Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Keep an eye out for more...!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Here's the black and white art to Tom's cover to Hamsters #2. I think he banged this one out of the park, same way he's been hitting homerun after homerun on the interiors. ARBBH is really going to be Tom's coming out party...and for once, I don't mean he'll be coming out of the closet.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
(**edit--I finally got off my lazy ass and uploaded the image below--Tom)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Here's footage from my first bodybuilding show from 2002 (I finally was able to digitize it thanks to my sweet Macbook). Doug Mahnke films. Part 1:
And here's Part 2:
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Yeah, I've been absent from here for a long time it feels like. I've been busy working and other stuff. Just finished up doing 11 pages of pencils for The All New Atom #18.
Our very own Keith Champagne is doing the inks.
Anyhow time for me to post up some art here like I said I would.
E-man is one of my all time favorite characters and here is a quickie drawing I whipped up of him a little while back.
till next time!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Here's Mike Oeming's alternate cover to Black Belt Hamsters #1. I like it and I think it's neat to see Tom's designs handled by another artist.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thanks to Keith for posting up the link to the announcement of our doing the Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters :) I hope to be doing my share of interviews/pimpage in the coming weeks. For now, here's a bigger/better scan of the cover to issue #1 (click to see full-size).
I'm getting ready to go to my book release party for "Incredible Comics With Tom Nguyen" later today. I'll post pics...perhaps even video!
Friday, September 28, 2007
And the other shoe drops on Newsarama today, with the announcement that Tom Nguyen and I are reviving the ADOLESCENT RADIOACTIVE BLACK BELT HAMSTERS for Dynamite. Here's the linkage...
Because I seem to be too dumb to make links active in the body of a post, anyone that wants to check it out will have to cut and paste.
Having a lot of fun writing this book. It's a great chance to write something silly, yet with a lot of heart underneath. Tom has been waiting a long time for a chance to really dig in and do the complete art on a project and he's going to open a lot of people's eyes on this one.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I finally got some work cleared up and was able to get to draw my contribution to the Mike Wieringo tribute book. As I was working on it I had some fond memories of Mike.
Our very own Taco Keith Champagne will be providing the inks and colors by the very talented Mike Atiyeh.
Monday, September 24, 2007
I did a commission recently of Animal Man and my friend Mike Atiyeh colored it up...and did a great job!!!
So I thought I would share it with you all!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This is a drawing I did for a friend of mines wedding that is coming up in a few short weeks.
I've been pretty busy with work, wrapping up the last issue of Storm Watch PHD.
This past week was also very cool for me because I got to sit in and help out on my friend's radio show. It's The Candy and Potter show and is on 107.9 the link here in Charlotte from 10am-2pm. I was in there this past Mon, Tues, and Wed screening calls and chiming into the conversation whenever I had a chance. Great fun! If you want to check them out you can listen on line at www.candyandpotter.com.
Till next time!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
The voting website for COUNTDOWN: ARENA went live this afternoon and I wanted to throw the link out there for anyone that might not be aware.
I have to admit, I'm absolutely tickled by the existence of the website. It looks cool, it's easy to use, and my name is splashed (well, scrawled at least) on the front page.
While it may be a conflict of interest, I went and voted tonight. My choices will remain my own but there are definite versions I would hope to see win. I will say that Christopher Kent (the bald futuristic Superman) is my favorite man of steel. Not too many times in life does someone get to create a brand new Superman, after all, and he's all mine.
So get out there, have some fun, and pick your favorites!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Hey yo! Had time for a quicky sketch of one of my favorite characters Green Lantern! I was in Baltimore over the past weekend for the con. Had a great time as always! Met a lot of great people and was able to have a nice conversation and catch up with Joe Kubert. I love talking with Joe and I haven't seen him in years so that was a nice bonus at the show. Mark Waid had a nice tribute party in memory of our friend Mike Wieringo. A lot of professionals showed up to honor Mike's work and memory. Thanks Mark!
