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Monday, February 28, 2011

More Wizard World Miami

More photos from Wizard World Miami. Sunday brought Michael Golden's class in Storytelling. Always a hit! Our plans are to take a longer version of the class on the road. So.... FYI.... if you work at a university or college, get in touch with me! Michael's tips on storytelling apply to not only sequential art, but to any type of creative medium involving characters and story structure.

Sunday was also full of interviews for both Michael and myself. I always find it rewarding when someone comes up and asks me questions about a book I edited 15 years ago. In this instance, "ExoSquad" for Topps. We forget sometimes... it may be just a job for us--- albeit, one we enjoy-- but what we do does stay with people for years sometimes. And to me, that's a really neat thing and one reason I love publishing so much.

I also happened to have some of Michael's original covers from the "ExoSquad" series for sale at the show, so that helped with the interview as well. :-) Meant to be

Love too, this photo of Bill Sienkiewcz, Michael Golden and Mark Texeira. The photog wanted this particular photo since all three of these guys worked on "Transformers" at one time. I didn't even know that. :-)

In short, great show. Now time for a little R&R, and fishing for Snakeheads! More on that to come!


Wizard World Miami Day One

GREAT time at Wizard Miami this weekend. Despite the fact that I couldn't get the carp in the canal next door to bite on our corn pops and fake frogs, the fans sure took the bait, and showed up in droves when the show opened on Saturday.

Happy to see a cool convention in Miami! And happy to visit for the first time!

With me at the show were Rodney Ramos, Michael Golden and Mark Texeira, and we sat near our friends David Spurlock, BIll Sienkiewicz and David Mack. I was so happy as well to have my good friends Constance and her fiance Paul there, helping us at our booth. Thanks guys!

Saturday was a great opportunity for a long overdue dinner with Jim Starlin and the rest of the gang. Seeing old friends is what makes these shows fun in alot of ways.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oh Baby, It's COLD Outside! Time to Get to Wizard Miami!

Miami-Fl-- Oh, baby, it's cold outside in some parts of the country.... but NOT in Miami. What better place to be than at a Wizard World show this weekend in the sunshine state?

And for a bit more incentive, other than keeping your feet warm, that is, how about this:

Renowned artist and writer Michael Golden will be appearing both days of the South bound show, and is offering his one hour class in storytelling for the event. Be sure to visit his table for a look at new prints and books, as well, including the best selling "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," and "Manga Bucky O'Hare."

Also as a special exclusive with Wizard World, artist Rodney Ramos is providing a limited Buffy print for the event--limited to only 250 copies! This print is free to Buffy VIP members and is also available for purchase. A great opportunity to get the print signed by not only the artist but the actors as well.

In that regard, for the Buffy Brigade, on hand from the TV show will be Nicholas Brendon, Mercedes McNab, Mark Metcalf and Clare Kramer!

Here's a peek:


Artist Mark Texeira is also joining the event, and will be debuting some new prints himself. Currently finishing a Punisher mini-series for Marvel, Mark's work can be seen on groundbreaking issues of "Ghost Rider," "Black Panther," "Wolverine," and much more, as he brings his fine art style to sequential art.

And finally, from Eva Ink Artist Group, writer and publisher Renee Witterstaetter will have copies of her new books at the convention, including "Joe Jusko: Savage Beauty," "Mark Texeira: Nightmares and Daydreams," "Michael Golden: MORE Heroes and Villains," and her new children's book, "Kerry and The Scary Things."

Other creators and celebrities at the show include: Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Starlin, J. David Spurlock, Adam West, Burt Ward, Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams, Tommy Castillo, Greg Horn, David Mack, Arthur Suydam, Mike Grell, and many more.

So, what's stopping you! Leave that coat at home, and get to Miami!

