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You can’t touch the music, but the music can touch you.

“You can’t touch the music, but the music can touch you” – Mordecai

San Diego International Comic-Con was 100% fantastic.  No complaints.  Hopefully they will invite me back in 2015.  We had an absolute blast.

I have a couple of prints left over from the show.  If you’d like one drop me a line or leave a comment below.  Prints are first come first served, and limited to the number on hand.  $15 each shipped, or multiple prints $10 each plush $5 shipped.

These are high quality, matte finish, 12pt stock.  Approx 11″x17″

Daredevil print – Qty 11
Superman – Qty 1
Deadpool – Qty 6
Mars Attacks – Qty 11
Iron Man – Qty 10
Robocop – Qty 8
Spider-Man – Qty 13



Hey, chicks love it. It’s a shaggin’ wagon.

Hey, chicks love it. It’s a shaggin’ wagon. – Llyod Christmas


Today, IDW Limited announced their latest in high end collected comics.  These look pretty neat.

Mars Attacks from IDW Limited


MARS ATTACKS: Attack from Space Deluxe Hardcover

  • Each book is signed by John Layman & John McCrea
  • Exclusive case and cover, only available through this release
  • Hand-drawn sketch card in each book
  • Only 250 copies made
The invasion begins! The first stories of an all-new Mars Attacks universe are here, bringing outrageous action and dark humor to the comics page. Eisner-winning writer John Layman (Chew) is joined by Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman) to sound the alarm. Beware! The Martians are coming!
I contributed 15 hand painted sketch cards to the Red Label edition
I contributed 15 hand painted sketch cards to the Red Label edition


The Blue Label edition has a 4 sketch card puzzle included (limited to 50)
The Blue Label edition has a 4 sketch card puzzle included (limited to 50)

I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain’t bad.

“I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain’t bad.”  – President Dale

Mars Attacks Heritage.

In stores next week.

I contributed a few sketch cards.

Honored to do so.

Buy some.

Would you please put some pants on? I feel weird having to ask you twice.

Would you please put some pants on? I feel weird having to ask you twice. – Phil Wenneck


Mars Attacks is a science fiction trading card series released in 1962. The cards feature artwork by science-fiction artist Wallace Wood and tell the story of the invasion of Earth by cruel, hideous Martians. The cards depicted futuristic battle scenes and bizarre methods of Martian attack, torture and slaughter. The story ends with a combined Earth invasion fleet attacking Mars by landing on the planet and destroying it.

The cards proved popular with children but their explicit gore and implied sexual content caused an outcry, leading the company to halt production. The cards became collectors’ items.

In the 1980s Topps began developing merchandise based on the Mars Attacks storyline, including mini-comic books and card reprints. An expanded set of 100 cards was issued in 1994.

In 2012, in celebration of the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Topps has partnered with a variety of companies on a merchandising campaign to include comic books (via IDW Publishing), bobble heads and vinyl dolls (Funko), action figures and plush (Mezco Toyz), costumes (Incogneato), statues and busts (Quarantine Studio), electronics skins (Gelaskins) and a hardcover commemorative book (Abrams Books). Topps will also be issuing a special 50th Anniversary card set.

Here are a few more examples of my contribution to the card set.  I’ll show a few more eventually, but I’m leaving a few to the imagination and surprise.

Last time I looked in the dictionary, my name’s Ron Burgundy. What’s your name?

Last time I looked in the dictionary, my name’s Ron Burgundy. What’s your name? – Ron Burgundy

Here’s a quick Mars Attacks Heritage sketch card.  The first of many to come.  Stay tuned.

For everyone who doesn’t know about sketch cards, here is a quick run down.

A sketch card displays original artwork on a standard-size trading card, usually measuring 2.5″ (65mm) x 3.5″ (90mm). These cards, with black-and-white or color original art, have been randomly inserted into various trading card sets since the 1990s. One of the first sets to include this type of chase card insert was the 1993 Simpsons set by SkyBox International that had 400 redemptions for an “Art DeBart Card.”

The sketch card insert has been most common in non-sport trading card sets like Lord of the Rings: Evolution, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Scooby Doo: Mysteries & Monsters.A few sport sets have also adopted the idea like the 2005 Topps Gallery Baseball. One of the all-time most popular sets was the 1998 Marvel Creator’s Collection by Fleer. They called their sketch cards “sketchagraph” cards. The set was popular because it used the artistic skills of hundreds of different artists who were allowed to draw any character in the Marvel Comics universe.

