This past October, Columbus’ own Shadowbox Live – the sketch comedy, short play, and live music troupe – presented “The Tenshu,” a unique production featuring live martial arts, magic, giant puppets and supernatural experiences, accompanied by an original rock score. The show was a collaboration between Japanese choreographer/director Hiromi Sakamoto and New York Times Best Selling author of the Kabuki graphic novels, David Mack.
Accompanying the production was a gallery show featuring original comic book art from several local creators, including my artistic partner in crime, Brent Bowman. Several of Brent’s pages and paintings from volume 1 of Persia Blues were prominently on display:
We hope to make this the first of several more gallery shows.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the original art from the book, drop me a line via the Contact link on this site.
Let’s kick off this edition of Splash Wednesday with a classic John Byrne page (inked by Terry Austin), from Uncanny X-Men #139.
And from a post on March, 2011 on my old blog, here’s this week’s “classic” splash page:
“Over the years, Mike Mignola has worked with quite a handful of talented artists on Hellboy short stories and side projects, which is where this week’s page comes from:
This page is from Ghost/Hellboy #2, with pencils by Scott Benefiel, and inks by Jasen Rodriguez. Published by Dark Horse Comics, June 1996. Ghost was one of the longer-running titles in DH’s attempt at a superhero universe. This was a 2-issue crossover.”
Ahead of my talk tomorrow at Youngstown State University, the school newspaper, The Jambar, ran this short article/interview: Graphic Novel Author to Visit YSU.
“If creating comics is something they want to do professionally, hopefully I can also leave them with some advice on how to navigate the treacherous waters of the business,” Naraghi said.
[English professor Rebecca] Barnhouse encourages anyone who is interested in graphic novels or Naraghi’s work to come and speak with him on Wednesday.
(By the way, can anyone tell me what the meaning or significance of the name “Jambar” is?)
The Guardian newspaper has a fascinating read about Iraqi Shia pilgrims visiting Mashhad, in Iran: Prayer, food, sex and water parks in Iran’s holy city of Mashhad.
During my childhood in Iran, and a couple of subsequent visits, I’ve been to several of the key cities, like Isfahan and Shiraz. But I’ve never been to Mashhad, and in fact all I knew of it was its reputation as a “holy city,” due to its many theological schools, as well as housing the tomb of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam. But the juxtaposition of that image with the one painted by this article, of touristy theme parks and sex workers, is quite interesting.
“Mehdi also comments on Iraqi men who come to Mashhad looking to patronize the city’s sizeable population of sex workers, many of which conduct business through a Shia system of ‘temporary marriage’ known in Iran as sigheh.”
Professor Rebecca Barnhouse at the English department of Youngstown State University invited me to give a talk on comics and graphic novels, which I’m excited to do. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on Wednesday, October 28, at 4 PM in DeBartolo Hall.
I plan to talk a bit about my background and interest in comics and graphic novels, then discuss how I “broke in” to the field. I’ll also present some of the concepts and techniques behind creating graphic novels, and of course have an open Q&A session.
Additional info about the event is available on the YSU website here.
Another cover from one of my current favorite reads, the science fiction epic Invisible Republic:
Cover and interior art by Gabriel Hardman, written by Hardman and wife Corinna Bechko. Published March 2005 by Image Comics.
Another Wednesday, another couple of splash pages to treat your eyes to. Starting with a page I found around the web (via The Crapbox of Son Of Cthulhu), here’s a fantastic Walt Simonson page from Orion #1, published by DC Comics.
And a classic post, from Feb 2011:
I came across this while digging through my longboxes a short while ago:
It’s from Bodycount #3. Art by Simon Bisley, published by Image Comics, May 1996.
Bodycount was a 4-issue mini series featuring one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, I think) teaming up with Casey Jones to fight…um, I don’t quite remember. I think maybe a gang? Or the mob? Well, whoever it was, it involved an awful lot of guns and bullets and death and destruction. Oh, and boobs. The biggest, most ridiculously basketball-shaped tits you’ve ever seen, courtesy of Mr. Bisley. I was never a TMNT guy, so I think I picked this series up during my Bisley fan stage. Oddly enough, it’s not fully painted, like the majority of his output at the time, but it’s in the unmistakable Bisley style. Here’s to excess.
Here’s one of the newer books I’ve been reading, Invisible Republic:
Written by the husband/wife team of Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, and drawn by Hardman, IR is a fantastic looking (and well-written) science fiction epic with heavy political and social themes running through it. Issue #2 was published in April, 2015 by Image Comics.
Way back on September of 2005, I started a feature on my old Ferret Press blog called “Monday Morning Guess the Artist,” with the following introduction:
So each Monday, we’ll look at a piece of artwork from the early career of some of today’s big name comic book artists. Thrill to their humble beginnings, gasp at their amateur mistakes, and wonder at their generic style. So without further ado, check out today’s page and use the comments section to…Guess the Artist!
Over the next six years, I posted 279 pages of artwork. I’m not sure I have the same amount of time and energy to devote to the feature again, but every once in a while I’ll revive it on my current blog. I’ll also re-post a page from one of my old posts, much like I’m doing over at the Splash Wednesday feature. So be sure to check back here on Mondays.
OK, here’s your first page. Use the comments section to share your guess:
And here’s a page from back in September, 2005. Sadly, due to a technical glitch of switching the comments section of my old blog from a 3rd party service to Blogger’s (then) new comments section, I lost the vast majority of the blog’s comments, and with them, the precise answer for each page. So while I know who the artist is, I won’t be able to give you the precise issue and number. But give it a shot anyway:
Our first page today comes via Diversions of the Groovy Kind, and features Mike Grell’s artwork from The Warlord #8 (May 1977):
And now for the classic page, from my old Ferret Press blog, Feb 2011:
Since I featured Jackson Guice on last week’s “Guess the Artist,” I figured we might as well look at another one of his pages from his Doctor Strange run for today’s splash page:
Trippy, eh? (Insert your own joke about magic mushrooms…)
This is from Doctor Strange #6, penciled by Jackson Guice, and inked by Jose Marzan, Jr. Published by Marvel Comics, August, 1989.
Here’s an oddly titled book for today’s installment of ICS: Instant Piano #1
This 1994 anthology of surreal humor from Dark Horse Comics lasted for 4 issues. The inaugural issue featured the above cover by Kyle Baker, with stories contributed by the 5 cartoonists who created the series: Baker, Stephen DeStefano, Evan Dorkin, Robbie Busch, and Mark Badger.
Continuing this week’s unoffical theme, here’s another Brian Stelfreeze cover, from Day Men #1:
Published by Boom! Studios in 2013.