Sunday, October 28, 2007

Things that never were part III

So, let's see more stuff from books I've never drawn shall we?

There was an instance where I almost got to do some Conan stuff, with a writer buddy of mine. Unfortunately, they wanted a DIFFERENT ( and more famous) friend of his, so it fell through. Still, would have been cool. The Dark Horse folks are great people, and I consider them friends, so maybe I could still pursue it. Again, I let it go because I just got busy.





So, repeat the above story but replace "Conan" with "Hellboy, Weird Tales". In this case, I'm kinda glad I didn't get the gig as the artist they DID get was perfect for the story and totally KILLED it.







Oh, and for a while there Bendis wanted me to draw The Pulse (when it was switching over from Alias). Marvel feft differently, and so I never got it. Again, I don't think I would have been a good fit for it anyway. I swear I have a guardian angel that kinda guides my career somehow ;)



More soon!

Mike

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Things that never were part II

Hey, so let's continue down memory lane a bit and look at more gigs I did NOT get.

So, I was briefly in the running for Vertigo's Crossing Midnight. In the end, they wanted a different look, which worked out because the artist on that series is fantastic!

Plus, I wouldn't have been available for the Un-men...which, let's face it, is RIGHT up my alley ;)

Here are some designs from when I was trying out for that book.




Also, I was VERY briefly in talks to do a Daredevil fill in. That got about as far as me throwing a car. Still, I did some designs trying to get the gig.








More in a couple of day!

best,
mike

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Things that never were part I

I've come close to doing a lot of different books. Usually my schedule complicates things, or someone changes their mind about me working on a book later in the game. Anyway, I thought you'd all get a kick out of seeing some of the behind the scenes stuff.

Here's one that might actually happen someday, who knows. Anyway, Mike Oeming and I were going to do a big martial arts comic called Ballistic Fist. Our schedules just never seem to jibe, and we've never gotten it started.

Here's a piece I penciled and colored, with inks by Mike



Oh, and I was in talks to do a Simpson comic. Again, my schedule just didn't work out. Anyway, here's some practice runs at the Simpsons.






More in a day or two.

Best,
Mike

Goon inks










Here are some of those Goon inks I promised to post before.

  • Previous Goon post


  • Next up, I'm going to post a bunch of stuff from books I ALMOST got. I think you'll dig it :)

    mike

    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Umbra over there


    So, I get a special kick out of seeing my work translated for other countries and their comic markets. I just got my copies of the French Umbra, which looks great! They did a slightly oversized version with a new cover.

    Umbra recently came out in Brazil too! So, if you're in either country go get a copy ;)

  • Umbra in Brazil

  • Umbra in France



  • mike

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    Monster-a-Day


    Project M.A.D. has been going strong, and I'm having a ton of fun on it again. Thought I'd post a bunch of the newer color sundays from the strip.

    Be sure and check it out daily - http://www.thinktankcomics.com/mad.asp

    Best,
    Mike

    Saturday, October 13, 2007

    Sweet Science #4 WIP Final pt. I


    Been working like hell, but still hoping to get another Sweet Science girl done soon. Here's one of the drawings that in the running (or jumping;).

    Hope you like it.

    Mike

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007

    Un-men #3 out today!

    Hey, Un-men #3 is out today! AND if you thought the ending to the last issue was a shocker, just wait till you see this one! I can't give it away, but I will tell you it involves a bare butt and a little head ;)

    Here's some of the ol' sneak and peek. Pencils and rough inks.







    Best,
    Mike

    Monday, October 08, 2007

    Thinktankcomics.com is LIVE!

    Hey!

    Today's the big day! The thinktankcomics.com site is officially live, and the Hysteria web comic (in English AND Spanish) has begun! Also, Monster-a-day is offically caught up!

    A ton of hard work went into this, and I really hope you all enjoy it. Go check it out.

  • Thinktankcomics.com


  • best,
    Mike

    Sunday, October 07, 2007

    Countdown to Thinktankcomics.com! - 1...

    ONE MORE DAY TILL THE SITE LAUNCHES! I can't believe how good the site is turning out, thanks to Master web ninja L. Jamal Walton! Seriously, dude is the best!

    I also have to thank the entire Thinktank Comics crew: Erik Swanson for the design and lettering for the comic, Ivan Brandon for editing, and my wife Despina Hawthorne for the writing on M.A.D. and all her production help!

    Here's more sneak peeks from the Monster-a-day project.





    best,
    Mike

    Saturday, October 06, 2007

    Countdown to Thinktankcomics.com! - 2...

    Hey all,

    Two more days! Things are kinda crazy here this weekend, with me and the Thinktankcomics.com crew trying to get everything ready for the big day.

    I did an interview at Newsarama.com about the new site.

  • Check it out


  • Also, here's another sneak peek at one of the new M.A.D. monsters. See Monster-a-Day daily at the new thinktankcomics.com site.



    Best,
    Mike

    Friday, October 05, 2007

    Countdown to Thinktankcomics.com! - 3...


    With the new site launching in just three days, I'm going to take the next couple of days to post things related to the site.

    One of the unique features I'm going to have on the site is going to be a bi-lingual web comic. That's right, it'll be in English and Spanish. Eventually, I'm going to do it in French too...but baby steps for now ;)

    Anyway, I'm starting with the original Hysteria comic from 1998/99 and working forward. It'll run daily, Monday through Friday.

    Best,
    Mike

    Wednesday, October 03, 2007

    The return of Monster-a-day (and THINKTANKCOMICS.COM)!


    That's right, on top of everything else I've been working HARD at catching project M.A.D. up for the launch of my new site thinktankcomics.com!

    The site launches Oct. 8th, and the M.A.D. blog will be moving over there.

  • thinktankcomics.com


  • Stay tuned!

    Mike

    Monday, October 01, 2007

    Sweet Science #3 WIP Final pt. II!


    Remember when I said I was done with this print? Man, I was SOOOO lying!

    I can't leave it alone. I'm still tweaking it, hoping to get it JUUUUUST right. More to come soon...

    Mike

    Sweet Science #3 WIP Final


    Here's the final art for the print. I guess I shouldn't say FINAL, as I may still end up changing the background color a bit. However, I'm pretty happy with it. I was really shooting for a very light, cool skin tone and then contrast it with some rich hair color, ornate tatoo, and lots of warm freckles.

    I'll make this print available in a week or so. Just want some time to tweak it a bit, and drop it off at the printer.

    Now, off to a week of the Un-men and then #4!

    Best,
    Mike