Friday, April 14, 2017

Interview on IndiComix

I was recently interviewed by Tyler McPhail and Jeff Aultman of The Grand Geek Gathering. The final podcast featuring the interview can be heard here.

While we mostly discuss Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, the topics range over much of my career, including Oz, the latest on Age of Bronze, and the forthcoming "Thanksgiving Strangler."

If the link to the interview podcast above doesn't work, here's the URL:
http://www.thegrandgeekgathering.com/indicomixep56/

Below you can watch the trailer for Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, the Eisner Award-winning comic drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez and written by me.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Santa Claus Lives


This post may seem a bit unseasonable. It's about Santa Claus.

IDW recently published a brand new edition of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, L. Frank Baum's classic 1902 full-length fantasy telling the story of that generous gentleman, how he was raised by wood-nymphs in the magical Forest of Burzee, how he was granted immortality by the Council of Immortals, and how he brings toys each Christmas Eve to the children of the world.

I prepared 12 full-color paintings as well as a cover painting for this book. You can see two of them here--Santa delivering toys in his sleigh (right) and Santa arguing with the Knooks about using reindeer to help deliver toys (below).

The Live and Adventures of Santa Claus was published in time for last Christmas, but I was in the middle of a household move and didn't have a chance to share it here. So now I am, just as it turns spring, but I suppose it's better late than never.

On the other hand, if you order your copy now, you'll be in plenty of time for next Christmas. Get your holiday shopping done early!

Here's a link to the online store: http://www.shop.hungrytigerpress.com/main.sc

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oz on the Bayou

I'll be at the second annual Oz on the Bayou, a Wizard of Oz convention taking place Saturday, April 1,  2017, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Dr, Houma, Louisiana 70360.

I'll  be speaking about my Oz comics, writing, and illustration, and showing plenty of examples of my work. I'll also be on a panel discussing L. Frank Baum's The Lost Princess of Oz, the Oz book celebrating its centennial this year. You're welcome to bring any comics and books for me to sign during the autograph session, too.

For details click the Facbook link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/394281480919184/

The Online Store is Open Again!

The move is complete! The online store is open for business once more!

Perhaps you tried to order Age of Bronze items from the webstore in the past several months and saw the announcements that it was closed. Well, no longer! We're taking orders and filling them regularly once again. I apologize for any inconvenience during the recent move of the warehouse.

For your convenience, here's the link to the store: http://www.shop.hungrytigerpress.com/main.sc

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cinderella

Ashraf Sewailam as Alidoro
As they've done the past several years, San Diego Opera invited me to sketch at the dress rehearsal of their current production. The 2016-17 season started last week with Giochino Rossini's Cinderella (Cenerentola). For a look at what I drew, check out the latest entry on San Diego Opera's blog Aria Serious by clicking here. You can also check out the work of other artists who sketched at the dress rehearsal, too, by clicking on the blog title and scrolling through recent posts.

Lauren McNeese as Cinderella









Looks as though Cinderella will be the final opera I sketch at San Diego, since I'm in the process of relocating. It's been a fun run--twenty-two operas in six years. I've enjoyed sketching performers that I know and getting to know performers that I've sketched. I've stretched my drawing muscles in ways that I often don't while drawing at my studio table. I even participated in a Little Fish Comics Studio gallery showing of opera sketches by several artists in 2014. I've been glad to see the group of us at "Artist Night at the Opera" grow from just me at Turandot in January 2011 to more than a dozen artists through the years, some of whom have come and gone. Now that I'm the one going I want to thank Edward Wilensky of San Diego Opera for continuing to invite me to this project.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Posters at San Diego Comic-Con

One of the brand new Age of Bronze posters.
I'll be at booth BB1 in Artist Alley at San Diego Comic-Con starting Wednesday evening, July 20, and running through Sunday afternoon, July 24.

Six new Age of Bronze posters will be for sale at my booth. Each of the posters is based on a cover for an issue of the Age of Bronze comic book series, including the image at left, originally drawn for issue #23.

Also available are all four graphic novels in the Age of Bronze series so far, A Thousand Ships, Sacrifice, Betrayal Part One, and Betrayal Part Two. In addition, we'll have Oz posters, the recent Welcome to Oz coloring book, the new large deluxe edition of Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, and more.

Come see me and my partner David Maxine at booth BB1 at the San Diego Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, California. For more info about SDCC, here's the link.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Long Time Coming

The character on the right returns in Age of Bronze #34.
Age of Bronze issue #34 will feature the reappearance of a character long unseen in the story. Unseen, in fact, since issue #3.

Recently while doing some research for a completely different project, I serendipitously came across a poem printed in the May 29, 1904, issue of The Chicago Tribune. The poem's viewpoint character is the one returning in the next issue of Age of Bronze. So I thought I'd offer that poem here, along with a penciled panel featuring the character.

The Chicago Tribune failed to credit the author of this poem. But a little research showed that it was written by Ethel Clifford.
Oenone's Song
Here in the dark I sit and dream your face,
   And in the burning darkness say your name;
And wish my life once more was void of you,
   And knew again the days before you came.

So small my kingdom was, and set about
   With walls of limit; but the sun shone in,
That never shines now through the mists of rain
   With which the days end and the days begin.

So short my little singing space in time,
   But very glad the songs that were my part--
My tree of happiness stands brown and dead,
   The birds are flown that sang within my heart.

You knocked a little while at my heart's gate
   Till, fain to give, I opened it in haste,
And through the door so joyously set wide
   You entered in and laid my kingdom waste.