Kuzutetsu Hakai Daikaijyu Garakutagigas, photograph by tatsrus
Friday, September 27, 2013
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Now that I looked up the printed covers of the London Guardian assignments, I realize I made an error: the last post with the illustration "Karaoke Rules, OK?" was the second assignment. The first gig is reproduced above, "Power Play — Children Save the Movies."
Friday, December 2, 2011
After far too long an absence from posting to this blog, the sudden loss of my mundane clerical job precipitated me to get some art up on the screen and out into the world. Or at least the internet.
Today's post was commissioned by The London Guardian weekly magazine back in...'98? If memory serves, the theme was "Holiday Office Parties." My title was "Karaoke Rules, OK?" The art director liked it enough to hire me for a second cover--which will be our next post.
Monday, July 12, 2010
October 8, 1939 ––– July 12, 2010
Jay Lynch introduced me to Harvey sometime in the early '90s and suggested we work on a story together. I borrowed Jay's VHS copies of Harvey's appearances on Letterman for reference. We didn't meet in person until at least a year or more after the stories were published. I would fax Harvey the layouts and the inks and then we'd discuss them over the phone. One time Joyce called instead of Harvey and took issue with me for making Harvey look too wild and playing his expressions too broadly. I listened but protested---exaggeration is fundamental to a cartoonist's job. After an exhausting session I hung up in frustration. The phone rang again within seconds---Harvey had been listening in from another room. "Never mind, man. You're doin' just fine." What a guy!
I posted Harvey's story, "Holding On," here, here, and here.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Mark Nagata presents Kaiju Comrades 2 at Design Festa Gallery, East Room #303 Tokyo, Japan from March 12—14, 2010. The opening is only a week away and all my work is finally winging its way over to Harajuku. I'll be sitting this out in Chicago unfortunately. Check out the full lineup of artists and a promo video here and here.
Thanks to Mr. Miyamoto and of course Mr. Nagata for making this all possible! I welcome your feedback on the designs-- I'm ready to start sculpting prototypes of the pieces that generate the most interest.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
As mentioned in the previous post, my first encounter with creating art for Tsuburaya came in 1981. I was creating on spec, the project never went into production, and the originals were lost. It wasn't until 1999 that I was hired by Brad Warner for my first official assignment for Tsuburaya, a "kaiju hell" painting for the Mipcom International Sales Brochure, visible here. From then on, I continued to get the occasional assignment to do licensing art. Below is one such assignment dating from 2002 for Ultraman Dyna.
Ultraman Dyna vs Demagorg
Ultraman Dyna vs Demagorg
Monday, January 18, 2010
The long awaited Monster Attack Team no. 8 is coming soon with a feature on the unmade 1981 Tsuburaya Ultraman, Hero from the Stars movie. Here is one of the exclusive images, the first of a series of designs I made 29 years ago for screenwriter Don Glut.