04/23/2017 Raleigh Comic Book Show, Epilogue!

Was so tired at the end of the day Sunday that I went to bed early, and slept late Monday… so I didn’t get to write about my experiences at this weekend’s Raleigh Comic Book Show until late tonight. It was good to see all of my old friends, make some more new ones, and (as I would find out by the end of the show) pose for a super portrait!

There were four invited guest to this show, counting myself. I was seated next to Buddy Prince, and though I didn’t get to talk with him much this show, it’s always good to see him there. Seated to my right was Glen Richardson. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with Glen throughout the show. Turns out we have some similar world views and while our styles are somewhat different, the subjects and references within his work mirror some of my own.

Glen had a bunch of nice prints for sale at the show as well as copies of his self-published comic Sgt Sasquatch: The Bigfoot of Liberty. Make sure you check out the link to Glen’s Web site! We each discussed our own projects and the creative process. He also brought his daughter Ziley with him to the show, who pleasantly surprised me at the end by having drawn a picture of me, for me, while Glen and I had been talking. They also bought a Two-Face sketch card from me, so I know that one is going to a good home!

Super-Me by Ziley:

On the other side of Buddy was Dan Johnson. Unfortunately Dan got there a little after the show had started, and I kept busy so I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to him before the show had ended. I hope to get a chance to meet him in the future.

I had a lot of new personal sketch cards for sale that I had drawn since my last show appearance. I also brought lots of glossy prints as usual, and some freebies to give away to promote the blog and my ‘Sects comic strip. Even though ‘Sects has been on a hiatus of late, I still hope I prompted some new fans to take a look so they’ll be here and ready for when all the guys and gals make a comeback soon!

One fan, Bradley, commissioned a sketch card of the Olympian, from the Global Guardians, during the show. I had to borrow his smartphone for a while for reference because I had to admit I had only a passing familiarity with the character though I did seem to remember something about the Global Guardians. Bradley was patient with my blank brain, and I think I was able to make a good sketch card for him when all was said and done. He is also supposed to share a scan of the card at some point. When he does I’ll make another blog post about that and share the artwork for everyone else to see.

I was also able to connect with Shelton Drum of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and pick up a small box of blank sketch covers comic books. At some point I’ll take inventory of all that I have and make a post so that if anyone wants to request a commission on a blank comic you’ll know what I have available.

All told… I always enjoy appearing at this show, and seeing old friends. Some unique experiences for me this time with the show commission, being an unwitting model for a super-portrait, and making a new creative friend.

Thanks go to Lyn Anderson for the invite, and to all the fans who came out today to support comics, this show, and all of us invited guests! Welcome to all the new followers of my blog or Facebook that come from our meeting at this show too!

Raleigh Comic Book Show, Sunday 04/23/2017

Just found out early last week that I’m going to be a guest at the upcoming Raleigh Comic Book Show, next Sunday! As always, I am looking forward to seeing show runner Lyn Anderson and all the great dealers and convention regulars who attend these shows. Other planned guests at this show are Buddy Prince, who is a solid artist, good guy, and another Raleigh show regular… and Dan Johnson, whom I have not yet met but am looking forward to seeing for the first time!

I will again have original art and sketch cards for sale, including a bunch of new sketch cards from last Inktober that I drew after my last convention appearance. I’ll also have lots of glossy prints of a bunch of illustrations that I’ve drawn over the last few years. Time permitting, I might even be able to do some commission sketch cards or head/bust sketches during the show too. I’m getting ready for the show this week, so I could even surprise myself with new things I don’t yet know I’ll be bringing!

I hope to see lots of Facebook and blog followers at the show… and I promise to try and warp your brain with my nonsense while you’re there. 🙂 If you’re anywhere near Raleigh, NC next week you really ought to stop by the show… you will not be disappointed! For those who can’t attend, I will be blogging about the experience sometime next Sunday night as I normally do after these shows.

Lou Gehrig, The Thinker, and Youtube!

What do Lou Gehrig, Auguste Rodin‘s The Thinker, and Youtube have in common? Not much, until now!

