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Good Monday!

Posted some new stuff for you folks, 'cause I know some of you worry when I don't!  ;-)
And I'm happy because Mad Men is back! Hooray!

That's all for now...

Da Ludster
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Just noticed I've almost have 700 watchers!
Curious to know when #700 will arrive...
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Flat on my back for the past week thanks to shoveling snow! Last week, we had a major amount of snow in my neck of the woods-- the heavy, wet snow, not the light, powdery crap. I was about 3/4 done, when I felt a sharp pain in my lower back and fell down hard. I couldn't move an inch without major pain, and laid on the sidewalk for a few minutes, when someone finally noticed me. Long story short, friends & family were screaming to high heaven that I had a heart attack while I was yelling to them "I didn't have a heart attack! Will someone help me up?!"

After five whole minutes of madness, people began to listen to me and tried to help me up-- to no avail, without me screaming bloody murder. Minutes later, they get me to the hospital (which is only two blocks away, kid you not) and it turns out I did a little muscle damage, but no structural issues. I've been on major painkillers (the kind that make you hallucinate) for a while, completely unable to do anything at all. If I didn't have my iPad, I would have no Internet at all!

I'm back at work today for the first time since the incident, playing catch up with everything! Give me a few more days, and stuff will start getting posted, I promise!  ;-)

Lud
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I'm liking what I'm getting so far (with spleen being my favorite out of the lot); but you know what? GIMME MOOOOOOAR! 

One word-- noun; verb; adverb-- doesn't matter! Even if you've already given me a word-- GIMME ANOTHER OOONNNNNNE!

Why? YOU'LL FIND OUT! OH LORD, YOU WILL FIND OUT!

And as always, NO derogatory terms that will get you in SO much trouble! 

NOW POST BELOW!

LEPRECHAUN!
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Hey!
Comment me below with a word. Just one word! I mean it!
Don't be asking questions, damn it! Proper noun; verb; adjective-- I DON'T CARE! Just give me a blasted word!!!

And it better be a real word too! Or at least a current or popular slang word...
Don't make me challenge you by asking for a definition! And no jerky words that would get you in trouble with various racial groups! You know better than that...

ONE WORD!

Lud
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Most of us in the US are freezing our butts off! In Philadelphia, I've had to venture out to the "grown-up" job in 4 degree weather, with a wind chill of -17°!

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Lud
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Good morning!
It's time to do the "State of the Lud" address for 2013, and most definitely it's been a year of ups and downs. I'm writing this at work, where you can imagine it's been mostly quiet today, Christmas Eve; we'll be leaving at 1 this afternoon for the holiday, and I can't wait! I've got the last of my X-mas shopping to do (which was the reason why I don't have any football doodles this past Sunday and the one before-- parties and shopping) and then I'll plop myself down in front of the TV and watch Dr. Who for the next 36 hours...

My "grown-up" job at the newspaper has kept me busier than usual this past year, which is a good thing since that pays most of the bills; while my bout of mono, which led to a stint in the hospital, had pretty much ruined a lot of my cartooning plans. On top of that, my old iMac, which was supposed to make it through the year, didn't quite get there. "Shecky V" gave up the ghost in October; let's take a minute of quiet reflection in honor of the hard-working machine...

Okay? Good!

So in a couple of months a new computer will be in place, and I hope from there more things I wanted to do this year will be done next year; I don't want to jinx things by saying too much, but think one word: webcomics. I'm saying no more! Stay tuned for further details...

Have a Merry X-mas everybody! And let's hope 2014 provides better things for you than 2013 did!

Lud
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Howdy!
I'm writing this at the security of my "grown-up" job, since my home is currently invaded by small biting children… don't ask-- ugh! I've been busy with so much other junk in my life that I have to sit and decompress whenever I can, with quantities of junk food and televised sporting events, not to mention anime and Doctor Who! Thanksgiving this year was a literal madhouse, as the extended family had the event at my house, hence the small biting children that will HOPEFULLY be gone by the time I get home! Grrrrr…
It's just a hop, skip and jump until Christmas and New Years-- this year went by SUPER fast, but then they all do… I'm currently finishing up one commission, and starting on another one right away. I wanted to participate in a couple of art jams (sorry, :iconatomictiki:) but had no time to do so. My home computer is ready to give up the ghost, so I'm currently looking at my options for the new one. Along with the other log jams in my life, I'm getting sick and tired of being sick and tired! Then again, who among us isn't?  ;-)
Oh, look-- a new pile of ads just appeared on my desk Gotta go, kids!
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Tonight, I picked up new pens and drawing pads. WHOOOOO!  :hooray:

That is all; more to come...
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Morning, all!

