Sunday, December 21, 2008

My issue of Tales from the Crypt out now!

For those of you looking for your Fred and Ryan comic book fix during the far-too-long wait between issues Comic Book Comics - check out Tales from the Crypt #9 - available at your local comic store right now! The second feature "Glass Heads" is written by Fred Van Lente with art and lettering by me. The lead feature "Chicken Man" is really cool and creepy - it captures the sprit of the original "Tales" comics really well while putting a modern spin on the storytelling. 48 full-color pages with no ads for only $3.99, and if you know anything about modern comics prices you'll know that's a good deal! The longest full-color comic I've made so far and I learned a lot - hope to get to do it again soon!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Come see my show at MoCCA!

The New York Artist Showcase is a permanent rotating exhibit space at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art that features the work of local cartoonists - and this time around the featured artist is ME! I'm very excited and proud to have been selected - not only is this my first solo showing it's also the first time my work has been in a museum EVER. The exhibit opens TODAY, December 18, 2008 and showcases original Action Philosophers pages, some of my work from Wizard and pages from Comic Book Comics that have yet to be published - plus a slideshow of my best work and copies of (almost) every comic book I've ever done.

The show runs December 18 - February 15th, opening reception in late January, date and time TBA.

My exhibit runs concurrently with for their main exhibit From Richie Rich to Wendy the Good Little Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics I was lucky enough to see some of the art from that show in advance and it is stunningly beautiful - well worth the $5 suggested admission.

Monday, December 8, 2008

M3 Money Club comic strip

I drew a comic strip for the M3 Money Club, a website that helps teach kids how to save and use their money. The first comic and the character designs were created by other artists but I was brought in to do the second comic and hopefully more!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sketch cards

Sharpie markers on 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards - drawn for The Midwest Comic Book Association. I like the way Shazam and the thing came out - but the coloring on the Baroness is just brutal.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Diarrhea Dog!

Here's my first full-length Diarrhea Dog comic from the recently sold-out Royal Flush #4. I'm currently working on the second DD story which will be in Royal Flush #6.

My family is so proud.

"Story" and "art" by Ryan Dunlavey - all rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sketch cards - X-Men's Cyclops

Private commission - colors were done with sharpies and highlighter markers. I like the way the colors came out but man do I hate drawing those damn toy versions - anything for a buck I guess.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

GASP! *CHOKE* : Tales From The Crypt!

Fred Van Lente and I have collaborated on issue eight of Papercutz's Tales From The Crypt! The new series has stories in the spirit of the original 50;s EC comics, but with more modern storytelling. It was a lot of fun to do something normally out of my realm - a serious fiction story, in full color even!

I'm pretty proud of the work I did - please do check out the full color comic at stores sometime this month!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Comic Book Comics #4!

Our fantastic fourth issue! Featuring: Stan Lee! Steve Ditko! R. Crumb! Hergé! Together for the first time in one mighty magazine! (A special Evil Twin Not-Prize for everyone who gets that reference…) The incredible saga of the comic book industry continues, as Fred & Ryan tackle the rise of Marvel Comics, the underground comix revolution, and the story behind “Tintin”! On sale: January 21, 2009

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Comic Book Comics #2 is on the stands!

Here's two of my favorite bits from the issue (click to enlarge):

And there's tons more where that came from, a whopping THIRTY THREE pages of comic book history AWESOMENESS (making this the longest single comic I've ever drawn) plus a bonus comic strip "Comic Book Comics Comics" by our buddy Alex Cox!

Comic Book Comics #2 is guaranteed to be in stock at all finer comic book stores!

If it's not at your local comic book store ask them to order it!

If they won't order it for you can get it online or buy it from us!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Comic Book Comics #2 premieres at San Diego Comic Con, and here's a preview!

Here's a couple of pages from Comic Book Comics #2, premiering next weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con! We'll be at booth M14 in the small press area, come see us and get a copy!

The comic will be on sale at comic shops and through the Evil Twin website the week after the convention.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Comic Book Comics #2 and #3!

