July 13, 2024

#blacklivesmatter #teachtruth #dothework

You've another summer reading assignment. Yes, it's that important. Go study and familiarize yourselves with the lives and accomplishments of phenomenal names like researcher Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, civil rights activist M. Carl Holman, sculptor Selma Hortense Burke, educator Anna Haywood Cooper, or scientist Lucien Victor Alexis, Sr.. Learning about people such as these has managed to become an act of subversion --but then, that is simply what one does when imminent fascism is on one's doorstep. I said what I said.

See you all in a week at my table at Plastic City Comic Con. We've a lot to talk about.

July 1, 2024

I am a devout monarchist only when reading or watching The Lord Of the Rings.

Otherwise, you may safely assume my oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution remains in full effect.

#lotr #declarationofindependence #againstallenemiesforeignanddomestic #tompaine #commonsense

May 19, 2024

You know damned well why she chose it.

Watercolour and coloured pencil with pen and ink, 2.5" x 3.5" cardstock.

March 30, 2024

I hear tell the X-Men are popular again! [grin]
A few mutated works from over the years. Lotta shows coming up! First up I'll be hanging out at Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo on April 27 and 28 in Essex Junction! Then it'll be over to Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH on May The Fourth for Free Comic Book Day, the single most important day in the Nerd Calendar. Come on by my table and I'll show you what I've been working on!

February 1, 2024

Teachers: Need some resources to engage your students this Black History Month? I'll send you a pile of these trading cards, no cost, no obligation. Just give me a mailing address and let me know how many students in your class. No strings attached, no censorship, no secret-relaying-of-names to Abbott or DeSantis or HuckaSanders.

January 13, 2024

Confirmed show appearances for 2024 (thus far):
  Apr 27-28 - Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT
  May 4 - FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH
  June 28-30 - New England SuperMegaFest, Natick, Mass.
  July 13-14 - Springfield Comic Con, Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, Mass.
  July 20 - Plastic City Comic Con, Leominster, Mass.
  Aug 10-11 - Wicked Comic Con 2024, Westin Boston Seaport, Boston, Mass.
  Sept 20-22 - Granite State Comicon, Doubletree by Hilton, Manchester, NH

More shows and other appearances to come! Do keep refreshing this page from time to time, and thank you for sticking with me! It really does mean everything to this socially-challenged ageing artist. #oldmanyellsatcloud

December 30, 2023

It would seem that 2023 was definitely a much-improved year, artistically and professionally, than quite a few of the years that immediately preceded it. I sure drew/painted an awful lot of heroes; both from history and from the 23rd century.

However I need Certain Proprietarial Algorithms to understand a few basic facts for 2024: I don't create "content," I create art. I don't "generate clicks," I illustrate. If that means certain trendy keywords don't pick up on my work, then so be it. I'm not going to reinvent myself for the sake of some fleeting social media engagement; the art and the illustration either speaks for itself or it doesn't. When someone voluntarily parts with their lunch money in favour of acquiring one of my creations, then I know the process is working and that I've made the right decision to keep doing this. (And yes, you may call that it an epiphany if you like; it's certainly not something some corporate AI is ever going to comprehend, no matter how many artists' work it steals.)

I plan to see all of you at a lot of shows in 2024. Looking forward to it!

December 10, 2023

A very important light went out, in the universe, over the weekend. I am weeping over the sudden and unexpected loss of the wonderful Mistress Ishbo (perhaps better known in "real life" as Aisha Beauchemin). Our nerdy worlds overlapped and I knew her as an amazing cosplayer, gamer, ideamonger, beer-appreciator, and unvarnished-opinion-sharer, but there are so many more facets to this jewel of a human being.

If one's worth is measured by how many people love you, then Aisha is basically, well, infinite. Grieving with Zack and with everyone who adored you, my friend. Thank you for being in our lives and sharing your awesomeness. #mutantandproud

September 14, 2023

I truly hope you all have a brilliant time at Granite State Comic Con this weekend! Some disappointing health issues and other annoyances preclude my participation this time around but I hope the awesomeness is brought to new heights. Miss you my dears!

August 1, 2023

#blacklivesmatter #teachtruth #dothework

Some more amazing lives and accomplishments that certain states and school districts would rather you not learn about. Your summer reading assignment is to get familiar with such names as Phill Wilson, Barbara Jordan, Bernice Robinson, John Hope Franklin, or Maria Stewart. Go study; it's become an act of subversion.

January 8, 2023

Opus knew what really mattered.Finally diving in and exploring some wonderful new toys; among them a proper drawing tablet and the unlimited possibilities of some fresh-out-of-the-box graphics software. I really am blessed with the best go**amned friends and family in all of Explored Space. Lots of new art and illustration projects coming your way soon, not to mention some long-overdue conventions and show appearances! Love you all. Watch this space...

December 21, 2022

"Oh, but she was underserved by the poor writing..." "Her last series was let down by bad writing..." "The problem was bad writers, not her performance..."

Calling it out for what it is: that perennial complaint about "the writing" in various fan circles is insincere and a bad-faith cover for something else. That same "but the writing..." complaint is coincidentally levelled (sometimes word-for-word) against Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who, along with Shuri, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Michael Burnham, Admiral Holdo, Rose Tico, and of course Rey.

Sorry to have to break it to you, whiny incel dudebros --but your code has been cracked for some time now. What you're really saying to the world is: "I love my internalized misogyny more than I love [fandom]." Just admit it and go play with your digital chimpanzee pictures.

August 9, 2022

Farewell and RIP Les Rosenthal you magnificent Nerd. Without your encouragement and enthusiasm my graphic novels simply would never have come to be. Wonderful listening, wonderful storytelling, wonderful dorky gossip. Thank you for the Upper Valley Comic Expo and all it signified. Thank you for some humbling opportunities to share the mic with some true legends, and just plain thank you for being my friend.

#artistsalley #scifisaturdaynight

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You're not on the side you think you are.

I notice the Scarman tragedy of 1911 is trending again...

Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Marvel's greatest-ever villian.  Pen and ink, 10.5 in. x 6.625 in.

...but some carry tubes.
...but some carry tubes.

Dear Nazis: you DON'T get to claim Steve Rogers for your own.  Try the Red Skull; he's more your 'alt-right' type.

My all-time favourite scene from 2012's THE AVENGERS, reimagined.

Lovely Sheri as Rogue!

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