Wizard World Miami takes place February 26th and 27th at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

For more information visit: www.wizardworld.com

For more information of the artists highlighted above, check out:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

If It's Your Size, That's ALL You Need--Creativity in a Crumbling Economy

Reading the paper and hearing once again about the prices of wheat, gas and even cotton going up, up, up, I wasn't surprised when I went to my coffee shop this week and the whole wheat bagels that I normally buy had gone up 10%. Now, I know it's not much, but I've seen the price rise 30% over the last few years now, and at some point, I have to say enough is enough. And, I am also an avid lover of all things cotton--I'd prefer no other cloth ever touch my skin--and I assume I'll feel the crunch there, as well.

But, you know, I've decided that I can draw the purse strings a little tighter and still have fun with it. I may forgo getting a bagel every day, and eat my Ezekial Bread at home with some hummus. And I've never had a problem scouring eclectic places for well-made vintage clothing items.

For example....

Tuesday, I attended a lovely dinner at Virage with my friend and a bunch of lovely folks from the local P.O. box store on First Avenue-- a nice mix of voice over artists, illustrators and writers for animation. Virage is a great place to meet-- it's one of those quintessential East Village joints that is half New York and half Paris, and the make-over of the interior certainly did remind me of little cafes near Notre Dame. (Ordering the Chicken Tagine, as I do in France, added to the illusion.)

Working at home, I don't often get the chance to dress up, so I threw together a retro outfit with a black and white vintage needlepoint dress from a re-sale store on 23rd, my black leather boots bought in Spain last year, and a lace shrug--the origins of which I can't remember although I think it was bought on our trip to San Sebastian years ago. With my hair tied back, and a string of pearls and jade from a trip to China, I felt my Audry Hepburn best...though certainly not as skinny.

And it made me kinda happy...Being able to throw an outfit together at the last minute, look put together, you know, and not have it cost an arm and a leg. I get alot of joy out of that actually, and am not opposed to telling anyone about the bargains I've found at my haunts around NYC and elsewhere.

My 1950's dress, probably cost $7.00. at that place on East 23rd, was made beautifully and had a great ballroom flow, AND the purchase went to help folks in need. The boots were a splurge and souvenir from Gijon. Good boots last forever. As I said as I justified the purchase to myself. BUT, I've found great leather riding boots and cowboy boots in local resale shops for $15.-$40. dollars. Not the hundreds that they sell for new!

Getting good things cheap is, well, FUN!

Why? Well, certainly, it's the economy, but I've been doing this since I was a kid. Flea markets and garage sales were always like the gravitational pull of the moon!

So, yes, I am, admittedly, a collector of cool stuff. And the treasure hunt thrills me!

Over the years, one develops a discerning eye. I can tell a piece of depression glass from 50 yards, and probably rattle off the pattern as well. When I see a hand sewn quilt, I KNOW the time and effort that went into that quilt top, and it's worth the measly $20. they are asking for it. A pair of leather boots can easily be re-soled, stretched or polished up at the local cobbler. A leather jacket can have a new zipper put in!(I have a great cobbler in the East Village, that has worked miracles on my cowboy boots, and leather jackets).

Those of you that read my blog know that I've been fortunate enough to travel often for business--and I don't take those opportunities for granted--I always look for the little stores, hidden away, no matter where I am. Thrift shops, antique stores, vintage stores. You name it. And you can do that too, no matter if in your home town or where you may find yourself!

Oh, and sometimes it is purely for necessity! Twice now, I've been surprised by the weather in various countries and finding myself freezing and coatless, have made my way to the nearest flea market instead of spending hundreds on some overpriced thing on the Champs Elysee. Amsterdam has a great flea market by the way, near the Amstel River. Full of antiques and garments and character. One of my artist friends, Joe, and I both bought coats there one blustery day. I'm talking about leather for $20.

Oh, and don't get me started on well-made antique furniture! I mean, really, Don't get me started. In truth, I've been collecting furniture for the B&B I'm gonna have "someday" now, for what? Twenty years. Not to mention, what you clothes lovers can find in re-sale shops! True, there is only one size of everything, but if it's your size, that's all you need. :-)

I'm here to tell you--You can discover some wonderful hidden gems. (It's also great inspiration for you designers out there. Put a new twist on something old!)

