Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thank you for coming out yesterday!!

For everyone who happened to stop by the November Authors Showcase, thank you kindly for coming out to see and chat with myself and other extremely talented artists from the Worcester County area.

They're planning on another show December 26th, so I hope to see all y'all there!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

November Authors Showcase



If you happen to be in close proximity of Shrewsbury Street and Boston Turnpike Road, why stop on by and check myself and other local authors out at Borders Books and Music this afternoon at November Authors Showcase!!

Hosted By: Borders Books and Music
When: Friday Nov 28, 2008
at 1:00 PM
Where: Borders Books and Music
476 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545

I will be onhand to sign copies of Diary of the Black Widow and Confessions of a Peculiar Boy... And Other Stories.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Franksgribbles everyone!!


For those of you who celebrate the Holiday, I hope everyone is having a very Happy Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day, T-Day, Turkey Massacre of 2008. Whatever cute and playful name you have given the day of thanks.

I'm kind of settling in for a quiet one this year. It's strange. A lot has happened over the year that's kind of left me gobsmacked. BUT I also have a great deal to be thankful for this year too. Good health, good family and a good woman. And the book is nearing completion. That's a lot to be happy and thankful about.

So, to all my friends and family and all of you who may or may not read the blog, I hope you're having a very Happy and Relaxing Thanksgiving Weekend one and all.

And if you're in the area on Friday, come on out to Borders and see me
;-)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's done!!

Well, seven months 106 pages and countless Sherlock Holmes movies later I finally finished putting the ink on the last page of the graphic novel tonight!!

I've still got a lot of work to do to get the book ready for publication, but it is so nice to finally have this step out of the way. And to be able to make the deadline I set with having the book done before the end of the year!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen


I have seen and own both the 1943 German film and the 1988 film directed by Terry Gilliam of Baron Munchausen. For those of you who know me well, The Adventures of Baron Muchausen starring John Neville is one of my all time favorite movies. I can't get enough of the film and it's a shame it was so poorly recieved. But unfortunately, people lack imagination and the ability to suspend their disbelief when it comes to movies.

And some people are just stupid in general and have to complain throughout a movie just because THEY don't understand it and are too arrogant to admit it...

...but I digress.

I finally got the opportunity to buy the Kino release of Münchhausen (1943). Kino is a great company who released and restores rare films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Münchhausen and The Extra Girl which starred the lovely Mabel Normand. In the case of Caligari, they even went in and added the different sepia tones the director had used to paint the film. For someone like me who was only use to bad copies of Caligari, it was a real treat to see it as it was suppose to be seen.

What makes Münchhausen so interesting is it is in fact a propaganda film created by Ufa Studios to commemorate the company's 25th Anniversary. It was produced at 6.5 Million Reichsmarks and filmed in Agfacolor. It was the Nazi's response to films like Britians The Thief of Bagdad and Hollywood's The Wizard of Oz.

AND the movie is it was actually scripted by banned Jewish writer Erich Kastner under a pseudonym.

It's a beautiful film, but at the same time it's somewhat strange to watch realizing the bloodshed and the lives lost to the Nazi oppression at the time. I read online a really good comment someone wrote which read: "It's like looking at a beautiful painting but realizing the horror and atrocity behind that painting. Is it still to be considereda beautiful painting".

It makes for an interesting arguement.

I had also started flipping through the original book by Rudolf Erich Raspe with illustrations by Gustave Dore. I've been putting some thought into creating a Baron Muchausen graphic novel sometime down the road. Both films about Muchausen take the stories with the directors own unique twist to them.

I had thought about perhaps doing my adaptation directly from the stories. There were some really great scenes that didn't make it in either the 1943 and 1988 films that I would love to do.

I had also thought about using my own Dad as the basis for Baron Munchausen. Not that he's a teller of tall tales. But when he does reminisce, his stories from his past are very engaging and amusing.

But I still have to get through the remaining 11 pages of Sherlock Holmes and a couple other pet projects I'm working on with other people before I can think about starting this one.

But I think it would make an excellent graphic novel.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The official page count. For those of you keeping score at home...

I just finished rescripting my Sherlock Holmes graphic novel this morning in between penciling and inking.

The book is going to officially top off at 107 pages. Which makes it my longest project to date. At the moment I just finished inking page 94 just a few minutes ago and started laying out page 95 shortly afterwards.

Needless to say, I am very happy to be near the end of the book. It's been a project that I've been doing for seven months thus far and the prospect of having it complete before the year is over is a very exciting one.

Hopefully if everything works out right it should be available for purchase by early Spring or Summer. Stay tuned dear viewers ;-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Upward and onward!!

Well, I'm about 94 pages of a potential 100+ pages into the Sherlock Holmes graphic novel. I'm still holding out hope that I am able to get this completed and released before Guns N' Roses releases Chinese Democracy ;-)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The never-ending battle...



