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What a journey!

I know I don’t post as often as should, but that’s a good thing as I’ve been busy with projects. I thank you for hanging around and checking in on my blog every so often. Your company is greatly appreciated.

As you know, 2020 has been wild to say the least. Most of the time, it has been truly heartbreaking. I lost a good friend before the pandemic hit. I think about him in particular now because the Dodgers are in the World Series and he was a huge fan. He was also an amazing artist and we would have had a lot more conversations about this year.

I had my largest convention schedule planned for this year but COVID-19 took care of that. It was going to be a lot of firsts for me. Surprisingly, other opportunities have presented themselves. As you know, I was honored to be a part of Gerry Conway’s Skulls for Justice campaign.

Since then, I’ve had the privilege of doing a sketchcard set for Marvel & Upper Deck’s Marvel Anime trading card series. I started posting them on Twitter & I guess someone in Japan found the Venom card already. I’m fanning out that I’m in a set where Peach Momoko is the headline artist. Insane! Here’s a look at all of my cards:

My set of 10 original Marvel Anime sketchcards
My Spider-Gwen artist proof which I will be selling.

I’ve also been working quite a bit with my friend Mike Korpi. He’s an amazing writer and I wanted to bring his stories to life. You may remember we were in Wannabe Press ‘ Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: The Terrible Twos right before the pandemic hit.

We now have an opportunity for a comic book anthology hat trick. Our second and third anthologies are live now on Kickstarter. The first one is from the creator collective we belong to: the Sketchy Bug Group. The book is called Danger Arcade and features 10 stories by 21 creators plus pinups. Click here to check out the campaign! The cover is by Mike Penn from Heavy Metal magazine. Ed Dukeshire (from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers & Hulk) is doing letters for some of the stories, including ours! Our project was recently backed by BOOM! Studios as part of their 100 First-time Comic Kickstarter Campaigns initiative. We have 2 weeks left to fund and we’re almost at 50%! I hope you’ll consider it.

Mike and I are also in great company with a horror anthology that we’re a part of called Nightmare Theater. This campaign just launched today and is over halfway funded. It features a ton of phenomenal talent like Ringo Award-Winners Rylend Grant (Banjax, Abberant), David Pepose (the O.Z., Spencer & Locke, Going to the Chapel), David Avallone (Bettie Page, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Drawing Blood), Terry Mayo (Wicked Righteous) and many more. It’s insane. The book is over 200 pages! Mike and I have a story in it we’re sure you’ll love and I did a pinup.

My pinup for Nightmare Theater

I also did a pinup for my friend Steven Prince and his book Monster Matador! It’s also live on Kickstarter with only 5 more days left, if I’m not mistaken.

Pablo the Gorilla meets Monster Matador!

I hope you enjoy these amazing projects. If you support any of them, sounds off below and let me know! If you find any of my sketchcards, let me know!

Things are moving along

Sketchy Bugs Anthology coming to Kickstarter!

The comic book creator & fan group In a part of is doing an anthology! It’ll center around a theme of danger and adventure and will bring talents both old and new. We have a cover (seen here) from Heavy Metal illustrator Mike Penn! We also have industry talent that have been involved with projects from IDW, Boom, Marvel, DC and more! We also have indie, Kickstarter and underground comics represented. There’s a little something for everybody!

Yours truly is on the project with talented writer Mike Korpi again. If you enjoyed Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: The Terrible Twos, come join us October 5th. We will also be a part of a third anthology that I’ll update info on soon!

Join me in #SDCC #ComicConatHome #ArtistAlley HH-03 !

Pablo headed to virtual Comic-con!

Thanks for stopping by! First, my store is updated on Etsy and is now officially rebranded as Nguyening It! It also means I won’t be taking the time to do any needlefelting in the foreseeable future. Never say never though, right?

Stickers & buttons just added to the shop!

I’ll be getting magnets and possibly some original art up as well. I don’t know where Comic Con at Home will take me, but you don’t know unless you try and put forth some effort right?

My design for Gerry Conway’s Skulls for Justice is back!

Doing what I feel is the right thing #BlackLivesMatter #ReclaimthePunisherLogo @Gerryconway

So, two weeks ago I answered the call put out by Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway about a fundraiser for Black Lives Matter & a campaign to reclaim the Punisher logo from Law Enforcement.

Gerry reached out and asked to do a logo inspired by the Punisher skull, maintain the white skull on black background motif, add a red tear and incorporate Black Lives Matter. Here’s what I came up with & the response has been overwhelming.

The design I submitted incorporates elements of the Punisher logo with inspiration from the Black Power/Solidarity first.

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/black-lives-matter-skulls-for-justice-3-presented-by-gerry-conway

Please visit the link above if you’d like to support.

Here are the process sketches for the design.

Also, check out this article from the Guardian! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/11/how-do-you-stop-the-far-right-using-the-punisher-skull-make-it-a-black-lives-matter-symbol

I’ve been making a bunch of art & I hope you enjoy it !

I’ve been posting primarily to IG & Twitter but I didn’t want to leave my longtime blogosphere people out. So, I thought I’d post some highlights here. I hope everyone is safe and well during this pandemic. Also, you can still pickup a free digital of Pablo the Gorilla at AltFCD or Alt-Free Comic Day until the end of today. If you enjoy it, don’t forget to nominate it for the Ringo Awards at Ringoawards.com for all applicable categories!

Now for some original art!

A little while back… @Mikekorpi

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I previewed some character sketches for a project I was doing with my friend Mike Korpi. Well, I actually finished that piece but I’m going to be showing you that work here. As you may know, Wannabe Press’s Cthulu Is Hard to Spell: the Terrible Twos funded and is headed to production. Amazing people are still supporting art and creativity in this time.  It’s a tough time for the world right now.  A lot of people are hurting. I hope artwork and stories can help alleviate some if the anxiety and give people escape.  As always, thanks for being here.

#SilverSurfer #OKBoomer #Galactus

ICYMI, people were offended by being called boomers last week. I saw “Boomer” trending and thought it was an Oklahoma thing but apparently it’s the millennial counter employed toward the Boom generation’s constant derision and scoffing of their beliefs (did I get that right? ). So, let me get this right (not taking sides), Boomers constantly taunt millennials but then are upset by being called what their generation is known as? I’m a bit lost. However, I’m pretty sure I read that comic and it’s Silver Surfer 😂.

Did this for a Pablo the Gorilla Kickstarter sketch reward.

@Pablothegorilla #sketch #kickstarter #fulfillment #TeamPablo

Overwatch #Batman @Pablothegorilla sketch fulfillment for #kickstarter

I think someone will be pleasantly surprised when they get this. The 2 most popular requests for sketches were Pablo and “surprise me. ” Lol.

Does this mean I’m a part of the #zine community now?

So, I finished Inktober and thought, “I have enough pages. I think I can make a zine! ” So, I did!

Well, I made one as a proof. Once it’s reviewed, I’ll continue printing and refining my printer settings.

Also, I’ll be doing 3 signings this week in Los Angeles for Pablo the Gorilla. On Wednesday, November 6th, I’ll be at the Comic Bug in Culver City from 11-2p then at the Manhattan Beach location from 5-8p.

To end the week, come celebrate at Nostalgic Books and Comics on Saturday, November 9th in San Gabriel Valley!

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