Sharp Lead and Wet Ink-Tales from the Art Side

This Blog is dedicated to my pursuit of getting published. I have been plying away at this for almost two decades with limited success. I am not looking for fame or fortune, although it would be a nice side benefit, but rather an opportunity to create and express myself. There are many talented artist out there that have helped me along the way and I am hoping that my getting published will be payback for all of the time that they have invested in me.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Vlad Tepis Copyright 2006 Cesar Feliciano, Rick Olney and TightLip Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

As with any story dealing with a group of protagonist looking to serve the greater good, there needs to be an antagonist to pit against those with purer pursuits. In the case of Monster Squad theirs is the dread villain Vlad Tepis. The age old antagonist has his eyes set on the destruction of the Monster Squad who were put together by his most hated enemy and leader of the Monster Squad, to be revealed at a later date.
Vlad is ruthless and cold in his aristocratic approach to dealing with his enemies and those he deems beneath him. Catch the thrilling tale unfold in the pages of Monster Squad.

Hey ya'll,

Just checking in and letting you fine folks know what's up. I have finished the cover for the second issue of Monster Squad and am starting on the cover for issue three. So far I am having a blast working these up. Also I would like to announce that there has been alot of activity on the press release side for Freedom 3 #1. TightLip Entertainment is still looking to hear back from some other media outlets such as Fox News but in the meantime the feedback has been positive. Also the press release for Monster Squad is in the works and should be out this week. I am pretty muched pumped about this and am looking forward to the response that it gets.

Incidently, I wanted to just mention that Monster Squad by TightLip Entertainment should not be confused with the film of the same title.

But of course, I'll let you wait until it hits the stores to find out. Well, that's all I have for now. I am thinking I may upload an image today or tomorrow of one of the characters from Monster Squad but I'll have to see which one. Thanks for reading. In the meantime, have a great and excellent day.


Thursday, February 23, 2006

III'mm baaaackk. Well after no post in 3 months this is the second time in one day, that is so O.C.D. I don't know where to begin. Alright, so as I stated in my earlier post, I am doing some work for TightLip Entertainment and they have just released a special anounce ment about one of their upcoming titles. The name of the book is Freedom 3 and is based upon three former United States Marines that are given a serum that endows them with superhuman abilities. The first issue deals with a very explosive subject...Osama bin Laden and the War on Terror, the following is the cover for the issue along with the press release:


Freedom 3 to go after Osama bin Laden in MayMOHAWK, NY- February 21, 2006- TightLip Entertainment is set to publish the most politically explosive comic book ever produced, Freedom 3 #1. Publisher Rick Olney today released the comic book cover for Freedom 3. The image depicts the super hero Globe, a member of the United States Marine Corp’s secret unit Freedom 3, punching Osama bin Laden in the face.In fact, the cover of Freedom 3 pays homage to the most recognized Captain America cover. The Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Captain America #1 cover (March 1941, National Comics) shows the red, white and blue clad Captain America punching Adolf Hitler in the face.The Freedom 3 cover drives home the parallel between World War II’s Adolf Hitler and today’s al-Qaida’s Osama bin Laden. “During this day, when times are just as turbulent as when 1940 led America into tough times; it becomes every American's responsibility to not lose sight of what makes freedom special”, Rick Olney, the writer and publisher of Freedom 3 said.Freedom 3 is about three United States Marines that are injected with a serum identified as the "Freedom" serum, enabling each Marine to take on characteristics and abilities allowing for various changes in their efforts to serve under the United States Constitution. Globe (who is a creature of the earth), Eagle (a mute telepath with wings), and Anchor (has a fiery side that can burn and touch a person’s soul, and granite like viral touch that initially simply stalls people) makes up the Freedom 3 USMC special unit. “The recently awakened members of Freedom get handed an assignment no Marine would refuse; to hunt down and capture Osama bin Laden!” said Rick Olney.Freedom 3 is penciled by Jim (One Shot Press, Trinity Comics) Taylor, didn’t know if he was up to the task. “First off, I was a bit daunted, I mean, taking on a cover of legends in the field like Kirby and Simon? But I totally understood where Rick (Olney) was coming from as far as the intent of the cover, and the relevance of it in today's world experience.”While on the other hand, Freedom 3 colorist; Dash (Savage Dragon: GodWar, SuperPatriot: War on Terror, Outlaw Scorn 3030 AD) Martin was totally pumped about the book. “It's about time someone did it. No sense in modern stories STILL revolving around Hitler when we have a current real world baddie.”TightLip Entertainment Creative Director and Freedom 3 inker, Jeff (Faust, Night Vision, Leatherface, Jack the Lantern, Big Bang Comics, FemForce) Austin realized that, “Patriotic covers have a long tradition in comics.” TightLip Entertainment will continue the tradition in the new millennium. Jeff Austin is excited about what is on the cover, but he’s also overjoyed about what isn’t on the cover. “No bar codes on covers,” he said. “Correcting 30 years of stupidity in the field... It was a mistake to slap a big bar code on the cover. It blunted the impact of the image.” The three-issue hunt for Osama bin Laden starts in May, when the book will ship, with the story arc “What Price Freedom”. The 28-page full color comic book will retail for $2.95. Freedom 3 will be available for pre-orders for both consumers and retailers starting April 15, 2006, from TightLip Entertainment’s web site,, which will launch on the same date. TightLip Entertainment is an independent publisher committed to creating and offering the general reading public a variety of genres and styles in our books and online adventures.We plan to include both new talent and longtime legends in the industry, as we seek to entertain.Retailers and distributors interested in carrying Freedom 3 may contact TightLip Entertainment at to learn more. For interviews contact TightLipPR.

I will more to post including the cover to the first issue of Monster Squad...Stay tuned.

I was warned about starting a blog by my friends. They all told me that it would be impossible to keep up. I told them to go pouind sand that I am nbot like everyone else, I am r-e-s-p-o-n-s-i-b-l-e. They were right of course. I have not posted since November of 2005. I'll have to do better than that.

I have been busy however and still trying to pursue my dream of being published. I am still working on the Full Moon Craze project for MasterPiece Comics as well as a venture I have begun with TightLip Entertainment. I will be illustrating their upcoming mini-series Monster Squad which will debut with issue # 1 on May of 2006. The following is a group shot of the Monster Squad:

I am pretty excited about this it is going to be very cool. I'll have more to say on this later, for now, I'm going to be off but I promise to post more often over the coming weeks. Thanks for reading and looking.