April  25, 2019
*NOTICE* - I just discovered a page of art for sale (or sold) I thought had been stolen in 2011, RISING STARS #16 pg8 inked (and signed) by Marlo Alquiza. I post this NOTICE to inform anyone buying or selling this page it IS NOT STOLEN. Thank you for your attention.

April  25, 2019
I discovered there is no mention of my contributions of pencils and inks to RISING STARS on Wikipedia. They list the "Creative Team" of the series, of which I was not a member, so maybe that's the reason. Anyway, here is my credit list for RISING STARS: RISING STARS by Brent E Anderson #15 (1999) "Power." Script by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils by Brent Anderson, inks by Marlo Alquiza. #16 (1999) "Selah." Selah: meaning 'pause, and consider.' Script by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils by Brent Anderson, inks by Marlo Alquiza. #17 (1999) "Time Passes." Script by J. Michael Straczynski, art & cover by Brent Anderson #18 (1999) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (P/I) Brent Anderson(c) John Starr #19 (1999) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (P/I) Brent Anderson(c) John Starr #20 (1999) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (P/I) Brent Anderson(c) John Starr #21 (1999) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (P/I) Brent Anderson(c) John Starr #22 (2005) "Phoenix in Ascension" pt. 1 (of 3) (W) J. Michael Straczynski.(Art and cover) Brent Anderson(Col) John Starr #23 (2005) "Phoenix in Ascension" pt. 2 (of 3) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (Art and cover) Brent Anderson(Col) Brian Buccellato #24 (2005) "Phoenix in Ascension" pt. 3 (of 3) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (Art and cover) Brent Anderson(Col) Brian Buccellato

April  24, 2019
Shirley and I will be at the Healdsburg Area Author Expo this Saturday, April 27 at Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper Street in Healdsburg from 2-5pm. We will be doing a reading from our work-in-progress graphic novel 'El Jaguár: Origins' and will have four excerpt "ashcan" previews for sale. There will be over twenty readings from local Sonoma County authors. https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/5290231

March  10, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENT: The new 'El Jaguár: Origins' web site is now live! This is the go-to place for updated information on my current project, EL JAGUAR: ORIGINS. Check it out! http://eljaguarorigins.com

August  11, 2018
2018 is a big year for changes here at Brent Anderson Art, starting with the merging in 2016 of my web site host to a new data hosting company. The transition has proved to be a little bumpy and slow. So slow that I've been focusing on my BrentAndersonArt and El Jaguár: Origins Facebook pages where you can see more up-to-date postings of works-in-progress. The big fires here in Santa Rosa last October derailed my studio organization, the cataloging of my original art inventory (going on since the theft in 2011 - see details elsewhere in this blog), and the development of the not yet live 'El Jaguár: Origins' web site. So, until I get caught up, the artwork on BrentAndersonArt is not currently available for purchase. Also, I am not taking any new art commissions until I've finished the ones I have owed to several clients for far too long. I will announce a return to opening my studio to new commissions at some point in the future. ASTRO CITY stopped its monthly comic book publication with ASTRO CITY Vol. 3 #52 and has joined DC's Original Graphic Novel program, the first ASTRO CITY OGN being the story behind the N-Forcer, called "N-Forcement." Work on 'EL JAGUAR: ORIGINS' is moving forward. There are over fifty pages of it on the 'El Jaguár: Origins" Facebook page. Shirley and I are pitching it to possible publishers now. If any publishers are reading this and are interested, contact me in an email through this site. That's it for now. Thank you for looking in on the site and for supporting me and my work all these years. This is not a "Good-bye," it is a "Seeya later!" Peace.

January  20, 2018
It's appropriate I post this on the first anniversary of the inauguration of our current nightmare. I have posted 54 pages of the 'El Jaguar: Origins' under Projects. It is also at on Facebook. Ultimately this is likely to be a 200-page graphic novel, so this represents about one-fourth of it. I hope you find it enjoyable and interesting.

December  6, 2017
I have completed over forty pages of 'El Jaguár: Origins' and have posted them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/El-Jagu%C3%A1r-Origins-320367935044806/ I will be updating the 'El Jaguár: Origins' page here at brentandersonart.com soon. Meanwhile, check out this very important personal project written by Shirley Johnston on Facebook. Peace, Brent

December  6, 2017
In case the link posted in my previous News doesn't work: www.facebook.com/El-Jaguár-Origins-320367935044806/

July  28, 2015
It was brought to my attention recently that one unnamed art collector had amassed more than 50% of the 62 pages from the X-Men graphic novel. If that collector is reading this or someone knows who the collector is and have them contact me, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

July  27, 2015
I would like to request of anyone who has any of my 'Marvel Graphic Novel: God Loves, Man Kills' artwork in their collections, and who would be willing to scan them at hi-res for a possible IDW Artist Edition, to contact me. IDW needs a minimum of 55 of the 62 pages for it to qualify as an Artist Edition. If you are interested in participating in this, send me a FB Message or email me here thru my web site brent(at)brentandersonart(dot)com. Thanks. -B.



July  7, 2015
One last thing before I head to Comic-Con: I just found out I am scheduled to do a signing at the DC Entertainment Booth #1915 on Thursday at 1-2pm. Come by and and help me celebrate Astro City's 20th Anniversary! Astro City has been nominated for 'Best Continuing Series' 'Best Single Issue - Astro City #16 "Wish I May..."' and 'Best Cover Artist - Alex Ross.' Wish us all luck!


June  24, 2015
I will be in San Diego at Southern California Comics on Tuesday June 30th in advance of the Comic-con. Bring your comics to be signed or just come by to chat. This goes double for my longtime San Diego friends, many of whom I haven't seen in quite awhile. I will be at the Con all four days, but I won't be setting up in Artists Alley. I will probably do some booth time at DC/Vertigo to promote Astro City's 20th Anniversary issue and will be attending the Eisners. Other than that, I'll be wandering about enjoying the show. Hope to see you one place or the other. For more information go to: http://www.socalcomics.com/

June  15, 2015
Today is my 60th birthday, and I just got back from San Diego after a special trip to pick up ten pages of my art that had been stolen from my car in the San Diego Zoo parking lot on July 25, 2011. It is a fine gift after four years of thinking the art was long gone. Special thanks go out to Ed Sandburg at Comics-N-Stuff and Jamie Newbold at Southern California Comics for receiving, securing and returning the art to me. And a special thank you to my old friend Steve Schanes.

I will be at Comic-con International: San Diego this year to attend the Eisner Awards, as Astro City has been nominated in three categories; Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue (Astro City #16 “Wish I May…”) and Best Cover Artist (Alex Ross), for the industry’s most prestigious award. I won’t be setting up in Artists Alley this year, but I will be putting in some time at the DC/Vertigo booth on the convention floor. Stop by and say 'hello.'

Returned Art



June  1, 2015
Anderson Stolen Artwork Update - Evidence of seven pages (substantiated) and one page (unsubstantiated) from the inventory stolen from my car on July 25, 2011 while parked at the San Diego Zoo, has recently surfaced in the San Diego area. Now that I have definitive proof the lost inventory still exists, I am resuming my offer of a reward for the safe return of all or part of the extant artwork. If any of the artwork on the Stolen Art List is in your possession or in the possession of someone you know, you can return it, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, through any local comic book retailer and/or call 707-837-0800 to claim the reward. The reward will be dispersed on a pro rata basis against a $1000.00 total reward for all the remaining pages. I am grateful to the person who returned the seven pages I now have back. Thank you. To the person who purchased the unsubstantiated page, in order to release the page from the Stolen Art List, I need you to please re-contact me. To all of you in the San Diego area who helped me out four years ago by keeping your eyes open at swap meets, garage sales and storage bin sales, vintage collectible and antiques stores and on eBay and Craigslist and other online sales venues, I’m asking for your help again Thank you. –Brent Anderson

