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Happy New Year to everyone! Big plans not only for my own art but for Black Cat 13 Brewery!!

Cheers! Beer before Liquor; will get you sicker 
Thanks so much to everyone that voted! The winners will be announced on Monday but either way, it's an honor to be nominated.
  • Listening to: King Animal
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: LEGO: Lord of the Rings
I have the great honor of being nominated for Best Colorist for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by the Ghastly Awards this year! And I am humbled to be in the same category as these artists!

In addition, The Four Horsemen has been nominated for Best Original Graphic Novel and Simon Bisley for Best Artist!

The winners of the Ghastly's are chosen by the votes of Judges, Creators and Fans. So I would surely appreciate if you could take a minute or two to go and vote for yours truly and the book that we worked so hard on.

You can vote here:…

Voting ends on January 31, 2013

Thank you so much for your support!!

About the Ghastly Awards:
The Ghastly Awards recognize outstanding achievements in Horror Comics over a range of 15 different categories. The nominees are chosen from the books submitted by the Horror Comic Creators throughout the calendar year. Winners are chosen by the Judges, Creators and Fans.
  • Listening to: King Animal
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: LEGO: Lord of the Rings
The BIG DAY is tomorrow! Keep it spooky, kids!


  • Listening to: the sound of screams
  • Reading: tarot
  • Watching: the full moon
  • Playing: ghost in the graveyard
  • Eating: candy corn
  • Drinking: pumpkin ale
Hey, everyone!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that I'll be signing copies of Heavy Metal's The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse at Westfield Comics East in Madison, WI. next Saturday, June 30th from 1pm-3pm!

It might be the first chance a lot of people have had to get their mits on Book 1 since the 1st printing sold out. So come on out and let me ruin it with my horrible signature!

Westfield's blog entry:…

Be sure to let me know that you found out about this on DA!

  • Listening to: The Dead Weather
  • Reading: tarot
  • Watching: the clock
  • Playing: w/my iPhone
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: coffee, coffee and more coffee

Book 1 of The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse will be available at C2E2 this Saturday, April 14th!! Stop by Artist Alley table I-9 to get your copy signed and get a free 4 Horsemen poster!

So excited to finally be able to show this to everyone... be sure to stop by and let me know you saw this on DA!
  • Listening to: The Dead Weather
  • Reading: tarot
  • Watching: the clock
  • Playing: w/my iPhone
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: coffee, coffee and more coffee
The Official Press Release went out yesterday: The Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse: Helldiver will be released April 13, 2012!!

More about the book: The End is Here- are you ready for the Apocalypse? We've been working on this project for a long time and now it's almost on your doorstep. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Helldiver is book one of an incredible three-book series featuring the amazing art of Simon Bisley and Chad Fidler along with additional art by the late, great Stan Winston, Tim Bradstreet, and Dave DeVries. With a script co-written by Mike Kennedy and Sean Jaffe, creator and writer Michael Mendheim.

Kevin Eastman, owner and publisher of Heavy Metal Magazine, today announced the first major publishing event for the year-long 35th anniversary celebration with the launch of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Eastman states "This incredible three-book series featuring the stories of Michael Mendheim and art of Simon Bisley will also include special fan incentives and social media-focused promotions and preview exclusives that aim to thrill our die-hard fans, friends, fans and Heavy Metal followers."

It seems like I've said it a million times but I'm so excited to finally see this come to fruition and I can't wait to show you guys more art and find out what you think of it. I've poured myself more into the coloring of this mini-series than any other project and I hope it shows.

The book is available for pre-order here and we will have copies with us at C2E2 in April.

Here is the official Press Page.

Stay up to date with all the latest happenings by "Liking" us on Facebook.

Also you get an exclusive Sketchbook PDF when you like us.

And be sure to watch the awesome trailer here!!

Tonight we ride!!
  • Listening to: SYL
  • Reading: tea leaves
  • Watching: the clock
  • Playing: w/my iPhone
  • Eating: oatmeal
  • Drinking: coffee, coffee and more coffee

It can finally be announced! The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse is the project that Simon Bisley and I have been working on. Heavy Metal is the publisher and we couldn't be happier. It's going to be put out as 3 deluxe format graphic novels and I believe a hardcover omnibus.

It's been such a labor of love and I can't believe that it's finally available for pre-order:…

I'll be putting up pages from the preview in the gallery today and then will keep uploading new pages as they are approved. It's just so crazy that I've colored over 200 pages for this thing and nobody has seen them until now. I've poured myself into this project and will be curious to see what everyone thinks.


  • Listening to: puscifer
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: leaves fall
  • Playing: with my demons
  • Eating: very little
  • Drinking: coffee, coffee and more coffee
As usual, Halloween knocked me for a loop again. It happens every year and it's always wonderful but it's stunning how I spend the time from Nov.1 to Jan.1 just trying to catch up.