And again, the fun factor is what appeals to me. The looking for that one thing is half the adventure.

So...my nice evening out at Virage, once again made me happy to be an eclectic New Yorker (by way of Texas). So, as prices go up,up,up, I'll try not to despair. As a sage writer I know always says, "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst." And no, that's not a pessimistic statement. If you can do it, it does give you alot of optimism.

It may require a little creativity on our part in these times, but creativity-- we can do THAT! And if you shop in charitable outlets, you are helping others at the same time!

Happy Treasure Hunting, ya'll!


(Above: Some of my treasures from a recent trip to Spain, all found in a tiny little antique shop. A Llardo figurine for me, A Goebel's dog for a friends' birthday, a silver, square, mother of pearl ring, and three shell buttons that I really needed for an old coat. All for less than $40!)

Flea Market leather coat in Amsterdam. Only $10.

A bit more dressy on a dime. A vintage 1920's dress on the town. Can't wear 'em every day, but when you can, it's fun. :-)

Tarcoles River, Costa Rica Croc Feeding

On our recent 3 week trip to Costa Rica, we spent about a week in Jaco--which we really loved since it reminds us so of the East village-- characters and all--Minus the crocs of course.

Here's some footage from our actual river adventure, where we were sitting about 4 feet from this big fella. And, yes, although some of us (read that ONE of us) were just itching to get in the water to try this themselves, he did not. :-) Much to my relief.

Not being camera hogs looking for things to post on You-tube, we will leave it to our expert guide, Luis! Who does it much better than we ever would.

Enjoy! The Croc, (and Luis), is the star.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Year of the Wabbit!

It started on Feb. 3rd... where the heck was I, and why didn't I remember... Oh, yeah, I was driving from New Orleans to Texas in an ice storm. Now I remember. :-) Had some other issues on my mind...

One of my favorite things to do event wise, though, by far, is visiting Chinatown in NYC for Chinese New Year. And if you are in New York during the event, don't pass it up! It really isn't like the scenes in Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman," although it is wonderful and alive with excitement. Like most things in NYC!

Of course, some of my most memorable New Year's were spent in Hong Kong. My favorite city in the world. But those are other stories for another day...

Back to the Year of the Rabbit!

Last year was the year of the Tiger. Being a Dragon myself, and the only mythical character in the Chinese zodiac, if I were to like another year, it would most assuredly be the Tiger (or maybe the Horse-- I know some great people born under the sign of the Horse.)

But the wabbit.... what type of year will he bring to entertain not only those born under that year, but to the rest of us as well?

According to a few sites I looked at, here's the lowdown:

It's supposed to be: "A placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. We should go off to some quiet spot to lick our wounds and get some rest after all the battles of the previous year.

Good taste and refinement will shine on everything and people will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force. A congenial time in which diplomacy, international relations and politics will be given a front seat again. We will act with discretion and make reasonable concessions without too much difficulty.

A time to watch out that we do not become too indulgent. The influence of the Rabbit tends to spoil those who like too much comfort and thus impair their effectiveness and sense of duty.

Law and order will be lax; rules and regulations will not be rigidly enforced. No one seems very inclined to bother with these unpleasant realities. They are busy enjoying themselves, entertaining others or simply taking it easy. The scene is quiet and calm, even deteriorating to the point of somnolence. We will all have a tendency to put off disagreeable tasks as long as possible

Money can be made without too much labor. Our life style will be languid and leisurely as we allow ourselves the luxuries we have always craved for. A temperate year with unhurried pace. For once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances."

We'll see....

You can read more about it all here, ya'll:



And now, a little backstory:

"The Chinese New Year has a great history. In our past, people lived in an agricultural society and worked all year long. They only took a break after the harvest and before the planting of seeds. This happens to coincide with the beginning of the lunar New Year.

The Chinese New Year is very similar to the Western one, rich in traditions, folklores and rituals. It has been said that it is a combination of the Western Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. This is hardly an exaggeration!

