Sunday, June 24, 2012

NEW CRAP to look at, ....and lots OF it!!!

Thanks for everyone's comments! Remember when you don't get any new post from me, it's good news: Means i'm working my tail off playing catch up on a buncha NEW crap.

( remember i use 'crap' with affection) ........ so speaking of crap..

.. i'm finishing the first issue of Hollows for IDW, (above) - which i'm pleased is sort of a cross between a hand colored book and a black and white one... so expect something a little different on this sucker..

And the OTHER job i'm busy with? ( see above) Knee-deep in the last eight page installment of Aliens for Dark Horse Presents.  - Yikes - Both Hollows and Aliens are ... due..  (of course) the same time.

Again I am obviously more taken with drawing 'quasi-gibson-girl-hair-styled ladies and teddy bears rather than the Aliens, ( though i did enjoy painting this swell little Giger-esk cave) and it shows.

There's also lush drawings of women showing up in the Hollows panels above too.  But Hollows has much more big-assed-oversized-bonsai-Trees... rather than Teddy bears. Aliens: Teddy Bears. Hollows. Bonsai Trees.

I still can't *believe* got away with 20 Century Fox and Dark Horse approving an Aliens story with a friggin' Teddy bear, how messed up is that?  Pretty cool. And thanks to John Layman script, it actually makes *sense* there's a teddy bear in there now too... rather than just randomly thrown in like it would of be i had written it.

Plus I totally forgot I'd promised the HEROS charity folks to do a Fantastic Four cover...

And, well by a mistake, i accidentally discovered two extra FF covers lying around in packages i lost track of... (crap) .... now, (because of my own stupidity in losing track)... have THREE  blank FF covers due today.

..hope they Heros folks aren't pissed i'm hogging three covers.  Promise i'll sit out any future FF cover gigs to make up for it.

Okay, i'm calling this FF cover (above) finished! pronouncing it D.O.A. -

i may get back to coloring it, or maybe it's cooler to just heave it in blue-ish half tone?

Now, onto the next FF cover..

Good news is these three covers don't ALL have to be in color.. so far... this one looks terrible. I may have to color just to save it from it's current horrible state..

Better.  But better work on the hulk some more...

hopefully i can pump a little life into them in the next  hour...

....on this crazy busy sunday afternoon.

Okay, a little goofy looking, buy at least there's some life in it now. the Hulks teeth look like a circle or shot glasses on a round tray, don't they? Whatever.

Then the Heros guys also passed along me a couple sandman trade to add a quickie doodle in. I usually don't sign comics unless i'm a a con, but these are so late may as well throw them in with the FF covers package too, eh? Best i can do in one minute.

It's not a race, but i think any more i add may make this sandman look WORSE.. .so better quit while were ahead.

Now let's dive into the third and *last* FF Cover... this one is way goofy, just look at the things lower lip.

I'm pleasing myself here, no one else.

...and hopefully pleasing who-ever who buys it, because they'll have to be as screwed up in their taste as i am to appreciate it, right?

Sorry, this one came out too fast for me to get in any process pics, just zoned out while drawing it..

What else? Oh yeah, those the commissions, haven't forgotten about those too.

And Kim and I have promised each other to have the Potbelly toy FINISHED by next years San Diego comic con( actually it's me who fell behind getting him sketches, but he's re-inspired me to get back on top of that too. - thanks buddy!)

Let alone chickens. Here's proof i'm Jon and I are back on top of that too.

Hopefully this will make up for the lull of posts last week.

Bet you got sick of looking at that woman's face at the top the last post, eh? Me too.

Not that it's a bad face, just time for something NEW again..

- Sam


Aaron Desira said...

Go sam go! It looks like a nascar race in a tornado at your studio today. Thanks for being generous with your time on the blog. I'm too busy looking at pin ups in deadbeat to be creative in any way :)

ant said...

the goofy ff cover was by far my favorite of the 3, but that was a nice save on the hulk/thing one,

definitely stoked for more aliens, hollows looks so awesome, and i cant wait to see the commission piece, keep up the good work man!

cody said...


Mightyduke said...

I like the third ff cover the most. But the best picture in this post the last with the capion pointing at the everything is going according to plan... I just love the capion should!!

Arjan said...

That must be the most worked-out version of the Capian yet! I like how he is pointing to the text, yet secretly gazing at that woman's cleavage :)
You keep amazing me with the amount of work you take on (with simultaneous deadlines) and still have time to do all the charity things, the commissions, and even have enough unseen work lying around to fill all those big art books you have coming up! Do you ever sleep? Your right hand must be cramped-up in the 'holding-a-pencil' mode 24/7 ;)

Marcus Collar said...


your last FF cover really speaks to the minimalist in me

so cool to that you can convey sop much with each little detail and project

ok so I k now its not an alien prequel and legally im sure you cant even say (joking)

Did you see Prometheus i mean come on the title reads like a Sam Kieth title lol

IDW project !! looks so good

and that little alien panel in there really wets the appetite I with I could spell the sound the aliens make

but I just spell it BYAAAAAWWW!!!(big up to Dave Chappelle)

ok so take your time on the posts these are intense man!!

I want them to hire you for the FF relaunch maybe throw in Lana W. as director hehe

bless you and yours Mr.K! has a fantastic four contest ALL AGES

Lorenzo said...

Hello there. Great blog, wonderful read - I enjoy it like I have enjoyed your 20+ years of great comics and art. I happen to have and old page of yours, from MCP 119, and this small bearded guy is pointing around through the panles. I was surprised to see his face again in this post. Can I ask you if there is a story, or a meaning, behind him? Thanks!

Bob Mussini said...

Look to that ear!!! the Hulk's ear on the second FF cover...
I modestly think that it is positioned in the wrong place.
I think if you take away his ear from there would be even better.

Anonymous said...

Sam why are you letting covers like this out there? A lot of new comic book fans don't get it- I know because I have a hard enough time trying to show them your "good" work and convince them that you are a really good artist. I mean, for example, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cover you did for IDW was pretty bad. How did they or you even get that published? You're better than that, I've seen it. It seems like the only real work you take seriously is work from characters you create.

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