Monday, September 29, 2008

Another dream realised


In 1983 I was living (if you could call it that) in Fresno, California. They were just getting a college radio station that would play "alternative" and "new wave" music. I was discovering bands like REM and Dream Syndicate (both of whom I saw my last night there before moving to Hollywood). In the pages of "Trouser Press" magazine were reviews and articles of bands all across the country putting out new music for all manner of tastes. That's where I found a review of a new album called "vs." by a band from Boston called Mission of Burma. It intrigued me enough to go out and buy it without having any idea what it sounded like. It has since become one of my top 5 albums of all time. But I never got a chance to see them live.

Last Thursday night, after 25 years, I finally got to see Mission of Burma!!! The show at the Echoplex was amazing!
They rocked with as more power and intensity than any band I've seen. After doing a few songs like "Forget", "Progress" and "OK No Way" they proceeded to blow us all away with a performance of the entire "vs." album from start to finish. "Secrets", "Trem Two" "New Nails" my favorite "Dead Pool", all were there. All were majestic.

It will forever be etched in my memory as one of the best nights ever.

p.s. thanks for putting up with this post.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Is it done yet?


Here's an unfinished (at least I think it is) painting that's been sitting around the house. The original plan was to have toads popping out of her back ala the surinam toad (look it up). Then the idea was to have three long octopus/squid like tentacles instead. I still can't decide.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fab Ion #3


Here's "Fab Ion #3" for your dining and dancing pleasure.

You might see the heavy (some would say outright swiping) influence of Mike Kalutas's "Starstruck". Kaluta is another of my favorite artists. I love his scratchy, sometimes wispy fine pen lines. A comics original, there is no mistaking his style.

Fab Ion #3 pt. 2

Monday, September 15, 2008



Back in the late sixties, there was an explosion of underground comics. Artists like Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams and others writing and drawing strange narratives and drug inspired craziness.

"Boris" was an attempt to express my stranger side. Inspired by Bobby London's "Dirty Duck" ( which was inspired by George Herrimann's "Krazy Kat"). A rather tame effort, in 1972 I was 18 years old and to this day have never partaken of anything stronger than a gin collins once in awhile. My strangeness was from within. Drawn on soft 9x11 drawing paper, the first one was inked with a crow quill pen! The second one was never finished and is still in a pencilled state. Enjoy.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hey everybody, get into the Spirit!


Probably one of the biggest influences on my comic art (besides John Severin and Mort Drucker) was Will Eisner. His work on "The Spirit" forever changed the way serious cartoonists looked at the comic page. He gave all of us a high bar to shoot for.

Here's my meager attempt at it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Son of a Bitch!


My first serious attempt at a story with an E.C. twist.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Edge, again


Well I'm back from vacation in Indianapolis and Ohio. Hope the posts I programmed were enjoyable.

I got a request to show some of the interior pages of the Edge comics I did, so...

The first four issues were done with pen and brush. I tried to find a look for each storyline. Besides, I get restless to try something new alot. This is from #1.

The next storyline was done with pen and ink, the media I feel most comfortable with.
I tried to use double page spreads and newspaper clippings to spice it up.
This is from #6

The last storyline was done with pen and shaded with pencil and charcoal. This is from #9.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Just why do they call them "The Trees of Mystery"?


Some silliness. See 6/21/08 post for explanation of title.