September 24th, 2013


Mega Man #29 cover

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I drew the variant cover for MEGA MAN #29. Below are the thumbnail-sized concept sketches I pitched. As simple as the cover appears, it took a few revisions to achieve and I realized how difficult it was for me to draw on model. I commend those who have the ability to draw on model but I'm grateful to have been given the latitude to flex my unique spin on most of the franchise jobs I've done or I wouldn't have lasted in the corporate comix biz. Anyway, I hear that MEGA MAN is a fun comic and I'm happy for former studio mate, Mike Cavallaro, who made his Archie Comics debut by penciling the interior of this issue.

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A life long dream was achieved when I got the opportunity to conceive and illustrate the variant cover to LIFE WITH ARCHIE #32 [which comes out tomorrow, Sept 25, 2013]. I wanted to pay homage to The New Yorker while making fun of modern communication hijinks [Jughead pulls a fast one on Archie, Betty, and Veronica -- but which girl did Archie originally call? YOU DECIDE!]. So, I designed the cover accordingly.

My original concept suggested an alternative Archie universe [see layout below] but was intelligently rejected when editorial decided they didn't want to confuse matters now that they have a very successful, pro-active homosexual character with their KEVIN KELLER comic books [click for more info] and I respected that. I'm only revealing it here for the first time to show my creative process and so that my biological daughter's lesbian parents can get kick out of it.

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