Friday, December 30, 2011

Conan 12 preview

There is a preview floating around the web for my last issue of Conan. Here are the pencil versions.







Enjoy, cause it looks like issue 12 is the last comic you'll see from me for a while.

Fun while it lasted.

best,
Mike

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Crazy!

Hey everyone!

Posted some new Christmas themed strips over on Raising Crazy

. Enjoy!

mike

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Conan 11 preview

Hey!

There's a new preview for Conan 11 online, which you can see here.

And, as always, here are some of the pencils for you process junkies that like to compare the pencils to the finished product.







Enjoy!

Best,
Mike


Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Best Vampire ever

Hey,

It's Vampire week on Comic Twart. Guess which Vampire I picked?



;-)

best,
Mike

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THEY

Hey everyone,

Check out this cover for THEY, a new horror novel from Jesus Gonzalez. Jesus is a friend of mine,a wonderful writer and his book is available for pre-order now from the fine folks at Thunderstorm books. Horror fans should definitely check out Jesus' work, and consider giving THEY a shot.

I got to do the cover for the book and wanted to share a bit of the process with you. It was fairly straight forward in that I painted it by hand, then added color digitally. I fiddled with the design of the cover, title and spine, some of which was used by the publisher. Bare in mind you're seeing my ideas with all the blemishes left in. You process fans can have fun comparing.











This first version of the book is a collector's edition, and I believe a mass market version is in the works. So this is your chance to get the book in it's limited, collector's form. I believe we may be signing some too, so stay tuned for more info on that.

Best,
Mike



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Chel!

It's my week to pick the theme for Comic Twart, and I went with Chel from Road to El Dorado. I didn't come within a mile of capturing the charm of the character, and managed to screw up SEVERAL drawings of this piece (which I'll post later in the week in a little process post).

But, let's face it. You just can't compete with this...

"The Hip, the HIP!"

Arrhh!

Anyway, here's my finished piece.



Best,
Mike


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

"I solve problems"



Hey everyone,

So, today the last issue of the much loved creator owned series "Fear Agent" ships. It's the end of this arc, and the book. Fans are lamenting the end of it, and for good reason. It's consistently sat up on many comic fans' list of favorite creator owned comics. Chances are your favorite comic writer or artist loves this book. It's universally praised. (No pun intended ;-)

I read some wonderful reviews online (from critics and fans alike!), and as much as I am flattered by the kind words I have to admit they make me feel a little uncomfortable.

To explain why, I have to back track a bit. I, as you know, make comics. I've gotten fairly good at it, which is valuable to some people. But what is of more value to people is that I am able to solve problems once they arise. I don't do anything the creators involved can't do themselves, I just lend a hand and a fresh pair of eyes. Many of the books I've worked on were having some kind of trouble. I've even been brought on to books as a "ghost" to help a creative team out of a bind. (No, I won't tell you what those books were, so please don't ask.)

So, amongst friends, I've been jokingly compared to Winston Wolfe from Pulp Fiction because "I solve problems". I'm not quite that cool, and I haven't been called on to wash blood and gore off of anyone, but who knows what life has in store for me ;-)


This brings me to Fear Agent. Rick and Tony have been friends of mine for a long time. I can remember when they were first working on the pitch for Fear Agent. They did everything to get the book ready, from hashing out logo designs and even the book's name, to securing colorists and letterers. They were sure they had sometime special on their hands and they were on fire. They built Fear Agent from the ground up, and publishers noticed. The series went from Image, then there was some wrangling between publishers who were eager to get this new, great book (along with it's amazing creative team) in their stable. Fear Agent ended up at Dark Horse, where it has made it's home. (even Hollywood noticed, and rumors of a Fear Agent movie have been floating around for some time.)


However, and this is no secret, the book often had scheduling problems. There's no "bad guy" behind that. It's just that life sometimes complicates things and building a creator owned series of any kind, while still making a living, is difficult at BEST. Trust me, I know.


So, towards the end of the first arc I was brought on to do layouts and help the book along. My contribution was minimal. I drew rough layouts breaking down the pages into shots and panels, and Tony used them as a guide for the final art. Simple.

Fast forward, towards the end of the series, and I was asked to draw rough pencils which Tony would then tweak/add detail for John Lucas to do finishes over. Again, a fairly minimal contribution.

This is why I'm a little uncomfortable with the high praise in reviews and on various social media sites. I appreciate it, but I came to the party so late, and brought so little, that I feel odd taking credit for how fun it turned out to be.

I just came to the book to help, to "solve a problem". That's all. I didn't create any of the characters, I didn't really design any aliens, I didn't even contribute "finished" art.


Rick and Tony built this thing, with some later help from the great Jerome Opena. They fought to get it made and noticed. I never suffered though the lean times when the book brought in no money, before Dark Horse backed the comic. Rick and Tony printed posters and promo material to hand out at cons from their own pocket. They believed in this book when no one else did.

