Thursday, May 25, 2017

Variant Batman Secrets, Joker Cover

I've posted this image before, but Graphitti's doing a variant cover for the Batman Gallery edition.

The original art for this cover is pretty small, maybe 8 x 10, so i'm surprised it holds up to being blown up to original art sized. Images blown up bigger than their normal size, usually look much worse.

So . . .  just throwing it up here for fun.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Post Modern Maxx

Here's the second Maxx cover i drew after a nearly 20 year break from the original series.

A few differences: Inuit inspired Red-Black symbols are one things I hadn't discovered yet 20 years ago, but the surreal plants are straight out of the old classic Outback plant fora-fauna.

So what about the Maxx himself? Do you think how i draw him lately, style wise, has changes much from the old days? 

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Studio, right now.

Had to merge two pics to catch everything. Nothing magical about it. Biggest change is the sheer amount of crap has grown, more acrylic paint, black india ink, pastels, ink pads, clock gears, fabric, Cheese cloth, various mixed media stuff, brush-pens, - all the usual stuff studios' have.

Probably the biggest difference is how, (unlike the majority of artists now-a-days), is how little i use digital tablets to draw with.  Nothing against them, digital art is awesome and way more versatile.

I hear lots of digital comic artists don't even have original art to sell anymore.  I wonder if buying original art will totally disappear someday?

Also weird how the old comic companies used to throw out Original Comic Art to make room for office space.  I wonder if we 'hand drawn' comic artists are almost like dinosaurs? 

Still have that same shelf i posted two days ago... getting a little messier. Funny how the more tools you have to draw with,

doesn't necessarily make your art any better of an artists. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rejected Hellboy

Here's a drawing i scanned for a charity, but i didn't really like - so i destroyed it. 

So why bother to post it here?

Mainly because, however embarrassed i am by my "bad drawings", they sometimes leads to "not-so-bad-drawings".

And on a good day, my artistic screw ups become mulch and compost for ...

something else.   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Old Studio

This is where i worked in my last studio. Kinda messy.

'Yellow Sponges' wrapped around pens are to lessen hand pain - which i used to have lots of.

I'm much better about not gripping my pencil/brushes as hard as i used too. Sorta a literal, and figurative, "letting go" idea.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Epicurus snow

Back when i used to cross-hatched over my brush lines with white paint.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Thought i'd throw up a few abstracts every once in a while, just for fun.

And yeah, that is a little sand sprinkled in there too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Additional Tues. Post

Sorry, i have to do a second post today, feels like my posting that Hellboy piece ( below) robs you of your daily dose, which is kinda dumb because some of the images i post, i have posted before.

But, whatever . . . so, anyway,

for what it's worth:


. . . this guy, again?

I know - i already posted this one, but my old friend Andrew Farago at the Cartoon-Art-Museum asked me to remind everyone this Hellboy piece, (and other Hellboy art) is up for sale on ebay today.

It's for a good cause.  But otherwise, let's just get back to the *free* daily pic posts. 

- Sam

Monday, May 15, 2017

Playing katsup . . .

Posting later than usual, pile of Eleanor pages need scanning this week,

plus a few half-finished Nola pages floating around too.

There's all these small of "batches of pages" from various projects,

like boiling pots on a stove  . .

. . only it takes *years* for me to finish the soup.

Don't worry.  Long as i don't croak,

we'll get there.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Goofy Mistakes

When i first drew this, i worried it may have been a mistake to have Maxx's arm behind his leg, but i wanted to try something different. 

It may have been a goofy mistake, but i'm sorta used to it now.

That line sums up my whole career in a way.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bimbo: Lo's Stroke

A dramatic panel from Inner Bimbo, where-in Lo's bimbo notices his face drooping in the mirror.

It was based on a real life close friend of mine who had a stroke, and amazingly drove himself to emergency.  Luckily they caught it in time and made a full recovery.

Interesting how fictional comic-book stories . . . can often reflect really heavy real life stuff we endure.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


From the Big Book of Trout: 'Pareidolia' is the phenomena of seeing faces in ordinary objects, like rocks, trees, the moon,

or . . . toast.

Someday i'll put out a "Mysteries of the Twout-a-verse" book, and when i do . . .

this page will be in it.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Batman on brown paper.

Here's a page from Batman Secrets, ( the original art of which, will be collected in THIS Gallery Edition. )

This page is interesting because the top panel was done on recyclable brown paper.  Pops nicely against the white. It's not the his fault, but i forgot to tell the colorist to leave the brown panel uncolored, so the intended effect was kinda lost. 

So here's a chance to see it as originally intended.

The black strips on the sides are my usual sam kieth trademarked habit of adding masking tape.

: )

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Eleanor and the Egret early sketches

. . i showed John Layman some animals in my sketchbook, and these drawings are what helped shaped the Eleanor idea.  Originally the bird had a hat and some goofy socks.  And, for some weird reason . .  a shopping cart.

John's first script had the Egret wearing a different hat in each scene,  but somehow as it evolved, i found myself resisting that idea.  Neither was right or wrong, just different. 

So would have been a more cutesy and anthropomorphic book if we had dressed him up?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Labor of Luv.

It's still years from being finished, let alone released . . .

. . but i'm over half way through it now. 

