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Never Say Die! – limited edition art print – SOLD OUT!

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*update*  SOLD OUT

I created and donated this print to be used as a fund raiser to benefit the renovation of the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL. Built in 1921, the Capitol is one of Florida’s oldest operating theaters.

The first 25 people to arrive this Sunday at the screening of the 1985 classic, The Goonies, will receive a free copy of my “Never Say Die!” print. The remaining 50 are to be sold by the Capitol Theatre to raise funds to help with the renovation.

There were 100 pieces printed. Out of those 100, I was given 25 “artist copies” for me to sell to recoup my printing and production costs. The Capitol Theatre will receive 75 prints in all.

My 25 artist copies will be put up for sale on Sunday, Sept. 30th at 7PM EST., at the tinybirdpress.com webstore.

Notes:

- Hand-pulled screen print
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb tea-stained paper
- Printed with water based non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, limited edition of 100
- Each print was hand-embellished. Because they are stained by hand, each one is totally unique

The movie starts at 3pm. Be there!

Sidewinder – Limited edition art print

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After getting married (15 years ago) my wife and I left Chicago and moved out to Phoenix, Arizona for a few years. We’ve crisscrossed the country a few more times since then, but my heart has always remained in Arizona.

Over the past year or two, I had been kicking around an idea to do an Arizona-themed print, but it was while I was researching my favorite 1930’s advertising illustrator, Vernon Grant, that I came up with the idea for this print. (Vernon is best known for his creation of the characters Snap, Crackle and Pop for Kellogg’s.)

It’s both an homage to the genius of Vernon’s amazing artwork and also to the southwest landscape of Arizona, one of the places I love best in the world.

“Sidewinder”

Notes:
- Hand-printed
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb American made Cougar natural cover weight paper
- Printed with water based non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, edition of 100

$25.00 each + shipping

LIMIT TWO PER CUSTOMER / HOUSEHOLD.

Orders containing more than two, or if it’s determined to be to the same customer or household WILL BE CANCELED AND REFUNDED.

Available tonight, July 31st, at 7pm EST in the Tiny Bird Press webstore.

“Firefly Girl” – limited edition screen print – SOLD OUT!

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This is my latest hand-pulled screen print, “firefly girl”.

Fireflies. Lightning Bugs. Glow worms, etc… Different names, depending on which region of the country you grew up in, but they all meant the same thing.

Growing up in Chicago, June and July meant the lightning bugs were back! At night my friends and I used to catch them and put as many as possible into jars. We’d almost always release them before our parents called us in for the night. Unfortunately, since moving to Florida, we don’t have lightning bugs around here. My kids had never seen a lightning bug and hadn’t experienced the fun of chasing and catching them. That is, until last year, when my daughter went up to Illinois to visit her grandparents for a couple weeks. She went in June and got to experience the thrill first hand. This print is a depiction of my daughter’s first experience with catching and releasing fireflies.

The nitty gritty:

The print is 18” x 24” in size.
Glow-in-the-dark ink.
The edition size is 40 pcs.
Signed and numbered

$25.00 + shipping    SOLD OUT!

Available tomorrow evening (July 23rd, 2012) in the Tiny Bird Press webstore.

“Ol Nasty” – Limited edition art print – SOLD OUT

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*update*  SOLD OUT

Ever since I first painted this guy on one of my faux bomber panels back in 2007, people have been asking for him on an art print.

Well, here it is. An extremely limited edition run of only 30 pieces. Due to the limited availability of these, limit 2 per name and address, please. Grab it for sale in the Tiny Bird Press store. Thank you!

18″ x 24″ Limited Edition hand-pulled silkscreen print

Notes:
- Image is approx. 15” square and printed on 18″ x 24″ on 80lb. Cougar Natural paper
- 3 colors
- Signed and numbered, edition of 30
- Hand-made

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Snippet of a new tribute art print I’m working on. Inspired by the King, comic book legend Jack Kirby and my favorite band, Monster Magnet.  I’ll be screen printing it as my schedule allows, so no release date has been set yet.  Yes, I’m going to be printing it with black light inks.

