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  • Listening to: Numbers Band
  • Reading: Time Out
  • Watching: The Pacific
  • Eating: grits
  • Drinking: wine
I’ll be at Baltimore Comic Con this weekend: Fri, 9/25 thru Sun 9/27. You can find me doing sketches at the Imperium Comics table in Artist Alley (A113).  Stop by and say hi!
  • Listening to: Ya Ya "Scarred"
  • Reading: Allan Quatermain by Haggard
  • Watching: Parenthood
  • Eating: brussel sprouts
  • Drinking: Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi

The last few weeks have been really busy 'round here.  Couple projects/issues are in the preliminary stages and I haven't had any free time for sketches or other things to post.  Red Panda's still truckin' along.  Gregg's script for the next two-parter is a lot of fun.  Even has some zombies involved.  Part one is out on Comixology 10/15. 

For anyone going to NYCC this weekend: please come visit me at table V12 in Artist Alley! I'll be hunkered down doing sketches most of the weekend.  Artist Alley is always a little more peaceful than the main floor, so, if you need a break from the crowds, head toward the North Pavilion. 

  • Listening to: David Sylvian
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Chopped
  • Eating: toast
  • Drinking: coffee
Woke up this morning and it already felt like Fall.  Depressing.  :(

But, there's some room in my schedule, so I'm currently taking commissions!  Feel free to send me a note or email ( if you'd like a piece.   Here's a quick breakdown of the prices:

Pencils and Inks:
Bust: $40
Full Figure w/ some bg: $50

Bust: $100
Full Figure w/bg: $150
Additional figures: $50 each

Priority shipping in the US is $8.  Shipping elsewhere varies.

I'll also be at Baltimore Comic Con next weekend sharing a table in Artist Alley with James and Chris of Imperium Comics.  I always love Baltimore, and it should be a lot of fun.  Stop by and say hi! 

  • Listening to: Peter Hammill
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother
  • Eating: baked potatoes
  • Drinking: iced roasted green tea
I'll be at Wizard World Philly today through Sunday.  Table B16.  Stop by if you want a sketch or to just say hi! 
  • Listening to: Peter Hammill
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother
  • Eating: baked potatoes
  • Drinking: iced roasted green tea
NYC: Special Edition is this Saturday and Sunday!  I'm in Artist Alley at table L14 doing sketch commissions and selling original pages.  Hope to see some DA folks there! 
  • Listening to: Pere Ubu "Synth Farm"
  • Reading: Charles Burchfield's Seasons
  • Watching: Shameless
  • Eating: Tofu stir-fry
  • Drinking: Genmai cha
This Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 7th and 8th) I'll be at the Baltimore Comic-con in artist alley at the Imperium Comics table.  Stop by for a sketch or to say hi!
  • Listening to: Sparks "Woofer in Tweeter's..."
  • Reading: Ruse by Beatty and Guice
  • Watching: Community
  • Eating: Tofu stir-fry
  • Drinking: Stillwater Beer
I'll be in West Reading at 1UP Collectibles doing sketches most of the day!  Stop by if you can!
  • Listening to: Telex "Baby When?"
  • Reading: Leigh Brackett's Empire script
  • Watching: The Bachelor (?!)
  • Eating: carrots and peanut butter
  • Drinking: Bigelow Sweet Dreams tea
What's new?

Had a great time at the Clarks Summit con.  It was surprisingly busy for a cold Sunday afternoon in an out of the way town.  Got to meet some real nice folks and do some fun sketches.  Only did a few personal commissions...the rest were just random characters I drew as samples during the con.  I kept wanting to say, "Hey, don't buy those, they're just samples!  I'll draw anyone you want."  Then again, there's a 90% chance they'll want the same usual suspects.  Neal Adams saw my Logan piece when he stopped by my table.  "They're always drawing Wolverine," he said with a sigh.

Speaking of popular characters...while I didn't win the Threadless Spider-man contest, the folks at Threadless selected my design as one of the alternates.  So, if you're in the market for Spider-man apparel, have I got a shirt you'll love:…  Can't pick a favorite Spidey villain?  Who says you have to.  They're all here.  :)

Wrapping up the "Mask of the Red Panda" project in the next week or so.  Decoder Ring Theatre and old time radio fans should be familiar with ol' Red and will really get a kick out of the 3 (BIG) issue series written by charming Canuck creator Gregg Taylor with pencils and inks by yours truly.  The first issue should be out Feb. 27 from Monkeybrain comics. (  It's in glorious black and white!  I'll post a link when it's live.

Ithaca (, is still updating on a weekly basis.  A nice big chunk of the story is up if you haven't checked it out yet.  Written by Emily Hall, layouts by Jeremy Mohler, and penciled an inked by me.  

Black Coat: The Blackest Dye pages are in the works.  Kickstarter backers already caught a sneak peek.  More are on the way.

