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Available now on eBay: My recent HARLEY QUINN illustration---It's 11x17 on bristol board, drawn in non-repro blue, pencil and Copic markers. Please check it out at the following link:
Thanks!

New Facebook Page

Journal Entry: Fri May 13, 2011, 12:53 PM
Please drop by and check out my new Facebook page, THE ART OF DREW EDWARD JOHNSON.  It's at:www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-…
  There are galleries of Pin-Ups and Commissioned work, Cover Artwork, and Sequential Pages to peruse, and I've added some new works only available to see on my Facebook page.
  Hope to see you there!

  • Listening to: Duran Duran. Loudly. I don't know why.
  • Reading: The Budda's Brain
  • Watching: CONAN!
  • Playing: Starcraft
  • Eating: Healthy
  • Drinking: Water and POM
I've just posted a Ms. Marvel pinup for sale over on eBay. It can be seen in my gallery, or at this link to the auction:cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…
The bidding on this piece starts at only $10. Please stop by and check it out!
Many thanks!
  • Listening to: Duran Duran. Loudly. I don't know why.
  • Reading: The Budda's Brain
  • Watching: CONAN!
  • Playing: Starcraft
  • Eating: Healthy
  • Drinking: Water and POM
I've just posted a Batwoman pinup for sale over on eBay.  It can be seen in my gallery, or at this link to the auction:cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…
  The bidding on this piece starts at only $10.  Please stop by and check it out!
  Many thanks!
  • Listening to: Duran Duran. Loudly. I don't know why.
  • Reading: The Budda's Brain
  • Watching: CONAN!
  • Playing: Starcraft
  • Eating: Healthy
  • Drinking: Water and POM

Art For Sale

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 6, 2010, 5:30 PM
I've just posted my drawing of X-23 for auction over at eBay.  Check out the drawing in the FEATURED area.  X-23 starts at only $10---Here's the link: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…
  Please do stop by and give it a look!

  • Listening to: De/Vision
  • Reading: The Budda's Brain
  • Watching: GI JOE: RENEGADES!!! So cool!
  • Playing: Tron: Evolution, just as soon as it arrives here!
  • Eating: A little better, but not much...
  • Drinking: Water and coffee.

Just a couple of random notes

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 3, 2010, 2:49 PM
I just put up my Supergirl sketch on eBay, if anyone might be interested.  It's listing ID is 160514776130, and is started at just $10.  Please do give it a look!

  ALSO---Just saw the first two episodes of GI JOE: RENEGADES on THE HUB, and LOVED it!  My compliments to all the awesome folks who work on that show.  It is sooo cool:)

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  • Listening to: De/Vision
  • Reading: The Budda's Brain
  • Watching: GI JOE: RENEGADES!!! So cool!
  • Playing: Tron: Evolution, just as soon as it arrives here!
  • Eating: A little better, but not much...
  • Drinking: Water and coffee.

From Sunday's MACON TELEGRAPH---My pal Ray 'n me

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 24, 2010, 8:21 PM
Macon artist Ray Snyder has become one of comic industry's best inkers
By CHRIS HORNE - Telegraph correspondent


Editor’s note: Through the early 1970s, Macon was an unexpected hub of world renowned music whose greats were none other than Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown and the Allman Brothers Band, among others. That creative spark has manifested lately as an unexpected hub of world-class comic book creators. This week we meet Ray Snyder, a local artist who has risen in the ranks as one of the industry’s best inkers. His work is on display through the end of the month at the Macon Arts gallery alongside the art of Craig Hamilton and Atlanta’s Steve Scott. His work on a riveting fill-in story for the “Wonder Woman” series with former Macon resident Drew Edward Johnson will hit stands in the coming months.

Back in the day, like, you know, 7 years ago, Ray Snyder and Drew Edward Johnson would celebrate the end of a marathon of penciling and inking comics with a blowout of pizza, whiskey, cigarettes and a round of Risk, the strategy-first board game about conquering the world.


“And then the next day, we’d start all over again,” Snyder says, sitting down on a stool that looks like it never leaves his large slanted drawing table. He settles in as if he wouldn’t know where else to be in this room.

The soundtrack to “Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?” plays lightly in the background, barely audible over the excited nostalgia sparked between the two illustrators discussing their earlier days.

They may have aged some since they first met, but, in a heartbeat, the two seem boyishly devious, like latch-key kids with a stash of dirty magazines, a bag of candy and all afternoon before their parents get home.

“I usually come out here and visit Ray, commit all my sins and then go home,” Johnson jokes. Kinda.

