Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lance Star; Space Ranger

This time I'm previewing a story that a writer friend [Bobby Nash] and I are working up. Lance Star is traditionally a pre-World War 2 adventure pilot. But for this story, we're taking him out into deep space for some retro sci-fi fun. This is a throwback to the good ol' days filled with laser guns, conquering aliens, and a dashing hero with his faithful sidekicks. No cynical, pissy anti-heroes here, bub. Issue to issue continuity is for sissies. Scientific fact? Who needs it? Put on your crappiest T-shirt, grab some Doritos and enjoy.....

Ahem....Lance Star and all supporting characters are copyright 2009, the right honorable Bobby Nash. Artwork is copyright 2009, me.

Umm....can I have some of those Doritos?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FemForce versus Moon Mind Montague...No, really...

Here we have a chapter I penciled for another issue of FemForce. Each chapter in this issue was drawn by a different artist. In this one, the FemForce are captured by a fellow named Moon Mind Montague. Yes, that's right. Because everything's good with cheese in it, even super villains. And that's why I like working for AC. They never forget that the purpose of reading comics is to have FUN. It's escapism, pure and simple. Let other genres wax philosophical about life, I'll go for the cheese flavored eye candy every time.

So anyway, Ol' Moon Mind manages to capture the FemForce.....

....And proceeds to ramble for over two full pages about his brilliant plan. This guy is right out of the Silver Age, isn't he?
He's not one to allow a lack of height to get in the way of his success...

Suddenly, his gloat festival is cut short by an infiltrator of his secret base...that pistol packin' Momma, Colt!
Colt is subdued...just in time to return rant [via flashback], telling all how brilliantly she managed to sneak in...

But although she was captured, Colt had earlier managed to sabotage the gas-filled tubes that held the FemForce. Let the games begin....


Moon Mind -0
Th-th-th-that's all, FemFolks!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

FemForce Versus Arajnu the Indestructible

This time I'm posting a large chunk of the first FemForce story I penciled. The FemForce was the first group book I ever drew, and I was surprised to find that I enjoyed working with multiple characters. Of course, it's not hard to see why I liked working with these particular characters.

This was the longest story I had ever penciled at the time. Full length, it was 24 pages. It was originally written to be 15 pages, but after I had penciled the first four it became obvious that the level of type was making the panels a bit crowded, so we expanded the page count. They say you never forget your first....full length story.....cough.

My apologies for the murky nature of the scans. I was penciling with non-photo blue lead to make it easier on the inker, but as you might imagine it's devilishly hard to get a decent scan of this elusive substance. I ended up turning the light setting wayyy down low to get something worth saving. It wasn't long before I gave up the non-photo and grabbed a standard pencil.

FYI, the artwork and characters in this post are copyright 2009 AC Comics. All rights reserved. So there.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

First blog post

Here I go with my first art post. As you'll see I tend to lean towards late 60's-early 70's retro in my style. I grew up on that stuff and I'd still like to see that look being sold on the stands.

I'm still in the learning curve of posting on a blog, so this group will be simple and straightforward. Later, I'll begin posting sequential story pages, layouts, etc. Until then, please enjoy some simple pin up shots. Here we go..... on a pic for the enlarged version.

Hats, anyone? These were drawn to cut and paste on character heads a few years back. The project died, but the hats remain.

Wizard conjuring a she-demon. Penciled several years back, but not inked up until yesterday.

The dragon. Part of a series of pencil sketches I did several years ago for a friend. She was taking a class in web design and decided to take on Beowulf, the website. Again, inked yesterday.

Grendel. Also from the Beowulf drawings, and also finished yesterday. The original pencils were never intended to be inked, but sometimes I can't resist the urge to slap some inks on any pencils within reach.

Vampire couple. These young lovers give a whole new meaning to the phrase "fast food". They were originally in the page layouts I did for a vampire story. I liked them enough to invite them over to my blog. They wouldn't dress formal, but I insisted on a new inkjob.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Testing, one-two-three....

I know, I know....

Yes, they will. And it's lucky for me that they will.

Anyway....Hello, I'm Jeff Austin, illustrator and comic book artist. The purpose of this blog is to shamelessly plug my artwork, hopefully bringing me to the attention of publishers, editors, and other interested parties who are not currently aware of my existence. As time marches on I'll be sharing various works from the past, and showing current assignments whenever possible.

In the next day or so, I'll post some art samples to get things started. Just getting things set up right now. If you stumble across this blog before that happens, please come back to check things out soon.