Hey, my buddy Eric's novella, Gil's Grimoire and The Library of Doom!, is up for free on Amazon (…) and B&N (…)  It's FREE and it's a fun read.  Go download it already!
  • Listening to: Vangelis "Memories of Green"
  • Reading: Ultimate X-men vol. 16
  • Eating: olives
  • Drinking: whiskey and club soda
Thanks SOO much to everyone who supported and promoted the Black Coat Kickstarter!  We made our goal a couple hours ago and finished up almost a thousand bucks over.  You've helped a great little indie book keep chugging along and have kept this scribbler busy with paying work for at least a couple more months.  I can't thank you enough, and I really hope to make the book something special.  

2012 really sucked for me and this gets the new year off to a great start...Cha Cha 2013! (that's for you La Dusseldorf fans)

  • Listening to: Be Bop Deluxe "Heavenly Homes"
  • Reading: "The Knightsbridge Mystery"
  • Eating: cookies
  • Drinking: a hot toddy
Only 5 days left to fund a new Black Coat series! 5 days left and still $7000 short!  I'm getting very nervous we're not going to make it.  We're offering a lot of GREAT rewards to contributors.  If you're already a backer, please help us spread the word.  Thanks!
  • Listening to: Captain Sensible "Glad it's All Over&quo
  • Reading: Robinson Crusoe
  • Eating: Bananas
  • Drinking: Coffee with pumpkin spice creamer
...and not halfway yet!  Ben's added a lot of cool rewards and bonuses to a lot of levels.  Practice your best Tarzan yell and swing by:… to check 'em out.  

If you contribute you'll get a lot of cool reading material and swag, and you'll be helping a couple of guys make comics for people who love comics.  

The Black Coat isn't a movie pitch, licensed cash grab, or a marketing gimmick.  It just wants to be a comic book that tells an exciting story.  Remember those?  :)
  • Listening to: "Animal Magic" by Peter Gabriel
  • Reading: Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
  • Eating: Grape Nuts
  • Drinking: Tab
Visit me in Artist Alley at New York Comic Con this Friday thru Sunday.  I'll be doing sketches and selling prints and originals.  My table number: AA5A   

So many A's....maybe it's a sign.  Someone's seen my yellow liver or wants me to play for the farm team.

See you at the show!
  • Listening to: Ralf & Florian
  • Reading: Kraftwerk: From Dusseldorf to the Future
  • Eating: gallo pinto
  • Drinking: coffee with silk creamer tomorrow and I'll be spending my day sketching at 1up Collectibles in West Reading, PA (  If you're anywhere near that neck of the woods, swing by after 10am and say hi.  It's their home turf, so the Trailer Park of Terror guys will be there.  I'm sure a panoply of other creators will be, too.  As an added incentive: free with every sketch-my 20 second Avengers movie review!!
  • Listening to: Wall of Voodoo
  • Reading: the list of ingredients
  • Eating: raisin bran
  • Drinking: almond milk
I'll be in New York this weekend for the very thrilling NEW YORK COMIC CON.  Yes, all caps.  Table C16 in artist alley.  Stop by if you get a minute.  Which, according to Johnny Carson, is only a second within city limits.

And how do you change the header to journals in this new DA?  It's been so long since my last journal my raisin bran is soggy.
  • Listening to: Wall of Voodoo
  • Reading: the list of ingredients
  • Eating: raisin bran
  • Drinking: almond milk
Wow, I can't believe the New York Comic Con is this coming weekend!  Feels likes its only been 19 months since the last one!  

If you're attending, please visit me in Artists Alley (Table N-11).  I'll be doing sketches and selling some books, originals, and prints.  

Trust me, I'm much more attractive in person. :)
  • Listening to: Hohokam
  • Reading: Journey by W. Messner-Loebs
  • Eating: Rice Pilaf
  • Drinking: Fruit Punch Kool-Aid
Just wanted to say thanks to all the new Watchers, visitors, and everyone who has faved the Donkey Kong/Batman mash-up.  I really appreciate all the new folks swinging by and looking at my stuff.  And extra special thanks to whomever posted it on 4colorrebellion, gonintendo, and kotaku.  You guys really made my day.
  • Listening to: Symphony of Science
  • Reading: The Virginian by Owen Wister
  • Eating: spaghetti
  • Drinking: black tea
Recently some folks have asked me for commissions, and I figure I might as well post my rates for anyone else interested:

9"x12" 1 figure ink wash $30 (see Rogue, Captain Marvel, etc. in my gallery for samples)
9"x12" 2 figures ink wash $50

Anything larger than 9"x12": rate on request

Prices include shipping in the US and my turnaround time is never more than 3-4 days.  Paypal only.

