Wednesday, May 27, 2009

GSD #1 & Citizen Toxie Says Hi!

Hello hello! I have been hard at work on Great Sandwich Detective #1. It's looking awesome and also hilarious. I plan to have it out mid/late June. I am awaiting more copies of GSD #0. As soon as I get them, I will be bringing/sending them to the other stores that have agreed to carry it. As of now, the only store in the Chicagoland area that has it in stock is Tenth Planet on 95th & Cicero in Oak Lawn. This batch of copies are missing a price on them but they are $2. If Paul's not there and one of the employees says they don't know how much they are, tell em to look here!

Yo Tenth Planet Employee! What's happenin'? Your store rocks. Great Sandwich Detective #0 is going for $2. I love you. Bye.

Awkward? Maybe. Anywho. As soon as I get the new copies, it will be easier to find in the Chicago area as well as some other areas like Homewood and Belleville. I'm also in contact with a store from Ann Arbor, MI that is interested. So I will keep you all posted.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Instant Press open studio. Though I'm not an official member of the IP team, those guys are great and I wish them great success. So yeah, you rock if you went there and are now looking at my blog. Dave Gruba has asked me to draw the next issue of Son Of Gondor and I am definitely down for that. So be on the lookout for that as well.

I'm still awaiting word on that little con in Oak Lawn on July 12th. I'll hopefully be there drawing and selling copies of GSD #0 and #1. Awesome. Wizard World Chic- er- Chicago Comic-Con is coming up in a couple of months. I will be there along with Aaron Pittman ("Alex Ghost", "Reaper Heights"), Drew Rose ("Alex Ghost"), Andy Vanderbilt "GSD" cover artist, "Grim Force") and Eric Berndt ("Grim Force"). It's gonna be a rocking good time.

I'm also working on organizing a chapter of Drink And Draw for the South Side of Chicago. If you're not familiar with the Drink And Draw Social Club, click here for their website. Basically artists get together weekly/monthly/whatever at a bar and have adult drinks and draw pretty pictures. There's a group that meets on the North Side every Wednesday but I figure we have a lot of South Side artists over by us and we're surrounded by bars so why not have a chapter here? So if you're an artist and you're interested in joining us, feel free to e-mail me. Non-drinking artists AND writers (that means you, David Gruba!) are also welcome. Please only 21+ artists! We don't want it to turn into Underage Drink And Draw Then The Bar Loses Its Liquor License!

Also, it's not too late to go bid on a piece of art for the Josh Medors benefit auction! Click here for a list of all the pieces up for auction, including my Galactus painting (cough-which I'm sure you all can beat a $5.50 bid-cough cough). Go help a great cause and get some great artwork!

I now leave you with the Toxic Avenger!


Friday, May 22, 2009

My Piece For Josh Medor's Benefit Damaged

Unfortunately, I just received an e-mail from Dave Kopecki, who is running the art auction for Josh Medors. Dave told me my piece came to him in the mail heavily damaged (thanks a lot USPS) and is afraid that it will not sell due to the condition. I told Dave to list the piece with the condition that I will do a new painting for the winner, whatever they request. I don't know if Dave is going to post that or not but be on the look out. If my piece is listed tomorrow for the auction, my offer stands that I will paint whatever the winner wants and mail it to them, this time in a cushioned lockbox with lasers and an airbag system if I have to.

I apologize to anyone who was looking forward to bidding on the Galactus painting. To be honest, I am extremely embarrassed. I should have sent it in better packaging. The employees at the post office are so rude and ignorant every time I'm in there so I was reluctant to listen to them when they were rifling off the nine million shipping options. That's my fault and I'm sorry.

I urge you to bid on whatever you can tomorrow. This is an extremely noble cause and one that is worth both your money and attention.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Instant Press Comics Open Studio This Saturday!

