November 30, 2007

HEY KIDS! COMICS!

Come see me on Saturday, December 1st at Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark DE. I'll be signing and doing sketches for the kids and I'll even have something special in tow!

I'll be there with my mansnthem, Scott Neely, kicking up dust!

Be Easy.

October 15, 2007

UVC - Filled with 80mgs of That's What's Up!

Hey what's up party people! Just dropping in to give you a little Hap into my mix.

- For a while, I've been putting up color drops into the new UVC - URBAN VOICE OF COMICS magazine, which is what I've heard as a cross between Wizard and Vibe magazine. I called it 'The Black Wizard' magazine, and then got into a silly misunderstanding about there being a market for black wizards.

In any event, Look for the 3rd ep of Boogaloo inside the magazine, and support the cause. ERRRUUUUUUH!

September 06, 2007

RARRRRRRR.


A kraft-paper hip-hop zombie done for a commission back in the summer. Snapped with my camera - it's a little fuzzy.

August 31, 2007

The return of the JDOT 5-SPOT!

Hey. Here's 5 easy-to-digest bits from the laboratory of Jamar to take you into the weekend. We're over here at Team Poobah trying to get it going for you - so when you see me in your area, you are sated and full. Full of comic-y nougat. (I've been reading too much Penny Arcade blog entries lately.)

Anyway, here's some news for your side of the world.


ONE.
Next weekend, travel on down to the BALTIMORE COMIC-CON where I'll be set up, shakin' the babies and kissin' the hands. This is a sentimental show for me, as we're gonna go all-out, and have a great show and remember our pal Ringo. He was going to be going to this show. He didn't go to many cons, but Heroes and Baltimore. He'll still be there, but on another energy frequency, and right here (taps heart).

Just for that, I'm going NUTS for this show, and going back to old Jamar-Mode! I will have with me, me hopes, a Tokyopop GrossePack, which will include all three of the GROSSE ADVENTURES books that I did with Tokyopop, (With art on the first one by my mans'en'em, Mike Norton). You can also order the books on Amazon.com if you can't make it down, but look for a hot sketch-tie-in if you buy all three from me. I may even throw in some scratch-n-sniffs! I'm nice like that.

While I'm here, here's the cover of the third book again, with proper dress and editor cleanining:*
Also look for a Baltimore-Special edition of my first sketchbook, E POOBAH UNUM: IN JAMAR WE TRUST. We're still getting that together over here, but don't sleep - They may go fast!

*I have a small stash of the DETECTIVE BOOGALOO ILL CRIMES UNIT CASEFILES left, that I'm gonna bring through. This is gonna be it until the comic book comes out (!) which I'll talk about in more detail at a later date.

*I will have original art that I want to unload, mainly an almost complete pagecount of my first 'mainstream' gig, RADISKULL & DEVILL DOLL HATES LOVE! comic, done with Devils Due/Image. Come cop this stuff!

*I should also have a batch of 'WILL DRAW FOR LOVE' The second Philadelphia Cartoonist Society jambook that I have some sketch material in.

*OH! Also on the table, we'll have copies of UVC MAGAZINE: The Urban Voice of Comics. I'm doing color-re-ups of the Boogaloo strips in the mag every issue! I think we're up to the 4th strip so far. (That reminds me, I have to turn work in to the editor!)

*ALSO! (again) The latest issue of DRAW! magazine came out, where I interviewed one of my idols, Steve Purcell of Sam&Max fame. We'll have copies of that to cop, so come talk to me about it or make me feel good and let me sign your copy. I'll be set up next to my road-dog Mike Manley, so you KNOW he'll have his Draw!s on hand. [||]

* We are going to be in the KIDS LOVE COMICS! Pavillion, so bring your seeds over and be treated to kid-friendly comics and I promise not to swear in front of your kids.

TWO: I have a Twitter account. See my drops at the top of the blog here, and on my myspace page. Come Follow Me!

THREE: What I'm reading: Freakanomics. What I'm playing: PuzzleQuest on the DS.

FOUR: What I'm waiting on: Graduation, Kanye West.

FIVE: Where I'm at next: SPX in October. But that's another post entirely.

August 26, 2007

Catching my breath

Beach bird. . . a little something in watercolor.

Keeping it brief, it's been a wierd change-of-season for me, as a lot of stuff as happened, and with that also brings about the hope of new things - good things, sometimes bad, but also things that become life-altering.

Not too long ago, my pal Mike Manley and I went down to North Carolina to say goodbye to a friend. That saturday, we all packed up the truck and went to the beach to clear our heads and to enjoy life. I can't say that I've had a lot of perfect days, but that may have been close.

August 16, 2007

Missing Ringo - sharing stories


It’s been tough trying to whittle down my thoughts to write out something about Mike. I have so many memories and great times in my head, but right now, my head is a huge mess, so I apologize if this doesn’t read that well.