The origin of the Chinese New Year itself is centuries old - in fact, too old to actually be traced. It is popularly recognized as the Spring Festival and celebrations last 15 days.

Preparations tend to begin a month before the date of the Chinese New Year (similar to a Western Christmas). During this time people start buying presents, decoration materials, food and clothing. A huge clean-up gets underway days before the New Year, when Chinese houses are cleaned from top to bottom. This ritual is supposed to sweep away all traces of bad luck. Doors and windowpanes are often given a new coat of paint, usually red, then decorated with paper cuts and couplets with themes such as happiness, wealth and longevity printed on them.

The eve of the New Year is perhaps the most exciting part of the holiday, due to the anticipation. Here, traditions and rituals are very carefully observed in everything from food to clothing. Dinner is usually a feast of seafood and dumplings, signifying different good wishes. Delicacies include prawns, for liveliness and happiness, dried oysters ( ho xi), for all things good, fish dishes or Yau-Yu to bring good luck and prosperity, Fai-chai (Angel Hair), an edible hair-like seaweed to bring prosperity, and dumplings boiled in water (Jiaozi) signifying a long-lasting good wish for a family. It is customary to wear something red as this colour is meant to ward off evil spirits. But black and white are frowned upon, as these are associated with mourning. After dinner, families sit up for the night playing cards, board games or watching television programmes dedicated to the occasion. At midnight, fireworks light up the sky.

On the day itself, an ancient custom called Hong Bao, meaning Red Packet, takes place. This involves married couples giving children and unmarried adults money in red envelopes. Then the family begins to say greetings from door to door, first to their relatives and then to their neighbours. Like the Western saying "let bygones be bygones," at Chinese New Year, grudges are very easily cast aside.

Tributes are made to ancestors by burning incense and the symbolic offering of foods. As firecrackers burst in the air, evil spirits are scared away by the sound of the explosions.

The end of the New Year is marked by the Festival of Lanterns, which is a celebration with singing, dancing and lantern shows.

At the Festival, all traditions are honored. The predominant colors are red and gold. "Good Wish" banners are hung from the ceilings and walls. The "God of Fortune" is there to give Hong Baos. Lion dancers perform on stage continuously. Visitors take home plants and flowers symbolizing good luck. An array of New Years specialty food is available in the Food Market. Visitors purchase new clothing, shoes and pottery at the Market Fair. Bargaining for the best deal is commonplace!"

Sound like fun to me. :-) Happy Year of the Rabbit everyone!


(Oh, the picture.... LOL....okay, I look a little jetlagged in this photo, taken in the park in Gijon, Spain, but it's the only pic of me and a rabbit that I can find. This particular one was mum on the year though. No predictions at all!

Monday, February 14, 2011

FREE one-day event in Manhattan this weekend, Ya'll!

I'll be at this show this weekend along with Michael Golden, Steve Scott, Mark Texeira and some of our other friends such as Larry Hama and Rodney Ramos. Come on by. Not too many things in life are free, but this IS!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pages Open on Facebook for Eva Ink and Artists!

Hi Folks-- In this wonderfully technological world, there are so many ways to stay informed and be part of the groups that share our interests.

To help keep you updated on the various artists that we work with, we've opened fan pages for you on facebook for each of them. As you know, these talented individuals are versed at many forms of artistic endeavors-- fine art painting, illustration, storyboards, writing, sequential art, and much more. Take a look at our website for more information on each of them.

In the meantime, just cut and paste the links below and sign up to follow your favorite artists, and while you are at it, please sign up to follow Eva Ink Publishing as well.

This is the best, quickest way, to stay up to date on conventions, commission openings, assignments and much more! And as we update you on happenings, events, and gallery shows too, it's the closed thing to having a front row seat to all the creativity.

Come on! Be part of our club. We'll be happy to have you!


R. Witterstaetter
Eva Ink Artist Group
Eva Ink Publishing

Links to Pages:

Eva Ink Artist Group/Eva Ink Publishing:


Michael Golden:


Minck Oosterveer:


Mark Texeira:


Renee Witterstaetter:


Also, the Eva Ink Website is:


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Eva Ink Appearance Schedule Announced for 2011-- So far!