G. I. Combat

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Side by side glimpse of a title I’m currently working on for DC Comics.  G. I. Combat.  Written by the always awesome team of Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray.  Drawn by that art super-stud, Dan Panosian and digitally painted by yours truly.  This comic hits stands on May 2.

the Remember When series – “One Small Step” – SOLD OUT

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I have always been a huge fan of the “space race era” and space exploration in general.  I had wanted to create a print that captured the feeling of awe and wonder that we Americans shared back on that night in 1969. When it was broadcast live on TV that man had first set foot on the moon.

I was getting ready to print last week when I heard that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos had found the Apollo 11 booster rockets and was planning to recover them.  I couldn’t believe that the timing of his announcement coincided with my latest art print. I’m glad that private individuals like Bezos are able to pick up the mantle held by NASA for so long and continue to try and explore space.

I hope that future generations can feel that same sense of awe and wonder and be inspired as I have been.

“One Small Step”

19″ x 25″ Limited Edition hand-pulled silkscreen print

Notes:
- 19″ x 25″ on 100lb. Cover French Construction Steel Blue paper
- 5 colors
- Signed and numbered, edition of 50
- Hand-made

There’s also a Glow-in-the-Dark ink variant version.  BOTH VERSIONS ARE SOLD OUT!

Visit the Tiny Bird Press store for details.

Rosie the Riveter – a tribute art print

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In honor of Women’s History month, I wanted to create an art print of an American icon symbolizing strong women. One who epitomizes the hard-working, patriotic women from the greatest generation.
I have been wanting to do this print for a long time. I’ve been slowly working on the drawing for this print and for a sister print, for about two years. Rosie and the dedicated women like her and the contribution they made to the war effort have always held a special place in my heart. They helped build the bombers, which as a child, I became obsessed with. Now that I’m grown, their sacrifices have strongly influenced my artwork. As seen in my B-17 nose art bomber panel series. I can’t think of a more perfect icon that symbolizes the true American spirit, which my daughter can look up to and I can have proudly hanging in my own home. I hope you enjoy her as much as I have.

A tribute, to Rosie the riveter.
Rosie the Riveter
18″ x 24″ Limited Edition Art Print

Notes:
- 18″ x 24″ on 100lb American made Cougar natural cover weight paper
- 7 screens
- Printed with water based silkscreen non-toxic inks
- Signed and numbered, edition of 140

These are designed, illustrated and hand-printed by myself. Since my prints are hand-crafted, please expect and be conscious of the fact that small variations on each print are part of the hand-made process. Each print is unique and original, no two prints are exactly alike. Please, consider this before making your purchase.

Spider-man and apologies…

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So, the Amazing Spider-man issue that I worked on with the ever-awesome Matt Clark comes out today.  Make sure you grab a few copies and spread the love.  Thanks in advance!

I also wanted to take a second to apologize for my lack of updates recently.  Been dealing with some issues on the home-front.  If you’d like more frequent posts from me, why not follow me on Tumblr if you’re part of that community.  I post there much more than I do here.  The link is in my blogroll.  Thanks!

Jonah Hex trade

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More of my work also out this week…

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Art by JORDI BERNET, EDUARDO RISSO, NELSON and FIONA STAPLES; Cover by JORDI BERNET and ROB SCHWAGER.

Can it be true? Jonah Hex has a wife? Find out in these tales from issues #61-67, including a tale illustrated by Eisner Award winner Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS). 160pgs.  Softcover.  $17.99 US.  On Sale November 30, 2011

“My first car…” Limited edition hand screen printed art print

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My latest art print is for sale here and over at Tiny Bird Press. Click here for more details.

Monster Magnet – DOPES artwork

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Since the tour starts in a few days, I figured I’d post this.  I was asked by my bud Dave if I wanted to create the art for his band’s new STUDIO13 vinyl release.  Being a long time Monster Magnet fan, of course I jumped at the chance.  I chipped away at working on it in-between my usual crazy deadlines.  5 mins. here, 5 mins. there… etc.  All in all, I think she came out looking pretty good.