If I may continue with the Pulp Fiction comparison, Fear Agent is no more about me than Pulp Fiction is about Winston Wolfe. I'm proud to have be a small part of Fear Agent, and add a little of me to the mix. But I feel strongly that Rick, Tony, and to a large extent Jerome, deserve the praise for creating this book. That's the magic, CREATING a new thing! Not fixing a new thing when a part breaks down.

I know how hard it is to try and make a creator owned book work. My heart still aches for my own failed ventures in creator owned comics, most specifically with Hysteria. So I respect these guys for pulling it off. Hats off to them.


Support Rick and Tony. Support Fear Agent. Support Dark Horse for once again putting their time and money in a creator owned book. Read Fear Agent. They have trades from the very first arc available. I'm positive you'll enjoy it :-)


Best,
Mike


Friday, October 28, 2011

Storm Watch


We here in Central PA are bracing for a freak, VERY early snow storm! We might get as much as 8 inches of snow here, and it has everyone thinking a collective "WTF!?" here.

In the meantime, I was commissioned to draw Storm.

Coincidence? I think NOT my friends! I THINK NOT!!

best,
mike

Monday, October 24, 2011

Two part Raising Crazy!

I hope you guys are reading my webcomic, Raising Crazy! Just posted this strip!



If you dig it, tell your friends!

best,
Mike


Monday, October 17, 2011

Greatest Zombie of all time! The Tarman!

It's ZOMBIES week over on Comic Twart, and with the Halloween season upon us I expect scary things from the crew!

I chose to draw the one Zombie that creeped me out as a kid - The Tarman, from Return of the Living Dead!



Seriously, I once gave a person nightmares just DESCRIBING Tarman to them. That creepy walk, the nasty slimy melted flesh, and that voice!

I might also draw Trash from the same movie... but worry the fellas will yell at me for drawing a nude Zombie ;-)

Enjoy!
Mike

PS - Before anyone hammers me about Zombie lore and who they think the "greatest" is,I should add that I haven't seen very many Zombie flicks. Never seen Walking Dead, or the slew of new films that have come out. I think ROTLD was about all I could handle ;-)

So to each their own!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Black Metal Vol. 2 pin up

heyo!

Ok, so a book I've been looking forward to for a long time is out, Black Metal 2! If you read volume one, you know just how awesome Rick Spears and Chuck BB are! I was won over by volume 1, and when Chuck asked me to contribute a pin up to #2 I was all like "DUDE!"... or something like that.

Anyway, I did this...


And Chuck is all like, "We should print it like THIS!"...


And I was like "my DUDE!"


Do yourself, and these fantastic creators, a favor - check out the book. Ask your comic retailer for it. Order it online. Telly our friends!

You can read a free preview for it over on the Oni Press website.

Thanks!

best,
Mike

Raising Crazy, go read!

Hey everyone!

I hope you're all reading my webcomic, Raising Crazy!

If not, please give it a read, tell your friends, pass it on :-)



Best,
Mike


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Conan cuts people up

So, yeah...Conan. Cutting people up. Self explanatory.

You don't need me to tell you this aint work or kiddie safe, right?



Mike

Monday, October 10, 2011

The PUNISHER on Comic Twart

This week on Comic Twart we take on the Punisher!


This was done on black paper with white acrylic and some black ink.

Enjoy,
Mike

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Featured on DockingBay64.com

hey all!


I'm a "featured artist" on DockingBay64.com. I'm really flattered, and happy they saw fit to share my work with their readers.

Followers of the blog will have seen most of this stuff, but just in case swing by and check it out.

best,
Mike


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Raising Crazy is back!

You guys know Raising Crazy is back, right?!

Go read!!


Best,
Mike

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hack Slash

hey all!

Tim Seeley's "Hack Slash" is this week's feature on Comic Twart.

Swing by, enjoy the art, and maybe look into a creator owned book maybe you haven't checked out before.


best,
Mike

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Buck, buck, buck, BUCKY!

Funny thing about being on Comic Twart. I'm constantly asked to draw characters that I've not only never drawn before, but never even THOUGHT to draw before. Like Captain America's "Robin", Bucky Barnes. I like that the group forces me out of my comfort zone. Promotes growth.






It's Bucky Barnes week over on Comic Twart. I expect we'll see some goodies from the fellas, three of which are or have worked on Captain America.

Best,
Mike


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fear Agent 31 finally shipping!

Hey everyone!

So, apparently Fear Agent 31 is shipping tomorrow! Rick says it's been a year, which is hard to believe. But then, I drew Fear Agent before the entire arc of CONAN, which I just wrapped up. So, I suppose it has been a long time. As I've stated before, I really have NO idea why there was a hold up. I know we'd all wrapped it up a long time ago.

Anyway, I figured I'd repost this preview from a while back.








You can see the full color preview here.

Thanks!

best,
Mike