Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Line is Drawn...

I recently "auditioned" to become one of the new artists for Comic Book Resources' "The Line is Drawn" column. The idea behind the column is visual interpretations of different themes (odd teamups etc.) pertaining to the world of comics. The two ideas I illustrated were the following:
1) A famous/real/non superhero person as a superhero (top). From a list of 200+ such individuals, I chose Nikola Tesla (top) and gave him the abstract treatment. Note Tesla Coil insignia on the costume.
2) A team up between two characters who hadn't met up before. I chose Mr. Fantastic and Plastic man and gave them the hyper stylized treatment showing them taking on their respective arch rivals Dr. Doom (top) and Dr. Dome (bottom, clever?)
I never really expected to be chosen to be among the new artists (I haven't checked back to see who was), but these were fun exercises. I'm not ashamed to say I still enjoy a good superhero comic.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


A recent strip that appeared in issue #3 of Grawlix which was themed around relationships and breakups.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Illostribute-Albert Dorne

I've been way too behind with adding new posts to this here blog, but full time employment will sometimes disrupt things a bit. Earlier in the fall, I was asked to participate in the site Illostribute by it's proprietor Toby Neighbors. It's a site that gets together a variety of illustration types to pay tribute to other illustrators, in the case of my first post it was Albert Dorne. I confess that I didn't really know much about his work before being asked, but became interested in what I could do after researching his work, especially given the major differences between our styles. The results of what everybody came up with, plus some samples of Dorne's work can be found here, and there really are some incredible pieces to see. My seasonally appropriate contribution is below, check out the original here.

Thanks very much to Toby Neighbors for asking me to partake.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Taddle Creek Issue 27

"Christmas Mummers" Cover Illustration

"Dreyfus in Wichita" by Cary Fagan
"The Saxophonists' Book of the Dead" by Gary Barwin

"Rue du Doo" by Derek McCormack
"Opening Act" by Amy Jones

Tonight (Dec. 6) marks the launch of issue 27 of Taddle Creek in Toronto. Once again I had the pleasure of doing illustrations for the fiction and for the first time also the cover. Due to the theme of the issue being based around music, and also the launch's proximity to Christmas, I decided to do a stylized version of Newfoundland mummers as a cover image. Hopefully people will get that, but if not it might make for a strange conversation piece. If you're in Toronto, check the launch party out tonight. It happens at The Boat, in Kensington Market, and you can find out more info about what's going on here. There's a tonne of great work in this issue, especially a gorgeous 4 page story by Pascal Blanchet and an overview of Doublenaut's amazing poster work.
Thanks as always to Mr. Conan Tobias for his patience and for putting out a great issue.