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Getting in the festive holiday spirit, I’m doing an interesting little project — mashing up holiday album covers with comic characters of that era! Here’s the start to the countdown….
It’s holiday season at Arkham Asylum, and Harley Quinn has her own way of decking the halls. This one is inspired by Mariah Carey’s 2010 release, “Merry Christmas II You.”
It’s the 90s! Happy Holidays from Young Justice – Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin and Impulse. “Justice for Christmas!” “No, just us for Christmas.” You just know Bart named this album. This one is inspired by 98 Degrees’ 1998 release, “This Christmas.”
So, Heroites, here’s an exclusive look at the albums I’ll be homaging… wager any bets as to which heroes will grace which covers?
I’ll be counting down a decade each day all week, from the 2000s to the 1960s! And I’ll post the final results here next week!
Iron Brat! Baby Black Bolt! Master Fantastic! Student Xavier! Lil’Doc Strange! Smallmariner! It’s the Lil’uminati – keeping the Marvel Universe safe from super-criminals and cooties.
All part of ‘lil week at “The Line It Is Drawn”
Lately, a number of fans have requested prints, which I usually only sell at con appearances. But there’s been enough requests that I’m making them available for the holidays – or until quantities last.
Each print is 11×17″ and suitable for framing, printed on Glossy Paper (80lb Text). And if you’re buying as a gift, there are a number of attractive 11×17 frame options on Amazon.com.
Each print is $15.00. I’m also running a holiday special, Set of 3 prints for $30 (buy two get one FREE, essentially).
You can purchase them in the Hero Business Gift Shop, along with other great Hero Business product offerings. Please note the separate purchase options for SINGLE prints and SET OF 3 prints.
PLUS: Like Us on Facebook and learn how to get an exclusive holiday discount at checkout!
So, back from the ever-enjoyable Albany Comic-Con! I didn’t think I’d be going and then fate intervened — fun show, as always!
Here’s the commission haul.
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Here’s a (classic) Aquagirl commission with the admiring Aqualad. I was inspired by her first appearance, where the evil Dr. Dorsal hypnotized the Aqua-Teens when they ran off to an underwater discotheque.
Second commission, the request was for “any Avenger”; I had previously done Firestar for this same book. After much deliberation, I decided on Tigra.
Next up, the request was for Magik (Illyana Rasputin) as a schoolgirl; I had previously done X-23 and Dazzler, so this was another fun addition in the same vein.
Lastly, a Zatanna commission. How could you NOT love drawing the mistress of magic!?!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the show! Now… back to that commission list o’ mine.
Straggling after a weekend of Rhode Island Comic-Con! First time they put on a show this big…. overall, a fun time.
And now… sketches and commission! Click to enlarge.
Unsold Catwoman warm-up sketch.
Lee Meriwether was a guest, so it seemed fitting!
Jubilee commission, taken with my iPhone.
Love me some Jubes!
Tank Girl commission, taken with my iPhone.
Id’ love to draw her again!
Unsold Wolverine warm-up sketch. Grr!
Unsold Storm warm-up sketch. Goddess!
And that’s it! Not too many sketches this show.
Now, back to work!
OK, so for this week’s side project, I’m doing another “Saturday Morning Redux” — a vintage kids’ program polished off with a lil’ Walko charm.
So let’s make this another contest! Take a look see (you can click to enlarge):
Correctly identify the TWO SHOWS being revamped here!
E-mail your guesses (please do not post below), and for the first person to identify correctly, I’ll do a con-style commission of any character of your choosing!
Get the guessing begin!
This weekend marked my first Artist’s Alley experience at New York Comic-Con , and it was a smashing success! It was great to meet a lot of you Heroites in person and also welcome some new members into our fold!
True to any good convention, there’s commissions to be had. So here’s the list of sketches and commissions from the show floor….
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Speedy & Stormer: “They’re OK” — This was a commission for New York Comic-Con 2012, featuring a mash-up of two misunderstood team members… Speedy from the Teen Titans and Stormer from the Misfits, of “Jem and the Holograms” fame.
My second commission for New York Comic-Con, it’s the return of Wonder Princess (with her sister Donna as well!)
Phoenix unsold warm-up sketch from NYCC, captured via iPhone
Ace Kilroy Commission from NYCC, captured via iPhone
Nightcrawler commission, from NYCC, captured via iPhone
Spawn unclaimed commission, from NYCC, captured via iPhone
A Thanos & Adam Warlock & Gamora commission, from NYCC, captured via iPhone. (and a little nod to the ol’ “Hero Of The Beach” ads)
Robin commission, from NYCC, captured via iPhone. The boy that requested it, who was like 9 or 10, said, ‘I want the Nick Cardy Robin, but give him the George Perez mask.” Love!
