Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MODOK cover sketches

Here's a behind-the-scenes peek at the cover sketch ideas I sent to Marvel for the one-shot's cover, which will be out in September!

Breakfast Club parody - wait, who's that in the back?

Lost In Translation take-off, with MODOK back in his childhood bedroom:

This is the one they ended up going with:

A combo of sketches 2 & 3, kinda cool I think:

And my personal fave of the bunch (I smell a bootleg t-shirt):

Part Two of DARK REIGN: MODOK is now available on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wizard World Convention comic

I did a comic strip for the Wizard World Philadelphia convention program - "What You Need To Know" - offering "valuable" tips for enjoying comic conventions. Just a sample right now, I'll post the full comic after the convention. I won't be able to go, but my good buddy and frequent collaborator Fred Van Lente will be there as a special guest.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Virtual Gallery Show!

A couple of months ago I had the honor of being featured at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's New York Artist showcase. If you didn't make it, no worries, because I've re-created the experience as closely as I could right here in blog form - enjoy!

Little Zemo in Slumberland from ToyFare Magazine #102
ink on bristol, 11 x 17

The Sinister Six from Wizard Magazine
ink on bristol, 11 x 14

Fantastic Family Circus from ToyFare Magazine #102
ink on bristol, 17 x 11

Comic Book Comics #3 pages 6 & 7
ink on bristol, 17 x 14

Crime: Oh Man Does It Pay! page 4 from ISR Presents: AWESOME
ink on bristol, 11 x 17

Action Philosophers #4 page 6
ink on bristol, 11 x 14

Action Philosophers #9 page 32
ink on bristol, 8 1/2 x 14

Action Philosophers #9 page 4
ink on bristol, 8 1/2 x 14

Action Philosophers #9 page 9
ink on bristol, 8 1/2 x 14

Action Philosophers #6 page 25
ink on bristol, 11 x 14

Action Philosophers #2 page 1
ink on paper, 11 x 14

Action Philosophers #9 pages 16 & 17
ink on bristol, 14 x 17

Action Philosophers #2 page 14
ink on bristol, 11 x 14

Click here to see photos of the exhibit!

Friday, June 5, 2009

More MODOK than you can possibly stand!

Marvel Comics very special MODOK WEEK concludes with a podcast with me, host Jeff Sutter a very special guest: MODOK himself.

I haven't had a chance to actually listen to it yet, but I remember MODOK was pretty damn funny.

Take a listen here.

UPDATE: I also did a quick interview at Robot 6 about the MODOK series, how I got the job and some of my other comics work.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tommy Atomic Action Figures

Here's a few custom Tommy Atomic action figures that I kit-bashed together a few years ago using various GI Joe dolls and accessories, just for fun.


(defending a mango)

Dr. Cowboy


And here they all are in their home along with the rest of my toy collection - (see if you can spot the custom KARL MARX figure in there!)

They're totally out of scale with one another and none of the faces really look like the characters but I like them well enough. Maybe one day when I'm feeling ambitions I'll put together some Mego-style boxes for them, but most likely not.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Some more MODOK for you

I've seen these floating around the interwebs so I guess it's ok to re-post them here - a couple of my pages from DARK REIGN: MODOK available RIGHT NOW at's Digital Comics Unlimited!

Monday, June 1, 2009


Time to spill the beans.

I'm writing and drawing a M.O.D.O.K. one-shot for Marvel Comics.

Let me repeat that.


Down on his luck, MODOK sets his sights on his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania* as the staging ground for his latest world conquest plans only to discover that his family, old classmates and apathetic locals are more formidable enemies than any super hero could be. Guest starring Norman Osborn and an obscure Canadian mutant super hero you've probably never heard of.

MODOK: REIGN DELAY (a DARK REIGN tie-in, no really!) will debut as a 4-part series on's Digital Comics Unlimited service beginning June 10, 2009. The printed one-shot arrives in comic stores September 2, 2009.

Yes, I assure you this is very, very real, not a joke, not a fan-comic or anything like that. This is a real Marvel Comic book set in the "real" Marvel Universe 616 continuity starring Jack Kirby's greatest super villain creation - George Tarleton, the Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing, written and drawn by the creator of such classic sequential masterpieces as "Jap Smasher" and "Diarrhea Dog". BELIEVE IT!!!

Big thanks to my editor Jordan White for making my first Marvel work a breeze, and an extra shout out to editor Nate Cosby and creative head and taco enthusiast Ryan Penangos for their early support and encouragement on this. Extra big huge mega-thanks to my comic book brother-in-arms Fred Van Lente for pitching this project with me and then being too damn busy to script it himself.

Check out the video where I babble on incoherently about the story, along with a bunch of preview art:

I'm excited, are you excited? I'm excited.

*(Yeah, I know the Marvel Handbook and all other official reference materials say MODOK's hometown is Bangor, Maine and not Erie - but that's all explained in the story, right on page 2 in fact.)

GI Joe #1 Covered!

My "cover" version of GI Joe #1 for Robert Goodin's Covered blog where cartoonists re-draw old comic-book covers in their own style. Fun!