Hey Everyone-- Welcome to our Convention List for Eva Ink Artist Group. Below is the list of conventions we and our friends are scheduled to be attending for 2011. Note that all appearances are tentative and subject to the artists work schedule. We'll also be adding shows etc. and changing as things go during the year. These lists always tend to be organic and take on a life of their own. :-)

You can stay updated at: www.evainkartistgroup.com

If you are interested in commissions, books or prints from any of the artists or writers listed below, please contact us at: evaink@aol.com

And if you are a conventioneer, we'd love to hear about YOUR show for either this year OR next!


2011 and Here we go!

Mike Carbonaro's Comic Book Marketplace--New York
February 19th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Rodney Ramos, Renee Witterstaetter

Wizard World Miami
February 26-27th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Rodney Ramos, Renee Witterstaetter

South X Southwest Festival (SXSW)--Austin Texas
March 11-13th
Booked: Kerry Gammill, Rodney Ramos, Keith Wilson

De Stripdagen Gorinchem-- The Netherlands
March 12th-13th
Booked:  Minck Oosterveer

Wizard World Toronto
March 18th-20th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Rodney Ramos, Renee Witterstaetter

Megacon-- Orlando
March 25th-27th
Booked: Michael Golden, Steve Scott, Renee Witterstaetter

Virginia ComiCon
April 9th
Booked: Steve Scott

I-Con Sience Fiction Convention--Long Island
April 15th-17th
Booked: Michael Golden, Rodney Ramos, Renee Witterstaetter, Ric Meyers

Wizard World Anaheim
April 30th-May 1st
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Renee Witterstaetter

Hawthorne High School Comic Book Show
May 14th
Booked: Mark Texeira

Ganshoren Comic Book Convention-- Belgium
May 15th
Booked: Minck Oosterveer

Big Wow Comic Book Show-- San Jose, CA
May 21st and 22nd
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Renee Witterstaetter

Wizard World Big Apple Spring Show
May 21st and 22nd
Booked: Rodney Ramos, Ric Meyers

Phoenix Comic Con
May 26th-29th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Joe Jusko, Renee Witterstaetter

Heroes Charlotte
June 3rd-5th
Booked: Michael Golden, Renee Witterstaetter, Mark Texeira

Calgary Comic Con
June 17th-19th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Joe Jusko, Renee Witterstaetter

Wizard World Philly
June 17th-19th
Booked: Minck Oosterveer, Rodney Ramos

Albuquerque Comic Con
June 24th-26th
Booked: Michael Golden, Minck Oosterveer, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Rodney Ramos, Liam Sharp, Joe Jusko, Renee Witterstaetter

San Diego Comic Con
July 20th-24th
Booked: Michael Golden, Renee Witterstaetter
Location: Naked  Fat Rave Booth

Wizard World Chicago
August 11th-14th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Renee Witterstaetter, Rodney Ramos

Baltimore Comic Con
August 20th and 21st
Booked: Michael Golden and Renee Witterstaetter, more TBD

ComiCONN--Stamford, CT
August 27th
Booked: Michael Golden

Aviles Comics Festival--Spain
September 13th-18th
Booked: Renee Witterstaetter, Ric Meyers

Detroit FanFare
September 24th and 25th
Booked: Steve Scott

New York Comic Con
October 14th-16th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Renee Witterstaetter, Rodney Ramos

Wizard World Mid-Ohio--Columbus
October 22nd and 23rd
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Rodney Ramos, Renee Witterstaetter

Winnipeg Comic Con
October 28th-30th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Rodney Ramos, Ric Meyers, Renee Witterstaetter

Wizard World Austin
November 11th-13th
Booked: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Rodney Ramos, Renee Witterstaetter

Malta Comic Con
November 26th and 27th
Booked: Michael Golden and Renee Witterstaetter


Jan. --Wizard World New Orleans

More updates coming soon!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Award-Winning "Zombie" Artist, Minck Oosterveer, Signs with Eva Ink Artist Group!

