Archive for May, 2015

The Black Hood

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

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Even though the Black Hood is a World War II era character, the first time I became aware of him was when DC’s Impact comics brought the title back in the early ’90’s. Like most hero comics from that era he had a categorical look complete with exaggerated actiony uniform and lots of weapons.

Jump to 2015 and The Black Hood is again being published, this time under the Archie Dark Circle moniker and let me tell you (much to my surprise) I think it’s amazing! I say “much to my surprise” because I typically don’t like dark and gritty hero comics. But this one works. It’s so well written and the art matches the story perfectly.

It’s so good in fact that I was inspired to do the above piece of fan art (although this is clearly based on the ’90’s version of the character).

My good friend Eric Shonborn was also inspired to do some Black Hood art and we actually drew them side by side on my couch last night. Good times! Check out Eric’s version here.

Originally I was going to go into more detail about this top notch character’s creator and publication history but ultimately decided to shorten the post. Feel free to read more about those things here.

Rick

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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This is gonna be my money maker.

After We Shot the Grizzly

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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This new mini-comic is my adaptation of one of my favorite songs by The Handsome Family. The words are the lyrics to the song of the same title from their Last Days of Wonder LP (with songs about Nikola Tesla, bowling alley bars, ghosts and falling in love with strangers at airports it is a great record start to finish).

In case you’re unfamiliar, The Handsome Family is Brett and Rennie Sparks. Rennie writes the lyrics, Brett writes the music and they both sing and play.

So, last year I wrote to Rennie Sparks to ask her permission to do this comic and to my delight she responded, “Go for it!” so off I went and did it!

Now it’s done and is $3 postpaid to anywhere in North America. Send well concealed cash to the address at the bottom of this page for this thirty page black and white mini-comic with full color cover.

Also, for some truly great music that some describe as American Folk or Country Gothic (I just call it awesome!) visit the Handsome Family’s website here.

UPDATE:
So, I just found out this wasn’t a new idea. A cartoonist from the UK by the name of Dan Berry already did it… and did it much better. I guess it’s true “There’s nothing new under the sun.”
Check out an example of Dan’s fantastic work here.

Why I Love Yellow Springs

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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This is an actual conversation I overheard while Kathleen and I were shopping at my favorite bookstore in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Pickerington Comics Jam

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

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Yesterday some of us exhibiting at the comics show at the Pickerington library did this jam comic (of which I did the opening panel). I’m not sure who all contributed as it was passed around the room but it ended with Stephen Hines finishing it up!

Fun was had! Comics were drawn! Good times!