Dec 3, 2014

ALLRED ON THE SIMPSONS!

More reflections of pop culture connections past.  In "Mayored to the Mob" (Season 10 episode 9 of THE SIMPSONS) I was able to briefly share the stage with THE Mark Hamill (in his Luke Skywalker togs no less!) as I rushed him from the left.  It's a don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it-moment, but thrilled us out of our noggins just the same.  I also got "Simpsonized", and Laura too (as Michael and Laura All-bled), on the cover of The Comics Buyers Guide promoting the very first issue of TREEHOUSE OF HORROR where I wrote LITTLE SHOP OF HOMERS.  Look to the lower left!  THERE I BE!









There was also a dude in the front row wearing a white "Excite-ning Bolt" T-shirt!














And THE ATOMICS!  The week the episode originally aired there was a promo with yours truly in the black shirt running up and between Homer and Hamill!  Wish I could get a clip of that!  So nifty!

Dec 1, 2014

DUM-DEE-DEE-DUMB DADDY!

Kelby and I on a ride with Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels.  Rubbing shoulders with more big shots.  Wink.

Nov 29, 2014

CHASING AMY FLASHBACK!

Doing some looking back.  The making of Chasing Amy doesn't feel that long ago…but I guess it's been a while.  This movie comes up at least once at every signing appearance we do.  I shared my first movie scene with the great Ethan Suplee (with his awesome back to us here) with the opening line of, "I love Chow Yun-Fat, but I don't think he'd be right to play Madman".  Now, where's my Oscar!











And speaking of Oscars, Ben Affleck won his first for co-writing Good Will Hunting very soon after this.  Look how much he's enjoying reading that MADMAN collection! The Universe has just opened!














Notice how my booth is completely opposite of Ben & Jason's (Holden & Banky's).  It was great fun getting to know everyone including Scott Mosier on the left (the Producer), who I met for the first time in San Diego the same time I first met Kevin Smith, and Ben's younger, and extremely talented brother Casey Affleck. The big Madman poster in the background is to my right from where I'm sitting.











Somewhere I have lots of behind the scenes footage that I shot of this day, including take after take of  the great Jason (Syndrome/Buddy Pine) Lee thrashing Scott Mosier.
And, of course, the amazing Joey Lauren Adams!  I was privileged to draw her on the cover of the CHASING AMY comic seen at the end of the film.  Jason is sporting a Madman "Excite-ning Bolt"from that year's "Fall Collection".  A new version of the shirt is now available in the "Shirt Shop" (at right)!
Here's "Jay & Silent Bob" (The hilarious Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) looking at the latest issue of BLUNTMAN & CHRONIC (with my cover art). I designed their costumes, and drew all of the art attributed to Banky & Holden.  With a great deal of help from my great pal, Matt Brundage, I did the opening title sequence too (with Laura's colors of course). I have so many great memories associated with this movie and its production...  
Kevin had a giant condo at the Sundance Film Festival where CHASING AMY debuted that a bunch of us stayed in ( I think Miramax sprung for it. Not sure).  The film received an extremely enthusiastic standing ovation at its screening.  Lots of famous faces in the crowd.  I remember being pretty excited about meeting Roger Ebert (even though he'd slammed a lot of my favorite movies).  The after-parties were insane.  Joey wanted to keep going and going (it was her week after all).  Because I was the only one with experience driving in the snow I ended up being the one behind the wheel of the rented SUV.  We plowed through some serious banks of snow going to various fancy mountain homes.  A thrill, but I was terrified of being responsible for wrecking a vehicle full of so much talent on their big night.
Look who Ben's hiding behind at the end of the flick!  That's Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada (super swell fellas! You may have heard of them!)!
Heeeeeere's ETHAN! And my favorite of the covers I made:







Nov 28, 2014

BIG BANG SECRET TO SUCCESS!

Feature a cool comic shop and shoot to NUMBER ONE!
Wait!  What's that on the wall in the back?!
I get a big kick out of stuff like this, when our stuff squeezes into the Pop Culture Zeitgeist.
So, I'll admit to having a great time being able to show off these stills when Madman, Hellboy, The Goon, and other indies were featured heavily in the earliest appearances of the Comic Shop on TBBT!
Sheldon expresses the joy of smelling new comics getting unboxed (in the background).
Also happy to report that the Big Bang cast were all staying at the same hotel as us at SDCC and all of them could not have been nicer to us and our kids when we were all at the pool together. Terrific folks!
Laura had actually met Johnny Galecki years before when he was on the ROSEANNE Show and had a great impression of him then.  Always nice to see good folks do well.







Nov 26, 2014

3D CUBE 3D-O-RAMA!

