Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney to buy Marvel

Big news today. The Walt Disney Co. is buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock. You can read more about it by clicking here.

I can see it now... Disney characters dressed in Marvel costumes at at amusement parks. Can you imagine? Well, let me paint that picture for you with a little photoshop action. Mickey Mouse as Wolverine... On the other hand, here's Wolverine with his Mickey nose. Humm... I wonder how Wolverine feel's about that. Click on image to read what Wolverine's saying...
Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Mulan, Jasmine, Belle and the rest of the princesses better run!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Commission, junk mail, and trekkies

When I get some free time, I would do commission pieces for art collectors. Sometimes collectors will ask me to ink over original pencils and other times in blue line. This time, I was e-mailed a High Resolution File of a Captain Britain and Psylock pin-up pencilled by Mark Brooks. I would then print it out on Blue Line and ink over that. Here's the result which you can click to expand.
I have a bunch more that I need to get to. Thankfully, the people who commission me are nicely patient and lets me take my time. The pin-up above is dated 2005. Doesn't mean it took me four years to finish it. The art collector had it since and decided to have me ink it later. I could have dated it "2009" under my name. But that would look funky. Funny thing about the way I sign my name on pin-ups and covers. It never looks the same, nor is it fancy or memorable. It's not really even a signature at all. I just print each letter of my name out by hand in capitol letters. I don't even write it on a straight line, it's messy and wobbly. I spend all the time doing the inking making the artwork look nice, but when it comes time to putting my name, I'm just "whatever" with it. It's really just a scribble.
Junk Mail... Every so often, I would get e-mails from comic book websites that show new products up for pre-order. You buy from these websites once, and you're automatically subscribed. I could always cancel the e-mail subscriptions. Then again, I also enjoy seeing what's up in the retailer side of the comic book world. So I stay subscribed. Just today, I get an e-mail that included this... I posted about Superman: Red Son earlier in my blog. This was exciting for me to see because I did a lot of inking on that book. It's nice to know retailers are pumping this. Looking forward to seeing the final product when it's released on November 11th.

Star Trek... more pictures from SDCC! Lets start with a major one. Leonard Nimoy. We all know him as Spock from the original Star Trek series. He's the guy who started it all with the Star Trek hand gesture/sign language/gang sign which I'm sure every body's seen...
Trekkie with green paint on skin. I'm not much of a Star Trek fan. So to me, that's She Hulk in a Star Trek uniform. Trekkies of YESTERDAY with rainbow bright colors... Trekkies of today with matching outfits... The one in the center reminds me of Predator for some reason. Maybe it's the dreads. Finally, Trekkies of tomorrow... The wave of the future with body art. See... even Suicide Girls got that Leonard Nimoy Gang Sign going on... "Live long and look at our tattoos".The girl's shoe on the right is so big. Added to the way she's standing, looks like an Japanese Anime character. That said... "SAYOUNARA!"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #36

Just got three comp issues of JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA #36 today that I worked on. When I was about to take this picture, I tried to fan the comic books out like how the cover has the playing cards fanned out. Then I realized, there's five playing cards on the comic book cover that's all bloody. I just have these three comic books and I didn't want blood all over it. Then I think, wait, there's already blood. It's as if you're watching a TV monitor being filed my a video camera that's feeding the same TV with a loop. It got kinda surreal for me so I gave up and just took it like this. Here's a couple of the inked pages I worked on. Page 20 with the whole team.
And page 21 with Vixen chatting it up.
This comic is in stores now and you can read more about it by clicking here.
SDCC Picture time!!! In keeping the bloody theme alive, here's some more pictures I took from the convention. I noticed this year, there was an increase of zombies. Zombies everywhere. They're all covered with blood, paint, or ketchup.
Booth Babes were in on it like you see here. Some were way into their character, like the lady on the far right. The one in the center doesn't look like she cares. The one on the far left with the chainsaw looks like she wants to be doing something elsewhere. Dazing off to wonder land.
More Booth Zombies. Every time I see one with all that red paint, I wonder if it'll rub off onto other people that they bump into by accident. In Comic Con, every body bumps into each other. You just can't walk in a straight line there.
These Zombies Ladies are funny. In life, they enjoy shopping. In death, they also enjoy shopping with their matching black shopping bags. Wonder what's in there... Brains for lunch?
More Booth Zombie Babes. Belly Dancer Zombie looking for brains so she reaches for her own. And there's that other zombie with the chainsaw again. Tell me she doesn't look like she wants to be elsewhere. Doesn't even look like she wants to hold that chainsaw. "Fake chainsaw so heavy to carry... roar." Finally, Cheerleader Zombie. They're Zombies, right? Or are they vampires? It's just that one drool of blood they have at their mouth. Can't be vampires. It was daytime when I took this picture. Maybe they're just Cheerleaders who forgot to wipe their mouth after eating french fries with too much ketchup. Or brains with ketchup. Humm.. Now that I think about it... Maybe all those blood on zombies are supposed to be blood. Rather... Ketchup from the mess they make from eating brains with too much condiments over.
More pictures soon!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I like them FLAT!!!

