Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gotham Girls Print

My new Gotham Girls prints finally arrived and are available for purchase. They're $25 shipped. If you're interested in one,just drop me a line at contact [at] calslayton [dot] com and I'll give you my PayPal info.  If you're coming out to Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days, I'll have them there and they'll be even cheaper. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Vulture Illustrations

A few illustrations I did of some vultures.  That is all.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Walter White

Heisenberg. Walter White. Whatever. From my favorite show right now, Breaking Bad. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fan Days - October 19-21

Come out and see me at Fan Days. If that's not enough for you, you can also see...

Bruce Campbell
Stan Lee
Felicia Day
Tom Felton (That's Draco Malfoy)
Robert Englund
Sean Astin
Alan Tudyk
Steven Yeun Lauren Cohan (Walking Dead)
Ralph Bakshi
Geoff Darrow
Howard Chaykin
Frank Cho
James O'Barr
Ben Dunn
Steve Niles
Bernie Wrightson
and a ton of others.

Irving Convention Center 500 W Las Colinas Blvd Irving , TX
(Intersection of 114 and NW Highway).
October 19-21, 2012
Friday 2pm-8pm
Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm.

Click here for all the details you'll ever need.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Fantastic Fours signed by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee

My two Fantastic Fours signed by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.

Got them in the early 90s at a convention with Kirby's signature already on them. Got Stan to sign them in '97.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Here is a Two-Face piece I just completed. It's available for sale, $50 plus shipping. 8.5" x 11" sketchbook paper, ink and Copic markers. Just drop me a line if you're interested.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mock Comic Book Cover Wedding Gift

Here is a look at a mock comic book cover that I was commissioned to create. A guy was giving it to his friends that were getting married. Below that is a peek behind the scenes are the creation process. Pencils to inks to final cover.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

My "Baroness Means Business" Come to Life

A GI Joe fan and his wife who liked my Baroness in business attire piece I did a while back decided to bring her to life at a Joe convention recently.  They commissioned this illustration from me and had it at their table during the show.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Storm Clouds

We had some really cool clouds come in over our house last night. These photographs really don't do them justice. Heather and I stood outside for 15 minutes just watching them move. It was pretty incredible.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Red Riding Hood

Recent commission for a friend. Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.  This was a fun, I like how it turned out.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Baroness Means Business

I did this commission for a guy who liked my "business-look" Baroness I posted a while back.  He's wife is going to cosplay the look at a Joe convention soon and wanted to have this on display at their table. I'll aak him to forwarded a photo form the show and I'll post it here if he can send one.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Suicide Squad Commissions

Here are a couple of commissions I did for someone recently. I recreated the entire Brave and the Bold masthead in Adobe Illustrator.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dallas Comic Con 2012

My ugly mug and stuff for sale.

Once again, Dallas Comic Con was a awesome show.  I’ve been doing it since it’s inception, I’ve always had a great time and this year was no different.
Last year they had a record-setting turnout and this year they blew that out of the water. Never has a local show had that many people clamoring to get in. I got there over two hours before doors opened and there were already 200 - 300 people outside.  And as the day went on, that line weaved back and forth and around the Irving Convention Center. It was a mass of people.

There were so many guests and exhibitors that a lot of the artists, including me, were set up on the fourth floor.  This of course made us all nervous, fearing that no one would find us. And for the first hour or more that seemed to be the case.  Then little by little people staring coming up.  Luckily the fourth floor is where all the Q&As were being held and that drove hundreds of people upstairs. Once they knew we were there, we had a steady flow both days.

Last year was the most successful show I’ve ever had and I came just a bit shy on matching it this year.  But last year was an anomaly where I had one guy get 5 commissions from me. That never really happens.

Thanks as always to Mark Walters and Ben Stevens for having me.  Thanks to David Hopkins for being a cool neighbor all weekend, a;ways like sitting with him. And a huge thanks to everyone who stopped by to get commissions, to buy stuff or just to gab.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dejah Thoris piece up for auction

I donated this piece to the Artists Supporting Wounded Warriors Project.

"Comic artist's and TV/Movie Celebrities from all around the country will come together for a fundraiser at this year's Dallas Comic Con, Sat. May 19th, to support the fine work of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The WWP's purpose is to....Raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other;' and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. This is a wonderful cause that supports those who have put it all on the line for their country"

Go here for more information:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Adam Yauch

"Who's your favorite music artist?"

Can you answer that definitively? I can and always could ... Beastie Boys.

Favorite movie? Favorite book? Too hard for me to choose. But the Beasties have always been the go-to group for me.

So, obviously the news of Adam Yauch passing away has had a big impact on me. There have been other famous people that I was a fan of that have died, of course, but I couldn't come up with one that sadden me more.

Joe Strummer came to mind first, but The Clash had been broken up for years. I was a Nirvana fan, but when Kurt Cobain killed himself it didn't impact me like this. The band had only been around for 4 or 5 years.  Frank Sinatra. At the time,  I really had only been a fan of his for about 5 years as well, plus he was old and in declining health, so it really wasn't a shock. This is different.

