Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Sock the Vote" Comic

Here's my one-page comic response to voting.

Forward far and wide. :)

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obamania Cover of The Indypendent

Back in August, I illustrated this cover of The Indypendent.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Werewolf Pin-Up Inked

Here's my fully inked werewolf pin-up - as promised in the subject line.

Digital prints will be available at my next comic con appearance.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Monday, October 27, 2008

"Adding Fuel to the Fire" Cover of The Indypendent

Looking through The Indypendent's online archives, I came across this cover I illustrated in May 2007.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pencils of Werewolf Pin-Up

So I fixed up the moon and tightened up the ground in the lower left hand corner.

Digital prints of this pencil will be available at the next comic convention I attend as an exhibitor.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pencils of Superman Versus Darkseid Pin-Up

My first public display of superhero pin-up. (I'm not counting the numerous Batman drawings done with crayons back in the first grade.)

I'll have digital prints of this pencil at the next comic con I attend as an exhibitor.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved
Superman, Darkseid characters © DC Comics, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mark Millar and Tony Harris at Midtown Comics

Some months ago, after waiting on line for over two hours, I met the talented comic creators behind the new series War Heroes, Mark Millar (Wanted) and Tony Harris (Ex Machina). Their stop in Midtown Comics, NYC, was part of their international tour promoting their new limited series, published by Image Comics.

Considering this a rare treat - Millar lives in Scotland and Harris in the South - I asked my girlfriend Irina to snap some picts. Here they are in chronological order.

Mark Millar (l) and Tony Harris (r) talking with fans and cracking jokes. And if you look closely, that's me in the far left, waiting on line and hoping that the pictures come out well.

Millar and Harris autograph a fan's recently taken-and-developed picture of themselves at this event. Very meta moment.

I asked Millar if it's cool to have a picture taken with him. As I was about to ask Harris if he'd mind getting in the picture, Millar smiled and Irina hit the button. Harris tried to get out of frame but apparently it wasn't far enough.

That's my nervous, goofy smile. (Yeah, I was a bit nervous meeting them, which is highly uncommon for me. I guess it's the fact that I have lots of respect and admiration for these guys and their work.)

I asked Mr. Harris to get into the picture - my initial intent was a picture of us three - and above is the result.

Thanks to Midtown Comics for hosting this special event and making sure everything ran smoothly. And thanks to Mr. Millar and Mr. Harris for staying well after their agreed upon time, being fun guys, and creating great comics.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved
War Heroes cover courtesy of Image Comics, War Heroes © Mark Millar and Tony Harris, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

A few Pages from "The Phenomenal Jock"

A couple of years ago, I made the short comic "The Phenomenal Jock." Not happy with the story, I put it aside and never published it. Fast forward to SPX 2008, on the darkened bus ride from Washington DC to NYC. While everyone snored and farted in their sleep, I came up with a few extra pages of material that should really fatten the story out.

If all works well, this comic will debut at next year's MoCCA Arts and Comics Fest in NYC. (And New York Comic Con, if I get a table in artist's alley.)

I'll post the newly penciled pages as soon as they're done. For now, check out the first couple of pages of this minor epic.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Skull Tendrils Inked

With a couple of brushes, black acrylic ink and a micron pen to ink, I plunged into the Lovecraftian looking skull and came up with this.

This is a color sample to get an idea of tones. I plan to color this digitally.

I plan to make a bookmark or a mini print from this image. If all goes well, I'll get an artist alley table at next year's New York Comic Con where you can see the prints. (I'm on the waiting list.)

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Geoff Vasile's "A History of Increasing Humiliation"

With expressive art and playful narratives, Geoff Vasile's autobiographical mini-comic is a funny gem that too many people overlooked at this year's Small Press Expo (SPX). A History of Increasing Humiliation stands as an outstanding example of DIY comics.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved except image which is © Geoff Vasile, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Portraits from the Animal Kingdom

These are some of my watercolor paintings - titled "Portraits from the Animal Kingdom" - that premiered at this year's Small Press Expo (SPX). They're mostly based on the various customers who stiffed me at my waitering job.

Long story short: if I get bad feelings about a customer I sketch them quickly, capturing as much as I can of their character. Then, whatever tip they left me - if they left me anything at all - and their attitudes along with my disposition determined if the sketch of them evolved into a greater piece.

This is the first time I've ever done this and found it to be rather cathartic - to say the least. :)

(I have sketches of the two other guys she was with. Basically these were three Italian twenty-somethings who came to New York City to shop, as their assorted shopping bags suggested. They barely spoke any English, which proved problematic. But I guess shopping is a universal language as opposed to tipping.)

(This is only painting not based on an actual person. It's based on a sketch. I liked the design and felt it fit in well with the others.)

(They didn't eat some food and wanted a discount, which is pretty reasonable. I explained to them that it was totally dependent on the managers. And lucky me, the manager on duty only gave them a slight deduction. The couple said they understood and didn't blame me for any of the trouble. I guess the long conversation and jokes time weren't enough. They left me less than a 10% tip and thanked me for everything.

