Friday, June 17, 2022

Happy birthday, Wallace, Wally, Wood--of EC Comics fame

 His birthday is June 17th. He died in 1981. He is remembered for his art.

He had an incredible run at Mad magazine.

Wood also created an early 'zine with Witzend, featuring many artists, including Frazetta and Ditko.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Alex Ross is one of the hardest working artists

His work is well crafted and he has been very prolific since the early 90s.

He is also a true fan of comics, comic artists, and pop culture.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Along with Ditko, Kevin Nowlan draws the definitive Dr. Strange

 Check out the movie....some Easter eggs in there.

Kevin has worked on major characters, and with many great writers.

A new art book by Dr. Soltero, now available, hot off the press

 A new art book from Emilio Soltero

It is filled with 64 pages of top notch images, sketches, finished art, different mediums, some in color, some B/W (but even those are scanned in full color --ala artist editions).

Comic size, card stock covers, perfect bound, signed, and includes a limited full color rare bookmark by Soltero, of Wanto, age 44, who died at the Knoxville Zoo.

Now available at Bud's Art Books, most likely under new arrivals.

But that's not all---you also get some art by Arthur Adams (of those nice Spider-Man covers), Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Peter Kuper (Mad magazine), Thomas Yeates (of Tarzan and Prince Valiant), and Kevin Nowlan (Batman, Dr, Strange).

The theme of this book is gorillas, the book is also a fundraiser for gorilla conservation, and partial proceeds for tree planting effort as well.

Testimonials and blurbs from Frank Frazetta, Dr. Seuss, and the late great, Pop Artist, Wayne Thiebaud.

Zura from a print by Emilio Soltero, © 2020. This image also appears in the book, in a slightly different format. Zura died recently in S.F., CA.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Read Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai himself.

 There are many collections everywhere from Fantagraphics, Dark Horse and IDW.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Phil Yeh, cartoonist and artist, is on a world and US tour

 He is first doing a US tour, check out his website for more details, or his social media outlets.

Then prior to Comic-Con (where they will also be present), they will travel to Europe.

Phil is very knowledgeable about many things --- meet Linda and Phil if you have not.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Samurai Rabbit is Different than the Usagi book But It Holds its Own--Worth Watching

 The descendant of Usagi is cool, quick to respond with words---kinda like a teenager that he is.

He is Different than the Usagi we know, who is calmer in his own way.

The animated show is worth watching because it is well done and with lots of love to the characters, and setting.

There are a couple of bits were we see Stan's work, his actual drawings.

The music also works well. Congrats to Stan Sakai. It is worth watching, great for the whole family.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

James Bama & Neal Adams, two greats are gone!

  The two of them were part of the Pop scene, James Bama with his famous Aurora Kit box art, and Neal Adams with revitalizing Batman and other characters throughout his career.

Bama also painted for Men's magazine, and other commercial art, such as the Doc Savage book covers, but then he started painting western and Native American art. That was a high point for him.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai, is here...well a descendant.

 Check out the Samurai Rabbit on Netflix.

Different than the comic but worth watching. Some glimpses

of Stan's work here and there.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Dr. Soltero to attend and present at Comic-Con, SDCCI, this summer, 2022

 Stay safe, be cool.

The popular demonstration usually takes place at SDCC.

Special guest may include Juan Ortiz, an expert on drawing interiors, and figures.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

What does Phil Yeh have to do with Leonardo DiCaprio, a Superman co-creator, and Che?

 Find out soon---or read Uncle Jam, or check out his

Comic-Con logo by Geary

Plenty of Artist were present at SD Comic Fest!

 Phil Yeh (with Linda & the new book--Places), Scott Shaw!, William Stout, Richard Delgado, Steve Leialoha, Trina Robbins, and so many more--many at Artist Alley.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Stan Sakai is a great comic creator and a nice guy!

Stan Sakai has created a steady amount of excellent stories over the years. Now, Netflix has prepared

a show with his blessing, featuring a descendant of Usagi in the far future.

Space Usagi is right around the corner, in respect to his debut in Netflix.

If you like comics, then support the show.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Dr. Soltero at Comic Fest

 Soltero will present images on his gorilla conservation sketchbook.

Also, come and meet Phil and Linda Yeh, Steve Leialoha, Tom Luth, and Trina Robbins.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Comic conventions in person

 Sac Anime is this weekend. San Diego Comic Fest is next week, and San Diego Comic-Con SDCCI is take place this summer.

Come out and support comic artist, and the community, in a safe manner.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A Silver Surfer Tribute to John Buscema


A John Buscema, Silver Surfer Tribute, by Emilio Soltero -- watercolor medium.

Sac Anime is coming to Sacramento (greater Sac area)

 ...where else. This weekend

Meet Phil Yeh at San Diego Comic fest!

 Phil has a new book, titled Places, watercolors of the cities he has travelled to.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Alan Moore is back as a professor!

 Sort of...he is teaching great things about writing, through the BBC.

It sounds great.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Alex Niño work was available at WonderCon 2022 in person

 Alex's son was there, but Alex himself was not able to make it.

