Thursday, January 31, 2008


There is a Goofy short that is playing with National Treasure and as far as I can tell it’s the first indication of John Lassiter’s influence on Disney. It’s meant to resemble the old Goofy “how to” cartoons of the 50’s, and it captures that vibe very well. The subject is setting up a home theatre, and I'm guessing that coming up with funny gags for this subject is like shooting fish in a barrel. It was entertaining, fun and fast. I say it bodes well for where Disney's “traditional” animation is headed.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dangerous Flight

Here's the next drawing for the Mokosos Scribbling Wall. This week's topic was 'Dangerous Flight.' Other guys did dragons, extreme skateboarding, and crashing astronauts... I did this.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Another Cloverfield Monster Concept on Youtube

We'll see if this one gets 8000 hits

The Mokosos Scribbling Wall

A guy here at High Moon decided to start up a sketch club called the Mokosos Scribbling Wall on Blogger (Mokosos is 'snot-nosed' in Spanish) where one person comes up with a topic each week and you have until the following Monday to post your sketch or painting or whatever. The results so far have been highly entertaining. Since alphabetically Benefiel came first I got to choose the inaugural topic, so I chose 'Woman/girl crying while eating'. The following weeks' was 'Gargantuan proportions'. Above you can see my entries. Again, Ellis, I hope you don't mind that I used you as inspiration on the second one.

This weeks' topic: 'Dangerous flight'.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Space Cam??

This one is for Krayonzilla:


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cover Art

Here's the cover I'm thinking of using for my sketchbook... what do you guys think? Do you think this is compelling enough to make folks want to look inside?


Here's another try with some new drawings added:


This ain't no joke people.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cloverfield Monster shown at film's End

Hey guys, The title is a link to youtube footage of the Cloverfield monster. For those of you with no interest in the story or the desire to see a giant monster movie. It's a bad, dark shot from a handheld camcorder slipped into a theatre. I can confirm it's the real deal having seen it. I didn't embed it because I don't want to be tossing spoilers around.

My review is , I liked.

It reminded me of the MIST but I liked Cloverfield better.

By the way, my youtube concept art hoax is all the way to almost 2000 hits. It's getting more now that the movie has hit. And I'm getting stabbed and hacked in the comments. Kinda fun.

I found these cards while looking for an old business card of my own. Tag membership, my first Comicon badge,

Cloverfield Gag is over 6000. Closing in on 7000

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Real Deal

Watch it before it gets pulled.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Blurb and Lulu

Maybe this can be an option if you want to print a VERY limited edition for the Comic Con table.


Lines and Colors

The article and some of the comments said that Lulu is cheaper and better for black and white while Blurb was better for color and is a bit more expensive. You can also dowload a layout program for mac or PC. From the examples it looks like a nice program.

I think I'll try this and see.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A day at the Schulz Museum

This past Saturday I was at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. I was invited to be the "Artist in Residence" for the day... it's a program in which once a month they invite a cartoonist to spend some time drawing and talking with patrons of the museum. I had a great time and they gave me a very nice Peanuts book for my time. Above is one of the drawings I did while I was there (I had my Tablet with me, so I was able to do the color and everything right there). I believe that Brent teaches cartooning classes there from time to time as well.

Jackie O'Lantern

Here's another pin-up I did awhile ago. It started out as just a head shot then I decided to flesh it out... so to speak. I think it would be a great Halloween costume for ages 6 - 29.

Star Trek Teaser Trailer (2008)

Some say this is a fake but it's cool never-the -less.


Cloverfield Monster revealed!!

Wow! This is crazy if this is what it looks like! Wow!

Is this the Cloverfield Monster?

A reliable source says "Yes!."

Friday, January 11, 2008

Hiya Kiddies,

I haven't posted in awhile so here's a pin-up I did for no particular reason. Again, the lesson is 'don't piss off a nymph.' I'll post another drawing I did this weekend or on Monday.

Ellis is poo. Jeff is merely bemusing. Rick is... well.

Not Cloverfield....

Here's my first drawing of the new year. I did it for my kids school science night flyer that MC is heading up. I was thinking of doing a little book ala Edward Gorey in this style. Not sure what the story will be but...maybe about a giant fly that moves into town and eats and contaminates everything. (just off the top of my head)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ellis are you in?

LA Jedi

Too bad Scott is in San Diego. He could have joined us....somebody's got to put on the Jar Jar costume.


I'm not done yet. More color and contrast and some captioning

I'll try and slip in a little color work on this tomorrow after work. At work I have a better wacom tablet.

On the CON table front. Got a note from the Con people informing me about special Hotel deals for Table holders. But, the note said no definite decision had been made about who had been given tables. At least I know my check and paperwork are in their hands. Keep your fingers crossed.

I need to work on balancing up some elements. Making the crab component more mutated. Get some shape variety in tentacles. I'll try to get a cool painting in a couple of days. Jellyfish says Cuthullu to me so I went in this direction.

Rick here... Here's my take on Cloverfield...

Actually, no, it's not.... that's me making a horrible visual pun. Here's my entry... no color yet, though:

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cloverfield Monster DEBUNKED


Well... ok, let's check on these. The alleged CLOVERFIELD monster comes from MovieWeb - That is not an early design - nor is it - the final design. It is, according to my sources (and my sources do kick ass) - "BUNK"

SO I looked up "BUNK" and found that it is a built in platform bed... or a trough for feeding cattle... or sleeping quarters... or...... HUMBUG, NONSENSE! So... I guess you can sleep on that image, feed it to your cattle... or just know that it's total bullshit.


Lil' Batman

If only Scotty Buncake's parents were this nuts about making movies....

Monday, January 07, 2008

Is this the Cloverfield Monster?

If so, it's interesting but not very iconic. Moby Crab. From what I gather this might have been one of the early concepts. Who knows. Expect to have the Sub Mariner riding atop.

or maybe THIS?

Rancor meets the US Godzilla.


Saturday, January 05, 2008


So, while visiting with Ronnie in Seattle (thanks a heap, we had a fantastic time!) my copy of Adobe CS crapped out on me. It told me that I needed to re-install, so when I got home last night that's what I did... and it refused to load the majority of the components (never fear, Acrobat still works!). I call customer service this morning only to find out that there is no tech support on the weekends. Needless to say, I'm pissed that I will be going a whole week without a functioning version of CS. Arrrgh!

Well, perhaps I will do some scanning for my Con sketchbook... there's nothing else to do since it looks like rain for the entire coming week.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Robot Attack Insurance

Now, for only four dollars a month you can achieve peace of mind in a world full of crime and robots.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


I'm always late to the party. I guess this has been promoted since the last Con. I stumbled onto this after watching the Sarah Silverman show and I did a Rob Schrab search. I think everyone would be interested in Schrab's page a day approach from his VLOGs.

I've embedded that one. I've made the title a link back to the whole site.

I found it interesting but mainly the cold mackeral slap across the face is, that if a guy wants to be doing comic books, he'll probably have to find a way to be doing it full time. Doug and Rob have been able to do it because they stepped off, found a way to make money that didn't require full time jobs, and can settle into a ritual that entails a ten hour day to do a finished , single page.

Explore the page and look at VLOG 4. On that one he talks with Doug about their differing but similar approaches.

I guess this is just about to hit the stands. I'll have to check it out.