If anyone's interested, send me a note!
  • Listening to: Julian Cope "Jehovahkill"
  • Reading: Middle Ages by Morris Bishop
  • Eating: from the Yakitori Boy menu
  • Drinking: Philly Brewing's Joe Porter
I think media are at their most interesting before anybody's thought of calling them "art".  When people still think they're just a load of junk.

--Douglas Adams

plug time:  Black Coat: Or Give Me Death #1/#2 comes out this Wednesday (11/11).  Pick it up, or ask your local shop.
  • Listening to: Yes "And You and I"
  • Reading: Blackhawk ('89 series) issue 4
  • Eating: Manchego and bread
  • Drinking: Morning Thunder tea
Just got back from a trip to Spain, Barcelona and Sevilla specifically.  The amount of gorgeous buildings crammed into those two cities is unbelievable.  By the second half of the trip I experienced that same art museum feeling I mentioned in my last journal; I reached a saturation point and just couldn‘t look at any more beautiful buildings.  My brain was full and needed a head-cleaner or something.  So, putting our cameras away, we (Melanie and I) just relaxed, strolled, and enjoyed the Spanish sun.

Of course, it couldn’t last.  We were crammed into a 767 with a bunch of sweatpants-wearing boors, and, as we cruised West over the Atlantic, the visions of gardens and  palaces faded away.  Were we ever there?  Does beauty even exist?  What?  Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over that jerk shouting for more peanuts.

Real quick: gotta love a country where you can just order a “beer” (well, a cerveza) and the bartender will just give you one.  Try doing that here.  Was at Doc Watson’s a couple weeks ago (hey, they got a nice happy hour) and I saw a guy, a tourist that couldn’t speak much English,  approach the bar and say, “Beer.”  The bartender was stone-faced.  The tourist said again, “Beer.”  Now the attitude comes.  The bartender wipes the bar with his rag and goes, “What KIND of BEER do you want?”  Geezus, such hospitality.  The guy probably came a thousand miles to spend money at your bar.  Just give him a Yuengling or a Bud or whatever the happy hour special is.  What’s he gonna say, “Hey, man, this ain’t no beer!”  (Personally there are times when I think Yuengling is more piss than beer, but I digress.)  

Anyway, plugs:

Boom! Studios put out Poe #3 last week.  Go snag a copy if you can.  

The Black Coat: Or Give Me Death #3 is available for preorder in the latest Previews.  Tell your neighborhood retailer before the month's over.  It's in the Ape Entertainment section.
  • Listening to: "I Hate to Eat Alone" by 10CC
  • Reading: "A Boy and His Dog" by Ellison
  • Eating: Fake hot dogs w/German mustard
  • Drinking: Wylers diet lemonade
Before I get to my shameless plugs for upcoming books...

Here's a brief excerpt from Leonard Rifas's interview with Cat Yronwode in COMICS INTERVIEW #23 (circa 1985).  I was reading it on the train to Atlantic City the other day and really dug some of Cat's thoughts on comic art.  For those who don't know, Cat was the Editor-in-Chief of Eclipse Comics. So smart.

Cat: "...there are a lot of younger readers who feel that in graduating from childhood to adolescence they have to pay lip service to the idea that good art is complex art.  That good art is highly rendered art.  They won't even pick up ZOT!  They would rather have a Perez drawing with all of that tiny-tiny detail.  I'm not singling out Perez, I like Perez's work, but it's a different style.  Then later when these kids become adults and are secure that it's okay to like comics, the can go back to a simple, open style like Scott(Mcloud's)and say, "this is all perfect," or they can go to a style like Dan Spiegle's-and still like George Perez too."

Leonard: "That thing about kids showing their maturity by going for the heavily rendered stuff.  That seemed to be one of the big problems that the underground comix sank seems that the mainstream comics are now sinking into that same hole."

Cat: "Yes, it ends up with rococo or baroque.  It's a pseudo-sophistication which in the end becomes mannerism.  Now I'm also a sucker for rendering because I can't do it...I like too many styles to become hung up on any one approach to art."

That part at the end seems even more valid today.  Flippin' through the current Previews is like walking through the 18th century wing of an art museum.  It will give you a headache if you stay too long.

Speaking of the current Previews (August), two books drawn by me are available.  

Under the APE ENTERTAINMENT section you'll find a listing for The Black Coat "Or Give Me Death"  combo issue #1 and #2.  I drew issue #2.  Written and colored by Ben Lichius.  Ben really knows how to write pulp action.  It was a challenge trying to capture the excitement of his script, but, man was it fun.  Preorder it from your local shop as soon as you can.

Under BOOM! Studios you'll see the 4th and final issue of Poe.  It's my favorite of the series and definitely worth picking up for horror fans or those who like 19th century period pieces.  J. Barton Mitchell wrote a really emotional ending that doesn't leave anything hanging.  Check it out.

Wow.  Never thought I'd have a single book in Previews, let alone two in one month.

I feel like a lucky bastard.