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Two Illos From Mad #531 (on sale now)
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 — 12:46 am
531 GTA

531 Reality

These aren't the cleaned-up versions, fyi.

I think there were nine illustrations in all for the gig. This was our only appearance in Mad this year, I had to turn down some other stuff because of the Eltingville mess that ate my schedule (and income, and brain) this year. Sheesh. Had fun with the job, though. Put too much stuff in, as usual.

I think 2014 marks our tenth year appearing in the magazine, we're not huge contributors but it's been pretty great to be a part of the Usual Gang of idiots. I keep it in mind whenever the career gets me down, which lately has been pretty often. Fingers crossed 2015 won't be another 50 car pile-up.
 
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More Art Auctions? Really?
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 — 7:20 pm
Yeah, yeah, more art auctions. What can I say, 2014 has been a year of putting band-aids on our financial wounds while Eltingville bleeds us dry. It's almost over (Eltingville, that is), but meantime it's still desperation-ho!

At this point I've probably tapped out the audience for my creator-owned stuff (save for one of our regulars, oh, bless you, you-know-who-you-are-if-you're-reading-this), so I've put up a batch of work-for-hire-type stuff in the hopes of reaching potential new buyers. Meaning, people who like Batman and Superman and Bill and Ted more than Milk and Cheese and Dork, et al. Meaning, most everyone in comics.

So, we'll give this a whack. You can see the latest round of auctions here.

Up on the block is my last (and my favorite) page from the Superman/Batman story from Bizarro Comics (scripted by Ivan Brunetti). Also, two of our remaining Bill and Ted pages, and some sketch cards (starting at $10) I finally finished, and a relist of something that didn't sell last time and a weird M&C thing. Maybe these would make great holiday presents. I dunno. Maybe they wouldn't. Take a look even if you're not looking to buy, you haven't seen some of these drawings and checking them out will eat up precious moments from your work day, which is always a good thing, right? Right.

Speaking of Bill and Ted, some of you may have heard that BOOM! has announced a new comic series based on the characters. For the record, since folks have been asking: I was asked to write the series, and I was definitely interested, but ultimately it came down to the money involved, which wasn't , uh, totally excellent.  BOOM! was cool about some things I asked for regarding how I wanted to handle the stories, but the budget was the budget and that was that. I wasn't insulted and they were totally cool, but I feel I can drum up some writing work once Eltingville's done and it'll either be closer in pay to what I'm used to getting or it'll be creator-owned, in which case I know what to expect. I'd work my ass off to make a Bill and Ted comic that was as solid as the old series, and time = money, and there's a Bill and Ted time travel joke to be made there, but if I'm not getting paid then I ain't writing it.

So, yeah, I normally don't talk about that stuff in that kind of detail but I don't want anyone getting any wrong ideas, that's all there is to it. They did ask, I did want to, there's no animosity and no one should garbage talk them for supposedly shoving me aside when that's not what happened. It was just business. The bummer -- as is often the case when a project doesn't come together --  is that I worked out a storyline that I was really happy with. It would've continued my old run using the entire supporting cast from the movies and the comic (along with some new characters, including one I was really into) and would have had a big ending where Bill and Ted become...

Whoa.

Like, I'm not telling you that. Not for free. No way!

Later, dudes. Be excellent to each other.
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Dark Horse Presents (vol 3) #4 In Stores Today
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 11:21 pm
The title pretty much says it all, except that I have an eight-page stretch of Fun Strips in there.

Here's a preview of the issue, which includes one of my pages.

This appearance means I've been in Dark Horse Presents #4 twice, now, and in all four versions of the anthology (three print, one online). Crazy.

I think I forgot to mention on this here blog that Deadpool Classic vol 10 shipped from Marvel last week. The reprint collection includes the two Agent-X issues I wrote in 2003 (featuring Fight-Man) as well as the Fight-Man One Shot I wrote and penciled in 1993. The former has nifty art by Juan Bobillo and Marcelo Sosa, the latter looked like a purple, pink and green nightmare on newsprint in '93 and unfortunately looks even more garish and awful on glossy paper in 2014. In a happier world that loved me and Fight-Man more, it would have been recolored. But it's all together now, which is a surprise in and of itself, so if that appeals to you as a Fight-Man (and/or or Agent X) fan, then go get a copy or a digital thingie of it or whatever.

While I'm plugging stuff: Later this month the Hellboy: Weird Tales series Sarah and I contributed a story to gets the complete hardcover treatment. We also should be in the next issue of Mad Magazine after a long absence due to Eltingville Club-related business.

Speaking of being given the business, I've got roughly four pages of Eltingville #2 left to finish. Only one has a ridiculous crowd scene so I'm hoping they'll get knocked out fairly easily and somewhat quickly. The comic and the HC collection will be rescheduled sometime after I turn in the pages.

And after that, I will wander off like a whipped dog in search of paying work.

Wotta mess this has been.

You betcha.
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H.O.F. T-Shirts and Crafty Stuff On eBay
Sunday, November 16th, 2014 — 6:55 pm
We've got a last batch of our overstocked shirts and craft items up on eBay (other than whatever Action Girl extras we might still have on hand. Don't want to falsely advertise!), including some Milk & Cheese, Pirate Corp$!/Hectic Planet, Dork and even some Yo Gabba Gabba! shirts and items up for bidding. There's also a few of Sarah's remaining H.O.F. jewelry pieces as well as a pencil case/ bookmark combo made with the lttle sketchbook monsters.

You can see the auctions here.

As always, thanks for any and all clicks, plugs and bids.

PC$! shirt
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Kapp'n America
Friday, November 7th, 2014 — 6:48 pm
Kapp'n America

Animal Crossing/Marvel mash-up sketchcard, for Emily.

