Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dash Bradley Pin-Up

Here is a new piece I did for my friend and fellow comic book creator Paul Milligan. Paul foolishly agreed to do a swap for a Spookytown pin-up. Who's the winner here? Me, of course. This is of Paul's character Dash Bradley. Who is Dash Bradley, you ask? Well, as his Facebook page explains....

Dash Bradley is the world-reknowned author of the Race Radford series of adventure novels. Unbeknowst to the public at large the true inspiration for Race Radford's unbelievable fictional adventures is the author himself, who has worked as a special agent for the U.S. Government since 1928. Since that time he has traveled to the four corners of the earth and beyond, battling Nazis, Communists, Martians and book editors to keep the U.S.A. safe and sound.

I did this one in black and white using markers to give it an old movie serial feel. And I left the background uncolored to help the figures stand out more. I really like how this on turned out. I don't think the scan does it justice. As always, I hope you dig it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Comic Work in Stores

As I previously mentioned, I contributed a page to David Hopkins' anthology comic book "On Night Stand" and tomorrow it arrives in stores. I received my comp copies in the mail the other and the book looks great. There are lot of cool artists in this book, doing some really interesting and different stuff. My story is called "Come Hither", written by David, as are all the stories in the book.

Go here and scroll down to find a store in your area.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Goodies

I got a lot of cool gifts for Christmas this year, here are some of them. I think I've got a lot of great reading ahead of me. Really looking forward to Darwyn Cooke's Parker book, wrapping up Bone and starting Scott Pilgrim. Also The Clash book looks most excellent. And Hellboy books are always good. Hope everyone had a great Holiday and has a great new year. Thanks to everyone and anyone who stopped by here in 2009. I hope to see you back again in 2010 and I hope that I can keep it interesting here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quick DFW Listoons #3

New Listoon is in the DFW Quick newspaper today. Unbreakable New Year's Resolutions. I'm really happy with my "According to Jim" image.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pin-up in Dead@17 Afterbirth TPB

My pin-up for Josh Howard's Dead@17 "Afterbirth" TPB came out today. The Image Comics book collects issues #1-4 for the "Afterbirth" storyline. Here's a synopsis from the Image site...

In the latest chapter of the DEAD@17 saga, Nara and Hazy face their darkest hour. The insidious Abraham Pitch has returned and plots to open the Abyss, while Nara's crusade against the Marked has disastrous consequences for those closest to her.

This pin-up was lot of fun to do and I'm really happy with how it turned out in print. The colors look really great. Not that you can tell for the terrible quality photo I snapped of it. Anyway, go pick a copy of the book, Josh is putting some good stuff out there. Also, I usually play my cards close to the chest, but I should have some more Dead@17 news to announce later. So stay tuned to see what it might be. Have fun out there.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dallas Comic Con - January 30-31

I’m happy to announce that I’ll once again be a guest at the Dallas Comic Con, which is this January 30-31 at the Richardson Civic Center. Other comic creators in attendance include Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Michael Golden, Mark Brooks, Todd Nauck, Pat Broderick, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Tom Feister, Matt Sturges, Brian Denham, Kerry Gammill, Kez Wilson, Joe Eisma, Brent Peeples, David Hopkins, Paul Milligan, Harold Ledoux and whole lot more. That’s a pretty nice line up if you’re a comic book fan. There will also be media guest like the great Adam West, Charisma Carpenter, some Twilight dude and more. I’ll be doing sketches all day Saturday and Sunday. I will also have Sketch Cards for sell as well. So, get off the couch, put on some pants and come out to the show. You know you want to. As always, a big, big thanks to Mark and Ben for their continued support.

Click here for more information

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Got the Kidd Kraddick Kinsey CDs in

I think they turned out really nice. They were very happy with them, so that's cool.Here's where it was the #1 Comedy Album on iTunes at one point, beating out Artie Lange!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Second Listoon in Quick

My second Listoon (written by Stacy Austin Sheffield aka Geoff Johnston) is in this week's Quick newspaper. This installment is "Holiday Specials We'd Like To See"

Monday, November 30, 2009

Quick DFW Listoons

I mentioned in a previous post that I had a couple of cool things coming up. Well, the CD design was one of them and here's the other one. Quick (Dallas Morning News' free weekly entertainment paper) has started running original comic strips each week and I happen to be involved. How am I involved you might ask? No, I'm not delivering the papers. Every other week I will be illustrating a strip called "Listoons". Each week is a different list, written by Stacy Austin Sheffield. Not her real name by the way. Not even a "her", by the way. She is a he. And I'm not sure if he wants people to know who he really is. I posed that question to him and got no response. So anonymity it is for now.

Here is Quick's announcement of our strip.

