June 1, 2022
A blessed Pride Month to all. A bit of a recap of some powerful Black leaders and key LGBTQ+ figures who've had to endure two separate and distinct forms of prejudice:
May 7, 2022
I hope everyone has a truly wonderful Free Comic Book Day. Drop by your local comic book store and join in the festivities! And by all means indulge all the free swag, but also... buy something. Pick up an old favourite. Or perhaps try out a new title. But do show your local retailer some love. They really do pour a lot into this most holy day.
(Have to sit this one out, this time around, my dears. But I'll be back at it soon. Love you all.)
December 15, 2021
Yeah, it's Bill of Rights Day and that's always worth celebrating, studying, and reflecting upon. But let's also not forget that with rights come responsibilities in equal measure. Our cranky suspicious Antifederalist founders didn't feel the need to enumerate those because... well, they should have gone without saying. But it is part of the equation. To have one without the other isn't Liberty ...it's just institutionalized cruelty. #gasp #howdarehe #libertariansacrilege
Yes, exercise your cherished individual rights to free speech, religious observance, firearms ownership, peaceable assembly. But be responsible about them. You live in an interdependent society (the fact you're reading these very words on the internet proves that). There are an awful lot of voices lately that sure seem to be fond of preaching "personal responsibility" but conspicuously don't back up those words with appropriate behaviour. Lying, stealing, inciting, and (especially) bullying are what the Bill Of Rights is supposed to guard against, not enable.
C'mon folks. We're all in this multi-car pile-up together; at this point looking after one another should be the baseline standard, not the rare exception.
#getvaccinated #maskup #teachtruth
October 19, 2021
With the addition of modern-day voting rights icon Stacey Abrams, this brings us to 104 biographies. Not stopping this illustrative series by any stretch, but: I am taking a bit of a pause. In the meantime keep studying, my friends. Lotta work to do.
#blacklivesmatter #goodtrouble #teachtruth #dothework
October 4, 2021
What a wonderful weekend at the Upper Valley Comic Expo! Grateful thanks to all who came by, all who participated, and especially all who organized and ran the event! History was made and I dearly hope to continue to be part of it.
September 3, 2021
I dearly hope everyone has a delightful --and safe-- time at FANEXPO Boston. With you guys in spirit, I assure you.
Looking ahead to next month, I do hope to see everyone drop by my table in Lebanon, New Hampshire for the first-ever Upper Valley Comic Expo.
In the meantime... look after one another my dears. The bullies are getting louder (and bolder) and more folks are getting scared. It is incumbent upon us to push back against this darkness that is threatening to engulf us. And I don't just mean the pandemic, here. I promise one day I'll gush all about Shang-Chi and Suicide Squad and Doctor Who, but... just now I'm reaching back to an older nerdy fandom from which to draw a little strength.
"We have to help. Or else we won't have learned a thing."
July 31, 2021
Just about that time again (at last!). Looking forward to seeing all of you in Rochester, NH at Jetpack Comics for the long-anticipated return of Free Comic Book Day!
I'll be doling out my usual assortment of free swag and ready (more than ready) to discuss all things nerdy. Drop by my table and let's catch up!
June 1, 2021
It's June. A selection of some of last year's Black LGBTQ leaders and inspirational figures... who had to face twice as much bigotry. Today also marks my first full year of drawing this series. #blacklivesmatter #pride #showup #dothework #teachtruth
April 1, 2021
Um, no. Not participating. Just too much potential for cruelty. In fact I'm content to retire this so-called "holiday" forever; it's certainly the one "holiday" that I loathe even more than Valentines' Day.
There's a world of difference between a clever prank... and taking delight in upsetting or hurting someone. #cantyoutakeajoke
March 23, 2021
Womens' History Month 2021: some truly fascinating biographies. Educate yourself on the lives of women such as Violette Neatley, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Prathia Hall, Hallie Quinn Brown, or Septima Poinsette. Did you know about Sarah Mae Flemming?
February 28, 2021
Black Lives Matter. Wrapping up Black History Month 2021 with some more biographies for you to study.
February 12, 2021
RIP Rowena Morrill. Your work inspired me more than I let on. Thank you.
January 15, 2021
Happy New Year, my dears. Love you all and hoping for a bit of (positive) change in all of our fortunes, in 2021 --at least, I'm permitting myself a smidgin of optimism, for the first time in... well, a good long while.
Very much hoping for some proper comic con appearances this year. I have high hopes for the awesomeness that will undoubtedly be the Upper Valley Comic Expo this coming May 1, and, later in the summer I'll be helping celebrate Free Comic Book Day, which will be on August 14, this year. So: see you all there, amidst a new chapter for us all.
December 10, 2020
Black Lives Matter. It's not just a trendy hashtag, people. Our brothers and sisters of colour are --I suspect-- getting just a little tired of spelling it out for us. Get to studying.
#dothework Start here if you need a jumping-on point.
October 1, 2020
No, no "inktober" from me, this year. But if you're following my professional Facebook page, you've likely seen the ongoing series of biography sketchcard "lessons" that I've been steadily posting since June. Please go take a look at them and embark on your course of study. This is just too important an issue.
In the meantime I hope you and your families are staying safe, and that we may one day connect in person --be it at comic con, your favourite comic book store, or just someplace where nerds congregate. I miss you, my dears!
September 16, 2020
Black Lives Matter. I'll keep saying it for as long as it needs to be said.
Do the work.
August 11, 2020
Guess I need to keep saying it. Black Lives Matter.
Do the work.
June 30, 2020
Black Lives Matter, folks. That's just...all there is to it. If that mere phrase challenges you, or in some way makes you feel uncomfortable or attacked, then that's on you. Not our brothers and sisters of color.
Do the work.
May 30, 2020
An old post, but no less relevant this day, I think.
May 2, 2020
Came out of my shell (so to speak) with some Marvel fanart sketchcards, to at least commemorate the Free Comic Book Day That Wasn't:
April 19, 2020
I'm sure this may seem a difficult-to-envision, far-off future just now, but: mark your calendars for this coming October for what will be the triumphant premiere of The Upper Valley Comic Expo. Yes my dears, a long-neglected New England region is finally getting its own show. Get your tickets and come join us in the glorious nerdiness!
