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Aside from all the Jabberwocky Graphix publications I've managed to sneak my own artwork into (it's good to be the publisher!), I've had work in a few other places. And sometimes I even get a few extra copies, and that is what this part of the site is all about. There are a limited number of copies of much of these (though I will let you know I still have a lot of copies of all four Mechthings, so don't panic.), so if you see something you'd like to have, I'd recommend getting it now. I'd be happy to sign any if you wish, but you have to ask, as I normally feel odd signing things unless someone specifically wants me to. Gosh, am I just the shyest little dickens with his name all over his website?

~ My Solo Comic Series – MECHTHINGS ~
Mechthings #1
Mechthings #1
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", b&w )  3.00   To Order Form
Mechthings was my first real full-tilt comic book project, published in the midst of the black & white comics explosion of the '80s that brought us such comics as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, those guys went on to fame and fortune, while most of us just had the fun of creating comics, though a little bit of a financial reward would have be nice. sigh
Mechthings is set in a future where a bunch of discarded and rejected robots, living in a junkyard, struggle to keep from being turned into scrap metal for the "crime" of not being owned by someone. That sounds kind of heavy, but it's just the subtle subtext I was working in. Mainly it's an excuse to draw lots more fun robots and have some adventures on paper. Issue one is the first of three parts....
Mechthings #2
Mechthings #2
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", b&w )  3.00   To Order Form
...which continues into this second issue. I introduced the major characters in these first issues: Bertram is the lead human, living with the bots in the junkyard they hang out in and learning all about them. There's Ahab, the old bot and nominal "leader" of the rag-tag group of Mechthings. Magnum is the big guy, Crit the smart one, and Jaxon is built out of spare parts. Finally the small Jaz and Bartholemu, designed as toys, but eager to shake off that sad existence. There are constant police raids, but worse is the anger of the last genetically engineered funny animal- Max the Moose, who unleashes his giant killer Mouse-bot in the second issue. Visually I had a lot of fun designing, among other things, pages where mazes lead from panel to panel, and my own Rube Goldberg device. (And check out my photo in the back with actual hair on my head! So young, so young.) It's all leading up to the stunning conclusion in issue three...
Mechthings #3
Mechthings #3
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", b&w )  3.00   To Order Form
...this issue wraps up the first story arc (making for a full 76 page tale.), as the Mechthings all realize they can't win out by sheer brawn against the monstrous Mouse-bot, but will have to come up with something a bit more clever. (Or at least something I thought was clever when I wrote it!) All of these issues are very densely drawn, along the style of my fine-line pen and ink prints. When I started this, I was disappointed at how so many of the b&w comics coming out had the same simple line work of the color comics, just sans color. I felt a b&w comic should take advantage of that, and there is plenty of time-consuming stippling and crosshatching in here, all for your viewing pleasure!
Mechthings #4
Mechthings #4
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", b&w )  3.00   To Order Form
This final published issue was the start of the next big story arc, where the subtext again was the what is human, what is not idea. This time I introduced a vampire that fed on the souls of robots. Around that was the oldest living superhero, now retired, and a group of human friends to hang with Bertram. Like issue one, there is some action, but mostly I was setting things up for the fun to come, and several surprises I had in mind behind many of the characters here. Unfortunately, though we had good sales, it wasn't enough to let me actually pay my bills and spend the huge amount of time it took to write, design, and draw each issue with the detail I wanted to maintain. Someday I do hope to return to this –I've lotsof stories I want to tell –but you can still enjoy these first four issues for a flavor of the robot fun!
(Oh, if you're into robots and robot art, check out my collection Bots, with over over 100 illustrations in a thick 40 page collection. Plus there's the Perpetual Calendar, with more funky robots!)
Mechthings Four Issue Set Special!
Mechthings Four Issue Set Special!