This Saturday, the gentlemen over at Instant Press Comics will be hosting an open studio (like an open house but for awesome comic book art). A bunch of artists, writers and creators will be hanging out, drawing, displaying artwork and eating finger sandwiches (NOTE TO INSTANT PRESS: there better be finger sandwiches there!) I'll be there and I believe Andy will as well. I don't know who else will be attending artist/writer-wise but knowing the fine clientele of Instant Press, it should be a great time! If you're interested in attending, check out this info below:

Instant Press Comics Open Studio
Date: Saturday May 23rd
Time: 6 PM - 10 PM
Location: Instant Press Comics studio
5128 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

Please RSVP to David Gruba (

Due to some scheduling clearing up, I should be able to have a table in the artist's alley at the Collector's Convention at the Oak Lawn Pavilion on July 12th. I'm awaiting word from the guy running it. I will post it in my con schedule when I get more info.

Just a reminder, the benefit for Josh Medors begins Saturday. To check out all 120+ pieces of art up for auction, click here. There are some truly awesome pieces in there from commissions to sketches to paintings and original comic pages from tons of great artists!

That's all for now, folks!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Motor City Con 2009: Day Two & Three

So another convention comes to a close! I had a blast this weekend. Thank you to all the great people who stopped by our table and gave us high fives and hugs and bought our cool stuff. Here's a buttload of pictures from Day 2 and 3. Check it out. Until next time, peace!


Taimak rockin' the stache!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Motor City Con 2009: Day 1

I had a blast yesterday at the first day of Motor City Con. It's such a great convention. The artists are great, the guests are great (except for charging $15-$20 or more for autographs) and most importantly the convention-goers are great! Oh yeah, and soft pretzels and cheese are really cheap in Michigan! So we sold some books, did some sketches, some paintings, got some work done. We had a lot of people join our league of mustachioed people. It was really really awesome to see people walking around the convention wearing our mustaches. I better see them on today! So I got a buttload of pictures to put up yesterday so check it out.

Our first $2 of the day! Boom.

This is the Galactus piece I did for the Josh Medors benefit. This will be going up for auction on May 23rd. For more info, click here.

Magneto needs a shave.

Space Ghost!

The pencils to a Boba Fett painting I did

And the inks! I don't know why I didn't take a pic of the finished painting yet. I will today and I'll post it later!

And now we present the initial members of our league of extraordinary mustaches!

Aw yeah mustaches! (Art & Jimmy The Muscle)

That's it for now. I will have pics of Day 2 up tomorrow! But I gotta go now because The Honky Tonk Man is in our hotel lobby and I think he's crabby! Yikes!

Motor City Con 2009!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Motor City Con This Upcoming Weekend!

I don't have any new art to post today and I've been really busy so I wanted to post before I head off to Motor City Con on Friday. I'll be in the Artist's Alley all weekend with my cohort Andy Vanderbilt, spreading the word about mustaches and talking food. I'll have copies of The Great Sandwich Detective #0 for sale. I'll also have some goodies to give away. Plus I'll be doing sketches all weekend and I'll also have some original artwork on sale. So if you're in the Detroit area this weekend and wanna see some awesome art from some awesome artists and also give Taimak from The Last Dragon a high five, come on out to Motor City Con!


P.S. I will be updating the blog all weekend from the convention with pictures of sketches and awesome people hanging out. Yeah!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hurm (Via Chalk)

I know! I've been slacking! Shame on me! Exclamation points!

I have another chalk drawing to share. Stacey surprised me a couple weeks ago with one of those big boxes of Crayola chalk so I got cracking on some chalk drawings. I did another monster as well but that's on Stace's camera so I'll get that from her soon to put up here. I'm also going to try to put some actual drawings up soon too. I'm also gonna finally clean the snot out of my nose (what does that even mean?) and get working on GSD #1. I saw the style the GSD #0 will be printed in and it looks amazing.

I will have GSD #0 on sale at Motor City Con in a couple weeks. I'll also be doing sketches and giving out some other goodies. I might have some paintings for sale as well. I will be accompanied by GSD cover artist Andy Vanderbilt! (a.k.a. my lucha libre bodyguard El Tintorerra). Motor City Con takes places May 15th-17th at the Rock Financial in Novi, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). The show has tons of great artists such as Art Baltazar (aw yeah man!), Tim Bradstreet, Mitch Breitweiser, Guy Davis and more as well as awesome media guests like Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher! I'm really looking forward to it as it's my first out-of-state convention! Click here for more info on the convention.

Without further ado, here's the star of Watchmen himself, Rorschach, in chalk form.


See ya!