Here's the last free sneak peek, Gang!  The book is in stores now so
get yer own, ya cheapskates! Our great friend, David Mack,
showed us the way on this lil' cut-n-paste cube, but we took it a
step further with Christian LeBlanc's 3D mastery on each surface.
Now go get out the scissors and glue and cut up yer book!

MADMAN MEETS NEMO 3D-O-RAMA!

If you like this strip and want to see it in 2D and at a whopping
16 X 20 inches, make sure you pick up the PHENOMENAL
Locust Moon Press publication, LITTE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER 
DREAM!  My piece doesn't even scratch the surface. It is jam-packed
with masterpieces (not exaggerating, folks) from pals Paul Pope,
Craig Thompson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jill Thompson, David Mack,
Maris Wicks, Joe Quinones, Charles Vess, John Cassaday, Jim Rugg,
Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Dean Haspiel, Aaron Conley,
Peter Bagge, Marc Hempel, Scott Morse, Paolo Rivera, Farel Dalrimple,
Mark Buckingham…etcetera, etc… AMAZING INCREDIBLE STUFF!

ANDREW ROBINSON 3D-O-RAMA!

If you're not already a GIANT fan of Andrew's stuff, just check out 
his amazing graphic novel THE FIFTH BEATLE!  Some of the
best artistic renderings I've ever seen of The Beatles (four fellas from 
Liverpool who influenced the whole world in the best way possible.  
You may have heard of them). Now rock out to this "Atomics"number!

Nov 25, 2014

PAOLO LEANDRI 3D-O-RAMA!

Paolo Leandri's just concluded four-issue NIGHTWORLD (with Adam
McGovern.  Hope there'll be more to come!) is one of my most favorite
chunks of glorious weirdness I've seen in a very long time.  So you can
imagine how thrilled I with what he did with my "Madman world" here:

Nov 24, 2014

MATTHEW ALLISON 3D-O-RAMA!

I fell in love with Matt's stuff the second I first saw it!  It all takes place
in an alternate universe that is terrifying and enticing at the same time!

Nov 23, 2014

CLIVE GOODYER 3D-O-RAMA!

Clive is a phenomenal children's  book illustrator and commercial
artist extraordinaire!  And now in 3D!

SEAN GORDON MURPHY 3D-O-RAMA!

ROCK n ROLL!  Sean's work always has a punchy electric vibe
to it, no matter the subject! Knock out some power chords when
you look at this crackling rocker for the full effect, kiddies!

Nov 22, 2014

IAN BERTRAM 3D-O-RAMA!

Ian is an up and comer whose art demands your attention. You can start
by checking out his mind-blowing shorts in BATMAN ETERNAL #11,
SECRET ORIGINS #4, and this last year's DETECTIVE COMICS #27 
Special.  Exciting, unique, and rich with detail!


EMMA RIOS 3D-O-RAMA!

I was blown away with what Emma did with Kelly Sue DeConnick
on PRETTY DEADLY.  Love her version of Doctor Strange too!

Nov 21, 2014

DECLAN SHALVEY & JORDIE BELLAIRE 3D-O-RAMA!

We just got our copies of the book and we're crazy excited for everyone
to see it for themselves when it hits the stands this next wednesday!
We'll use this "cross view" preview of Declan & Jordie's piece as an excuse
to celebrate this personal event. The book is a completely different and
much smoother viewing experience with the glasses (well, you don't
have to cross your eyes for one thing).  Many who've seen the book
have said it's their favorite printed 3D experience. Thank you to everyone
who joined in the party, and especially our "3D master, Christian LeBlanc!

MING DOYLE 3D-O-RAMA!

MADMAN meets MING-MANIA! It's impossible to keep up on
everything Ming Doyle has going on.  But I have a blast trying!
Make sure to grab her new Vertigo series THE KITCHEN!

Nov 20, 2014

EDUARDO RISSO 3D-O-RAMA!

Check out this gem from a modern master!

JENNY FRISON 3D-O-RAMA!


What a blast to see Jenny put this together!  Her work has such a
haunting quality.  Capable of being beautiful and horrific at the same
time (REVIVAL anyone?).  With this piece, beautiful and electric!

Nov 19, 2014

MARIS WICKS 3D-O-RAMA!

Having too much fun showing these off...and too many to show off,
so I'm throwing in a third preview today!  I'm blown away with how
creative and inspired these babies are!  Check this out!

JOE QUINONES 3D-O-RAMA!

Joe is the first contributor to have reported seeing the finished book
as his comp copies showed up on his doorstep already. And so to
celebrate its "in-print reality" we're posting yet another preview piece.


BECKY CLOONAN 3D-O-RAMA!

The brilliant Becky brought this beauty to the
MADMAN 3D SPECIAL available next week!