THE SWIM

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spiking those pages....

Just finished doing the first issue of the Spike Mini for IDW.
It's called SPIKE:FAMILY FEUD.
A four issue jammy.

Seeing that Chris Ryall has already posted pages of the first ish on his site,
i guess they have no qualms about me doing the same. So i'll post the three inked pages of what I and Marc Deering completed. It requires a lot of background drawing, but
i'm sure that people will like what they see.

Felix Seranno will be coloring the whole shebang, which is great because we've known each other almost twenty years and only worked together twice. That had to come to and end. He's been around. His gig on the PITT mini and a TOP COW Darkness:FLAMES AND SHADOWS one-shot was some of his best stuff. He also colored a gig that Marc himself inked that will see the light of day finally called the Further Adventures of Miranda Mercury.

God knows if i got that title right.

So here's some completed pencils and inks of the first issue.
Go out and buy it when it comes out!!!

Next time, i'll use the virtual comic flipper thingy to show you the rest.

and as usually, hit the lavender. These other guys need play too. :D


Gettin' SPIKEY!!!!

SO, i'm doing a miniseries for IDW called SPIKE.
You know who Spike is.... and if you don't, you spent a great deal of the
'90's in your closet. SPIKE of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.
I never thought i would be working on this character, nor
did i think that i would be working with IDW.
SO it goes to show that you should always keep your eyes open down the road because
you never know which street you may frequent. :D

So i figure that it would be great to post some sketch headshots that Myself and Marc Deering did... just to see how we would gel... and it's pretty cool.




I have to check to see when it's coming out. I'm usually in my "cave" so i don't check on those things. Usually busy just making deadlines. But as soon as i know i'll post.

By the by, if the letters are in Lavender, click on it. :D

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Um... CLOTHING DRIVE

I 've heard of people giving the clothes off their back to help people in need, but COME ON! You soon realize that the vision of what you think people look like with their clothes off is not the reality one would readliy enjoy. And all for beer.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

MARVELOUS COLOR HAPPY TIME!!!!



During late January, i was asked to do a Storm piece(as you can see above) for an art show for old Marvel charactere, specifically characters of color. I had a night to do it, like any other deadline... and i got it to Edgardo Miranda, the man in charge of the MARVELOUS COLOR exhibit in upper Manhattan at the Carribean Arts center otherwise known as SOMOS ARTE.
The exhibit went off without a hitch, and Edgardo and his beautiful wife outdid themselves in the limited amount of time they had to get the show together. Here's the billing...



and there were a ton of people there, including Joe Quesada, who is Editor-in-chief of Marvel..
and Eric Battle, who did TimeStorm for Marvel and Aquaman back in the days...
Shawn Martinbrough, who did his latest LUKE CAGE:NOIR....
and the man called Dennis Calero, just to name a few....

There was a video done that opened the forum as to how myself and Eric and others donated pieces for the exhibit.

video


The exhibit closes on February 26th, so be sure to go and check it out!!!
Just in case the video doesn't buffer the way it should supposed to, here's the link on YouTube.... \

AND as usual, all links are embedded in the highlighted names in lavender. So click to give detail to your dreams. Dude.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The ChrisCrosser: Hi-ro-GLYPHics!!!

The ChrisCrosser: Hi-ro-GLYPHics!!!

Hi-ro-GLYPHics!!!

Well, well, WELL!!! It seems that all the pain of working on DANCE hasn't gone unnoticed!! I got an email on facebook from Bill Williams, the writer of the SPIKE miniseries i'm doing for IDW presently... that i was on a list of artists that were nominated for a GLYPH award. Now... anytime i'm nominated for ANYTHING good, i'm glad just to be noticed. IF I WIN, that's even better. It'll be the first such award that i've ever won during my tenure as a comic illustrator. So i'll take what i can get.

But my boy Shawn Martinbrough is on the list, so if he gets it, i'll be happy for him also.

In the meantime, you can see it here when you click on the lavender GLYPH....

I'll be posting a ton more stuff here to be perused.

