Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Two-for-One Special

Greetings all you wonderful Coffee Bruin fans out there!  More art today, a 2-for-1 special in fact!

I am showing two new prints today.  Both are examples of my playing with layering.  In both cases, I have hand drawn and/or inked several layers and then digitally merged the layers into a final product.

These prints (see down below) are available in 8x10 and art card size.  If you would like a copy of either print, please email me at

More Con News...

I'm finalizing details for an appearance at the Jay and Eddie's Comic Book Show in Winston Salem on July 20.  More news on that in the next few days.

In the meantime, be sure to stop by the Wilkesboro Open Air Market on Friday.  We're selling lots of paracord bracelets and jewelry, and I'm also doing more and more requests like this Adventure Time one from last week:

Print #1: The Joker!

I like the fact you can see the brush strokes on this piece.  To me it gives the picture even more of a psychotic feel.

Print #2: Bunny 10

This piece was digitally inked after going through several iterations (and two heads).  My son really likes Ben 10, so I thought I'd play around with the concept a little.  The background was fun to make as well.  It's a circuit board superimposed on a NASA/JPL photo of a galaxy cluster (very cool!).

Monday, June 24, 2013

1st and Ten

With a comic name "Coffee Bruin" One would think I am a Chicago Bears fan.  One would be wrong.  I am a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan and have been all my life.  As I have been known to say, I will support the Fins whether they are 16-0 or 0-16.

While I do apologize to my fans outside of the USA, The following piece is very US-centric.

Please Mr. and Ms. Lawyers, don't sue me... THIS IS FAN ART!
I had a friend's son ask me to draw Sponge Bob Squarepants and Patrick in Patriots uniforms.  This was extremely hard for me to do.  Not as an artist, but as a Dolphins fan.

We will never forget

So I have a chip on my shoulder after all these years.

If you would like a print of today's piece with YOUR favorite team, Pro, college, or even high school, please email me at

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Superman in Raleigh, NC

Hello all!  I hope you all have had a good weekend.  This is the big weekend for the reboot of the Superman franchise with "Man of Steel".  I just came back from seeing it and will review it in a later post.

With Superman out this weekend and Ironman 3 a few weeks ago, I have changed a sign that I usually post at the open air market from this

to this

With that in mind, I drew a special piece to kick it off.  Last weekend, as I mentioned in a prior post was HeroesCon in Charlotte.  At the same time in the same convention center was the NC State Republican convention.  This was attended my many high profile members of the GOP including the governor of the state, Pat McCrory.

I have two rules here.  I don't discuss politics, and I don't discuss religion.  That being said, I will bend the first rule a little.  Governor McCrory was in Wilkesboro this Saturday, so my special piece was in his honor.

After his speech, he had a brief meet and greet at which point I was able to present him with the picture.  Pat had a good laugh and signed the piece for me.  Is it my best piece?  No.  But I like the shadowing on the tie, and it is the only piece I have signed by a sitting governor of a state in the US.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Same Bat time? No, same Adventure Time!

The retooling of the site is progressing slowly.  I've got a lot of ideas on paper, but I sure could use someone with more experience in Word Press and the Comic Press add-in.  All in good time though.

A quick note, be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook and head over to, there just might be some exciting non-comic related news over there.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013


While I'm putting together my recap from HeroesCon I thought I share this gem from today's local paper.  It MAY have been altered slightly, but I'm not admitting to anything.

Friday, June 7, 2013

HeroesCon Day 0

With just a few hours before we start, I am still awake, touching up things before my first con experience from THE OTHER SIDE.  Yes, in case you are wondering, I am nervous.  This is A BIG CON.  200,000 square feet of exhibition space, I have 6 square feet thanks to some wonderful friends.  We have sunk a lot of hard work over the past few weeks into this, and I still don't know if we are completely ready.  It's probably just butterflies.  I get this way before a big speech in Toastmasters too.

Wish us luck!

So if you are within a few hours of Charlotte this weekend, please stop by.  HeroesCon is incredible and this year is twice the size!

Here's my sign to help direct you:

If you can't make it, look for information over the next few days for ordering via Amazon and/or Comixology.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Debuting at Heroes Con will be the first issue of Thirteen Seconds to Midnight!

Here's a sneak preview of issue 1: The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Stop by Artist Alley - AA421 to pick up your copy!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Commissions for Heroes Con

Art Cards!  4x6!  8x10! Get your Art Cards here!

Commission Pricing for Heroes Con

Art Cards:
B/W - $ 3.00
Color (Marker) - $ 5.00

4 x 6: (limited availability)
B/W - $ 10.00
Color (Marker) - $ 12.00

8 x 10:  (limited availability)
B/W - $ 20.00
Color (Marker) - $ 25.00
Watercolor - $50.00

E-mail me directly at

Free delivery inside the US if you will not be attending Heroes Con.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

STOP THE PRESSES - we've got news!

Hello to all my bear loving friends out there.  I've got news!

Site retooling

This site is getting ready to go through a MAJOR restructuring as Coffee Bruin the webcomic becomes COFFEE BRUIN STUDIOS. I'll have links to an Etsy shop, a place for requesting commissions, and more.

The Comic will resume with a new format and focus.

Webcomic refocus?

Yes!  With the refocus I will be shifting to a simpler black and white three panel format that should allow for more bruin and less pain-in-the-butt.  There are also several other projects in the works including "Turtle and Snail" and "Thirteen Seconds to Midnight" which will be making their appearances here.

Leaving Blogger

Blogger was always a temporary home.  As I finally get WordPress and then ComicPress up and running I will  make the conversion.  I still recommend Blogger for the beginning blogger, but for this project it is woefully under-powered.

Coffee Bruin on the Prowl!

That's right, the Coffee Bruin is out of his cave and has been spotted in many different places lately.

Through September, Coffee Bruin Studios will be at the WIlkesboro, NC Open Air Market every Friday (with some rare exceptions).  You can find them on Facebook here.

This coming weekend (June 7 - 9) is Heroes Con in Charlotte.  Coffee Bruin will makes it's first con appearance!  The wonderful people at Think Weasel are letting us share space (table AA421).

Upcoming Con Schedule

  • June 7- 9 - HeroesCon, Charlotte NC (Table AA-421)
  • July 27 - RobCon, Bristol, TN (confirmed!)
  • August 23 - 25 - Intervention, Rockville, MD (attending only, find me for a free pencil sketch!)
  • September 6 - 8 - Outside Con 26, Burns, TN (tentative)
  • September 21 - Asheville Compic Expo, Asheville, NC (tentative)
  • more to come

If you are organizing a Comic Book Convention in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, or the Washington, D.C. area and you are interested in having Coffee Bruin Studios attend, please email me at

Thirteen Seconds to Midnight

Check out the new mini-comic, "Thirteen Seconds to Midnight #1: The Devil Went Down to Georgia".  This is a Con EXCLUSIVE for Heroes Con.  It's a retelling of the classic song, with a twist.

Lot's more to come including pictures from Heroes Con - but THAT is for another post....