( 4 issues, 144 pgs, b&w )  $10.00   To Order Form
Here's the deal. The first three issues of Mechthings contain a single story arc, and the fourth begins the next, but there has not been a fifth issu published. For those of you who would like to get them all, but feel a little odd buying a comic that you know you won't be able to finish, you can order the set and it's like buying the first three, then getting the fourth for only one dollar! You can satisfy that urge to be a completist collector and you'll save $2.00 as your reward!

~ Books and Other "Items" ~
Midnight Louie in Something Fishy
Midnight Louie in Something Fishy
( 52pgs, 5 1/4" x 8 1/4", color cv, b&w interiors )  $16.00   To Order Form
This is from Carole Nelson Douglas' imprint Cozy Noir Press, and is the first in a series of chapbooks about the adventures of her feline detective Midnight Louie. I created a full color cover and three interior black and white pages to illustrate this tale of the ever-cool Louie visiting the weird town of Innsmouth, and getting tangled up with the minions of Cthulhu! H.P. Lovecraft fans never saw this one coming! Iä! Iä!
(Oh yeah, this is also an award winning project, as I received a Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers' Association for my illustrations here. It's pretty keen, as it's an actual medal on a sash, and is hanging around the neck of the three foot wooden cat sculpture in our living room!)
Monica the Computer Mouse
Monica the Computer Mouse
( 64 pgs, 8 1/4" x 10 1/4", full color )  $20.00   To Order Form
This was my first stab at doing a full-color children's picture book. It was written by Donna Bearden,who I had worked with for several years back in the early 80's on a series of heavily illustrated books to teach kids basic programming. (You can see the artwork from one of those, "A Bit of Logo Magic", in the Wizards & Dragons & Elfs - oh my! collection.) It's the story of the little Mouse Monica, traveling around the city to discover all the ways that computers are a part of our everyday life. I had fun on this, but felt a bit rushed to finish all 61 pages needed in a short time. Still, a fun book, and one that still holds up even after all these years.
The Brad W. Foster Checklist of Published Works from the 20th Century
The Brad W. Foster Checklist of
Published Works from the 20th Century

( 377 pgs, 8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound, b&w )  $75.00   To Order Form
It's nice to know there are people even more obsessed than me! My old buddy Steve Ogden was crazy enough to take on this project, just because he wanted to. He spent several years going through my notes and records, plus doing lots of research on his own, to create this massive checklist of all my published artwork from 1972 to 2000. It's almost insanely detailed and cross referenced, plus over 80 pieces of sample art, many from rare sources such as posters I created in college, and zines with the tiniest of print runs. He produced only 70 copies, most for the APA he was involved in. I had one of them hardbound for my own reference, and have two of these spiral-bound copies for those of you who want to make sure your Brad Foster collection truly is complete – at least through the 20th century!

~ SHADOWHAWK from Image Comics ~
~ And check out original art pages from Shadowhawk here! ~
Shadowhawk II #1
Shadowhawk II #1
( 40 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)  $15.00   To Order Form
My ol' newave comics buddy Jim Valentino hired me to draw backgrounds for his comicbook Shadowhawk, and this was kind of my "try out" issue. I worked on only four pages, including one big double-page spread, to see if I could give him the look he wanted. I think he liked it, 'cause he let me work on a few more!
    By the way, this is an amazing cover! The scan here does not do it justice. There's a detailed cityscape, but only the foreground elements and Shadowhawk's body are printed, in shiny black ink on a dull black paper stock. All of the background buildings and the logo are embossed into the heavy stock, seen only from the shadows they make. The central figure is then diecut out, so that you can see the reflective silver foil on the page just below it. It's worth getting this just to have that cover in your collection! (And I have only -one- copy on hand right now!)
Shadowhawk II #2
Shadowhawk II #2
( 42 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)
-silver logo:  $4.00   -gold logo:  $10.00   To Order Form
This time I got to work on nine pages, including a nice double-page spread at the beginning. I was surprised when I got my copy, as all the exterior scenes were set in a driving rainstorm, and they had added lots of slashing white rain strokes to those pages I had spent so much time drawing in every brick and crack. Lesson learned: don't fall in love with the special affects, go with what the story requires.There's also a short bio and goofy self-portrit of me in the back, so I figured I was part of the team for real now! This issue included a 3-page center foldout for the big reveal when Shadowhawk removes his mask at last, and we see who he really is.
