Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nickolas Flux

One of my biggest projects this year has been working on the Nickolas Flux History Chronicles series from Capstone Publishing. When I tried out for the job, they were looking for artwork in the style of original series artist Dante Ginevra, who set a pretty high bar!

This is a series of educational time-travel adventure comics, distributed mainly to schools and libraries. The first two volumes I illustrated, Peril in Pompeii and Flight to Freedom, should be available now; I just got my contributor's copies a few weeks ago, as documented here.

Meanwhile, I note that Amazon just posted the final cover artwork for Titanic Disaster and Trapped in Antarctica, scheduled for release in February 2015. These are the first books in the series for which I did cover art as well as interiors, so I'm pretty excited!

Just in case, here are Amazon links for the aforementioned titles:

Peril in Pompeii!: Nickolas Flux and the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius
Flight to Freedom!: Nickolas Flux and the Underground Railroad
Titanic Disaster!: Nickolas Flux and the Sinking of the Great Ship
Trapped in Antarctica!: Nickolas Flux and the Shackleton Expedition

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Francisco Zoo 09/03/2014

Back to the San Francisco Zoo for the second annual monthly free-day sketchcrawl with a passel of other artists. This time, we seek the wild flamingo chick and baby giraffe!

My wife keeps wondering why I don't draw the petting zoo goats. So Julie, this goat's for you! I believe this one's named Nutmeg.

A newborn flamingo chick, the first of what's now a whole flock of flaminglets.

The daily grizzly bear breakfast rush is a great sketching warmup - talk about your high-speed gesture drawing! The rest of their environment, of course, is more accommodating about holding a pose.

They have llamas! When did they get llamas? Nobody told me there were llamas! (Well, technically they're guanacos.) I hope you'll forgive the goofy head at top right.

The majestic snow leopard is perhaps my personal favorite of the big cats.

Over at the Animal Resource Center, we had some face time with a couple of rescued owls.

The rarest of all sightings, a non-sleeping koala.

Saving the best for last, we paid a visit to the eight-day-old baby giraffe, currently known as "Calf 2" or "Buddy."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

San Francisco Zoo 08/06/2014

Another batch from the monthly San Francisco Zoo free day. This time, I got to mob up with a bunch of other artists. Super fun!

While we were gathering at the cafe, I went over to sketch the flamingos and discovered there were a bunch of baby ducklings too.

I'm still trying to capture the fast-moving grizzly bears. Their 11:30 breakfast rampage served as a good backup meeting point.

Green-winged macaws and the obligatory peccary check-in.

Everyone enjoyed drawing the majestic and highly sketchable Gauhati. Wish I'd left room for his feet!

Today's Animal Resource Center show and tell: Tortoises, tortoises, tortoises! And a turtle and a little snake.

Ring-tailed lemurs, naturally.

We wrapped up at the giraffe barn for the traditional 4:30 feeding.

And finally, post-zoo snacks at the Bashful Bull Too. To illustrate some obscure artistic point I was obliged to draw Sasha Roukina's milkshake.

For more zoo sketching fun, be sure to check out Gary Amaro's recent post on the Urban Sketchers website!

Friday, August 29, 2014

SF Zine Fest Prep

This weekend I'll be exhibiting at SF Zine Fest in Golden Gate Park, sharing table number 74 with Brian Kolm of Atomic Bear Press. Here are some boxes of loot that showed up just in time...

Hot off the presses: One new book, and one restock.

Here's "Good Morning Anteater," a collection of my San Francisco Zoo sketchbook drawings.

And a restock of "Little Monsters," which collects a bunch of 24 Hour Comics and whatnot.

And of course, some minicomics. I printed up a fresh batch of copies of "Alive, Alive, Alive!" and a new collection of my "Death and Burial of Cock Robin" drawings.

Also newly arrived: A few contributors' copies of the historical adventure books I've been doing for Capstone. I won't be selling these, but I'll bring a couple if you wanna see. Covers are by Dante Ginevra.

Interior art for "Nicolas Flux: Peril in Pompeii!" Lots of street scenes in this one.

Interior art for "Nicolas Flux: Flight to Freedom!" Naturally, I picked a page with a goat on it to show you.

SF Zine Fest is happening this weekend (August 30-31) at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, at 9th Ave and Lincoln Way. Free admission, y'all!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

San Francisco Zoo 07/18/2014

Another SF Zoo adventure as we meet the newly arrived wolverines! Plus birds and bears and a sleepy anteater.

A gaggle of local University of Michigan alumni were summoned to welcome their school mascots to their new home.

The wolverines in some typical action poses - scampering, digging, and wriggling in their ice pit.

Green-winged macaws and a curl-crested aracari (a particularly fabulous variety of toucan).

Good morning, anteater! How would you like to pose for a sketchbook cover?

Humans gathering for the 11:30 grizzly feeding.

Kachina and Kiona, the grizzly sisters.

It seems like the zoo has two of every rescue animal, so they can work rotating shifts on the Nature Trail. So this desert tortoise is Cactus, rather than Mohave.

San Francisco Zoo 07/09/2014

Back to the San Francisco Zoo as we take advantage of the monthly free day for SF residents. Of course, every day's a free day when you're a sloth...

It seems like there are lots of junior giraffes all of a sudden.

According to the docent, Ulu was born in the wild and still has a bit of a "gypsy spirit."

I didn't really do these guys justice. Go see them with your own eyeballs!

I could draw the sloth all day. Apparently he still doesn't have a name, but what's the rush?

I think I'm starting to get the hang of sketching those wiggly river otters.

More cuteness along the Nature Trail, where there were lots and lots of rescue animals awaiting close inspection.

It's always nice when I can catch the hippo in a sportive mood.

My wife was really impressed with the bongo, so I had to do a portrait for her.

That's all for today. Come back soon and hang out!

Friday, June 6, 2014


Just hitting British newsstands on May 28, the 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special features new tales of many old favorite 2000 AD characters, including an eight-page Robo-Hunter story with art by yours truly and script by the dashing Alec Worley. Enjoy!