I, er, forgot to post yesterday — so here’s two pages for today (don’t forget to click on them to enlarge):
More to come…
Apparently President-Elect Donald Trump has jumped the gun and has already had his presidential portrait painted. This stunning likeness by artist Frank Hoffman ran in today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have at least one thing in common: They both want to resume the nuclear arms race. By shear coincidence, while my brother Bob and my sister-in-law Karen were cleaning at my mom’s house they stumbled across a box of old paper ephemera, virtually a time capsule of rare goodies. One discovery was a 1950 government pamphlet on what to do in case of an atomic bomb attack in Los Angeles. It’s a pretty amazing artifact from the “Duck-and-Cover” days of nuclear information.
I’ve scanned it and am going to share it with you over the next few days leading up to our Happy New Year. If you click on each image they’ll become larger.
I am happy to announce that I just received a fresh box of Abu & The 7 Marvels, Richard Matheson‘s only children’s book!
For those of you not familiar with Richard’s name, Matheson’s writing credits include 16 of the best Rod Serling Twilight Zone episodes, Steven Spielberg‘s first film (Duel), Somewhere In Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come, I Am Legend, The Night Stalker and Trilogy of Terror. ABU won a Bram Stoker Award and was a Chesley Award nominee; it won the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Award for Juvenile Fiction and Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
“This is one of my finest books,” says Stout. “It was a long time dream and an honor to work with Richard Matheson.”
Hardcover; 8 full page full color illustrations; 19 black & white illustrations; 135 pp. EACH COPY IS SIGNED BY STOUT AND INCLUDES A SMALL SKETCH!
That’s right — get your latest (and earlier) Spectrum volume(s) signed tonight at Nucleus Gallery from 7:00 to 10:00 PM tonight! Loads of Spectrum artists will be joining me!
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, California 91801
The beautifully gruesome Amok Time action figure of the TarMan from Return of the Living Dead is back in stock and available in the Miscellaneous section of the Store‘s Stout Bazaar on this website! Get them while they last! A bizarre but great holiday gift!
Meanwhile, back on the campaign trail…
About these strips….
Jim Steinmeyer and I worked in an unusual fashion. I drew the strips first with a particular theme in mind but leaving the word balloons blank, Then Jim wrote the dialogue. He didn’t know what I was going to draw; I didn’t know what he was going to write.
One of my goals in this creative project was to shed my art of any slickness. After a couple of penciled circles (for size and placement) but no penciling, I went straight to inking, keeping the art fresh and spontaneous. I was inspired by Robert Crumb in this regard.
I love the end result. I’m surprised at the complex range of expression I was able to capture with this character. And Jim’s writing is so damn funny!