Mike Grell art lesson, stories, and Robin Hood sketch

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Mike Grell and does a Robin Hood sketch … tells stories, discusses his art process, the differences between Robin Hood, Green Arrow, and Travis Morgan … and “the legend of the Mike Grell signature”.


I was traveling yesterday, so I was late receiving the news that Stan Lee died at the age of 95. I can’t begin to tell you how I feel right now. He was one of the true giants of comics and the greatest ambassador the comic book industry ever had. His enthusiasm and love for the medium was always apparent and contagious.

I first met Stan at the Chicago Comicon in 1976, and we hit it off right away when asked to pose for a group photo involving many DC folks… and Stan. Stan saw the humor in the situation and positioned himself high on a table–dead center in the group–with me (the shortest guy in the bunch) standing in front of him. I asked the photographer to snap the shot on the count of three, whereupon I jumped up and struck a Superman pose, blotting Stan out of the picture. (That photo was later published with me mislabeled as “Dave Cockrum”, thereby blotting me out.)

Stan laughed harder than anyone and that was the kickoff to our friendship.

As comic conventions became more prevalent, artists and writers have taken on a sort of gypsy lifestyle, meeting and passing on the road, forming friendships in glancing blows over the years and sometimes going for years without laying eyes on each other. That was the way it was for Stan and me.

Fast forward several decades. I hadn’t seen Stan in too many years and we were both attending San Diego Comicon when I spotted him in the lobby of a hotel talking to another gentleman. I went over to say hi, not expecting him to remember me. He looked up and said, “Hi, Mike. Why the hell didn’t you ever come to work for me?”

Damned if I know, Stan. It would have been fun.

Stan Lee left an indelible mark on the world of comics and entertainment. His legacy will never be blotted out.


Wizard World, Springfield, MO Cancelled

I just learned that Wizard World has once again cancelled a show without informing scheduled guests. The Springfield, MO was set for October 26-28, 2018, but it’s been cancelled along with their Montgomery, AL show.
Unfortunately, a lot of people had already rearranged their schedules and made travel arrangements accordingly. Dealers are particularly hard hit by these abrupt changes, as most of them have to plan six months or more in advance and choose which shows they’ll be able to make.
I’m sorry to disappoint fans in the Springfield area. Hopefully, there will be another opportunity to meet up at another show somewhere down the road.

I’ll be appearing at the MEMPHIS COMIC EXPO October 20-21

I’ll be appearing at the MEMPHIS COMIC EXPO October 20-21. I look forward to seeing all my fans there.

Amazing Heroes Kickstarter featuring JON SABLE figure


Amazing Heroes was born out of the idea of creating an action figures line that could combine many of our favorite indy comic book heroes into an overall line of collectibles. For over 2 years we have been working closely with legendary comic creators such as Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon)Mike Allred (Madman)Steve Rude (Nexus)Jim Starlin (Dreadstar)Mike Grell (Jon Sable), Joe Staton (E-Man)Paul Grist (Jack Staff)Bob Burden (Flaming Carrot), Vito Delsante (Stray), Dean Haspiel (Red Hook)Michael T. Gilbert (Mr. Monster) and  many more to bring this amazing collection to life.

Mike Grell with Doug Jones at Fanboy Expo

I bumped into my pal Doug Jones at Knoxville Fanboy Expo this weekend. We only had a few minutes to chat and clown around before he had to fly off to shoot more episodes of his Star Trek series. 

Anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of meeting Doug should track him down at one of his personal appearances. You won’t be disappointed. 


Knoxville sketch

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

Recent convention sketches [Mild nudity warning]

I thought folks might be interested to see some of my recent convention sketches. LAKOTA MEDICINE SHIELD was the result of a fan  requesting “any beautiful woman”. LA OF OPAR is going to be a painting someday. SHEENA was done for a pal in Australia and CHEEKY was just fun.

Of course, these are all sold but my commission list is open at www.catskillcomics.com.






Down time

I had a bit of down time at Cherry Capital Comic Con…

— Mike

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