I've still have the "art funk"; everything's still coming out like crap, but I'm fighting it the best I can with the power of my waning youth! ;-)

I've done just about everything I can to snap out of this malaise... Keeping busy with the "grown-up" job; a reasonable amount of time moping about; picked up a couple of the latest volumes of The Justice League of America Showcase Editions -- love Dick Dillin! I've also talked to a few art buddies about the situation; plus did a fair amount of drinking... 

It's time to break out the major guns: French Maids! Drawing nothing but french maids this weekend... 

Wish me luck, my friends!
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IT'S KIRBY DAY, PEOPLE!

Yep, the "King" would have been 96 years old today; and dozens of artists around the world are celebrating by paying homage to him with wonderful works of art.

Except me.

'Cause I'm dealing with what I call "Art Funk"...

It's been plaguing me since this past weekend; I'm just not happy with ANYTHING I've drawn. So I've been working like crazy to try and snap it with no luck whatsoever. Damn.

Pray for me, boys and girls...
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Yikes! It didn't take long for the next question to pop up!
~Imagin09 wants to know:
"What inspired you to make the B.I.M.B.O. Squad? I figured it was kinda like Charlie's Angels with sexy weirdness like a model that can shoot milk like a cannon (which is really hot, btw, lol)."

Believe it or not, like a lot of ideas I've come up with, the Squad hit me while I was in the bathroom!
HEY! Get your minds outta the gutter!!!
The bathroom is one of the few places in life where there are no distractions, and I can just let my mind wander; usually when I'm taking a shower, but hey, sitting on the john works wonders as well!  ;-)

After actress/trainwreck Lindsay Lohan got arrested for the umpteenth time, I started thinking about the various "celebrants" who keep getting famous for the dumb things; y'know, Lindsay, Paris, Kim Kardashian, and the like. And it hit me like a bolt from the blue: What if these idiots were saving the world on a regular basis when they're not making sex tapes? And the B.I.M.B.O. Squad was born…

It didn't take long for me to flesh out the characters, first was team leader Kitty, who wanted to be a super-secret agent of justice, but didn't meet the requirements. Lucky for her, her rich industrialist father (who supplies secret weapons for the government) finances the team.

Next came Andi, the foreign chick, the not-so-smart explosives expert who was an agent-trainee who botched her final test. I don't know what possessed me to come up with the bionic boob for her, but it works! 

Emmy Jo was a no brainer-- a Texas nouveau riche girl who shoots first and asks questions never! Much like the real bimbos in life, I came up with an ongoing feud between Kitty and Emmy Jo, forcing them to have to work together without necessarily liking each other…

Because each girl is blessed in the mammary department (two of the girls are artificially enhanced, and only Andi will admit to it; aka, the "B.O.O.O.B.Y."), it made sense that the newest member would be as well. I wanted to have a girl who didn't want to be a hero, but got roped into it out of necessity. Tracey, a beauty queen winner, was created. My goal was to start the Squad's adventures with Tracey's abduction and subsequent breast mutation caused by the Squad's most dangerous villain. It didn't take long to come up with insane game show host "Shecky" Montague (who I like to think of as Bob Barker gone evil)!

Now why have Tracey possess killer boobs squirting milk like bazookas? I wanted a member to be a freakish powerhouse, much like Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four, but I wanted her to still be beautiful but never having a normal life again. Having to wear a special bra in order to keep her breasts from destroying a town sounds crazy, but fun! Heck! She's already the fan-favorite of the bunch!

There are tons of tales percolating in my brain involving the B.I.M.B.O.s, and one of these days I hope to tell a few to you… stay tuned!

Lud
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~GuyBcaps asked: "Considering your art style and subject matter, do you consider yourself influenced by the 'Humorama' pin-up comics, by the likes of Bill Wenzel and Bill Ward?"

Oh, most definitely! But I didn't even know about the Humorama digests of the 1940s–70s until my early 30's, which would be around the mid-1990s… Like most guys my age, I started discovering pin-up humor via Playboy, and thank the gods that good ol' Hef was a major fan of the Humorama cartoons as well! When he started Playboy, he convinced a classic Humorama cartoonist to work for his magazine, namely Jack Cole, creator of Plastic Man. Hefner followed with a lot of incredible cartooning talent such as Doug Sneyd, Jules Feiffer, Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder (Little Annie Fanny!) Eldon Dedini, Erich Sokol, Al Stine, John Dempsey, Bobby London, Clive Collins, and the like, up to modern contemporaries like Dean Yeagle. 