Here are the covers to Comic Book Comics #2 and #3 - on sale in July and October 2008, respectively. Click each for more info!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More sketch cards!

Iron Fist, US Agent, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, War machine, The Punisher and Invincible. 8 were commissioned, Invincible was a gift.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Judo luchadore sherrif!

Private commision of a custom character. The client came up with the concept and I drew it - I wish every job was this much fun!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sketch cards

NYCC Sketch Cards by ~Dunlavey on deviantART

So at this past weekend's New York Comic Con I decided to try doing sketch cards, all done with markers. It was a lot of fun and filled what little spare time I had when I wasn't selling comics, chatting with fans and getting interviewed for podcasts. I sold them for 2 bucks a pop or gave them away to nice customers who liked them. I think I did thirty or so the whole weekend - these are the ones that were left over at the end of the show. Some of the other ones I remember doing: The Wonder Twins, Modok, Iron Man (several), Hulk Hogan (special request), Godzilla (which got STOLEN), The Baroness (also stolen), and probably some more.

All these cards are for sale at my Comicspace gallery for just $2 each - such a deal! I'm going to do a lot more, so if you've got a request just post it in the comments here or send me a note or an email and I'll have it in my comicspace gallery eventually.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Prints for sale

I now have high-quality prints of some of my most popular illustration pieces available at the Evil Twin Comics store for only 10 bucks each!

Friday, April 18, 2008

New York Comic Con starts NOW!

New York Comic Con starts TOMMOROW April 18th! I'm at Artist Alley table F15 with my comic book brother Fred Van Lente
I will have:



And for the first time *evah* : SKETCH CARDS!!!

Oh holy shit YES. Plus on sunday at 3pm I will be having a draw off on the main stage against Chris Giarusso - come and heckle me! I LOVE THIS CON!! See you there!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rejected Batman sketches!

I found a whole bunch more sketches to share with you!

Remember all those "Worst Case Scenario" handbooks from a few years back? Twords the tail end of that trend a Batman Handbook was released and Wizard decided to do an article on it, accompanied by several fake rejected entries from the book, which I illustrated. Three of them made it to print, but I did a whole bunch during the sketch stage. The color ones are the ones that actually saw print. If these drawings seems kind of stiff to you - you're right. I was attempting to match the drawing style of the actual book.

How to improvise interrogation techniques.

How to get a giant penny inside the Batcave.

I didn't understand this one at all - How to find a trustworthy mute hunchback mechanic.

How to Play Joel Schumacher damage-control.

How to fire your sidekick (this was my favorite one - bummer it didn't get picked for the final).

Here's another Batman-related image from a different job - there was some storyline where Batman's evil son (what?!) beat up Robin, stole his costume, then tried to kill Catwoman's baby (what? WHAT?!!!). On a completely unrelated topic, superhero comics are super-retarded. Anyways, Wizard told me "draw Evil Robin punching a baby in the face" which I thought was a little too violent, so I did some alternative takes that I thought were funnier, but they went with the punching one.

I'll post more if I find anything cool!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Sissy fight!

I was going through my files and I found this rejected sketch for Wizard's "Last Man Standing" feature from a few years back. Last Man Standing is a "who would win in a fight" monthly feature where they pit 2 similar cartoon or comic characters against each other in an imaginary fight, like Superman va Spider-Man or in this case, Sailor Moon vs the Pokemon girl. The editors wanted a more "serious" picture instead which came out fine, but I prefer the funny version.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Ice Fisherman

Illustration for an industry magazine ad for The Sportsman Channel. Both my uncle and my father-in-law are both avid outdoorsmen and gave me a lot of inspiration for this piece.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Commision #2 - Bombshell

Commisioned sketch of this guy's original superhero creation - Bombshell, done with markers on drawing paper. I don't usually draw "cheescake" characters so it was a fun challenge.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Loonatic!

Private commission of a player's original "City of Heroes" character - markers on drawing paper.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Comic Book Comics EXCLUSIVE - The Texas Mafia!

Here's the exclusive COMIC BOOK COMICS strip Fred and I did for this year's STAPLE! INDEPENDENT MEDIA EXPO. Comic Book Comics #1 goes on sale on March 12th! Fred and I will be signing copies that day at ROCKETSHIP from 5pm to 8pm - be there!