Chugging along.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rarely seen Wolvie Cover..

This one's lo rez,

but i'll dig out a higher rez version and throw it up soon.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Project Back-Log.

Unless i get hit by a tomato truck,

or croak from some goofy disease or something . . .

. .  many Projects I have are so close to done, they could even be published regardless of if i am around or not.

Art of Maxx book,  Mysteries of the Trout a verse, ( either in book form, a series of short films), 101 Maxx covers, half a dozen others . . . . art's all scanned, finished text, etc.

Good news: they are all hand-crafted an piped in directly from my subconscious. Bad news: Not everything my subconscious pumps out is a golden egg.  Lotta rotten eggs in there too. 

Other Snags: my own personal procrastination means their all waiting in "stand-by" mode.  Some are  moldy, cobweb-ed, and dusty.  But, however flawed or indulgent they are, or seem to me to be, i must have faith that most are probably worthy, of eventually,  seeing the light of day.

Even if the masses may scratch their heads or even hate it, even if it just reaches that One Fan, who totally GETS it? 

Then it was all worth it.  

So . . . all i ask is your patience, 

don't give up on me yet.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Soft Brushwork

In the second Epicurus series, i pulled back on the "jam-packed-line-work" style,

and instead tried a more lush, softer brush style.

Trying for a deliberately blurred effect.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

68 Zombie Cover

Was asked by my friend Jay Fhotos to do a zombie cover.

Horror isn't really usually my strong suit, but it was fun to at least try. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Joker Sketch

Did some rough brush splotches and Joker face in the back of the Arkham Madness graphic novel.

Wound up being one of the stronger pieces, probably because i was just goofing around and not trying so hard.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hollows Trees

As someone asked a while back - yeah, i will post those blank hollows covers with all the trees on them in upcoming posts.

I'll also throw them in Art of Hollows/Mars Attacks" art book i'm working in, (which given all the tree paintings in it, may as  well be subtitled: "Aka: ...lots of goofy sam trees."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Eleanor Cover

This one's a little different and abstract.

I wanted to have 'strips' of different artistic movements along the top, then have it fade to a simple half penciled image of Eleanor, a suggestion she's drawing own unfinished image.

It may totally not work, but at least it was fun trying something new.  It's a little easier to see the artwork without the logo, so here's that too.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pin up

I did this pin up for my old pal Chris Wisnia who helped me out on Ojo many years ago.

Be sure and check Chris' cool website out HERE, while your at it . . . for more cool Monster Weirdness.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Freedom of not giving a crap.

An old marvel presents wolvie cover. You can see my timidly trying to add bit of red color in the shadows. Yeah, i knew the red wouldn't print when they scanned the art in black and white.

I just did it at that time,  because fully painting a color cover, still intimated me.

I wouldn't tackle painting until some years later when i started the drawing Maxx, and i surrendered to a freedom Simon Bizley encouraged in me. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fashion Foibles

The simplicity of minimal design, basic color shapes . . .  help balance out the other styles of art i draw in. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Red Guy.. with Shoulders.

I will explained why i did this in a future post, but for now...  thought i'd throw it up on the blog for fun.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bimbo: Farnese Hercules Lo

Here's the original black & white version from the Bimbo comic on the left, and an alternate color version of the Lo as the famous Greek Sculpture of Hercules on the right. 

I'd love to see a Color version of the Bimbo series too, which is tempting, but I'm probably better off not swimming backwards and instead just finish up Nola.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Victorian stuff

Eleanor has me on this 1900 kick again,

so i thought i'd dig out this old favorite from days-gone-bye.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Z- Girl(s)

Sorry, posting later than usual today. 

Funny trivia about Zero girl: Both Amy Smootster, and Nikki (from the second Zero Girl series) were to be part of six girls who had supernatural abilities that sprang from their dysfunctional teen-aged traumas. They were to be called "Z-girls". I know, sounds like a horrible idea, but it was less of a super hero book and more about my usual alienated geeky characters.

Megan, the library girl from Maxx was part of this group too, also Annie from Ojo once she grew older.

I always intended to weave them into Nola mini series, but instead i sent broke Zerogirl off into it's own series instead, which may have been for the best.

What do you guys think?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

ALAMO CITY - Comic Con Appearance!

If you missed me at Boston,  here's another chance:

I'll be at Alamo City Comic Con, May 26-28, Sat & Sun only.

Usual rules: no charge for signing comics, but let's try to keep it under 4 books per person, to keep the line moving, okay? 

Sorry, i won't be doing any new sketches at the con, but i'll be happy to do a free Maxx Doodle for you ...

...which will look something like this:

Even if you don't have any comics, you can also just stop by and say "hey" too. 

: )

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cute little guys

I notice i find an excuse to add cute little "pet" like characters in my stories, like the Isz in the Maxx, little Chibi-like critters.

Then there's the various Pets people own in Eleanor. 

Urp, from the Hollows, is like an plump version of an Isz, only with eyes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

3 Different Moms

Here's a series of Moms I've drawn over the years.

Julie's Mom rarely gets stressed, but I've always wondered why she has no nose?


Here's a Mom from the Worlds art book, overly stressing over an impending family gathering.


Lastly the 50's mom from Mars Attacks, Alien Invasions are enough to stress anyone's nerves.


That's it - your done.