Cran the Man

March 10, 2011

Recently I was contacted to participate in a fundraising event for John “The Cran” Randall, who owned a comic shop called Land of Cran Comics in Canton, Ohio before the store closed in October, 2010, after 20 years of business. Mr. Randall was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, so family, friends, and patrons are putting together a benefit auction to help with his medical expenses.

There will also be a 3-day eBay auctions beginning on Friday, March 25th. This auction will include artwork by…

  • Robert Atkins (GI Joe)
  • Darryl Banks (Green Lantern)
  • Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Skyward, Absolute Zeros)
  • Todd Dezago (Tellos, Perhapanauts, Super Hero Squad)
  • Tom Feister (GI Joe Origins, Ex Machina)
  • Gene Gonzales (Pin-Up Artist)
  • Scott James (Mutants and Masterminds)
  • Comfort Love and Adam Withers (Mutants and Masterminds, the Uniques)
  • Todd Nauck (Young Justice, Wild Guard and Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Joe Pekar (Pin-Up artist)
  • Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts, X-Men First Class)
  • Neil Gaiman (Stardust, American Gods, Anansi, Sandman, Black Orchid)

Plus items donated by Dark Horse, IDW, DC Comics, and even some movie props.

To read more about what’s going on, and being done for John, check out the Cran Man blog.

To wet a few appetites, below is the evolution of the image I’ll be donating to the cause. What is more appealing than the wicked, yet alluring, Baroness.



and finally…

Luscious color

Remember, this is for a good cause. A guy who has given his best to his community for almost a quarter century, and the devotion shown by those around him is only testament to that. If you have the interest and can help out, please check out their website, and make a bid. You get art, John gets a helping hand.

Thanks for reading.

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!