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ALAN MOORE WORLD

Back in the early 21st century, I contributed to Smoky Man and Gary Spencer Millidge’s anthology, Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman, which celebrated the writer/magician’s 50th birthday. But wait, there’s Moore: Smoky Man now has a blog, Alan Moore World, concerning itself with all things Alan! Smoky posted my two-pager which asks the question posed about…

THE COMICS!

The Comics!

I want to give a plug to one of my favorite comics-related publications, Robin Snyder’s The Comics! Since 1990, Robin produced this monthly zine, dedicated to being a first-person history of the medium. Robin is no stranger to comics– among his credits are editing and writing for DC, Archie, and Western Publishing. Over the years he…

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Little Fish Studio’s Night at the Opera

Little Fish Studios of Ocean Beach in San Diego (under the auspices of San Diego Comic Fest), hosted an exhibit of sketches and illustrations done at the San Diego Opera by such local cartoonists as Scott Benefiel, Marty Davis, Rebecca Hicks, Joe Sanabria, Eric Shanower, and yours truly. The operas included A Masked Ball, Don…

Batton drawing Boomshop's model (that's Snuggles at her feet!).

Boomshop of Comics: First Drink & Draw

  Located in the Gaslamp district, San Diego’s newest comics shop, Boomshop of Comics, hosted their very first “drink & draw” event for local cartoonists on Thursday evening, October 9th. Troy, Gio, and their staff were engaging hosts and made sure everyone was comfortable and had a beverage of their choice! Enjoyed, as always, chatting…

Jackie and Batton debut new books at Comic-Con

A Few Words on Comic-Con 2014

Well, another Comic-Con International: San Diego has come and gone. This year not only marks twenty-five years since I first attended Comic-Con, but I was honored to be a guest at this year’s soiree! Still, my main duty was to helm the Exhibit A Press booth where the new Wolff & Byrd trade paperback, Zombie…

1. DON QUIXOTE & SANCHO

Don Quixote

Here are some sketches I did as a result of watching the dress rehearsal of the San Diego Opera’s production of Don Quixote. Thanks to a brainstorm from SD Opera’s ace PR Director, Ed Wilensky, I got the gig along with several other cartoonists in the San Diego area. Ed’s a longtime comics fan and thought…

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David Brenner and Me

Comedian David Brenner’s passing had me reflecting on years past, not only because he was a very funny man, but that I once had an odd peripheral connection to him. Of course, the news of the comedian’s death was sad to hear; once a ubiquitous presence on television (there was a point where it seemed…

3. A MASKED BALL- Page & Fortune Teller

A Masked Ball

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to sketch a dress rehearsal for the San Diego Opera’s production of Verdi’s “A Masked Ball.” Also sketching were comic book artists and Eric Shanower and Scott Benefiel and concept artist and illustrator Joe Sanabria. Thanks to SD Opera’s Ed Willensky for the opportunity. You can see more sketches…

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FEBRUARY ’64’s FAB FOUR

“The Golden Age of Comics is ten.” I originally heard the adage as “The Golden Age of Comics is twelve” as well as “The Golden Age of Comics is when you discover them.” As far as I was concerned, it’s ten. That’s how old I was in 1964, where every month seemed to burst with…

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Bhob Stewart, RIP

Sad to hear of the passing of Bhob Stewart. One of the first comics “pundits” (for lack of a better term) I ever read. Among his many astute articles on comics, my favorite might be Stewart’s essay on the work of Howard Nostrand and his subsequent interview with the artist (if you can find Graphic…