The good people who run San Diego Comic Fest asked me to do this year's program cover. The honoree was Forrest J. Ackerman, trailblazer of sci-fi fandom and owner of the "Ackermansion" where he kept his mongo collection of movie memorabilia. Most famously he created the "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine, and this provided the inspiration for my illo. How could you not have fun digging into these guys? Everything was so last-minute we didn't have a chance to print any posters in time for the Fest--but they are available here on the Comics by Marty Davis website. Check 'em out! I only made it down on the weekend, but lots of fun to see old friends and make some new ones. And gratified to see the Fest reach a whole 'nother level of popularity this year...must've been my cover!
San Jose welcomed the great unwashed alternative masses to their downtown this weekend past, and boy did we have fun. A proper blogsite would have blasted fans and followers with the news beforehand, but we prefer to work retroactively thru the psychological mechanism called REGRET.
"See what you missed in San Jose...?"
I am about to depart on my annual pilgrimage to the Emerald City, or ECCC2015 as they call it. The organizers were kind enough to include my Bride of Frankenstein illustration in the Con's annual charity book, "Monsters & Dames," which will be on sale exclusively on-site. So there's a reason to show.
And I've got a box full o' preview copies of the (much-delayed, still-unfinished, but now with color cover) FUME #1. I started with a tight pencil drawing (in orange & blue, 'natch), scanned it, then printed a real faint version on 11" x 17" paper that I colored with markers (you can see it all on my tumblr). Used the pencils as a "MULTIPLY" layer in PhoSho and let that substitute for doing any proper linework. It means no brushpen, but I wanted to experiment with a more painterly look....
Anyhoo, ECCC: in a burst of post-Con hubris, Rick Schmitz and I ponied up for not one but two tables. We will be at V-03/04. Come by and help us recoup the cost of our hubris!
When you stop by you can check out the new FUME--I'll also have art print versions of the cover that should be beautiful. And I will be doing funny drawings ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I can draw you, along with your favorite superheroes, historical personages, or musical lodestones. Just ask!