Working vacation

On this weekend, a week after Macon Arts opened a gallery exhibition of comic art featuring Snyder’s work, he’s hosting Johnson for a sort of working vacation. Over the last few years the two have worked side-by-side on monthly titles like “Wonder Woman” and “Supergirl.”

Johnson would do the pencils and when he was done, slide them over to Snyder to get them inked. Their working relationship illuminates the levels that go into each comic book. Pencilers get most of the credit, wrestling into creation images from a script, and inkers are often overlooked by anyone unfamiliar with the intricacies of the form.

“It is a lot easier than staring at a blank sheet of paper,” Snyder confesses.

But it isn’t easy, Johnson chimes in. He explains how, from his perspective as a penciler, a good inker can make (or a bad inker can break) the illustration. He relates an instance in which Snyder, simply doing his job, so successfully added seemingly physical depth and texture to Johnson’s pencil work that their editors called to express how impressed they were with the team.

Some of that comes from the relationship Snyder and Johnson have developed over the years. When Johnson was at a low point and needing a fresh start, Snyder suggested he move to Macon so the two could work side-by-side.

The rest comes out of how Snyder approaches the work itself.

“He does a lot more than most,” Johnson says, noting that no assignment with Snyder starts without a phone call and conversation about the aesthetics and feel that he wants to convey.

Snyder, Johnson points out, came into this work as an illustrator himself — evidenced by the “surreal work” he did in his early 20s that hangs above his desk. So when, for instance, he notices a hand is disproportionately small and needs to be adjusted, Snyder will fix it.

Just doing a job

Snyder puts a VHS tape in and turns on the little TV by his desk. It’s an old Chevrolet commercial that he and local illustrator Tony Harris put together for the car company’s Super Bowl ad in 1999. The animated short follows a Chevy S-10 outrunning a gargoyle then sliding to a stop and becoming a “real” S-10 once the gargoyle had smashed itself against a wall. Ironically, a guy steps in from off-screen as a narrator says, “Meet Chris Worth, animator. Knows good; knows evil.”

It gets a laugh.

Fresh from a tour in Atlanta, Harris was “some guy who’d fallen asleep on Craig Hamilton’s couch,” when he and Snyder first met. Now the two join Hamilton as a sort of Comics Triad, ennobled by an exhibit at Museum of Arts and Sciences, honoring their work.

“Yeah, it’s strange. We’re just doing a job,” Snyder says. “I do what I do because that’s what I enjoy doing.”

The way he says it, he could be a plumber or carpenter — proud of his work but not boastful. His talent doesn’t make him special.

As a kid, he said he’d get into trouble in class, like a lot of kids, drawing when he should be doing schoolwork. The difference is that he never stopped.

Though he was “into math and computers,” he says he was determined to make it as an artist. There was no fail-safe, no back-up plan.

Before he came into comics, Snyder was arranging advertising displays for a retail chain, but he was still drawing, still pursuing art. He was invited to do a show at Wesleyan College called “Flying by the Seat of Our Pants,” and illustrator Craig Hamilton was in the show as well. It was Hamilton who recommended he get into comics.

Lessons with Houser Smith, Hamilton’s mentor, followed and Snyder was on his way. Before moving the operations to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Harris and Hamilton formed Jolly Roger Studios and rented space in the Clisby Building.

Judging from Snyder’s casual tone, the move from penciling to inking was perhaps more practical and convenient than moving Jolly Roger. He’d long worked with the pens and was already familiar with the techniques.

“It was an easy transition.”

At home in Macon

During the First Friday chaos at the Macon Arts gallery, where his work presently hangs, Snyder smiled and talked about the benefits of staying in Macon.

“I get paid the same page rate as the guys who live in New York, so why move?”

Born in Enterprise, Ala., and raised in Macon — after a short stint in Dothan, Ala. — Snyder married his high school sweetheart, Kim, on Coleman Hill and hasn’t moved far from it since.

His home studio is close to old hangouts and haunts, and the salon next door, Sculptures, is theirs, too, because he thrust his dream of small-business ownership upon his wife.

Pragmatically, though there’s plenty to do, Macon isn’t full of constant distractions, especially for younger artists.

“They can come here, get grounded and build a portfolio. Plus, when you’re just starting out, Macon’s a much more affordable place to live.”

When he needs to, Snyder says, “I know how to drive to Atlanta and get on a plane.”

But it’s also more than that.

“Macon is an inspiration,” he says, noting the architecture and natural beauty.

Drew Edward Johnson says he loved working on the heavy rainy nights.