And, on the alternating week, my good friend David Hopkins (who recommended me to the Editor, thanks David) is writing a strip called "We've Never Met", illustrated by Chad Thomas. So, this a really cool project in which to be involved. I'm excited by the prospect of doing these strips for a long time to come. Hopefully, they'll stick around.

I still haven't gotten a chance to pick up my first issue, which is out his week. But when I do, I plan on recreating David's debut photo. Update: Here you go. Be gentle, I'm a little under the weather in this photo...It's nice having my work in newsprint...

Chef's Rival Illustration

Here's an illustration I recently did for my buddy Lauren Melton, who works for a company called US Jesco. It's for a product called "Chef's Rival".

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Design for the new Kidd Kraddick CD

Here's some pretty cool news. Well, pretty cool news around the Slayton headquarters. At least the dog thinks it’s cool. And he’s not easily impressed. I teased it in an earlier post…

The other thing is I've just completed a cd packaging design and illustration for a fairly big radio program. They're putting out a cd of comedy bits. Can't say who it's for yet, no I'm not kidding, but it should be out in December. So, more on that later.

The obvious clue was the word “kidding”. Or maybe it wasn’t obvious. Anyway, as the title of this post points out, I recently did the design for the new Kidd Kraddick Kinsey CD, “It’s My Wedding, WTH???” Of course the word “fairly” in the previous post is clearly sarcasm as Kidd Kraddick in the Morning is on in like 80 markets and I believe reaches a couple of million listeners. So, that’s big.

The CD is a collection of routines based on the real life fiancé of one of the on-air guys, J-Si. Her name is Kinsey, and Kidd plays her (via high-pitched auto tune) as a ditzy valley girl obsessed with shoes and all things materialistic.

They announced the release of the CD on the air today. Here is the audio of it. They talked about around a quarter to halfway in. Kidd Kraddick audio from 11.24.09 Hour 2

It’s available for purchase here:
iTunes | Amazon | Bandwear | emusic

The color on the online artwork at these stores looks a little off (too bright and neon) because I think it got uploaded as CMYK and not RGB. The image I posted above is what it really should be. And here is what the rest of the package looks like. BTW, "smrt" and "presents" are purposely spelled incorrectly and I didn't take the photo or design her logo (credit where credit is due and all).Anyway, it was fun project to work on. I hope to have the actual printed CD in my hands within the next couple of weeks. Thanks to Josh from the show for hiring me to design it, glad everyone liked it.
UPDATE: It was the #1 comedy album on iTunes at one point... From Kidd's site: "One day after its release on Thursday, Kinsey fans created a buying fervor that propelled the CD past three Dane Cook albums to secure itself to first place."

Monday, November 16, 2009

Small Update

Just a quick update for anyone who's interested. I've got a couple of pretty cool things, kinda big things, that I'll be announcing soon. If you run in the same comic book circles I do, you might know about one of them already, but I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch. So, I'll talk about it when it happens. The other thing is I've just completed a cd packaging design and illustration for a fairly big radio program. They're putting out a cd of comedy bits. Can't say who it's for yet, no I'm not kidding, but it should be out in December. So, more on that later. I've had a few people ask me about Spookytown. Admittedly, it's been on the back burner with all the freelance stuff I've been working on, but I have be doing a little something on it each day (which was my New Year's resolution) and here is a photo to prove it. Have fun out there.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"One Night Stand" Mini Comic

David Hopkins is at it again. He's putting together another mini comic, like "Mine All Mine", with a ton of different artists and I'm doing it again as well. Participating that is. This is a teaser image of my page, why give away the whole thing? Buy the book!

I'll let David tell you about the project himself...

Diamond Comic Distributors will not ship any new comic books for the week of December 30th. There's been some talk about reserving that week for independent creators to provide original material for our favorite comic shops.

A year ago, I created a project called MINE ALL MINE. The mini-comic was a series of one page vignettes -- about thieves, crooks, scoundrels, con artists, etc. Each page, a different artist, written and arranged by me, all about stealing stuff.

I'd like to do a similar comic book to be released on December 30th. It's going to be called ONE NIGHT STAND. Stories about "casual encounters." The stories won't all be overtly sexual or explicit. Like MINE ALL MINE, I'm working with a broad definition. This mini-comic will explore sex and intimacy, guilt and anonymity, risk and fantasy. Lovely stuff.

I want to use this ONE NIGHT STAND concept as an opportunity to grow as a storyteller. I'd like to work with people who are experienced comic book artists, but also talented artists who have never attempted a comic before. It's only a one page commitment (hence "One Night Stand"), and should be a good opportunity to try something new.