Now I knew about Humorama legends like Bill Ward and Dan DeCarlo, but that was because of what they were producing when I was growing up-- Ward drawing legendary Cracked interviewer Nanny Dickering, and DeCarlo drawing for Archie Comics, but it wasn't until I finally got a computer and the internet about their earlier, spicier work! Bill Ward was a master of the glamourous busty ladies, drawn with conte crayons on massive boards that drove the Humorama production crew crazy having to reduce them down to digest size! DeCarlo's ladies were adult versions of the Archie's teen girls-- imagine Betty, Veronica, Midge, Josie, and Melody about 8 to 10 years older, getting into wild situations with boyfriends, bosses, husbands, and even unknown guys off the street! And then there was Bill Wenzel, whose curvaceous cuties floored me when I first saw them! Although DeCarlo wasn't as prolific as Ward & Wenzel, his work stood out so much, that he was guaranteed to have at least one or two cartoons in every Humorama issue, even if they were reprinted over and over again! These three I consider the "Big Three" of the Humorama cartoonists… At one time I had an original Humorama work from Wenzel, Ward, and DeCarlo in my collection. Thanks to the economy, I ended up selling all three (sob!)...

But they're just the tip of the iceberg! You've got Jack Cole, who worked at Humorama until Playboy snatched him up, Stan Goldberg (one of the few Humorama artists still alive), Dave Berg (known as "Davy" Berg, went on to become a legendary Mad artist), comic book pros Jim Mooney & Wayne Boring, Bill Hoest (of Lockhorns fame), Jefferson Machamer, Kirk Stiles, Joe Shuster (of Superman fame[!]), Bill Kresse, Lynn Harrison, and perhaps the most prolific Humorama cartoonist of all: Frank Beaven, who also signed his work with the pen name "Rekoj" (Joker spelled backwards).

When I discovered Humorama, I went on a buying spree, snatching up copies on eBay whenever I could! And I spent hours on hours pouring over those old, musty, browned digests…

Huh, that reminds me… I wonder if there are any good auctions on eBay right now…

Anyway, YES! A lot of the pin-up cartoons I currently do are heavily-influenced by those old Humorama classics… 

Keep those questions coming!

Lud

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Good afternoon, all...

I've noticed that I've gotten a bit of a glut of new watchers, and for that I say "THANK YOU ALL!" ;-)
With that glut I've started getting questions about my commission availability, favorite artists, favorite this/that/the other... It's making me wonder if it's time to come up with the dreaded FAQ. No way am I that popular-- but I thought maybe it's time to answer some questions, so I'm putting it out there-- got a question? Fire away!

I'll start things off with this answer:

Lud Hughes does NOT have a favorite artist.
Hard to believe but nope, don't have a FAVORITE artist. Over my lengthy lifetime, I've gotten giddy over just about everybody out there: I started life reading comic strips in the daily newspaper, so I started with such legends as Stan Drake, Chester Gould, Al Capp, Harold LeDoux, Hank Ketcham, Charles Schultz, Mort Walker, Dik Browne, and Pete Hansen. Everyone of them, and many more just like them, had influenced me in some way or another. As I grew older, I started reading "kid-friendly" comic books, such as Archie, Casper, Richie Rich, and Underdog among others, and those artists began influencing me-- like Ernie Colon, Dan DeCarlo, Frank Johnson, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana...

Finally I started reading more mainstream comics around 10 or 11 years old, and artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Dave Cockrum, Gil Kane, Ross Andru, Dick Dillin, Neal Adams, John Buscema, John Romita, Jim Mooney, Ramona Fradon, Jim Aparo, Irv Novick, Curt Swan, and Bob Brown began to influence me. By high school, those gentlemen were added by new kids like George Perez, John Byrne, Joe Staton, Howard Chaykin, and Walt Simonson...

In my junior year, I got a subscription to The Comics Journal, were I noticed some other artists that I wasn't familiar with, like Dave Sim, Barry Windsor-Smith, Mike Kaluta, Michael Golden, Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, and Trina Robbins; as well as amateurs like Terry Beatty, Don Newton, and Paul Smith.

