thief")
Ryan Cody ("Long Walk Home")
David DeGrand ("Stealing Electricity")
Joe Eisma ("Lost Wallet")
Jake Ekiss ("Vending Machines")
Derrick Fish ("Misdirection")
Michael Lagocki ("Tools of the Trade")
Jim Lujan ("The Nigerian Scam")
Paul Milligan ("Kidnapping")
Wes Molebash ("I Found It")
Chad Sell ("Will Run for Food")
Cal Slayton ("Return Policy")
Justin Stewart ("Blanket Thief")
ZeeS ("Pickpocket")
Scott Zirkel ("The Oil Change")
Cover by Tania Kaufmann

It makes it's debut at...

For the 4th year in a row, it's CAPE - The Comics and Pop-Culture Expo! Once again it takes place on Free Comic Book Day and there will be a whole mess of comic creators, including me. The show is FREE and there are thousands of FREE COMIC BOOKS. It takes place in a park near Zeus Comics in Dallas.

Click here for information on CAPE!.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

My Latest Creation!

Okay, the cat's out of the bag. If you didn't know, I'm going to be a dad soon. My wife and I found out she's pregnant (I don't go for that "we're pregnant" new age bologna) on New Years Eve. And on our 4 year anniversary, we found out it's a boy. We're going to name him Jack. Now, if you know that our dog is named Kirby and you're somewhat familiar with comic books, you can put two and two together.

We're both really excited about it. Right now, we're in the middle of getting his room ready for him. The furniture is ordered and the room has been cleaned out for the most part. Now we just have to get everything else we need (paint, bedding, supplies, a rocker, etc, etc) and we'll be ready for his arrival (ETA September 5th).

I set up JackSlayton.com for updates. It's mainly for friends and family (mainly female) to keep up with everything. It's just easier that way. Heather will be doing the writing, I really just upload photos. So, if you have an aversion to sonogram photos, onesies or belly bumps, stay far, far away.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Appearing at Dallas Comic Con - April 5 and 6

Come out the Richardson Civic Center Saturday April 5 and Sunday April 6 for the Dallas Comic Con 11. I'll be a guest there along with a many others including Christina Hendricks (Firefly and MadMen), Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica), Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars), Cindy Morgan (Tron and Caddyshack), John Wesley Shipp (Flash and Dawson's Creek), Eric Basaldua, Bob McLeod, Tom Morgan, James O'Barr, Kerry Gammill, Ben Dunn and more.

Click here for full information!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Madame Fishnet


Here is a pin-up I did for a friend of mine, Scott Story. It's a character from his series Johnny Saturn. Her name is Madame Fishnet (I think you can tell why). It's a for a book he's planning to publish of different artists doing their takes on characters from the series. Hope you enjoy.

Since we're talking about pin-ups. I wanted to put this offer back out there. I had a couple of takers the first time I posted this...

I'd love to do some pin-up or covers, free of charge for anyone out there that meets these criteria:

A. You're actually interested in me doing it. I know I'm not as good some artists, so you may think "Dude, no way would we want your stuff."
B. It's a book that's actually being (or going to be) published. I've done too many covers for books that are "being shopped" or "once we do (insert action) it's getting printed". No online only comics, must be a print comic.
C. It's something that I think I could pull off.
D. The deadline works with my schedule.

Anyway, the offer is out there. All I ask for is a free copy of the book it appears in.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Heinz 57 Commercial

Heinz 57 is having this contest where you create your own 30 second commercial, they narrow it down to the top ten, the public votes on those and the winner gets $57,000.

As some of you know, me and my buddies make stupid little movies Dog Food Productions (Those of you who don’t know are probably better off.) Anyway, we submitted an entry and you can see it on the Heinz site (ha, ha, hindsight) here...Dog Food Productions Heinz 57 Commercial

Or watch it right here...

It’s not that good. Mainly because we didn’t realize just how short 30 seconds really is. We had to cut out a bunch of stuff that “sold” the idea more. We shot green screen stuff, floating hamburgers and fries and more things that show me going crazy. The idea is there, just not as good as we planned it out to be.

It will not get in the top ten, that’s a promise, but at least we finished it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Dave Stevens, 1955-2008

The great artist Dave Stevens passed away. If you’re not familiar with the comic book he’s best known for, The Rocketeer, you may be familiar with the movie version.

I had the pleasure of meeting him once at a local comic convention I was appearing at. He was the headliner. A lot of the artists scheduled to appear at the show did pin-ups of the Rocketeer for the tribute program book. Mine was one of them. I stopped by his booth and we chatted for a bit and the conversation turned to the book and my contribution. He was so nice and complimentary. He was really touched that everyone had contributed to it. He even gave me one of the large signed Rocketeer prints he was selling at the show. Very cool.

Sorry to hear he’s gone.

Dave Stevens Website

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Dallas Comic Con - Jan 12 & 13

Come out the Richard Civic Center Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13 for the Dallas Comic Con. I'll be a guest there along with a many others including Shawnee Smith (SAW and Becker), Tony De Zuniga, Bob Layton, Terry Moore, Cully Hammer, Steve Niles, Tim Bradstreet, Cat Staggs, David Hopkins, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Kurtz, Kristian Donaldson, Tom Hodges, James O'Barr and more.

Click here to check out all the guests!