Blog – The Hero Business http://www.theherobiz.com Because with great power comes great marketability Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 Rough Mondays: New York Comic Con 2016! http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-mondays-new-york-comic-con-2016/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:38:59 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=3044 Hey Heroites!

 

Fresh back from New York Comic Con, and what a successful year it was!

 

With that, I have some commissions to share! Check ’em out!

 

Batgirl Selfie! Batman and Robin Cheetara Danse The Doctor Domino Duela Dent Green Lantern Gwenpool Harley & Ivy Harley Harley Cap & Hawkeye Korra & Crystal Nardo, Legion nemesis Matrix Cosplayers Gotham's Selina Supergirl Toph Two-Face Wolvie & Arnor Wonder Woman Zatanna ]]>
Kick Into The Hero Business http://www.theherobiz.com/kick-into-the-hero-business/ Mon, 11 May 2015 12:50:25 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=2176 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Happy Monday, Heroites!

As promised, I have a very special announcement today: The Hero Business “Season One” Graphic Novel campaign is launching today on Kickstarter! Here’s a mock-up of the book:

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This is the culmination of all my “phase one” plans for the series, collecting all six storylines, all the “Coffee Break” gags, along with guest strips. And as you’ll see in the final pages of season one, there’s definitely more stories to tell in the Hero Business universe! This Kickstarter also offers up some special bonuses to longtime fans. The first storyline has been specially remastered exclusively for this collection. The book is also packed with unseen sketches, and wrapped in a new digitally-painted cover.

I’ve also laid out some pretty cool bonuses for your support — with rewards that include coffee mugs, sketch books, commissions and more.

But perhaps the coolest reward of all was hinted at on page 22 of this storyline. See all those blank boxes of the view screen? That’s The Hero Business Board of Directors. And yes…. that can be you! My executive level reward will put your likeness into the comic itself as one of the Board members, and will be included in this volume. That level of support also includes a signed print of the page, suitable for framing!

The book can’t happen without support. But with your collaboration, we can make it happen. So if you’ve been enjoying the comic for the past few years, please take a look at the campaign page and share on your social network walls and sites.

Thanks in advance for your support!

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Rough Mondays: Pencils to Page http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-mondays-pencils-to-page/ http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-mondays-pencils-to-page/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 04:20:19 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=2170 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Hey there, Heroites!

This week’s strip is running a bit late (but for a very good reason…. stay tuned!)

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a video I created of my process. Check out how The Hero Business is made — from pencils to final page. Unfortunately, the entire process takes a wee longer than four minutes!

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Collective Of Heroes Holiday http://www.theherobiz.com/collective-of-heroes-holiday/ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:26 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=2107 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> The holidays are here, and I’m sharing some fun Hero Business holiday-themed comics on Facebook. Please check out the page and give it a “like” if you haven’t already!

It’s fun being part of the Collective of Heroes community. I get to meet some cool creators and sometimes provide my own take on their creations.

Last year, I provided a Secret Santa surprise for The Emerald Yeti, a fun variation on the classic Fantastic Four cover:

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And this year,  I was happy to do a “Saturday Evening Post” style piece starring The Specialists:

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Soon, I’ll have a Hero Business style greeting to share as well!

 

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Rough Wednesday: Baltimore Comic Con Commissions http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-wednesday-baltimore-comic-con-commissions/ Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:53:32 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=2052 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Day three of Comic Con week!

From last week’s Baltimore Comic Con — another batch of commissions…

Sensor Girl commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Batman ’66 commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Firestar commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Sabrina (meets Michonne) commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Dr. Fate commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Harley & Ivy warm-up sketch (unsold):

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Green Arrow & Black Canary commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Meet the (Blue) Beetles commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Thanks for everyone who stopped by this year!

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Rough Tuesday: ComiCONN Commissions http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-tuesday-comiconn-commissions/ Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:30:46 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=2043 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Day two of Comic Con week!

Let’s flash back to Connecticut’s ComiCONN a few weeks back — for a fresh batch of commissions…

Fatal Five commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Firestar commission, taken with the iPhone:

Firestar_ConnCC2014_walko_web

Stephanie Brown Batgirl commission:

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Darken Rahl & Mord Sith commission:

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Sheldon Cooper sketch, for a friend!