June  1, 2015
I am adding the Stolen Art List here again so you don't have to scroll down to check it. I will post the returned pages on a Returned Art List a bit later. Itemized Stolen Art List (as of June, 2015) Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 67, 68, 69 (35 pages) Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, 8 (4 pages) Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16 (11 pages) Astro City vol 1 #1 (“In Dreams”) pp. 3, 9, 12, 17, 21 Astro City vol 1 #2 (“The Scoop”) pp. 2, 6, 9,10, 18 Astro City vol 1 #3 (“A Little Knowledge”) pp. 10, 21, 23 Astro City vol 1 #4 (“Safeguards”) pp. 2, 10 Astro City vol 1 #5 (“Reconnaissance”) pp. 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 20 Astro City vol 1 #6 (“Dinner At Eight”) pp. 11, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 (28 pages) Astro City #1/2 ("Nearness of You") pp. 2, 8 Astro City vol 2 #1 (“Welcome to Astro City”) p. 22 Astro City vol 2 #2 (“Everyday Life”) pp. 19, 23 Astro City vol 2 #3 (“Adventures in Other Worlds”) pp. 7, 10, 13, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #4 (“New Kid in Town”) pp. 5, 20 Astro City vol 2 #5 (“Learning the Game”) pp. 4, 5, 8, 22, 23 Astro City vol 2 #6 (“The Gathering Dark”) pp. 11, 14, 17 Astro City vol 2 #7 (“Eye of the Storm”) pp. 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 16, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #8 (“Patterns”) pp. 10, 11, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #9 (“My Father’s Son”) pp. 10, 11, 16, 21 Astro City vol 2 #10 (“Show ‘Em All”) pp. 5, 13 Astro City vol 2 #11 (“Serpent’s Teeth”) pp. 5, 8, 11, 20, 22, 23 Astro City vol 2 #12 (“Father’s Day”) pp. 15, 18, 23 Astro City vol 2 #13 (“In The Spotlight”) p. 17 Astro City vol 2 #14 (“ The Big Lockdown”) pp. 10, 19 Astro City vol 2 #15 (“The Long Treadmill”) pp. 18, 20, 21, 23 Astro City vol 2 #16 (“The Tarnished Angel”) pp. 1, 11, 13, 16, 19 Astro City vol 2 #17 (“Voice of the Turtle”) pp. 1(uninked pencil art), 10, 14 Astro City vol 2 #18 (“The Empty Shell”) p. 13 Astro City vol 2 #19 (“The Only Chance”) pp. 11, 14, 15 Astro City vol 2 #20 (“The Wow Finish”) pp. 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20 Astro City vol 2 #21 (“Where the Action Is”) p. 4 Astro City vol 2 #22 (“Great Expectations”) pp. 5, 14, 17 (80 pages) Astro City:Local Heroes #1 (“Newcomers”) pp. 5, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 19 Astro City:Local Heroes #2 (“Shining Armor”) pp. 1, 3 Astro City:Local Heroes #3 (“Pastoral”) pp. 3, 4, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24 Astro City:Local Heroes #4 (“Knock Wood”) pp. 8, 16, 18, 20, 21 (24 pages) Astro City:Dark Age The Flip Book #1 (“On Mulberry Street”) pp. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 Astro City:Dark Age Book 1 #1 (“Darkness Falls”) pp. 17, 24 Astro City:Dark Age Book 1 #2 (“Criminal Prosecution”) pp. 12, 24 Astro City:Dark Age Book 1 #4 (“Execution Day”) pp. 8, 9, 10, 11 Astro City:Dark Age Book 2 #1 (“A Cold Wind Blowing”) pp. 2, 3, 6, 8 Astro City:Dark Age Book 2 #2 (“The Out-of-Towners”) pp. 15 (19 pages) Astro City Special:Samaritan #1 (“The Eagle & the Mountain”) pp. 17, 27, 28 Astro City Special:Beautie #1 (“Her Dark, Plastic Roots”) p. 35 (4 pages) Rising Stars #15 (“Power”) pp. 1, 16 Rising Stars #16 (“Selah”) pp. 2, 6, 8, 10,13, 14, 19, 20 Rising Stars #17 (“Change the World”) pp. 1, 3, 4, 9, 12, 14, 20, 21, 22 Rising Stars #18 (“Fire and Ash”) pp. 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 Rising Stars #19 (“Terminal Error”) pp. 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 Rising Stars #20 (“Blood Calls Out for Blood”) pp. 15, 19 Rising Stars #22 (“Phoenix in Ascension (Pt 1)”) pp. 6, 14, 15, 18 Rising Stars #23 (“Phoenix in Ascension (Pt 2)”) pp. 15, 17, 22 Rising Stars #23 (“Phoenix in Ascension (Pt 3)”) pp. 1, 4, 5, 9

November  21, 2014
A friend recently alerted me to a page of Astro City artwork he found for sale on the internet that is listed on the Stolen Art List; Astro City vol.1 #1 page 18. This page is NOT one of the stolen pages. I signed and dated it when I sold it March 27, 1996. I will post the art next to this entry. The page is cleared for re-sale and I apologize for any concerns the erroneous listing may have caused.


October  30, 2014
Tomorrow is Halloween and as always I will be handing out comic books. It might rain and there's a slight chance of thundershowers, so I'm half-expecting the Trick-or-treat crowd to be a little thin, but I'll be here wearing my Jack-the-ripper cape and top hat! BTW, I forgot to mention in my previous post that the $500.00 reward is still being offered for the return of the stolen artwork. To claim it, all one has to do is take the artwork into any comic book store in the country and, after verification of possession by the store, the reward will be sent to any Western Union office in the country, no questions asked. The number to call to verify possession of the artwork is (707)837-0800. Thanks again, Everyone! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

September  24, 2014
After a three-year hiatus I've begun putting more original art on the website. Not a single page of the artwork stolen from the parking lot of the San Diego Zoo after Comicon in August of 2011 has surfaced. Doesn't mean a page won't surface some time in the future, but the passage of time means it is unlikely. I truly appreciate all of you who vigilantly watched for and reported possible sightings. Even tho no artwork has surfaced so far, let this be a reminder that the pages may still be out there, hidden, just waiting to be resurfaced. It would be gratifying to know the artwork still exists and hasn't been destroyed, and if just one page comes back to light, there's a good chance it all will eventually. Thanks, again. The comics industry is a wonderful place to work in and be a part of. Peace.

September  21, 2014
Has it really been since May I posted here? Gad. Since May, Vertigo has published Astro City #s 12-15. #16 is due out any time now. (I made the deadline after my vacation.) DC/Vertigo has also released two new collections: ASTRO CITY: THROUGH OPEN DOORS in hard cover and trade paper collecting Astro City volume 3 #s 1-6; and ASTRO CITY: VICTORY in hard cover collecting Astro City volume 3 #s 7-10 and ASTRO CITY: A VISITOR'S GUIDE. I am now offering both of these signed and/or with a remarque sketch through my store. To those of you who have commissioned illustrations from me and haven't yet received them, rest assured I am working my way through the backlog as I am able. Astro City is now on a fairly reliable monthly schedule and I intend to keep it that way for as long as I can. Check out my page on Facebook for more regular postings of work-in-progress and general silliness. And I will be posting new pages of art for sale here at BrentAndersonArt in the coming weeks. I hope everyone had as good a summer as I had. I spent 17 days touring the American Southwest! I visited Flagstaff, Sedona, Sunset Crater, South Rim Grand Canyon, the Vermillion Cliffs, North Rim, Cedar Breaks, Bryce, Escalante, Capitol Reef, Coral Pink Sand Dunes (Thanks Dean & Pam!) and Zion. An amazing part of the country I'd never seen before. Most amazing thing was, my wife, son and I, three adults, camped and traveled from hotel to campsite to motel in my Honda Civic 3-door hatchback! A big 'thank you' to my intrepid family for indulging me in the opportunity to drive the highways of the southwest in my little white car. Enjoy!

May  12, 2014
I'm going to attend the BigWow! Convention in San Jose, CA this coming weekend, May 17-18. It promises to be another big event show, so if you are in attendance, pop by wherever I may be and say 'Hi'. I will be selling original art, sketches and prints and chatting up anything and everything comics.


September  25, 2013
A big "Thank you" to all the people who attended the Sonoma County Book Festival last Saturday, particularly those who attended the two Graphic Novel panels. It turned out to be a good day after the morning rain quit. An thank-yous to my fellow panelists, Alexis Fajardo, Karen Luk, Brian Fies, Paige Braddock and Emily C Martin. We missed my colleague, Prince Valiant artist Thomas Yeates, who had a previous social engagement, but maybe I can get him for next year. I also want to thank Julia Cooper and Steve Alcorta for coordinating us freelancers into more or less coherent participants.

September  3, 2013
Six weeks til Melbourne and Auckland. I'm currently penciling Astro City #10 (Part 4 of 4 in the Winged Victory story arc), inking Astro City #8 (Part 2 of 4 in the Winged Victory story arc), working on a half-dozen commissions and in discussion to pencil a new series TBA. The traditional pen & ink commission work is great. Since going digital I've missed working in pencil and ink. It feels good to be getting back into it. Take a gander at my take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Kevin Eastman will be a fellow guest at Armageddon Con October 19-20 in Melbourne Australia (http://armageddonexpo.com/au/) and graciously gave me permission to draw his characters for a promo poster. The Turtles are still totally hip! My online store (through the people at Big Cartel) is currently open for business. If you're missing an Astro City collection or specific past issues, you can order them thru the store. Also available is a set of six high-quality Astro City Commemorative Art Prints. Four of the prints, reproduced from the original art, illustrate key moments of the early developing relationship between Samaritan and Winged Victory and a classic appearance of the original Confessor. Two prints are high resolution digital images created in Corel Painter showcasing Winged Victory’s origins, her ongoing relationship with Samaritan and the challenging introduction of the NEW Confessor. The prints are printed on 2-ply Strathmore art board, the same paper used to draw original comic art. That's it for now. I will be posting more comic art for sale in the coming weeks, so check back soon. Best- Brent

July  8, 2013
Calendar Update of future shows, signings and appearances:

On September 21st I will be on a Graphic Novelists Panel at the Sonoma County Book Festival:

Sonoma County Book Festival
September 21, 2013
Santa Rosa Junior College
http://www.socobookfest.org/



On October 19-20th I will be in Melbourne, Australia:

Melbourne Armageddon Expo
October 19-20, 2013
Melbourne Showgrounds
Saturday/Sunday - 9am - 6pm
http://armageddonexpo.com/au/



and on October 25-28th in Auckland, New Zealand:

Auckland
October 25-28, 2013 Labour Weekend
ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday/Sunday/Monday 10am - 6pm
http://armageddonexpo.com/nz/auckland-ticketing-info/





July  3, 2013
Well, it's been officially announced; I'm going to Australia and New Zealand this October. This will be my first trip into the Southern Hemisphere, where I will get to see the world from the flip-side. Here is a link to the Armageddon Expos in Melbourne, AUS and Auckland, NZ. http://armageddonexpo.com/au/comics-sci-fi-fantasy-trading-cards/brent-anderson

July  2, 2013
There are two new pages up for El Jaguár. Check them out.

June  30, 2013
I spent a very enjoyable day yesterday at the First Annual Santa Rosa Toy Con. Despite the heat (100-plus degrees), the show was very upbeat and celebratory with a laid back excitement vibe to it. Many people expressed after the show their gratitude to promoter Mike Holbrook for putting it on, me being one of them, and he told us he wants to do it again next year... for TWO days! But this time we'll have air-conditioning! Schedule permitting, I'm there! It was a great day. Thanks, Mike! And a big thank you to all the people who stopped by my table to chat, look at art, commission sketches, buy books and share part of their day with me. You all made my day!