You can help David out by donating to the cause...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dead@17 Nara Pin-up

Here's a pin-up I completed recently for Josh Howard's Dead@17. It's supposed to appear in an upcoming trade paperback collection. I post again when it comes out. It was fun to do, I like how it turned out. Especially the colors. Hope you like it too.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Checking In

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted. I've been really busy wrapping up some book illustrations I've been working on. I did 135 illustrations for the interior of the book and designed the front cover as well. Since it's already solicited for pre-orders on Amazon, I guess I can go ahead and say what it is. It's called She's Crazy, He's a Liar-Now What?: A Single Girl's Guide to Understanding the Sexes by Cecily Knobler. And since that's all that's in the public eye right not, that's about all I can share. Once the book comes out and I'll post some of the other images I did. It was a lot of fun to do, but it was also a ton of work. I'm glad to be finishing it up and can't wait to see the finished product.

I've also worked on a few other things here and there but I can't post them until they come out too.

Some of the work I did for a chef can be seen on a couple of online reviews for the restaurant.

Lastly, I'm still working on my graphic novel, Spookytown. All the work I did on the book mentioned above slowed me down, but I'm ready to kick back into high gear. Look for updates soon.

Jeff: Okay, maybe the girl on the front of the book looks a little like Heather.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted, which is lame. I know I get disappointed when I go to the blogs that I regularly haunt and there are no updates. "What? No new post?", I protest in my head. So here's at least a little something about what is going on in my uninteresting (at least to people other than myself) life.

Mainly, I've been busy with freelance stuff. I wish I had time to take a break (as you can see from the "tired eyes" photo), but I do like having work, so I'm not complaining. In fact, I'm thankful for it. I've been doing more things for Tesars Modern Steak and Seafood. Designing labels for different sauce bottles, typesetting some online menus, another illustration, this time of his wife. Bunch of fun stuff. Also, I've been extremely busy doing illustrations for a relationship book that's coming out soon. I did the cover and so far I've done over 60 images and there are still a whole bunch more for me to do. I don't even know what the final count will be. I'm excited to see the finished piece.

I've still been pretty good about working on Spookytown. I did miss a day or two on my "must work daily on Spookytown" New Year's resolution. Hopefully in a month or so I'll post about my progress. Also in comic book related news, I'll be contributing a page to David Hopkins' "One Night Stand" project. It's similar to his "Mine All Mine" anthology that I also participated in. One writer, one broad topic, multiple artists, one page each. This theme is "casual encounters". I eagerly look forward to it.

Also, the big goings-on at the Slayton headquarters is Jackie Bear turning 1 year old. It's hard for me to believe, but it's true. I posted a bunch of photos from his big bash.

That's all I got, later for you.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dallas Comic Con Aftermath

I had a great time at the Dallas Comic Con this past weekend. Ben and Mark really outdid themselves. I hope this con fills the void left by Wizard World Texas, I think it eventually could. The show was packed and I drew non-stop on Saturday, it was crazy, the busiest I've ever been. I believe the final tally was ... 21 Pre-Drawn Sketch Cards, 6 New Sketch Cards, 4 Pre-Drawn Color Sketches, 14 New Color Sketches, 8 New BW Sketches, 1 Shades TPB, 3 Prints.

Obviously, the Sketch Cards were a big hit since I sold almost half of them. I'm definitely gonna keep doing them, I think it's an affordable way to get a full color original piece of art. I'm on a GI Joe kick right now, so I've been doing Dr. Mindbender, Major Bludd, Firefly, Torch, Lady Jaye, Spirit, Eels, Tomax, Xamot, Cobra Commander (hooded) and more. I also need to replace my Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes and Baroness that sold at the show. I'll also be working on some Star Wars cards too.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, I appreciate it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dallas Comic Con This Weekend

Come on out this weekend. I'll be doing commissions all day long and have my new color sketch cards for sale (see previous post).

August 15 -16
Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 12 noon-4:00 pm.
Richardson Civic Center
411 W Arapaho Rd
Richardson, TX

Other Comic Book Guests include:J. Scott Campbell, Paul Smith, Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Brandon Peterson, Kerry Gammill, David Hopkins, Kez Wilson, Ben Dunn, Paul Milligan, Samax Randolph and Space Gun Studios

Click here for more information

Friday, August 07, 2009

Art Love Magic

Me and my buddy Michael Lagocki, Ghostwerks member and founder of Art Love Magic are doing a pin-up swap. He's doing a Spookytown piece for me and here's the one I did for him. It's his muse/mascot, named Haley. Reference image here. If you're an artist, musician, poet or are just into all things creative, be sure to look into what he's doing. It's fairly rad.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Comic Book Covers

This was a fun project I just completed. They're couple of mock comic book covers I did for the guys at Stop by there and watch their short film featuring these characters. Good stuff.

