Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rick & Ramone on Tumblr!

I have a new site for my artwork via Tumblr. I'm posting quick sketches, book previews, etc. on the Tumblr site. Check it out at: The "Rick & Ramone" page has already added some new followers and had some nice comments and reblogs of posted artwork. Join in and see new Vertically Challenged Artwork and more!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Meeting a Hero and Legend

About a year ago, I posted my Influence Map, an idea I got from artist Cedric Hohnstadt. It shows the artists that have inspired and influenced me. Today, at the Cincinnati Comics Expo, I got to meet one of the greats from my map: Legendary Artist Stan Goldberg. Stan's influence on me came through his 41 years of work with Archie Comics. But he has worked with many others, including Timely Comics (Marvel before they were Marvel). I got a couple of drawings from Stan and enjoyed his stories as he drew, including some great advice to me as an artist. He was a pleasure to meet!

Below Left: Sketch of Jughead Jones, my favorite character in the Archie Comics world. Below Right: Stan Goldberg starting the sketch of Jughead.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

SkunkFest 2011

Great time at SkunkFest this year! Met some new friends and caught up with returning friends from last year. We introduced Ramone to new fans, and Issue 1, A Skunk's Tale, got into more people's hands. All in all, a fun weekend. Thanks to the good folks at the Skunk Haven for all their hard work in organizing the event. Looking forward to next year!

Friday, September 9, 2011

SkunkFest 2011! Celebrating 10 Years!!

This year, my artwork and design is featured on a new SkunkFest poster for the 10th Annual Skunkfest. Posters will be 11x17 and will be for sale at the Ramone Cologne booth (#16). A portion of every poster sale goes to the good folks at Skunk Haven and the important work they do. Be sure and stop by for your copy of the exclusive Skunk Fest poster. See you there!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ramone Cologne #2 Pre-Orders

Ramone Cologne #2, Skunklock Holmes, is at the printer and pre-orders are coming in! (See the online store tab above.) In issue 2 of Ramone's adventures, Ramone uses his natural detective skills in the mystery of the vanishing friend. In the process, he meets his ultimate nemesis...Order a copy today and join in the mystery!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ramone Cologne is: Skunklock Holmes! Issue #2

At long last, issue #2 of Ramone Cologne is on the way. Penciling and inking of the comic is complete, and painting will be done this week. After that, it's off to the printer. In this issue, Ramone faces a new nemesis, who's sure to be a recurring villain in Ramone's adventures. Here's a sneak peek of an inked page. Pre-orders will be available soon, and I'll post details here and on Ramone's facebook page about how to put in your advance order for the new issue. Also, watch for previews of a few painted pages coming soon. Issues 1 and 2 will be available at SkunkFest 2011, and I'm planning on attending the 2nd Annual Kokomo Con, where I will have all Ramone items available. See you soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Derby City Comic Con

Derby City Comic Con 2011

The first Derby City Comic Con was held on Saturday, July 16, in Louisville, KY. This happens to be in my neck of the woods, so I loaded up Ramone and his books and headed to the big city.

The organizers put together an excellent convention, and it was hard to believe this was their first time running the show. Attendance was much higher than expected, and I stayed busy meeting new people, expanding Ramone's fan base, and drawing/painting until closing time. One thing I noticed was the high number of kids and families at the convention. This was definitely a family-friendly event and I enjoyed seeing new kids getting introduced to comics and new characters.

I introduced my new "Vertically Challenged" paintings at the show and they were a hit. I enjoyed getting commissions and requests for more of these, and coming up with new ways to present the characters vertically.

The free DCCC sketch cards provided by the Con was a great idea, I also had fans come to the table with the autograph pages from the program - another good way to interact with attendees. Most of all, I appreciate the hard work that Eric Bannister and his crew put into the convention. They did tons of advertising, and I saw all kinds of coverage for the event.

I've heard some good reports from other artists, and they mirror my experience - the show was great, it was a good and steady day of sales, and we're looking forward to the next Derby City Comic Con!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Next Ramone Appearance: Summit City Comic Con

June 18, 2011 marks Ramone's first appearance at the Summit City Comic Con! Last year, I attended the SCCC's debut convention as a fan. It was a great show - the most fun I've had at a convention. See my review from last year here: This year, I'll be there promoting Ramone, with at least two books, possibly three, available for current and new skunk fans. I'll be posting preview artwork here for the upcoming title that's in the works. Of course, back-issues of "A Skunk's Tale" and "This Skunk, This Hamster!" will be available. See you there.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Ramone Cologne! The Year of the Skunk

Today is the one year anniversary of the first Ramone Cologne comic strip and Ramone's debut to the world! Thanks to everyone for reading the strip, buying the comics, and keeping up with Ramone on the website and facebook page. It has been a great first year for Ramone, filled with events and appearances. So much has happened since Ramone's introduction, I can't believe it has ONLY been a year.

Since May 9, 2010, Ramone has been to his first SkunkFest, appeared at multiple comic book conventions, library book signings, and most recently been added to a local bookstore's selection of comics and kids' books. From his humble beginnings a year ago, Ramone has gained a supportive following of fans. Ramone's quest at the start of the comic strip was respect for skunks. He has certainly achieved that in many areas.

To everyone enjoying the comic strip or comic book stories, stay tuned for more to come! There are more events coming up this summer and I'll have news and photos to share. Also, watch for changes and new characters appearing in the strip. Comparing the first strip to the most recent (see images above), I can see the progress made, artistically and in Ramone's quest. I promise more improvements for the upcoming adventures!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book Signing for Free Comic Book Day, May 7

Starting this Saturday, Ramone Cologne: A Skunk's Tale will be available for sale at Hastings bookstore. I'll be there from noon-4 p.m. signing copies of "A Skunk's Tale" and drawing/painting free mini sketches. If you're in the area, drop by and see me. The annual Free Comic Book Day event will be going on at Hastings that day, and they'll be giving away some all-ages titles. See you there!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Over at the Ramone Cologne comic strip (, a new character is on the way. His appearance will forever alter the course of The Haven and its residents. Be careful what you wish for, Harry...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Library, Book Signing Event - Ramone Cologne "A Skunk's Tale"

Today was the first Ramone Cologne book event of 2011! A petting zoo at the local library was the perfect event to introduce Ramone to the community. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to pick up your copy of "A Skunk's Tale" I met some new fans and took a few pictures when I could, since I was also introducing Ramone and painting mini portraits of other animals. Skunks seem to fit right in with hedgehogs, chinchillas, and rabbits :)

Thanks to the Library Team for inviting me to be a part of this fun event. It was a great time and I enjoyed seeing so many kids learning about new animals. I'm glad a certain skunk was part of the festivities.