June  28, 2013
News Update - Commissions

After converting my comics art production to a hybrid digital workflow four years ago, I have enjoyed a great deal of artistic satisfaction in using the new digital tools, but I’m finding I want to “get my hands dirty” again and draw in traditional media.

I’m opening my studio this year and accepting a limited number of art commissions. You may also pre-order a commission to pick up at a convention. To place an order for an Art Commission to be shipped or picked up at a specific convention location click here.

June  28, 2013
Well, I finally did it! (What? you ask.) I joined the hallowed ranks of overt commercialism and opened an online store on my web site! There are only a few items there now, but go and peruse the ware. I had to tweak my site around a little bit so, if you are willing, browse around the navigation and report back to me your comments, suggestions and productive criticism. I want the site to be friendly, accessible and inviting of return visits as I move into this new arena of my career! Thank you one an all for your support and encouragement over lo these many years. Here is to many, many more!

June  17, 2013
Greetings, Astro City fans! Good news: ASTRO CITY has relaunched! Astro City vol. 3 #1 shipped two weeks ago, and I couldn’t be happier! Even though Kurt's health issues slowed down his production of new Astro stories, I’ve been drawing and completing them slowly for the past three years. We now have enough to schedule the book monthly for at least the first year! Check out American Chibi in this first issue and see what lies behind the Ambassadoors!





November  14, 2011
Here is the final art list of the artwork stolen last July 25th from the parking lot at the San Diego Zoo. There have been no leads and the case is currently "inactive." But if any pages show up in the near or distant future, and regardless of whether I get any of it back or not, it would be reassuring to know that the artwork still exists and hasn't been destroyed. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and condolences in this matter. Be well. -Brent Anderson Final Itemized Stolen Art List (as of October 20, 2011) Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 67, 68, 69 (35 pages) Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, 8 (4 pages) Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16 (11 pages) Astro City vol 1 #1 (“In Dreams”) pp. 3, 9, 12, 17, 18, 21 Astro City vol 1 #2 (“The Scoop”) pp. 2, 6, 9,10, 18 Astro City vol 1 #3 (“A Little Knowledge”) pp. 10, 21, 23 Astro City vol 1 #4 (“Safeguards”) pp. 2, 10 Astro City vol 1 #5 (“Reconnaissance”) pp. 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 20 Astro City vol 1 #6 (“Dinner At Eight”) pp. 11, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 (28 pages) Astro City #1/2 ("Nearness of You") pp. 2, 8 Astro City vol 2 #1 (“Welcome to Astro City”) p. 22 Astro City vol 2 #2 (“Everyday Life”) pp. 19, 23 Astro City vol 2 #3 (“Adventures in Other Worlds”) pp. 7, 10, 13, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #4 (“New Kid in Town”) pp. 5, 20 Astro City vol 2 #5 (“Learning the Game”) pp. 4, 5, 8, 22, 23 Astro City vol 2 #6 (“The Gathering Dark”) pp. 11, 14, 17 Astro City vol 2 #7 (“Eye of the Storm”) pp. 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 16, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #8 (“Patterns”) pp. 10, 11, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #9 (“My Father’s Son”) pp. 10, 11, 16, 21 Astro City vol 2 #10 (“Show ‘Em All”) pp. 5, 13 Astro City vol 2 #11 (“Serpent’s Teeth”) pp. 5, 8, 11, 20, 22, 23 Astro City vol 2 #12 (“Father’s Day”) pp. 15, 18, 23 Astro City vol 2 #13 (“In The Spotlight”) p. 17 Astro City vol 2 #14 (“ The Big Lockdown”) pp. 10, 19 Astro City vol 2 #15 (“The Long Treadmill”) pp. 18, 20, 21, 23 Astro City vol 2 #16 (“The Tarnished Angel”) pp. 1, 11, 13, 16, 19 Astro City vol 2 #17 (“Voice of the Turtle”) pp. 1(uninked pencil art), 10, 14 Astro City vol 2 #18 (“The Empty Shell”) p. 13 Astro City vol 2 #19 (“The Only Chance”) pp. 11, 14, 15 Astro City vol 2 #20 (“The Wow Finish”) pp. 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20 Astro City vol 2 #21 (“Where the Action Is”) p. 4 Astro City vol 2 #22 (“Great Expectations”) pp. 5, 14, 17 (80 pages) Astro City:Local Heroes #1 (“Newcomers”) pp. 5, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 19 Astro City:Local Heroes #2 (“Shining Armor”) pp. 1, 3 Astro City:Local Heroes #3 (“Pastoral”) pp. 3, 4, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24 Astro City:Local Heroes #4 (“Knock Wood”) pp. 8, 16, 18, 20, 21 (24 pages) Astro City:Dark Age The Flip Book #1 (“On Mulberry Street”) pp. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 Astro City:Dark Age Book 1 #1 (“Darkness Falls”) pp. 17, 24 Astro City:Dark Age Book 1 #2 (“Criminal Prosecution”) pp. 12, 24 Astro City:Dark Age Book 1 #4 (“Execution Day”) pp. 8, 9, 10, 11 Astro City:Dark Age Book 2 #1 (“A Cold Wind Blowing”) pp. 2, 3, 6, 8 Astro City:Dark Age Book 2 #2 (“The Out-of-Towners”) pp. 15 (19 pages) Astro City Special:Samaritan #1 (“The Eagle & the Mountain”) pp. 17, 27, 28 Astro City Special:Beautie #1 (“Her Dark, Plastic Roots”) p. 35 (4 pages) Rising Stars #15 (“Power”) pp. 1, 16 Rising Stars #16 (“Selah”) pp. 2, 6, 8, 10,13, 14, 19, 20 Rising Stars #17 (“Change the World”) pp. 1, 3, 4, 9, 12, 14, 20, 21, 22 Rising Stars #18 (“Fire and Ash”) pp. 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 Rising Stars #19 (“Terminal Error”) pp. 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 Rising Stars #20 (“Blood Calls Out for Blood”) pp. 15, 19 Rising Stars #22 (“Phoenix in Ascension (Pt 1)”) pp. 6, 14, 15, 18 Rising Stars #23 (“Phoenix in Ascension (Pt 2)”) pp. 15, 17, 22 Rising Stars #23 (“Phoenix in Ascension (Pt 3)”) pp. 1, 4, 5, 9 All other pages sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, call me at (707)837-0800 or send a FB message to Brent Eric Anderson, with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List. Please forward this update to comic shops, art sellers and art collectors, and spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to those who shop on eBay and Craigslist. This is the final list of stolen pages. If you see or hear of any of these pages surfacing, call me at (707)837-0800 or send a FB message to Brent Eric Anderson. A police report has been filed with the San Diego Police Department Central Division (ph.619-744-9500). Det. Christopher Tews is the detective leading the investigation (619-744-9521). I don’t want to prosecute anyone, I only want my artwork back.

August  16, 2011
August 16, 2011 Here's an update on the stolen pages. This takes it up through the Steeljack storyline from Astro City vol 2 #s 14-20. Please copy and spread this updated list to any interested contacts, including comic art sellers and comic shop retailers. Thanks. Itemized Stolen Art List (as of August 16, 2011) Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 43-46, 48, 51-57, 60, 67-69 Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, 8 Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16 Astro City vol 1 #1 (“In Dreams”) pp. 3, 9, 12, 17, 18, 21 Astro City vol 1 #2 (“The Scoop”) pp. 2, 6, 9,10, 18 Astro City vol 1 #3 (“A Little Knowledge”) pp. 10, 23 Astro City vol 1 #4 (“Safeguards”) pp. 2, 10 Astro City vol 1 #5 (“Reconnaissance”) pp. 5, 11-14, 18, 20 Astro City vol 1 #6 (“Dinner At Eight”) pp. 11, 15 & 19-22 Astro City #1/2 ("Nearness of You") pp. 2, 8 Astro City vol 2 #1 (“Welcome to Astro City”) p. 22 Astro City vol 2 #2 (“Everyday Life”) pp. 19, 23 Astro City vol 2 #3 (“Adventures in Other Worlds”) pp. 7, 10, 13, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #4 (“New Kid in Town”) pp. 5, 20 Astro City vol 2 #5 (“Learning the Game”) pp. 4, 5, 8, 22, 23 Astro City vol 2 #6 (“The Gathering Dark”) pp. 11, 14, 17 Astro City vol 2 #7 (“Eye of the Storm”) pp. 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 16, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #8 (“Patterns”) pp. 10, 11, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #9 (“My Father’s Son”) pp. 10, 11, 16, 21 Astro City vol 2 #10 (“Show ‘Em All”) pp. 5, 13 Astro City vol 2 #11 (“Serpent’s Teeth”) pp. 5, 8, 11 20, 22, 23 Astro City vol 2 #12 (“Father’s Day”) pp. 15, 18, 23 Astro City vol 2 #13 (“In The Spotlight”) pp. 17 Astro City vol 2 #14 (“ The Big Lockdown”) pp. 10, 19 Astro City vol 2 #15 (“The Long Treadmill”) pp. 18, 20, 21, 23 Astro City vol 2 #16 (“The Tarnished Angel”) pp. 1, 11, 13, 16, 19 Astro City vol 2 #17 (“Voice of the Turtle”) pp. 1(uninked pencil art), 10, 14 Astro City vol 2 #18 (“The Empty Shell”) pp. 13 Astro City vol 2 #19 (“The Only Chance”) pp. 11, 14, 15 Astro City vol 2 #20 (“The Wow Finish”) pp. 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20 Also stolen: 48 random pages from Rising Stars #s 15-24. Each page is labeled at the top with my name, the book’s title, issue # and page number and a pricing sticker. A $500.00 reward has been offered for the safe return of the artwork no questions asked. Return the art to any comic book store to claim the reward. Please spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to comic art sellers and those who shop on eBay and Craigslist. If you see or hear of any of these pages surfacing, email me at kneedeep@sonic.net or brent@brentandersonart.com or send me a FB message. A police report has been filed with the San Diego Police Department Central Division (case #11-029140) (ph. 619-744-9500). Det. Christopher Tews is the detective leading the investigation (619-744-9521). I don’t want to prosecute anyone, I only want my artwork back. Thank you.

