Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3 Piece Suite

Three of the pieces of original artwork I have hanging up in the computer room.

The Totoro piece was done by our friend Paige Sullivan and shows not only one of our favorite films of all times, Tonari No Totoro, but also two of the characters Carrie and I created for the Arizona Elfquest fan club Carrie helped to found.

Jed Dougherty drew this for the cover of one issue of my attempt to become a semi-pro publisher, Kluttered Visions. We always love the amount of extra stuff Jed puts into his work. He's been doing background work for Howard Chaykin last I heard.

Because I introduced Steve Crompton, creator of Demi the Demoness, to Perry Lake, creator of Cassiopeia the Witch, they drew me into the crossover story they did together. Demi is actually topless in the original artwork. I made the modest change to keep me from getting in trouble with the blog police. If you want to see the real artwork, you can buy the comic or come visit us.

As always, click on a pic to enlarge it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Happy Birthday

I hope you had a chance to celebrate Akira Kurosawa's birthday this past week. When I got home from work that day Carrie had Stray Dog on the TV, was cooking gyoza, and had purchased the latest issues of Usagi Yojimbo.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Un-tile we meet again

The basement repairs are slated to happen at the end of this month. It will involve digging up the concrete along several stretches of wall, including 2 of the 4 walls in the finished room we'd given over to Ross for his visits. So to save the baseboards and tiles for reuse, I have spent the weekend prying them off. The contractor only wanted a couple of rows removed, but I did 3, to be safe. I hope we can glue them back down.

There is a small, but definite crack in the concrete floor in the closet, so I am hoping that is the source of the leak and not the wall. I will still cut out at least a section at the bottom of the wall to try and make sure. As well as to check the insulation for any mold.

Been starting to work on some of my hobbies lately too. I've sent for a few special postmarks for that collection and just received a postcard from Greece for my world postcard collection. My goal is to get at least one from every country.

I've also been drawing a bit with plans to do more. With the upcoming Sunday Funnies postage stamps has come some inspiration. I'll probably do 5 sets and have already got a couple of subjects complete. For Calvin & Hobbes I have done 5 different drawings. One with Calvin, one with Hobbes, and three with both together. Here's one of the envelopes:

I have been trying to find a bit I wrote some time ago. I came across it recently and decided I wanted to draw it using somebody else's characters. I've gotten the okay to do so, but now can't find the piece!