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Time to get it! #Kickstarter #crowdfunding #comics

You may remember how Retro started out as storyboards on this very blog in or around 2016. Aaron Lindenthaler had an idea and asked if I wanted to be involved. In 2019, he animated those boards into a short film that premiered at the famous TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, California as part

We are now expanding that into a comic book series & live-action short film featuring Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly, Good Girls). Check out the trailer below!

If you like comics by Ed Brubaker or David Lapham or enjoyed the Jason Bourne movies, Looper, Taken or Memento, this project is for you! Ellie Wright (Immortal Red Sonja, Batman the Shadow) is helping on color. Jerome Gagnon (Holiday Spirits, Orange Cone productions) is handling letters. Hope we can count on your support! Simply visit WhoisRetro.com to bring this project to life!

RETRO #1 live-action variant featuring Reno Wilson
Retro #1 Regular cover
RETRO #1 Regular cover
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So many things happening…

If you’re a fan of Wrestling & like things like Star Wars, Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, then Battle Grapple: Rebel is for you! As I type this, Battle Grapple Rebel is over 100% funded and working to hit 100 backers to get the interior pages colored. Click here to tag in!

I also did a movie poster homage for David Schrader & Tony Donley ‘s latest project called Cannibals on Mars. If you’re a fan of The Thing from John Carpenter or George Romero flicks, I think you’ll dig this comic!

Click the poster to visit!

Retro (yes, the one where I posted storyboards!) is coming back in full force as a comic book and live-action short film!

Cover A for the comic!
Working on assembling the Retro campaign page!

Visit us on Facebook or Instagram to follow & when we launch. Aaron Lindenthaler writes, I do pencils & inks, Ellie Wright (Immortal Red Sonja, Batman the Shadow) colors & Jerome Gagnon (Holiday Spirits, Cthulhu Invades Wonderland) letters. Actor Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly, Good Girls) plays our titular character in the short film!

Pablo the Gorilla returns shortly!

Pablo the Gorilla #2: Dropping the Deuce is in its way. I’m working on getting over 30 pages roughed out & I’m currently at 32. I’m working on the ending and then I’ll be heading to fine pencils next. So keep an eye out!

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!

@PablotheGorilla & I need your help! Nominate us for the #Ringoawards! @Ringoawards

Nominate Pablo the Gorilla now!

As you may know, creating Pablo the Gorilla has been an amazing journey but it’s not over yet! You can have a part in nominating Pablo for a Ringo Award!

The Ringo Awards are held at Baltimore Comic-con, which I’ll be at in their Artist Alley if everything goes back to normal.  It’d be great if a longshot like Pablo the Gorilla made it on the ballot. First, it’d be a special thing to walk into Baltimore Comic-Con with that nod. Second, and more importantly, the award celebrates Mike Wieringo, an artist that I admired and who believed in the fun of comics. Making Pablo was about making a fun comic and I believe it truly embodies the spirit of the award. You have the chance to affect the ballot simply by nominating the comic and me in all applicable categories! I hope you’ll consider it! Thanks!

Grinding Elder God style with @Wannabepress & @Mikekorpi #MakeDreamsHappen

Almost 75% funded on Kickstarter!

My friend Mike Korpi is a fantastic screen writer. He writes these amazing stories that remind me of Tales from the Crypt and the Twilight Zone. He now has his first opportunity to become a published comic book writer! It can only happen if the Kickstarter campaign for Wannabe Press’s Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: The Terrible Twos fully funds.

If any of you have ever bought a Wannabe Press anthology, you know the quality they bring. The stories and art are curated by the editors and the talent level is always high. Cthulhu is Hard to Spell : the Terrible Twos USA no different. In fact, they believe in the product so much, you can preview it by going to the Kickstarter page. This book features a bevy of talent that Mike and I are proud to join. Paul Jenkins who worked with an art hero of mine, Humberto Ramos, is on this book. You may know him from Hellblazer or Spectacular Spider-man & Fairy Quest with Humberto. He has a piece with Tony Donley from Myth and Legends. Ray-Anthony Height, artist on fan fave titles Spider-man, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and Wakanda-verse has an entry. The cover is done by Aaron Alexovich from Invader Zim! Wild!

There are other talented from publishers like Vertigo, Image and brands like My Little Pony. There really is something for every comic fan. You don’t even have to know anything about Lovecraft or the Elder Gods to enjoy these stories. Let it serve as a key to the gateway. So join us and get your free preview!

The first page of Mike’s and my story!

@RAHeight’s #Midnight Tiger Kickstarter is $388 from 100% Funding! #fanart #pinup

I did a quick sketch the other day for Ray-Anthony Height ‘s MIDNIGHT TIGER #3: End of the Beginning, on Kickstarter and RA wanted to post it on his Kickstarter page. Instead of just a quick doodle, I offered to do a pinup instead. Here’s the sketch layout, the doodle and the finished piece. Click here to support!

#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.

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.

Finishing up #kickstarter reward fulfillment for @Pablothegorilla comic #Catwoman #Kittonk #fanart @dccomics #whipitgood

It’s been a crazy year and I have many people to thank, but especially #TeamPablo . This is a sketch request from one of my original art tiers. It’s for one if my friends from high school. I hope it fulfills her request 😁

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