Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beware the Hooly

Classic Maxx Flashback.

(click twice to make it bigger) 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Man-bat ... from Arkham.

Here's a panel from the Arkham Madness graphic novel that i did a million years ago.

My art on it is kinda hit and miss, but two friends told me they actually liked the story: Alex Pardee and James McLauchlin.  Their praise, made the whole project worth it.

Thanks guys.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Maxx cover, In-Progress.

Sorry to throw up another Maxx post, but at least this one's new, i inked Julie since my last Maxx post of this one.

I also threw in a giant snake, which will look better after it's finished too. Maybe add some highlights to his flat looking back? 

Getting there . . .

stay tuned.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sara's Outback & some Line Art...

Sara's outback had elaborate Quilts..


And at the other end of the spectrum,

here's the simplicity of just . . . 

pure imagination,

and a ball point pen. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Another day, another kimono . . .

. . this one's a bit unfinished,

a few smudges here and there . .

~ but that's probably okay.

: )

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bimbo Girl's Eye & Abstract in Black..

Ever since Boston I've been getting folks asking about buying some of artwork, or when i'll do a commissions again.  Here's the deal,  the guy you wanna email to is not me, it's Albert Moy.

Check can also contact him directly at  Albert's email, or click the new swell "Wanna buy some of my Artwork?" box (above the pic of the Magic Trout, on the right hand list of blurbs & links boxes.)

Albert is there to do . . . what i don't *wanna* do . . . which is sell my art directly to my fans.

I know many folks may not realize this, but if Albert says i don't wanna sell something, or i am "not doing commissions right now" - then he's not a bad guy,

he's just delivering the news,  the straight-poop on what i wanna do.


Thanks for being so cool about it you guys!  Now back my the usual dose of goofy surreal pics i keep plastering all over this blog..

You guys are awesome, all of you!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wow, whole lotta comments on that last post. 

Didn't realize i was opening up the "possibility of future Maxx stories" subject with what I said.  Just meant the old series was out of steam n' ideas.

Will take all this under future advisement: who knows what's down the pike?


Raven's says "Krawk",

for whatever that's worth.

Thanks for all the support everybody!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

If Maxx had continued past 35

Before Maxx ended, i had some horrible plans for later issues . . .

. . featuring Maxx with blonde hair. . 

. . . and Julie morphing into a bimbo with clawed hands.

Good thing i stopped Maxx when i did, eh?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Two Curious Onlookers

There are two creatures witnessing this picture.  One, from above, one below.  First curious onlooker:

. . a little plastic skeleton my wife planted in my studio,
looking down from over my art table.

Lately i've been trying to do more frequent posts, but only of one or two images.

But for this post, i've indulged in several more pics of it, mostly to show some texture that got lost when i first posted this image many years ago.

Obviously this is fabric, but there's also some goofy addition, acrylic, cinnamon, sea sand, fixitave, and even some glue. Detail that gets usually lost when it's usually scanned or photographed.

Though it's technically not one of my stronger faces, i was going for some of that 'ugly grace' that Egon Schiele's women seem to possess.  Not comparing my and his work, but you probably know how i meant that.  Just as an example of style.     

It's quite a bit larger than what i usually stuff,  as you can see from the Pink Shades Dude on the right, for size comparison.

Which brings us to our second curious little onlooker . . 

. . down in the left corner. 

Friday, January 20, 2017


. . . trying to bundle up this chilly Friday morning.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


A page from Batman: Secrets.

a mini series i wrote and drew..

seems like ages ago... 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Eleanor cover

New comic Chew writer (and old pal of mine) John Layman is writing and i'm drawing called Eleanor and the Egret.

Here's an short IGN interview with us talking about it.

Interesting to compare the original art with the finished piece. I did it on watercolor paper, so  it's has  a rough organic texture to it. I kept in various 'flaws' in the girl figure, because i didn't want it to look to slick or perfect.

Dunno if that worked, maybe not. Somewhat "idealized", but hey - i can be proud that she looks a lot less glamorous and more ordinary in the inside pages.

Every woman i draw eventually morphs into Dana's heavier proportions (which is the same body type as Wonder Woman cover girl) . .

. . .  but be it heavier folks, thinner folks, guys or gals,

it's all good. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Maxx in Progress

Couple of shots of a new Maxx cover I'm messing with.

Got carried away with Maxx's the arm before . . .  i finished penciling Maxx and Julie.

Don't worry, this will look a lot better once it's finished.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Just something weird & cartoony from one of my old sketchbooks.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Post

Nostalgia Blast:

Old Marvel Comics Presents Cover i did years ago. 

The image slightly cropped, but i'm sure you'll recognize it if you were buying comics back during the 90s'.  

Double click for more detail. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Some things..

.. i never get bored of drawing.

Like faces.

... trees.. are a close second.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Nola One Pager . . . 

. . and flow chart (note i added an "e" and forgot the "r", thus making the word "cheat", subtle subtext much?)  . .

. . . thus explaining why Nola's mind considers it's self unlovable.

Minds are funny that way.

Assuming stuff.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Maxx History Lessons

Once upon a time...

.. a very small Maxx..

.. faced a very large Ret' Qark'en.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bats in the snow & a Couple from Nola

On this winter's day, here's a snowy shot from a Batman Confidential story i did many years ago.


And here's a panel of Nola's Dad. Nothing to do with Batman, but just thought I'd throw him up here too, for variety.


And lastly, in Nola's book,  Raven likes to land in the snow on Bison's back.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wonder Woman Cover

Did this today for the fine folks over at Heros, a charity for comic book artists in need.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wrapping this up . . .

 There's probably a couple dozen Maxx half-finished covers lying around my studio, 

I tried to stay light on Julie's face here..

.. to balance out all the crazy detail on Maxx's arm.. 

...it's not finished yet, but very close.

Don't ask me what the pink and brown stuff is.

I have no idea.


This sucker's pretty much done.

Have a warm & dry Monday everybody. 

- Sam

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stages of My Inner Bimbo

Seems like a million years ago when i drew My Inner Bimbo.

It started with a couple of rough sketch like these above. 


Here's a earlier version from my art book.

You can see some rougher colored pencil texture on her skin.


... and here's the printed version, after i smoothed out her skin with an airbrush.
( Click Twice on it,  to see more detail. )

Okay, which version to you like better? 

Friday, January 6, 2017

more stuff from the Vaults...

Here's a chaotic, surreal looking piece from Worlds ...  that seems to really jump out at people.

And now . . . here's a subtle contemplative one  . .

just to balance out all that chaos of the first one.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

MCP 104

Most of you have probably seen this one before.

I'm usually pretty hard on my own stuff, and this one has many faults, but favorite bit here the gray brush work on the foliage towards the bottom.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mom - Daughter stuff

Normally closeness between Moms and Daughter's is a good thing. 

But the "Mom-Daughter-Warm-Fuzzy-Fest" is a mutual collusion Nola and her Mom use, (texting  memes, and cute bunnies, kitten pics).. 

... in order to avoid other unpleasant issues they'd rather not discuss.