72 Demons: Malphas

Hey all, I’m contributing to Tara Helfer’s 72 Demons Project. I thought I’d share my work in progress.

You know how I am with anthropomorphizing birds, so when I saw that Malphas, the half-man half crow defense specialist and military strategist was still up for grabs, I jumped on that. Here’s a preliminary sketch fro my contribution. You can count on Malphas getting fancy.

Inspired by the Lesser Key of Solomon, comics, and 17th century grimoire, the 72DEMONS project is a venue for new and budding visual artists. Our goal is to publish an illustrated book depicting the seventy-two demons archived in the Ars Goetia, believed to be a guide written by King Solomon for summoning both helpful and malevolent spirits. Thousands of years later these entities persist, although they have changed their names and faces!
Since summer of 2011, 72DEMONS has expanded into a diverse collective of illustrators, painters, graphic designers, writers and video artists – making for one hefty book!

Here’s a peek at the first proof of the beautiful book:


Copacetic’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration

When’s the last time you stopped by Pittsburgh’s Copacetic Comics? Has it been too long? Well, this weekend might be the weekend to change that. For two days you can celebrate by emptying your wallet and filling your backpacks and handbags with comics and artbooks galore at the 2nd Anniversary Celebreation of Copacetic’s location in Polish Hill. There’ll be sale prices on the raddest of the rad, so it’s certainly not something to miss out on.

If you’ve never been to Copacetic and you’re a comics fan within a reasonable distance from Pittsburgh, you should consider a weekend trip and check out the Stephan Pastis talk and exhibit opening at the Toonseum.

And if you’ve never bought a comic, here’s your chance! Start with the best for unimaginably cheap prices!

Who knows you might meet that special someone… Just imagine it: Both of you reaching for that fancy Fantagraphics collection of Alex Toth at the same time. Obviously it’s destiny, so you better decide the way you’ll spend the rest of your lives reading comics together over a coffee at Lili Coffee Shop below Copacetic…

There’ll be specials on back issues, odds and ends, giveaways and promotional premiums to no end.

While you’re there, why not take a dip into one of the best stocks of minicomics in the United States? That’s why you’re there right? Of course, then there’s the re-issues of the Incal and Dan Zettwoch’s new release, Birdseye Bristoe that you’ll be ogling over. Check out the nitty gritty details on Copacetic’s page.

Obviously, I’ll be there putting my dirty hands on everything in the shop. Sorry, Bill.

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Oh and on an unrelated note, if you haven’t checked out James Stokoe’s Orc Stain and you like gritty, thrilling, gruesome and sensual adventures, you should get on that. It’s JUICY. 


Comics in Pittsburgh

‘ey y’all. The next coming posts are going to be juicy so hold on to your butts.

The following is happening next monday at Lili Coffee Shop in Polish Hill in Pittsburgh. Do stop by. I’ll be geekin’ out about all kinds of comics related things. I’ll have some recap/photos to share.

In the coming days I’ll be telling you about the fine folks that I’ve met at Carnegie Mellon. In its marble halls can be found some fine ass illustrators and cartoonists who take craft as seriously as concept, if not more(CMU has one the most concept oriented art programs in the US). Conceptual art is cool and all, but it’s all those fancy drawings that get me excited and keep me up to ungodly hours of the night.

Who’ll you be reading about you ask?

Caitlin Boyle
Tara Helfer


Christina Lee

Jesse England


Hank Ehrenfried


And then some.

Again, hold on to your butts.


Gusto Caricature

My bud, Juan spins records in Pittsburgh. He’s a fly dude who goes by the stage name Gusto. He’s well worth your attention if you like to move your ass. I’ve posted him about in the past, but I thought I’d bring him up again.

I was listening to one of his mixes and got inspired to do a little caricature of him. I thought I’d share. Did I mention he’s a cutie?


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