Looking forward to doing the con again next year!
just a doodle...every now and then I feel I should take a break from drawing superheroes and babes. I came across some pictures of hamsters and they reminded me of my pet gerbils I had when I was little. So I started messing around with sketches of these cute little rodents. Here's a couple head studies.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Well I'm an idiot, yeah most of you knew that already. I did this sketch before the Flash one so yeah I'm out of order...oops.
Anyhow I'm a huge Madman fan! I'm so glad Mike is putting it back out from Image on a regular basis! I love Mike's art and writing and the book is great. If you haven't checked it out what are you waiting for? Get hopping to your comic shop and get it!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
So I was at Target and saw these cool new toys of Superman, Batman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern. They are for kids 3 years old and up and are cartoony looking versions of the characters with stumpy bodies, big heads and hands, just really cool looking! I bought the Flash. I really want Aquaman but I found out he was only one per case so unless I want to spend a lot on E-bay I don't see me getting that one...oh well.
Anyhow these sketch is inspired by the Flash figure!
Friday, August 31, 2007
This is an especially great gig because the artists are being given free reign with any character in the Marvel Universe that he/she chooses to draw. I'm taking this opportunity to draw all the cool Marvel characters that I'll probably never draw again! As for the other 92 cards, I'm thinking about throwing all of them into a convention sketchbook that's so hot with artists these days.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Here is a con sketch I did a while back. The fan was nice enough to e-mail it to me! Sorry for the bad quality of the scan, I did it on a textured paper and tried to clean it up as much as I could. Who knows maybe one day I'll ink it!
Yeah it's a lame title, sue me. Just was messing around and this is what came out of my hand as it was magically moving around the page. Boy that sounds corny! Love to stay and chat more but gotta get cranking on the paying work for the man!
until next time!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I was so inspired by this moment (combined with hypnotized by Caite's beauty) that I sketched out a caricature strip of what should have gone down:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
My daughter is home from daycare today so I can't get much work done until the sitter gets here so I might as well post up another drawing.
This isn't really a sketch but I'm going to keep rolling with that title for when I post drawings to keep it clearer for me.
I love, I mean love Joe Kubert's Tarzan work. So a few years ago I drew up a daily strip in my Kubertesque type style. I actually wrote about a weeks worth of strips and someday when I have the time hope to draw them up in this style.
So I was watching some of the new Flash Gordon show on Sci-fi and thought I would doodle some in my sketch book. The show didn't do to much for me however, which sucks because I was really looking forward to it when I heard about it a few months back. Oh well saves an hour of my week for other things or shows.
I don't usually draw in sketch books, they always seem to intimidate me because I think I have to fill it up with the most perfect stuff. Well I bought a small 5x7 black hard back one to keep downstairs so if I get the urge to doodle while watching tv I can. Or if I feel like warming up or something.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Well I decided I'm going to try and post up a weekly sketch/drawing. I don't have much free time to do this type of thing but I think by putting it out there that I'm going to attempt to do post up something once or twice a week will light a fire under my butt to do draw something besides my comic book work.
I will say that some of the stuff I'm going to post will be older sketches and drawings I've done for fun or for commissions.
I figure it's better to post something than nothing!
So I'll get the ball rolling with a drawing I did of my guy 1stMan flying. Some of you might recognize this pose from a drawing the great Jose Luis Garcia Lopez did of Green Lantern. I've only seen this drawing printed in a comic book once and that was back in the early 80's at the top of the letters pages. Now I've seen that it is also a t-shirt, which I bought as soon as I saw it, and wanted to draw my guy in the same pose as a sort of tip of the hat to Jose.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I met Mike about 12 years ago or so. I knew his work before I actually met him and was a fan. I always get a thrill out of meeting artists whose work I enjoy and meeting him was anything but a let down. He was very nice an personable. A very down to earth guy that just loved drawing comics, and it showed in everything he worked on.
As an artist he brought a fresh clean style to comics that wasn't the norm at that time. His work is fun and exciting to look at and is exactly what good comics are. Clear storytelling and good drawing with a style unique in it's own. You could see on every page he was having fun drawing.
