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Comics Revue – December 2014

Comics Revue 2014

Cover art by Jim Keefe
The lineup for the December 2014 issue includes:

The Phantom
by Lee Falk and Wilson McCoy

Sir Bagby
by R&D Hackney

Tarzan
by John Celardo and Dick van Buren

Krazy Kat
by George Herriman

Rick O’Shay
Stories & art by Stan Lynde

Mandrake the Magiciancolor Sundays
by Lee Falk and Phil Davis

Flash Gordoncolor Sundays
by Mac Raboy and Harry Harrison

Tarzancolor Sundays
by Russ Manning

Alley Oopcolor Sundays
by V. T. Hamlin

The Phantomcolor Sundays
by Lee Falk and Wilson McCoy

Gasoline Alleycolor Sundays
by Dick Moores

Steve Canyoncolor Sundays
by Milton Caniff

Flash Gordon
by Harry Harrison and Fred Kida

Buz Sawyer
by Roy Crane

Modesty Blaise
by Peter O’Donnell and Romero

Casey Rugglescolor Sundays
by Warren Tufts

Special bonus – Dear Pencil-Pal
Correspondence from Harlan Ellison


To pick up a copy, check with your local comic book shop.
If they don’t carry it, suggest it.

For a subscription to Comics Revue, just go to: ComicsReview.com

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Comics Review Editor Rick Norwood will be a guest at
Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con January 9, 10 and 11, 2015.

Stop by to say hi – tell him Jim Keefe sent ya!


UPDATE: From Comics Revue Editor Rick Norwood.

Back issues from #201 to date are available from me. If you go to www.comicsrevue.com and order a single issue, US $20, paypal, I’ll send you a copy of the issue with Jim’s great cover. Same offer for everyone else, in the US and out — just ask for the Dec 2014 issue.

-Rick Norwood

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Comics Revue Flash Gordon

Comics Revue 220 – Flash Gordon and the Phantom

The following is a cover I did back in 2004 for Rick Norwood’s Comics Revue.

Comics Revue #220 - 2004
Comics Revue #220

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The following are the steps from roughs to finish.

Process


rough

The first step are the roughs – this is where you get a feel for the figures and layout. My roughs tend to vary on how complete they are. This is somewhat of a mess, but crucial in giving me an idea of what the finished drawing would look like.


pencils

The next step is pencils – which means finding reference and tightening up the drawing. When you’re inking your own pencils you don’t have to have them as tight as when you’re pencilling for someone else. All the pertinent info should be there though – just needs refinement.


inks

The next step is inks. This is my favorite part.
The trick is to ink the form, not just trace the line.


color

For color on this piece I went old school and colored it using the blue line method. This is where you take the black line art and (in photoshop) change it to a light blue. You then print the image onto watercolor paper for coloring. The reason for the blue line is so that you have a clean black line when the color and line art are combined.


color

The last step is combing the black line and watercolored art in photoshop. I opted to take all the black line art in the background imagery and make it a little grayer to push it into the background – touch up the color as I saw fit – and call it a night.

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For more covers I’ve done for Comics Revue, check out the following.

Comics Revue – June 2012
Comics Revue – February 2013
Comics Revue – December 2013

Want more? Just go to my Portfolio Page.

And for more info on Comics Revue, just check out: ComicsReview.com

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Comics Revue John Romita Ramblings & Reviews

1975 Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag

Just got this in the mail today.

I am officially ten years old again.

Treasury


And here’s John Romita’s original compared to the printed version.

Holiday.Treasury


It’s interesting how Dr. Strange’s right arm was moved (probably after the type was put in) to fill in some dead space in the layout.

This pic was also was my inspiration for the Comics Revue cover that just came out…

Cover


Signing off for now, so Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!

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Comics Revue

Comics Revue – December 2013

Cover

Cover by Jim Keefe


I always loved the holiday covers for the old Marvel Treasury Editions where they’d have all the characters in some kind of Christmas setting.

So when I was asked by Rick Norwood to do the December Comics Revue cover, I knew exactly what kind of image I’d be shooting for. I tried to make a bunch of the ornaments comic strip related as well.

Below is the black and white version…

Inked


And speaking of which, the lineup for the December issue includes:

    Flash Gordon
    by Dan Barry

    Flash Gordoncolor Sundays
    by Mac Raboy and Harry Harrison

    Sir Bagby
    by R&D Hackney

    Tarzan
    by John Celardo and Dick van Buren

    Tarzancolor Sundays
    by Russ Manning

    Krazy Kat
    by George Herriman

    Alley Oopcolor Sundays
    by V. T. Hamlin

    Mandrake the Magiciancolor Sundays
    by Lee Falk and Phil Davis

    The Phantomcolor Sundays
    by Lee Falk and Wilson McCoy

    Buz Sawyer
    by Roy Crane

    Gasoline Alleycolor Sundays
    by Dick Moores

    Steve Canyoncolor Sundays
    by Milton Caniff

    Rick O’Shay – Episode Guide
    Compiled by Jostein Hansen – Stories & art by Stan Lynde

    Casey Rugglescolor Sundays
    by Warren Tufts

    Modesty Blaise
    by Peter O’Donnell and Romero


To pick up a copy, check with your local comic book shop.
If they don’t carry it, suggest it.

For a subscription to Comics Revue, just go to: ComicsReview.com

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Quick update: Guess what just came in the mail?

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Comics Revue Conventions

C2E2 Countdown…

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Less than 2 weeks to go!

You’ll find me in Artist Alley – Booth: L11


Happy to announce that all three Comics Revue that I did covers for in their new format will all be available in time for C2E2.

Click on image to see covers on Portfolio page.
Click on image to see covers on Portfolio page.

And for those who missed it, copies of my Sketches and Drawings comic portfolio will also be on hand.

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As always, I will have original art for sale and I will be available for on site sketches and commissions. My portfolio page has examples of past convention sketches I’ve done.

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Need another reason to go to C2E2? Check out their Spotlight Guests:

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And more importantly, make sure to check out all the fabulous artists in
C2E2’s Artists Alley.

Hope to see you there!