Trekker Rose City Comic Con

Ron Randall had asked me to color up this promo image for the upcoming (Sept. 8/9, 2012) Rose City Comic Con. It’s a new show that we in the Portland area hope grows into an Emerald City ComiCon-like event. This will be used in promotional materials, but not sure where it will show up yet.

For those who don’t know, it’s Mercy St.Clair–a futuristic bounty hunter (Trekker) from Ron’s series of comics spanning the last 20 years. The original tales are being uploaded at a rate of 3 pages a week, with new (color!) material in the works. Right now he has the first six+ issues up at Check it out.

Fear Itself: Homefront

When I was first starting out coloring, I got gigs doing flatting for pros. One of my first jobs was for John Rauch for Marvel’s Fear Itself: Homefront #1. I’m trying to prep some samples for the upcoming Emerald City ComiCon, so I’m diving into my HD looking for pages I feel are a good fit and challenge for me.

Lines by Elia Bonetti.
Colors by me.


2012 ECCC Monsters & Dames

Ron Randall, an artist I’ve worked with over the years, asked me to color his contribution to the 2012 Emerald City ComiCon’s Monsters & Dames charity art book.  It’s monsters…and dames!  How could I resist?

While you’re at it, head on over to his site where he’s running the whole Trekker series (originally published by Dark Horse, I believe) a page at a time featuring the daring dame of this image, Mercy St. Clair.  Loads of great content to read and it’s free.

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Silver Bullet Banner

Brett Wood, half of the genius that created The Silver Bullet, hired me to color a banner featuring his character for use at conventions.  I’ve worked with him before on the cover of issue 2, 3, and various other Silver Bullet works.  Always a blast!

Pencils: Brett Wood

Inks: W.J. Grapes

Colors: me

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Marvel Request: Hulk pages

I attended the Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle last weekend. Met some great people, got some great portfolio reviews, and made some great contacts. Sounds great, yeah? Yes. It was. So, one of the reviewers was CB Cebulski, the Marvel Talent Coordinator. Hell of a nice guy. He liked the colors I showed him and requested I send him the files via email. Jumping on it, I had them in his inbox on Monday. On Tuesday, Bon Alimagno emails me to let me know that CB sent him my samples and wants to see more. He gives me a file of Hulk #20 pages and asks for five of them. Here is what I sent him a few minutes ago. We’ll see what he says, but I’m interested in your thoughts too. Thanks and wish me luck!






Pages Requested by Mark Chiarello

As stated in my previous post, I had many portfolio reviews.  At the DC booth, I had the opportunity to talk to a great guy, Mark Chiarello.  He’s a colorist, too and you should read his and Todd Klein’s book, “DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics”.  Very helpful book.

He liked a specific page and wanted to see some more of those around it in sequence.  Here they are.  (from Image Comics, Outlaw Territory vol. 1, pages 4-7, lines by Khoi Pham, colors by me.) 

The gist of the story is that these two guys are arrested and told the town history by another inmate.  It was a regular old west town with a nice old guy.  One night, another guy beats and kills the old guy.  The town goes nuts and rips that guys apart.  After that, the town seems perfectly nice.  Back to the present, the two brothers are dragged out for their punishment.  It has a surprise ending, so I won’t ruin it for you. 🙂

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Emerald City ComiCon Samples

This past weekend was the Emerald City ComiCon.  I love this show.  The Washington State Convention Center is an amazing and beautiful facility.  The guest list was exceptional with popular mainstream, indie up-and-comers, and everyone in between.  The publisher presence was well represented, too–even if Marvel did not have an official space, their editorial staff was around and active.  And the costumes, well, it was a comic convention so let’s just say it was interesting at times. 🙂

I went with the intent of networking and getting reviews.  I succeeded at both.  I made both new contacts and met up with pros and fans I’ve connected with over the years.  I received abundant and overwhelmingly positive reviews of my work as well as invitations from Marvel and others to follow up.  I took care of much of that today.

Thanks again to each of you who took the time to talk to me, go over my portfolio, organize the show or attend.  Everyone was a pleasure and I look forward to next year.

Here are the samples I showed at the con for anyone who didn’t see them yet, but would like to.

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Emerald City ComiCon 2011

To let everyone know, I’ll be attending this years 3-day show in Seattle, March 4th-6th.  I’ve been going since the first show, only missing two since then due to illness and other commitments.  It’s a blast and keeps getting better every year.  The guest and exhibitor lists this year are amazing, too.  Check it out here:

I’ll be walking around with a portfolio under my arm, a backpack, and a lanyard around my neck with my name on it that the show was kind enough to set me up with since I don’t have a table.  Chat me up if you see me.