August  15, 2011
I've added Astro City vol 2 #s 4-9 (The "Confession" storyline) to the itemized list of stolen artwork. August 15, 2011 Itemized Stolen Art List (as of August 15, 2011) Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 43-46, 48, 51-57, 60, 67-69 Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, 8 Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16 Astro City vol 1 #1 pp. 3, 9, 12, 17, 18, 21 Astro City vol 1 #2 pp. 2, 6, 9,10, 18 Astro City vol 1 #3 pp. 10, 23 Astro City vol 1 #4 pp. 2, 10 Astro City vol 1 #5 pp. 5, 11-14, 18 & 20 Astro City vol 1 #6 pp. 11, 15 & 19-22 Astro City #1/2 ("Nearness of You") pp. 2 & 8 Astro City vol 2 #1 p. 22 Astro City vol 2 #2 p. 19 & 23 Astro City vol 2 #3 p. 7, 10, 13, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #4 p. 5 & 20 Astro City vol 2 #5 p. 4, 5, 8, 22, 23 Astro City vol 2 #6 p. 11, 14, 17 Astro City vol 2 #7 p. 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 16, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #8 p. 10, 11, 20, 23 Astro City vol 2 #9 p. 10, 11, 16, 21 Also stolen: 48 random pages from Rising Stars #s 15-24. Each page is labeled at the top with my name, the book’s title, issue # and page number and a pricing sticker. A $500.00 reward has been offered for the safe return of the artwork no questions asked. Return the art to any comic book store to claim the reward. Please spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to comic art sellers and those who shop on eBay and Craigslist. If you see or hear of any of these pages surfacing, email me at kneedeep@sonic.net or brent@brentandersonart.com or send me a FB message. A police report has been filed with the San Diego Police Department Central Division (case #11-029140) (ph. 619-744-9500). Det. Christopher Tews is the detective leading the investigation (619-744-9521). I don’t want to prosecute anyone, I only want my artwork back. Thank you.

August  12, 2011
August 12, 2011 Itemized Stolen Art List (as of August 12, 2011) Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 43-46, 48, 51-57, 60 & 67-69 Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, & 8 Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16 Astro City vol 1 #1 pp. 3, 9, 12, 17, 18, 21 Astro City vol 1 #2 pp. 2, 6, 9,10, 18 Astro City vol 1 #3 pp. 10 & 23 Astro City vol 1 #4 pp. 2 & 10 Astro City vol 1 #5 pp. 5, 11-14, 18 & 20 Astro City vol 1 #6 pp. 11, 15 & 19-22 Astro City #1/2 ("Nearness of You") pp. 2 & 8 Astro City vol 2 #1 p. 22 Astro City vol 2 #2 p. 19 & 23 Astro City vol 2 #3 p. 7, 10, 13, 20 & 23 Also stolen: 48 random pages from Rising Stars #s 15-24. Each page is labeled at the top with my name, the book’s title, issue # and page number and a pricing sticker. A $500.00 reward has been offered for the safe return of the artwork no questions asked. Return the art to any comic book store to claim the reward. Please spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to comic art sellers and those who shop on eBay and Craigslist. If you see or hear of any of these pages surfacing, email me at kneedeep@sonic.net or brent@brentandersonart.com or send me a FB message. A police report has been filed with the San Diego Police Department Central Division (case #11-029140) (ph. 619-744-9500). Det. Christopher Tews is the detective leading the investigation (619-744-9521). I don’t want to prosecute anyone, I only want my artwork back. Thank you.

August  2, 2011
August 2, 2011 Brent Anderson Stolen Art List Update Art collectors, Art Sellers and Retailers, Here is an update on the Astro City vol 1 #1-6 pages stolen from my car on Monday July 25, 2011: Astro City vol 1 #1-6 Stolen Art List Astro City vol 1 #1 pp. 3, 9, 12, 17, 18, 21 Astro City vol 1 #2 pp. 2, 6, 9,10, 18 Astro City vol 1 #3 pp. 10, 21 & 23 Astro City vol 1 #4 pp. 2 & 10 Astro City vol 1 #5 pp. 5, 11-14, 18 & 20 Astro City vol 1 #6 pp. 11, 15 & 19-22 All other pages sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List. Note: On these early pages, the top line info is not as clearly marked as in more recent pages. A number of them are marked in light faded pencil. Please forward this update to comic shops, art sellers and art collectors. Thank you, Brent Anderson

July  31, 2011
July 31, 2011 Stolen Art List Update Art collectors, Art Sellers and Retailers, Here is an update on the Green Lantern pages stolen from me on Monday July 25, 2011: Green Lantern Stolen Art List Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 43-46, 48, 51-57, 60 & 67-69 Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, & 8 Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16 All other pages sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List. Please forward this update to comic shops, art sellers and art collectors. Thank you, Brent Anderson

July  29, 2011
I need all my friends’ help. My car was broken into at the San Diego Zoo on Monday July 25th, 2011 and about 190 pages of original art was stolen. I am putting together a comprehensive list of exactly which pages were stolen and which ones are safe to buy and sell. The art was in four 24-page 14”x17” Itoya display portfolios (called Art Profolios) all in mylar sleeves (except for the Green Lantern Legacy display folio, which I think is a FileExec display book). Each book holds 48 art pages. The stolen portfolios can be identified by title and hand-written labels along the outside spine. All four of the portfolios were in a black soft cloth slipcover carrying case, zippered along the side about three inches from the top. The stolen portfolios are labeled “Astro City”, “Astro City: The Dark Age”, “Green Lantern: Legacy” and “Rising Stars”. The stolen artwork includes about 50 random pages from Astro City Volumes 1 & 2 & “Local Heroes”; and about 50 random pages from Astro City:The Dark Age Books 1 (#s 1-4), 2 (#s 1-4) & 3 (#s 1-4). Also stolen: 37 pages from Green Lantern: Legacy (pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 42-46, 48, 51-57, 60 & 67-70); Green Lantern Silver Age Special (approx. 4 pages); Green Lantern/Plastic Man team-up special (approx. 8 pages); and approx. 48 random pages from Rising Stars #s 15-24. Each page is labeled at the top with my name and/or the book’s title, issue # and page number and a pricing sticker. I don’t believe it was anyone from the recently ended Comic-con who stole my artwork. I believe it was an opportunistic smash-and-grab by someone looking for money or jewelry, not comics art. (They stole our luggage containing our dirty clothes and toiletries.) The thieves left behind three of the Itoya portfolios of art which were in plain sight right next to where the stolen slipcase was. If they'd specifically wanted the art, they would have taken those, too. I don’t believe the thieves knew what was in the zippered slip case around the other four portfolios. They just wanted to get the case somewhere safe to see what its contents were. With knowledge of the theft spreading through the comic book industry, it is becoming increasingly difficult and impossible for the thieves to sell it through regular channels. The more light shed on the stolen art the more unsellable it becomes to the thieves. Unfortunately, the more unsellable, the more likely it is to be disposed of. An anonymous drop-off of the art some place where it could be discovered by a person knowledgeable of the industry is the best outcome, or in finding the work at a flea market, sold there to make a quick, cheap sale just to get rid of it. I’ve asked, through Facebook, anyone living in the greater San Diego area who enjoys frequenting flea markets, garage and rummage sales, to visit as many of them as they can this coming weekend and on into the end of summer, and to spread the word to their contacts, particularly to comic art sellers and those who shop on eBay and Craigslist. The sooner people search, the better chance we have of finding the artwork. So spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to comic art sellers and local retailers, and to those who shop on eBay and Craigslist. If you see any of these pages surface, call Detective Christopher Tews (619-744-9521) or the San Diego Police Department Central Division (619-744-9500) and tell them you have a lead on case #11-029140. Then send me a FB message or email me from here or to kneedeep@sonic.net. Thank you. Together we may just get the art back!



July  29, 2011
Stolen Art Update #1: The stolen pages of Green Lantern: Legacy are pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 42-46, 48, 51-57, 60 & 67-70 . All other pages between pp. 1-70 sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List. Please copy and forward this update to comic shops and art collectors. Thanks!

March  31, 2011
News Update March 31, 2011 We won’t talk about how long its been since I last added an Update, so I’ll just move on to announcing a new Work-In-Progress page, El Jaguár. I’ve been posting pages from this developing graphic novel on my Facebook page for the past six months or so, but now you can see them here, too. El Jaguár is a collaborative project written by my wife, Shirley Johnston (yes, the same Shirley Johnston who wrote the “Jar of Ashes” TecKnight graphic novel, and “Good Mother Dinosaur,” other works-in-progress found elsewhere on this site.) El Jaguár was inspired by an ensemble Imaginists Theater Collective production we were involved with called “La División/The Divide,”in 2007 which addressed borders in society, and a fascination with the Batman/Zorro mythos of a dark savior helping the disempowered. I’m hiring actors (thru The Imaginists) to act out scenes from the story, whom I then photograph for visual reference. I haven’t done this much photo referencing since “Somerset Holmes” back in the early eighties and, although challenging, I’m loving the artistic results. (Many thanks out to my actor/models Peppos Brassan, Irma Garcia, Greg Garcia, Ana Rubio, Zahira Diaz, Arturo Peñarán, Carlos Lopez and Sergio Zavala.) I will be posting pages from El Jaguár here as they are completed. I won’t be attending Wonder-can this weekend as I have way too much work to do. The monthly Astro City schedule has finally been set, so work on that time-tested series needs to proceed apace! Also, Kurt and I have been invited to the Ficomic convention in Barcelona, Spain next month! This will be my third trip to Spain since 2003! They must like us there! If you are in the neighborhood come by and say “hola”!