But here we are, friends and enemies... and frienemies. 2011. This year promises to be very interesting. I don't want to talk about the personal accomplishments because that's another thing that happens every year. I go on and on about the things that I'm hoping to accomplish and I never do. So, I'm hoping by not talking about them, I can break the cycle.

One thing that I can vaguely elude to is that this (should)will be the year that a project that I've been a part of since 2005 will finally be announced! Then I can show the (literally) hundreds of pieces that I've worked on. That will be exciting!

And I do have art and photos that I can share, so let's start it off right.

Thanks to all that have commented and I haven't responded to and thanks to all of you that keep checking back for something new.

Here's to all of you.
  • Listening to: silence
  • Reading: ingredients
  • Watching: time
  • Playing: ideas
  • Eating: concepts
  • Drinking: water
A bunch of the comics I colored for Marvel in the last couple of months are starting to come out, so look forward to a bunch of new additions to the gallery!

Unfortunately, the Wolverine: Road to Hell pages are credited to my pal Chris Sotomayor. I got the story through him and ultimately, did them for his Sotocolor Studio but the last Leonardo Manco X story that I did my name made it in. So I'm a little bummed about that but I had SO much fun coloring Leonardo again! And credited or uncredited, I'd jump at the chance.

  • Listening to: The Home Brew Chef podcast
  • Reading: Northern Brewer for ingredients
  • Watching: my deadlines
  • Playing: with Halloween ideas in my head
  • Eating: candy corn
  • Drinking: water
Sigh... I know it's no longer called that anymore (Wizard World Chicago, now). And I guess, ultimately that's a good thing since it's no longer the con it once was. However, Chicago Comicon is happening next weekend and I will be there! Unfortunately the Bisley book isn't quite ready to be announced yet, so I won't have a table of my own. But I will most likely be crashing at some friends tables and bringing some Athena Voltaire books for sale and some of my Black Cat 13 Beer to sample.

This is also the first con in a few years where I'll be actively shopping for work. Since going freelance full time, the comic coloring work hasn't come in as fast as I'd like. So hopefully I'll be able to get some face time with folks that I've only been able to email.

Regardless of what the Con has become, it's still a great place to catch up with old friends and make new ones. I should have more concrete plans as it gets closer.

Hope to see you there!!
  • Listening to: Trick 'r Treat soundtrack
  • Reading: Hellboy
  • Watching: the wind blow
  • Playing: with ideas
  • Eating: grapes
  • Drinking: water
Wanted to let everyone know about a campaign to get everyone's favorite Aviatrix back into people's hands.

Athena is a book that Steve, Paul and I tried to get off the ground way back in 2000 or so. When we weren't getting any love from publishers we turned to the web and put out 2 different serialized webcomics. Athena Voltaire and the Terror in Tibet and Athena Voltaire and the Wrath from the Tomb. Terror was even nominated for an Eisner Award. You can see some of my favorite pages from those stories as well as some of the other AV projects in my gallery.

So now Steve's trying to bring the next chapter in the AV saga to life by starting a Kickstarter campaign.…

I have to admit, I wasn't familiar with at all before this. But now that I've looked into it I'm surprised that something like this wasn't created years ago! What a great idea! At conventions so many fans would tell Steve and I how much the loved the book and how they'd buy more if it were available. Well, now's your chance!

Thanks for the support!…
  • Listening to: Them Crooked Vultures
  • Reading: beer recipes
  • Watching: the sun shine
  • Playing: the father
  • Eating: peeps!
  • Drinking: coffee, coffee, coffee... FRESH POT!
Wow! Over a thousand views!! Thanks so much everyone! I've been sketching out a drawing to commemorate the occasion. Here's hoping I get it done before two thousand. ;)

Thanks again for all of the positive feedback and fav's for my Necrosha work. I know I've said it a million times but those were so fun to work on that it hardly seemed like work and I hope I have the chance to color Leonardo Manco again.

Also found out recently that we may have a publisher for the Simon Bisley project that I've been working on for the last handful of years! If the deal gets ironed out it will debut at this year's San Diego Comic Con. Hopefully the boss man will fly me out there so I can be on hand when it happens. I've worked so long and hard on it that I'd hate to miss that opportunity.

Again, thanks to everyone for the kind words on both my art and for the passing of my friend's father.

  • Listening to: Mars Needs Women
  • Reading: the writing on the wall
  • Watching: the snow fall
  • Playing: what rhymes with fall?
  • Eating: dark chocolate m&ms
  • Drinking: Black Cat 13 Sweet Fatty Stout
So...this is 2010, huh? I have to be honest, I thought it was going to be a LOT better than this. Tragedy in Haiti, Conan O'Brian getting fired, closer to home the ridiculously talented Artistic Director of the Peoria Ballet fired and this week, my Black Cat 13 Brewing partner Mike Portscheller's father Jim passed away.

