Saturday, January 2, 2016
Back at the University of Minnesota, there was a West Bank bar called DICK TRACY'S SALOON and we at the MN Daily Creative Department did up ads for them, using my drawings of the Chester Gould comic strip characters. Copyright infringement? Who cared? Eventually the syndicate that owned the comic strip cared -- enough so that the bar's name was changed to TRACY'S SALOON. Which meant the place needed a new mascot -- copyright free -- and I came up with this guy...
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
What puts motion into the picture of a guy getting punched in the face? The ABSENCE OF STRAIGHT LINES -- sure, a bullet or an arrow shoot straight, but here it's the ARC of the punch and the BOWING of the recipient that bring the picture to life!
The book ANIMATION by Preston Blair shows great examples of the above. And you can find a PDF copy online! That book over every other really helped me learn to draw...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
A personal favorite trio of panels from Twelve O'clock Somewhere -- inspired in part by Gene Colan's artwork in the old Marvel Dracula comics. Accompanying (and apropos) poetry by Robert Service.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
When NBC announced it wasn't picking HANNIBAL up for a fourth season, I drew this cartoon strip as a final send-off... but waited until the series had officially ended before publishing it here. Whether it was to your taste or not, nowhere on network television could you find a headier, more stylish or daring show...
Thursday, July 30, 2015
HANNIBAL is halfway through its third season, but alas there won't be a fourth. I'm happy to report that I'm now on the new Robert Kirkman series, OUTCAST. The super-cool poster (which I DID NOT illustrate) is above... and you can watch the trailer at
Look for the series in 2016 on Cinemax...
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Remember McDonalds styrene burger containers? Your great grandchildren will -- as those burger pods will still be bio-degrating a thousand years after they're gone...
Monday, June 15, 2015
Spielberg's second feature came out forty years ago this summer. JAWS introduced the concept of Boffo Summer Box Office -- and you can see it again on the big screen! June 21st and 24th, TCM is screening the film in movie theaters around the country. Check if your city is one of the lucky ones!
The above is a decades-old photo of a billboard a friend and I reworked to honor the film...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Years ago Scott Nimerfro and I came up with an idea for a feature -- what happened to Ebenezener Scrooge AFTER his visit from 3 ghosts? Anyway, the title, for about 5 seconds, was taken from the last chapter title in A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- 'The End of It', Naturally, I felt compelled to draw art for the script cover (a no-no in scriptwriting). Clearer heads prevailed and we later changed the name -- but the artwork survives...
Friday, February 6, 2015
Drew this while at The Minnesota Daily. What's funny is it predates Stevie Van Zandt on the SOPRANOS, who looked pretty much exactly like this. What May Day had to do with it, I dunno...
Monday, January 19, 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Whether you're a lefty or a righty, try it -- and surprise the non-dominant hemisphere of your brain.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
In the 90's fellow Minnesotan Mark Frost (of TWIN PEAKS and other TV/movie fame,) wrote THE LIST OF 7. It follows a young Arthur Conan Doyle M.D. who is teamed up with a brilliant, super-deductive crime-solver (a character who clearly inspires the Doctor-turned-author to create Sherlock Holmes.) Super-fast paced, enormously rich in period detail and a great story, this book's out of print, but available used. Look for it anywhere and everywhere but Amazon.
As for the picture above... I doodled it at work and later realized it was inspired by Frost's novel. (The book's better, trust me...)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I particularly love Jack Davis's trademark loose and incredibly vivacious style in this panel.