After graduation, I went to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, because I knew I wanted to be one of these people! Plus I wanted to go to a school were I had no relatives or good friends of the family-- nobody knew me, and I liked that! There's a story about that, which I'll discuss later...

It was scary at first, but I got to meet and become friends with a lot of good people, as well as meet my first professional comic artist: Ron Frenz, who lives in the 'Burgh and did a local convention at the college where I boarded while going to art school, which had no boarding of it's own, but had a deal with Duquesne University, where I stayed for my first two years. A few years later, Ron and I met again thanks to a classmate who was dating him at the time, and we became buddies.

As I grew older, more and more new artists from both the U.S. and other countries around the world became well known to me, and everyone of them had influenced me one way or another. So no... I have no favorite artist; I love them all! Well... except ONE. People close to me know who this artist is, but out of common courtesy, I won't name them. All of you probably know him, and he's been a favorite of a generation, but I didn't like his stuff. Now keep this in mind, I can find something great out of just about EVERYONE, including such hate-baiters as Rob Liefield and Vinnie Colletta! Believe it or not, I like both of them! Good luck trying to figure out who it is I hate; but I'm not telling without a good dose of liquor!  ;-)

All right, there's answer #1. I'm looking forward to your questions! Post them in the comments field!
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Hi, everybody!

First of all, thanks to all of you who gave me birthday llamas as well as congratulations... I didn't do anything fun on my birthday, because the newspaper I work at goes to press that same day, and as I always say, "Work comes first!" I'm going over to a friend's house this Saturday for a cookout, so I'm guessing an impromptu party is coming my way (though they're keeping mum about it)...

This is really the first time in a while I've had to sit down and write a journal entry; this summer's been busy on the work side of things: I also do production work for a magazine as well, and they're doing not only a regular issue, it's time for their annual local guide spectacular, which meant extra time cranking that out as well.

I'm finishing up a Legion commission (trying to wrap that up by end of month) and I'm looking to start a much requested one in September. Plus I'm itching to redesign my old website (www.ludhughes.com) and break it into two separate sites: one for "grown-up" graphic design, and one for the fun stuff (y'know, the stuff you see here!).

So, how's everyone's summer working out...?
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Morning, all!
I've been on the road last week and this coming week taking a vacation-- as a matter of fact, I'm writing this on my iPad. Visiting a few old friends (and going to tons of cookouts!), so I've been a bit on the quiet side. Doesn't mean that I've stop drawing... and a few pals have scanners as well, so I should be posting stuff. Stay tuned!
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Good afternoon, all!

This morning around 8:00 am I was woken up by the sound of fire engines-- turns out a neighbor's house was on fire! Don't worry, it was called in early and just some roof and other minor damage…

So I'm up, and I'm going though my typical Sunday motions: what's for breakfast; when are the Phillies playing today; how much e-mail did I get; what am I gonna draw for a warm-up… And while I was checking out all things on my computer, on my DeviantART page I saw that it was :iconcaptainchants: birthday today! This immediately put a smile on my face-- I've been following the dear Captain for a couple of years now, and the one thing I enjoy about her artwork-- it's always fun! She used to have a a self portrait of herself as her avatar on DeviantART, and although she's changed it, it's still in her gallery: face i.d. by CaptainChants So it hit me-- I'm gonna do a birthday sketch of the Captain!

I was all set to do this pirate motif with her in the "Seinfeld" puffy shirt and buccaneer boots so wide Alex Toth would be turning in his grave, when I realized I didn't know what color her eyes were! Y'see, at this point I was going to go all out and do it in color… And her avatar has her eyes closed, so what to do? I could just go and make a guess, but then I remembered she's posted photos of herself on her Tumblr page! By the way, her Tumblr page is captainchants.tumblr.com/


Sure enough, I found her eye color in a snap! Then I realized it's been a while since I've looked at her Tumblr postings so I spent a minute or two (or thirty) looking at her stuff when I noticed a photo she posted of her rockin' new kicks and there caught my eye, a small tattoo of an anchor on her left ankle! Tattoo by LudHughes


I knew immediately what I had to do. No pirate piece today, kids, although you can see my rough sketch here: Aaargh by LudHughes


And the new birthday piece was created… no pirating, just a cute piece with her ankle tattoo (and her rocking' kicks, just cause!). Captain Chants by LudHughes


So wish :iconcaptainchants: a happy birthday, and take the time to look at her marvelous (and FUN) artwork! And since I've been lacking in my journal duties, she's also my "Shecky of the Month" for June! I know, I know, what about April and May…?


