The toughest part about the poster for East Coast Comicon is when to begin. Start too soon, and miss whatever the zeitgeist is cranking out. Last year, I made a more political statement due to the absurdity of the choice the American presidential election produced.
This year, I happened to come across an unused concept sketch from back around 2003, for a back to school window display when we had a store in Laguna Beach, CA. The original drawing featured a school bus so I changed it to a Ford Econoline van to honor the comic retailers who set up booths at ECC. Without those guys, we don’t have a con! And they get no credit. They schlep tons pulp from town to town every weekend and provide us with incredible books where fans can make great finds. They are truly the unsung heroes of the comic convention world.
Pinball, cold beer, and rock n roll! With the Mighty Glen Jones of WFMU and Punk Magazine publisher and Ramones‘ cover artist John Holmstrom on the boardwalk in Asbury Park on the last warm, sunny day of the year.
I invited Holmstrom to the Asbury Park Comicon in 2012, and he fell in love with the town and has returned to hang out and play pinball at the Silver Ball Museum.
I drew this right after Trump was elected. At the time, I thought he would name Rudy Giuliani as his Attorney General. I also wanted to make a series of faux comic covers like General Michael Flynn as the maniacally obsessed “Punish Her ” going after Hilary Clinton. But the Trump’s Axis of Intolerance lineup has changed so quickly, it’s hard to draw something on Monday and expect it to be relevant on Friday. So in the spirit of supporting all the DACA kids, I thought this would be worth posting.
I’m truly honored to be included in the book KIRBY 100: One Hundred Top Creators Celebrate Jack Kiby’s Work. The release of the book coincides with the centennial of Jack Kirby’s birth one hundred years ago this week.
Most of the Marvel superheroes were either created or co-created by Kirby. But for a time, he jumped ship to rival DC Comics to create The New Gods, Mister Miracle, OMAC, Kamandi, and many other characters. Here, I muse about a two-page spread I found to be an example of raw energy and imagination far beyond what anyone else was doing (or has done since) in comics. Years before anyone ever built the first monster truck, Kirby brought us “The Mountain of Judgement.”
There are some serious heavyweights of the comic art world, corraled into this magnificent tome by Jon B. Cooke and the fine folks at TwoMorrows Publishing.
Happy Birthday to you, Mr. Kirby and thank you for all your wonderful creations.
As many times as I’ve tried to walk away from Saurus, I keep getting dragged back in. I have nothing against the old characters I originally created back 1986, but to work on them takes away from things I’d rather be working on them today.
Folks keep contacting me on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc asking if they can order Partyasaurus for a friend or Dadasaurus for Fathers Day.
I’ve added a new item — a framed, signed giclee print. I saw quite a few prints at comic cons I’ve appeared at and decided to finally offer my own. Shop at your own risk, Shopasaurus. www.saurusgang.com
I lost my voice. I was exhausted but everyone had a blast. I may actually be getting good at running comic cons. Stay tuned.
The comics talent was off the charts this year with Larry Lieber, Denny O’Neil, Mike Zeck, Geof Darrow, Yanick Paquette, Ken Lashley, Bill Wray, Kevin Altieri, Shannon Wheeler, Fabian Nicieza, James O’Barr, Don McGregor, John Higgins, Mike Grell, Dave Ryan, James Warhola, JM DeMatteis, Michel Golden, Ann Nocenti, Jim Salicrup, Danny Fingeroth, John Holmstrom and many more.
We also had great media guests including Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, and Dawn Wells, Danny Trejo, and Ernie Hudson.