Friday, November 30, 2007


Here is another sneak peek of WBZ #0, set to appear as part of Mysterious Visions Anthology issue #5. It's sort of funny that Brant, the writer likes dogs and not cats, and I like both, but prefer cats. I have a cat, named Dabber, and some of Mau's looks were based on Dabber's colors and streaks. Mau was a character Brant sort of let me design myself, and I am very glad the design met his approval (even though he hates cats).

One night years ago, my now-wife Shannon and I saw a popular Broadway Series play in Boston and we were pretty stoked because this show had just completed a LONG LONG run on Broadway (what, over 15 years, maybe more?). But yet, aside from the costumes, the show lacked any sort of depth and sense of a storyline at all. Just a bunch of characters one right after another, competing in a singing contest and basically just singing about who they are. One wins. The end. It's like watching Tamyra and Kelly and Carrie come out and sing about themselves and Simon saying "Awesome!" Except it wasn't, nor was it worth $100 or so to me to see it (like Chicago, Carousel, Fame, Blue Man Group, or even Footloose).

So, years later, I'm working on this wonderful story called WANNABEZ, and there's a cat character. Naturally, I give each character, when possible, a foreshadowing or in-joke details (like Dober-Man's dog-eared papers) into their alter-ego. When coming up with the concept of adding the three main leads in the #0 issue on page one to set them up, well, I came up with placing Mau, our character, outside a theatre, doing what I felt like doing that very night years ago...

.... chucking my Playbill into the trash.

See, Brant? I hate CATS too.



Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Details

I really don't want to give any surprises away by showing what we want to jump out at you when you read the book, so I can't show everything yet. There are TWO suggested heroes that show up... there are SPI cameos and in-jokes... and there are family members running around. Page 2, page 7, and page 12 have so much fun stuff going on.

And on all of the pages I brought in some detail that I thought really made the scene. I think ever since I inked Halloween Man, I've started paying even more attention to backgrounds and detailing. I enjoyed adding texture and details when I inked, and I seemed to have brought some of that sensibility into Wannabez as well.

Normal static images have some actual thought to "props", and sometimes I find myself getting carried away with dressing the scene. Here are some details, and just for fun, a kinetic shot of Slim I enjoyed whipping up for page 4.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Wanna Teaz

It's been awhile since we posted here, but I wanted to show a cropped piece of art as a tease for the upcoming issue. There are parts to be fixed yet, but here's a snippet of a big splash.... this crop concentrating on two primary characters of issue #0-- Slim and Mau.

Expect the two characters suggested on the message board to show up, and some family members make cameos.... on the very same page. I even named a character Brant had in as a throwaway homage character. Oh, and expect some Small Press Idol references. This project is alot of fun, and I hope when it comes out, that everyone enjoys it.