Muscles and Frights

After releasing three volumes of Muscles and Fights, Bud Burgy and Amado Rodriguez are celebrating the official release of their newest anthology, Muscles and Frights. Here's the description:

Ghosts! Werewolves! Zombie-fighting Bunnies!

Ghastly tales and gruesome mayhem have fallen upon us. God help
us all!

After muscling and fighting our way through 43 rounds of adrenaline
pumping action and serving you up some heavy doses of fights and
protein shakes (see Muscles & Fights 1-3), we’ve decided to add
one more horrific ingredient:


That’s right folks, we’ve thrown out Schwarzenegger and replaced
him with maggot-filled crypt keepers, blood-thirsty vampires, and
hatchet-wielding crazoids!

We’ve resurrected a few contributors and summoned up some new
ones. So grab some garlic. Fill that canteen with the holiest of water.
Load a silver bullet in that .45. Pray for daylight, dust off that crucifix
and staple it to your forehead, because you’re about to be thrown into
a demonic comic-festival from hell!

Bud and Amado were kind enough to ask me to work on the cover/backcover for Muscles and Frights volume one. With an awesome central image drawn by Marcus Muller and colored by Michael Roanhaus...

...I designed a EC Comics inspired cover that worked out pretty well.

The backcovers for all three volumes of Muscles and Fights have featured a small drawing of a Mr. Universe wannabe. But for Muscles and Frights, I wanted the drawing to reflect the anthology's new theme and also be a tribute to the infamous cover of EC Comics Crime SuspenStories #22...

Here's what I came up with...

You can purchase a copy of Muscles and Frights over at Lulu. Bud and Amado will also be at this year's Fallcon with copies available for purchase. And make sure to check out the Muscles and Fights/Frights website for info on all the anthologies, contributors, and preview pages.



Random Panel

Since the beginning of this year, I've been steadily working on a graphic novel. The efficiency expert in me says I should focus strictly on the story until it's finished. However, the at times creatively frustrated part of me needs a distraction now and again. Rather than stop drawing, I decided to start a few shorter side stories. I'm not a big sketcher so I like to think of these side stories as sketchbooks with a narrative.

Anyway, this is a panel from one of the side stories along with a quick color test. I'll post more panels from all the stories as they progress.



More Noir

After working on the last sketch by Marcus, I got into a noir mood that could only be satisfied through a few sketches.




Here's another one of Marcus' sketches that fell victim to my inks and colors.




I was digging through my sketchbook and found a few pretty pictures. Figured I'd post them seeing as how my updates have been few and far between lately.

The pretty in the pictures is courtesy of good friend and great artist Marcus Muller. He provided the pencils and I came in with the inks. The results were interesting since Marcus' has a very animated, open style and the inks gave his linework a smooth texture.



Sketchcard - Hellboy

I'm a bigger fan of the rust/clay colored Hellboy rather than the bright red Hellboy. Either way, Hellboy rocks.



Sketchcard - Batman

Sketch card for this year's Midwest Comic Book Association's Fallcon, October 4th and 5th.

Unfortunately, the actual card is just inked, no colors. But I had some extra time so I threw in a few digital colors.

I'll post the other four sketch cards, along with colors, throughout the week.