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Wendy meets Wendy

posted on June 8, 2021

When artist Thom Zahler sent over his first rough for the recent Wayback Wendy cover, I really liked the composition showing Wendy’s older self coming back through a time portal. However, since, in the strip, Ruby Lith and Mindy were talking about the paucity of older women in comic books, I wanted the older Wendy to be demonstrably older and wearing more age appropriate clothing.

When I got Thom’s second sketch, it was immediately green lit for another gorgeous Zahler/Atomik Komix cover.


Cover Me Extra

posted on May 12, 2019

Allen Bellman is a comic book artist who worked with Stan Lee at Timely Comics back in the Golden Age of comics. I had met him at an Akron Comicon and he and his lovely wife Roz came to a party we had at our house for the artists that year. He always comments on how clean my studio was and I always assure him that it has never been that clean before or since. At one point I asked Allen to create a cover for Atomic Komix, the little comic book company in Funky, and he graciously agreed. The cover appears in today’s Funky Sunday strip and I couldn’t have been happier with the result.

If the word gentleman didn’t exist, it would have to be invented to describe Allen. I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of his autobiography Timely Confidential – When the Golden Age of Comics was Young if you want to learn more about Allen and the golden era in which he worked.

Anatomy of a Cover Eleven

posted on June 22, 2018

Here’s another sneak peek at an upcoming Atomik Komix cover from Funky.

Rip Tide – Bloodstream pencils

Rip Tide – Bloodstream

Rip Tide – Bloodstream trade dress

Rip Tide – Bloodstream colors

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