November  6, 2009
Shel Dorf – Comics’ Greatest Friend I was saddened to hear of Shel Dorf’s passing. Shel loved and tirelessly promoted comics, usually to people who generally considered comics were for either children or juvenile delinquents or the mentally deficient. We knew better than to try and educate people to the wonderfulness of our avocation, but thank God Shel didn’t. From 1983 to 1990 I lived in San Diego in Pacific Beach, just north of where Shel lived in Ocean Beach. One day Shel called to ask me if I would like to display some of my comics art at an outdoor art show being set up near him. I had attended “normal” art shows before and had no desire to display my comics art in them, but Shel was insistent, and truly felt it was all of our responsibility to promote and elevate to the general public the relevance and artistic stature of comics and comics art. I agreed to attend provided I could display a couple of my Somerset Holmes cover paintings. During the day, people wandered past, looked at the work and moved on. A few asked questions like “Did you draw this?” and when I affirmed I had, they would make comment: “I didn’t know they still made comics.” “I thought machines drew comics.” About half way through the day one young woman stopped in front of my cover art to Somerset Holmes #1. I had placed a copy of the published comic book on the easel to show the piece in its comic book context. The woman stared at the painting for awhile, then looked closely at the comic book cover, then stepped back to view the painting at a distance, then picked up the comic book and held it up to the painting, apparently comparing the two. When she set the comic book back on the easel she turned to me and said, “Did you paint this?” I said yes. Just before walking away she said, “It’s very good. It looks exactly like the cover on the magazine”! Shel and I had a good laugh over that! Uncle Shel was right. There was a lot of work to be done to educate the general public on what a treasure the community had in comics, and Shel worked very hard all of his life to that end. I thank Shel for his undying devotion to comics and comics creators. Shel introduced me to and/or arranged audiences with Milton Caniff, Charles Schulz and Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Will Eisner and Burne Hogarth, Daws Butler, June Foray, Bob Clampett and Sergio Aragones, Forry Ackerman (and his incredible Acker Mansion), Ray Bradbury and Joe Shuster, Chuck Norris, Kirk Alyn, Walter Koenig, Harlan Ellison and George Clayton Johnson. The list of great people I met through Shel and the San Diego Comic-Con is truly unbelievable. What a legacy he has left us! I am honored to have known him, proud to call him friend and grateful to him for talking me into that art show! Be well, Shel.

September  2, 2009
It’s official! Astro City is going MONTHLY! Wildstorm Productions made the announcement during this year’s Comic-con International: San Diego. Astro City #23 will ship in July 2010, resuming the numbering where the original on-going series left off in August of 2000.

This announcement has necessitated a rather drastic change in my studio work procedure. In order to keep up with a monthly deadline of 24 finished black and white comic book pages, I have made the decision to enter the 21st Century and produce my comic book work digitally.

This is BIG! I learned to draw before there were computers, video monitors or digital drawing tablets. I drew with pencils, conte crayons, pastel chalk, watercolor, gouache, oil and acrylic paint and colored pencils. I worked on binder paper, illustration board, masonite boards or stretched linen canvas. My work procedure for comics has been strictly black and white pen and ink on illustration board. This procedure has always been a means to an end, the end product being, not a page of original art, but a sufficiently reproducible image to be printed in a comic book. Until recently, working with ink on paper was my only option for producing these images. And, furthermore, over time, I’ve only ever managed to produce an average of four pages per week. This has meant I can’t produce a 24-page comic book in any less than six weeks. As everyone knows, a month is FOUR weeks. How could I increase my output without sacrificing quality and keep up with the new schedule?

Over the past several years I have very carefully tracked where I spend my time doing what I do to create my pages. To my surprise, I discovered that only half my time was spent actually researching and drawing the artwork. The other half of my time has been spent, in no particular order, prepping the art boards, proportioning my thumbnail layouts up to full size, repeatedly sharpening my pencil, going to the art store to buy supplies, interchanging different-sized ink pens and brushes as needed, dipping or squeezing ink onto the brush to fill in black areas or do spatter efx, waiting for ink to dry, using whiteout or an electric eraser to obliterate mistakes, erasing the pencil art from under the ink art to facilitate a clean image to print from and, finally, scanning the art into my computer so I could electronically submit the page to my editor for invoicing.

I quickly realized if I could skip all this busy work and go directly from layout to finished digital file, I could conceivably double my output. I tentatively tried this several years ago with a MacIntosh G3 PowerPC running Mac OS 8.6, Photoshop 5.5, a 6x8 Wacom tablet and a mouse. I was less than thrilled with the procedure or the results, so I abandoned the idea of using a computer as a tool to draw comics. Then this past April I downloaded a 30-day free trial of Painter 11 (Thanks, Maurie!), took out my old Wacom tablet, and discovered I CAN draw comics on a computer! And it’s actually easier than drawing on paper! And the drawing looks better than on paper! And I have an endless supply of ink, both black ink and white ink (and 6.3 million other colors), and no eraser shavings to collect and dump into the trash, and no scanning time.

And no original art. (More on this later.)

Since the end of June, I’ve put this to the test on Astro City: The Dark Age Book IV #1, and have inked, er, digitally produced eighteen pages of the issue. You’ll notice I started to say “inked”. I’ve had to absorb the fact that, in using a computer, there is no longer any such thing as paper, pencils, ink, Zip-a-tone, or erasers. There are only digital images conveying the content of comics.

There is no longer any need to produce original artwork on paper. This was the one over-riding detail I had the most difficulty with in making this decision. I LIKE to draw, I LIKE making comics and I LIKE drawing on the computer.

So there you have it. It’s a whole new world.





July  11, 2009
My Cartooning for the Comics class at Sonoma State last month went very well. I had eleven fine students and much fun was had by all.

The San Diego Comic-con is rapidly approaching. I will be in Artists Alley as usual, at Table BB-03 (according to the con web site) drawing sketch commissions, selling original art and chatting with my many friends. I hope to see you there! Ciao!

March  19, 2009
This summer I am once again teaching my Cartooning and Comics class (Grades 4-6) at Sonoma State University the week of June 22-26.

Summer 2009

Cartooning for the Comics (Grades: 4-6)

Love cartooning and comics? Create your own cartoon character, then write and draw a sample comic book page or newspaper-style comic strip with a veteran comic book artist! Explore the basics of cartooning including creative layout, effective facial expressions and dynamic figure drawing. Discover the language of comics including basic comic strip story structure, placing text and images and adding captions. Learn simple tricks for making your cartoons look more 3-dimensional. By the end of the day you will have the tools and the experience to design, write and draw your own comic strip!

Prerequisite(s): Grades 4-6

EXED NC - Class #1225 - - $164

Instructor: Brent Eric Anderson

Brent Eric Anderson has been a professional cartoonist for over 28 years and has produced comic books, graphic novels, comic strips and computer animation. He has worked on many series including X-Men, Batman and the award winning Astro City and Spinworld. He teaches cartooning and comic storytelling for the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. ?
Jun 22-26, 1-4pm
Stevenson Hall 3036
EXED NC; ; $164
Class #1225

Go to this link http://www.ssuexed.com/course.php?id=1312&sem=Summer&year=2009 for more information and to register.




March  9, 2009
Hello, All! Well, first off, due to public safety concerns, the fire marshal here in Santa Rosa closed down the building where my gallery show was being held, so the show was cut short. To those of you who visited the gallery, thank you! To all who were planning to see it, maybe next time. I understand some photos were taken at the opening reception (which was quite a success). I will post them here and on my Facebook page if and when I get them.

Next bit of news: I've posted here the cover art to the twelfth issue of The Crusaders, a comic series I created and produced when I was in high school (circa 1971)! As a lark and a look into my archives, I will be uploading the last three issues of this series. These were created just before I turned my attention to producing fanzine work (for Venture and Mindworks). I hope you enjoy reading this classic stuff as much as I am going to enjoy bringing it to you. Some of it is a little embarrassing, but what the hell, if now is not the time to share this stuff with the world, then when will it ever be? Enjoy!

I've finished inking the first five pages of the Astra Special Part 1 and done a little more work on Good Mother Dinosaur. No new art on GMDino yet, but I'll let you know when there is.

Thanks for checking in and be well.


Art and Story ©1971/2009 Brent Anderson


Photos ©2009 Karen Perez


Photos ©2009 Karen Perez


Photos ©2009 Karen Perez


Artwork ©2009 Brent Anderson


Artwork ©2009 Brent Anderson



January  31, 2009
Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Jeez, has it really been since September when I last posted an Update? Yoiks!

Anyway, I not only finished Book 3 of the Dark Age saga last month, I also finished my two-part Brave and the Bold (starring Green Lantern and Plastic Man) today. Yay! It's fun. I can't wait to see it on DC's schedule.

I have received from Kurt the plot to Part 1 of a two-part Astro City mini-arc. Astra Furst of the First Family is graduating from college and has a surprise for her boyfriend Matt. No, not THAT kind of surprise! The kind of surprise only a member of the most famous super family in the Astro City Universe can provide. The first half (no pun intended) is loads of fun. I can't wait for Kurt to send me Part 2. After this two-part Astro City Special, we'll dive back into the final book, Book 4, of Astro City:The Dark Age.

In the meantime, I plan to work on one or more of my personal projects, some of which you'll find in the Works In Progress page. I will be adding new work to this page as I complete it.

This month I did caricature sketches for the Father-Daughter Dance fundraiser at my son's school. Here is a self-portrait caricature I did as part of the function. Enjoy!