Make sure to get a copy or two of the hardback books on Alex. They are worth getting. You can get them through his son, and through Bud Plant Art books, both great folks.

photo © respective owner/photographer

Monday, April 4, 2022

An animal rights comic at Wondercon 2022

 Calico is the name of the comic book which deals with animal abuse.

They have four issues of the book out, and they plan to print at least issues in total.

The writer was present.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Tarzan/Groo trade premiered at ERB Tarzan booth

By Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés, with Tom Luth, and Stan Sakai.

The trade is finally here, from the four issue mini.

Images copyright respective owners, not necessarily art from the trade.

Report from WonderCon!

 Well, the three day event took place. Scottie Young was present to sign.

Rob Liefeld, may have been there, but was not sighted. The same for Ron Lim.

Alex Niño was not present but his booth was there, run by his son.

The Lumpia movie premiered, as did the Groo/Tarzan trade through the folks at ERB.

Some Happy Days actors were present but only on Friday (why not Saturday?).

A producer, Mr. Houston,  from the 90s X-Men was present at a panel.

The food trucks were great, as was the entire Wondercon staff, programming, volunteers, and all others.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Remembering Garry Leach, an excellent artist!

 Garry brought a very fine line to superhero art. The figures he created were well drawn, in a semi-realistic, illustrative style, and he took time with his backgrounds and special effects.

He applied contrast to his pages, in a very effective manner.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Gary Leach, of Miracleman fame, along with Alan Moore, has died

 It is being reported that Gary Leach has died.

He was an excellent artist, with detailed, accurate, figure work and backgrounds.

He was 67. Condolences to his family, fans, and friends.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Dr. Emilio Soltero presents at Wonder-Con

  Emilio Soltero presents at Wondercon, figure drawing and much more---come and join us.

Free to all attendees...

art by Emilio Soltero, detail from a large piece.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Wondercon (of SDCC) will be held onsite, in person allowed

 WonderCon will host fans in person for the first time in a couple of years.

Be there....

Friday, March 18, 2022

Arthur Adams is working on a series with interior art.

 Arthur is hard at work on a series which will include his interior art.

What Does Conan the Barbarian and Hagar the Horrible have in common?

 In the early 70s, Roy Thomas, the writer of Conan, went to Gil Kane's house, and there Roy met

Dik Browne, the creator of Hagar.

Both Conan and Hagar had comic strips in the 70s as well.

images© respective owners

Conan is coming to Netflix.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Meet Spider-Man at the Book Loft this Sunday!

 This Sunday at the Book Loft store in Solvang, CA.

It is such a great store that even Jackie Chan stopped by one day long ago.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sac Con today, with Art Adams, Thomas Yeates, Dan Brereton, and Bode!!

 And the voices of Barney and Donald Duck, folks, were present.

What does Roberta Flack have in common with Clint Eastwood?

 Well, Clint Eastwood is a musician and music fan, and then he called

Roberta to use her song (First Time..) for a movie. Roberta wanted to re-record it as

she thought it was too slow, and Clint thought that was a bad idea and the song became a hit, unchanged.

Three years had gone by with little fanfare, and then, 1972, Roberta won several awards.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Usage Yojimbo tribute for Stan Sakai by Emilio Soltero


 watercolor art by Emilio Soltero

A tribute to Stan Sakai, and his Usagi Yojimbo. Stan has been at it for a long time (in Albedo; Mirage; Dark Horse, and IDW). He is a great artist and storyteller. Read his books.

Usagi has been featured with the TMNT--turtles at Mirage and on TV, at Fantagraphics (with Critters and his own title), at Dark Horse (including the 47 Ronin), and now at IDW.

Friday, March 11, 2022

A new book by artist, cartoonist, writer, Phil Yeh---Places


Places is a beautiful book by Phil Yeh & highly recommended!



A book of Watercolors by Phil Yeh. Signed and numbered first edition.

Full-color, hardcover, 136 pages

Buy It at

Phil Yeh has many accomplishments---learn more about him, if you are not aware of him already.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022

Wonder Con 2022 will take place in person in Anaheim


Make sure to update you ID if you have not done so yet.

Happy reading!

Frank Frazetta was a keen artist on gorillas!

 This is a piece from a Mad magazine back cover with art by Frazetta.

art © Warner Bros.

The media is watercolors... his go-to media with color, using his Mickey Mouse coloring set from his youth.

Soltero's new Gorilla sketchbook to include Arthur Adams!

 Mr. Adams has his own great book---MonkeyMan & O'Brien--check it out.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Frank and Ellie Frazetta--never forgotten

 Frank's birthday was last month. He died over ten years ago. I knew Ellie and Frank. They were good friends.

He revitalized Conan, and brought him to a bigger, and newer, audience because of his covers in the 60s. Along with Jack Davis, Frazetta brought the magic of caricature to the movie poster, including images of Peter Sellers and others.

Remember, without Ellie, Frazetta most likely would not have been as well known, and he definitely would not have retained his © on many works.

Ellie was his guardian angel, and protector.

Dr. Soltero will present his figure drawing lecture/demo at WonderCon, part of SDCC Comic-Con 2022

 WonderCon 2022!

Dr. Soltero has a new sketchbook on gorillas...a conservation sketchbook

 It also features rare art by Arthur Adams, Kevin Nowlan, and Alex Niño.

art © Emilio Soltero