I gotta get food in me, and watch the Phillies, even though they suck this year…!


Lud

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Howdy!
I'm FINALLY getting back to the groove of things, me-wise... I'm feeling like my old self again after a couple of months of recovery from mono. Word to the wise, mono mostly is a young person illness, but if it hits you late in life like it did me, it's gonna hit you HARD. Like getting measles  as an adult hard. It's been over three months since I got the illness, and there were times I though I was gonna die!

Anyway, I went to my local comics shop today and picked up some stuff old and new. These days, I've been getting most of my comics digitally and reading them on my iPad, but there are books you're never gonna find on the net, and your only option is the comics shop. I picked up the newest All-New X-Men drawn by Stuart Immonen, who never fails to amaze me! I also picked up the first issue of the adjective-less X-Men (you know, the one with the all-female team), handled by Olivier Coipel. He's doing his best stuff yet, but I still remember his first major comics stint, pencilling the Legion Lost mini-series years back (not the series that was cancelled a few months ago). As a matter-of-fact, Stuart Immonen got his first major comics debut working on the Legionnaires comics a few years before Coipel. I think that's one of the reasons I like both of these guys-- when you get your start on a Legion book, I'll definitely keep an eye out on you!

Another artist I keep an eye out on is the fantastic Amanda Connor, who just completed the Silk Spectre mini months ago, and is currently doing cover after cover for both DC and Marvel. Whatever her next inside-book assignment will be, I'll definitely grab a copy of it!

Yildiray Cinar :iconcinar: is another guy I really enjoy, I live to study his line work and layout design, right now he's doing work on DC's Earth-2 series, but I first noticed him on Image's Noble Causes and eventually his run on, you guessed it, Legion of Super-Heroes!

Last, but not least, I enjoy the work of a guy who's worked for both Marvel and DC, but is currently working for Image, illustrating Kirkman's Invincible Universe, "Copics Master" Todd Nauck. :icontoddnauck: He's not your traditional comics artist, and that's why I love his stuff. He can do "cartoony", like his work on the old Teen Titans Go! series, and go to a more solid form doing Spider-Man, Young Justice, or yes, Legion (!). And he can bind the two styles to do a unique book like Impulse. He's also one of those artists who's not afraid of books with tons and tons of characters, which makes him perfect for team books. And I can't swear it, but he's GOTTA be getting some sort of kickback from Copic, because they LOVE to repost his marker sketches like crazy on Twitter! ;-)

So that's my five that I constantly keep an eye out for every month... Don't get me wrong, there are DOZENS of artists that I jonez for! And this five may alter in a few months, or sooner! But right now, they're my five! So... who are YOUR five? You know the drill! Post your list in the comment section below! Give a new artist to kick somebody off my list! I dare ya!!!

Now, if you will excuse me, I've got the latest DC Showcase Justice League volume waiting for me... Oh Dick Dillin, how I miss you so!

Lud
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We're rapidly approaching the two year point in which DC Comics tossed away decades of continuity in order to shake the comics world, along with stagnant sales, by creating "The New 52". After the initial shock and awe, as well as griping from legions of fanboys, the initial sales increase propelled DC to the upper echelons of the comics biz, as well as prodding their main competitor Marvel Comics to follow suit somewhat. Determined to not only increase sales, but insure that all of their product arrive on time to stores, DC cracked the whip at writers and artists, causing controversy from nearly the get go with creators either leaving or being let go in just a couple of months. It became apparent that sales needed to be increased at all costs, as poor-selling books were cancelled at the drop of a hat, replaced by new concepts insuring that there would be 52 DC Universe comics on the market (not counting mini-series, Vertigo, or kid-friendly comics).

So, what have we learned as we hit the 2-year mark?

Give me answers below, people! ;-)
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The last entry I wrote was nothing but complaining about allergies.
Well guess what? Still dealing with them!

Other than that it's been a very busy May-- I've been covering for some vacationers at the newspaper, plus working on a couple of local art projects that's been taking my time. Add to that the NHL and the NBA playoffs, sports nerd that I am, and you've pretty much have an idea on how fast this month's gone by my reckoning...

Any way, this is my first day off in a long while (not counting munching on BBQ chicken during Memorial Day), and I'm playing catch up... so expect some posting today and tomorrow.

Woke up at noon today... man! I could go for some waffles!

Lud
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  • Watching: NHL Hockey (go Pens!)
  • Drinking: Coke Zero