It goes without saying that I will be there, along with a cavalcade of amazing artists, authors, cosplayers, vendors... and a host of other surprises, too!
April 10, 2020
May everyone who reads this be headed into a healthy and drama-free weekend, with full pantries and with encouraging check-ins from everyone you love. Look out for one another my dears. #InThisTogether
March 13, 2020
There's a half-dozen projects I really should be focusing on right now, but today it just seemed important that I draw this.
Look after one another, my friends. Be smart; don't be "people."
March 2, 2020
In exactly 2 months it will be the Holiest of Holy Days, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Check with your local comic book store to see what they're going to be up to on Saturday, May 2!
Myself, I'll be again hanging out with the wonderful folks of Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH. Mark your calendars and bring the whole family for a day of nerdy indulgence!
December 30, 2019
Dear lord I was just all over the place, subject-wise, in 2019. Productive year: got another graphic novel published, some rewarding commission work with some delightful new customers, an all-out #inktober, and some awesome comic cons and in-store appearances.
Many blessings upon you all in 2020 my dears. "May we get what we want, may we get what we need, but may we never get what we deserve!" -clink-
November 29, 2019
We're headed into a very Star Wars holiday season, that much is certain. (Aren't you proud of me for not referring to it as a Star Wars holiday special?) On that subject: want to own a Peter Vinton, Jr. original? Go make a bid and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our friend Zombie Leader has been doing so much for this cause over the years --it's very humbling to watch him work at comic cons.
May The Force Be With Us All in 2020. We're going to need it.
November 6, 2019
What're y'all doing this coming Saturday night (November 9)? Why not tune in to Sci-Fi Saturday Night, where, against all sanity and reason, they have invited me to be a guest? Listen in while I talk all things American Revolution-ey with Les and the gang. Some hilarity will ensue, some deep philosophizing may (or may not) happen, but if nothing else there will be an abundance of nerdy weirdness. Come give 'em a listen!
October 30, 2019
See you November 16-17 in Framingham, MA for SuperMegaFest! I do anticipate this to be my last show of the season, and you certainly all know my illustrative style by now, so send me your commission orders sooner than later! More event information here.
Copies of THE MONITOR'S GUILD, BOOKS I and II will of course also be on hand. Looking forward to wrapping up con season (and fulfilling your nerdy holiday shopping needs, mayhap?) in style.
October 24, 2019
#Inktober2019 continues apace. Challenging and yet rewarding (as was certainly the intent all along!):
In the meantime: see you all this coming Saturday at The Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square! Book-signing begins at 12:00 noon.
October 10, 2019
Just as a heads-up: #Inktober2019 is in full swing. If an artist or illustrator in your life is participating, do try to go easy on them. Make sure they get plenty of sunlight and vodka, and don't take their shorter-than-usual tempers too personally --they're under a bit of pressure. ;)
September 8, 2019
* * 'NOTHER BOOK SIGNING EVENT * * If perchance you missed me in September, then by all means head over to Cambridge and check out The Million Year Picnic! I'll be there Sat., October 26 from 12:00noon - 2:00pm. Once again there will be signed copies of THE MONITORíS GUILD, Books I and II, at hand. A Harvard Square fixture for more than 30 years, The Picnic is quite literally my childhood comic book store. They will definitely look after your comic book needs while you're there!
September 5, 2019
* * BOOK SIGNING EVENT * * Boston-area posse! Come visit me in Somerville, MA on Sat., Sept 28 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at Comicazi in Davis Square, where Iíll be signing copies of THE MONITORíS GUILD, Books I and II! The folks at Comicazi always pull out all the stops and their selection is an absolute feast for nerdy eyes. Iíll have some other exclusive items on hand too; come on by and chat with me!
August 21, 2019
No matter where the Disney-Sony shenanigans take us, just remember: we'll always have the Night Monkey.
#staytunedtruebelievers #makeminemarvel #playniceguys #seriouslyplaynice
July 22, 2019
See you all at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center next month for FAN EXPO Boston 2019! Come find me at Table A400 in Artists' Alley! Copies of THE MONITOR'S GUILD, BOOK II will be on hand!
July 4, 2019
At last: it's here. Pick up your copy and then remember to pour one out for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the monumental act of courage that they showed on this day.
#isanybodythere #doesanybodycare #commitment
May 5, 2019
What a thoroughly rewarding #MayThe4thBeWithYou at Free Comic Book Day at Jetpack Comics in Rochester, New Hampshire! Met some amazing new artists, reconnected with some beloved old colleagues, was dazzled by all the creative cosplay, and just generally soaked up the wonderful nerdy fan atmosphere. Thank you Ralph and your whole awesome crew for a delightful event --you guys put a lot into this event and it showed. (And having a full day of gorgeous spring weather certainly helped!)
I dearly hope you were all able to drop by your local comic book store and show them some love.
April 13, 2019
Audiophiles! Did you know today is #recordstoreday2019? Of course you did. So hie thee over to Village Vinyl & Hi-Fi at their brand new Brookline, Mass. location and check them out!
(And if I may humbly request, take a moment while you're there to look over their accumulated paintings of Frank Zappa, Fela Kuti, and the duo of Eric B. & Rakim.)
February 27, 2019
Happy Birthday Arlington, Massachusetts! (Well, technically, Happy Birthday Menotomy, but you get the idea...)
2-colour pen-and-ink, rendition of "Menotomy Indian Hunter," original sculpture by Cyrus E. Dallin.
February 16, 2019
Another confirmed appearance for 2019: Free Comic Book Day in Rochester, NH with the wonderful folks of JetPack Comics! This is a really well-done event and is most emphatically a family-friendly day. Bring the kids and don't forget to drop by my table!
January 14, 2019
First confirmed con appearance for 2019: see you March 29-31 at ReGeneration Who 5 in fashionable Bethesda, MD! Come on by my table and say hello!
December 21, 2018
Been another difficult and challenging year, but... Percussa Resurgo my dears. Many comic con appearances planned and some long-delayed projects coming to fruition in 2019.
Much happiness and blessings upon all your houses this coming year.
November 12, 2018
RIP sir. It isn't possible to thank you enough.
October 29, 2018
I love that I live in an era where my beloved Red Sox win national championships on a regular basis. 'Twas NOT the tradition I grew up with! :) A generation has grown up with no memory of the Sox as one of the "losing-est" punchline teams. Well done Boston! And well played, L.A.!
