Rolling Snake Eyes

October 29, 2010

Long ago in galaxy far, far away… ok, not really, but a while back a reader of the GI Joe books contacted me about obtaining a page from the main series. On the page Scarlet confronts Snake Eyes in his quarters about going AWOL from Joe in search of proof about the existence of COBRA. It’s an emotional scene for Scarlet and there are a lot of Joe fans who put this relationship in the same category as Tasha Yar and Data on Star Trek:TNG.

You never tell me how you fe... well, anything actually.

I told them I only had the pencils because my inker Gary Erskine lives in Scotland, where he prints the pages on board and inks over blue lines to save IDW shipping costs- a standard practice for companies now-a-days. They said they wanted both and I contacted Gary to arrange this, I think that was around the end of April; I can’t be sure it was that long ago. We bounced emails, and we decided Gary would send me the inks (as I live in DC) to which I would add my art, then forward it all on to the collector who lives on the west coast. This sounded like a plan worthy of a rebel attack, but in execution we pulled it off like a clown parade. For one reason or another things kept getting in the way, from work loads and honest forgetfulness to the daily problems of life, something always made getting things organized darn near impossible. Until recently that is, when I got the package from Gary. Now it was on me to sprint for the finish line. I thought the fan had waited long enough and I didn’t want the delay to go on, but I felt I had to do two things –

A) Get it there in one piece

B) Pop in a little something extra for their patience in the matter

I decided to add a pencil drawing of Scarlet as a gift. I had done a sketch of her while playing around with my take on her costume, and decided to flesh it out completely and pass that along.

Seriously? Bring it. Have you SEEN the size of this gun?

I know the collector was all about the relationship between SE and Scarlet, so I threw in the little pic of SE on her shoulder. That was referencing back to how SE carried a picture of his kid sister with him for good luck while in Nam- at least that’s how it was in the classic series. So I had the sketch, but now how to get the package there in one piece?

You can stamp italian words like FRAGILE all over the place, but there’s no guarantee it’s going to help get something thru the mail in one piece. I think USPS workers only focus on one thing during their route- put mail in box- and however that’s accomplished is the only thing that matters. Antique china, glassware, Da Vinci’s lost paintings, the Holy Grail… doesn’t matter. If it’s physically possible to cram a 4′ box into a 6″ mail slot- it will be done. SO I decided to give them a reason not to do that.

In the old days of having more time on my hands, I’d always draw a little something on any package I was sending to family or friends. It was more for fun, but I noticed that the USPS guys seemed to take extra care with them. To the point the packages looked just as clean as when I sent them. Of course that was years ago, when people cared about stuff, but what the hell I decided it was worth a try. So out came the pencil, pens, and markers, and I went to town. It’s always the stuff you do on the fly that ends up being the “big” thing, so of course- this was the part of the package the fan got most excited about. :::sigh::: It’s like a baby or a cat, you buy a great toy, and all they want to play with is the box. As long as they’re happy.

You smell bacon?

More Birthday wishes-

October 22, 2010

Two of my editors at Titan Books in the UK recently had birthdays, one is the inspiration for the comic strip/blog Punchface!!!

Punchface!!! doesn't take Birthdays sitting on his hands!

And one of my other fave editors was having her birthday as well, but she’s a big Batwoman fan, and where there’s a pretty girl and Batwoman… well.

Er, um... sorry bout that.

Lastly, for fun, here’s my best Adam Hughes imitation- I wonder why this one didn’t sell?

Well hello there- it's still Breast Cancer month isn't it?

Until next time!


Breast Cancer Month!

October 13, 2010

It’s the 2nd Annual MarlaBea Benefit Auction, and this year I’ve come up with a plan to avoid my mother having the winning bid on my sketch! Even though I can’t be angry with her because it was for a good cause, I went ahead and did THREE images for the benefit. Now, don’t go thinking I’m Mr. Charity, cause I ain’t! I simply couldn’t make up my mind, and before I knew it I had done multiple versions of the same concept. Instead of picking one and then wasting the other two, I decided to give them all up for auction. I selected Scarlet from G.I.Joe as my subject (since no one knows me for anything else) and decided to interpret the theme of “power” to really mean “Fire-Power”!

The sketches are online at the MarlaBea, but the important place to go is the actual ebay page. There are some great images available, but for those who might just want to see what I did, here are the three I whipped up!

The first go!



This one is actually on gray paper


These are all around letter size, drawn in ink with marker washes. I hope everyone will consider bidding, after all it is a good cause. If you don’t like the super hero stuff , check out the other images available, there are a ton of cute cartoons and I’m sure there’s something that will strike your fancy.

Thanks to everyone in advance!