And that's a hard one. I love my father but Jim was how I wish my pops would've turned out. That sounds a little harsher than I mean it. Not that there isn't hope for my dad, but Jim just brought joy with him everywhere he went and you felt it... he made you feel like you'd been friends with him forever, even if you'd just met. So full of life and hands down the biggest supporter our little brewery has and maybe ever will have.

While it's still too soon and too close, I have to think that he wouldn't want us to be sad and wouldn't want this to make a year, still in it's infancy, to be automatically labeled as "BAD". He'd want us to take the wheel of this year and turn it around... drive in the direction of the sun.

Here's to you, Jim. We miss you...
  • Listening to: myself think
  • Reading: blogs and blogs and blogs
  • Watching: the man who laughs
  • Playing: how many more weeks till spring
  • Eating: time
  • Drinking: not enough
Working on long running projects with very strict NDA's is good and bad. Good because I'm working but bad because I can't show anyone what I've been working on for the last 3 years. (or maybe longer...)

Recently I had a chance to work on a mainstream gig for Marvel thanks to Chris Sotomayer and the issue comes out tomorrow. It was a blast and I can wait to put the pages up to see what everyone thinks.

  • Listening to: Smodcast
  • Reading: my rights
  • Watching: my fingernails grow
  • Playing: at games
  • Eating: crow
  • Drinking: not enough
Man! What a great night!! With moving to a new house last Spring I had to find a new place for all of haunted goodies and decorations. Which added a new element of fun and anxiety to my favorite holiday. And with as wet as our October was, I didn't even get a chance to put all of them up! But the trick or treaters showed and candy was given out and we had one of the best Halloweens we've ever had.

Pics in the gallery!

Now back to the business of finishing the Black Cat 13 site.

  • Listening to: Curve
  • Reading: css rules and regulations
  • Watching:
  • Playing: Ghost in the Graveyard
  • Eating: fingernails
  • Drinking: H2 0
This past weekend was the Chicago Comic Con (aka Wizard World Chicago). While I had a lot of fun getting together with old friends, the con itself wasn't what it used to be. There have been a lot of reviews both positive and negative. On the positive side, since the none of the major comic book publishers were there, a lot more people made their way to the back of the convention center to explore Artist's Alley. On the negative, since there were no major publishers there and so many "media guests" it didn't feel like a comic convention. Let alone the Chicago Con that I've been going to for years.

On a personal note, I did a tasting of some of my Black Cat 13 brews and they went over really well. It was nice to be able to show off my newest creative outlet and get a positive response. I'm hoping next year to be able to have stuff to sell and more beer to offer, since I had a lot of people asking "where I was set up?" "how much for a six pack?".

Another great thing for me was being able to meet Bob Strang (aka Von Toten! What a great and humble guy! Picked up his print book Roy G Biv and Attack of the Monstrology! and even had him do a Black Cat 13 sketch for me. We talked about beer, art and rockabilly. And I was shocked to find out that by day (and night sometimes) he's a Freight Train operator!! Why he's not rolling in dough as an animator or concept artist is beyond me. Everyone that met him thought the same thing.

So, here's to you, Strang. Stick with the computer, make that dough and get off of those rails!

  • Listening to: Headless Spectre Radio
  • Reading: twitter
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  • Playing: hide and go seek
  • Eating: twizzlers
  • Drinking: H2 0
Ah, it's the ol' "we've decided to go in a different direction" email. I'm sure just about every freelancer out there has heard this or read it in an email from a potential client at least once.

I suppose once in a while they really DO decide to go in a different direction but in this particular case, they were right with me, liked the sketches, understood what I was going to do to make it a finished illustration, then it came to quoting the price. It was at that point that this new and different direction presented itself to them.

On the one hand, I'm glad that it ended like that. There's nothing worse then doing a bunch of work and then never getting paid for it...but there's that little nagging in the back of my mind, "I wonder what they didn't like about my work? I wonder if they didn't understand exactly what I was creating for them?" But it's about the value of your talent and most importantly, your time.

Don't sell yourself short.
  • Listening to: Headless Spectre Radio
  • Reading: twitter
  • Watching:
  • Playing: hide and go seek
  • Eating: twizzlers
  • Drinking: H2 0
Well, after years of just admiring everyone else's art and DA pages, (and with a not so subtle nudge from gharbill) I'm going to start posting my own art and whatnot.

I've professionally colored comics since 1998... one of the best colorists you've never heard of! ;P  And have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. What I'm hoping to do with finally posting to my DA account is to kick my ass into working on my own art rather than just producing work for other people.

2008 = Not So Great
2009 = So Sublime!

Here's to it!

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  • Playing: pong
  • Eating: pen caps
  • Drinking: coffee