For those of you in the immediate area, I will be part of a month-long gallery Pop Show here in Santa Rosa. The Gallery of Sea and Heaven will showcase "comix, music, videos, sculpture and live bands," featuring not only me but Trevor Alixopolous, Bob Best, Jamie Brown, Vanessa Davis, Mark Thomas, Michael Szymkowicz, David Dow, Terra Welch, Travis Kenzie, Donna Poma, Josh Brown, Tara Catlan, Anita Herdman, Hamlet Mateo, Chasa Pinot, Beth Mueller (Thanks, Beth!), and Ed Foli, with the musical talents of Santiago, Goodridder and The Order of Operations. The reception for the show is Saturday, February 7 from 5 to 8pm. The Gallery of Sea and Heaven is at 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa and is open Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm. Call them at (707) 578-9123.

That's it for now. Enjoy the New Year with a brand new president!





September  16, 2008
I have finished Astro City: Dark Age Book 3 #3 and am immediately jumping into Book 3 #4. As it nears completion, I'm sure DC will be putting Book 3 on the schedule.

I'm also busy inking the first issue of the Green Lantern/Plastic Man B&B two-parter. I've pencilled the first half of Part 2, as well. It's been a lot of fun so far. I LOVE drawing Plas. He's a living Warner Bros. cartoon!

I'm currently arranging a store-signing and appearance at Borders Books on Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa, California on October 12, hosted by Warren Harris and the Science Fiction/Santa Rosa science fiction group. The group meets at the store from 2:00 - 5:00pm on the second Sunday of each month. I will post more details here as they are firmed up.

Take care, all, and Keep Watching the Skies!

August  21, 2008
Boy, has this been a busy summer! I've just finished the pencils for Astro City: The Dark Age Book 3 #3 and have completed the inking through page 15. Almost there. One highlight of drawing issue 3 was designing a new character "Stormhawk." He's way cool. (click on thumbnail for larger image)



I've also done finished the layouts for Part 2 of the Brave & Bold Green Lantern/Plastic Man team-up. Part 1 is inked through page 11 and inking has commenced on the pencils to the second half. It's a fun book and Marv Wolfman's script for Part 1 is very funny.

Also, I'm posting two interviews I did this year, one with Comic Vine at Comicvine.com and the other with The Pulse at Comicon.com. You can either read the transcripts here (Comic Vine Interview, Pulse Interview) or go to the original web sites, where they've posted some artwork and such. A big thank you to Jennifer Contino at The Pulse and the G-man at the Comic Vine!

I've gotta go ink a bunch of stuff, so g'by fer now! Take care.

July  10, 2008
I will be attending Comic-con International: San Diego July 23-27, 2008. I will be in Artists Alley again this year at Table BB-03 (or so they tell me!) Anyway, come by if you are attending the show. I will be doing sketches and selling artwork. If you want a sketch, however, come early. My list for the weekend fills FAST! Seeya at the con.

June  2, 2008
I am giving two more Cartooning classes at Sonoma State University this month. The first is Monday through Friday June 23-27, 2008 as part of SSU's Excel For Youth Summer Program for 4th through 6th graders. You can enroll online at: http://www.ssuexed.com/course.php?id=1311&sem=Summer&year=2008.

Summer 2008

Basic Cartooning

Love cartooning and comics? Create your own cartoon character, then write and draw a sample comic book page or newspaper- style comic strip with a veteran comic book artist! Learn the basics of cartooning including creative layout, effective facial expressions, dynamic figure drawing and an introduction to basic comic strip story structure. Learn a few simple tricks for making your cartoons look more 3- dimensional. By the end of the day you will have the tools and the experience to design, write and draw your own comic strip!

Prerequisite(s): Grades 4-6

EXED NC - Class #1167 - noncredit - $161

Instructor: Brent Eric Anderson (EXCEL)
June 23-27, 1-4pm
Stevenson Hall 2050
EXED NC; noncredit; $161
Class #1167

I'm also teaching another all-day Cartooning class for adults on Saturday June 28, 2008 from 9 am to 4 pm. You can enroll for this class online at: http://www.ssuexed.com/course.php?id=1158&sem=Summer&year=2008

Summer 2008

Cartooning and Comics

Do you enjoy reading comic books or comic strips? Do you doodle and draw? Do you enjoy making up characters and stories? If you do, Cartooning and Comics may be for you. The combining of words and pictures into a seamless narrative language is a unique medium and a unique opportunity for you to not only practice writing and LOTS of drawing, but to have fun while doing it. This class gives you all the tools you need to write, draw and create your own comic strip, comic book page or entire eight-page mini-comic book! There will be group participation in character development and storytelling, comic strip analysis and hands-on art instruction. I invite you to bring to class a sample of your work for review and critique.

ART 800 - Class #1114 - 6 Hours CEU - $114

Instructor: Brent Eric Anderson

1 mtg: Sa, Jun 28, 9am-4pm
Rachel Carson Hall 10
ART 800; 6 Hours CEU; $114
Class #1114

I've completed Astro City: The Dark Age Book 3 #2 and have started laying out #3. This issue reveals a lot about The Apollo Eleven, and a weirder group of heroes you've never seen!

I've also finished eleven pages of Part One (of two) of the Green Lantern/Plastic Man Brave and the Bold team-up. Wait'll you see those aliens!

And a quick note and request. My old computer ate my email. I lost everything between April 2004 and May 6, 2008. This included my Address Book. If I had some pending business with any of you via email over the past few years, please email me again to reenter your contact information. If you had email contact with me before April 2004 or since May 6, 2008, I have you in my data base. All others need to re-up. Thanks.



April  9, 2008
For those of you in the Sonoma County/ North San Francisco Bay Area, I'm teaching another adult education class in Cartooning and Comics at Sonoma State University for the Sonoma State University School of Extended Education on Saturday April 19 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Do you like to read comic books? Do you like to doodle and draw? Do you like creating your own cartoon characters? Then this class might be for you! Have fun writing and drawing a sample comic book page, a newspaper-style comic strip or 8-page mini comic book! There will be group participation in character development and storytelling, comic strip analysis and hands-on art instruction. By the end of the day you will have the tools and the experience to design, write and draw your own comic strip or mini comic book!

When: Saturday, April 19 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Sonoma State University, Rachel Carson Hall 14
ART 800     6 hours CEU     Class #4075
To Register: Call 707.664.2394 or online @ www.sonoma.edu/exed/ and follow the catalog links to Art. I'm the only art class in there! Hope to see you there.


February  4, 2008
This week I’m finishing the inking on Astro City: The Dark Age Book 3 #1. The Beautie Special is scheduled to ship this month, so keep an eye out for it. It’s a great story.

There’s a bit more story added to “TecKnight: Jar of Ashes” in Work-In-Progress. Check it out. Also, there will be some color work added to “Good Mother Dinosaur” in a week or so, so look out for that, also.

I will be at Wonder-Con in San Francisco on February 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday only.) Come by and say “Hi” to Kurt Busiek (the brains and guiding light on Astro City) and me (the guy who shows you what it looks like.) Buy some artwork or get a sketch of your favorite AC character.

I am teaching another Excel For Youth Cartooning class at Sonoma State University on Saturday, March 8 from 10a to 3p in Rachel Carson Hall Room 10. To register for the class go to www.sonoma.edu/exed/applyenroll/excelreg.html. The class is open to 4th through 7th grade students who are serious about the art of cartooning and comics storytelling, or to those who just like to have fun drawing cartoons!

I’ve also been asked to teach a week-long summer course for Excel in June (June 23-27, 2008). Go to www.sonoma.edu/exed/ for more information.

I’ve started thumbnailing my comic book adaptation of the ensemble play I was in last summer The Divide/La División. I will post them here when they are tight enough to actually read!

Take care, all, and have a great 2008!

December  4, 2007
Somerset Holmes pre-production sketches

Most of these drawings were done in the early Eighties in soft pencil on vellum tracing paper and measure approximately 2 x 3 inches. Some are slightly larger, some slightly smaller. All are $10.00 each (except where noted). Add $5.00 to each order for shipping and handling.

Check out the entire gallery here

November  20, 2007
I've finished "Her Dark Plastic Roots", the Astro City Beautie Special. It is the story of a human-sized super-powered "Beautie" doll seeking her origins. This is one of Kurt's most touching stories (and one of the creepiest, according to our former editor! "It creeps me out to see a six-foot Barbie Doll punching out criminals!") The Astro City Beautie Special is scheduled to ship in February 2008.

In the meantime, I've been working on TecKnight "Jar of Ashes." There are ten more pages of layouts and some pre-production art in the Works-In-Progress section of the website. I hope to find a publisher soon, but until then I will add "Tec" work here as I finish it. Enjoy!

Other news: I am working with Marv Wolfman on a two-part Brave and the Bold story for DC Comics. My dream team-up is the comedic mismatch of a certain green ringer and my son's favorite red flexible rubber band man. Say no more, nudge nudge, wink wink.

I mentioned a few weeks back of my involvement last summer with The Imaginists community theater ensemble production The Divide/La División. There is currently a documentary about the creation of The Divide produced by Oscar Guajardo on YouTube. Check it out at www.theimaginists.org.

Until later, enjoy!



November  7, 2007
This is WAY last minute, but I'm attending the Portland Comic Book Show this upcoming weekend, Sunday November 11. Kurt Busiek, Howard Chaykin, Steve Leialoha, Trina Robbins and Aaron Lopresti will be there, also. If you are in the Portland downtown area on Sunday, stop by and see us! I'll even give you a sneak peak at the upcoming Astro City Beautie Special! It's nearly finished.