The Professor Dread Lock one is supposed to be more of an 80s era comic, hence the flat color, and the Glitter Girl is more modern. Also posted is an animated gif showing the progression of the Dread Lock cover.

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Cal Slayton's Animation-Slick Abstraction"

Poopsheet Foundation reviewed "Mine All Mine", the mini comic I contributed a page to a while back. The reviewer, Mark Campos gave me a mention...

"...his seventeen artists are a diverse bunch of stylists, adding strong variety to the tales. Hopkins has some heavy friends; there is a helpful index of their websites and blogs in the back, so you can check out more of their work. Realists like Jake Ekiss and Chad Sell stand in contrast to ZeeS's funk blast, Cal Slayton's animation-slick abstraction, David DeGrand's bigfoot rotundity. Only one page doesn't work -- I still haven't figured out what happens in Ryan Cody's page, did the big screen TV decapitate the guy or what?

My page is shown here. There are a lot of cool artists in this book, you should check it out. Found it at the website of "Mine All Mine" writer / editor David Hopkins or next time you see me at a con, I have some copies.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Book Cover - 26 Short Screenplays

Just received my copy of book that I was hired to do the cover illustration on. It's called 26 Short Screenplays for Independent Filmmakers. It's a pretty concept. Here's the description from the website...

This book is a collection of screenplays released under the Creative Commons license. The purpose of this book is to help independent filmmakers develop a portfolio of short films.

Buy a copy today at

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Alternative Bride

Here's is a book cover that I illustrated and designed recently. The Alternative Bride's Guide to Wedding Games. Just got my copy, I like how it turned out. I also did the banner for the website, The book description...

Kick your wedding into high gear with over 111 fabulous games for receptions, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, gift-opening brunches, and more! This book also includes 175 wedding trivia questions, 50 photocopiable pages of game cards and quizzes, plus dozens of bonus ideas and game variations so you can truly put a personal touch on your big day!

So, if you're a soon-to-be bride and are looking for some fun stuff to do, buy a copy right this second.

Available here on

Saturday, July 18, 2009

More Spookytown Freebies

I got the rest of my free stuff in the mail from Vista Print, they came out really great. And Lan, there are no watermarks on these. The only thing I can think of is that maybe if you use one of their business card templates, they might have them on there. I got a second set of the shot of them in the Gum Shoe Investigation office, but added a design to the back. I also got the red graveyard scene on a postcard, also with a back design. And lastly, I made little business card size ones of the swamp scene.Now I have a whole shelf of goodies to use to promote the book once it comes out. I'll mail them out to comic book stores, drop them on freebie tables on cons, and hand them out at my own table.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dallas Comic Con - August 15-16

Come check out the Dallas Comic Con and stop by table. I'll be doing commissions all day long. Big thanks to Mark Walters and Ben Stevens, the organizers of these local shows, for having me as a guest, I appreciate it. I always have a great time at their events.

August 15 -16
Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 12 noon-4:00 pm.
Richardson Civic Center
411 W Arapaho Rd
Richardson, TX

Media Guests include:

Dean Stockwell - BSG, Quantum Leap, Blue Velvet, Dune
Yancy Butler - Witchblade, Hard Target
Barry Bostwick - Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City, Ugly Betty
Rene Auberjonois - Star Trek: DS9, Boston Legal, Benson
Nana Visitor - Star Trek: DS9, Dark Angel, BSG
James Hampton - Teen Wolf, Sling Blade, F Troop

Other Comic Book Guests include:J. Scott Campbell, Paul Smith, Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Brandon Peterson, Kerry Gammill, David Hopkins, Kez Wilson, Ben Dunn, Paul Milligan, Samax Randolph and Space Gun Studios

Click here for more information

Friday, July 10, 2009

R.I.P. Tunis The Cat 1990-2009

Our 19 year old faithful feline companion Tunis passed away today. She had a good long life. Sweet dreams girlie girl.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Belated Spookytown Page Count

I can't believe I forgot to post this. I took this shot a few weeks ago. 37 pages in the can.

Monday, July 06, 2009

New Spookytown Promo Postcards

Every so often, I get these promotions from Overnight Prints and / or Vista Prints for 50 or 100 free postcards. So I try to whip up a new Spookytown and take advantage of the deals. Here is the latest one I created. I should have some more stuff to show in a few weeks. I am still hard at work on the book. I'm doing something each day on it. Lately that hasn't been much, but it's been something, which is better than nothing.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jack Boy

Celebrated my first Father's Day this year. Hard to believe. Also, it's hard to believe how fast the boy is growing. I posted his 9 month photos over at his site. Be warned cuteness overload can be deadly. It... can... be... deadly.

Be sure to check out his sweeet kicks! Chuck Taylors!