Friday, November 16, 2007

Comic Book Comics #1!

COMIC BOOK COMICS is the follow-up project Fred Van Lente and I are doing now that we've finished Action Philosophers. This is the cover to the first issue, which hits comic stores March 2008. Each issue will be 40 pages long, bi-monthly, $3.95. The first Comic Book Comics story was in AWESOME: THE INDIE SPINNER RACK ANTHOLOGY (available now!), and there will be a preview chapter from the first issue in the THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #50. I am having an absolute BLAST drawing it.

Here's the solicitation copy for the first issue:

You only THINK you know comics history! The epic -- and insane! -- story of comic books, manga, and graphic novels, told as a comic, in the inimitable, irreverent, and award-winning Action Philosophers style, begins here! In this hilarious first issue: Before there could be comics, there had to be newspaper strips, animated cartoons, and pulp magazines. Thrill to publishing giants William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer duking it out over The Yellow Kid! Tremble at the war between Walt Disney and Max Fleischer for animation domination! Follow the bizarre trail of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's first superhero from sci-fi pulp to comic strip to the birth of a new medium! Plus: The early years of Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Winsor McCay and Joe Simon!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Little Orphan Ani

Another comic strip parody for Toyfare - not sure if it got printed yet.
Annie was a tough style to emulate, I'm not a fan of the comic strip (or the new Star Wars movies) and the look of it evolved so many times over the decades which made it really hard to nail down the correct style. Drawing is always fun of course, but not every assignment is a party. Hopefully it came out OK.