PS. They're hair was actually this funky.

PPS. FYI, that's a man comforting a woman.)

(This lady didn't stiff me but was such a nuisance, along with two of the other three women she was with, that I sketched the three. Though they complained about the apparently sub-standard quality of their lunches and their veritable shopping list general dislikes, they left me a good tip. Unfortunately the good tip didn't wash away the ill feelings.)

I made a few other paintings that weren't printed for various reasons. I'll get those up here, so keep an eye out for them.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Monday, October 13, 2008

Slideshow of Economic Crisis Illustrated Essay

My illustrated essay on the economic crisis - written by Arun Gupta - is now an interactive slide show, courtesy of Gary Martin. After enjoying that visual treat, check out the rest of the Indy site.

Masheka Wood's "So, You've Been Laid Off?!"

If you're suffering from economic distress as most people are, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Masheka Wood's new mini-comic So, You've Been Laid Off?! What more can I say but "Delaware."

And while you're at it, grab a copy of Deep Doodle. Funny shit.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Economic Crisis Illustrated Essay

Don't forget to check out the illustrated essay that explains how we arrived at the current crisis. The essay's the current top story on The Indypendent site.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Couple of Penciled Ilustrations for Future Prints

Though I'm still on the waiting list for an artist alley table at next year's New York Comic Con, I'm working on stuff just in case.

I originally penciled this werewolf months ago. I feel like I should redo the moon...

I planned to make bookmarks out of this skull illo. (PS. Those are tendril-like things coming out of the skull's base. Very Lovecraftian. Hehehe.)

More stuff to come as soon as I finish the pencils.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

More pictures from SPX 2008

Irina and Keith set up our table, which was beside Drawn and Quarterly's table.

Keith McCleary takes a much needed break from drawing phallic comics for this picture. (PS. That is a copy of the comic Deep Throat and it was written by Keith.)

Geoff Vasile hawking his wares near the fest's end.

A view of the floor from our table, prior to opening the doors to the public.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Monday, October 06, 2008

Some pictures from this year's Small Press Expo (SPX)

Though I only stayed for Sunday, I enjoyed every minute at the comics fest. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by the table to check out our stuff and chatted. And thanks to my girlfriend Irina for all your help, Erin Thompson and Keith McCleary for letting me sit in with him at the comics fest.

Some great moments and people at SPX.

Killing Tree Quarterly creator Keith McCleary sporting Dreadnoks shirt sans irony. Gotta love it. Hehehe.

August (left) and Deep Doodle's Masheka Wood (r).

Michael LaRiccia creator of Black Mane, Death of Black Mane and founder of One Time Press rocks out.

And lastly, yours truly, with my latest batch of watercolor paintings Portraits from the Animal Kingdom.

More pictures to come.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008, All Rights Reserved

Friday, October 03, 2008

New issue of The Indypendent and copies at Small Press Expo

I'll have copies of he latest issue of The Indypendent, with the economic illustrated essay by Arun Gupta and myself, at this year's Small Press Expo (SPX).

The raging cover is by the undeniably talented Gino Barzizza.

"How to Wreck the Economy" Illustrated essay up on Indypendent site

Everything you ever wanted to know about the biggest economic meltown since the Great Depression but were afraid to ask.

You can see a decent version of the illustrated essay at The Indypendent site. But I think it's better in actual print.

I'll have copies of the latest issue with the illustrated essay at this weekend's Small Press Expo.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2008

Jeff Faerber and Rusty Zimmerman art at Repop, Brooklyn

Frequent contributors to The Indypendent, Jeff Faerber and Rusty Zimmerman are showing their amazing work at Repop. Tonight is the opening.

As quote from Jeff's blog:

Rusty Zimmerman
and I are having work up at Repop in Brooklyn

68 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 US
Friday, October 3, 7:30PM
See Rust's work here:
Rusty Zimmerman dot com

Handsome paintings, vintage furniture, cold beer and wine, and the odd taxidermied head. Join Jeff and Rusty for a drink and a peek at recent paintings by both. 7:30pm to 11:00pm.
Visit www. repopny. com for directions Cheers, --rz and jf

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Samples from upcoming illustrated on the economy

Below are some samples of my illustrations for Arun Gupta's essay on the econonmy. The full-colored, essay will appear in the next issue of The Indypendent. Grab a copy.

© Frank Reynoso, Oct. 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Illustrated essay on the current Economic Crisis

Arun Gupta of The Indypendent and I, along with the help of numerous people, created an illustrated essay on the current economic crisis. The essay will appear in the upcoming issue of the paper. Keep an eye out for samples and links.

PS. I'm planning to turn this essay into a comic. Though it might not be ready in time for Small Press Expo (SPX).

New watercolor paintings for upcoming SPX

Keith McCleary has graciously allowed me to share a table with him at this year's Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland. I'll have some new watercolor paintings for this weekend's visual festivities. (Samples of the paintings will go up asap.)