Friday, March 23, 2018

Legend of Aquaman

New graphic novel includes The Legend of Aquaman.
Nearly thirty years ago I was asked by DC Comics to ink a project drawn by legendary Superman artist Curt Swan. Swan had penciled a new origin for Aquaman, plotted by Keith Giffen. I'm not sure what prompted them to ask me, but I'd just finished The Forgotten Forest of Oz and was waiting to begin The Elsewhere Prince, so I was perfectly happy to take the job.

The result was the one-shot special The Legend of Aquaman. It was scripted by Robert Loren Fleming and colored by Tom McCraw, who'd been my assistant colorist on The Secret Island of Oz. I guess The Legend of Aquaman sold well enough, because it was followed by a five-issue Aquaman series. I don't remember whether I was asked to ink the series, too, but if I was, I'm sure my schedule was filled with something else. The series was inked by Al Vey.

DC Comics recently collected The Legend of Aquaman and the following series into graphic novel format as Aquaman: The Legend of Aquaman. John Trumbull recently did an interview with me for Back Issue #108, coming soon from TwoMorrows, about this long ago job. My own Aquaman artwork is also the cover image for Back Issue #108.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Talking to MSU

Ryan Claytor of the Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast at Michigan State University conducted an interview with me several months ago. It's now up for your listening pleasure. Images include some early comics that as a child I wrote and drew--like the one at right from 1974.

Here's the link to listen to the podcast:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Get Your Mine!

Mine! is a new comics anthology published to benefit Planned Parenthood. An immense array of comics creators have contributed stories about Planned Parenthood as well as women's empowerment. Mine! is published by ComicMix and is now available.

I contributed to Mine!, a four-page story titled "Matilda Who?" Matilda Joslyn Gage was a major US figure in the 19th century women's movement. She was a thinker, a writer, an activist, and an organizer. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were her colleagues. But Matilda became marginalized and history largely forgot her. My story "Matilda Who?" tells why.

It's colored by award-winning comics colorist Laura Martin.

Lots of other comics creators contributed work to Mine! You can find a full list of contents here.

Mine! is on sale now at your local comics shop and online comics retailers. All profits go to benefit Planned Parenthood. I hope you'll enjoy reading Mine!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

More Adventures in Oz

The second hardcover volume of Adventures in Oz is finally out. This volume collects the stories "The Forgotten Forest of Oz," "The Secret Island of Oz," and "The Blue Witch of Oz." For now I find it on sale here at Target. Don't see hardcover for sale elsewhere yet, although Amazon has the Kindle edition.

"The Forgotten Forest of Oz" is remains a project I'm quite fond of and still proud of after all these years. It originally was published in 1988. Some of the artwork in "The Blue Witch of Oz" I still think is pretty good and I sort of envy the me I was back in 1990 and '91 to accomplish that. "The Secret Island of Oz" I consider the weakest of my five Oz graphic novels. Parts of it have sentimental value to me still, but of course that aspect doesn't have any impact on readers.

The cover is the same one used on Little Adventures in Oz volume 2, but I didn't like the way that one printed, so I did further work on it for this edition. Casual readers won't likely notice, but I think this cover looks tons better.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

SCBWI in San Diego

On the afternoon of Saturday, November 11, I'll be giving a presentation on comic books, graphic novels, and my career as a cartoonist at the monthly meeting of the San Diego chapter of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators. The meeting is open to both members and nonmembers of SCBWI. The entry fee is $12

I'll also be leading an intensive on visual storytelling on Saturday morning.

See the SCBWI website here for more info.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Italian Interview

Andrea Cittadini Bellini of the comics website Dimensione Fumetto has just posted an interview with me about Age of Bronze. You can read it in English here:

And if you want to read it in the Italian translation, here's that link, too:

Friday, July 14, 2017

San Diego Comic-Con

I'll be a special guest at San Diego Comic-Con, which occurs next week, July 19-23, at the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego, California.

As a guest, I'll be interviewed onstage by Randy Duncan of Henderson State University at 1 pm on Saturday, July 22. We'll primarily be discussing Age of Bronze.

I'll be signing at the IDW booth in the exhibit hall with the artist of Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Gabriel Rodriguez. Two signings are scheduled: 4 pm on Friday, July 21, and 10 am on Sunday, July 23.

My regular spot will be in Artist Alley at table BB01. I'm pretty sure that will be right next to the Tower of T-shirts, as usual. I'll be doing sketches and will be selling a bunch of my work, including Age of Bronze, Oz books, Little Nemo, and Santa Claus.

Here's the link to Comic-Con for information about the show:

Come see me to say hi!