While Johnson only lasted three years before heading back to Los Angeles — where he met his eventual wife, a director for “The Simpsons,” at his grandmother’s funeral — Snyder plans to stay.

“It’s a great place,” he says, “I’ve never found a need to leave.”

Thanks to technology, these days, Johnson can scan and upload his drawings so Snyder can download them and begin inking right away. This has allowed them to continue their partnership from opposite ends of the country.

“The desks are just further apart,” Johnson quips.

Prior to the digital age, the inker worked directly on a penciler’s pages and they sent the combined effort to the publisher, who might not return the pages for months. When the artists did get their pages back, they’d have to split the book in half.

Now, they each keep a set of their originals. Johnson’s drawings never leave his California home. Snyder’s inks stay in his portfolio and the publisher uses the digital copies. The welcome, if unintended, consequence is that they both have whole sets to sell to collectors for a few extra bucks.

For love or money

Johnson quotes Snyder saying the only meaningful reasons to take a job are for love or money. The work you do for love doesn’t usually pay, but it fulfills you. The work you do for money doesn’t usually fulfill you, but it pays.

Their history of work together has been full of money jobs, usually cranking out monthly books when time is precious. No time to think or feel. It’s just a job that has to be done.

Have they ever worked together on a project that was both for love and for money?

“Yes,” they immediately respond, pointing to the large hardback album that lies like a sleeping child in my lap.

In the first half of the book are Snyder’s copies of the inked but uncolored pages from an upcoming story in the “Wonder Woman” series, which began as an inventory story intended to give the monthly book’s regulars a chance to catch up. It became a fill-in for the series — as a flashback — that could’ve made it as a stand-alone book.

Working from a violent script, Johnson and Snyder said they turned the volume up a touch.

The two dissect exactly how they made a bloody battle even bloodier, pulling up digital images of the pages colored by a prodigy that Johnson worked with previously. The blood is red, which is unusual in comic books, which go with black to tone down the impact.

But the real heft is in the cold, emotionless way that Wonder Woman finishes her opponent off. No expression, not even a glint of feeling in her eyes.

“It’s just a job to her,” Snyder deadpans with a smirk.

  • Listening to: Movies that I'm not really watching...
  • Reading: The Budda's Brain
  • Watching: Something...Sort of...
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption---Badly. Still.
  • Eating: Not as well as I should.
  • Drinking: Water and green tea

Blog Update for Monday, 8/9/2010

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 9, 2010, 11:52 AM
I've started a step by step breakdown of a commission that I'm working on over on my blog.  If you're interested in checking out the car wreck that is my artistic process, please do stop by and check it out at www.cursethatmonkey.blogspot.c…
  I'll update it til the piece is done...

  • Listening to: Stereo MC's...Again!
  • Reading: Black Hand Gang by Pat Kelleher
  • Watching: Zombieland
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption---Badly. Still.
  • Eating: Old pizza
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

Today at the blog

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 5, 2010, 1:24 PM
Just dropped a ball point pen study of Jean Reno from RONIN onto my blog.  Please drop by www.cursethatmonkey.blogspot.c… if you'd like to check it out.

  • Listening to: Dora the Explorer....
  • Reading: Black Hand Gang by Pat Kelleher
  • Watching: Ronin---One of the best car chase films EVER made.
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption---Badly. Still.
  • Eating: toast with PBNJ
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

More To See At The Blog!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 4, 2010, 3:22 PM
In my latest efforts to improve the upkeep of my blog, I've posted three new ballpoint pen head studies there.
  Stop by and give them a look, if you'd like.
  My blog can be found at www.cursethatmonkey.blogspot.c…
  Today's entry is a study of Jimmy Stewart in REAR WINDOW.

  • Listening to: Dora the Explorer....
  • Reading: Black Hand Gang by Pat Kelleher
  • Watching: Mumford. A wonderful film by Lawrence Kasdan.
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption---Badly. Still.
  • Eating: Stuff that I shouldn't
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

See My Blog, See My Blog, See My Blaaahhhhhg!

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 3, 2010, 12:16 PM
I've recently done an overhaul of my blog, and have added new artwork that can only be seen there.  I'm trying to stay on top of it with new vigor....Please drop by and check it out if you have a moment.  I've posted a couple of new ball point pen drawings there, as well as a Buffy The Vampire Slayer commission that I finished recently.
  My blog can be found at www.cursethatmonkey.blogspot.c…;
  Join me there, won't you?