I became friends with Mike from seeing him at cons, mostly Heroes-con. He always had fun stories to tell and was the life of any group gathering. I was a guest at a small show in Greensboro North Carolina earlier this year and Mike was there as well. We had a nice conversation about work and things going on in our lives. He always took an interest in what you were up to professionally and personally.
I hope he knew how much he was revered by his peers and friends not only as an artist but a person. Of course knowing Mike he would think he probably didn't deserve it.
Mike, you'll be missed deeply and thought of often. I'm proud to have had you as a friend.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Been a while since I posted anything here so I thought I'd slap this up.
It's a little known fact that my first real gig (aside from background inking for Tom Mandrake and Ken Branch) was a brief stint as a colorist for Valiant. I was young, kind of nervous about the whole thing, and didn't feel good enough to be working full-time so I handled my insecurities in the most mature way possible. I just stopped showing up and went home to CT for the summer instead.
Valiant called me about a month later, finally figuring out that the quiet kid had disappeared for a while. I forget what excuse I made up, but they got the message that I wasn't coming back. I'm sure I was never missed and, luckily, I gained a little self confidence the next time I got an opportunity for professional work--inking X-books for Marvel, which is where I got my start as an inker.
Here's a coloring sample reminiscent of my brief Valiant days. This was painted with Doc Martin dyes on photocopy paper, which was adhered to a thicker piece of cardboard to keep the paper from curling up and warping.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Prints of this sold out...I even sold the original, too! I didn't want to let it go so soon after I had finished it, but the offer was good. All in all, it was a good show for me. I'll blog (with pics of course) when I get a chance...
Monday, August 6, 2007
This is the face a little more refined:
Keep in mind that the artwork will look drastically different when I overly paint and airbrush on this thing--the life it will give to these pencils will be crazy. The full painting will be finished and shown in time for this weekend, but the first time you'll see it online will be after the Chicago show. If it gets even half the reception I got for my WW painting, I'll be quite happy.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
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The three of us are part of the Charlotte Comedy theater which is an improvised comedy troupe. We perform the shows on Friday and Saturday nights. If you're ever in Charlotte, NC. look us up and come on out! www.charlottecomedy.com
I played on the DC vs. Marvel softball team and even though yes we lost we had a great game! I was up at bat once and got a hit that got me to first base then I was hit home to score. I played shortstop in the field and helped get an out at second. Overall not too bad for not having played the game in about 7 years.
I had two signings at the DC booth which went really well! Also a signing at the Watson-Guptill booth to promote my new book, "Drawing American Manga Superheroes" which was fun as always!
Thursday night was a party for the Drink and Draw Social Club sponsored by the CBDLF.
That was a great time catching up with my boys Jeff Johnson, Dan Panosian, Dave Johnson, and a host of other artists.
Friday night my roomie in San Diego, Brad Vancata, and I attended a Wildstorm dinner party that was at a great Mexican restaurant.
Brad and I have known each other for 16 years and have worked together on a number of occasions. I always look forward to hanging out with him and catching up.
As always though tons of friends to see and just not enough time to do it.
Glad this show is once a year because I need that much time to recoup from it!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
One thing I learned over the SDCC weekend is that even though I haven't lifted any serious weights in a couple of years, as long as Tom sticks to a liquid diet, he's as easy to carry around as a small Vietnamese boy should be.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
So I am writing this the late night before I have to board the plane to go to the annual San Diego Comic Con International. As this is the biggest pop culture show in the US, it is a fitting time to attend to pimp my work, meet friends and pros who I only see at conventions, and network for business reasons. I'm also pissed because I think I lost my digital camera. Can't find it anywhere!! If someone picked it up, I'm sure they'll find embarrassing sketches and pictures of hot girls in bikinis on it. Congratulations.
So Impact Books finally sent me my sweet advance copy of my instructional book, Incredible Comics With Tom Nguyen, and it is EVER SO NICE to hold the final product in my hands! Here is the evidence...
