Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Goals - Scorecard

Around this time last year, I went public with my goals for 2010. I think it’s only fair that I publicly acknowledge whether or not I met those goals. So, here goes.

Some of them were accomplished and some of them were not. But I can say with all honesty that the reason I wasn’t successful with some were do to my success with others. I was amazingly (thankfully) busy this year. As you can tell from my blog posts alone. In 2009, I had 84 post, as of right now I have 123. So, I was crunched for time, but I did try. Here we go…

Redesign my website. Started out big at the beginning of the year and then fizzled out. Lately I’ve just been directing people here since it’s more up-to-date.

Spookytown. Yikes, this is my biggest disappointment. I didn’t even finish drawing it much less scanning, coloring and lettering. I did take them to set up the lettering for every page, so there’s that.

Sketch Cards. My biggest success. I started the year never having been on a sketch card set. I finished the year having been on eight. Dead@17, Empire Strikes Back, P’ups, The Pro, Mixtape, Hack/Slash, Clone Wars, and Domino Lady / The Spider. And already in the works for 2011 is Lady Death, Bettie Page, Thor, Captain America and Marvel Beginnings. Part of that goal was to get in sets for DC, Marvel and Star Wars. Two down, now to get DC.

I’ve done so much of them that I have to cut back. I already reluctantly turned down Sheena for 5finity because f time restraints. So, I think this year you might see less of them from me.

Publish a sketchbook. Done and done. I was very pleased with myself for this one. I had wanted to do it for some time. It was a lot of work to compile and I think the end result is pretty nice. Hey, you can buy it online you know.

The Complete Shades of Blue. Goal un-achieved. I thought Jim had the lettered files from all the issues, but it turned out that he didn’t. But, he’s actually having them re-lettered (and colored) to put them online. So maybe you’ll hear something about that later.

So there you have it. Two for five. But I can proudly say that the failed ones weren’t failed to due to laziness. And like I said I a year ago, even if none of these silly things got accomplished and my family was still healthy and happy and was able to support them, the year would be a success. Unfortunately, we lost a family member this year, my cousin Aggie, who we all miss. We also lost our 12 year old cat Frankie. But mostly 2010 was kind to us and we appreciate. Look for my 2011 goals coming soon.

20 in 2010 Book Challenge

At the beginning of the 2010, Heather and I started a challenge, to read at least 20 books each during the year. Even with all the stuff we have going on, both of us have always read a lot. We’re chain readers, if you will, knowing which book we’re going to read next before we’re finished with our current one. Bookmark goes out of one into the next.

Here are my results. Technically, I read 51 “books”. But to be fair, a lot of them were comic book or comic strip collections, which could be read really quickly. So I thought in the spirit of the challenge, only written, non-comic books should be counted. But in fairness to me, I thought I should get some credit for reading them, since they did take time after all. So I’m going with every 10 of those count as one book.

So, I read 18 “actual” books and 34 comic type books. Using my equation, that nets me just over 21 books. Success! Success!

Here is my list:

  • Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre by Gorillaz (Great band, great art, great book)
  • The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes (Pretty good)
  • The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (A bit so slow at times)
  • My Custom Van by Michael Ian Black (Sporadically funny)
  • The Rocketeer, Cliff’s New York Adventure by Dave Stevens (Beautiful art)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Yes, I gave into the book that was everywhere. And I liked it.)
  • L.A. Noir by John Butin (Very interesting read)
  • Hellboy: The Ice Wolves by Mark Chadbourn (Hellboy novels are almost always good. This one was too.)
  • Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger by Dorr Yeager (Bought this at the gift shop in Rocky Mountain National Park)
  • No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (Movie follows the book almost exactly, the towards the end there are differences)
  • Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (Always incredible, I have the second book cued up)
  • Too Fat To Fish by Artie Lange (Hilarious and sometimes sad)
  • Hellboy: The All Seeing Eye by Mark Morris (Good)
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Children's novel)
  • Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (Kick-ass)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming (Not terrible, not great)
  • The Dick Tracy Casebook edited by Max Allan Collins and Dick Locher (Great illustrations, hit and miss storylines)
  • Dead@17 Afterbirth by Josh Howard (Always fun)
  • The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (Chandler entertains)
  • Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsey (Love me some Dexter)
  • Dead@17 The 13th Brother by Josh Howard (More Josh goodness)
  • The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi (Pretty engrossing, look into it)
  • The Clash by The Clash (I wish the Beastie Boys would do a book like this)
  • Bone: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith (My first time reading the Bone series, loved it)
  • Red Rocket 7 by Mike Allred (Really enjoyed this and all the musical references through the years)
  • Shes’ Crazy, He’s a Liar, Now What? by Cecily Knobler (This is a book I illustrated. I read most of the working manuscript as I was doing the art, but went back a read the entire thing. Very funny and shocking at times. Cecily, you've got some stories in you.
  • FoxTrox: Houston We Have a Problem by Bill Amend (I was sad when FoxTrox went Sundays only, knowing these collections would stop)
  • Scott Pilgrim 1-6 by Scott Lee O’Malley (Awesomeness)
  • The Walking Dead Volumes 1-9 by Robert Kirkman (and various artists) (Awesomeness)
  • Y: The Last Man by Brain K. Vaughan (and various artists) (Awesomeness)

As you can see, I was all over the place. I don’t know if I could pick my favorite from all of these. Walking Dead, Y and Scott Pilgrim are definitely standouts. My Custom Van was definitely the most disappointing. It was a fun ear of reading, I gotta say.

We're going to do it again in 2011. I already have two books going right now and about ten lined up. And for the record, the lovely Heather ended up reading 19 books. What a loser, right?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Marvel Sketch Cards by Upper Deck

I'm honored and excited to announce I will be working on three upcoming Marvel Comics card sets being produced by Upper Deck. I've just my blanks for "Marvel Beginnings" and "Thor" and should be getting the "Captain America" ones soon after. Both "Thor" and "Captain America" will be tied in with the new films.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Couple of Cards

Here are some custom cards I did for a friend of mine. One for her son's (and Jack's buddy) birthday party and one for her work Christmas card. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Voltron: United and Drawn

5finity is producing a Voltron coffee table book and I'm supposed to have a pin-up in it. I'm not that great with mechanical stuff, so I stuck with what I knew. I drew Princess Allura, who I had never heard of until this.

From the site..."5FINITY Productions, in association with Moonstone Books and World Events Productions, presents the first ever official art book based on the classic animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe. An endearing blend of fantasy and mechanics, this legendary brand has fused itself into social and pop-culture history. To many genre fans, Voltron was the original transforming robotic action series and introduced an entire generation into the world of Japanese style animation. A mix of official brand history, original artwork, fan memories, celebrity testimonials, and more, this project will celebrate Voltron's influence on pop culture and beyond!"

Pre-Order Voltron: United and Drawn

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Domino Lady and The Spider Preview Card

My preview card form the Domino Lady and The Spider sketch card set from 5finity.