Well seems the word is starting to leak out, that yours truly has been invited to be the Guest of Honor at the Burroughs Dum-Dum next August in Chicago! The Muckers, a special group inside the Burroughs Bibliophiles have invited me to design and paint the cover of a new edition of the Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the father of American Adventure fiction. This is a very special honor for me. I was invited once before but had a prior commitment and couldn't make it. As of course you all know the Dum-Dum name comes from the Tarzan books, it was the council of apes - the heads of the tribe. The Burroughs Society has adopted the name for their annual gathering. It is a great time to be had by all for all Burroughs fans. So if you are around Chicago next August plan to stop in. I will post more as I know it, and also progress on the design. Thanks to the Muckers!
Flesk Publications strikes again! I just picked up these two wonderful books at my local comic shop, Trade-a-Tape in Lincoln, this wednesday. The skill of Al Williamson and Mark Schultz will hold me for a long time. I plan on looking at these books and their wonderful art til my eyes bleed! ha. Seriously tho I don't think you can do any better than these two masters of the craft. Williamson's detail in his Flash Gordon comics is totally amazing. This book along with Marks sketchbooks hold a prize place on my studio bookself. I will be studying these masterpieces for a long time. I bought the first three of the Schultz sketchbooks at a con we both appeared at. We talked and I was in awe of the man. What a talent these two people were to our art. I will be along time before we find anyone to match these two. I am in awe, and I have my magnifying glass out and enjoying every minute of it.
Here is four quick sketches I finished off at the Omaha Sci fi con on sunday. Had a good time sketching and talking with a couple of people. Of course I always have fun sketching. And of course didn't sell a thing, as I hardly ever do. Must be my introverted body language. Hell, I just want to draw most of the time and seem to ignore alot around me sometimes. Oh well I had fun and that is what counts in my life. I really enjoyed trying to do more of a cross of reality and my vision of Flash Gordon and Dale. I think it turned out ok.
When I was a kid, a long time ago age wise - but in my mind I am still a kid, Roy Rogers had a great companion other than Trigger, Dale, or Pat Brady...Bullet was my favorite of the cadre of characters from the show. I guess dogs were always kind of special in my day. Especially dogs that could rescue you, or attack the bad guys, or protect the innocent. Bullet was one of those great dogs.
That is the main reason that Captain Spectre has his dog - Rocket. I haven't used him much in the strip, but I have plans for his future.
Just one of the many influences that goes into the strip. So here is a quick reference sketch I did to get the feel of Rocket for his part in the strip.
Creator, Artist, Writer of the On-Line comic strip CAPTAIN SPECTRE. Also a fan of all things pulp, serials, old comic books, Roy Rogers movies, Universal Horror movies, 50's monster movies, Robert E. Howard, Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, great illustrators, and especially King Kong (the real one).