If I ever get the time I want to do the Redd Skull and Bucky.

Maybe Paste Pot Pete the pelican. Silly stuff like that. 
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Dark Horse Presents #4 Preview and Other Things Coming Out In November
Monday, November 3rd, 2014 — 1:52 pm
Dark Horse Presents #4 ships on November 19th, and will feature 8 new pages of HOF Fun Strips (with color by Sarah).

Comic Book Resources put up a preview of the issue and there's a full page of strips for you to look at if you so desire.

Old-timey HOF readers will (hopefully) be happy to hear that the return of the Fun also means the return of Myron the Living Voodoo Doll, Broken Robot, The Shitty Witch and the Crappy Cat, and even Phil the Disco Skinhead. And a Georgina Riley cameo, to boot. I forget who else shows up. Maybe The Man Upstairs. I did these last year and they got bumped when DHP was relaunched so I'm going on memory fumes here. Oh, yeah, the Cherry Clan make a cameo, but I didn't create them, I just appropriated them from Ferrara Pan a ways back for a dumb two-pager. I threw them in there for my pal Socko of Comic Book Jones, although he won't know until it comes out because, like most folks -- even those who follow my work -- he doesn't read my LJ blog.

I've got three other things to plug this month, which is nice to say after experiencing a dry spell of new releases -- not helped in the least by the delays affecting Beasts of Burden (not my fault, and I wish I had some news as to what was going on there) and Eltingville Club #2 (totally my fault). Here's we go:

The Hellboy: Weird Tales anthology is being re-issued in a new, complete hardcover from Dark Horse featuring folks like Craig Thompson, J.H Williams III, Gene Colan, Cameron Stewart, Jill Thompson (wonder what she's been up to these days?) and many others. I did a10-page Roger the Homunculus story for that, with colors by Sarah. It's about Norwegian Death Metal cultists, a series of church burnings, two unrelated murder investigations, Quizling mad scientists, Frost Giant clones, a hidden monster and job-related depression. More plot in 10 pages than some graphic novels, for what it's worth.

Deadpool Classics vol 10 from Marvel (shipping Nov 5th, according to their website) collects all the Agent X "Let's-screw-Rob Liefeld!" hoo-hah from the early part of this century in a continuing effort to wring all the blood out of the cosplay-favorite mid-carder they can. Which is fine by me, because it reprints -- against all odds --  the two-issue Agent X arc I wrote that allowed me to bring Fight-Man into Marvel continuity, as well as the original Fight-Man One-Shot I wrote and penciled way back in 1993. The Agent X stuff was drawn by Juan Bobillo and Marcelo Sosa (who should have been given way more work, they're a-okay) and is a hoot, imho. The one-shot suffers from a terrible, rushed coloring job and I assume the 90's-era print job will look even more awful on slick paper than it did on newsprint. But the jokes are there, and I think they'll hold up. My favorite thing about Fight-Man is the hundred-plus villains I came up with for him to fight, I love creating and naming stupid villains and I think these are some of my best (The One-Man Atrocity, Atomic Lou, The Plug-In Maniac, DoctorAngutan, The Shiv, The Roman Candle, Punchdrunk, Illbilly...you get the idea). Also, Fight-Man's a pretty early example of the pathetic fuck-up/actual loser as superhero, which has gained a little bit of pop culture traction since, and might be of interest to some folks out there with too much time on their hands. I'm grasping at straws, I know, for my place in anecdotal comic book history. Sorry. I turn 50 next year, and cry a lot these days when I think about what I've done -- and not done -- with my life. Anyway, people will come to this for the Gail SImone work, and I hope they are pleasantly surprised by the Fight-Man stuff I have in there. It's nice to have that stuff back in print, I must admit. Now if only DC gave World's Funnest a break, right?

Sarah and I will also have some new work out in Mad Magazine in a few weeks. It's this year's Chilling Thoughts feature and I drew the hell out of it. Honest!

And I swear, Eltingville is getting closer to completion. I'd cross my fingers, but my hand's too cramped up. You'll see why.

Honest!

Fight-Man cover 75

HellboyWT pg3

Fett cameo
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The Shitty Witch and the Crappy Cat (2)
Monday, October 27th, 2014 — 2:47 pm
Shitty Witch Elixir

From House of Fun, published by Dark Horse Comics (2012). Colors by Sarah Dyer.
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NYCC Schedule
Friday, October 10th, 2014 — 12:36 am
Neglected to mention I'll be doing a panel and a signing this Saturday at the New York Comic Con.

The panel I'm on is "Celebrating 15 Years of The Goon: Modern Humor, Horror and More"-  12:15-1:00 in room 1A05. I really can't say I know what this panel is going to be like -- first of all, it's billed as a tribute to Eric Powell, but Eric won't be at the show and...there's the tagline about humor and horror and oh, I don't know. Others on the panel (also scratching their heads. I bet) will be Alex deCampi, Paul Tobin and Tim Seeley.

We'll probably end up talking about how weird the panel is and then talk about The Goon and Eric for a while and then plug our own less-popular stuff and then talk about horror movies. It'll probably get really interesting just at the 45 minute mark like many panels, except NYCC now schedules B and C-level panels for 45 minutes, so by then it'll be clear-the-room time.

Later that day I'll be signing at the Dark Horse Comics booth (#1636) at 4:00 - 4:50. I was told they'll have copies of the same two books I always sign (if I'm lucky) and Eltingville Club #1. They're supposed to also have Eltingville signing cards.

The full Dark Horse Comics event schedule is here.

Hope to see some of you there.
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"No, Mr. Pumpkins! Bad Cat!"
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 — 6:36 am
Bad Cat sketchcard
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