BROID: Shatterpoint #4, March 1991

Though his capabilities have been elevated, Aaron Broid still can't make a decisive move even with his enemy finally in sight. But in a moment of weakness, he gives in to his impulses. This decision puts him on a collision course with his own lost past. That collision is the shatterpoint that the entire story has been building toward. Nothing will be the same afterward.

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Star Wars: Endgame, 1996

This volume from West End Games had quite a prophetic title. It was the end of a 4-book campaign for them and the end of a career phase for me. I had just gotten my beak wet in the TV animation world, and freelance illustration work was on the way out. This wasn't just my last Star Wars assignment (of 12) for West End, it was my last Star Wars project of any kind.

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Posted in: Game Days

My First Spider-Man, 2003

This was the first of many Spider-Man cartoons I got to work on. It was also the first in CG, the first in widescreen, the first to follow the blockbuster 2002 movie, and the first to be brought to a complete standstill by executive infighting. Here you'll find tons of storyboards, complete animatics, designs, and a crazypants production story.

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Posted in: TV Cartoons

Political cartoons Vol. 3, 1985-86

Reagan. Gorbachev. Marcos. Qaddafi. These were the news leaders back when I officially entered adulthood, and I spent that time turning them into cartoons for a weekly Michigan newspaper. No matter when you become of aware of them, politics are never new. Just sometimes easier to make fun of.

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Series profile: Blue Meteor SPT Layzner, 1985-86

In the parallel fields of comics and animation, there's a dictum that applies equally to both: you reach the pinnacle of success as a storyteller when your story can be clearly followed via pictures alone. This also applies to a story that can be clearly followed despite a language barrier. Blue Meteor SPT Layzner is that kind of story.

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The Shoguns part 3, 1980

After a gap of almost two years, I returned to the space heroes I didn't know were inspired by anime robots and threw everything I had against them in two brain-shattering comic book epics that shook the universe! Don't worry if you missed them, they've been waiting for you to catch up ever since!

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BROID: Shatterpoint #3, February 1991

We begin this issue with a changing of the guard on the enemy side. When the effect of this hits our rebel group head on, help comes from an unexpected source and a major step forward is taken on the path to the shatterpoint. In the real world, it was June 1990 and my first few comics were in stores, so I should have been flying high. Instead, I was working harder than ever.

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Heavy Gear, 2000-2001

At last, I got to work on an animated TV series with EVERYTHING I liked: sci-fi, action, robots, and a big, sweeping story. Plus, it would be my first step into the new world of CG. But for every one of these blessings, there was also a curse. And some of them were deadly.

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Posted in: TV Cartoons

Political Cartoons Vol. 2, 1985

Here's the second set of political cartoons from my days working for Cadence, a locally-based newspaper in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. The paper's editor-in-chief Susan Lovell was the originator and I was her art monkey.

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Posted in: Mystery Grab-bag

Book Collection: Anime Mecha

The way other Gen X types are nostalgic for 80s pop music, I'm nostalgic for 80s SF mecha anime. It's my absolute favorite genre, and there are books aplenty to explore the topic with a big crossover into modeling and games. Here are over 100 titles that keep the golden age of Japanese mecha alive and rocking!

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Star Wars: Escape from Yavin, 1980

My first graphic novel! Ever since 1977, the Rebel Alliance had been firmly planted on the moon of Yavin, but as The Empire Strikes Back approached in 1980, we found out that was going to change. As this story opens, the exodus has begun...and is about to get significantly more urgent.

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BROID: Shatterpoint #2, January 1991

Revolution! This is the halfway point in the story, in which a major event pivots Broid's rebel group into a new paradigm. And it wasn't even one they planned. All it took was one oversight on the enemy side to shift the ground under everyone's feet.

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Star Wars: Kathol Outback, 1995

Kathol Outback was part of something called the "DarkStryder Campaign," a series of connected adventures that took players into new and remote regions that didn't necessarily fit into the established Star Wars aesthetic. It's a big galaxy, so anything goes.

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Posted in: Game Days

Godzilla The Series, 1998

Like all red-blooded American boys growing up in the 70s, one of my greatest heroes was a Japanese lizard. It was interesting for all of us at Sony to "graduate" from Ghostbusters academy into this new project. It gave us a unique vantage point of the movie as the buzz was rising and everyone was imagining the best outcome. We saw a lot, we learned a lot. And I remember plenty about it, so let's get started.

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Political Cartoons Vol. 1, 1984-85

At the tender age of 19, I got a graphic arts job at a weekly newspaper. I was the only one on staff who actively drew, and when the editor in chief discovered this, she added "political cartoonist" to my job description. Here's the first of three time capsules from back then.

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Secret Comics: Sierra magazine, 2008

One day in early 2008 I was contacted by a fella named Bob Sipchen about doing what he called a "graphic novel" for an issue of Sierra magazine. I'm always up for something fresh, so I said sure. I don't do a lot of "real world" comics on my own, so it was a good way to find out I still could.

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Series profile: Planetes, 1999-2004

Planetes wields the predictive power of hard science-fiction by "borrowing" a story from the future that illustrates the probable outcome of today's neglected problems. This is what science-fiction excels at, and it's what lands Planetes on my top ten list of favorite stories to come out of Japan.

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Posted in: Anime World

The Muppet Movie adaptation, 1979

Sometimes I spontaneously took on a project to see if it could be done. Using a cassette recording taken off the TV, I would draw a comic book version of the ENTIRE FILM. Every scene, every line, exactly as spoken. It was going to be a Christmas gift for my sister, and I had less than a month to get it done. You MUST be wondering how this crazy plan worked out...

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Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, 1979

This early Star Wars novel is a curio now, but when it was brand new, nothing was more important. And one day in 1979 (when I was 14) I took it upon myself to turn it into a comic book. It taught me an unexpected and really valuable lesson.

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