Check out my EXTREME farmer's tan--it fucking looks like I'm wearing a second shirt:
If you're at the big show this weekend, Impact Books (booth # 1415) is doing some sort of contest to give away the Superman piece I previously posted. But here is the final inked and colored version:
Monday, July 23, 2007
This weekend at Comic Con, IMPACT Books will be conducting a contest open to the public to win a piece of original art by me. Here's a pencilled preview of the art--the final version will in fact be inked.
I'll also have big, colored prints of this piece for sale at my Artist Alley table. I'll upload the final version here when it's done as well.
Also, the Trio will be reunited at this show. We were founded almost 2 months ago at Adventure Con in Knoxville, so it'll be great to hook up with Keith and Andy again. Read Keith's comics! Buy Andy's art and book! I'll be playing on the same team as these guys during the DC vs. Marvel charity softball game on Thursday...loads of fun!
Hope to see you guys there!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I can't believe a week from now I'll be on a plane again for another San Diego Con trip!
Wow! Time flies! It'll be great to see everyone and hang with the Taco Trio!
My event schedule so far is:
Thursday the 26th 3pm-whenever: the DC vs. Marvel charity softball game
Friday the 27th: 10-11am the Hero Initiative booth with Keith Champagne
Saturday the 28th: 2pm-3pm the Vanguard Publications booth signing copies of my new art book "Drawing American Manga Superheroes".
See you there!
Monday, July 16, 2007
This cover for ROBIN #167 was released in DC's October solicits today. I thought I'd share it. It was drawn by the talented Pat Gleason and inked by your's truly.
I haven't inked a great deal of Pat's work and I find it very tricky to work on. This cover was probably the hardest time I've had over his pencils. Sorry if I killed it, Pat, although if you email me over your address, I'll send you back the original.
The colors here are kind of flat so I'm pretty sure they're just a temp job that was slapped on their for the solicits. I would expect them to be much more eye popping in the final, printed version of the cover.
Friday, July 13, 2007
So some of you may remember my series of online drawing tutorials at Comicon.com's The Pulse last year. I took a long sabbatical from it because of work overload and my book taking up so much of my time. Well...IT'S BACK! And I aim to keep it regular again (biweekly, maybe even 3 weeks at the longest every now and then). It's great to get your emails of support and asking where it's been. Without further ado...
Thursday, July 12, 2007
If you've noticed the lack of updates over the last week and a half, it's because things have been increasingly hectic as the San Diego convention looms ever closer.
Which seems like a good segue to mention that I'll be bopping around the San Diego Convention Center two weeks from today--which is surprisingly soon, I didn't realize the con was so close.
I don't know my appearance schedule for DC yet and I won't be set up in artist's alley--although I'm sure I'll occasionally be loitering at Tom's table. I do know I'll be playing on the DC softball team in the charity game against Marvel on the 26th at Balboa Park. I'll also be appearing from 10:00-11:00 Friday morning (joined by Andy Smith) at the Hero Initiative booth, which is a great charity and worthwhile cause. Aside from that, it'll just be meetings and signings, catching up with my convention friends ( the guys I only get to see when I bump into them at a show), and trying not to get trampled by the 80-130,000 people converging for the convention.
In other news, I picked up the Eternals hardcover at Borders the other day, which has confirmed for me that John Romita Jr. might just be our greatest American Superhero artist. He just does everything right, plus has a 'power' to his work that can't be taught. It's either there or it isn't and JRjr's got it in spades. Danny Miki is an interesting choice to ink him and y'know, that Neil Gaiman guy ain't no slouch either. I read the first chapter so far and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
That's all for now...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
So I've seen the flick 4 times (3 in theaters, one off a bootleg), and I'm increasingly falling in love with the movie's score (done masterfully by Steve Jablonsky). The score is done by the same guy who did "The Island," and I loved that music as well. Looks as though Steve may become one of my favorite composers here. I extracted part of the score from a Transformers HBO special (the end credits), and made a short YouTube vid out of it. Check it out below, tee-hee:
Monday, July 2, 2007
Thought I'd post up a pic of me hard at work at the con! Also the painting I did for the art auction!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
I just wanted to take a moment to bring to your attention the #1 action figure in the world. I (over)heard it straight from the horse's mouth so to me, that's gospel.