October  5, 2007
I will be teaching a 1-day adult class in cartooning and comics storytelling at Sonoma State University on Saturday October 27th from 9 am to 4 pm. If you live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in attending this class, contact SSU @ www.sonoma.edu/exed for enrollment information.

I've been teaching cartooning to 4th through 9th graders for a few years now, but this is the first class I've offered to adult students. I need a minimum of ten students to avoid the class being cancelled, with a cap of twenty total enrollment.

So, sign up or spread the word! I appreciate it. Thanks.

I have finished Astro City: The Dark Age Book 2 #4, which is currently on-sale at your favorite comic book store! This issue completes the first half of the 16-issue Dark Age story arc.

I'm currently half finished with the next Astro City Special which focuses on Beautie from the Honor Guard. It's another great Astro City POV story about a super-powered fashion doll seeking out her origins. It's titled "Her Dark Plastic Roots". Look for it on the stands in a couple of months.

Also, I recently had the honor and privilege of co-creating and performing in a community theater ensemble presentation about borders called The Divide/La División. A video version may appear soon, maybe on YouTube, but I'll keep you posted just in case you may want to see what some comic book artists do in their non-existent spare time! For more information on what The Imaginists are doing currently, check out www.theimaginists.org. Tell Amy and Brent I sent you!

I will be doing two store appearances this month in my local area. The first is Saturday October 20th at Outer Planes Comics and Games 526 7th St Santa Rosa CA 707-5746-2000 from 1 to 5 pm. For more info, check out their web site at www.outerplanesgames.com.

The second is at my friend Kathy Botterini's Comic Book Box 1451 Southwest Boulevard #103 Rohnert Park CA 707-792-0100 on Sunday October 21 from 1 to 5 pm. I will be conducting a comics storytelling chalk-talk and discussion session afterwards. Please consider attending one or both of these appearances. Thank you!

April  24, 2007
I will be attending the Super-Con in San Jose California on June 2nd and 3rd (www.super-con.com). If you are there also, please come by and say "Hi". I will be drawing sketches and selling original art.

I've begun work on Astro City: The Dark Age Book 2 #4. Astro City has gone completely nuts and there's only one hero who can save it!

And check out my newest project "Good Mother Dinosaur" while you're here.

February  23, 2007
I’m currently working on Astro City: The Dark Age Book 2 #3. Charles and Royal get even further enmeshed in the criminal underground during Astro City’s darkest age.

I’m also continuing work on Good Mother Dinosaur. I will be posting some artwork from it here very soon, maybe before Wonder Con this next weekend (March 2-4 at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco.) Hope to see you there. I will have a large selection of artwork from recent issues of Astro City for sale.

November  15, 2006
Well, my first bid for public office didn't net me a seat on the WUSD School Board, but I did gain a greater appreciation of my community and clearly just what a commitment to one's community truly means. I knocked on about four hundred doors, give or take, and saw first hand the variety of neighborhoods in Windsor (pop. 26,000). I only had one door slammed in my face (really!) and a hand full of "not interested"s, but overall, I was impressed with the reponse I received. You can view the voting results at the SmartVoter.org web site. Barring a few late absentee voter ballots, I convinced 1,118 people to vote for me which represents 6.9% of the vote total. I needed 11%-plus or 2000 to 2500 votes to win one of the three seats. Odds are good that I will run again in two years for one of two seats up for grabs then. Wish me luck.

I'm currently working on Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #2, the continuing adventure of Charles and Royal. During Astro City's darkest modern period, we meet some wacky crime bosses and an otherworldly visitor.

I've even managed some more work on Good Mother Dinosaur and Jar of Ashes, but not enough on either to post anything yet. But soon! Check out Works-in-progress occasionally.

October  18, 2006
Well, I'm smack dab in the middle of campaigning for a seat on the School Board for the Windsor Unified School District. It's been a terrific experience so far. I've never done anything even remotely like this, and I've never been particularly interested in politics or the political process, but the chance to get involved so deeply with my local community, and in the arena of education, is just too interesting and exciting a thing to pass up.

Go to www.smartvoter.org/vote/brent_anderson for a window into what I'm involved in. This web site was given to me free of charge by the League of Women Voters to use in my campaign to get my message out. I'll let you know November 8th how I fared! 'Til then, take care.

(For a look at some campaign comics I produced to help get my word out there, go to the Works-in-progress page. I hope you like them.)

September  30, 2006
In June and July I went to Nicaragua where I gave a cartooning chalk talk to a dozen kids at the Cultural Resource Center in Ciudad Darío. I hope to post a longer report and photos here soon. In July I went to Comic-con in San Diego (thanks, John, for the nice dinner and conversation at the "Top Gun Cafe" (aka Kansas City Bar and Grill). In August the family and I went to La Coruña Spain where we were wined and dined by the Vinetas desde o Atlántico arts celebration. We were treated like royalty and many thanks go out to all the people who cared for us while we were there. (More on this later, also.)

I am now running for the school board here in Windsor. The election is November 7th. If you have any interest in looking in on this interesting process, go to my web site, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

I'm finishing work on Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #1 this week.

That's all the news I have for now. In the near future I will be expanding my Work In Progress section. Take care, one and all, and wish me luck in the upcoming election!

March  27, 2006

Artwork ©2006 Xavier Herrera-Keehn
Wow! I hope everyone had a good holiday season! It's been forever since I last wrote an Update. I've finished Rising Stars: Untouchable. The first issue is in stores now. I understand the second issue is right on its heels.

I've begun work on the Astro City Special: Samaritan "The Eagle and the Mountain", co-starring Sam's ultimate foe, Infidel. This is another one of those great Astro City stories where the action is in the interplay between two very distinct characters and how their relationship developed.

On the teaching front, I have been enjoying the two cartooning classes I started at the beginning of the school year at my son's school. I'm posting a wonderful article that appeared in the March 16, 2006 issue of The Windsor Times. Big thanks go out to Pete Mortensen for doing such a good job, and to all the young cartoonists in my class who make teaching them so much fun.

I have scheduled two cartooning classes with Sonoma State University's Extended Studies EXCEL For Youth Program. The first class is this coming Saturday, April 1, the second on April 29. The classes each run from 9 am - 4 pm, with a break for lunch. It's an intense (and fun) day of learning the basics of cartooning, from creating a character to basic drawing skills and comic strip story structure. Unfortunately, only 6 people have signed up for this first class. If you live in the area near Sonoma State and would like to take one or both of these classes, go to The Sonoma State University's web site for more information. www.ssuexed.com/course.php?id=1311&sem=Spring&year=2006 Thanks. I would love to see you there.

October  4, 2005
This is the hand-colored art printed on the cover of the sketchbook published for the Expo Comic show in Madrid, Spain I was a guest at in November 2003. It measures 8 1/8" x 2 13/16". SOLD.

September  13, 2005
As of September 8th, Astro City: The Dark Age Book One is finished! The three double-page spreads back-to-back almost proved to be color artist Alex Sinclair's undoing, but he got through them, and they look great!

I am now on to the final three issues of Rising Stars: Untouchable for Top Cow. They are scheduled for completion before the end of the year.

On the teaching front, I have lined up an after-school program teaching cartooning to 4th through 8th graders at my son's school. The class is two hours a week on Fridays for the duration of the school year. In addition, I will be teaching basic drawing skills for two hours a month at the Windsor Oaks Academy. I am very much looking forward to both of these opportunities to teach art and cartooning to these kids.

The second issue of Radium the Robot is posted. At only four pages, this is the shortest story I ever did for my early comics. The third issue more than makes up for it, however, but you'll have to wait until next month to see Radium's trip to Mars! Meanwhile, take a peek at my second comics story.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by Kathy Bottarini's store The Comic Book Box on August 17th for my Top Cow store appearance. If you live in the Santa Rosa area, drop in on Kathy's new location in Rohnert Park. It's a wonderful store and Kathy's a wonderful store-owner!

August  8, 2005
Well I finished Astro City: Dark Age Book One #3 on July 8th, directly before going to San Diego. *Whew*! I'm currently working on ACDA#4 pages 6-11, three double-page spreads of a monster invasion of Astro City. I'll wager you've never seen so many monsters in one place before! And poor Royal Williams has to not only survive the invasion, but elude the Blue Knight as well! Yow!

I want to thank everyone who came by my Artists Alley table in San Diego. I enjoyed talking to and meeting all of you.

My busy Teaching Summer is over and I truly enjoyed the experience. The Art Toon Cartoon Wall next door to the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa looks great. I'll try and post a photo of it here, but if you live in Santa Rosa go check it out. The ArtStart program is a truly wonderful thing and I hope to be invited to participate in it again next summer.

My week-long EXCEL Cartooning For Comics class at Sonoma State University went well (except for getting a parking ticket and killing my battery by leaving my headlights on!) Once again, I learned as much or more about myself as a teacher as I'm sure my students learned about cartooning. I will definitely be teaching the class next year, but maybe as two classes, splitting the age groups up, younger and older. The university wants me to teach an adult Extended Education cartooning class next Spring in addition to the EXCEL Saturday University one-day offering. The kids really enjoyed seeing (and reading) the "Radium the Robot" comics I wrote and drew for myself when I was twelve. They suggested I publish them. I explained the realities of how expensive color printing is and how there is no mass market for such a thing, but they did give me the idea of publishing them on this web site! So go to "Radium the Robot" and see where I started. I will be publishing an issue per month, intending each issue to "stay on the stands" for about three months. I produced 29 issues over a three-and-a-half-year period between November 1968 and March 1972, so there's a lot to come. Enjoy!

After I've finished Astro City: Dark Age #4, I will be drawing the three remaining scripts (of five) to Rising Stars: Untouchable. It's Laurel Darkhaven's story written by Fiona Avery, about her life as an assassin for a clandestine American espionage agency.

