Saturday, December 31, 2016

Two-fer



I kinda like this one, although i can't explain why really.  

Maybe it's just the textures?  

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Here's two characters talking about my art. I wrote it because many years ago i overheard two fan boys at a comic con years ago wondering if i was deliberately denying my fans "lots of little lines" in my more abstract artwork?

But the truth is, my fans are probably even more open minded than i am.  I'm not sure what constitutes "abstract art" in comics anyway.   Maybe the terminology itself is the culprit?




Friday, December 30, 2016

Sweet Sweet Bulbs..

 Here's a piece from my art book called 'Sweet Sweet Bulbs'.



This Monday was the 34th year anniversary for me and my wife. 

Not to be overly sentimental or anything, but i wouldn't even *be* in comics, (or probably even be drawing at all), if it wasn't for her warm companionship, love and support over all these years.   


  

Sweet Bulbs line is from a Captain Beefheart song.  Melody wise, it's not an easy or conventionally 'pretty' song.  But there's a kind of ugly beauty, and a kind of honesty in the poetic lyrics,

at least for me.



In the old days, i used to print out lyrics to favorite songs, then paint across them in watercolor..

.. then tape them up on my old studio wall, just for inspiration.

She used to have a Garden we'd spend time in, and the lyric that reminded me of her are the ones towards the bottom: 




In darkness or light you're free t' grow as flowers
Share her throne n' use her toothbrush
'n spend some interesting hours 



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Vintage Maxx Panel .. Nola.



Here's one you'll probably recognize.

Click on it for a closer look.

I remember Bill Lobes added the caption: "For her I can be a hero."

At the time i thought it was to corny, or to heroic... but looking back at it now? 

I'm kinda glad we left it in.

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Here's one of my favorite Nola pages, so stay tuned.

Sorry it's just a low-rez pic, the scanned page looks much better.

Someday i'll have to get off my butt and finish all Three of these Nola graphic novels.  That's the trouble with drawing so many pages at the same time. 

 


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Worlds sketch, before & after...


A few years back i drew some sketches for Wayshak's copy of the Worlds o' Sam book.

Left side is the inside front cover without my sketches, and Right side are my crazy sketches over it.

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Here's the whole inside cover spread by it's self ..  kinda interesting, lots of little slim panels of all my stuff over the years, for better or worse. 

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Here's two different sketches - again I kinda went nuts drawing all over this sucker on Jon's copy, not sure why.

At least I *tried* to stick to the bottom with that orange guy on Terry & Amy's copy.

Oh well.

Sketches are always kinda like gambling - very hit or miss.

 


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Few things, some old, some new.



This weird looking dude in pink shades is a symbol of Nola's Subconscious.   

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This bison is a symbol of something too,

but Nola can't figure out what it means yet..

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Same dude, different angle.

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- Have a Happy Holiday folks.

Sam



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wolvie Poster & Female Disapproval Sea Monster



 Here's the black and white version of a loooong out of print Wolverine poster i did for Marvel in the 90s just for fun..

Click on it once for more detail. And another, to get slighter bigger still.

I wanted to say a couple things..

Thing One: Here's that Female Sea Monster i posted a short while back everyone seemed to dig.  The original is actually pretty small.  As most of you know the page is from my Inner Bimbo, and here's a copy of it in Worlds of Sam book.



Thing Two: By now everybody knows i am lame at replies, but i wanted everyone who does write and comments, that your words, memories, or just saying "hey dude, cool beans." - or just to share what ever is on your minds?  

.Please know, that  *that* gesture...

.. is never lost on me.

THANKS to everybody for your help in keeping me plugging away at all this *mutual weirdness* we create together!!!!! 

Sam



Saturday, December 17, 2016

Okay people, here's your Maxx-Fix !



Countdown to a Maxx 1 Painted Cover,

in 11 easy steps...



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Not totally done - I did add some more after i took this last pic, (all i did was add some airbrush to  the top), but otherwise...

..this should give you a long overdue does of Maxx.

Next post you can indulge me with a fresh batch of Nola Panels & Pages, Layouts, etc.