Sunday, December 13, 2009

I Can't Draw

Rene "The Mexican Jesus" Castellano always yells at me when I say those three small words.  The truth of the matter is that when I was a younger man, I loved to draw.  I even studied art my first year in college.  But as time went on, I focused more on my writing and less on my drawing.
After Wizard World '08, I decided that I would start drawing again.  I haven't really done much since then, but I thought I would share some of my old drawings and a couple of new ones in hopes that this will spur me on to get the lead out.

Cerebus - 1981

Gravedigger - 1981

Cerebus - 1982

Leonardo - 1990

Bone - 2008

Craynobi - 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

It's All About Me

It has been a while since I have written a substantial blog. I apologize in advance because this one is all about me.

2009 has been a good year. My story “When Death Came” was published in the first issue of the BAC Street Journal (available at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago). My two comics White Knife (art by Dann Phillips and Stan Tanaka) and Bride of the Wolfman (art by Rene Castellano) were published by Instant Press Comics. I edited Dann Phillips’ StarBomb from Instant Press Comics. I have written a forward for Dave Losso’s Great Sandwich Detective No. 1 (coming out December 30th) and am currently working on my contribution to Rene Castellano’s 10th Anniversary Dorks trade (available in 2010).

I appeared at several conventions and signings, including Table-Con, the University Park Library’s March Madness Comic-Con, Art Baltazar’s Live Art Show Benefit for Ashley Baltazar, Free Comic Book Day at Alternate Reality, ACEN, Collectible Nation, Chicago Comic-Con, and Bride of the Wolfman comic book launch at Alternate Reality.

Here is what is scheduled for 2010. I am conducting a workshop on fantasy writing for teens and young adults at the Beverly Art Center. I will be one of the editors of the teen issue of the BAC Street Journal. Gondor, Son of Olympus – Deep Fried in Greece (art by Nino Mesarina) will be released as a full-sized one-shot comic from Instant Press Comics. I will be attending C2E2 in April with Instant Press Comics. Other plans include more White Knife books, Free Comic Book Day, ACEN, and FallCon (nothing will stop me this time). And, finally, I plan on updating GrubbMaster Pieces more often.

Here are some sites to check out:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bride of the Wolfman

It's the not-so-typical story of girl meets wolf as told by David Gruba (writer) and Rene Castellano (artist).  See what happens when the mother-in-law comes to visit and when the Wolfman goes out on his late night jaunts.  This all ages book will appeal to kids, married couples and joke book enthusiasts.

Bride of the Wolfman will be released on Halloween, Saturday October 31st.  Dave and Rene will be signing and selling at Alternate Reality at 111th and Western from 10:30 until 5:00.

Monday, June 22, 2009

BAC Street Journal

My short story "When Death Came" was published in the first issue of the BAC Street Journal.

On June 7th, a launch party was held at the Beverly Arts Center. Four other writers and I read our submissions. We had a good crowd and sold several copies of the first issue.

The magazine will be published twice a year by the Beverly Arts Center. Submissions are now being accepted for the second issue. The deadline is October 1st. You can request submission guidelines from

The first issue is available for $5.00 at the Beverly Arts Center on 111th & Western in Chicago. If you are unable to get to the arts center, you can contact me at to order a copy.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

White Knife Premieres at FCBD

Saturday, May 2nd was Free Comic Book Day. It was also the release date of White Knife.

Rene Castellano, Publisher of Instant Press Comics, and I were guests at Alternate Reality on 111th and Kedzie in Chicago. We had a good time meeting all of the customers and seeing some of our friends and fellow creators.

The day was a great success. We sold 13 copies of White Knife and 10 copies of various issues of Distant. I was very excited to talk to everyone about my book, and I was thrilled with the response.

Next stop - ACEN (Anime Central)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Not So Long Ago...

Before University Park Library's March Madness Comic-Con, there was Table-Con. Organized by Nino Mesarina and La Morris Richmond, Table-Con was a complete convention at one table. The con took place in January at Third Coast Comics. There were guest artists and phone-in guest speakers. There was even a gaming section. Chesskers anyone?
At Table-Con, I was presented with my first Boba Fett sketch in my Star Wars sketchbook. Thanks Kev!

Out of the Sarlacc by Kevin Girard

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Star Wars: Return of the Sketchbook

Last Saturday was a busy day.
I started out as a guest at University Park Library's March Madness Comic-Con. I had a good time with all of the other guests, but due to the buckets of rain, attendance was low. I was able to get a couple of sketches for my Star Wars sketchbook.
Snakes on a Mace by Jason Baggett
Darth Vader by Jared Day

That evening, I joined a group of awesome artists for the Ashley Baltazar Benefit/Live Art Show. We did sketches and paintings for donations. The artwork helped raise almost $1900.00. It was a great night and I was glad to be part of it.
Below is one of the sketches that I did of Cranobi from Art Baltazar's Cray-Baby Adventures.

I was also able to get some Star Wars sketches from the great artists in attendance.

Yoda by Art Baltazar

Darth Vader by Sean Dove

Cantina Band by Mike Norton

Yoda by Gregory Titus

Greedo by Patrick Brower

Darth Vader by Nino Mesarina

Lando by Alejandro Rosado