October 25, 2018
Cap wants you to getchyer asses to the polls and VOTE this November. He didn't punch Nazis in the 1940's just so you could stay home, dammit.
(Not bad for 10 minutes' worth of sketching...)
#language #vote #captainamerica #MarvelComics #noyoumove #inktober2018 #petervintonjr
October 7, 2018
Welcome Lucky Number Thirteen!
#doctorwho #jodiewhittaker #glassceiling #ohbrilliant #thewomanwhofelltoearth #sketchards #inktober2018
September 6, 2018
While I myself shall not, alas, be able to participate in the annual awesomeness that is Granite State Comic Con this coming weekend, I still eagerly urge the rest of you to getchyerselves up to Manchester and bask in the amazing show of creativity. As always, neglect not Artists' Alley! It is there that the new universes are being birthed, and from where the eventual new fandoms will emerge. Have a wonderful time my dears!
August 21, 2018
Glamorous comic book illustrator life. Every panel has to convey movement, even if just implied. Some days you draw epic fight scenes or futuristic cityscapes.
Some days you draw a men's room.
#illustration #grippingdialogue #inking #sakuramicron #monitorsguild @petervintonjr
July 2, 2018
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Does anybody see what I see?"
Taylor Hooper as John Adams, quietly voicing the desperate questions that we as Americans must continue to revisit and re-examine, if we believe this Noble Experiment still holds any hope.
As a high school student this musical very much kindled my passion for this era in American history and had a direct influence on my graphic novel The Monitor's Guild. Having now been a part of this production myself, I very much hope that very same interest might have been awakened in another impressionable young mind.
A blessed Independence Day commitment to us all, my dears.
May 15, 2018
Hope everyone's summer is shaping up beautifully and that it is overflowing with comic book awesomeness. New retailer in town that I want to talk about: Counterplay in Woburn, MA. First comic/collectible retailer that I know of, that also caters to cosplayers! Go check 'em out.
April 12, 2018
Secretary Charles Thomson reads out the names of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence. John Adams solemnly adds his name while John Hancock looks on. Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island and the Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon of New Jersey await their turn.
Don't miss your chance to commit treason! More information at: http://www.the1776project.org
April 5, 2018
In exactly one month, it shall be the holiest of holy days, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Come on out to Rochester, NH and help the amazing folks at Jetpack Comics celebrate this phenomenally important event! See you there!
March 20, 2018
Secretary Charles Thomson puts in another night of unpaid overtime whilst the Second Continental Congress delegates adjourn to the nearest Philadelphia tavern. Thomson doesn't mind the inane committee names and the endless continuing resolutions, but the dispatches from Gen. Washington in New York are really getting depressing.
Come be a part of history! Tickets on sale at: http://www.the1776project.org
March 6, 2018
Some wonderful artwork and accompanying thoughts from Luciano Vecchio (link is to Tumblr). Me, I love the idea that Diana and T'Challa occasionally hang out at the United Nations and catch up on the gossip from Those Dysfunctional Teams they occasionally must hang out with.
February 18, 2018
What are you just standing around for? Getchyerselves to a theater and take in the uncompromising magnificence that is @TheBlackPanther! Seriously you guys, this one just took it to a whooooole new level.
#longlivetheking #wakandaforever #wakandaolympics2028
February 2, 2018
Glad to learn that @TheRealStanLee is doing well! But I'm not so sure if I believe the reports that he's convalescing at a private institution somewhere in Westchester County. #dailybugle #mutantandproud #excelsior
January 26, 2018
YES there's a "sportsball" championship game coming up and you damn well know what it's called. Stop dissing other people's nerdy fandoms, Mister 'Speaks-Fluent-Klingon' and Ms. 'Memorized-Every-Battle-of-the-Second-Age.'
Sincerely, Mister 'Knows-Every-Rogue-Squadron-Pilot.'
January 11, 2018
More pulp magazine-style covers to come! In the meantime enjoy my tribute to "Strange Tales" starring the inimitable Sheri!
January 3, 2018
[stands, raises a glass] The Professor.
December 16, 2017
A difficult year, but one that still saw some new art and illustration released into the world nonetheless. Hereís hoping 2018 goes a little more smoothly, for all of us. In the meantime thank you my dears for all your love, support, and encouragement. It really does mean everything.
September 9, 2017
Three minutes' worth of me running my mouth about the inherent awesomeness of cons, my fellow artists and illustrators, some projects-in-progress, and the nearest thing that passes for philosophical musings after my first full decade of doing comic conventions. Thanks for everything my dears!
September 6, 2017
Still reeling from the unexpurgated wonderfulness that was Vermont Comic Con 2017, and am now gearing up with equal aplomb for the 15th Anniversary of Granite State Comic Con! Come on out to Manchester to help celebrate, and see what I've been working on!
August 15, 2017
Vermont Comic Con 2017 is now less than 2 weeks away! Come on up to gorgeous late-summer Burlington and drop by my table! See you there!
July 26, 2017
Happy birthday Eve Myles!
June 27, 2017
MASSive Comic Con 2017 set all kinds of records for magnificence. Thanks for having me along, folks --I had a delightful time. Here's a taste of what I got up to...
June 17, 2017
This evening, tune in to Sci-Fi Saturday Night!
I'm always honored to be a guest with these amazing folks and there's never been a show where I didn't learn something new and thought-provoking. Tonight we'll be examining trends in the ever-evolving world of comic cons (particularly in the New England area), I'll be delivering an update on The Monitor's Guild, and --most importantly-- we'll be examining the singular importance of the Strawberry Lime Rickey in summertime. Tune in at 8:00pm EST and nerd out with us!
May 16, 2017
Who's excited for The Defenders? Likely everyone except Claire Temple, to be honest...
Seriously though. Another comic con appearance is formally confirmed; I'll once again be at my beloved Granite State Comic Con this fall to talk Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, or darned near any nerdy topic your heart desires! Send me your commission orders before September 16!
May 2, 2017
Looking forward to nerding it up with everyone on our holiest of holy days, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY this Saturday, May 6 at Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH! See you there!