Recently, I was sent two comic book pages to do some inking work on. When I got the package from FedEx, this is how it came. Man... What did FedEx do?? Used it for soccer?? Punching bag?? Every now and then, I'll get a FedEx package that's a little man-handled and the pages inside won't be harmed. After all, the FedEx box itself is much more thicker then a flat piece of art board. But THIS FedEx package was more extreme. Once in a blue moon, I'll get packages like this. So I opened up the box and pulled out the page and here's what I see...
Great...just great... So I take the page and lay it on my drawing table as pictured below. Yeap, that's my drawing table which looks cluttered. It's actually not. I have a plexiglass on top of my table where I'll slip copies of other artists work underneath so I can reference stuff. Those photocopies you see underneath were from when I was working on the HULK. I usually just leave whatever reference materials in there until I need to switch out for other projects that will require references. Besides, I think it makes my table look purdy. Anyway, back to FedEx's mishap. I put the artwork on my table and it's not flat. Creases, bumpy, curly, crappy.
It doesn't look as bad from the picture above. When I flip the page over and all you see is the white bristol board, sans pencils drawings, you can definitely tell how messed up it is. So now what? I whip out a Black & Decker Iron! Just about any Iron will do. Even the bottom of a very hot pot filled with boiling water can do the trick. I just choose to use a more modern technology than a hot pot fill with scalding hot water.
I put the artwork on top on a big thick cardboard that I had laying around. Before I put the Iron on top to press the artwork flat, I put another piece of paper in between. By doing that, I won't smudge the pencils or worse, burn the artwork with the Iron. Can you imagine? A piece of original comic book art that has a brown burned stain the shape of an triangle on it? Crazy.
After a few hot presses, it gets flatter.I place it on my drawing table to see if it's flat enough. If not, I press it a few times more. The front of the artwork and the back as well. "Left, Right, Press, repeat, flip over, repeat chorus..."
After I did all I can, I placed it back on my drawing board and here's the results from an angle pictured below.
No bad. Not perfect, but much better. There's still some creases on the artwork. As long as the creases are not like mountains and origami, I can still work it. Remember that plexyglass I mentioned earlier...? While I'm inking one of the pages, I'll slip the other in between the glass and the drawing table which I'll continue pressing it more by hand. As I rotate between the two pages, I continue doing the press while I work. Snow White's Seven Dwarfs whistle while they work... I just press flat while I work. Two birds with one stone.
Below is the final inked page. You can hardly see damaged after all the pressing and the inking. And that's why I like them FLAT!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

TRINITY VOL. 2

Just got a comp copy of the TRINITY Vol. 2 trade paperback today. This is a 424 page book and will be out in stores on August 26. Out of 424 pages, I worked on 10 of them and DC Comics still sents me a comp. Coolio! To read more about it, click here.

HA! I didn't notice something until I upload this picture. On the cover, check out the flash reflection when I took this picture. Of all the places on the book to reflect light, it has to be on each of Wonder Woman's boobies. Amazing!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tom Nguyen

