Batman: Hobo

Over at Comics Alliance there was an article done by Laura Hudson and David Wolkin about the insanity that is Neal Adam’s “Batman: Odyssey” .  In the process of said article, the two of them proposed a different comic…Batman: Hobo…where Batman is a homeless guy, the batcave is a cardboard box, catwoman is…well…a cat, you get the idea.

I laughed out loud when I read it…and determined this kind of brilliance had to come to light.  Problem is…it made me too sad.  Poor Batman.  So here are some of the concepts I did for a project I will never really do.

Hope Amid Horror

It occurs to me that I never did post any of the artwork images from the graphic novella Hope Amid Horror which I worked on through Clash Creative last year.  I didn’t post any before publication because, frankly, I was working 12-14 hour days just to make my deadline…but I forgot to post them afterward.  What I really want to do is post a video soon on the process used to complete a page…I always find those things interesting.  Anyway…here are some of my favorite pages from that project, sans lettering.  Pencils, inking and colors are mine.

Surf art odds and ends

Been a while since I’ve updated.  I’ll put up some of the graphic novel project I was working on a little later.  Here are some surf paintings I’ve done recently.  They’ll also be put up on my Surf Art site, and a few of them are for sale.

This is a work in progress of a longboard (skateboard) design I did for Dustin Bryson

This is the final painting

“busted lip” done for Luke Benson

“Backside” – this one will be for sale on the Soulsurfer’s Surf Art site

“Heart and Soul” – another one for the surf art site.

Goodbye Group

After an 11 year run (pretty good, by any estimation), the comic strip I drew for Group Magazine has been discontinued.  The last one will appear in the upcoming issue.  They are in the process of a redesign…and I’m sure as any print magazine is doing, they are looking for ways to cut corners.  The idea is, they will check on reader feedback, and if there is a call for it, they’ll recommision the strip.  I have serious doubts that anyone will miss it.

Anyway…I thought I’d throw a few of the strips that DIDN’T make the cut…stuff no one ever got to see.

First is one that almost got me in trouble with the editor, who felt I was being too close to disrespectful toward pastors with it.  Go figure.  (click it for full size)

The next one is an earlier attempt at re-vamping the strip, maybe even dropping the main character (Brian, named after the youth pastor at Eastgate from the late 90’s to about ’06, who was my very first introduction to what a YP goes through.  The character looked nothing LIKE Brian though…he looked more like a guy named Vance who was the only YP I knew at the time I started the strip).  Anyway…this one was without Brian.

Finally, for this morning…here’s a rough of another (albeit, ridiculous) attempt at re-vamping the strip:

I’ll try to get around and post some of my favorite strips that have appeared through the years.  If you’re a YP, please feel free to use any of these.

Comics and Illustration