  • Listening to: Remixes of Iris songs
  • Reading: Black Hand Gang by Pat Kelleher
  • Watching: Hell's Kitchen...grrr....
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption---Badly. Still.
  • Eating: Corned Beef Hash from a can...I know, I know...
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

What's on TV

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 14, 2010, 11:39 AM
I'm not normally one to plug TV shows, but I feel like I've gotta plug one of my new faves before it dies on the vine.
  I've been watching THE GOOD GUYS since it started recently, and man, what a great show.  It's well written, well cast and acted and is one of the most exciting and downright funny shows I've ever seen.  Bradley Whitford is playing so against type it's unbelievable.  He's bringing his best character work to washed-up former super-cop Dan Stark every episode.  Whitford has peppered in shades of Dabney Coleman into Stark, creating a character of hilarious pomp and ego that exudes a strange sort of charm as well.  Whitford has created a great chemistry with straight man Colin Hanks that makes this show one of the best buddy cop shows that I've ever seen.
  TV is totally polluted with reality shows and bad news right now---It's refreshing to get to watch a fun and exciting, if kinda goofy and over the top cop-adventure show.  Please give it a watch---THE GOOD GUYS is a blast, and we need more fun shows like this one.  It's on Monday nights on Fox.
  That's all, plug over.  Thanks for reading.

  • Listening to: Stereo MC's....Really.
  • Reading: The Terror by Dan Simmons
  • Watching: The Good Guys--Mon nights on Fox
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption---Badly.
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

Latest News and Upcoming Projects

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 9, 2010, 1:46 PM
Right now, I'm working on a four-issue cover run on Wildstorm's upcoming video game comic tie-in, THE CHRONICLES OF TELARA.  I believe they start coming out in the fall.  I'm having a great time working on them, and will post pencils as soon as I'm able.
  Once I wrap those covers up, I'll be returning to work on a four issue project for Wildstorm that I'm unable to talk about currently...
  So while I can't post what I'm working on now---At some point, there will be a flood of new stuff to show off.  Thanks for bearing with me if you've been wondering where I've been at.
  Back to the drawing board!

  More news at some point in the future....

  • Listening to: Nothin'
  • Reading: Nothin'
  • Watching: DVDs and old SEINFELD episodes that I've DVRed
  • Playing: Nothin'
  • Eating: Baby carrots
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

Thanks to Anaheim, and what's next

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 19, 2010, 10:05 PM
Thanks to Spat and all the kind folks at Wizard World Anaheim for having me as a guest.  I had a great time at the convention and met lots of excellent people.
  And more thanks---Thanks to my pal Hart for hanging out at the table and helping me out.  Thanks to Dustin from Things From Another World of Universal City Walk for lunch on Sunday, and for being all around super-cool.  Thanks to JJ Kirby for being an awesome table-neighbor, and making the show so much fun.  Thanks to Brian Haberlin for being an awesome table neighbor on the other side, and for giving me his starter coloring tutorial disc.  I'm really excited to check it out, and learn from a true master of the coloring craft.  Thanks as always to John, Chaz and Rick for their continued patronage of my work, as well as their friendship.  Thanks to The Great Angus Oblong for repeatedly hitting me in the face with his air blaster, as well as for my daughter's new "NO" t-shirt.  She wears it with pride, and says it often.  Finally, Thank you to my wife Karen for watching Cole all weekend, and thanks to my folks for helping her out.  Also, thanks to anyone I may have left out:)
  
  UPCOMING EVENT NEWS!
  
  I will be appearing May 1st for Free Comicbook Day at THINGS FROM ANOTHER WORLD at Universal City Walk, along with my wife, KC Johnson, who is a Re-Take Director on THE SIMPSONS.
  We'll be there from 10am-12pm, I believe---Dustin, if you're watching, correct me if I'm wrong, and I'll change it:)
  Please come by and say hi!  There's Free Comic Books, as I understand it, and TFAW is a really great shop for comics, toys, statues...You name it.  It's one of my favorite places.

  That's it for appearances, until Long Beach Comic Con in October.  I'll post any more interesting news as it happens....

  • Listening to: Nothin'
  • Reading: Nothin'
  • Watching: DVDs and old SEINFELD episodes that I've DVRed
  • Playing: Nothin'
  • Eating: Baby carrots
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

Wizard's Anaheim Con-April 16-18!

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 25, 2010, 12:04 PM
CALENDAR OF EVENTS!

