Mike Grell Original 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: www.catskillcomics.com

3D Jennifer Morgan by The Master

An amazing 3D by the master. Todd Reis has been doing these for almost as long as I’ve been doing comics and I have a number in my collection. 

Mike

Convention Appearances [added: Chicago IL; Puyallup WA; Biloxi MS]

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SKETCHES TO BE PICKED UP AT CONVENTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MANY SHOWS.  PLEASE CONTACT MIKE’S ART REP SCOTT KRESS AT www.catskillcomics.com FOR INFORMATION.

SABLE BONUS BOOK

Hi, guys –

I’m pleased to announce that the Sable bonus book for the Maggie the Cat Kickstarter is finally complete. I received the lettered pages from John Workman today and we’ll be going to print before the end of the week.

As you are aware, this has been a much longer process than anyone planned for and just to cap things off I got hammered by a flu bug that managed to get a toehold and hung on for over a week with a little extra kicker at the end that had me worrying about a relapse. Getting old ain’t for sissies.

I want to thank everyone who stayed in my corner and kept the faith even when mine started to waiver. I’m finishing the last personalized sketch covers today and tomorrow and we’ll give you a heads up when we begin final shipments.

Best regards,
Mike

R.I.P. KIRK DOUGLAS

Kirk Douglas passed away yesterday at the age of 103. Another of my heroes gone, but not forgotten. 

I used Kirk Douglas in a pointed discussion with my old pal Julie Schwartz regarding the age of comic heroes. Julie insisted that none of DC’s heroes were over 30  and I pointed out that Travis Morgan was 43 when The Warlord began because Kirk Douglas was 44 when he made SPARTACUS and it was pretty clear he could kick Batman’s butt. From then on, I made it a point to have all my characters age as their stories went on.

One of my favorite movies is the 1958 classic THE VIKINGS. If you wonder what effect it had on me, go back and take a look at The Warlord’s helmet — it’s a modification of the one Douglas wore into battle. After watching the Funeral scene, I told my mom I wanted to have a viking funeral. She pointed out that I’m Italian/English/Welsh. It doesn’t matter — a few years ago I had a 5 foot wooden viking ship built to hold my ashes as I sail off into my own end credits.

103 years is a good long run. Few of us will match it and almost none will leave as lasting a mark as Kirk Douglas.

Rest in peace.

‘TIS THE SEASON…

Here’s a Christmas tale from my childhood:

It’s 1951. I’m four years old… just… and my brother Bob has gotten special permission to take me to school with him to see Santa Claus. Now, at four all I know about Christmas is a tree and a bunch of toys that show up overnight. But I’m getting the idea…

See, there’s this fat old guy who lives at the North Pole who has a bunch of elves working for him–little people with pointy ears (I just survived Halloween, so I know about goblins)–and they go around and spy on little kids to see if they’ve been bad (I’m sunk already) or good (fat chance), so be good, for goodness sake! Oh, yeah, and he sneaks into your house when you’re sleeping! Just like a burglar!!! You better watch out!!!!!

I used to lie awake staring into shadows and imagining I saw little goblin creatures peeking at me. I never passed a fireplace without checking for a fat guy up the flue.

Comes the big day and off to school I go with my big brother, who is in the third grade. Everybody is talking about Santa Claus… The fat guy. You better watch out!!!!

Then comes the sound of bells jingling outside in the hallway. You better watch out!!!

And here he comes, the fat guy himself, dragging a huge sack. What’s in that thing, bad little kids? I mean, did he get that fat from eating little kids??? Ho Ho Ho!

All the kids line up and I’m standing there with my brother holding me by the hand to keep me from bolting because he and I both know I’ve been anything but good and I know damned well I’m going in that sack. You better watch out!!!!

And here we are and it’s my turn to sit on Santa’s lap. Bob picks me up and sets me down on Santa’s knee and I look up into a face straight out of a Stephen King nightmare. Ho Ho Ho!

Santa is wearing one of those old painted masks made out of stiff cloth, only it hasn’t been packed very well, because over the years it’s acquired a bunch of dents. Like someone smacked Santa in the face with a ballpeen hammer. And his eyes don’t line up with the holes. Ho Ho Ho!

“Have you been a good little boy?”

Hell no! Lemme outta here! I kick and scream bloody murder.