DC Comics’ Uncle Sam commission (with a political statement), from NYCC, captured via iPhone
“Dr. Doom as a Pink Lantern” — A commission from NYCC, captured via iPhone
“Can you draw Moon Knight mooning?” Uh, OK. — A commission from NYCC, captured via iPhone
Black Orchid & Argus commission, from NYCC, captured via iPhone
Robin & Wondergirl commission (from a fan who wanted them together), from NYCC, captured via iPhone
Catwoman warm-up sketch, from NYCC, unsold
The last commission of NYCC, captured with my iPhone… it’s the Titans Girls: Lilith, Wonder Girl and Aqua Girl enjoying some downtime at the Canary Cottage Disco! Cage Dancing on Wednesdays.
And that’s that! Whew! Once again, thanks for everyone who stopped by to visit, chat and shop! Definitely planning on doing New York again next year, too!
In my last “The Line It Is Drawn” assignment, the rules were this: “In honor of the Emmy’s this weekend, mash-up comic book characters with any of the TV shows nominated for Best Comedy or Best Drama.”
I chose the brilliant suggestion, “Several inmates from Arkham as the cast of Mad Men.” I started by looking for Mad Men cast photos to get inspired….
So I started thinking of who would be who. I immediately like the idea of Joker as Don (the idea man) and that naturally placed Harley Quinn as Peggy (the eager apprentice). Poison Ivy is so natural as Joan. The duplicitous Roger plays a nice Two-Face. And squirrely Pete would make a good Riddler.
So I started sketching them out, mashing up the inmates with the office mates….
So that’s just the start. I needed to make them more playful, pushing the poses to capture that sinister air of Batman’s worst villains.
So now, some of the fun visuals jokes emerge. Joker holding a pencil (we know what he does with pencils). Harley with the spiked drinks. Posion Ivy’s lethal plant on the desk. Some playful file folders…
I toyed with placing Joan/Ivy on the desk, but she was pulling too much focus. So, I used the pose of her standing. And…
… inked and colored the final piece. This ended up being one of my favorites, so I’m tickled that i09 picked it up.
This will also be available as a print at New York Comic Con on October 11th-14th, this upcoming weekend. I’ll be in Artist’s Alley at table E15, not too far from the Kickstarter booth. Stop by and say hello!
So, Heroites, Temp Month II will be starting up after our fourth storyline comes to a close. Over a four week period, I’ve be posting Hero Business comics and drawing from a series of talented creators while I gear up for our fifth exciting storyline! I’ve got some great artists lined up, and I thought I’d also involve my trusty readers as well. That’s why I’m opening up the first ever Hero Business Suggestion Box!
Here’s how it works: I provide a theme, and you the fans submit suggestions in the comments feed below. I’ll present that list to the artists and a few of them will choose from your suggestions! And those chosen will receive a nifty Hero Business swag bag.
First Suggestion Theme: Cover Homages!
Put our Hero Business cast members in famous comic book covers! Bravado and Simon on Batman #183. Trixie Templeton on Lois Lane #106. Parker (and the Hero Business office) on Uncanny X-Men #171. That sort of thing.
The homage cover for The Hero Business Collection #3 was Superman (second series) #2 by John Byrne
In addition to our cast, don’t forget about our recurring characters, too:
Glamazon: Our brazen and bawdy Brazilian amazon (also friends with Morgan)
Trixie Templeton: Bravado’s kooky and clingy reporter girlfriend
Louie The Lounge Lizard: A reformed reptilian criminal who now owns a swanky bar-lounge called ‘The Rocks”
Demonatrix: Parker’s evil mother, a powerful demon sorceress and CEO of Infernal Enterprises
Primstone: Demontrix’s devilishly flamboyant assistant
Nocurnowl: A caped crusader with way too many sidekicks over the years
The Fowlers: Nocurnowl’s steady stream of boy sidekicks (one of ’em dated Morgan, Glamazon and Hex Kitten!)
Squawk Girl: Part of the “Nocurnowl Family,” she’s an overly-driven urban vigilante
Wallflower: The mousy and overlooked member of the Femtastic Four, with control over plants
Bug Boy: A spider-themed young hero
Uberboy: A horn dog young hero who uses his X-ray vision for mischief
Crood The Conquerer: An unaculturated Barbarian hero
Amerigirl: A teen amazon with identity issues
Stiletto: A sexy and highly skilled vigilante super-heroine
JD Rivers: A bombastic hollywood director
Buddy Blathers: Comic book artist and egoist
sh1: “Super-Heroes 1”, a cable channel that’s all-super-heroes, all the time. Their show, “Week In Capes,” is hosted by four vapid TV personalities
Infernal Enterprises: An evil upstart company that specializes in Murders & Acquisitions
Ghoulrilla Marketing: a rival agency that caters to monsters and the undead
One of our Heroites has done a fabulous fan cast with most of our cast, which you can check out here!
Let the suggestions commence below!