I will be attending Wizard World Anaheim April 16-18th---If you happen to be in the neighborhood, please drop by and say hello!
  My next convention appearance, as far as I know, is Long Beach Comic Con in October.
  I will be signing at Things From Another World for Free Comic Book Day at Universal City Walk in May.
  Otherwise, I will be home, chained to my drawing board, and counting down the time until TRON: LEGACY comes out....

  • Listening to: Nothin'
  • Reading: Nothin'
  • Watching: DVDs and old SEINFELD episodes that I've DVRed
  • Playing: Nothin'
  • Eating: Baby carrots
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

Much Love To LBCC

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 21, 2010, 1:03 PM
The one day Comics Expo held by Long Beach Comic Con was excellent.  Thanks to everyone for stopping by---I really enjoyed getting to see you all.
  Big thanks to John and Chaz for keeping me company and continually supporting my work, and to David for hanging out with me behind the table, and telling many interesting stories.  Now I wanna watch The Flash TV show DVD again.
  Also, big thanks to my pal Mike Sigliano for the invite to the show.  The next Long Beach Comic Con is at the end of October, and I'm looking forward to attending.
  Thanks to Dustin Nguyen for the tangerine, too.  I highly recommend Dustin's book, STREETS OF GOTHAM to any one looking for a great comic read.  His work is spectacular, and always fun to look at.  
  My next con will be in April at the Wizard World Anaheim Show in April.  For dates and other details, please check out their website.
  Okay.  Back to the drawing board....

  • Listening to: Silence. Cole is napping.
  • Reading: The Maltese Falcon---Again.
  • Watching: THE FLASH complete series DVD
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Ghostbusters
  • Eating: Smaller portions....
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

Long Beach One-Day Con!

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 18, 2010, 8:24 AM
I'll be attending the one-day Comics Expo in Long Beach this Saturday. Please do drop by and say hello if you happen to be in the neighborhood!
Dunno why I thought it was on Sunday before....

  • Listening to: My wife tapping away at her computer
  • Reading: The Maltese Falcon---Again.
  • Watching: Old Seinfeld episodes
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Ghostbusters
  • Eating: Smaller portions....
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

Ebay sales for this week!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 30, 2010, 2:22 PM
Here are some links for some new Supergirl pages available for sale on eBay today through Feb 4th.  Please do check 'em out!

  Supergirl #24 page 3:

  cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Supergirl #24 page 4:

  cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Supergirl #24 page 6:

  cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Thanks for giving 'em a look!

  • Listening to: My wife playing Wii downstairs
  • Reading: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Watching: Conan O'Brien with my daughter, Cole-She loves it
  • Playing: Ultimate Alliance 2 and Resident Evil 5
  • Eating: Chicken from Costco--That stuff is like crack.
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

New eBay Sales for the week of Nov. 23rd-UPDATE

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 24, 2009, 1:42 PM
UPDATE!
  If you're looking for some inexpensive Drew Johnson interior pages--Check out eBay today!  Go to the links below to see Supergirl and Fantastic Four pages that are still sitting at $20 with only one day left for bidding!
   __________


  This weeks new eBay sales include two pages of my pencils from The Fantastic Four 40th Wedding Anniversary Special, and two pages from my first issue of Supergirl.  Here are links for checking 'em out:

  FF 40th Wedding Anniversary Special page 9:
  Go to: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  FF 40th Wedding Anniversary Special page 16:
  Go to: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Supergirl #23 page 2:
  Go to: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Supergirl #23 page 3:
  Go to: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Happy Thanksgiving Holiday, everyone!

  • Listening to: My wife playing Wii downstairs
  • Reading: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Watching: Conan O'Brien with my daughter, Cole-She loves it
  • Playing: Ultimate Alliance 2 and Resident Evil 5
  • Eating: Chicken from Costco--That stuff is like crack.
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee

More eBay sales

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 13, 2009, 5:22 PM
This week's eBay sales include two pages from my Supergirl run, the cover I drew for Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt, and a Batgirl pinup.
  Here are the links to each piece:
  
  Supergirl # 28, pg 16:
  cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Supergirl #23, page 7:
  cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt:
  cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  Barbara Gordon Batgirl Pinup:
  cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

  I just added the Batgirl pinup to my gallery, and the Drizzt cover is in there as well.  Please drop by eBay or my blog to check out the Supergirl pages.  Thanks!

  • Listening to: My wife playing Wii downstairs
  • Reading: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Watching: Conan O'Brien with my daughter, Cole-She loves it
  • Playing: Ultimate Alliance 2 and Resident Evil 5
  • Eating: Chicken from Costco--That stuff is like crack.
  • Drinking: Water and Coffee