Monday, December 31, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4, Page 12: Methane Overdrive

Thankfully, webcomics don't smell, so you are spared from the sewer aroma
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4, Page 11: Crocodile Agents of the B.O.S.

On this day of Christmas Eve, brought to you by my faithful Blog Robot,
while The Beholder himself is in a Galaxy far, far away…
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4, Page 9: When the Dust Settled…

Barely enough time to put some pants on, our "heroes" seem to face the next threat…
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Stardust from AC Comics' FemForce

Another discovery on THE BEHOLDER's travels throught the multiverse: This is Stardust, alias Dr. Mara, a superhero in AC Comics' FemForce titles. She's actually an alien scientist, and went through few changes during the long FemForce history, but this is her most recent incarnation.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Redrawn German Avengers Comic

On his mysterious travels to the outer limits of perception, THE BEHOLDER has encountered many different worlds. One of them can be seen here, recreated in THE BEHOLDER's own special way.

On the left: Original cover by George Perez and Tom Smith; Marvel Deutschland/Panini Comics 2000.
If you also feel the need to remake some of your favorites,  the Covered blog is no more, but you can send it to this place instead.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4, Page 8: An "Epic Fail"

Who said machines are smarter than people?
Well it always depends on the machine… and the people.
In our case, it's probably a photo finish.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Many Faces of Jenny Everywhere

It's fascinating to see the different incarnations of our favorite dimension-shifting, open source character. The Beholder wanted to pay tribute and homage to some of the versions out there, by redrawing their designs in his own, unimitable way…

This is Jenny Everywhere Blue, from
Gwendolyn Patton's Jenny Everywhere Infinite: QuarkTime.
In this comic alone, there are many different versions of Jenny.
This is JennyDavid, from the time when she merged with her boyfriend
into a powerful being. Read about it in the classic story Soulless Mate,
written by Alex Hernandez, with artwork by Scott D. M. Simmons.

And finally, something that might be not quite safe for work, even though it's utterly harmless:
A drawing of Jenny's incarnation in the naturist comic The Bare Pit. The Bare Pit is created by Steven Crowley, who'll hopefully find the time to resume the strip next year.

All rights for these specific designs are of course with the individual creators. Hope you liked these– I will post some more soon.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4, Page 7: Agent Watertower

Aaand we learned something today:
New York watertowers are actually agents of the Bureau of Singularity.
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Friday, November 23, 2012


Despite her questionable origin, I couldn't resist to draw her–
here is The Beholder's version of the Russian Revolutionary Beauty, Octobriana.

Octobriana is "the spirit of the Russian Revolution", and a licence-free character. In the spirit of communism, she belongs to the people, and any creator can make up stories with her. Supposedly she was created in the 1960s by a group of dissident Russian artists calling themselves Progressive Political Pornography (PPP).

However, this was apparently a hoax. The true story seems to be, that Czech writer Peter Sadecký enlisted the two artists Bohumil Konečný and Zdeněk Burian to create a comic with a character called "Amazona". But Sadecký escaped to the west, stealing the art-work and published it under the new name Octobriana, with changed communist back-story, and adding the red star on her forehead. So the creation of this "license-free" character is not quite kosher to say the least. The result however, and the colorful yarn that Sadecky spun surrounding it, is quite intriguing.

Read more about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octobriana .
You can find more artwork here:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4, Page 6: Life in the Big City

The Bureau has set aside its disagreements and is alerting all its resources.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest Report

I had a lot of fun at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest last weekend. It was my first time "flying solo" at this event, I was so grateful to be invited! And so many people came; plenty of friends and colleagues visited my table, and even people I had just met at NY ComicCon came back. Besides my mini-comics, children's books and prints, I had an advance copy of my forthcoming graphic novel Peanut with me.

I am happy to say that sales-wise, this was the single most successful day at any of the festivals I attended this year (MoCCA, NY ComicCon, and the small but very cool Prints Alive). It's especially exciting to meet people who already know some of my Beholder Comics and are coming back for more! That means a lot to me.

With Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons!
A familiar set-up… with some new wares!
Fellow cartoonist Anuj Shrestha brought me lunch. Thanx Anuj!
View of the upstairs, were my table was (yes, it's a gym!)
The three cover variations of the brand-new Tales To Behold 3
Good bye BCGF 2012, it was a blast and I am so happy that I could be part of it! Thanks to Gabe, Dan and Bill for putting together another amazing festival!

Journey Into Misery 4, Pages 4/5: Better Naked Than Fur!

The obstacle of a naked demonstration quickly becomes a means for escape.
Sans textiles, it's easy to blend into a mass of bare flesh. Remember that!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tales To Behold #3 for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is this weekend, and here is what I hope  Tales To Behold #3 will look like. If all goes well…

Monday, November 5, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4, Page 3: Screw All Reality

It seems our heroes have eluded their would-be captors, on a technicality…
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

AC Comics' FemForce

During The Beholder's travels through the universe, the world of AC Comics caught his eye, especially the super-powered adventurers group called FemForce. The characters depicted are Synn ("The Girl From L.S.D."), Nightveil, and Miss Victory.

AC Comics uses a lot of redesigned Golden Age super-heroes that time forgot and fell into public domain, and mixes them with original characters. Nightveil is based on the Golden Age superhero Phantom Lady. Miss Victory originally created by artist Charles Quinlan and an unknown writer. Synn is an original creation of Paragon Comics / AC Comics.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4

Yes, we are starting a brand-new chapter here on The Beholder, serializing the next chapter in the astonishing, mind-boggling mis-adventures of The Terrific Two. Starting Monday!

