Flash Gordon Comic Strip Casting Calls

As mentioned in a previous post, the inspiration for King Vultan’s headstrong daughter Princess Tyree was Tionne Watkins – or T-Boz from TLC.

Close-up of original art.

Artwork from the August 20, 2000 Flash Gordon Sunday page.


Thinking back, she wasn’t the first celebrity I had used for inspiration when it came to Flash Gordon supporting characters. When Flash needed help fighting werewolves, Kurt Russell was called in, cast as Thorne.

Kurt Russell - The Thing (1982)

Kurt Russell – The Thing (1982)

Artwork from the June 23, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the June 23, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the August 4, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the August 4, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.


I brought him back a few times after that to team up with Flash. He ultimately met his demise due to a crooked arms dealer who had sabotaged their equipment…

Artwork from the June 21, 1998 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the June 21, 1998 Flash Gordon Sunday page.


Before Tionne Watkins, there was Tisha Campbell as the strong-willed hawkwoman, Teesha. See how I cleverly changed the name so it wouldn’t be obvious?

Tisha Campbell circa 1990s.

Tisha Campbell circa 1990s.

Black and white art for January 26, 1979 Flash Gordon Sunday.

Artwork from the January 26, 1997 Flash Gordon Sunday.


This last likeness wasn’t for the strip, but a request to weatherman Al Roker.

Back in 1998 the New York Daily News had dropped a bunch of their adventure strips, including Flash Gordon. As Al Roker was known for being a staunch supporter of the comics (having wanted to be a cartoonist when he was younger) I alerted him of the Daily News dumping Flash – and he generously wrote a nice piece on his blog lending his support.

Here’s the art I sent him (pre-weightloss I might add)…

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That’s all I can think of for now as far as celebrities go. Friends and family making cameos are another matter – but that’ll have to wait…

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When you wish upon a star…

Just got this notification via Linkedin.

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My response to this piece of motivational simplicity…

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Just to be clear – if you dream it you can then hopefully motivate yourself to work hard and pursue it. Ideas and dreams are nothing without the 99% perspiration – and even that doesn’t guarantee success.

A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film - not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed...

A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film – not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed…


And drawing “doesn’t come naturally” for me, hard work actually plays a role.
That’s why I always wince inwardly when people tell me “to have fun with it” when asking for a commission.

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The family knows I’m having “fun” when they can hear me from my studio
swearing like a crazed lunatic.

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So just remember it’s not all about achieving your dreams…

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Unless of course your destination is Mars,
then it’s all about getting back to Dejah Thoris…

John Carter by Frank Frazetta

John Carter by Frank Frazetta


But I digress…

Just remember it’s all about the journey.
So to end, here’s Journey with Don’t Stop Believin’…

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Craig MacIntosh – McFadden’s War

Just got back from a Meet the Author event for Craig MacIntosh and his new book, McFadden’s War.

Craig MacIntosh

Craig MacIntosh

Here’s a few pics from the event.

Wayne Morton reading an excerpt from McFadden's War.

Actor Wayne Morton reading an excerpt from McFadden’s War.

Guest Speaker, former Navy Seal Al Horner, presenting Craig with a Navy Seals shirt  to commemorate his third book release.

Guest Speaker, former Navy SEAL Al Horner, presenting Craig with a Navy SEALs shirt.

Al Horner and Craig MacIntosh.

Al Horner and Craig MacIntosh.


To find out more about McFadden’s War, check out Craig MacIntosh’s site at: www.cjmacintosh.com

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If you’re a fan of military thrillers, check out his other books as well – highly recommended!

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Working Professionally as a Cartoonist

A few things that I’ve learned over the years that have crystalized through teaching…


• Devote your time to sharpening your art skills AND your business skills – trends, networking, contracts, etcetera all.

• Don’t pigeonhole yourself to one small aspect of the art form, like limiting yourself to just comics. Remember that Michelangelo wanted to devote himself to sculpture when he was commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel.

• The people who succeed are generally the people who are working their asses off. Surround yourself with people like this, people who commit themselves fully and are getting their work out into the world. They’ll generally be better than you which is a GOOD thing – that way the bar keeps getting raised.

• Working hard isn’t enough, you have to work smart as well. You have to create work that’s marketable – that will suit the needs of someone who will then pay you.

• Working long hours with no sleep to meet deadlines isn’t the answer. Your career is a marathon, not a fifty yard dash. Eat right, exercise and sleep regularly like your parents told you to.

• Start now (yesterday is even better). Research the jobs you want, look at the submission guidelines (and follow them METICULOUSLY), then work up samples that will blow the competition out of the water. Follow Steve Martin’s advice to those aspiring to enter the entertainment field – “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

• To cap this off… If you treat your skills as a hobby then that’s where they’ll stay, as a hobby – and that’s FINE as long as that’s your conscious decision – but if you want to have it as your career then you need to get on board and on track.

And that’s…
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For more info, check out the following links:


The Business of Cartooning

Comics – Pricing your Work

Things to Consider When Commissioning Artwork

Work for Hire – The Fallout

Homage or Swipe?


Comics – Tools of the Trade

Photo Booth Quick Tip

Procrastination

When you wish upon a star…


Convention Prep – AHHHHH!!!

Networking and the High Cost of Comic Conventions


Graphic Novels

Comic Book Podcasts

Intro to Anime – sorely needed…

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Frank Cummings 1959-2014

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Sad news, Cracked and Blondie artist Frank Cummings has passed away.

From John Marshall’s Facebok page (Blondie’s head artist):

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Frank Cummings. Frank has been a working commercial artist for over 30 years. His early career was spent working in newspaper and advertising agency art departments. In 1992, he self-published JAB, a regional (southeast) illustrated satire/humor magazine. By 1995, the magazine had caught the eye of exercise guru Richard Simmons and national humor mag, Cracked. Frank spent the next nine years producing Richard’s monthly newsletter, Richard Simmons & Friends, and illustrating monthly movie parodies for Cracked. In 2004, Frank was hired by King Features Syndicate and Blondie, to be the assistant artist (to head artist John Marshall) on Blondie. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The Blondie team: Frank Cummings, Dean Young and John Marshall.

The Blondie team: Frank Cummings, Dean Young and John Marshall.

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Sally Forth: The Beach House – Day 1

Prepare yourself for the HORROR!

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Sally Forth Drop Panel Party

Time for more Sally Forth drop panels!

Note: Comic Strips are formatted different ways for different size requirements. The “drop panel” is a panel or tier of the strip that can be omitted because of size restrictions without affecting the gag or storyline.

For example, Here’s the Sunday strip for April 6, 2014 with the drop panel…

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And without…

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This time the drop panels are from April to June of 2014.
To see the previous batch, just go to my previous post.


April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014

April 13, 2014

April 13, 2014

April 20, 2014

April 20, 2014

April 27, 2014

April 27, 2014

May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014

May 11, 2014

May 11, 2014

May 18, 2014

May 18, 2014

May 25, 2014

May 25, 2014

June 1, 2014

June 1, 2014

June 8, 2014

June 8, 2014

June 15, 2014

June 15, 2014

June 22, 2014

June 22, 2014

June 29, 2014

June 29, 2014

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Unabashed plug time!

If Sally Forth isn’t in your local paper you can check it out online at…

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