Friday, April 25, 2008

Take out in Spirekassle

This answers what, Monday's will answer where.

Furtado Does Pan-Gea

So I'm working on putting all my Pan-Gea comics on Blood Red Comics and I rediscover this piece Tony did for me a while back.

Can anyone say "Hell yeah!"?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More art by trav

Goblin Bombers-
A dangerous unpredictable core of bombers conscripted by the axis powers in wwi.
More info to come

the Great Elf king's walk
After the great battle of Somme- the great elf king emerged from his home to survey the ruin, hoping to try and repair the damage caused by the allies and axis forces. More info to come.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ELF `n TROLL #178

New Pewfell Colorist Starts Today

Well, my new colorist starts today, her name is Carla Costa and she works out of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. With her help I have decided to increase my update frequecny to 3 times per week. This is a bit sneaky, as each update will only be about half a page, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on page layout, but overall I think this will mean that I will now be putting out 1/2 a page more material each week.

Atland #183 - You Feel That?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Colors on Old Babe

Sean Loftiss lays some color to this drawing I did a while back. The drawing itself was inspired by a photo image and a little bit of the ole Trollbabe.

I think it's really neat to see something you did reinvented by someone else. I mean, when I drew this I had no colors in mind at all. I kind of thought maybe on some deep, deep mental plane that she was going to be fair skinned and red headed but come on...that's just a given. I married one like that! Seeing Sean's totally different take on it is both exciting and fascinating to me.

V Shane's Colors on a West Babe?

See how artist V. Shane treats my rough sketching.

Check out his site. Good stuff. Gotta admire an artist that can draw a super uddered cow in a costume and make it look cool.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Larry MacDougall

Another illustrator doing a cartoon fantasy style whose work I much admire is Larry MacDougall. He has a great gallery of his paintings on DeviantArt.
I found out about him when I bought a book of his work at Wondercon a few years ago: The Witching Hour. I just posted on his DA page to ask him if he'd like to stop by and say hello as our 'Visiting Wizard of the Week'.

new art piece for my series

just a new piece for my series.
more to come.

Nate says BUY THIS BOOK!

The Art of Paul Bonner -- Best, most inspirational "art of" book I've picked up in a long time.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New artwork by Trav-
Working on a new series of artwork based on what happened to the fairy folk during world war I & II. I am really enjoying the freedom I have with this project.

the Mustard Beast
During the great war i had heard rumors that the forgotten folk fought on both sides. To the axis forces went the great gas elementals known as the mustard beasts. These creatures whose brains were protected by a metal helmet floated into the trenches and fields after heavy shelling and unleashed their deadly toxins. Killing and wounding many brave human souls.

After the war the govt cited that mustard gas was from shells themselves, but the men of the trenches knew better.

circa 1917 in france somewhere

Total work time on pencils and inks 1 hour 30 min: 8 x 10.5 inches colors took 1.5 hours as well.
more information to come on this project.

I like the color version so much better:)

This Month's Competition Winner

This Month's Winner of a set of Pewfell Books, Volumes 1-3 is Steve Saunders of Victoria, B.C., Canada.

To enter to win yourself a set of books visit and enter your email address in the form on the left-hand side of the page.

This Week's Pewfell

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wizards of Ur, Page 6

OK then, here it is - the final page. Whew -- I'm quite pleased with myself for pumping this one out so quickly - it was a lot of fun. I'm going to be handing it off to my co-writer Adam Prosser to color, but first please let me know if there's anything that you feel I really ought to fix before I do. e.g. shrunken heads, and incorrect "I"s on Page 1.

So that's my submission for the anthology. Who's next?!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Wizards of Ur, Page 5

One more to go...

Listen to Nate Interviewed Live!

You can listen to the interview I did for here:

(Not safe for work! Language!)

The interview starts about 2/3 of the way in.


Friday, April 11, 2008

The Keep

I decided to take a little break from the ELF `n TROLL business and play around in photoshop. I love digital painting based on the few that I've actually done. I loved it so much that I came close to abandoning comics to focus more on the art form but, I love telling sequential stories too much to abandon it. Anyway, I decided to take a break and play. This isn't totally digital but, it was fun.

Faboulous Furry Freak Brothers Movie

From Mr. Furtado's comment on my post below I had to find out more about the Feak Brothers Movie. I thought maybe he was just kidding or else it was some product of his deranged imagination, but apparently it is actually in the works:

From this clip it looks like the sets & characters are pretty much spot on, thought There's something not quite right about the hair, especially on Phineas.

Live Interview 4/12/08

The live internet interview I was supposed to do last weekend got rescheduled due to technical difficulties. So...

Tomorrow at 2PM ET, I'll be interviewed live at

Tune in, won't you?


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Garrity Strip Sale for Terry Pratchett

Shaenon Garrity, creator of Narbonic & my collaborator on 'The Librarian' is selling off some of her original art to raise money for Altzheimers. Why is she doing this you ask? Well it's because famed comedic fantasy writer Terry Pratchett was recently diagnosed with early onset Altzheimers disease. He donated a million bucks to Altzheimers research and a number of other artists and creators are aiming to match this.