Mike never had the ego of somebody who held his lofty position in the industry, or ever made you feel like you weren’t good enough or high enough on the food chain to breathe his air – he was an amazing, warm, REAL good person whom I feel very blessed to have had the pleasure of calling a friend.

After the news I got Monday morning about his passing away, I’ve run through an amazing range of emotions, and every day since, I’ve woken up and my mind keeps trying to disprove that this is real. I keep reading tributes and these amazing pieces about Ringo, and all of this cements something that I always tried to tell him – hell, all of his friends did – that he had NO idea how much people love and respect him. He was a beautiful person, who loved nature and animals, his friends, art and comics - all that they stood for and what they could be one day.

Out of many, a few things about Mike that we shared were a love of laughter, jokes and stuff that wasn’t comics. I would spend long hours on the phone with Mike talking about the Carolina Panthers’ football team, HBO cable shows or just making stupid voices and making each other crack up.

I know that Mike was down a lot, and sometimes I would just leave a silly message or joke on his machine when he wouldn’t pick up the phone – sometimes I could just feel that he was home, he just wasn’t in the mood to rap. And I was cool with that, but I would still let him know that I was thinking about him, and that he could call me back whenever he got around to it.

The thing the hits me the hardest about Mike’s passing is that we just talked to him – my girlfriend and I – last Saturday, the 11th, the day before he died. I had been out of the loop with a lot of friends for about a month’s time because of work, and I wanted to spend Saturday procrastinating from cleaning my house, and calling buddies sounded like a great way to while away the afternoon. Mike and I talked for about 90 minutes, and we chatted about everything under the sun. I remember he mentioned that he just got a new SleepNumber Bed, and I said that I hoped he looked better than Lyndsay Wagner does in those commercials! That rolled into a 5 minute laugh-fest of monotone testimonials from Ringo, spoken in a slow teleprompter-style, about the wonders of this miracle device and how he’d never be the same. After I asked him what his SleepNumber was, we then jokingly asked what his cat, Charlie’s was. He shrugged it off and said that Charlie never slept on the bed, and then he laughed and admitted, “Ok, it’s 39”.

Mike was really funny. I don’t think he let on in public how quick with a joke he was because he always seemed to enjoy just listening and soaking in what was around him. Given the chance, he would have me crying with laughter. Now I’m just crying.

I miss you, Ringo.

August 13, 2007

Mike Wieringo 1963-2007


I know I haven't posted a lot, and I don't expect a lot of people to read this, but I had to put something up.

It came out today that one of my best friends in and out of comics, Mike Wieringo, passed away yesterday. He was 44.

It's really tough to read all the stuff about him all over the internet, but I'm glad - he was as I've always said, one of the sweetest human beings I've ever met, and I am honored and proud to have him as a friend. Nobody could ever say a bad word about him and no one ever will.

That's enough for now.
I'm already missing my buddy. Love you Mike.

June 12, 2007

WIZAAH WHIRRRR PHILLY

WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA - Phila. Convention Center, June 15-17, 2007

It's that time again, but this time, I'll be back behind the table where I'm supposed to be. But only for 3 days - they can't oppress me!

I'll be down in my hometown, the place where you don't look up - lest you get knocked down, that rough and tumble burg, Philadelphia, PA, for Wizard World Philadelphia.


I'll be in the Artist Alley section, table 1509 (Write that down - because every time I hear somebody say 'Dude, I couldn't find you!' Well here I am.)

I'll be bringing along some stuff from the vault, namely Detective Boogaloo Casefiles, Original Art, Copies of my Philadelphia Cartoonist Society Anthologies, and possibly some Grosse Adventures books, and some surprises! You're just gonna have to come through and find out what they are.

Can't wait to see you! Maybe we'll head out for a steak afterwords.


And yo, don't embarrass me! Remember: "Fries next window"

June 06, 2007

Back to the Future

What's up Party People!

I've been away for a while - so now that it's the summer grind, I'll try and put more info down on here - especially since I see my soldiers in the street, asking when I'm gonna update. I don't want that kind of pressure, so I'll just keep posting drops here.

Anywho, I have a LOT of stuf to drop, plus a lot of pictures of events past, that I was too busy to even talk about, because I had to go do them. I'm looking at at least a few weeks of getting you up to speed - all 4 of you that check my blog out.

So here's something cool I just saw - Here's the cover to #3 and the last (as far as I know) Grosse Adventures Book that I'll illustrate for Tokyopop. The street date for this I believe is July. . . but I'm not sure. I think before Comic-Con.


Take it easy out in these streets, cousin!

May 05, 2007

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AGAIN?! WHERE'S THE TIME GO?!

Remember that post from last year? About how cool this event is? HUH?!

Come on, what are you really gonna do today?

Right. You're gonna SAY you're gonna clean the bathroom, but you're just gonna sit on the couch and watch that marathon of O.C.

