Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Blast from the Past #133: spot illustrations for the CBG

Back around the time that Kevin Eastman and I were starting work on the first issue of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (late 1983), we were also having fun doing small spot illustrations for The Comics Buyers Guide. I don't think we were ever paid anything for these, but we got a kick out of drawing various comic book characters and seeing our art published in the CBG. We did drawings individually and occasionally collaborated on them.

Below is a group of these drawings that I did by myself. I present this group exactly as I came across it in a folder of old artwork, which is to say that this was a sheet of 8.5 by 11 typing paper with the artwork on small pieces of Graphix Duo-Shade board glued to it.

You see, that Duo-Shade paper was, at the time, very expensive for us to buy, and so we tried to use every square inch of it. And, after managing to get three comic page-sized pieces out of each big sheet of Duo-Shade, there were inevitably a few small, odd-sized scraps left over, which we would then divvy up for our own use.

Although I know at least some of these drawings were published in the CBG, I can't recall which, at this point in time. -- PL


~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..wow..

wonder how much duo-shade goes for nowadays and it's availability.


~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..only price points i can seem to find is 3 - 12 $$ per piece ( but what sizes ..hmm.. ?? ) .

Haven't used or looked into this type of palette since cartoon school so i am clueless.

I ll do some more digging ..


PL said...

Dave, have you been to the manufacturer's site? Here's the URL:


Hope that helps! -- PL

~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..no i have not


beautiful .. yes that helps immensly, thank you !!

( Folks, there is a store locatorand mailing list on the 'Grafiz ' site as well !! !! )


Andrew NDB said...

I loved your guys' duo work.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't ask... when is TMNT #30 coming out, Pete?

I liked the logo you guys did for the cover of TMNT #28... I missed that on #29.