   The regular issue came with a silver-foil cover logo, and I have a couple of those. There were also a limited number of gold-foil logo issues printed- I have one left for sale!
Shadowhawk II #3
Shadowhawk II #3
( 40 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)  $10.00   To Order Form
I got to work on thirteen pages this time, including some interior scenes, plus got to do full inks on one page. And in the opening pages of a kid running through the city, I worked in the names of my friends (and the Jabberwocky logo) into the graffiti on the walls!
   The all-time coolest thing about this is Jim's new cover design. Many comics have done fold outs, but this is the first ever "fold up". The cover was printed with perforations on the left. When popped, you could raise it for a three-page vertical spread, of Shadowhawk pulling his mask off. I don't think this was ever done before, or since. Jim was always bugged by the "mint in bag" collectors mentality. For him, you were supposed to enjoy the comics. So he refused to sign any copies of this issue unless that cover had been opened! You can take the artist out of the newave, but you can't take the newave out of the artist!
Shadowhawk III #1
Shadowhawk III #1
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)  $6.00   To Order Form
I think this is the issue where the team of artists that Jim put together was really starting to hit our stride, everyone confident in what they could do to contribute to the overall look of the comic. I got to work on thirteen pages again, including the cover for the first time, and a couple of great full and double-page spreads. By the way, my credit line was "Background Artist" (later "Big Background Artist") since I both pencilled and inked the parts I did. However, I do need to point out Jim always gave me the basic look and layout of the page that he wanted, and it was up to me to just make it look cooler through detailing. The design was always under his control!
   This is one of my favorite covers, and not just because I was working on it! Gold foil on the logo, and a tiny bit of red foil on his eyes makes it really pop!
Shadowhawk III #2 (whole #9)
Shadowhawk III #2 (whole #9)
( 52 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)  $4.00   To Order Form
I worked on ten pages in this issue, plus got to do the full inks on the first page. Cindy came up with the idea to actually reproduce a Mondrian painting there to show the wealth of the bad guys. I always wondered if any of the readers "got" that.
   I got to work on the cover again, something of a rush job when Jim changed his mind about the cover he was going to run, and came up with this "Sin City" style riff. I stayed up all night working on it, and Cindy checked on air courier services at the DFW airport, so a guy showed up at 5 am to take the finished art and fly it off to California. Did I mention that, in the heyday of Image, money was no object to getting just about anything done? Ah, those were the days!
   That's also how Jim could add 16 pages to this issue to preview a new comic, without even having to raise the cover price. He always tried to make sure the costs of the neat extras was never passed to the reader.
Shadowhawk III #3 (whole #10)
Shadowhawk III #3 (whole #10)
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)  $4.00   To Order Form
-sigh- I only got to work on three pages total in this issue. It seems like all the action was either going on indoors, or else in lots of closeups. I did get to do one page where I drew in all the rumble of a building that was blown up, which had me flashing back on drawing the piles of junk in my old Mechthings comic book.
Shadowhawk III #4 (whole #11)
Shadowhawk III #4 (whole #11)
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)  $4.00   To Order Form
I worked on five pages this issue, the big one being a two-page spread with, to quote the text: "A huge cavern opened out before us... There must have been several thousand people..."
   It seemed the deadline was getting close and no one wanted to tackle this to give it the impact Jim wanted. I'd signed up on the series to do buildings, ending up also doing a number of interior scenes, but people weren't my specialty. I told him I'd think about it, then went to bed. The next day I came into the studio to find that Cindy had gone through dozens of our reference books looking for photos of crowd scenes that would help to give me a "feel" for how they could be realistically and naturally done. That did it, and I went to work. Rob Schwager, who did the color separations, called and said he thought it was great I had actually drawn every figure individually, and if he had the time, he wanted to color each and every one in as well. But the colorist always gets the pages last, and has the toughest deadlines to meet, so though he did do a great job, he wasn't able to do the killer job, figure by figure, that he wanted to. (While not in the thousands, there actually are several hundred individually drawn figures in that spread.)