Why don't you come on out to see me and say Hi, and get some FREE COMICS in the process?

I'm going to be at my fave comic shop of all time, Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark, Delaware today for FCBD and will be representing, doing sketches, and promoting my latest illustration thing, THE GROSSE ADVENTURES, a smelly chapterbook series from Tokyopop.

Come on down and join in the Cinco De Fun ya'll!

Get all the details here. If you don't know what Free Comic Book Day is, go here anyway.

Or here.

March 18, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me and other madness


Whattup ya'll! Just popping in to give you some linky goodness, then bounce. It's how I'm rolling today.

Today's my birthday, so when we look back on this day in history, at least they can say I blogged. That's gotta count for something right?

Well here's some stuff for you.

In the land of Detective Boogaloo, I updated the site with a lovely birthday card from my pal Mike Wieringo.

In the land of the Fat Wonder Woman Blog, well, I haven't done anything yet, but I will. In a minute. Don't rush me!

In the land of Tokyopop, the ends of the third volume of THE GROSSE ADVENTURES is on my table. That should be done soon-soon.

In the land of other stuff, well . . . other stuff is going on. Can't tell you yet.

Oh yeah! Thanks for you all who came and saw me at the NY Comic Con. Fun was had, and I even had a impromptu signing at the UVC MAGAZINE booth - a new comic magazine that's going to cover the black voice in comics and pop culture. Look for some big news from my camp on them soon.

I'll have more plugs soon, but chew on that for now.

February 22, 2007

This Weekend: NY COMIC CON!

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) look for me (All 4 of you) at the New York Comic Con! I'll be floating around bothering my comic pals, posing for photo ops, shaking babies and kissing hands.

Also you can find me at the TOKYOPOP booth on Sunday signing, sketching and that whole deal promoting THE GROSSE ADVENTURES.

Come give your man Dap!


February 14, 2007

SNOW DAY SNOW DAY!

Hey ya'll. Happy Valentine's Day and all that. Remember - if your S/O is one of those types that for some reason NEEDS this day to be about them, don't screw it up - that's Not a Good Look.

Following that vein - here's my latest stab at bag art - just for the occasion! Just imagine I'm giving this to you, full of candy and stuff. Make the appropriate gutteral sounds that work for you.

Much love to my man Bill Morton on this one - I think I channeled the power of MORTCO.

And I would be remiss if I didn't post one of my favorite wintry illustrations on a day like today. Reminds me about the childhood dangers of the 'hood in winter. Ain't nobody smiling!


Take it easy. One more week to Comic-Con in Noo Yawk, baby!

February 05, 2007

Get Grosse!

Yo.

So here's the little book I've been working on - THE GROSSE ADVENTURES VOL 2: Stinky and Stan Blast Off! for Tokyopop.

Tokyopop has a 'young readers' line of chapter books - well, I think it may just be this book and AGENT BOO. Anyway, if you have kids in 3rd-4th grade, get them this.

The first book was illustrated by my main man of height and importance, Mike Norton, and I'm rolling in with 2 and (on my desk now) #3. Props due to Mike, who always looks out like a Eagle Scout on his Paper Route.

Oh yeah - the main hook of the books is about farting. Lots of it.

Go cop it at your local bookstore or amazon. Good luck finding this at your comics shop.

APPEARANCE NOTE: I'll be freezing my nahmean's off at NYC Comic Con at the end of the month promoting the book, so you should be able to see me at the TPop booth getting ignored as soon as people realize I'm not the MBQ Guy*.

* Respect to my man Felipe. Go Buy MBQ! It's dope!

Grosse Art!




A quickie then I'm out - Afternoon Delight!

One of my favorite illos from the book I just worked on from pencils to tones.

January 15, 2007

That's A Good Look, Bro.

So I switched up the blog, and even though it's a little dotty - it's on-point. It feels good, so that's what's up.

Look to the left for more linkage and a snapshot on what I'm up to.

And that's word.

January 14, 2007

Now Ask Yourself Homeboy, WHY IS THAT?!

So what's good, everybody?



Happy New Year and all that. Don't eat that, my man - you gotta watch your diet. I see you over there!



I'm over here trying out some new publishing tools. It may help me blog more often. (or not)



Just to give you guys a heads up - you should be able to pick up my latest thing, I've been working on a chapter series for publisher Tokyopop, and the new book that just came out, THE GROSSE ADVENTURES VOL 2: STINKY AND STAN BLAST OFF! and the drawin's by me.



The first volume is by your pal and mine and friend of squirrels, Mike Norton. The second is by me.



Since this is a chapterbook for 3rd-4th graders, don't be shocked - this ain't a big eyed blood and swords tale. But there's lots of farting.



Yeah, farting. It's really funny too. I wish they made stuff like this when i was in the 4th grade.



So tell me if you see it out there. Word.



See ya around!





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