Tuesday, December 21, 2010

To be continued...

It sure wasn’t an easy decision, but after considering some gracious offers out west by DC Comics, I've decided that it's time to leave DC for new artistic endeavors.

I'd like to thank DC for all of the exciting opportunities and projects I've been able to be a part of over the past 6 plus years and giving me the chance to work with the best and brightest people in the comic industry. Specifically, I'd like to thank the Creative Services team including Ron Perazza, Dave McCullough, Jesus Reyes, Jon Chong, Jeff Rowe, Kwanza Johnson, Nika Vagner, Jessica Numsuwankijkul, Larry Daley, Sarah Wright, and Richard Bruning for not just being solid co-workers, but also good friends. Lastly, I'd like to thank The Dark Knight Returns for not only sparking a young boy's aspirations to work in comics, but also showing that Batman can clearly kick Superman's ass.

Looking forward to seeing what DC dishes out next year! And of course, keep coming back here to see whatever tomorrow may bring me...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dark Ages Fantastic Four : Monty Python and the Holy Grail for CSC

For my “Fantastic Four Through the Ages” illustration for the Comic Social Club, I wanted to create something dark. Really Dark. So I chose the Dark Ages. Then, for inspiration, I ran through my mental rolodex of any movies that took place in the Dark Ages. And then happen to have chosen a movie that takes such darkness, and well…turns it upside down. My piece features the Dark Ages Fantastic Four battling the villains from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I did my best to stay away from Camelot though. It is a silly place. Check out the full “Fantastic Four Through the Ages” over at Comic Social Club!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

King Con II Sketches!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Human on the Inside at King Con II: Brooklyn Comic Con – Nov 6 & 7

Do you like comics? Are you free this weekend? Well then come on out to King Con II: Brooklyn Comic Con on November 6th & 7th, from 11am - 7pm, at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 and head on over to the Human on the Inside table for comics, exclusive prints, shirts and more!

I'll be sharing a table with Matthew K. Manning and the show will have plenty of other talented folk including Chris Claremont, Jonathan Ames, Paul Pope, Kyle Baker, Dean Haspiel, Becky Cloonan, Cliff Chiang and many more. For more information, keep your eye on the official King Con website here.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I unfortunately did not have the time to help coordinate King Con II, so a special thanks goes out to all the hard work the coordinators have done to put together the show this year.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Albany Comic Con Sketches

Sketch from SPX 2009

I did this sketch back in '09 for a wonderful Swamp Thing sketchbook:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mike Zagari at the NYCC '10 Comic Social Club booth #2461

Come on out to the New York Comic Con this week from October 8th – 10th and head on over to the Comic Social Club Booth #2461 to meet Mike Zagari and grab copies of Human on the Inside, exclusive prints, shirts and more!

*UPDATED* New York Comic Con 2010 company branded floor plans (work in progress) :

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Head to Comixels.com to read FREE FULL ISSUES of Human on the Inside #1, Conscious #1, and Conscious #2.

Also, make sure to check out the FREE PREVIEW of Human on the Inside #2.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

King Con II

The Brooklyn Lyceum is gearing up for another KING CON Comic & Animation Convention this year! The show is currently scheduled for November 4-7, 2010. Make sure to keep up-to-date with all of the exciting news and information on the show here: http://www.kingconbrooklyn.com/

Unfortunately, I'll be taking on more of a consultant role this year. Even though I had a terrific time helping co-organize the show last year, it ended up being much more time consuming than I was expecting. Don't fret! I'll also be exhibiting and will have the latest issue of HUMAN ON THE INSIDE and some fancy new art prints. Stay tuned for more information on them, as well as any of my upcoming projects.

The first KING CON was a fantastic experience and I can't wait for this year's show to top it!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Human on the Inside #2 is complete.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Apple’s iPad and Creating Art

I'm getting the iPad immediately. Those were my words when Apple made their iPad announcement on January 27, 2010. Many of my friends and colleagues were surprised to hear me say this. Actually, they were more surprised by the name chosen and spent the next week making feminine hygiene jokes. Those were the days.

Though I try to stay immersed in digital media and keep all my electronics powerful enough to support my current projects, I've never been someone who makes right-out-of-the-gate device purchases. Trial and error could be a pricey road to go down in today's quickly evolving digital world. However, at the end of the day, everything about the iPad is exactly what I've been waiting for.

It has three main purposes for me:

1) READING BOOKS & COMICS: I've been using the Apple iBooks and comiXology Comics & Marvel Apps and have been very pleased. They both work intuitively and easily to do just what they promise. My only critique for the iBook app is showing the edge of the "pages". It's counter-intuitive since it just takes up screen space. As for the comiXology Apps, I'm curious as to why they do not support showing multiple pages at the same time. Otherwise, they have the best comic reading app, hands down.

2) DISPLAYING REFERENCE (for creating traditional art): The crisp and easy to navigate Apple Photos App has made this to be (surprisingly) my most used feature of the device. Now any and all reference can be on my drawing table, right in front of me. Of course, it's also now filled with embarrassing photos of me and my friends. Have to remember to consistently delete those.

3) DIGITAL SKETCHING & PAINTING: For this I took a nod from Jim Lee's work and immediately purchased Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro App . It's a great App that has a high versatility of brushes and colors, as well as simple to understand and navigate layer capabilities. It seems to be predominantly created for finger painting, since the shortcuts involve touching the screen with multiple fingers. It's relatively intuitive and my only critique is I don't believe there is a shortcut to set the canvas at 100%.

I also purchased the Pogo Sketch. I ripped open the package in the Apple store and immediately created this sketch:

I dig being to able to draw on the device with a pen. I feel much more in control of my line work, as opposed to the finger painting. However, it is difficult to be truly precise due to the stylus pen's round, felt-tip end. I hope Steve Job takes back his iPhone comments: "Who wants a stylus?? Yuck!" and they create a better stylus for the iPad. Apple could truly revolutionize creating art digitally if they somehow create a more precise device, closer to the Wacom / Cintiq pens.

Following my visit to the Apple store, I went to the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art festival and thought it would be interesting to have several different artists sketch on the device. Of course, I really did this just to watch some talented illustrators struggle at creating art. Just kidding. Running off my first sketch, I requested that all of the artists create a Batman sketch. Here are some of the results:

Art by: Bobby Timony
Art by: Tim Hamilton
Art by: Kevin Colden
Art by: Dean Haspiel
Art by: Jon Roscetti
Art by: Matt Loux

A surprise bonus to the iPad is having the ability to watch movies and television episodes. Ultimately though, I still prefer watching them on a real screen. It only happens when I'm too lazy to find the remote.

All in all, Apple's iPad has fully lived up to my expectations. Whether I'm reading, drawing, or just viewing reference, it's just what I was looking for. Now I'm looking forward to the day when I can take it out in public without hearing more feminine hygiene jokes.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes, to understand someone better, I like to sketch a portrait of them.