Howard the Duck Redux

I’m thrilled that Marvel has tapped the hilarious Chip Zdarsky and nicest-guy-in-comics Joe Quinones for a new HOWARD THE DUCK comic. I’m, uh, kind of a fan from way back. I based this Sculpey Firm relief sketch on Joe’s cool development sketches.

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Howard the Duck was created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.

Boston Comic Con is Coming (and I’ll be there!)

 

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The BOSTON COMIC CON is coming up this weekend, the 8-10th, and I’ll be there. And I’ll be taking commissions for and producing mini-busts right there at the con. Mini-busts are $40 each, and if you’d like to get on the commission list early, send me an email at jfsculptsemail01@gmail.com. Mini-busts are approximately 1/6th scale (about 3″ in height), made of durable gray polymer clay and epoxy. Each will be sent home with you bubble-wrapped and boxed.

I’m sharing a table with the incomparable Sean Downey, and maybe we’ll be ready to talk about our upcoming secret project (I’ve said too much!).

Below are some examples of the kinds of mini-busts that I’ll be making. You pick the character, you pick the style!

We’ll see you at the con!

 

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ROSE THE HAT

I just read Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP, his semi-sequel to THE SHINING. The villain, Rose the Hat, is an immortal psychic predator who feeds on the “steam” of children with the shining. Seemingly beautiful, her true face has one long, tusk-like tooth and, serpent-like, she can open her jaw so wide it touches her chest.

I was probably too literal in visualizing it, but the image of the saber-like tusk struck me and wouldn’t leave.

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I made this mini-bust with a mixture of Super Sculpey, black and white Sculpey III and Sculpey Firm over an aluminum wire and foil armature. I also used a mixture of Super Sculpey and Apoxie, the recipe for which can be found here. This combination created a self-curing, water-thinned, more durable material that I used for the tooth and the hair loops, which would have been difficult with regular Super Sculpey. It’s a great material with the only downsides being a shortened working time and less self-adhesion.

CAPTAIN AMERICA (After Kirby)

DSC02997My 3D rendition of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. This is based on Kirby’s cover for CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES

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(He gets a little John Buscema-esque when viewed from the side.)

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DSC02991DSC02990DSC02996This piece is dedicated to my late friend James, Cap’s biggest fan.

Apparently there a new Captain America movie out. I don’t know how it could top Albert Pyun’s masterpiece.

(I’m really looking forward to it! If you enjoyed it, consider making a donation to The Hero Initiative in Jack Kirby or Joe Simon’s name. )

Commission for a Cause!

Hey folks,

My friend Jenna has left an abusive domestic situation and is looking to relocate and start a new life for herself and her cat. She’s in a temporary home and is currently out of work. I’d like help her raise money for this move, so here’s what I’m going to do:

I haven’t taken commissions in over two years, but I am auctioning an original sculpture, character of your choice, style of your choice and will donate all proceeds to Jenna’s relocation fund.

Here are some examples of my work:

The winning bidder will receive one original sculpture, character and style of their choice, hand-painted, on its own ready-to-display stand.

I’m going to start the bidding at $300. Here’s how it will work:

  • Email me at jfsculptsemail01 (at) gmail.com with your bid and what character/style you would like
  • I will update this post with the amount of the current highest bid (See below for latest)
  • Winner will donate their winning bid to Jenna’s fundraiser page
  • 4-6 weeks from that time, the winner will receive their sculpture

It’s that easy!

Jenna is my hero. I hope to help her get back on her feet. Please help if you can, by bidding, spreading the word with social media, or by donating directly.

Thank you.

Update: Here’s a link to share if you’re on Tumblr. Thanks!

UPDATE:  I see there’s suddenly some new activity on this posts, so if anyone wants to contact me ( jfsculptsemail01 (at) gmail.com) with another bid (to be done after the winning bid, so sometimes in April/May), let me know.

Second Sculpture Auction…

Turns out the bidder was unable to come through, so I’ll be restarting the auction.

For those just joining us:

My friend Jenna has left an abusive domestic situation and is looking to relocate and start a new life for herself and her cat. I’d like help her raise money for this move, so here’s what I’m going to do:

I am auctioning an original sculpture, character of your choice, style of your choice and will donate all proceeds to Jenna’s relocation fund.

  • Bidding will start at $300
  • Email me at jfsculptsemail01 (at) gmail.com with your bid and what character/style you would like
  • I will update my site, JFSculpts.com with the amount of the current highest bid
  • Winner will donate their winning bid to Jenna’s fundraiser page
  • 4-6 weeks from that time, the winner will receive their sculpture
  • I’ve decided to extend the bidding and do one more, so if you missed the initial deadline I’m keeping the auction open a little longer
  • New auction winner will be announced SATURDAY, MARCH 29th

Keep spreading the word and donate if you can: $10, $5, whatever you can spare. Every bit helps. Thank you!