Veterans Day

For Veterans Day – In 1944 my Dad was 18 years old and a 2nd Lieutenant in the 76th Division. On Veterans Day the Division was shipped out of Camp McCoy, Wisconsin bound for Europe. My Dad turned 19 en route. There was hopes of the War being over by Christmas, but those hopes were dashed in mid-December with the German counteroffensive (which became the Battle of the Bulge). The 76th Division became part of Patton’s Third Army and was placed on the Siegfried line for the final push into Germany.

Can’t help but think what I was doing at age 19 in comparison.

Here’s thanking all Veterans for their service.

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Inktober 2019 – October 21st

Pen, brush and ink of Lauren Bacall.

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Sally Forth Title Panel 10/20/2019

Sally Forth takes matters into her own hands as the Halloween story continues. Title panel for the October 20th Sunday page.

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Sally Forth DVD Extras – 10/17/2019

Close up on Sally Forth comic strip for October 17, 2019, followed by finished strip.

And just for fun…

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Sally Forth Jam With Horror Master Stephen Bissette

As the Sally Forth Halloween story kicks into high gear this week, I have something kinda cool to help promote it. A promo piece with art by none other than horror master Stephen Bissette!

Drawing of Hillary by Jim Keefe – Background demons by Stephen Bissette

Stephen Bissette is an award winning cartoonist, editor and publisher – Most notably for his work on Swamp Thing, Tyrant and the comics anthology Taboo. He currently teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

And how did this creepy collaboration come about you may ask? Well earlier this month I posted a Sally Forth panel that I had drawn that had a wall full of demons (as sometimes happens).

The panel being part of writer Francesco Marciuliano’s Halloween story where weird things are happening inside the Forth home.

Sally Forth comic strip from October 4, 2018

I also mentioned online that the inspiration for the panel came from a Stephen Bissette/John Totleben comic book page drawn during their award winning run on Swamp Thing (in collaboration with writer Alan Moore).

Shortly after that post I got the following message.

Followed by my reaction.

I immediately gave a thumbs up, and then sent Stephen a rough of Hillary in the foreground with a demon doll and horrific creatures slithering in the background. In short order I was sent the following inks.

And THAT in a nutshell is how Francesco and I ended up with a very cool promo piece for the current Sally Forth Halloween story.

I want to give a special thanks to Stephen Bissette for taking time out of his busy teaching schedule at the Center for Cartoon Studies to do this – Greatly appreciated!

And with that said – Hope everyone stays tuned as our Sally Forth Halloween Story continues…

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