Realizing the nature of my panic, Mrs. Doyle tries to explain that this is only the janitor, acting as Santa’s helper. The old guy takes his off mask…

Holy crap! He peeled his face off!!!!!! 

I’m gone. Straight under the teacher’s desk.

Eventually, the guy with the removable face leaves, and Mrs. Doyle tries to coax me out, but I’m no fool. I can hear bells in the hallway and I know he’s going to the other classrooms. Ho Ho Ho!

Back under the desk.

Then I get the bad news… it’s not even Christmas yet. Santa Claus is coming to town!!!! I want to warn the kids… You better watch out!!!!

But then I figure maybe he’ll eat them instead of me and he won’t be hungry anymore. 

And that’s how you get to be a cartoonist.

Merry Christmas! You better watch out!!!

Mike

SUPERBOY VS. MUHAMMAD ALI

Anthony Scaramucci with his special commission! It was quite a challenge drawing so many great American heroes.

Mike

MARK RYAN’S “THE PILGRIM”

Hi, guys –

I’m very excited that my pal Mark Ryan has decided to resurrect his brilliant project THE PILGRIM with a Kickstarter campaign planned to launch sometime in late January, 2020. I had the pleasure of working with Mark on the original series, which was first released as a web comic in 2008 before the publisher fell victim to the economics of the time. 

Based on a real-world British counter-intelligence program from WWII, The Pilgrim tells the story of an entity created from pure mental energy to become the perfect clandestine warrior. During the London Blitz, the house where the experiment is taking place is bombed and the entity is set free. Decades later, this wanderer begins to remember his origins… and his purpose. The world has changed, but forces of evil are eternal. 

At the time publication was suspended, we had completed 55 pages of story and art with another 11 pages scripted and penciled. Mark’s plan is to run a Kickstarter to fund the completion – inking, lettering, coloring –of the existing material with additional pages added to round out the package in the first of a two-part graphic series. 

Due to prior commitments, I will be working with top notch artist Stephen B. Scott (http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=2855) who will be providing finishes to my existing pencils as well as the framing sequence that will form the bridge between the original series and the continuing story going forward. Steve’s work on the adaptation of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT and Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK are just the tip of his creative iceberg. 

Look for more news on THE PILGRIM after the first of the year.

Mike

Letter to Kickstarter Backers

Hi, Guys –

First off, I want to thank you all for your continued support and patience as we stumble and bumble our way through this whole process. 

Yes, there have been numerous delays — some of them related to production, some due to a far steeper learning curve than anyone anticipated and some due to plain fumbling the ball. I take responsibility for all that–whether I was directly involved in that aspect of the whole operation or not–because my name is on it.

Meanwhile, I give you my word that the individuals who have already received their packages were not the highest investors, as some folks have assumed. Just the opposite. Due to production/printing issues, they were the folks who had pledged at lower levels because their packages contained far less material than the upper levels. We felt it important to deliver what we had on hand as soon as practical, rather than delay until everything was completed. I’m very sorry it gave the impression anyone was being singled out for favoritism. I swear to you that’s not the case.

My crew and I are working hard to get everything wrapped up and hoped to have everything shipped ahead of the holiday crunch, but that may not be the case as we’re still digging out from the double-barreled winter storm that hammered us this week. Fortunately, power has been restored and storm-damaged trees have been turned in to firewood.  We’ll be posting regular updates to keep you informed.

To show my appreciation for your patience, those of you who have not yet received your premiums will be getting an extra special bonus print in your package. Reproduced from the original art, the cover for JON SABLE, FREELANCE #2 represents my artistic epiphany, a dramatic turning point in my style. This image was offered briefly in 2018 to mark Sable’s 35th Anniversary and I consider it to be my all-time best. 

Again, I appreciate your support and welcome your feedback; it will help me avoid the same pitfalls going forward. And I apologize for not personally keeping everyone informed every step of the way.

Mike

UNBOXING THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES SKETCHBOOK AND SKETCH CARDS

WOW!

I wanted to share the excitement of opening the package of Legion of Superheroes sketchbooks and cards!The quality is amazing and I know these are going to be a hit with our Kickstarter supporters.

Mike

RULES OF THE HUNT

A taste of what’s coming your way In Jon Sable, Freelance “RULES OF THE HUNT”, the untold story of Sable’s first case… and nearly his last. 

An African hunter in the concrete jungle sets out after the deadliest prey.

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