This is an older video--it's one of the promo trailers for my instructional DVD on inking back in late '04/early '05. Kinda goofy.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Here it is peeps the finished Armor X trade cover. Fantastic colors by Moose Bauman! He is the man and knocked it out of the park!
Later on peeps!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Here is a sneak peek of my latest painting. I'm really getting into making these vids...they're so much easier and cooler than typing stuff out. I'll post the finished painting as soon as I get the final scan back...
Friday, June 22, 2007
After being away on vacation last week, I've spent most of this one finishing a script that is due today. Which I just did, about fifteen minutes ago. Now, after taking a short break to clear my head, I'll take a few hours to proofread it and tweak the dialogue before I submit it to DC later this afternoon. Hopefully, when I read it in one sitting, it won't need major revisions.
I took this picture while in the Italy section of Epcot Center last week. It was shocking to me to see that this fine imitation statue was sporting a pubic jungle. This is DISNEY, people, the land of clean, family values. Think of the children!!
I feel strongly that we should start a letter writing campaign and get this sandblasted off. Individually, we are but one. Together, we become an army.
I'll bet Tom likes it, though.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Well Heroes Con '07 as come and gone! It was a great con as always! I was sitting next to Jamal Igle and Ethan Van Sciver. To great guys and great artists. I've known Ethan for a few years now and it's always good to see him again. I've met Jamal a few times before but never got a chance to sit and talk with him so that was cool to do.
I also met up with an old friend, Tom Lyle. I've known Tom since I was 14. He was the first professional artist I ever met and got con sketches from. If you would have told me back in 1984 that I would be a working pro in this funny book biz. 23 years later I don't think I would have believed it!
Tom was banging out sketches at the SCAD booth. I'm finally going to get my sketch of my character 1stMan from him!
Friday night about 30 of us DC employees were taken out to dinner with Dan Didio and Michael Siglain. Being from the area I along with my co-pilot Mr. Siglain were the first two at the dinner joint. It was a very cool night hanging out and jabbing with other freelancers.
I met Steve Niles at the dinner and found out that he grew up in the Washington DC area as well as myself. He was on the Virgina side and I on the Maryland side. When I was 18 using a fake i.d. to get into bars in D.C. and Georgetown he was in a band playing bars down there!
With Sunday being Father's day I didn't stay at the show all day. That was more of the day to walk around and do a little shopping for myself, yupper I'm still a dork that likes to buy comics!
Till next time!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
My appearance on a local tv show a couple years ago to promote my DVDs:
Enjoy, I guess....
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Here is a sneak peak at a page from my first issue of Storm Watch PHD!
It comes out this Wed. so pick it up!!!
Thought I'd post up a sketch I drew and Keith inked at Adventurecon!
I think Keith knocked it out of the park!!!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Yeah it's taken me a while to finally post but when I got back from Adventurecon, great time, I had to get back to the board and finish up issue 10 of Storm Watch PHD! Great book I highly suggest you check it out!
I'm so proud to be a part of the Taco Trio! Who better to share that title with then Keith Champagne and Tom Nguyen!
Keith beat me to the punch with posting the pencils for the Armor X trade cover so I'll post up the inks! Once it colored I'll post those as well and maybe even some sneak peaks at my upcoming Storm Watch stuff!
Until then take it sleazy but not easy!
Friday, June 8, 2007
Here's a sneak peek at Andy's pencils for the upcoming trade paperback of our Image series, ARMOR X.
Best part about these pencils is that Andy is gifting me with the finished original art...just because he's so swell. Thanks, buddy!
I'll leave it to him to post the final inks and then the colors when they're done.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I met a few interesting people while I was at Adventure Con last weekend. One of them was the guy in this picture, a professional wrestler named Raven. Turns out that he's a big fan of comics and buys most everything from the big two, and was even familiar with my work.
I've met a few wrestlers over the years and they all seem like cool guys, Raven included.