Memorial Day 2015

Thank you, all the men and women that have laid down their lives. Truly there is no greater love one can extend to another (John 15:30). As we remember the ultimate sacrifices made by all of these brave men and women, my heart is personally drawn to the Korean War veterans.
The freedom that I and millions of others enjoy in my birthplace of South Korea came at the price of their sacrifice.
According to History.com: “The Korean War was relatively short but exceptionally bloody. Nearly 5 million people died. More than half of these–about 10 percent of Korea’s prewar population–were civilians. (This rate of civilian casualties was higher than World War II’s and Vietnam’s.) Almost 40,000 Americans died in action in Korea, and more than 100,000 were wounded.”
Here’s a quick sketch of the Korean War Memorial, whose haunting engraved words inspire me: “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met [1950 • Korea • 1953]”
Korean War Memorial by Jun Bob Kim

Pulp Sketch Giveaway Winner!



Random Drawing & Announcing the Winner of Pulp Sketch Giveaway!

I had mentioned a couple of week ago, that I’d be giving away the first Flash Gordon Pulp Sketch to a randomly selected retweeter of my Pulp Sketches. Now, announcing the winner… Steve Bryant! Congratulations!

I can’t thank each of you enough for your support! Please check out the above video if you are interested in the random selection process.

2 Free Sketches for C2E2 Attendees!

Howdy, Folks! Although I won’t be attending C2E2 this year, I am offering 2 different ways for those attending the show to win a Free 8.5″x11″ Inked Sketch by me (check out this page for the specifications). To clarify, 2 participating peeps will win a Free Sketch of his/her choice drawn by me. I will include the shipping also.

HOW TO ENTER: Stop by Steve Bryant’s C2E2 Artist Alley Table, located at the Artist Alley E13. Once there, I’d encourage each of you to interact with this awesome, super-nice-guy independent creator, check out his ware and maybe even purchase somethings. At this point there are two different ways you could become the winner for one of the free sketches:

Method 1: Become the Premier Patron of Steve Bryant’s C2E2 Con Appearance. Steve will be keeping a tally of purchases made with him during the show. Whoever is the largest financial spender at Steve’s table (pre-orders included) for this C2E2 show will be automatically selected for one of the free sketches.

Method 2: Become a Friend of Steve Bryant and his creative endeavors. When you do stop by talk to Steve and get to know about the different properties he is working on, including Athena Voltaire and Ursula Wilde. And then, most importantly take a photo of you and Steve (hugs & kisses are optional ;-). Then you have 1 week after the show to contact me in one of the published methods of contact (e-mail me, use my contact form, tweet me, message me via Facebook, etc.). The more creative the photo, the more pleasure it would be for me but will not increase your chance for winning. One random person will be selected to win and receive the free sketch.

That’s pretty much it! Have fun at the show folks, and thanks for stopping by Steve’s table and showing some much-deserved love for my friend.

Comics NOW! Issue 1 on the Shelves

JunBobKim Nova Cover Art to Comics NOW! MagazineA labor of love by the Comic Geek Speak co-founders & its community, Comics NOW! is a magazine made  “For the Comic Book Fans By the Comic Book Fans”. It will feature in-depth articles on comic book  and comic book related topics, and many other features that should set it apart from all other pop culture related publications in print. The premier issue will also feature my rendition of Marvel’s Nova rendering as the cover art and enclose several pages inside that reveals the cover art development in stages.

So what ya waiting for? Go get your copies NOW! :) 

Dallas Comic Con – A Weekend to Remember

Dallas Comic Con… it’s a small size, family environment convention that usually serves as an “excuse” for me to be able to go out of town and hang out with a group of guys. Not only a chance to spend some needed time with my homie Shawn Ormes, and the Half Hour Wasted hosts Brad Milyo and Frank Rincon. I was planning on doing some 50 cent bin diving and meeting a few comic book celebrities such as Steve Niles, Terry Moore, Tim Bradstreet, Bob Layton, Cully Hamner, Scott Kurtz, etc. The show was a blast and getting to meet fellow HHW listener Bob Heine was great too.

After Dinner with Bob Layton. From Left: Shawn Ormes, me, Bob Layton, Brad Milyo (kneeling), Sorah Suhng, & Frank Rincon.What I did not know was that on Saturday evening I would be given the honor of getting to know better the comic legend himself – Bob Layton! Not only was Bob generous enough to spare his time to critic my portfolio but gave us (Shawn, Brad, Frank, and I) a chance to dine with him and his assistant, the fabulous Sorah Suhng, at the Korea House restaurant that evening. To top it off, my lovely wife Krista joined us later that evening.

 

We have arrived!

Despite the unattentive shuttle service at express parking and crazy lines at airport security, Brad, Frank and I have mde the flight. Smooth flight with a few quirks of people grabbing whatever seats they want. It's sunny and around 70 degrees here at 11AM. After the rental car, we're gonna kill about an hour or two before picking up Austin.

CGS Episode 300, here I come!

Okay. In a mad rush, I gathered together the things I would need for the historical recording of Comic Geek Speak’s Episode 300. I plan on traveling somewhat light… only carrying supplies I would need to do pencils and inks. This is the first time in a long time I’m traveling WITHOUT my laptop. With each moment, I’m getting more nervous about not having my laptop with me. I am also forgoing my high-end digital camera… Man, what a slacker!

Anyways, here’s a preview of one essential I cannot forget: