Convention Updates [Added: Lansing, MI; Charlotte, NC; Kansas City, MO]

Lansing, MI
March 5-6, 2016

Lexington, KY
March 11-13, 2016

Ottawa, Canada
May 13-15, 2016
Ottawa Comiccon

Toronto, Canada [TENTATIVE]
May or June, 2016
Liss Gallery (and comic shop appearance; details TBD)

Charlotte, NC
June 17-19, 2016
Heroes Convention

Montreal, Canada
July 8-10, 2016
Montreal Comiccon

Kansas City, MO
August 12-14, 2016
Kansas City Comic Con


Mike Grell art Commissions

Scott Kress at Catskill Comics is the exclusive agent for Mike Grell commissioned art. Fans looking for comic art originals or wishing to commission a special piece for their wall can contact Scott at

Tony Ortega’s PHOENIX at RICC 2015
















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Pics from Grand Rapids COMICON

When Captain GRELL throws his mighty shield…

Tony Stark’s Cobra …

GR Comic Con 2015: Mike Grell Goes In Depth with Longbow Hunters

We had a chance to talk to Mike Grell, the genius behind the seminal “Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters”
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Thank you Grand Rapids, apologies for programming mix up

To my fans in Grand Rapids -

Thank you for coming to see me at the Grand Rapids Comicon this past weekend. I had a great time and really enjoyed your city, which turns out to be a little gem and maybe the best kept secret in the state.

Unfortunately, there was a programming glitch that caused me to have to change a scheduled panel from Sunday to Friday. I hadn’t been informed of the panel until Friday afternoon, when I was told that it was to take place Sunday at 3PM. The problem was that at that time I was supposed to be packing my gear to catch a shuttle for the airport, so the convention kindly changed my  panel to Friday at 3PM.

That might not have been a problem, except that it was too late to change the printed program and someone forgot to post a sign noting the change – AND – nobody bothered to tell the guy on the PA loudspeaker, because at 2:45 on Sunday afternoon I heard the announcement that I would be speaking at 3PM. I sent one of the convention handlers to let folks know what happened and awhile later one of the convention ladies came to me in a bit of a panic, saying that there were fifty people waiting for me in the ballroom. I told her I’d go and explain the situation and talk to the fans for the 15 or 20 minutes I could spare before my shuttle left, but by the time we hustled back to the ballroom, the first handler I had sent had already arrived and told folks I was a no show.

So… if you were there waiting for me to show up, I apologize for the waste of your time. It wasn’t my fault, honest. I hope you’ll give me another chance somewhere down the road.




I can’t tell you how saddened I am to learn that Yvonne Craig, known to many as TV’s BATGIRL, has passed away. She was a great lady and a cherished friend whose warmth and wit made her a joy to be with.

I met Yvonne twenty-odd years ago and we struck up an instant friendship, partly based on a mutual love of Africa and partly because (she said) I had drawn her favorite comic: BATMAN FAMILY #1. She said it was because Batgirl finally got to kiss Robin.

A few years later we were guests at a comic convention and, when Yvonne saw me, she came running around her table to give me a hug. I put up my hand to stop her, turned to my friends across the room and said, “Hey, guys! Watch this!” Yvonne grinned and gave me what Batgirl gave Robin.

The last time I saw her, she had somehow managed not to have aged a day. She was as beautiful and vivacious as ever and gave no hint of the battle she was fighting. I wish I could say we were close, but our meetings were infrequent and too far between. Despite that, she always made me feel like a long-lost friend. Maybe a little more lost just now.

My prayers go out to her family and friends.

Off you go, girl. God speed.



Interview at Smallville

We had a great time interviewing Mike Grell at Smallville ComicCon last weekend and wanted to share the podcast in which the interview aired. Our conversation with Mike is right up front:
We hope you enjoy it and feel free to share!
John Holloway
Worst Comic Podcast EVER!

Email From A Fan: I just received my Mike Grell commission

Email From A Fan:

I just received my Mike Grell commission and shared it here and in along with a nice story about how I also dealt with the same health concerns.

Also, check the link to compare the recreation with the original cover.  I actually “remastered” the original cover myself in photoshop, that’s why it looks really clean. I did it from a 300dpi scan of the original artwork from the owner of the art them colored it digitally to match the original cover.  It was a ton of work, click the CAF link for comparisons with the original!

– Jovi Neri

“Here’s my first colored birthdate commission. Being born October 1977, my theme is for artists who worked on a comic with that cover date revisit his previous work. My list is wearing thin since artists from that era are either no longer with us, or not as active as they used to be.

“Mike Grell revived the GL/GA series from the lineage that involved Neal Adams. Grell is also responsible for making Green Arrow relevant with his work on The Longbow Hunters. He was the artist in the memorable issue #97 which featured a very dynamic cover.

“When he finally got to draw it, this was the result -very faithful to the original with only some minor changes. Having Grell do it in inks and watercolor was a treat though. It added a dimension to the art that would not have been possible in 1977.37 years later, I commissioned him through agent Scott Kress of Catskill Comics to re-imagine the cover he did. This one took a long time coming because Grell had a health scare having been hospitalized and stricken by cellulitis.

“The late arrival of the commission actually made it more special in a twisted way. I started watching the Arrow TV Series, and I could also relate with Grell’s bout with cellulitis as I also had to deal with that in 2013.

“More power to all the artists from the 1977 era who are still active today!”

Link to the commission on


To all my fans -

Thank you for your prayers and good wishes during my recent health problems. I’m on the mend and looking forward to seeing you on the convention circuit in the coming months. I appreciate all your support.

Best regards,


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