Monday, August 29, 2005

Samurai Tale

I just began writing a one-shot book that I hope to shop to one of the alternative comic companies soon after "Blood River" hits the stores in early December (it was pushed back a month by Image Comics).

I have been addicted to samurai movies this past year, especially the "Zatoichi" series that ran for many years in Japan in the theaters as well as tv.

Based on my viewing habits I have come up with a story involving a samurai (well, actually a ronin) whom is mixed up with the demonic world. I hope to have it run either 48 or 52 pages in black & white. I will keep you all posted on my progress. To start things off, here is an image from my new sketchbook that is dedicated to the page layouts and design of the book.


Wednesday, August 24, 2005


I went into my local supermarket to pick up juice and watermellon for breakfast and made my way past the magazine section. the seasonal aisle is located nearby and it stopped me in my tracks... Halloween? literally two weeks worth of back-to-school crap was put out and now... Halloween? whew! I guess Christmas starts Labor Day this year. to add to the confusion, here is a cover I did for my newspaper's entertainment tabloid two years ago for, you guessed it, Halloween. Oh, and a scary photo of me that illustrated an article written about me in that same issue. Last time I had my hair cut.


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Weird NJ

some images from Weird NJ. I actually have not done anything for the magazine in over a year. Mark & Mark (the publishers) have kept me busy with their line of hardcover books published by Barnes & Noble. I can be found in the Weird NJ, Weird US, Weird Illinois, Weird Texas, Weird New England, and Weird New York hardcovers.


Monday, August 22, 2005

Blood River Page

Mike Oeming posted this image over at his message board. I love doing pages like this.


newspaper illustration

a recent example of my illustration work for a local New Jersey newspaper. I provided the black & white image, and a staff illustrator popped in the color. It was a piece on annoying roommates in colleges.


Sunday, August 21, 2005

convention sketches

I'm planning to do the Chiller Theatre convention this October as a guest at the Poker Industry tables ( I will probably do the Big Apple Con in Manhattan in November as well. Here are some examples of brush and marker sketches that I do for a small fee (I think $20 was my going rate at the Wizard Philly show where these came from). It's challenging to do stuff on the spot like this, and I usually get really odd requests; stuff I'm not used to drawing day to day.


while I worked on my graphic novel, "Blood River," I began to receive offers from friends in the industry to do pinups for their books. I have had the great fortune to have contributed images to NYC Mech written by Ivan Brandon, Miles Gunter, and illustrated by Andy MacDonald. I did a piece for "The Wicked West" a original graphic novel written by Robert Tinnell and Todd Livingston, and illustrated by Neil Vokes. Actually, I worked on a prose short story for that one, providing several illustrations for what is supposed to read like a penny dreadful. I did a pinup for Mike Oeming and Bryan Glass's "86 Volts" (pictured above) and have another one ready to run in Mike's upcoming "Hammer of the Gods" trade collection. oh, and I did a Marquis pinup for Guy Davis's amazing series from Oni Press. Not sure when that is coming out.

Saturday, August 20, 2005


the image below was actually colored by Oeming as a color guide for Nick. here is the image that Nick colored:

blog 1.

hey all, my brother, John, just started an art blog here, so I jumped on board as well. check his blog out here:

when I get calls from some poor kid at Rutgers getting their degree in art, and they are trying to raise money for them, I am forced to tell them of my experiences there over 15 years ago. I had fun there but I didn't learn much about the "real world" of art and illustration. I thank god every so often that John is my older brother. Just look at that stuff on his blog.

anyway, I managed to carve something of a career for myself. Those of you that have purchased Weird NJ or now the Weird US books from Barnes & Noble have most likely seen my work already. I'm now involved with comics. Image Comics is releasing my first graphic novel "Blood River" that was created and written by comic phenom, Michael Avon Oeming, and co-penned by the very talented, Daniel Berman. This book is coming out in early November (cross fingers). here's the cover colored by the amazing, Nick Filardi. I ever get a color book, I'm kidnapping this guy and not letting him go until my book is completely brought to life by his color!


old bridge, nj august 20, 2004