New York, NY-- Okay, to say that Minck Oosterveer is a "zombie" aritst is true enough....BUT far from describing this wonderful talent. We just wanted to get your attention. :-)

In fact, the award-winning artist is known world wide for a plethora of comic strips, movie work, and sequential art. Most notably here in the United States for such books as "Zombie Tales" and "The Unknown" with writer Mark Waid!

Throughout his career, Minck pursued an education to become a master of the arts, and has certainly succeeded.

Although he grew up in The Netherlands (Holland) with European comics, he was soon more interested in American comics, especially the newspaper comics of the 1930s-50s. It was the pulp-ish, direct style and the usage of black and white in realistic artwork that attracted him the most. Film Noir as it were.

In fact, Oosterveer's work is strongly influenced by Milton Caniff, Alex Raymond, and Will Eisner. After working for a studio on productions like 'Tom & Jerry', 'Sesame Street', 'Paddington', 'Ovide' and 'Spider-Man', Minck Oosterveer moved more in the direction of another stylistic forte, working with Willem Ritstier on the series "Claudia Brücken" for the Franco-Belgian publishing-house 'les editons Lombard' and Tintin-Magazine .

The collaboration with Ritstier resulted in a daily newspaper comic in an American style, "Jack Pott", published in the Dutch newspaper "Algemeen Dagblad."

Since 1996 Oosterveer worked again with Willem Ritstier on the newspaper comic "Zodiak" for De Telegraaf, and series "Rick Rolluik" for Suske en Wiske-magazine, and "Arachna" for ComicWatch-magazine. He did the art and story for the comic "Excalibur", published by Enigma and artwork for a successful animated movie, '"Mario A". 

In 2002, Oosterveer and Ritstier started a new daily comic strip in De Telegraaf, called "Nicky Saxx", one of their most successful comic-series. This was followed by a comic-series entitled "Trunk" (2006), which debuted to critical acclaim. Next they teamed up (2007) as writer (Ritstier) and penciller (Oosterveer) for "Storm", a successful European comic series created by Englishman Don Lawrence,  and started a new western-comic, called "Ronson inc." for the legendary Dutch comic-magazine "Eppo"

Minck Oosterveer debuted in US-comics with the aforementioned "Zombie Tales/ Zaambi" written by Cris Morgan and published by BOOM!-studios. Early 2009 until 2010 he collaborated with American writer Mark Waid to draw the mini-series "The Unknown" and "The Unknown: The Devil made flesh" which where published by BOOM!-studios as well.

"From the moment Michael Golden and myself met Minck Oosterveer at a  festival in Lille, France,  we were struck by his witty sense of humor and his ease as a gentleman. After seeing his portfolio some time later, I also became aware of what an incredibly talented and versatile artist he truly is," commented Renee Witterstaetter of Eva Ink Artist Group. "Minck has that rare ability to find strengths in many art styles-- from Film Noir to cartoon, to American and European sequential styles.  The one thing that is never lacking is good storytelling. Is is obvious to me that he is indeed a student of the masters such as Will Eisner and Alex Raymond in that regard. As with any exceptionally good artist, even his covers tell a story. To top that, not only is Minck a consummate professional dealing with deadlines and clients, but he is also the creator of his own intellectual properties.

"All of the above made Minck a more than welcome addition to our company, Eva Ink Artist Group," Renee concluded.  "I try to only work with the best, and to me, Mr. Oosterveer is certainly that."

Currently, Minck Oosterveer is scheduled for several European and US shows in 2011, with more to follow.

Look for him at:

De Stripdagen Gorinchem, The Netherlands, March 12-13
Wizard World Philly, June 17-19th
Albuquerque Comic Con, June 24th-26th
FACTS Convention Ghent Belgium, October 22-23rd

For more information on Minck, his commissions, and appearances contact Renee at evaink@aol.com