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Buffy warm-up sketch (unsold):

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Female Doctor Who caricature commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Thanks for everyone who stopped by this year!

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Rough Monday: Boston Comic Con Commissions http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-monday-boston-comic-con-commissions-2/ Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:22:25 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=2029 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> I was traveling for the Baltimore Comic Con this past weekend, so no comic for the week. But I thought I’d create a BONUS Comic Con week here at the biz, sharing stuff from this year’s con season!

Let’s flash back to Boston Comic Con a few weeks back — one of my favorites!

Batgirl commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Emerald Empress commission, taken with the iPhone:

EmeraldEmpress_BCC2014_walko_web

Get & Old Lace commission (aww) , taken with the iPhone:

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Dancing Groot commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Guardians of the Galaxy commission, in an homage to the movie poster!

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Uncanny X-Men commission, taken with the iPhone:

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Robin & Wonder Girl commission, taken with the iPhone: RobinWonderGirl_BCC2014_walko_web

Sailor V commission, taken with the iPhone: SailorV_BCC2014_walko_web

Starlord and Gamora commission:

StarLordGamora_BCC2014_walko_web

Supergirl commission, taken with the iPhone: Supergirl_BCC2014_walko_web

White Witch commission, taken with the iPhone: WhiteWitch_BCC2014_walko_web

 

Thanks for everyone who stopped by this year!

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Rough Monday: NYC Special Edition http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-monday-nyc-special-edition/ Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:09:42 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=1938 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Back in from the first New York Comic-Con Special Edition! All in all, it was a great comic-focused show with some awesome guests. A lot of the fans seemed to like it because it was very laid-back and creator focused.

As always, with conventions comes commissions and sketches! I was pretty busy at this one, so here there are (taken with my iPhone, click to enlarge):

Jem_Jacqui_walko_web Catwoman_NYCSE2014 Choir_NYCSE2014_web Firestar_NYCSE2014_web Invincible_NYCSE2014_web DocOck_NYCSE2014_web KoiFishNinja_NYCSE2014_web Batman_NYCSE2014_web Frozen_NYCSE2014_web Killian_NYCSE2014_web PowerMan_NYCSE2014_web

Top to Bottom:

Jem & The Holograms “Flashback”
Catwoman
Choir (student at the X-Men Institute)
Firestar
Invincible
Doctor Octopus
Koi Fish Ninja
Batman
Isla from “Frozen”
Killian (creator-owned character)
Power Man (Victor Alvarez)

It was fun doing all of them; I often tell people doing commissions at shows is like a high wire act…. fun to stretch some muscles and draw new characters while trying to find inventive ways to portray them!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

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Rough Monday: Hartford Comic-Con http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-monday-hartford-comic-con/ http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-monday-hartford-comic-con/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:22:22 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=1922 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Well, the 2014 Hartford Comic-Con was a rousing success! Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

And now…. the commission parade!  Taken with the iPhone, click to enlarge!

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Deadpool Movie poster homage! “Pool Fiction”

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Mary Jane – Iron Fist?

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Mary Marvel

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Ms Marvel

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A Spider-Man themed book — I’ve been wanted to do this Pete & MJ piece for awhile now…

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Wolverine – getting all Days of Future Past-y

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Wonder Woman, for a friend’s daughter (I love drawing Wondy!)

And that’s it! Next up: New York Comic-Con: Special Edition!

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Rough Fridays: Dress Code http://www.theherobiz.com/rough-fridays-dress-code/ Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:55:26 +0000 http://www.theherobiz.com/?p=1878 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Been a long week, Heroites…. but I’ll have a new comic this weekend for sure!

In the meantime, thought I’d share a recent rough for this storyline. Every time it’s a “new day” at The Hero Business, I have to figure out what everyone is wearing. I never liked cartoons where people are dressed “generic”, so I try and give each of the characters a signature style, of sorts. Especially the ladies, who I try and dress realistically and not so similar all the time.

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Lindsay is the newest character in the mix, so I had to finalize his design as well.

There’s a lot of googling going on, to try and keep the characters stylish but not too “of the moment”… which can “date” a comic pretty fast.

Who knew there would be so much costume designing in cartooning?

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