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The Subterranean 2

posted on August 3, 2021

Here’s an early Pascoe sketch for the Subterranean cover.

Here’s a second pass with a more dynamic look.

And here’s the final cover with full trade dress and Funky colorist Rob Ro’s cool colors. It rocks (sorry)!

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.