April 12, 2017
Another 2017 appearance confirmed: I'll see you at MASSive Comic Con on June 24-25 in Worcester, MA! Drop by my table and talk nerdiness with me! We can kick around all things Marvel, all things DC, all things indie, and all things MONITOR'S GUILD. And I'll (of course) draw you somethin' --commission orders now being accepted!
April 3, 2017
First batch of 2017 comic con appearances announced! On August 26-27, I will again be hanging out in Willison, VT for the awesomeness that is the 4th Annual Vermont Comic Con! Come on up to the beloved state of my birth and revel in the creativity! Also on hand will be comic legends Stacey Lee (Gwenpool, Silk) and Rusty Gilligan (Mac and Trouble, Doctor Who).
In the meantime, I am taking commission orders for that date, so get your requisitions in sooner than later!
More --much more-- to come!
March 28, 2017
Like my faux "old-school" comic book covers? These seem to delight a lot of folks. Generally I try to stay in the late 60's or early 70's but on occasion I have ventured all the way back to the 1940's! Have you a favourite?
My 2017 comic-con appearance schedule is coming shortly; what would you like to see next?
March 3, 2017
Calling all mead makers! (Yeah, quite a bunch of you magicians do follow this page; I've checked!) You were aware that we are now just days away from this year's Mazer Cup International, yes? Of course you did. Just checking. It takes place in conjunction with the 2017 AMMA Mead Conference and its tireless and gifted organizer, Vicky Rowe of GotMead.com fame. (I have long been quietly proud to be associated with this indispensible mead-making resource by originally drawing and designing its beloved logo.) See you all in Broomfield, CO on March 8 for the conference, and then for the Mazer Cup International on March 9-11!
February 28, 2017
The happiest of birthdays to one of my greatest-ever encouragers: someone who, though she may not necessarily know it, helped me kick aside some lingering self-doubts and urge me to "don't wait; just start." Advice I would cheerfully pass on to any artist. Many Happy Returns Holly Young of River Spirit Designs! Seriously, do yourself a favor and check out her amazingly gorgeous jewelry.
January 3, 2017
[stands, raises a glass] The Professor.
December 15, 2016
Happy Bill of Rights Day my friends. And a big 'ol thank you to Patrick Henry, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee, George Clinton, and all the rest of you cranky, suspicious, Antifederalist rascals. If it weren't for your efforts we wouldn't have a Bill of Rights. We owe you guys.
November 16, 2016
I've currently got seventeen projects in various stages of completion (trust me, I counted them), and yet for some reason it was very important that I draw this. Another of my 1940's-style comic book cover recreations, but with a couple of twists. First, this Captain America cover from "1947," while still including Cap's compelling and brilliant "Civil War" dialogue by J. Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man no. 537), instead takes a cue from this summer's movie adaptation and plays to the film's suggestion that it was in fact Peggy Carter who first gave voice to Mark Twain's famous sentiment. Hope you like it!
October 31, 2016
Get your Halloween on with a unique collection of macabre tales! Treat yourself to the twisted yet amazing My Peculiar Family, a series of creepy short stories tying together a mysterious collection of long-forgetten tintypes found in an attic. Assembled by Les Rosenthal and Brian & Derrick Belanger of Sci-Fi Saturday Night fame, with a foreword by Tracy Hickman, this collection of stories by fourteen brilliant storytellers (and featuring art by Karen Gosselin, myself, and a spooky cover by Sara Richard) will bring your Halloween to a perfect conclusion!
September 26, 2016
Another Granite State Comic Con passes into the archives. Come take a look at what we got up to!
September 9, 2016
In just one week I'll be basking in the wonderfulness that is my home comic book convention, Granite State Comic Con! As autumn's beauty begins to take us, come on up to Manchester and surround yourself with some of New England's top writers, artists, creators, along with hordes of Imperial stormtroopers, Starfleet officers of every era (Happy 50th anniversary, you guys), superheroes of every flavour, renegade Time Lords with questionable dress sense, Optimus Prime, Perfect Tommy of the Hong Kong Cavaliers, and the immortal Duncan MacLeod himself!
August 26, 2016
Headed out to Vermont Comic Con this weekend in Burlington, VT --my first-ever comic con in the state that gave birth to me! (Yes folks, I am a native of the Green Mountain state by the only criteria that truly counts.) Commissions are being taken; drop by my table and let's talk shop! Don't miss your chance to also meet illustration legends like Ken Kelly, Mark McKenna, and Vermont native Cliff Rathburn! Bring the little ones; there'll be plenty of things for them to do thanks to the talent and effort of Emily Drouin of KidsCon New England fame. Should be a magical time.
July 5, 2016
Come join me on my pulp magazine "field trip!" (Links will take you to my professional Facebook page.) With the help of my wonderful Muse, Sheri, we'll be doing a little bit of behind-the-scenes work, and see what goes into re-creating the age-old art of the Pulp Comic Magazine Cover.
June 2, 2016
In just about 3 weeks, I'll be appearing at MASSive Comic Con on June 25-26 in Worcester, Mass --my only Massachusetts con appearance for the year 2016. So swing on by my table and talk nerdiness with me! We can kick around all things Marvel, all things DC, all things indie, and all things MONITOR'S GUILD. And I'll (of course) draw you something superheroic! See you there!
May 5, 2016
May The Fourth Be With You, Happy Cinco de Mayo, and blessed Free Comic Book Day! See you all at DOUBLE MIDNIGHT COMICS in MANCHESTER, NH this Saturday, May 7 --the 15th anniversary of this sacred event!
May 2, 2016
Take a moment to pitch in for Team LITTLE BRUISERS in their annual walk for hemophilia research.
February 26, 2016
January 16, 2016
Confirmed convention appearances for 2016! Come see me at MASSive Comic Con on June 25-26, Vermont Comic Con on August 27-28, and Granite State Comic Con on September 17-18! More appearances to be announced!
December 18, 2015
May the Force be with us all!
November 28, 2015
Dear Hogfather: I want a Burleigh & Stronginthearm Mark VI "piecemaker" catapult with the optional razorwire attachment and a thing in the stock which tells time.
September 14, 2015
And Granite State Comic Con 2015 passes into the history books. Great weekend, some wonderful new contacts forged, some old friendships revivified. Tackled some challenging commissions and sold more than a few copies of THE MONITOR'S GUILD, Book 1. Much praise to the folks at Double Midnight Comics and their legions of volunteer "redshirts" for once again pulling this off!
