Kinetic Charge

Character commission for the X-Men’s most romantic mutant couple, Rogue and Gambit. Remy always seems to be the one hitting on the girls, so I thought’d be fun to turn the tables around a bit.

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Switching things up a little, here’s a character commission for a Batgirl and Kitty Pryde (plus Lockheed) team-up. Doesn’t seem like Kitty is any better than Supergirl at messing around with poor Batgirl’s world.

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Yet another character commission for Batgirl & Supergirl.

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Lana Lang

Character commission for Lana Lang. Specifically, the Smallville series Lana Lang.

Another character commission for Batgirl & Supergirl.

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Kimono

Character commission of a girl wearing a kimono.

Perhapanauts Cover

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I was very honored to draw a cover for Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau’s excellent Perhapanauts book. The issue (Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under #4) will be on stands Feb 6th. Had a lot of fun with this one.

Character commission for Batgirl & Supergirl (the first of many).

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Usagi Yojimbo

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Character commission for Usagi Yojimbo.

commissions

I’ve decided to start offering commissions again. If my inbox is any indication, this should come as great news to a lot of you out there! Also, I have no idea how long I’ll leave them open. Just depends on how overcrowded my work life gets. Anyhow, pricing and details are HERE.

Seems like a good day to list my favorite films from last year. Of the ones I saw at least. Which is becoming less and less the further I make my way into fatherhood.

Really though, only films I’m kinda bummed I missed were (in order) Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Perks of Being a Wallflower (which admittedly are all films that’ll be just as good (or bad) in my living room anyhow). But at least I’m finally seeing Django Unchained this weekend! So anyhow, again, here are my faves of the ones I saw.

Click here for the list.

Top 20 2012

My 20 favorite albums of 2012, presented here without commentary because well… I’m busy making art. But I do love making these lists and it’s fun to look back and see what music has stayed with me and what I’ve possibly moved away from.

I initially didn’t think this was as good a year as last–in fact, I don’t think any of the albums on this list are better than my top three from last year–but when compiling these albums I realized that there were more artists and more music I liked this year than last. I think easier access form streaming services like Spotify played a large part in this, but the 90′s resurgence (my favorite era of music) continuing from last year was also very welcomed. No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, and Alanis Morrisette (who barely got edged out of this list) all had strong releases. Japandroids’ Celebration Rock, my 2nd favorite of the year, felt like it had a kind of 90′s garage aesthetic to it. Still, what I’m most happy about is the varity of genre I enjoyed this year. Even though my current obsession with indie electronic and folk pretty much dominates this list, this is the first time I’ve ever had a soul or R&B album in my top 20–let alone my top 5.

Anyhow, on to the list. For those with Spotify (which, really, if you are reading this at all you should be subscribing to), I made a playlist of these 20 albums. I also compiled a massive five hour playlist of my 75 favorite songs of 2012. If you listen to one playlist this week, that’s the one I recommend. Pretty proud with how it turned out. A song from each of the albums below is in there.

Click here for the top 20.

Lockheed

Lockheed by Mike Maihack

First post of the new year!

I drew Lockheed for Calamity Jon Morris’ Reduxe of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. I was hoping I’d be able to draw more characters but, as most if you know, time was not on my side last year. Glad I was able to at least sneak this little fire breather in.

The original illustration is by Paul Smith and Joe Rubinstein.

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Bye, 2012

Similar to last year, a few of the things I drew in 2012. In addition to all the fan art and doodles, I also drew a 170 page graphic novel! (Although I still have to color it)

It was also my first full year of being a dad and the year I jumped full time into freelance and comic making. 2013 is looking to be my busiest and most creatively fulfilling year yet and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if Supergirl is the worst superhero or the best…

Anyhow, I hope you all enjoy this little lapse from my self-imposed Batgirl/Supergirl comics retirement to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas! (or Hanukah, or Kwanza, or Festivus, or whatever your winter holiday of choice is). Indulge in all the cookies you want. It is an intricate part of what this time of year is all about.

*Fun Fact! My Killer Croc is totally inspired from my favorite Killer Croc comic of all times, by the great Calamity Jon Morris.

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Bench

Warm-up sketch.

If you’ve been upset you haven’t been able to order any of my superhero or Adventure Time prints since I stopped selling them online (because of reasons), now’s your ONE chance to order some. Starting Friday November 23rd, I am putting all of those prints back in my online store for ONE WEEKEND ONLY! After this weekend, your only chance to buy these prints will be at the various comic conventions I’m tabling at—which currently is only about two or three a year.

Also, if you enter the code THANKS2012 during checkout, you get 10% off your entire order–including all books! So it’s a good weekend to order stuff regardless if you’re interested in specific prints or not. Happy shopping, and thanks for all of your love and support this past year!

Enter the Cow Shell Graphics Store

Balancing Act

Batgirl. Because it’s been a while.

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Happy Halloween

Little witch doodle from this morning. Everyone have fun tonight!

Throughout last year I Illustrated a fantastic book by author Mike Jung titled Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities- and that book is officially out this week! Better yet, the book is receiving some wonderful reviews including this one from Publishers Weekly. BEST yet, that review gives a good breakdown of the book so I don’t have to type it here. But for those too busy/lazy to click and look, the gist is this: superhero fanclub, giant robot, school-yard crush, evil plot, exciting twist, lots-of-action.

I illustrated the jacket and 40 or so interior illustrations for GG&SI, most of wich consisted of drawing said giant robot, a beefy superhero, a goonies-esque trio, and one punky young gap-toothed girl. Oh and pizza. I also drew a bunch of pizza. It was a great gig. I know I’m biased but I can’t recommend the book highly enough. It’s just super fun.

The full jacket and a few spolier-free interiors posted below.

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities is written by Mike Jung and published by Scholastic/ Levine. Available for purchase at booksellers everywhere and HERE.

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