Friday, January 30, 2009

Warrior

This Warrior illustration I did for Swords & Wizardry took another approach. He's a less heroic looking character, and I think he looks rather gruff. I don't know if I would want to meet him in a dark alley or not. But he fit into what the guys at S&W were looking for, and he's going to be the representation of the Fighter class in the book.
Man, I can't wait for this book to come out too! I'm going to end up ordering as well!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vodyanoi

This is an image that I finally finished, for the Swords & Wizardry core rules second printing. The Vodyanoi originates from Ukrainian mythology. It's a swamp fiend that resembles an old man covered in moss. This version was a relative of the Umberhulk from D&D, and is more bestial than the mythological one.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Swords & Wizardry White Box Editon is out in print!

Swords & Wizardry White Box edition is a fantasy role playing game, and it's available in print on Lulu!
I did some illustrations for this book, and it's the first time I'll see my work in print, so I'm definitely excited about that! Plus, it's a fun and easy game to play!

Here's a link to the Lulu site:

Here's the Swords & Wizardry site:

Check out this awesome cover by Pete Mullen!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shambling Mound

I just drew two of my favorite monsters from D&D, the Shambling Mound, and the Griffon. For those of you not familiar with the shambling mound, it's basically a walking, intelligent, carnivorous plant. And the griffon really needs not introduction.

I also found this great D&D commercial from the 80's (yes, I'm unapologetically nostalgic for the 80's).

Enjoy!





Monday, January 19, 2009

Skeleton!


Here's a new illustration I did! It's based on the front cover of the classic D&D rulebook 1 Men & Magic.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lost Cartoons of Yesteryear #3

DC Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

I've been watching this on and off with the kids, and they love it! I like it a lot too! Lou Scheimer and Filmation studios (rivals to Hanna/Barbera) will forever be part of my childhood. Now I didn't grow up with this series, Superfriends was more my era of superhero cartoon (in fact these are about 10 years earlier than Superfriends). It definitely fits in with everything I love about Filmation, simple animation, great voice actors, lot's of action, and decent stories.

This series covers Hawkman, The Flash, The Atom, Green Lantern, Teen Titans, and The Justice League!

Now you won't really find the DC heroes really tackling any classic supervillains, in fact it's mostly alien menaces that they deal with. My personal favorites were the Hawkman episodes. He's always had a kind of Weird Tales/Sci-Fi feel.

The series wasn't really true to the comics like The Justice League is. I mean, Batman is completely missing from the Justice League episodes (and he was JL's financier), Wonder Woman is also missing (and she's a member the the trinity, Superman, Batman being the other two), and Robin is absent from The Teen Titans (even though he was the leader of the group. But overall I highly recommend this series, especially if you're tired of all the Anime crap and want to introduce your kids to simple innocent cartoon fun!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Power Pop/Bubblegum Greats! Pt. 2

Apples In Stereo!

These guys are one of my current faves! Hooky guitars, catchy rhythms, moog organ, and crazy lyrics are right up my alley! I always thought they sounded like a mixture of the Ramones, Archies, and The Beach Boys. There's some definite Brian Wilson influences in the musical arrangement. I could imagine their music would fit in perfect with Scooby Doo!

The great thing about AIS is, they're still a band! They play Bubblegum that's fit for the 2000's. I know we definitely need more music like this.

Here's one of their videos, and it's directed by Elijah Wood (I heard that he's a big fan). Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Power Pop/Bubblegum Greats! Pt. 1

The Archies! What's there not to like about the Archies?

They're songs were catchy and fun! And the music was all based around the characters from comics, just like Josie and the Pussycats (which was actually a spinoff of the Archies) Sure, they were studio musicians, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it! With Andy Kim lending his voice as the lead, how can you go wrong?

Don Kirschner (creator of The Monkees) also created all the pop candy sweetness of the Archies. I'm convinced that Don Kirschner was a genius! Every thing he touched was gold, he was kind of like the Sid & Marty Krofft of the music industry.




And speaking of Sid & Marty Krofft, they created the sets and characters of T.V.'s The Banana Splits! With zany characters like Drooper,Fleegle, Snorky and Bingo, they were the anthropomorphic Beatles! It was another saturday morning cartoon show that featured a lot of great Bubblegum pop gems. Like "I Enjoy Being A Boy" "Tra La La (Banana Splits Theme Song)", and "Don't Go Away, Go Go Girl".

It would be nice to go back to a time where cynicism isn't reflected in our pop culture. Television, movies and music were more light hearted and enjoyable.

Here's a clip, enjoy!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Spaghetti Western Space Opera

I've had an idea in my head for years, and I'm trying to flesh it out now. It's a comic book idea for a character that I'm calling The Revenant. It's going to be a cross between The Lone Ranger, the movie Hang "em High, and Space Ghost!
I've got a rough sketch of the character, and a short story synapsis.

I'll not reveal too much because I have some other projects I'm working on as well, but I'm pretty excited about it!

The roleplaying game that I've been doing some artwork is finally out! Although only in PDF form. It's called the Swords & Wizardry Whitebox set. Here's a link to the website. http://swordsandwizardry.com/

I've also been helping a friend with a children's book idea about a grandfather who used to be a Luchadore! Here's a sketch idea I drew up!