A collection of mementoes...
While it was of course a delight meeting screen icons like Billy Dee Williams and Noah Hathaway, as an artist one of my more significant moments came when legendary illustrator Paul Ryan took the time to briefly drop by my table and look over my work. In particular he had praise for my inking technique. While something this innocuous may not seem like much to anyone outside of the business, to me it meant the world. Helped to round out an enjoyable weekend and bring (for me, anyway) a happy and satisfying end to con season!
August 31, 2015
My other "home" convention (yes, I actually have two) is only 2 weeks away! Looking forward to seeing Billy Dee Williams, Nick Bradshaw, Dawn Wells, Noah Hathaway, the 501st Legion, and YOU at Granite State Comic Con 2015, September 12-13 in Manchester, New Hampshire! Some all-new prints will be on view at my table, as well as copies of The Monitor's Guild, Book One. See you there!
August 13, 2015
EXCELSIOR! Yes, it pretty much goes without saying that Boston Comic Con 2015 was eight zillion kinds of wonderful. And with barely any time to catch our collective breath, Granite State Comic Con 2015 is now just a month away! See you all in Manchester on September 12-13!
July 10, 2015
Well, today not only marks a birthday with a "5" on the end, but more importantly it marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of this website! I'm a little stunned when I look back and see how much has happened in that time-frame, both for me personally and also professionally. Later this fall I'll also be marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of my career as a professional illustrator --lots more to come on that subject!
Special thanks to my hosts at Satori Digital Marketing for putting up with me this past decade. I owe so many more thanks to so many more people who've helped me to this point --I'd list them all here, but that would cause your browser to crash, so I'll instead just point you to the Acknowledgements Page of The Monitor's Guild, Book One. If you find your name on that page, then you did have a hand in getting this artist to this milestone, whether you knew it or not!
Have a wonderful summer and I'll see you all in a little less than a month at Boston Comic Con!
July 4, 2015
"...and for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." Take a moment to re-read this singularly amazing document and reflect upon what it truly means. And why not pick up a copy of The Monitor's Guild, Book One this summer to celebrate the spirit (and the still-unfulfilled promise) of the Revolution?
May 3, 2015
What an amazing day! Great fans, great costuming, and all-around awesomeness at Free Comic Book Day at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH! An incredible number of copies of the FCBD Edition of Book II of The Monitor's Guild went out the door in the hands of some truly wonderful fans and customers. Always a delight working with the Double Midnight folks and looking forward to future collaborations.
April 1, 2015
In precisely one month I will see you at DOUBLE MIDNIGHT COMICS in Manchester, NH to celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2015!
I'll be giving away some free swag, doing sketch cards, and unveiling some long-awaited news about the next publication from petervintonjr.com!
Special guests include Babs Tarr (Batgirl), Katie Cook (My Little Pony) and Joe Quinones, and many more of my amazing artist colleagues! The fun starts at 10am (though the earlier you come, youíll get your chance at door prizes)! Don't forget to RSVP the event on Facebook! Looking forward to seeing you there on the morning of Saturday, May 2!
March 12, 2015
Openly weeping this day in this, the Year of the Spinning Mouse. Farewell Sir Terry. I cannot thank you enough; none of us can.
February 26, 2015
I had an absolutely delightful time lecturing at the Bradford (VT) Public Library this past Wednesday evening. We deconstructed some mythological themes, invented some entirely new superheroes, and discussed the graphic novel as both literature and as art form. Great group of folks! Artists: do make a point of donating some of your time (and your talents) to your local public library.
February 28, 2015
Another convention confirmation for 2015: I will be featuring at Granite State Comic Con on September 12-13!
February 26, 2015
I had an absolutely delightful time lecturing at the Bradford (VT) Public Library this past Wednesday evening. We deconstructed some mythological themes, invented some entirely new superheroes, and discussed the graphic novel as both literature and as art form. Great group of folks! Artists: do make a point of donating some of your time (and your talents) to your local public library.
February 5, 2015
First convention confirmation of 2015: I will be featuring at Boston Comic Con on July 31 - August 2!
December 8, 2014
Stuck for holiday ideas for that comic-book geek in your life? Three eminently wonderful retailers spring to mind:
All of the above establishments and their awesome employees not only stock the best darned selection of genre titles and geeky/nostalgic collectibles (ranging from the wildly popular to the waaaay-too-obscure), but I'm proud to be able to say that they're also all carrying The Monitor's Guild, Book 1 on their shelves. So for that liberty-loving, government-distrusting patriot in your life (c'mon, every family's got at least one), order a copy from Amazon for the holidays!
And thank you one and all for ALL your support this past year! It's been heavy with a lot of great milestones, and 2015 looks to be every bit as spectacular! November 19, 2014
I will be appearing at The Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square on Saturday, December 6 at 1:00pm! I will be selling (and signing) copies of The Monitor's Guild, Book 1!
Add the event to your Facebook calendar!
See you all there!
November 12, 2014
I will be appearing at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH on Saturday, November 22 at 1:00pm! I will be selling (and signing) copies of The Monitor's Guild, Book 1!
Add the event to your Facebook calendar!
See you all there!
November 3, 2014
History was made this past weekend at Rhode Island Comic Con! Enjoy some pictures of the shenanigans.
Enthusiastic shout-outs to: Wicked Little Studio (of course!), to Jason Casey Art, to the genius creators of Lil' Levi, to my extremely patient neighbor Stefanie B., to cosplayer AZ Powergirl Cara Nicole, to the thoroughly-evil-but-still-amazingly-creative Connecticut Mothership, to the New England Brethren Of Pirates (thanks for not throwing me in the Gibbet, me hearties), the phenomenally talented minds behind the lavish Piccadilly and The Fairy Polka, and the extraordinarily gifted Dennis Burke (DesignsBy Dennis). I stand in silent awe at the sheer array of talent with whom I shared an aisle this weekend.
Oh, and just to round out the geekiness in case I didn't sound excited enough: I MET THE DOCTOR!
Still ahead before I finish out 2014: some more in-store appearances and signings at some of your favourite comic book outlets! Watch this space!
