Sunday, January 30, 2011


Turner Classic Movies is showing "Pandora's Box" tonight. It's a beautiful silent masterpiece from 1929, starring the eternally fascinating Louise Brooks from Cherryvale, Kansas.  If you haven't seen it, it's worth checking out. Brooks was not only a fetching young lass but also had a keen mind that she put to use later in life as an essayist and film critic.  In Pandora, we get to see two of her largest contributions to cinema; her trademark black "bob" haircut and a naturalistic acting style that's intimate and revolutionary when seen in the context of the silent era.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Old Bizarro Commission

From 2007. This piece was a real challenge because the commissioner started the series with Brian Bolland's inspired Joker Trophy Wall masterpiece. He asked me to do something similar with Bizarro but I couldn't think of a worthy variation on Brian's theme. I did dozens of sketches, only two of which are shown here, then finally came up with a peculiar idea which seemed to work.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hellboy page 9, layout, pencils and inks

The second panel on this page inspired the cover drawing. We worked "Marvel style". Mike wrote a plot, I did layouts, then pencils. Working from scans of the pencils, Mike wrote the final script and did balloon placements. Finally, I lettered the pages (right on the boards... with a dip pen!) and did the inks.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Superman: Blood of My Ancestors pg 22

I've been wanting to post this page but it took me forever to find a copy of Gil's pencils.