RePaneled: Spuk Geschichten # 327

This one was done for the blog RePaneled, it's a loving tribute to the German comic series Spuk Geschichten (Spooky Stories). On the left, you can see the original panels, from issue # 327.

About Spuk Geschichten(Spooky Stories): A guilty pleasure, as it was very pulpy, with monsters constantly running after half-naked women. It was one of the few series that were actually available at newsstands in Germany.

Original Artist: Jesus Pena,
(although it's spelled with a "wave" above the "u", and a pointy thingy pointing up, above the "n".
Publisher: Bastei (Germany)
Comic Data Base Entry: http://www.comics.org/issue/540913/

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

Great times last week at New York Comic Con. Many mini-comics were sold, and a nice time was had by everybody. The experiment was a full success and I might have to come back next year!

Besides conversations with all-time greats such as Herb Trimpe, Rich Buckler and Bon Wiaceck I also got to meet Erik Larsen and tell him how much I've been enjoying his work.
Finally, this was the place to meet actual super-heroes in person, a prime exable of which can be seen to the left. I couldn't wish for a better endorsement of Journey Into Misery 4 than by Mr. West Coast Avengers himself, the amazing Hawkeye!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Journey Into Misery 3: Rodney's Epilogue

It's nice to see that at home, superheroes have a perfectly normal life,
just like you and me and everybody else.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Terry Tornado and the Teleporter, Page 2 of 2

Indeed, where which other wonders will science bring us next?
Only time will tell…

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Beholder does Open Source Characters

The Beholder was inspired to interpret some characters from around the internet.

Find out more about Open Source characters  at the Publicomain Superheroes Wiki, the Free Universe Project and the corresponding forum. To find out more about Open Source Characters, please visit the Public 
Gwenna is not really an Open Source character, but an obscure Golden Age character  that fell into Public Domain and came to new life in a webcomic created by Jay042, where she and her partner actually run around the jungle sans fabric.

The characters of Astro-Man and Captain Prodigy are available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Astro-Man, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

Carrie Madison (created by "SimonKirby") is free to use by anyone, and as mentioned, Gwenna's modern appearance is created by Jay042. Captain Prodigy is created by Michael P. aka Yzz, and Astro-Man is created by the Free Universe Community.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Journey Into Misery 4 – New York Comic Con Edition

New York Comic Con is just around the corner, and here is the special edition of Journey Into Misery 4 that will come out at the event. This version is all hand-made, and the cover has a two-color block print, on top of a xerox, on colored paper. Even the content is slightly remastered, so if you didn't get the book at MoCCA, you can have an even better version now!

All other mini-comics will be available as well, and there will be even an advance readers copy of the graphic novel Peanut on display.

The Beholder will descend onto the Artist Alley, table CC18.

New York Comic Con is being held at the Javits Center (655 West 34th Street) in Midtown Manhattan. This year NYCC's Artist Alley will be at the North Pavilion of the Javits Center. 

Hours of Artist Alley:
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
(Only open to Press, Professionals, VIPS and fans that purchase a 4-Day Pass.) 
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
(1 hour past closing of the show floor)
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
(1 hour past closing of the show floor)
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The official New York Comic Con website is here. 
Come see me, if you dare!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Terry Tornado and the Teleporter, Page 1 of 2

Introducing Terry Tornado, who is risking (almost) everything
in the name of science! But is this the first and last appearance of
our athletic new heroine?

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Blue Knight, Page 4 of 4

…but who was the villain, and who the hero?
Seriously, please tell me, for I have no inkling.
(Click to slightly enlarge)Next week: The online debut of– Terry Tornado!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Blue Knight, Page 3 of 4

A friend in need is… between a rock and a hard dragon.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Blue Knight, Page 2 of 4

Things are getting heated between our hero and the vicious foe…
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

New York Comic Con

Behold, these mighty pamphlets and more will be available at New York Comic Con! Simply visit the NYCC Artist Alley, code name is "Paul Hoppe". There will be a special edition of Journey Into Misery 4… EXCELSIOR!

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Blue Knight, Page 1 of 4

From the pages of Journey Into Misery explodes– The Blue Knight!
But can he hold his own against a foe so powerful?
Find out more next week!
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Journey Into Misery 3 Page 10: Happy Endings…?

This concludes the current chapter, in a mysterious way.
Next week we're introducing… The Blue Knight!
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bonus-Update: Armagedda

You'll see her in full action in Tales To Behold 3,
coming out at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Journey Into Misery 3 Page 9: A Crude Device

The stranger seems to be a proper MacGyver, when it comes to bombs…
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Jenny Everywhere Day 2012

This is the Beholder's Mighty Contribution to this year's Jenny Everywhere Day, the special day of the year on which we celebrate our favorite dimension-shifting, reality-spanning, adorable, public-domain character. Here we have her along with her wacky compatriots from Tales To Behold.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Journey Into Misery 3 Page 8: Unsanitary Meal

Because you have been good, here's an *early* update this week.
Whew, that was a close one.
The creatures could have gotten a serious stomach problem!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Journey Into Misery 3 Page 7: Nothing Serious

The creatures of the oasis have come after The Terrific Two!
Luckily, they only captured the incompetent of the two.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Bonus Update: A tribute to Stardust, the Super Wizard

As mentioned before, The Beholder has a peculiar fascination with the works of a mysterious earthling who sometimes went by the name of Fletcher Hanks.

This most elusive earthling created an outrageous universe of characters during the Golden Age of Cartooning. To find out more about his works, please refer to this website.

In the meantime, please enjoy this respectful tribute to Stardust, one of his more infamous creations.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Journey Into Misery 3 Page 6: Hot Rum

Our fearless heroes get a short break, before the next calamity…