Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Here is a beautiful Father's Day message for all you fathers out there, and please pass this on to any special dads in your life.
También disponible en español, aquí.

Friday, June 18, 2010

60 Years in Sweden

 I have recently released an exclusive interview,  which will be part of a special publication dedicated to the 60th anniversary of The Phantom in Sweden. The publication is produced by the good folks at the Scandinavian Chapter and will be presented at the Göteborg Book Fair ( Bok & Bibliotek ) on September 23-26, 2010.
For the occasion, I've also drawn a special Fantomen pin-up and taken some artistic license with the colors of  our hero's costumes which were made to resemble those of the Swedish flag.
In a few days, I'll be offering the original art of this pinup for sale to some of my regular costumers, on a private basis. If you wish to be included in my private costumers list, please email me directly.

Monday, June 14, 2010

R.I.P. Al Williamson

Al Williamson. American cartoonist, comic book artist and illustrator specializing in adventure, Western and science-fiction/fantasy passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Born in New York City in 1931 before moving to his father's home in Bogotá, Colombia for most of his youth, Williamson is a member in what might be called comics second great generation who came into the industry at the latter end of the medium's Golden Age – a group that included Williamson's friend and collaborator Frank Frazetta.
His career began in his teens after the reestablished New Yorker began taking classes from "Tarzan" artist Burne Hogarth as part of what would become the School of Visual Arts.
Throughout the late 1940s, Williamson earned early penciling and inking gigs on various science fiction and western comics for smaller publishers like the American Comics Group and Fawcett Comics.
Williamson's star-making break came in the 1950s after his peers and future comics legends Wally Wood and Joe Orlando helped the artist become established at EC Comics. There, he drew many of the iconic publisher's sci-fi themed magazines including "Weird Science."
Science fiction would remain the artist's calling card over the rest of his career with the most striking examples of his illustrative prowess coming in the '60s when Williamson drew acclaimed issues of the "Flash Gordon" comic book – later editing the first book on "Flash Gordon" creator and boyhood favorite Alex Raymond – and eventually drawing the adaptation of "The Empire Strikes Back" for Marvel in the early '80s. Williamson also contributed to the comic strip medium with a run on Raymond's spy serial "Secret Agent X-9" along with writer and editor Archie Goodwin, whom he also worked with on Warren's classic horror titles "Creepy" and "Eerie." IDW will publish a collection of the pair's "X-9" work in July.
The artist continued to work in comics through the '90s as an inker for Marvel Comics with notable runs on "Daredevil" and "Spider-Man 2099." His final published work was a 2009 "Sub-Mariner 70th Anniversary Special" story, though that penciling effort had been completed ten years earlier.
As of this writing, the cause of Mr. Williamson's death has not yet been disclosed.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

2010 Sy Barry Luncheon

The 2010 Sy Barry Luncheon was held (as usual) at Sardi's Restaurant, in New York City, on June 5th.
More details and photos can be found on Ed Rhoades' website. (Click here)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

T-shirt WANTED!

Here I am, proudly sporting the special edition T-shirt produced by Egmont for the Best Fantomen Cover of 2008. This T-shirt is a very special piece of my own Phantom collection. Somewhere out there, there are several other T-shirts with the Best Fantomen Cover of 2007 .(Also won by yours truly) Egmont has never sent me mine, (shame, shame ;-) and I would really like to get one.
Here's the cover image that should appear on the T-shirt:

If any of you has one of these T-shirts (with the 2007 cover) and is willing to part with it, in exchange for an original Phantom pencil sketch ( 8 1/2" x 11") please contact me. Thank you!