October 27, 2014
I got the best friends in all explored space:
September 16, 2014
What an amazing gathering: Granite State ComicCon 2014! Take a peek at what I got up to (a Flickr page): zombies, superheroes, phenomenal artists, and of course: comics aplenty!
Now then: you gonna be in Vermont this coming Sunday (September 21)? Come hang out at my Official Book Launch Party! Prizes, art, copies of The Monitor's Guild, Book One for sale, juicy gossip, and of course drinks. Mountains of thanks to the lovely Miss Phoebe Buskey for this unique opportunity! See you all there!
September 4, 2014
In one week I'll be in my element at Granite State ComicCon! My "home" con celebrates its eleventh year of life in Manchester, NH. Drop by my table and I'll draw ya somethin'! And of course copies of The Monitor's Guild, Book One will be available!
July 4, 2014
The Monitor's Guild, Book One is now available! Happy Independence Day, my fellow renegades. Keep your powder dry and remember that this day is about challenging your government --not obeying it. If we as Americans ever lose that inherent tendency to subversion, then we've lost everything. Remember that as you light the fireworks. I hope you enjoy my story!
May 5, 2014
Allow me to share some of the awesomeness from this year's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH. More pictures of the revelry can be seen here.
April 28, 2014
See you at DOUBLE MIDNIGHT COMICS in Manchester, NH, this Saturday to celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2014!
I'll be giving away some free swag, doing sketch cards, and unveiling some long-awaited news about the latest publication from petervintonjr.com! Looking forward to seeing you there!
March 16, 2014
Thanks for the idea Miss Phoebe! SKETCH CARDS will indeed be a thing in 2014. Who wants some?
The Curator comes out of retirement. Happy birthday Tom Baker!
January 8, 2014
Happy Birthday Boris Vallejo! Thank you for inspiring my own particular artistic path!
January 5, 2014
And in accordance with my own New Year's resolution, Book #2 is underway.
December 30, 2013
Click here to view my complete body of work for 2013.
'Twas a busy year in spite of everything. Would love to know your thoughts and suggestions for 2014!
December 1, 2013
Yes, I'm still basking in the warm temporal glow of the unmitigated wonderfulness that was Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary. It's as though my more than 30+ years of fandom have been rewarded, in some way.
It goes without saying that I have drawn a great deal of Doctor Who material over the years. Here's what I've created this year to help celebrate:
Now then... is everyone ready for the 25th?
November 5, 2013
As expected, awesomeness abounded at this year's Rhode Island Comic Con (November 2-3, 2013). A phenomenal lineup of artists and quite a few big-name genre movie and TV stars made it out to the Littlest State for the Biggest Show! Big shout-out to Juli Mayers amd Kendra Lee Saunders of Wicked Little Studios for making everything about the weekend letter-perfect. Come see what I got up to!
October 7, 2013
I'll be showcasing "The Monitor's Guild" and a host of other pieces at RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON, November 2-3 at the RHODE ISLAND CONVENTION CENTER, 1 Sabin St., Providence, RI. Come on by my table and hang out!
October 2, 2013
Another gallery to let you know what I've been up to: the weekend of September 28-29 saw me return to Granite State ComicCon, now a 2-day venture! There were Autobots, there were Doctors, there were zombie stormtroopers, there was a time-travelling DeLorean, there was She-Ra AND Skeletor, there was every villian in Gotham, and of course there were illustrators! Great fun; looking forward to the next ten years!
September 17, 2013
Gonna be at Granite State Comic Con next weekend? Come by my table (#918, right near the time-travelling DeLorean) and request a full-color sketch! $10 per character, approximate drawing time 15 minutes.
September 10, 2013
A couple of galleries to give you a little insight into my goings-on this summer: first up, in August the newly-rechristened Boston ComicCon, in which my beloved hometown decisively proves that it knows how to rebound from damn near anything. And then in September it's down to Maryland for Baltimore Comic Con in the company of Reapers and Mermaids.
July 15, 2013
Another con appearance added to what is shaping up to be a BUSY fall schedule! I'm now slated to appear at Baltimore Comic Con on September 7-8, 2013, along with my colleagues Eric Carter of My Blue Hat Illustrations, and the legendary Amy Fletcher of SINicallyTwisted Studios. Come check out the awesomeness that is the Inner Harbor, and find us under the Arlington's Artists banner!
July 3, 2013
A bit of published illustrative work this week. Check out Celebrate Regenerate, a massive testimonial to the enduring power of Doctor Who fandom. My illustration of Ace brandishing a homebrewed can o' Whoop Ass appears about seven-elevenths of the way into the book. I'm also humbled to be able to announce that my review of the 1976 episode The Hand Of Fear is also included.
June 13, 2013
I am now formally confirmed to appear at RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON on November 2-3, 2013. A phenomenal lineup of artists and quite a few big-name genre movie and TV stars are on the guest list. Come on out to the Littlest State and enjoy the Biggest Show!
May 13, 2013
Boston Comic Con is roaring back, bigger and badder than ever, on its new date, August 3-4, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Drop by my table and say hello!
April 19, 2013
Drat. Boston Comic Con is now indeed postponed (NOT cancelled). We were all hopeful, but ultimately this situation is bigger than any of us. In the meantime alternative event dates and times are being discussed --but for now, thoughts and hopes are with the people of my beloved hometown and we fervently hope this madness resolves soon.
The comic book culture took a mere glancing blow today, nothing more. Far more important things to focus on.
April 16, 2013
Turning into a busy week. First, in spite of the horror that came out of my beloved hometown yesterday, Boston Comic Con is still a go, so I'll see you there, at Table #AAW29! (It takes a hell of a lot more than that to prevent us Bostonians from getting our nerd on.) Secondly, there will be an art auction, with all proceeds to benefit Boston area Red Cross and other relief efforts --duck on over to my Facebook page and tell me which piece you think ought to be donated! Finally, it's a little eleventh-hour of me, but I'll be at tonight's Dr. Sketchy of the Upper Valley event in White River Junction, VT, featuring MiMi LaMew and Dangeresque in Classic Burlesque! Come on out for the boozy mayhem!
January 22, 2013
Much superheroic fun was had at Triple Play in Lebanon, NH, at SUPERSKETCHY!, a Dr. Sketchy event. Thanks to Miss Phoebe for providing the usual levels of awesomeness!