Why do I care? Because I love Terry Pratchett & you should too. He's slowly getting bigger in the US these days, but has been on the best-seller lists in the UK for a good 20 years now. His appeal is across board and he is frequently compared by serious literary jornalists to other great British humorists such as P.G. Wodehouse or Douglas Adams. He's managed to take fantasy way beyond it's typical restrictions of genre and is extremely widely read over there. He has loads of great ideas and is very funny.

Pretty much all his books are self-contained, but they are all set on the Discworld. Major characters in one book often pop up as minor characters in another, and he has a few favorits like Commander Vimes of the City Watch -- those books read like detective novels. Then he has a series aimed at youger kids about a young witch on the Discworld - I read them too - still excellent. There is an ongoing chronology and continuity between the books, but you can pretty much start anywhere.

These days I generally listen to his books on audiobook - the readings by Stephen Briggs available at are truly excellent. I particularly recommend the more recent 'Going Postal'.

Or perhaps I'm preaching to the choir here?

Another week, another Pewfell

Still being colored by me. The first one on this is a particular favorite of mine.

Inky Sketch

If the first video series goes well, the next one will feature me inking this sketch of Inky...

The Holy Grail

Although, technically, the man ripped-off Vaughn Bode for this, Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards is something of a Holy Grail for inspiring my cerebral landscape. I’m a big fan of Bakshi’s adult, animated films such as Fritz the Cat, Heavy traffic, Fire and Ice, Lord of the Rings, American Pop and even Cool World. It’s not so much the stories or anything in particular; I think it’s more of the attitude and atmosphere, if that means anything. I'd love to get his HBO series, Spicy City on DVD.

There’s an interview here, featuring Mr. Bakshi. Whether you agree with his point of views or not, he’s made some cool flicks. I find him interesting but at the same time…my heart leans more towards the Robert crumb and Vaughn Bode camps.

In the end, I can’t discount how much Wizards had influenced me and in a way, brought me back into comics when I was about to cash it all in. The sketch is of the assassin robot, Peace, from Wizards.

Play Nice.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Wizards of Ur - Page 1

So this is page 1 of my little 6 page story about a Wizard of Ur. Story by myself & Adam (The Prankster) Prosser, script by The Pro, art by me. It will be highly colored when done, but I'm not sure who'll be doing that yet. As we discussed this is not about world-building or anything, just a little story I wanted to do, inspired by the name of our group:

Monday, April 7, 2008

Videos of Nate drawing Barry

Check out the two part video of Nate drawing Barry from ATLAND!


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Welcome, Mr. Hanson.

I’d like to welcome a new member to the Wizards of Ur. Ladies and gentleman, ale wenches and drunkards….I give you Mr. Travis Hanson. (Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.) Ok, ok, settle down.

I’ve been a big fan of Travis’ work for a few years now and I’m thrilled to have him join our merry band of mirth-makers here. Did I just sound like Stan Lee all of a sudden? Anyway, I could go on all day trying to explain why you should be checking out Travis’s work but, one look is all it takes.

Whenever I see a piece from Travis, I’m automatically pulled into his world. That’s not an easy task and it’s something you can’t teach. I’d try to explain it but, I’d wind up sounding like some hippie-mystic making my way through a dime bag. (No offense, Chuck). Most of the artists that I admire have that innate ability to create and suck you in. Much like my fellow wizards of wonder here, James, Nate and Chuck…Travis has that innate ability in spades.

I encourage you to check out the links to your right and go explore Travis’s world.

PS. The eye-candy on the right is one of my faves from Book One of Travis’s prose series, “Tales from the Broken Moon”, which he does with the incomparable, Aimee Duncan.

Play Nice.

The Girls of Talislanta

Check 'em out: Girls of Talislanta

Gotta love the Talislanta chicks. Gotta. No really, seriously...gotta. I just think it's cool that stuff like this is out there in the ether of the net. It makes me feel good inside.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Raiders of the Lost Pencil

I do this on a daily basis...

I'm at the drafting board, drawing, and I get up to answer the phone or check e-mail or whatever, and I take my pencil with me. I end up putting it down somewhere else in the room without realizing it. Then I go back to the drawing board and grab another pencil out of the tray next to me. Then I get up again... and repeat. And repeat. Eventually all my tech pencils are spread throughout the room (and occaisionally in other rooms) and I finally have to go on a "pencil hunt" with a backpack full of dry rations, a pith helmet and a pencil-sniffing bloodhound.

I suspect I'm not the only person to do this. ::hopes::


Thursday, April 3, 2008

"Echoes" page seventeen

And that completes "Echoes", written by Cyd Clark-Praxis and illustrated by me. First time publication and currently the only place you can read it is right here on the Wizards of Ur blog. That's right. The WoU. Badass sages, wicked mages, and wizard wizards we are. We come to your neighborhood and you better run 'cause we're not foolin' around. See?


"Echoes" page sixteen

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Live Interview 4/5/08

I will be interviewed live, Saturday the 5th at 2pm ET online here:

Tune in, won't you?

(That's 5/4/08 for you, Chuck.)