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 NiƱo.

art © Emilio Soltero