I was humbled and honored to be able to provide the advertising artwork for the event; take a peek at the poster here.
December 29, 2012
As of January 1 I'll be sharing some additional art and illustration via tumblr. Some behind-the-scenes tidbits, some convention reports, and other assorted niftyness. By all means, come on along and play!
Have a wonderful 2013 folks!
November 24, 2012
Major project completed, one that's been more than 2 years in the making (or more than twenty, depending on your measuring stick). The Monitor's Guild, Book 1 is finished and will be seeking a publisher in calendar year 2013. Look for it at next year's Boston Comic Con, Granite State ComicCon, and elsewhere! And a particularly heartfelt thank you to everyone who's been nagging me to get this one moved to the "done" column. (And that's a long list!) Been a rough road but it's good to cross the finish line.
September 27, 2012
Don't know if I've mentioned it a time or two before, but I also take commissions (particularly pen-and-ink work). --grin-- Give my comicartcommissions.com profile a look-over!
July 30, 2012
I don't know why it has taken this darned long to sink in, but: tip for illustrators. Get the characters' eyes done first. Seriously. It's the single most important detail of the entire drawing --you get that part right, you're golden. The rest of the face, hair, and the body will just kind of fall into place. Finish the eyes first --that way if you make a mistake, you won't have to crumple up/throw away a nearly-completed illustration. You'd think this principle would have seeped into my brain sometime before the age of 42. Sheesh...
July 8, 2012
In a couple more days (July 10) this very website marks a bit of a milestone: the seventh anniversary of its launch. (Also coincidentally that day, the artist himself turns 42 --presumably there will be a great awakening of some Douglas Adams-level wisdom.) Come celebrate by looking over my work! Have you an all-time favorite?
June 3, 2012
One week to go before Granite State ComicCon! A wondrous gathering of awesomeness awaits you in Manchester! As usual I'll be doing sketches and selling prints' drop by my booth and say hello! There are a TON of amazing artists and extremely cool vendors setting up shop here --and if nothing else, you're going to see some AMAZING costumes. See you there!
May 31, 2012
Y'into mermaids atall? You have got to check out SINicallyTwisted's (Amy Fletcher's) recent body of work. And there's more to come!
May 23, 2012
Spent some quality time at Dr. Sketchy's of the Upper Valley this evening. Special guest was the frighteningly engrossing (or should it be engrossingly frightening?) Hell N' Fury. There was burlesque, there was dancing on broken glass, there was fire-eating, there was a staple gun. I'm definitely going to need a little time to recover from this one... --grin--
May 6, 2012
Check out my new dystopia-in-development storyline --been working on this since 1986 and it's getting darn close to completion. Meet THE MONITOR'S GUILD. Origin story now on view.
April 18, 2012
Alas, due to conflicting commitments, I won't be joining in the revelry at Boston Comic Con this coming weekend. (I know, I know. First time in 6 years.) But you still MUST swing by and gawk at the stunning work of Jason Casey, Juli Mayers, Amy Fletcher (who will also be emceeing this year's costume contest), Eric Carter, Scott Ethan Ambruson, Scott Hamilton, and the collective body of awesomeness that is Sci-Fi Saturday Night. Tickets are $20 for a single day, or $35 dollars for both days. Go get yer geek on!
March 19, 2012
I am formally confirmed for Granite State ComicCon: Sunday, June 10th in Manchester, NH. Drop by my booth and say hello! I'll draw ya somethin' superheroic.
March 14, 2012
Just did a book cover. Sneak on over to Amazon.com and check out At The Foot Of The Throne for your Kindle. Rags to riches and finding True Love is not always all that the fairy tales say. In At The Foot Of The Throne by Noël Lynne Figart, two countries stand on the brink of war, and a young villager finds herself thrown into the center of the conflict.
March 3, 2012
Gonna be in the Upper Valley next month? Come hang with us at Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School of White River Junction (yes, the tradition has spread even that far). Last month featured a tribute to The King himself; on April 11 we'll be gazing upon the loveliness that is Roller Derby girls. Come on out and say hello! Our last session was truly one for the ages; among other things, I met The King himself!
February 2, 2012
Sometimes, I'm just darned glad I can draw. Here's one particularly important reason why.
January 19, 2012
Yes, we went dark on January 18. It's that important.
January 10, 2012
Have you been to the Blinkspace? (Well actually, yes, you have. Roughly 23,040 times a day.) I'm going to heartily recommend some fascinating tales that emanate from there.
Pick up a copy of Edward Martin's Close Your Eyes - Tales From The Blinkspace and be prepared to have your brain stretched (and your heart rate accelerated).
November 23, 2011
Instead of the usual big 'ol "box" retailers this Black Friday, why not shop a little more... well, selectively?
October 15, 2011 - New Feature!
Production diary of The Monitor's Guild: Four new pages complete since I shamefacedly gave some of my closest friends carte-blanche to nag the ever-lovin' heck out of me. What's your favorite near-future dystopia story/series and why?
September 25, 2011
If perchance you missed it, here's the podcast of the 100th TalkCast of Sci-Fi Saturday Night. Some amazing reminisces with some amazing people.
September 14, 2011
I'm humbled to have been asked to be part of a very special event: the 100th episode of Sci-Fi Saturday Night! Tune in Saturday, September 24 for a look back, a look ahead, and possibly even a few pan-dimensional looks sideways at one of science fiction's most innovative founts of information!
August 13, 2011
The TARDIS corset currently being idolized all 'cross the Internet is, in part, the product of the brilliant mind of Avril Korman, of Damned Good Design. Please visit Avril's site and show her some love.
June 24, 2011
There always seem to be a few leftovers. If you've ever wondered what the heck it is I do at cons, there's a smattering of samples here. These typically take about 20-30 minutes to do, depending on the complexity of the character. I'll freely admit that I usually have a very rough "pre-sketched" actiony-adventury pose already prepped for many of these character treatments, but certainly not all. If you're interested in possessing one of these unique little souvenirs or would like to commission something greater, by all means drop me a line.
May 16, 2011
What a magnificent couple of weekends!
Boston ComicCon and Granite State ComicCon are now consigned to the archives and what a couple of wondrous events they were! I must extend heartfelt thanks to a lot of folks; please make a point of checking these artists out!
