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Artist Spotlight: Jose Delbo

One of the first teachers I had when I attended the Joe Kubert School was Jose Delbo.

One of the exercises he would have us do every week was draw horses. The following are a few examples I kept (circa 1987). Jose’s corrections are in pen over my pencils.

“This horse is drawn so stiff it belongs on a carousel.”
“This horse is drawn so stiff it looks like a robot .”
“No one could ride a horse drawn like this.”

Jose Delbo was a great teacher because he wouldn’t let an inferior drawing slide. When you got a compliment or a good grade from him you knew it was well deserved.

I got the chance to catch up with Jose Delbo at SpringCon 2012 in Minneapolis and I had him sign the drawings shown above. I showed him some of my more recent work and he made a point of telling me I was really doing some good work – so good in fact that he would pass on a script he had just received.

A cowboy strip – lots of horses…

Jose Delbo and his wife Maybelle at SpringCon 2012.

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The following is a quick memory of a cartooning class taught by Jose.


A student was getting critiqued – during the critique Jose stated that the student needed to spend more time on his work. The student responded that he had already worked on the page for two weeks. Jose replied, “How much of that time was actually pen to paper.”

I never forgot that insight. It doesn’t matter how much time you have to work on something if you’re not putting pen to paper.

Jose Delbo - 2011 Pic by Andrew Satterfield - Cincinnati Comic Expo
Jose Delbo – 2011
Pic by Andrew Satterfield – Cincinnati Comic Expo

Jose Delbo – a fantastic artist and teacher.
For more, check out JoseDelbo.com

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Wizard World Minneapolis 2017

A few pics from Wizard World 2017 here in Minneapolis.

Danny Fingeroth, Bob Camp, Guy Gilchrist and Phil Ortiz.
Phil Ortiz drawing Sideshow Bob.
Guy Gilchrist
Colleen Doran
My signed copy of Troll Bridge.

One of the best parts of Wizard World this year was getting to see Jose Delbo again.
He was one of my teachers at the Joe Kubert School back in the 1980s.

Jose Delbo and his wife Maybelle.
Batman by Jose Delbo.

The last time he was in town I had him sign some old assignments I had saved.
More on that at the following link – Jose Delbo at SpringCon 2012

We talked about Philippine comic book artists, European comics compared to America, Hugo Pratt, and of course Joe Kubert.

Jose Delbo and Jim Keefe.

For more on Jose, check out JoseDelbo.com