Pray for me!!! (:-)3

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

TAINTED ENOUGH TO SHOW OUT part 4 FINAL

This was the final story that was supposed to be six issues. Apparently not hiring better writing and playing the line when it came to accommodating me with writing talent that would have significantly made this series at the least palatable was too much for the owner of the now defunct BIG CITY COMICS. And in the end, all the posturing and the promises resulted in sore feelings and over eighty pages of unpublished work. So even though you get paid for a thing, you still feel slightly empty when you're trying something new in your work and NO ONE gets to see it.
But at least the LIGHTS are on, eh?





TAINTED ENOUGH TO SHOW OUT part 3

It took me awhile to finally post these. Been through alot in the last couple of months, but i have a lot planned for the duration and i'll be posting here more regularly now. This is the pencils and full colors for the ill-fated Tainted series that never was. I'll get it all out. Promise. Now as with all the others i've posted before and ever thereafter, if you want to see these as fullscreen modules you can see and peruse, just click directly on the turning books and another tab will open so that you can see all the gory details. Cool, huh?
Enjoy.





Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yeah, BABY!!!

Yankees win the Pennant!!! Enuff said!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Much to say about DANCING.....

Jennifer Contino hit me up by email and wanted to ask a ton of questions since i had been out of the industry for awhile. It's been awhile since i've done any interviews... mostly because when i do them, i get my dialogue altered. Usually comes out making me look like a dork.

So... i figured the best way to start getting my image out there again is to let others know i have something to say, right?

And you wanna see it, right?

Well... you don't have to ask.

Here you are!!!


http://www.comicon.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=549236#Post549236

There will be more.

Friday, February 6, 2009

OH MY GOD. THE ULTIMATE GIRLFRIEND.

I was watching this amusing episode of Dr.Phil.

Yeah.

I watch Dr.Phil. So what?

And he created this topic called "What's wrong with Men?"
Of course, these ridiculous women lined up around the freaking block for this show.
Juuuuust waiting for the moment they can stand up on tv and tell all the people of the
world about the dumb choices they made in men and why they're the victims.

Cuz women nevuh do anything wrooooong.

There was this blonde on the show who really irritated me.

All she could say was her code words, 'disgusting' and ' pathetic'.
Some men are. And the ones on that show were more humorous than pathetic.
SHE WAS ANNOYING.

So much so that i think she needs to watch this commercial.
It's the handbook on a happy relationship with men.
No Nagging.
No complaining.
No spazzing.
Just Jim Beaming.

So blond girl on the Dr.Phil show, ....
Watch this and shut the hell up.
JIM BEAM COMMERCIAL "THE GIRLFRIEND"



and when you're done, Watch AMANI doing her thang.
and do whateeeeevuh you want. I mean...
i don't care.

TEEHEE.

I love when she says that. :D
RALPH TV

Monday, February 2, 2009

TALK ABOUT TRYING YOUR LUCK... THRILLBILLY STYLE!!

i wish i had the balls to do this myself.

These guys are something else.


Saturday, January 31, 2009

TAINTED ENOUGH TO SHOW OUT--PART TWO OF FIVE.





Okay....

what we have here is a second chance to communicate.

Just in case you didn't get to read the first installment, i'm going through the motions
of putting this second installment of TAINTED for your perusal.

I know..

it sounded very Twilight Zone.

What you're getting here is probably more artwork than most other comic artists usually put
in their blogs in one sitting. It shows that i truly want to entertain you.

That and i wanted to make sure that people get to see what James Brown can really do when he gets an artist "that truly inspires me to want to get to the computer."

Hey, we can all use inspiration.

Every time i set up a color page in photoshop for him to base certain hue choices to push the art and take him out of his comfort zone,....

well, the way he came through was truly an inspiration.

We both had fun vibing with each other's talent.

It's kinda like we took turns singing country music with our classic Noble acoustic guitars.

James is no joke.

SO have fun looking through this next batch.
and as always, click on the lavender words to hit James Brown's portfolio.

It's bombdiggity.

So what?

I can say that.

It's my blog and i can cheese if i wanna.

And click on the page turning readers so you can see them at full size.

Bub.

And as always, click on the lavender.

It goes straight to James' site.

Just a hint in case you think i'm ordering you around.