And of course I must thank the folks at Double Midnight Comics for giving me this wonderful platform to reach out to fans and customers. I'd also really recommend you check out the Silver Circle folks for some serious brain food and a superbly-constructed upcoming story. And have you ordered your copy of Browncoats Redemption yet? Sweet merciful heavens why not?
April 29, 2011
Boston ComicCon now only hours away! I'll be at table AAW 35 (which sounds like an Imperial stormtrooper callsign, now that I stop to think about it). See you all there!
March 31, 2011
Another convention appearance confirmed: Granite State Comic Con in Manchester, NH, on May 15, 2011. See you there!
March 21, 2011
If perchance you missed it, here's the podcast of this weekend's appearance with the good people of Sci-Fi Saturday Night. On the docket: bidding farewell to Michael Gough, a heated debate centered around Kevin Costner, and (of course) opinions aplenty on Wonder Woman's new TV-series costume.
March 14, 2011
I am humbled to announce that the good people of Sci-Fi Saturday Night have very graciously invited me to appear on their show as a guest this coming Saturday, March 19.
I'll be discussing The Monitor's Guild in particular and Near-Future Dystopias in general, and we'll probably work in conversations about Boston ComicCon, the ComicBook Artists' Guild, and a fair amount of Doctor Who squee-ing, too.
Broadcast begins at 8:00pm EST; my segment will likely start somewhere around 8:30pm. Thanks for tuning in!
February 27, 2011
Allow me to take a moment to hype the artistic talents of a fellow creative soul: Honey And Ollie. Enjoy the shiny!
February 11, 2011
Did you see that ludicrous display last night?
February 1, 2011
Major illustrative project completed for the good people of Free Lunch Comics. More details to follow!
January 21, 2011
I am formally confirmed for Boston Comic Con 2011, so come on by my table and say hello! Looking forward to seeing you there!
December 2, 2010
It's been a delightfully busy autumn; keep an eye out for Free Lunch Comics' Sky Pirates Of Valendor 2011 calendar! Pre-order your copy here.
August 28, 2010
Gave the website a wee bit of a facelift. Very satisfying. Will not, alas, be attending Dragon*Con nor NYCC or BigApple this fall, but am lining up my appearances for 2011.
In the meantime, check out the awesomeness over at the Comic Artists' Guild; the long-awaited ICONIC 2 anthology is now in production!
August 9, 2010
Me in difficult working conditions, busily working on a piece somewhere between 13th and 14th Avenue and oceanfront, Virginia Beach. Offspring and rest of family clearly more interested in bodysurfing and UV collection. Subject matter of drawing almost certainly involves pretty ladies wearing very little.
Seriously, great week. Don't know if I feel "recharged" after a 14-hour drive back to the Upper Valley, but it was most emphatically NOT time poorly spent. I really am a very lucky SOB at times if I haven't mentioned. End results of drawings now on view.
May 30, 2010
Jeanne has passed. Some wonderful words from Spider.
April 12, 2010
Seriously; great freakin' con --Boston's biggest and best yet. It keeps growing at this rate, it'll be on par with New York and San Diego in just a couple more years. Came home with notably less stock than when I set out on Friday; and that doesn't always happen. Ran out of business cards again; I always view that as a win.
(I know I'm a con regular by now --I now have to be nudged to look up so's I can have the sexy Slave Leias and Wonder Woman costumes pointed OUT to me. Believe it or not there was a time when my eyes would have picked that kind of spectacle out all by themselves.)
Folks you might want to check out:
Special notice must be afforded to the folks at Sci-Fi Saturday Night, who organized a "cartoonists' slam" for the benefit of authors Spider and Jeanne Robinson, whose work has come to mean so much to so many. Jeanne is, sadly, now in palliative care and dear LORD has the science fiction community ever come together on this. I was proud to help out on this one and hope it can afford some small measure of relief for the Robinsons. Keeping a candle lit on this one.
Want to help out? Click on http://www.wedreamforjeanne.blogspot.com/. Thus we refute entropy.
February 6, 2010
I'm confirmed to appear live and in person this April 10-11 at Boston ComicCon.
October 27, 2009
I got quoted in an interview for Convention Scene! Very humbling.
October 17, 2009
Only at a comic con:
September 1, 2009
I have an official bio page at Wizard World. How awesome is that? See you at BigAppleCon!
May 2, 2009
See you in Manchester, NH for Free Comic Book Day! Come on by my table and say hello.
February 3, 2009
New illustrative work soon to be appearing in Free Lunch Comics' "Sky Pirates of Valendor." Very pleased with this. Go give 'em a look.
November 16, 2008
Freakin' GREAT show. I never stop being amazed by the variety of character sketch requests that get put forward by the guests: today I drew a Hellboy, a Wolverine, a Carnage, a generic barbarian-in-a-loincloth, a general-purpose Halo trooper, and (my own personal project) a rendition of Will Smith as Captain America. Much opportunity for handshaking and conversation, and I even got interviewed by the local Portsmouth, NH news folks. (No idea if I'll be on the six o'clock news this evening.) And I RAN OUT of business cards. Again. *grin*
Of perhaps greater significance: I had some pretty substantive conversations with some publishers, including one group of folks who took one look at this picture and promptly invited me to produce splash pages for their next four issues. I'd pump my fist in the air except that it wouldn't look professional.
Exhausted but tremendously happy. A really good gig and hopefully one that will bear even more fruit.
Okay, up next: firming up my Arisia appearance. Also waiting to hear back from the Wondercon folks in San Francisco and also the Atlanta Comic Convention people.
Some folks you should really take a look at:
September 9, 2008
"In the end, all the tips in the world won't make as much a difference as this simple (and timeless) instruction. Just sit down and start. Feel Resistance to doing that? There's no way to overcome it than to just start. Reading more about Resistance won't help. Going to an online Procrastinator's Forum won't help. Working on your to-do lists won't help. Only doing actually helps. And the only way to do something is to just start.
"So how do you start, when you feel resistance? You just start."
Full serving of brain food here. Read, then just start. Thank you Holly Young.
(Also worth a read: Getting Stuff The Fuck Done --first pointed out to me by Noël Figart, one of the most clear-headed Just Start people I've ever known.)