Friday, September 29, 2006
Hello blogger hep cats!...Remember me? Mike the "hermit" Mitchell? Ha-ha, Okay... so's I been keeping it on the down-low just a widdle biddy-bit lately.....so sue me! I appreciate the concern from all you buddies of mine out there, but I assure you...all is fine and dandy in Retro-land!
My son-of Satan friend, Wayne Judge, wrote recently to insinuate I may even be going through the slip from reality madness that many artists seem to suffer inevitably....( he was teasing me of course....I think? ) unfortunately the real answer is pretty mundane, and far less dramatic.
I have just decided to take a little step back, sort of refine my blog a little...Posting everyday was getting to be more of a chore than a pleasure just now, so I'm trying to tone it down to once a week for awhile. As more and more potential customers log on to the blog to check out my junk, I want to make sure they are getting the best of my stuff, both art and writing wise.
Life is busy for us all sometimes, and you got to flex or you'll snap in two! Never fear ..Oh frenzied fans o' mine...I will be back to posting more frequently sooner or later. You jes wait'n see ifinn I don't !
Meanwhile why not take a good 'Ol gander at this wrist wringing, colossal cross-hatching, titanicly time consuming doodle I did for Wildcat books newest Professor Stone Novel. Whew! I wanna tell you friends...this puppy took a might longer to pump out than I first thunk it would.... I like it though...what do you guys thunk?...er I mean think?
Oh yeah...a little pesky friend O'mine keeps reminding me to tell you about the Boston show a couple a weeks ago...well, I did sell a bunch of comics...( just not ones I created) the show was more or less the victim of a most perfect day, a sunny end of summer Sunday. It seems the entire city wanted to be anywhere but at the show that day...( including me ) I did toss four long boxes of over-stock from my private stash of 1990's glut on a separate table my pal mal had inside the main auditorium. Miracle of miracles nearly two whole boxes sold to other dealers!
Damn! I knew I shoulda charged more than a quarter a piece for them rotten apples!
Friday, September 08, 2006
If your looking for a place to let your inner geek explode, why not follow me down to "beantown" on September 17th ? I'll be there with lot's of other terrific creators, and dozzens of New Englands finiest comic book proprietors.
I'm going to be peddling my own line of comics, t-shirts, and of course magic stickers.... Why not make plans to go right now? All the cool kid's will be there!
For more info click: www.primatepromotions.com
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I don't know why I do the things I do sometimes....Here I am with a mountain of illo, and comic work starring me right in the face, and what do I do? I go off on a lark and spend 8hrs doing a Kirby Homage....go figure.
It all started when I was working night shift last weekend, and came across a tattered old copy of CAPTAIN AMERICA # 196, ( April 1976 ) I love the old school Kirby stuff immensely, and couldn't resist grabbing a sheet of copy paper, and doing my best to pencil a page after the King of Comics.
This was supposed to be just an exercise to keep my pencil sharp during coffee breaks, but my heart fell into it, and I had to finish what I started. It's been so long since I've done a sequential page that I just couldn't put it down. I stayed up till dawn last night to get it out for you guys, and gals to take a gander at.
Warning!!! Do not try this at home ! Since I started at actual comicbook size, ( something you should never, ever do ) It was extremely tough to get those little details that make every Kirby comic work so well. Ever try drawing an action scene in a two inch square panel? It's a little nerve racking I assure you! Then I had in mind from the start to color it with standard Crayolas...why ?, you might ask.
Coloring with Crayons is fun and soothing, and makes you feel like a kid again Thats why...you nosey people you...ha, ha. Seriously this piece was not supposed to be an in depth study, just something done out of love for the form and the artist who made it great. When I saw the old comic in my locker I remembered when I first started drawing comics as a kid, and back then I colored all my comics with crayons, and so I just had to do it this way.
Well There you have it friends...a little visit from me,....me and Great Kirbys ghost.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Oh what a grand life it would be to be nothing more than an artistic little ape, whiling away the hours and days in total artistic pursuit. I often envy those brave souls who sacrifice all for the advancement of artistic virtue! But even a monkey has to earn a few bananas now and then right?
My shift work schedule is affording me little opportunities for drawing this week, yet I am trying to make the most of each moment that allows me a few minutes to push the pencil. I hope you guys and gals enjoy this little pencil sketch, and I hope you enjoy the labor day weekend as well!
While your attending picnics, and parties remember to celebrate a little for me....I'll be caged up in the zoo I call my job, and trying to think of ways to escape. ha-ha !
Saturday, September 02, 2006
HEY ! Look out!..... dem mummies gwanna getchya! Here is the first of several chapter illustrations I'm doing for the Professor Stone paperback novel. Just thought you guys would like to take a gander.
If anybody out there is interested in a little something artwise I got lot's of photocopies I'll soon be just tossing in the recycle paper bin....if you would reather have them for your office, bedroom, or dartboard wall then...send a SASE, (self addressed stamped envelope ) to Mitchell Family Comics, and get a free Zombie sticker, and a little photocopied sketch from yours truly.
Here's the address kiddies:
MITCHELL FAMILY COMICS
78 North Road