richardsala:

THE VODNIK ~ My illustration for the first volume of BEASTS (2006), edited by Jacob Covey.  According to legend, the Russian water ghoul known as the Vodnik can be found lurking in or around certain dark forest lakes.  It might be disguised as a floating log, or rise from the murk in the form of a foul, bearded old man. The ghosts of his previous victims can often be glimpsed in the surrounding forest, gazing out from behind the black, twisted trees.

richardsala:

THE VODNIK ~ My illustration for the first volume of BEASTS (2006), edited by Jacob Covey.  According to legend, the Russian water ghoul known as the Vodnik can be found lurking in or around certain dark forest lakes.  It might be disguised as a floating log, or rise from the murk in the form of a foul, bearded old man. The ghosts of his previous victims can often be glimpsed in the surrounding forest, gazing out from behind the black, twisted trees.

richardsala:

THE PARTY ~ Series of drawings

#1, 2 and 3

richardsala:

Here is a full-page, full-color gag cartoon done for PLAYBOY magazine.  It was turned in sometime in 2013 — but apparently never ran.  
Here’s how it came about: I’d done a couple of dozen illustrations for Playboy in the past, but never a gag cartoon - which is a whole different department.  Then sometime in 2013 I was contacted by a young cartoonist/editor who I knew only slightly.  He had been hired by Playboy to edit the cartoon section for a new Playboy publication, to be called Playboy Quarterly.  
I submitted an idea and sketches.  There were several levels of approval all the gags had to go through.  One idea got accepted (this one).  I turned in the completed art, got paid about thirty days later — and that was that.  
Apparently Playboy Quarterly Magazine never happened.  The cartoonist/editor had gone on to other things, but he gave me the name of a managing editor at Playboy if I wanted to ask about it.  So I wrote to her and was told the cartoon would now appear as part of the May 2014 issue.  When that date rolled around, the gag wasn’t in there - although for some reason, they sent me a comp copy anyway.  The managing editor I wrote to has since moved on, too, so I don’t know exactly what happened.  Maybe somebody hated it and nixed it, or maybe they had to bump it for space reasons and will still run it one day.  Or maybe it ended up in one of their many international editions… Who knows?  You don’t want to be a pest, asking about stuff like this when they are working months ahead and this is ancient history to them.  But thanks to the internet, I can at least show the thing off.
PS - this version is lettered by me, but they would have used their standard typeface.  Also - I gave them two versions of the final art:  one with pubic hair and one without, just to give them a choice!
(Side note:  According to the editor, I was one of only a few of the cartoonists asked to submit ideas whose submissions were “sex positive”.  That is, according to him, most of the submissions were more in line with the kind of scatological, angry, “gross-out,” excretion-happy humor more typical of today.  My somewhat sweet oral sex joke seems pretty quaint in comparison, I guess.)

richardsala:

Here is a full-page, full-color gag cartoon done for PLAYBOY magazine.  It was turned in sometime in 2013 — but apparently never ran.  

Here’s how it came about: I’d done a couple of dozen illustrations for Playboy in the past, but never a gag cartoon - which is a whole different department.  Then sometime in 2013 I was contacted by a young cartoonist/editor who I knew only slightly.  He had been hired by Playboy to edit the cartoon section for a new Playboy publication, to be called Playboy Quarterly.  

I submitted an idea and sketches.  There were several levels of approval all the gags had to go through.  One idea got accepted (this one).  I turned in the completed art, got paid about thirty days later — and that was that.  

Apparently Playboy Quarterly Magazine never happened.  The cartoonist/editor had gone on to other things, but he gave me the name of a managing editor at Playboy if I wanted to ask about it.  So I wrote to her and was told the cartoon would now appear as part of the May 2014 issue.  When that date rolled around, the gag wasn’t in there - although for some reason, they sent me a comp copy anyway.  The managing editor I wrote to has since moved on, too, so I don’t know exactly what happened.  Maybe somebody hated it and nixed it, or maybe they had to bump it for space reasons and will still run it one day.  Or maybe it ended up in one of their many international editions… Who knows?  You don’t want to be a pest, asking about stuff like this when they are working months ahead and this is ancient history to them.  But thanks to the internet, I can at least show the thing off.

PS - this version is lettered by me, but they would have used their standard typeface.  Also - I gave them two versions of the final art:  one with pubic hair and one without, just to give them a choice!

(Side note:  According to the editor, I was one of only a few of the cartoonists asked to submit ideas whose submissions were “sex positive”.  That is, according to him, most of the submissions were more in line with the kind of scatological, angry, “gross-out,” excretion-happy humor more typical of today.  My somewhat sweet oral sex joke seems pretty quaint in comparison, I guess.)

richardsala:

THE PARTY ~ A series of drawings:

#4 and #5

giovanniarduino:

The great Richard Sala. 

giovanniarduino:

The great Richard Sala. 

thebristolboard:

Original cover art by Richard Sala from The Comics Journal #208, published by Fantagraphics, November 1998.

thebristolboard:

Original cover art by Richard Sala from The Comics Journal #208, published by Fantagraphics, November 1998.

richardsala:

MOVIE MONSTERS! ~ Series 2

1) London After Midnight

2) The Phantom of the Opera

Attn: Art lovers ~ Holiday sale of original artwork!:

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richardsala:

MOVIE MONSTERS! ~ Series 2

1) The Wolfman

2) Frankenstein’s Monster

Attn: Art lovers ~ Holiday sale of original artwork!:

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richardsala:

MOVIE MONSTERS! ~ Series 2

1) The Phantom of the Opera 2

2) Mr. Hyde

Attn: Art lovers ~ Holiday sale of original artwork!:

http://www.comicartcollective.com/detail.cfm?page=B9749281-3048-77F0-11F2A3CAE1336C04

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richardsala:

Many thanks to all the readers and the curious for responding to our announcement this morning in such numbers that we actually killed the poor Comics Reporter site (although it if there was some other comic book news, like they killed Superman again or something - it could have been that). Other announcements will come, inevitably, or (shh!) you could just go here:
http://www.comixology.com/Violenzia/digital-comic/50915?app=1

richardsala:

Many thanks to all the readers and the curious for responding to our announcement this morning in such numbers that we actually killed the poor Comics Reporter site (although it if there was some other comic book news, like they killed Superman again or something - it could have been that). Other announcements will come, inevitably, or (shh!) you could just go here:

http://www.comixology.com/Violenzia/digital-comic/50915?app=1

richardsala:

An exclusive peek from my new, upcoming comic,
debuting later THIS MONTH!
An official announcement is coming this week!

richardsala:

An exclusive peek from my new, upcoming comic,

debuting later THIS MONTH!

An official announcement is coming this week!

richardsala:



"Pretty Spooky" ~ A series for Halloween 2013 ~ by Richard Sala
#9 - The Owl

richardsala:

"Pretty Spooky" ~ A series for Halloween 2013 ~ by Richard Sala

#9 - The Owl

richardsala:



"Pretty Spooky" ~ A series for Halloween 2013 ~ by Richard Sala
#8 - Trick Or Treat

richardsala:

"Pretty Spooky" ~ A series for Halloween 2013 ~ by Richard Sala

#8 - Trick Or Treat

richardsala:



"Pretty Spooky" ~ A series for Halloween 2013 ~ by Richard Sala
#7 - The Bat and The Cat

richardsala:

"Pretty Spooky" ~ A series for Halloween 2013 ~ by Richard Sala

#7 - The Bat and The Cat