Monday 30 July 2007


Talkin' 'bout Kane, baby!
Not Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane, no. He's cool - -see my earlier sketch for comments on that guy.
Nope --talking about Karl Edward Wagner's Kane. 300 pounds of sorcerous left-handed, sword-swinging, god-killing, immortal badness. Kane is decidedly an anti-hero, often made protagonist only by the fact that his worst enemies are often Lovecraftian aliens lingering in the forgotten shadows of his barbaric world.
I think I've read my Kane books even more often than my REH Berkley Conan books -- which were edited by the late Mr. Wagner and were the reason I sought his S&S tales. Seeing the amazing Frank Frazetta covers would have made me buy them anyway, but things didn't happen in that order.
I long fantasized about adapting Kane to comics -- always thinking that the books would have to carry the Frazetta paintings in some way if one wanted to do them right. So, I'm a little conflicted on the news that at least one of the Frazetta Kane covers is being used for something else. I'm always happy to see more S&S comics and Frazetta get the respect he deserves, but. . .
. . .Damn it! That's a Kane cover!
Oh, well, maybe I'll still get to a Kane comic someday. Doesn't look like any of the guys doing the Image Frazetta comics chose to spin off of Bloodstone or Darkness Weaves yet!


Friday 27 July 2007

Marvel Sketchcards!

Mark Irwin at Upper Deck sent out an open call for artists to do sketch cards for an upcoming Marvel card release. I thought it sounded like fun and grabbed 50 with the idea that I'd do one or two every day before starting my other work. Here's a sampling:

Sorry about being absent so far this summer -- been busy with both work and family and the majority of my sketching has been academic rather than imaginative.