This past SDCC, I got to hang out with my buddy, Tom Nguyen, over at his booth in Artist Alley. Here's a picture I pulled from Tom's camera. The guy in the middle is Andy Owens who's also a fellow Inker. He was just introducing us to HANDson and PALMula.
Anyway, Back to Tom. Then there were these two kids that walked up to his booth. Coincidentally, I found this picture of the same two kids at another website. I kid you not. These were the two kids!!! I recognize them AND their T-Shirts. One kid in a Rainbow shirt and the other in red. So each of them asked if they can get a sketch and autograph from Tom.
Tom Said sure. The younger kid gave Tom his sketchbook first. Tom signs his name on top with a gold pen. Then starts to draw something on the bottom. I thought to myself, "This is cool, I get to see how Tom draws stuff." He starts out with some lines... circles... dots... then gives it back to the first kid. .......?????
At this point... I was confused. Maybe I didn't see it right. So the older kid gives Tom his sketch book and Tom did the same thing. Signs his name on top... Draws lines... dashes... loops... I can't even explain it. See for yourself...
And here's somewhat how our conversation went after he signed those and the kids runs off all happy....

Walden: What was that you drew?
Tom: I don't know what it is. They're just lines.
Walden: What?!
Tom: Yeah. Look at the kids... They don't care. As long as it's a free sketch, they're happy.
Walden: ????
Tom: Just lines.
I couldn't stop laughing at the "They're just lines" comment. During my trip home, I was still cracking up. As I'm blogging this, it's still too funny! "Just lines."
But wait... It gets even better!!! Remember that picture of the two kids above? I thought to myself, Why did the other website have a picture of them? When I looked, a pop up appeared alongside their picture. Read for yourself...
The kid is the red shirt is Frankie Jonas. So I quickly did a search online to see who he was. He's the younger brother of the singing group "The Jonas Brothers" as well as an actor who has a recurring role on the Disney Channel sitcom, "Jonas".
And that's how Tom Nguyen draws for celebrities! Priceless! lol!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sketch booking

When at comic book conventions, have you ever seen people sketchbooks waiting in line seeking sketches from artist? For the most part, I've seen a lot of people with the black hardcover version. Gets heavy when you carry it around all day.

When I go to conventions, I don't usually bring a sketchbook and ask people for sketches. One year, in 2007, I decided to do that. Except, I didn't have one of those hardcover sketchbook with hundreds of pages or even anything that size. I bought a teeny tiny sketchbook with only 24 pages in it. 4x6 inches. Small enough to fit in my butt pocket. I only took it to three conventions. San Diego Comic Con, Wonder Con, and Super Con. I wasn't actively seeing for sketches. I just whipped it out when I saw an artist who was free and available. I didn't request any character, just handed them the pad and said they can do what ever they want. And here are the results.

Frank Cho drew a duck. *Quack-Quack*
Dustin Nguyen drew Batman. "I'm BATMAN!"
Geoff Darrow drew a dinosaur. *ROAR* Run Forrest, RUN!
David Mack drew a face with a tear drop. *sniff-sniff*
Ron Lim's Silver Surfer. Bling-Bling!
Ethan Van Scriver's Green Lantern. I've know Ethan ever since his Cyberfrog Days. He wrote down his new phone number on the drawing. I just blocked it out.
Whilce Portacio drew A face with hair? I keep looking at the hair thinking
those are letters. Billy Tan drew a female face. I think I took it back before he was able to finish. I had to leave. Michael Lopez's Wolverine. It was interesting how he drew this. He did all the brown in the background first. Then the darker brown for the eyes and chin. Then pulled out the sharpie to draw the face on top of all that and ended it with white in for highlights. J.J. Kirby's Batman. This sketch took him about half an hour. He liked it so much that he took a picture of it for himself. Dave Finch's Batman. Ball Point pen action! Philip Tan's Spider-Man
Paul Smith's Lockheed. I was sitting at he booth next to his at a convention during our run on SPIRIT. While he usualy draws lockheed headshots when asked for sketchs, he drew the whole character for me.Then on the back of the sketch book, I left a page just for autographs. I didn't ask them for sketches because these guys were busy with people around their booths. Ryan Ottley, Mike Mignola, and Jim Lee.
I got Mike Mignola to sign first and he surprised me by drawing a skull. Then I got Jim Lee to sign next. He just signed his first name and said "That's a cool sketch from Mignola". And finally, I got Ryan Ottley to sign last and he said, "Wow, I'm signing on the same page with Mignola and Lee."
And that's just 14 pages. Which leave 10 empty pages. Will I get more sketches to fill up the book? Humm... I know... I can rip out the last 10 blank pages and consider it all filled up! Call it "Sketch Booking 2007".