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My Fanboy Letter to Jack Kirby and Devil Dinosaur

Oh...how embarrassing.

I wrote a few fan letters for some of my favorite comics in my day, including an impassioned plea to Marvel not to cancel Skull the Slayer, to Scott McCloud's ZOT!, Bill Loebs' Journey, among others. But this one to Jack Kirby and his Devil Dinosaur was spotted by a good friend some time back and has now surfaced online. The letters pages are even reprinted in the hardcover omnibus! I wish I could say I was younger than I was when I wrote this...

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There's only way to say it?!?! Gosh, I was trying so hard to impress. What a doofus. I'd say my letter is very much stupid.

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Issue 6, where my letter appeared, and #1, which I was writing about.

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Moon-Boy really did make an impression on me, as I fashioned my own character, Demon Boy after Moon-Boy and Kirby's Demon. But that's another post for another day...

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Sketchbook Month: The Fly!

For old time's sake, I whipped up a quick sketch of The Fly. It's been nearly twenty years since I worked with Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck on that DC/Impact series. It's been gratifying to see the Parobeck Facebook page I started grow on its own. If you're a fan of The Fly or Parobeck , stop by and LIKE it, as there are lotsa links and an abundance of art there, some of which has appeared nowhere else previously.

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MN SpringCon 2010 Sketches: Demon & Torch

Took a break from all the cute Bedbugs sketches to do a couple of a more gnarly tone, one of The Demon, and one of the Human Torch. Done of 5.5" x 6" on bristol board.

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Carina Nebula

No, this post isn't about the latest Romanian Olympic phenom gymnast. It's about time, it's about space...

It's about the most recent photos captured by our pal the Hubble telescope. It gives us...The Carina Nebula!

Striking, colorful, mind-blowing.

Sure, the HubbleSite describes this as...

...the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.

But it looks more to me like some kind of scary, big-bodied, tiny-headed, horned Space Creature conjured up by H. P. Lovecraft or something you'd see in the latest Hellboy movie. More than anything, it reminds me of some of the images Jack Kirby poured forth from his imagination and spilled out for all to see with misaligned and screened color on cheap newsprint.

Only now, we see this real Space Stuff, beyond even what Kirby imagined.

Incredible.

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Yea, Indeed I dared to scan, This Sketch of Demon Etrigan!

Another sketch prepared for the MN Fall Con. OK, so I like scary, ugly demon characters!

It's on 9x12 Canson pastel paper, drawn with Copic black markers, augmented with Prismacolor pencils and a dash or two of Wite-Out.

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Demon Sketch

Jack Kirby's Demon, done on 6x7 vellum bristol, with a Copic Multiliner, Pentel Pocket Brush, and and a bit of grease pencil. I'll have it for sale at the MN FallCon.