Monday, March 3, 2008

My Top Ten…er…Top FOURTEEN Comic Book covers for CBG

Every issue the Comics Buyer's Guide asks a comic book creator to list thier top ten favorite comic book covers. Everyone else must be busy getting graphic novel deals or signing movie options because in the latest issue they got around to asking - me! I mostly picked covers that I thought looked pretty, were really funny, or both, and tried to pick a range of different types of comics that reflect my own tastes as a funnybook reader. They also asked me to pick a few extras, just in case they couldn't get images of the ten I picked. I've included all fourteen picks here because the internet is the super awesome.

So here they are: Ryan Dunlavey’s FOURTEEN favorite comic book covers (and 100% uncensored commentary) in no particular order:

Adventures of Kool-Aid Man #2

artist unknown
Marvel Comics
Kool Aid Man. Travels through time. To fight the Thirsties. WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON’S HELP. I don't even have to read the comic - my mind has already been blown.

The Losers #6

artist - Jock
Bad ASS!!! In an industry full of posers trying to portray gritty action and failing miserably, Jock actually delivers. I want this one blown up to ten feet high and glued to my living room wall.

Yikes #2

artist - Steve Weissman
This cover was the first image of Steve Weissman's I ever saw and it made me an instant fan. It's weird, it's funny, it's bright and colorful, it's a vampire kid sitting on the toilet! Still cracks me up every time I see it.

Prez #4

artist unknown
DC Comics
A legless vampire is attacking the teen president! A LEGLESS VAMPIRE IS ATTACKING THE TEEN PRESIDENT!!! I have this comic framed on my wall. Insane and wonderful.

Mad Magazine #166

artist unknown
Horray, MAD! That sums it all up pretty well doesn't it?

Sam & Max Surfing the Highway trade paperback

artist - Steve Purcell
Marlowe & Company
Steve Purcell is genetically incapable of drawing anything that's not fun.

World's Finest #7

artist unknown
DC Comics
Ka-BOOM!!! The innuendo here is about as subtle as those giant cannons they're straddling. I mean, come ON!!!

GI Joe Yearbook #2

artist - Michael Golden
Marvel Comics
My guiltiest of guilty pleasures - GI MOTHERF*CKING JOE! I love GI Joe comics to pieces and this cover sums up everything I like about the series in one image: bad-ass dudes, tough-as-nails ladies and over-the-top Reagan-era jingoism.

Doom Patrol #34

artist - Simon Bisley
DC Comics
Just about any cartoonist worth a lick could draw a paramilitary gorilla pushing a baby cart down the street and it would be funny, but the fact that it was done by Simon Bisley, toughest of the tough-guy painters, multiplies the funny by a billion. The story inside is one of my all-time favorites too.

Optic Nerve #8

artist - Adrian Tomine
Drawn and Quarterly
All the Optic Nerve covers are wonderfully drawn and designed but this one is my favorite, summing up the interior story with just a few simple illustrations, a bold type treatment, and not a single human figure. Perfect.

Devil Dinosaur #2

artist - Jack Kirby
Marvel Comics
As much as I love Kirby's work I don't think he made very good covers - but this one featuring Devil leaping through the air to rescue Moon Boy from being sacrificed to a giant spider is a winner.

The Invisibles volume 1 #5

artist - Rian Hughes
The cover that's not a cover - a bold choice that probably wouldn't have worked with any other comic series.

Uncanny X-Men 249

artist - Marc Silvestri
Marvel Comics
I had stopped reading X-Men for a few years when this one hit the stands but this image grabbed my attention immediately. No one has ever drawn Havok better that Marc Silvestri, and here he is featured in great Frazetta-esque composition centered on an absolutely PERFECT superhero pose that is both understated and powerful. Seeing images like this help me understand why everyone went batshit berzerko when Image comics hit the scene back in the 90's.

Little Lulu #33

artist unknown
Dell Comics
So, so, SO wrong.

All cover images stolen from