Saturday, December 31, 2011

Steampunk Jean Grey and Emma Frost

Steampunk versions of Jean Grey and Emma Frost, Black Queen and White Queen of the Hellfire Club. Or should that be Hellsteam Club?

Friday, December 30, 2011

20 in 2011 Book Challenge

Last year my lovely wife and I started the “20 in 2010” book challenge with the obvious goal of each reading 20 books in a year. Well, we brought it back again in 2011 and here is how I made out.

Like last year (and every year of my life), I read a lot of comic collections and art books. In 2010, for every 10 of those types of books I allowed myself to count one book to my list because it wouldn’t be fair to Heather who doesn’t read those kinds of books.

This year I read 17 “actual” books (prose, novels, whatever) and 23 comic type books. After applying my highly scientific formula, my final count is 19. So, so close. Heather ended up at 11. In her defense, she is with a toddler all day, every day and doesn’t have as many little free moments to read a few pages here and there like I do. I can read during my lunch hour while she’s at home trying to convince our kid to eat a sandwich.

We’re definitely bringing it back for 2012. We already have a stack of books waiting.

Here are all the books I read this year:
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (I loved how each chapter was a different person’s perspective. I believe a movie if being made from it.)
  • Ten Cent Plague by David Hajdu (Interesting read for fans of comic book history.)
  • The Walking Dead Volumes 11, 12, 13, and 14 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (One of the best series ever, even better than the TV show.)
  • Lobster Johnson, The Satan Factory by Thomas E. Sniegoski (I love Lobster, fun reading)
  • Among the Thugs by Bill Buford (If you’re fascinated by Brit culture like me and don’t mind a little violence, check it out.)
  • Invincible Ultimate Collection Volume 1 by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley (Great book, Volume 2 is in my stack.)
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Enjoyed it, looking forward to the Pixar live action film.)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (I liked it as much as he first one.)
  • Elvgren: His Life & Art by Max Allan Collins and Drake Elvgren (Very cool book for Elvgren fans> Great photos of the models and set ups.)
  • That Old Black Magic: Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and the Golden Age of Las Vegas by Tom Clavin (I wish I could have been alive during this era to experience it.)
  • Hellboy: Emerald Hell by Tom Piccirilli (Hellboy is always good.)
  • Jetta by Dan DeCarlo and Craig Yoe (Little known DeCarlo work, beautiful art.)
  • Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee by Jim Lee and Bill Baker (some people love his stuff, some hate it. Cool book.)
  • The Appeal by John Grisham (I am not above reading Grisham. Quick, easy and entertaining.)
  • Chew Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Loving this series, hoping to catch up in 2012.)
  • Avengers Kree / Skrull War by Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema, Neal Adams and John Buscema (Great old school stuff.)
  • Hellboy: Oddest Jobs by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola (Another good collection.)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Never read it before, thought I should. It was okay.)
  • Y: The Last Man Volumes 9 and 10 by Brain K. Vaughan (and various artists) (Good conclusion to a great series.)
  • The Associate by John Grisham (See earlier entry.)
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (Not as good as I hoped it would be.)
  • Fantastic Four Masterworks Volume 2 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Not much to say here that hasn’t already been said.)
  • Spider-Man / Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do by Kevin Smith and Terry Dodson (The art is Amazing. Get it?)
  • Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear (I always like Kidd’s presentation.)
  • Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan by Chip Kidd (See above.)
  • Lawless by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (I liked this one and the one below.)
  • Coward by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin (Really great at first, slow in the middle and then okay at the end. Biggest disappointment this year.)
  • The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Sidney Edward Paget (Biggest eater of time this year. I should count it as three books. 37 short stories and a complete novel.)
  • I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum (One of my favorites, quick easy read full of good stuff. If you grew up with MTV, you should read it.)
  • The TICK: The Complete Edlund by Ben Edlund (Revisiting an old favorite.)
  • Firefly: The Official Companion: Volume One by Joss Whedon (Kind of a fluff book but had some good stuff in it.)
  • Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay (Always enjoy these.)
  • Astonishing X-Men Omnibus by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Squeaked this in at the last minute. First big hunk of X-Men that I've read in years. Really enjoyed it.)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Child's Custom Comic Book Cover

Here is a mock comic book cover I did for a client to give to her son at Christmas.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Great Christmas Haul

Some of the cool gifts I was fortunate enough to receive this Christmas. Got some good reading a head of me.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Marvel Universe 2011 Artist Return Cards

Here are my 4 Artist Return cards from Rittenhouse's Marvel Universe 2011 set. All were commissioned and sold. I may have as many as 10 available from the next set, contact me if you;re interested.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Grimm Fairy Tales Sketch Cards

Here are my Grimm Fairy Tales cards for 5finity and Zenescope Entertainment. Both returns are sold.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Walking Dead Print

Rick and zombies from The Walking Dead. 8.5" x 11" prints for sale. $10.00 shipped. Email if interested. contact [at] calslayton [dot] com.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


You heard me. MonsterTruckWizard. Did this for a band. Called MonsterTruckWizard.

Sketches from Fan Days

I just realized I never around to posting these here. Better late than never I suppose. Had a great time at the show, met a lot of nice people. As always, Mark and Ben put on a great convention.