Also, I will be at the new Comic Book Box retail store in Rohnert Park on August 17th from noon to two o'clock, signing books, showing artwork and generally enjoying Kathy Bottarini's new digs. Come by and say "Howdy"!

July  20, 2005
TECKNIGHT: Jar of Ashes
Created and written by Brent E Anderson and Shirley Johnston

TECKNIGHT: Jar of Ashes is a 200-plus page graphic novel I started putting together well over ten years ago. I had created the TecKnight's world but I had no story. I had a beginning and an end, but no middle. This is where my wife Shirley came in. She is a poet and prose fiction writer, and had written some science fiction, so I asked her if she would read over my world-building notes, and, if inspired, write me a story. She did. And it's a corker.

The story:

An anachronistic Batmanesque super hero is lured out of retirement to save the inner planets of our solar system from certain destruction and provide salvation for the far-flung society itself.

Virtual reality is an environment where anything is possible. Where computer code can make one's wildest desires real. Where a good code writer can be God in his own universe and earn the ratings to prove it. Where being a hero is only limited by one's imagination.

This is the universe of the TecKnight.

In this future high-tech world anyone can create and program a virtual reality domain to compete with the millions of other creative souls who reap the rich rewards of popularity from the billions who consume their virtual products.

Nanotechnology has made every necessity of life infinitely available. Nano-medicine has made people virtually immortal. Work and money are obsolete. Entertainment is all that matters. Constant ratings tabulations determine wealth. The more ratings one has the more prestige one gains. Popularity, whether fleeting or lasting, rules.

The TecKnight comes out of retirement to investigate Joquesne, the upstart head of the fourth most popular network in the solar system. Joquesne has hatched a fantastic plot to destroy the inner planets and terraform the moons of Jupiter. He has discovered a way to ignite the gas giant into a second sun, effectively giving him a 100% share of VR ratings, making him the wealthiest, most powerful individual of what remains.

The TecKnight hunts for clues as to Joquesne's intentions with the help of Sylvia, a 12-year-old girl searching for her father, a gifted game programmer who has disappeared into the Joquerverse.

The first six pages of the story are reproduced here, and there is pre-production art for this project published in my sketchbook (on sale elsewhere on this web site).

I will be adding art periodically to the Work in Progress page, so keep checking back. And enjoy!

June  27, 2005
I've now posted a short story called "The Hero" on the site.

I originally wrote and drew "The Hero" in San Diego, California in the late 80s for T.A.G. Rag, a never-published collection of stories written and drawn by a collective of great people who called themselves the "Tuesday Art Group" (T.A.G.). We would get together every Tuesday to talk about comics, discuss movies, play a version of Hacky Sack we had dubbed "Squoob" (don't ask), and to suffer rehearsals of my comics art seminar presentations.

The incident related in "The Hero" truly happened (insofar as my imperfect memory can recall it) and was printed in Streetwise published by TwoMorrows Publications in 2000. I've reprinted it here for those of you who never saw Streetwise. Check it out.

June  23, 2005
I've decided to sell this Star Wars poster and wanted to give my fans and web site visitors first crack at it. I bought this poster shortly after the original Star Wars film hit theaters in 1977. I wanted to mount and frame it and put it up in my house, but my current house doesn't have a wall big enough!

For sale: ORIGINAL STAR WARS Foreign 3-sheet movie poster (41"x77" folded)
Artist: Tom Jung
Sale price: $900.00 or best offer

Return Policy: Item may be returned within seven days for a full refund including shipping if customer is dissatisfied with condition and if item has been insured for full amount.

June  22, 2005
Life and work are hectic in the month of June. Two birthdays, a wedding anniversary (our 11th), Father's Day, the end of the school year and, topping it off, my teaching gig at Sonoma State University. The class proved so popular, there is a long waiting list (thirty-five students!) My Saturday College class on cartooning in April went very well. (Big thanks to all my students who made it the great experience it was! You guys taught me a thing or two! THANK YOU one and all!)

Another project this summer for me: I've agreed to be a cartooning advisor for three kids who will be designing a comic strip style wall mural for the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. I will actually be meeting with them this afternoon, about one hour from now! I'll let you know how it goes.

I finished ASTRO CITY: The Dark Age Book One #2 on May 11th and immediately jumped into #3, which I am pushing to finish by the end of this month. The story so far is a nice mix of pathos, comedy, drama and great character interplay. (And the poor Silver Agent... tsk, tsk.)

I will be returning to Rising Stars: Untouchable for Top Cow next month. The first two issues of this RS spin-off series were completed at the end of January last year. The remaining three issues are scheduled for completion by the end of this year. It's written by Fiona Avery and covers the life story of Special assassin Laurel Darkhaven.

I will be in San Diego again this year, so come by Artists Alley and say "hi".

March  8, 2005
I've finished the first issue of Astro City: The Dark Age Book One and am immediately on to #2. Charles the cop and his brother Royal, the petty criminal, are the protagonist brothers in this story arc. I'm really enjoying the unfolding of their characters.

I officially and professionally become a teacher this year. I will be conducting a class at Sonoma State University here in Sonoma County for kids in grades 5 through 9 called Cartooning for Comics. It's through the university's Extended Studies EXCEL program. The first class is a one-day workshop on April 23rd. The second class is a weeklong expanded version of the one-day workshop held June 27th through July 1st. This class will include the opportunity to write, draw, print and self-publish an 8-page mini comic book out of one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper! I've always enjoyed sharing my passion for comics through teaching and now I am doing it officially as a true professor! In every poll the EXCEL coordinator has taken among young people asked what kind of art class they would enjoy most, comics and cartooning are by far kids' favorite choice. Video games are second. So, if you live near here and would like to join us, contact the university at www.sonoma.edu/exed/EXCEL/default.html for more information on attending these workshops.

I'm also reprising my workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa for the third straight year. On Wednesday July 27th, I will be teaching kids in grades 1 through 3. On Thursday July 28th, grades 4 through 6. And on Friday July 29th, grades 7 to adult. Contact the Charles M. Schulz Museum at www.schulzmuseum.org/ for more information.

Oh, something I almost forgot: On Saturday, May 14th, in partnership with the Northern California Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, I will be at the Charles M. Schulz Museum from 1 to 3pm as a Cartoonist-in-residence. The museum does this on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors will have the opportunity to see my current work, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of the fields of comics and cartooning. See you there!

February  15, 2005
I'm currently working on the last six pages of Astro City: The Dark Age #1. This issue introduces a new group of supers called The Apollo 11. The Alex Ross designs are superb and I look forward to drawing them more into the continuity in future issues.

I will be attending Wonder-con in San Francisco all three days (February 18-20). You can find me in Artists Alley and I will be drawing sketches this year. Stop by if you get the chance. I would love to meet you. (I'll even give you a sneak preview of Astro City: The Dark Age #1, as long as you don't tell Kurt!)

Okay, I'm back to work. Take care.

December  19, 2004
I finished Rising Stars #24 (and the end of the series) on December 17th, two weeks later than I had planned. My mom had a heart attack on November 19th and I was away from my drawing table for ten days to help her in her recovery. To all of you, and especially those of you who met her a few years ago in San Diego, she's doing well, and is coming along in her recovery. Stents are wonderful things!

Astro City News: I currently have three Astro City: The Dark Age scripts in hand and I've started working on the first issue. As you may have already read, this 12-issue series is based on the script Kurt Busiek had written for the sequel to Marvels, but it is being altered (and added to) quite a bit. The Astro City super hero archetypes are generally much more amenable to change than are most of their Marvel analogs. This story of Kurt's is excellent and I am glad it will be presented in the pages of Astro City over the next couple of years. And, no, I won't get too tired of the 70s cultural design milieu, the fashions or the hair styles any too soon. Not on a story THIS good!

October  8, 2004
I have just finished Rising Stars #23 and I think fans are really going to like the way JMS is concluding his long-running series. If all goes as planned, the final issue will be finished by the end of the year. I've started inking The Pulse #7 this week and it is more of Bendis' comics wonderfulness. The more I draw of these characters, the closer I feel to them. Ribbit!

September  15, 2004
I've finished The Pulse #6 and have now thumbnailed and half pencilled The Pulse #7. Rising Stars #23 is pencilled and ready for inking. Both books should be done by the end of October, so everyone knows where I'M going to be for the next six weeks!

July  19, 2004
I am now making my sketchbook available to all web site visitors. Check out images from the sketchbook here. These drawings were published in a Special Edition sketchbook for a comic book convention in Spain in November of 2003. The drawings were selected from over a dozen personal sketchbooks dating as far back as 1973. This first volume includes life-drawings and preliminary sketches as well as finished pieces from both my years as an amateur and as a professional. Only 350 copies of this signed and limited Spanish edition were printed and many were unfortunately destroyed, so supplies are limited. The sketchbooks are $20 each plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Contact me to order one for yourself by clicking here.

July  1, 2004
I am currently finishing pencilling and inking Rising Stars #22 for Topcow. Then I'm on to The Pulse #6 for Marvel Comics and Astro City: Dark Age #1(of 3) for DC/Wildstorm. I've signed on with Marvel to draw five issues of The Pulse.

In June, I taught three cartooning workshops for the Charles M. Schulz Museum and in July made a return appearance at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to judge in the Cartoons and Comic Strips Children's Division of the Sonoma County Fair Art Show.

Last year I mentored a student from the local high school in his Senior Project, to create, draw, publish and sell his own comic book. The student needed to successfully complete this project in order to graduate. He did. (Congratulations, Ben!)

I attended the Alternative Press Exposition (APE) in February of this year and Wonder Con this past April. I will be attending Comic Con International: San Diego again this year where you will find me in Artists Alley.

August  1, 2001
Brent Anderson recently sat down with Drew Reiber of PopImage.com to discuss the comic business, Brent's start in it and his current work on Astro City. Read the full interview here