Here’s some more about the release:  Coinciding with their “Dopes To Infinity 2011” European tour, Monster Magnet will release “Dopes”, a 3 song, limited edition EP on 10 inch vinyl. According to Magnet front man Dave Wyndorf the limited edition record contains “all new, re-imagined versions” of “King Of Mars”, “All Friends and Kingdom Come”, and the title track from the band’s 1995 album “Dopes To Infinity”. Wyndorf comments, “We wanted to turn a few songs from “Dopes To Infinity” inside out, y’know? It’s good stuff that we thought deserved the “Studio 13 treatment: Lo-fi, decidedly deranged and extremely psychedelic.”

If you catch them over in Europe, snag a copy.

new art print – “Remember When” – SOLD OUT

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So, over the past few years I’ve been trying to get a small screen printing business set up here at the homestead.  Nothing major.  Just a place where I can hand-print my own limited edition art prints and also do stuff for friends of mine.  It’s been well over a decade since I hand-printed my own work, and I had an itching to start doing it again.  So, I started Tiny Bird Press.  There’s been many, MANY set-backs and lots of trial and error in that time, but I’ve finally gotten my first print done and it’s ready for sale.  It’s called “Remember When”.

Here’s the story behind this art print. I have 3 young children. In our home, we try to encourage and foster our children’s creativity and imaginations whenever possible.  This print is a nod to a simpler time.  A time when kids were kids and they weren’t inundated by technology and hand-held gadgets at every turn.  A time when simply running, playing and pretending was king.  Feel free to swing by the shop and order a copy.  It’s a limited edition of of 50 pieces.

I showed my bud Tommy a copy of it yesterday and he said “Dude. I love that guy! He’s so Rockwell meets Pixar meets Pearl Harbor.”  Heck yeah, I’ll take that compliment!

 

**update – Just wanted to say a BIG “thank you” to everybody that purchased one of my prints and helped it sell out. I’m honored.**

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New Ghost Rider comic coming out this week.  Support a brother and go snag a few copies.  Thank you in advance.

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Sneak peek at a panel from an issue of Ghost Rider I recently completed. Who doesn’t like flaming skulls?

 

Comic book pre-press history time!

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Comic book pre-press history lesson time! Who remembers what a Color key is…?  A Color key is an overlay proof created from the film separations that places each ink color on a separate clear acetate sheet then assembles them together over white paper.  Color Key overlay proofs to check registration, trapping, and color breaks, identify density problems.  They don’t really use color keys in the prod. of comic books anymore.  Everything is proofed digitally.  Here’s how it worked:  A colorist would color the cover, then send the files to a pre-press house to have color keys and film made.  The pre-press guys would then manually “strip” together each film, using a loupe to ensure accuracy. Then, the color key would get sent to whichever editor was handling the book at Marvel / DC.  They would make notes, corrections, etc., on the color keys, and send them back to us to fix.  The whole process took about 2-4 days.  Nowadays, all that happens in minutes with e-mail and jpgs.  I came across an old color key for a Spirits of Vengeance cover that I colored back in May of 1993.  Over time, some of the ink has started sticking to the other sheets of acetate, but you get the basic idea.

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I keep telling my kids to not be in a rush to grow up. My oldest says being a kid is “boring” and she can’t wait till she grows up to do stuff.  UGH….  I long for the days when my big decisions of the day involved what time to go to 7-11, what flavor of Slurpee to buy, what comic book to get and figuring out if I had enough $ left over for nachos or not.

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Digging through my stuff, i found some old art zines I made some years back.  Four-Thirty in Finland – vol. 1.  Each cover was a one-of-a-kind cyanotype, with orange block printing on the cover.  Hand stitched.  Insides were all half-tone goodness made from various illustrations and cyanotypes I had done and combined over the years.  The name comes from an old inside joke at a place I used to work at.  If I ever get some spare time, i’d like to start making art zines again….