Sketch card inserts have usually come one-per-box of trading cards, but some sets like Hulk by Topps came one in 12 boxes, and Lord of the Rings: Masterpieces by Topps come two per box.Some companies even offer oversize (3×5 inch) sketch cards as case premiums like Fathom by Dynamic Forces.

Topps Announces MARS ATTACKS Heritage Card Set


Topps Announces MARS ATTACKS Heritage Card Set
July release Anchors 50th Year Anniversary Celebration

Since its initial release in 1962, MARS ATTACKS has made an indelible impression on pop culture, inspiring legions of fans around the world.  Now, Topps is proud to announce MARS ATTACKS’ triumphant return to its trading card roots. Coinciding this summer with the landmark half-century milestone the company is pulling out all the stops for collectors to re-connect with the cult classic while ushering in a whole new generation of fans.

The commemorative trading card set, currently in development for release in July, is a cornerstone of the 50th anniversary campaign. In addition to reprinting the 55 iconic cards which comprised theoriginal series, Topps is adding 25 never-before-seen subjects.

Ten cards, painted by Jason Edmiston, are based on storyboarded sketches from original series pencillers Wally Wood and Bob Powell that did not originally appear in the 1962 card set. Edmiston’s finished works pay homage to the pulp sci-fi style of Norm Saunders, the master painter who first gave MARS ATTACKS its signature look. Fifteen all-new cards are provided by Eisner award-winning comic book artist John McCrea, the acclaimed illustrator of IDW’s forthcoming MARS ATTACKS comic book series.  McCrea is known to comics fans as the co-creator of Hitman (in collaboration with writer Garth Ennis), among numerous other high-profile assignments.  His new, powerful imagery for the card set will provide fans with added insights to the comics as well as to the all-new MARS ATTACKS universe.

A variety of extra inserts are also designed to add collectibility and fun: limited edition multi-colored parallels and 3D lenticulars will be randomly included in packs. And, for the very first time, Topps will be including MARS ATTACKS sketch cards in boxes. Many talented artists are on board to provide their one-of-a-kind hand-rendered sketch art.

The original MARS ATTACKS series enjoys the distinction of being the most sought after and valuable non-sport trading card set of all time. Its legacy status has earned the new series Topps’ full “Heritage style” treatment.  In order to preserve the product’s retro sensibility, all cards will be printed on thick, old fashioned card stock. Similarly, the design treatments for the display box and wrapper mimic the now-classic 1962 packaging.

The trading cards will be complemented by a productlicensing program geared primarily to core hobby fans.  A host of premium quality tie-ins are in the works:  action figures and plush toys (Mezco), comics and graphic novels (IDW), a commemorative book (Abrams), model kits (Moebius), costumes (Incogneato), T-shirts (Impact), statues and busts (Quarantine), holiday ornaments (Gentle Giant), limited-edition prints (Russell Walks), bobble head dolls and vinyl figures (Funko).  Regular updates about the cards and the licensed merchandise are posted on the official facebook page (www.facebook.com/marsattacks), catering to a growing community of over 50,000 followers.

I’m not supposed to be within two hundred feet of a school… or a Chuck E. Cheese.

I’m not supposed to be within two hundred feet of a school… or a Chuck E. Cheese. – Alan Garner

Mars Attacks turns 50 this year and I’ve been invited to participate in the Topps Mars Attacks Heritage trading card set as a sketch artist.  I’ve received my blanks, so stay tuned here for a few previews when the time is right.

And don’t forget the March Madness 25% off sale at the store.  Code: Madness

2012 Topps Mars Attacks Heritage Box Break

  • 1 Sketch Card
  • 3 3D Cards
  • 9 Parallels

2012 Topps Mars Attacks Heritage Product Highlights:

  • 2012 Topps Mars Attacks Heritage reprints the original 55 cards and adds 25 new cards.
  • The cards will mimic the original card stock. Packs and boxes will also take from the iconic original.
  • Parallels: Green Borders (1:3 packs), Silver Borders (1:24 packs) and Gold Borders.
  • Includes the first official Mars Attacks Sketch Cards, which fall one per box.
  • 3D Lenticular Cards (1:8 packs) round out the available inserts.
  • 15 of the new base cards are being done by Jason Edmiston, who is basing them on the original storyboards and pencil designs done by Wally Wood and Bob Powell. The other ten new cards are drawn by John McRea, who is the artist for the new Mars Attacks comic book from IDW.
  • Set released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, which was originally released in 1962.