Gazbot (website, Facebook) drew another wunnerful artwork commission for me (he also did Super Holly hit with Joker Venom). I asked him to draw Super Holly grabbing Venom’s long slurpy scary tongue and punch-punch-punching Venom’s head like a paddleball. Gazbot gets nice details, doesn’t he? I think Super Holly has wanted to do this ever since Venom broke into Mary Jane Watson’s bedroom just to terrify her with his big fangy grin. Super Holly likely said this just before the artwork action: “Oh, you’re so tough, oh you’re so scary. WELL, YOU’RE PLAYING WITH THE BIG GIRLS NOW!!!” I keep imagining the sound effects as: BRUH-DUH BRUH-DUH BRUH-DUH BRUH-DUH BRUH-DUH!!!
Super Holly Hansson hates spiders. They have history. (As historically documented in my upcoming novel The Comic Book Code, Chapter Zero of which I put into Super Bad Hair Day!
P.S. I made nice progress on finally finishing the first draft of The Comic Book Code. Not sure if I will finish by Saturday midnight, but I am likely to come close. I find I have written a lot more than I thought over the years. And I just found that I can both cut one chapter way down, AND I can torture Super Holly by not letting her play in the newly superpowered Comic Convent! WIN WIN!!!
(From Silicon Valley Comic Con 2019) Here is art from Chunlin Zhao, a sweet young lady from China whom I asked to draw Darth Vader discovering that his light saber does not work on Super Holly Hansson. Okay, Chunlin drew two e-braclets where Holly has only one, but just look at Holly’s face! Chunin knows what Amanda Conners knows: it is all in the face.
And here is a quickie from Chuck Whelon (instagram). I showed him the Cal artwork where Cal has that glowing circle on his head, and how much I like that even though I am no sure yet what that does. Chuck has a quick mind for one panel cartoons.
My Artless Comic Books panel went well. It helped a lot that the others on the panel knew the subject matter.
More Silicon Valley Comic Con photos. Me at the table where I sold 5 books. Valerie Frankel pointed out that there is a Jewish book on one side on my book and a Nazis-won-the-war book on the other.
Me and a scruffy Ewok.
And someone who does justice to Red Sonja and the silliest supersuit of all time. I have started the story where I stuff Holly into one of those.
Holly’s first kiss in my commissioned artwork. This is from Amber Padilla (her Tumblr), who first drew Kittygirl. She was slightly delayed because life got in her way, so she went wonderfully above and beyond what I expected. I noted how TALL Holly was in the first sketch. I liked that, and I have decided that Cal should be my height: 5 foot 10 (instead of 5 foot eleven). Holly is 6 foot 1. Those are little telekinetic hearts around Holly’s head, and Cal’s Intellecta glow (from his first sketch). I like that glow, but I did not want his white underpants, so Amber went for that jet-black look to polish it off. Well done, Amber, well done!
P.S. Holly is taller, but Cal still wins their sparring matches because Holly’s super-strength cannot harm him (the superoower-soulmate connection). Also, he has exponentially combined every martial art on the planet into Intellecta-karate.
P.P.S. I showed this to my former open mic guy and still friend Casey Wickstrom (guitarist, singer, yoga master). He said, “I hate him.” Casey is a Super Holly fan. He LIKE likes her. I need to put Casey into a Super Holly story.
At the Powerhouse Comic Con in Pleasanton, I had two pieces of art done, and found the artist who drew Holly gut-punching Trump a year ago. A good day for artwork!
I saw Louie Manny’s art and LIKE liked it! I thought out loud something he could draw, and thought that Kittygirl might want to sharpen her claws. He pointed out a piece of art he had with two superheroines, one sitting and the other in another pose. We talked for a minute. He said maybe Kittygirl could be sharpening her claws while Holly is sitting in a chair. I paid him for this. I have never seen Kittygirl so happy.
Here are Tobe and his little girl. She is the right age and look to play Kittygirl in a movie. But her claws have not grown out yet. (I showed her some upcoming art of Holly and Cal and she made a face: superwoman and batty guy kissing, ew icky! She liked Kittygirl.)
At the South City Comic Con last weekend, I asked Amelia Pendleton (instagram) to draw Kittygirl after she takes care of a bad guy. Aw, isn’t the little super sweetie cute? I think Amelia groks Kittygirl.
At the San Francisco Comic Con today, I had Amber Padilla (her Tumblr) draw Kittygirl and Super Holly. That little verbal sparring is in their stories. And yes, I stole Wolverine’s claw sound, Kittygirl can claw through steel also. Amber added Kittygirl’s fannypack (she said it would be like her hero Holly’s) and those cute kittycat shoes. Kittygirl wore kittycat ears the first time she met Holly. I bought a few comics from Amber: Old Man Malo, Sugar Coated, and a little 8-pager: The Rescue. I like how Kittygirl gets on tippy-toe.
Another bit of Super Holly art that I had done at the Menlo Park comic con at the library. I had artist Gaz Gretsky (Gazbot) draw Super Holly shortly after she is gassed by Super Joker venom. (He said it should be gas rather than a squirted liquid, else it might look too suggestive. I agreed.) I once wrote a fanfic (as in, can’t sell it but I can post it) of Super Holly meeting Batman (“Buh, b-b-b… BATMAN! I’m your biggest fan!!!”) but I had to limit it to a puny 1500 words. When I rewrite it into a decent story, there will be a scene like this.
That face. Mad and happy together. Gaz groks Holly.