Well, this graphic novel is shaping up to be my longest project to date. Most of my past project have been in between the range of 8 to 80 pages total. For me, my first big milestone was reaching page 24 of Diary of the Black Widow. Before that, I had the difficulty of getting past page 10 of a project before I started to lose steam.

I just started laying out page 87 of my Sherlock Holmes graphic novel. Which officially makes it my longest graphic novel project to date.

I suppose it's a milestone of sorts. It means I've reached a point in my career as a professional artist where I can do a project and see it through to the very end. And it's not something I've done alone. I have a lot of people in my professional life that have helped me along in my own maturity. Of sorts.

But I'm very happy with the progress and growing impatient at the same time. I tend to get like that nearing the end of a project anyways. But this one is probably moreso because I took on a pretty tall task.

And I've had a lot of good things happening in my life of late that have really inspired me and have pushed me to do even better work.

The most important being the lovely Trina who constantly inspires me and is the inspiration for many of my loveliest characters. And no. She is not the Black Widow. But she is Stone-Toe Maiden for those of you out there who are curious about just who she was based on. And she has appeared in countless other illustrations. You have to look closely.

And believe me. My paltry scribblings DO NOT do her justice. I could never capture just how pretty she is in person.

So, for those of you who see me on a daily basis and are wondering "What is he so happy about" and why I have such a spring in my step.

Well, she's the reason!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Family Fun Day


About a year or so ago, I probably would have been completely stressed out at the thought of a mob of people stampeding into a tiny room to do three and a half hours worth of crafty activities.

This year it really didn't bother me. Actually, I had a really great time instructing mobs of people on making sculptures out of recycled material.

It's amazing how a really wonderful woman can really do wonders for one's disposition :-)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Well, it's nearly seven months to the day.


On May 9th 2008 I embarked on page on of my Sherlock Holmes graphic novel. Nearly seven months and 83 pages later the work continues.

However the project itself has been at least several years in the making in at least one form or another. But I was finally able to successfully start putting pen on bristol in May.

Not time to crack the champagne bottles and throw the confetti just yet. But it does feel pretty darn good to be this far into the project.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My prints are available for purchase online!!


Missed my last show? Well, now you can order my prints online. Follow the link below to purchase one today:

http://herbertzohl.webs.com/apps/webstore/

To quote Pogo Possum: "If you can't vote my way, vote anyways!!"


I don't usually write political blogs. To be honest with you, I don't care for politics. I prefer to stay out of things. So, with that said I'm not going to waste your precious time trying to convince you to vote for MY candidate.

All I want to do is to convince you to vote.

Because this country was founded on freedom. You have the freedom to choose the candidate you feel respresents your values. People should do their homework and vote with their heart. And not who your friends or Lindsay Lohan tells you who you should be voting for. Do we really care what Lindsay Lohan has to think politically? I certainly don't.

And yes. Celebrities have a right to their opinion and their choice for President as well when it comes to politics. I just wish the more aggressive ones would realize we have a right to our opinions too instead of ridiculing us for not agreeing with them. This goes for both Democrats and Republicans. Neither party is blameless.

Because if you're voting for John McCain or Barack Obama just because that's the way your friends or your family are voting and that's not really the way you feel or you feel you're voting for the lesser of two evils then you're NOT voting for the right person.

It's our political future not some High School popularity contest for king and queen of the prom!!

Look at their platforms. What do they stand for? Who do you feel most aligned with morally and politically? THAT'S the candidate you should vote for. Whether it be Barack Obama or John McCain.

If it means voting third party, then so be it. As long as you're not selling your values up the river and you're voting for someone that represents YOU.

Since I live in Massachusetts, I suppose it's kind of moot because this State goes Democrat anyways. But that won't deter me from voting for the person I feel the strongest about.

And I hear so many people out there complain about whoever gets into the White House but they didn't vote. As far as I am concerned you're opinion is pretty worthless. At least if you had voted for the other guy you could be validated in your opinion of disliking the guy who was voted in. But you did nothing.

But like I said, you don't have to agree with me. Just make your opinion heard and go out and vote!! And vote with your heart.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Boston Comic Con


photo taken by Amy Fletcher

I had a really great time at the Boston Comic Con today!! I think it was probably the best show I have done all year!! It was so nice chatting and laughing with some of the other artists and getting to talk with all the comic book fans who came out to check out both the guests of honor and the other artists participating in the show.

I also got to shake both Batman and Bernie Wrightson's hand. I have a picture of myself and Batman which I will be certain to post once I get the pictures developed.

But I would like to thank everyone who came out to check out the show. Both people I know and people I don't know. Thank you very much!! And thank you Bedrock Comics for putting on another stellar show!!

Well, now there's the show at Barnes and Noble and the Union Station show to look forward to.