I was a Beastie Boy fan from the get-go.  From before the get-go. When my buddy and I went to the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis to see the Run DMC Raising Hell concert, the Beasties weren't even on the lineup with LL Cool J, Whodini and the others, so when they rambled unexpectedly onto the stage, most people thought they were roadies coming out to fix something. But we went crazy. They ripped through just 3 songs and left the stage.  It was awesome.

Not only did we get to see them in concert again when they went on the Licensed To Ill tour, we actually got to meet them. My friends Scott, Philip and I drove over from Forrest City, AR to Memphis early because (and I kid you not) we heard about this store that sold all this cool Adidas gear.  But to our disappointment, the joint was closed because it was Sunday. So, picture if you will … three dejected teens driving down Elvis Presley boulevard, we glance over at the gates of Graceland and see a group of about ten people. The three in the middle are the Beastie Boys.

Never has a u-turn been executed so quickly with three guys yelling at the top of their lungs. We parked the car and ran over to Elvis' tacky former home.  A photographer was taking shots of the Beasties posing in front of the gates. A handler asked us to stay back.  One guy came up to us saying he was a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine, he asked us where we were from and even asked me my name because I was wearing a shirt I had gotten made (And again, I kid you not) that said "Most Illinest B-Boy".

Once the photo shoot of was over, Adam and Adam sprinted across traffic to the burger place on the other side, leaving Mike D laughing. We asked him to pose for a quick photo with us, he happily obliged.  Once Ad Rock and MCA got back, we got photos when them too.  They were really cool.  It was just the kind of interaction you'd hope you'd have.

Back in the car and we calmed down, we all came to the conclusion that that guy was not a reporter, but just a handler that kept people away. But we didn't care, we were on cloud 11 heading to the show that night. There were a ton of people from our high school at the show and no one believed us when we told them what happen.  But I couldn't blame them. We were jokesters and it was a pretty cool story. To top the day off, we got down to the front row against the stage.  Then Ad Rock looked down at us at one point, we all pointed to my shirt and he pointed back with a smile and a look of recognition. You couldn't tell us nothing.

Weeks later I was at a friend's house when my mom called.  I thought something bad had happened because she'd never called there before.  She said, "What did you do to Rolling Stone magazine?". I was dumbfounded.  The reporter was real. A fact checker called to confirm who I was and where I lived.  And I got a blurb in Rolling freaking Stone.

25 years later, the Beastie Boys have been with me every step of the way. I imagine I've heard MCA's voice a least once a week throughout those years. I bought every album the day it came out, saw them in concert a few more times, I have all the side projects, several live discs, countless remixes, instrumentals, acapellas, t-shirts and books. I have memories good and bad that coincide with each album. Different points in my life have Beastie Boys as the soundtrack.

And now I'll only have the memories. That makes me sad indeed. I knew he was sick but like most people, thought he was beating it. So, it was a real shock. Rest in peace MCA, thanks for weaving in and around my life, making me laugh, causing me to bob my head and bringing me so much musical happiness.

UPDATED. Scanned all the photos form meeting them.

BB posing for the photo that you see in the Rolling Stone article in front of the gates ate Graceland. I THINK that might be Ricky Powell in the fedora and letterman jacket. (Ricky confirmed on Instagram that it's him)

Mike laughs at Adam and Adam running across Elvis Presley Blvd. to a burger place to grab some food. Ricky on the left?  (Ricky confirmed on Instagram that it's him, I'm thinking that the guy in the back might be Scilken)

 My friends and I pop in for a photo with Mike. Very cool to us, even took of his sunglasses for it. Me sporting my homemade shirt that they quote in the article. I think we might have asked Ricky to take it.

Then we ran across the street, the Adams were coming out. Maybe their bus in the background? Maybe that’s Dave Scilken with them? (I now believe it to be Tom Cushman)

Scilken?  (I now believe it to be Tom Cushman)

They pose for a pic. Ad Rock being the prankster.

The guy who was with them took this shot for us, possibly Scilken.

Still have the shirt

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dallas Comic Con is Coming

It's that time of year again, time for the Dallas Comic Con. If you attended last year's show, you know just how big it was. It was crazy.  I was busy all day long doing commissions for people.  It was actually my best show to date and this year's DCC looks to be even bigger.

Guest include:  Patrick Stewart, Val Kilmer, Adam West, Burt Ward, Stan Lee, Neal Adams, George Perez, Len Wein, Kevin Conroy, Dave Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Mayhew, Kristanna Loken, John De Lancie and many more.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas. Come on out and say "hello"!

Click here for all the details

Monday, March 26, 2012

Little bit of my art on the side of a semi

You can see the illustration I did for USJesco's "Chef's Rival" on the side of their semi truck trailer.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Sketches

Here are a handful of sketches I did before the Sci Fi Expo.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

GI Joe Sketches

Some sketches I did recently of some favorite Gi Joe characters. All are available for sale.