Tuesday, November 27, 2007


here is a unique series of images resulting in a pinup done for Oeming's book "Hammer of the Gods." at some point there should be a trade coming out at Image. This headshot was turned down for a more dynamic image that I created later.

I wanted to share these images however, since it gives a rare glimpse into my process of creating an image. Loose pencil sketch, a marker sketch, and then of course the finished pen/ink version.

At some point soon I hope to show how I actually do a finished ink drawing; either by shooting a short video or by posting photos of me working and different stages of completion.

Wicked Samurai Swag!

hey all, how's this for interesting swag for my book? that's right! you can get your very own Wicked Samurai votive candle by following this link http://www.qassa.com
now I need to strike up a happy meal deal...

Wicked Samurai (Kwaidan)

A full page image from book I "Reminisce."

I am working on a few one-issue stories right now for Wicked Samurai. Trying to train my "comic muscle" to create an interesting story in just 22 pages. I am finding out just how difficult it can be to create an interesting tale with the limitation of that page count. Either not enough space or the story is swimming with way too many pages. It's important to me to do this exercise a few times; not only to flesh out the main character of the story, but to also work within the accepted confines of a standard comic book format.

Regarding where I am getting some story ideas right now, I have looked no further than two books I have that were written by Lafcadio Hearn ("Kwaidan" and "In Ghostly Japan"). Lafcadio, a westerner whom spent the last 20 years or so of his life as a resident in Japan, was one of the first writers to bring Japanese folklore to the rest of the world. He got most of his material from books that he obtained in Japan during the late 19th century, and re-wrote them into stories for a western audience. So perhaps it's appropriate that I have farmed a few goodies from his book to now translate into comics. I'm certainly not the first, assuming some of you are familiar with Mignola's famous "Heads" story from Hellboy. but anyway, check out Lafcadio on Wiki, and buy some of his books too.

back in action...

hey all, it's been a while once again since last I posted. I have had some medical issues that I am now addressing (started physical therapy today. hoo hooo!). I will start scanning in alot of new stuff soon, so expect some illustrations from Wicked Samurai and some other "things" real soon. For now, enjoy a pic of my pals Mike Oeming (center), Sean McManus (right), my chest hair (below my carefully hidden double chin), and well of course, me (leftish). Cheers!