I’ve had a Youtube channel that I’ve done nothing with for ages. I keep threatening to make animations or tutorials or who knows what, and then I don’t. But I’m going to try and start branching out a bit so I wanted to make sure I knew how to upload videos and link them to various other social networking sites. To that end, I needed to come up with a funny in order to have something to post… and that’s where this comes in…

I was thinking (see what I did there) about Lou Gehrig’s famous speech, and Rodin’s famous sculpture popped into my mind. A little creative editing with the actual soundtrack and I separated out the beginning from the ending so that I could leave that little bit of silence to let the joke settle in… used a little Photoshop magic to remove Lou Gehrig and replace him with the sculpture, and there you have it! It’s one of those things that technically works without the audio, but I feel like the audio really drives the joke home… so it made for a nice test subject for my new old Youtube channel.

In the future, I plan on doing some animations with voices and sounds and all that cool stuff… and perhaps some instructional/tutorial videos as well. Who knows what might pop into my weird mind. If you like anything at all I do here, please check out and subscribe to my Youtube channel and keep your eyes peeled!

Ghost in the Candy Shell

Once again, one of those ideas popped into my head and I was amazed to be unable to find any evidence of it already having been done… so I did it last night, just in time for April Fool’s Day!

A nice mashup of everyone’s favorite green lady M & M and the Ghost in the Shell. Recent promotions for the new live-action movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, are what got this idea going. Truth be told, though, the parody here is drawn from the original anime movie poster design more so than anything to do with the modern remake.

I intentionally skimped on the cityscape at the bottom, it’s just a silhouette to set the stage and to honor the layout of the original poster design. The shades rest a little low on M’s face, ‘cause she doesn’t seem to have a nose! 🙂 I also like the simple repeating pattern I came up with for the background to echo the simulated tech background of the original poster.

Please let me know what you think, and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

A Kraken Time Saves Nein

Zeus was angrier than he could ever before remember being… so angry that he was involuntarily shooting lightning bolts from his ears as he stomped across Mount Olympus on his way home from work. The humans this day had so dared to defy him that he could barely compose himself to do what he knew must be done.

Imagine, then, the surprise on Zeus’ face as he arrived at his home to find a note affixed to his door. The note read as follows:


Mr Zeus,

We are sorry to have missed you today, but we must inform you that your lease on our property expired two weeks ago. As per the terms of your original agreement, we have repossessed the Kraken. You do not owe us any further payment at this time. If we may be of service to you in the future, please feel free to contact our offices.


Zeus let out a sigh, knowing this day his anger would have to be quashed as he had known this day was coming but he had inadvertently forgotten to leave word with his receptionist to complete the necessary paperwork in order to maintain his possession of the Kraken. Calmly, he entered his residence and picked up the phone to call his office.

Thank you for calling Zeus Unlimited, this is Epiphany speaking, how may I direct your call?”

“Hi, Epiphany… this is Zeus…”

“Oh, hey boss, I thought you went home for the day?”

“Yeah, Epiphany, it’s a whole thing I’d rather not go into right now… Anyway, I need you to do something for me ASAP!”

“Sure, boss.”

“Go into my office and locate the lease agreement papers for the Kraken…”

“Okay, I’m in your office now… I see the papers. What do you want me to do with them?”

“Re-lease the Kraken.”

‘Sects Wednesday 03/08/2017

*I do support actual women far more than I usually manage to support my female characters. This seemed like as good of a way as any to recognize both of those things on International Women’s Day.

‘Sects Tuesday 03/07/2017

*Sometimes real life gives you better stuff than fiction… The world may never know just what Michael Jordan meant that day of the Duke vs UNC game… but we will all remember where we were the day it happened. Never forget! 🙂

‘Sects Friday 03/03/2017

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‘Sects Thursday 03/02/2017

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*Hopefully everyone can figure out what Buzz is saying…

‘Sects Wednesday 03/01/2017

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*Continuing an Ash Wednesday tradition started last year by Buzz… he lends out all his stuff for Lent so all the characters that normally don’t have costumes or accessories get to have something to carry around for the next month or so! Even though he kind of gets it wrong, he also kind of gets it accidentally right as he is giving up some stuff for Lent… he just wants it back later! 🙂

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