Shadowhawk #18
Shadowhawk #18
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color)  $4.00   To Order Form
This was the last issue of the first run of Shadowhawk, as Jim brought the whole story arc to an end, and planned to do the next one with a whole new creative team. I got to do a lot again, working on thirteen pages, including a double-page spread I always liked since I pretty much filled up every inch of the page with skyscrapers. I even got to do full inks on two pages. (Had hoped that would lead to more work, but, alas, it was not to be.) It was a fun run, and I got to play a little bit with the big-boys of comics for a while. Thanks Jim!
Shadowhawk: The Secret Revealed
Shadowhawk: The Secret Revealed
( 126 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color, squarebound)  $20.00   To Order Form
This collected together the story in the second set of issues, when I first came on board. I was really pleased to see that Jim put my name on the front cover along with his and master-inker Chance Wolf. A lot of artists hire extra artists to do some of the background and "grunt" work for them, and never mention it, but I got full recognition for my efforts and cover billing. See, there are still good people in business!
Shadowhawk Chronicles Volume One
Shadowhawk Chronicles Volume One
( 488 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", b&w, squarebound ( 1 1/4" thick!))  $20.00   To Order Form
Collecting Image founder Jim Valentino's entire bestselling series for the first time between two covers! The return of the vigilante so violent he was at odds with both law enforcement and the underworld! Collects ShadowHawk #1-4, ShadowHawk II #1-3, ShadowHawk III #1-4, ShadowHawk Gallery #1, and surprise pin-ups by some of comics' top talents-including Jeff Smith, Dale Keown, Dave Gibbons, and Keith Giffen. Oh, yeah, and little ol' me, too!
Shadowhawk Gallery #1
Shadowhawk Gallery #1
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color )  $6.00   To Order Form
Over two dozen artists contributed their own interpretations of Shadowhawk for this collection, resulting in a wide variety of styles and approaches. Including Mark Texeira, Tim Vigil, Jae Lee, Mike Allred, Eric Vincent, Sam Keith and many more. Heck, I even got to do my own totally solo pinup page. Plus there is a short six-page strip at the back where I got to play Big Background Artist again.
Shadowhawk Trading Card #29
Shadowhawk Trading Card #29
( 2 sided, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", full color )  $1.00   To Order Form
My page from the Gallery above, reproduced in a collectable card set, how nifty! Oh, and finally, I don't have to say it myself, as here's a quote by Jim from the back of the card: "Brad W. Foster- A giant in mini-comics..." That seems appropriate for a guy who was listed as the "Big Background Artist" in the comic!

~ Other Misc. comicbook Projects ~
Complex City: All In a Day's Work
Complex City: All In a Day's Work
( 124 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", b&w, squarebound)  $13.00   To Order Form
In Complex City, most of the people are people, but Police Inspector Bulldog Malone is, well, a six foot talking bulldog. And in this weird town, he's not the weirdest thing!
The creation of JE (Jeff) Smith, this collects together stories from his Complex City series into one handy format, adds a great introduction from Steve Bissette, and then tosses in a fistful of pinup pages of his major characters from a dozen different guest artists. Including one from yours truly where I managed to work in even another big robot, and that's how I ended up with a few extra copies to share with you lucky people!
Newave!: The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s
Newave!: The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s
( 892 pgs, 5" x 6", b&w, squarebound 1 1/2 inches thick!)  $25.00   To Order Form
From the Publishers Weekly review: "In his introduction to this fascinating treasure trove of an anthology, Dowers describes drawing, folding, and stapling his first minicomic back in 1982. Many others were doing the same and their combined efforts added up to a do-it-yourself scene in which obsessed nutballs drew like crazy and made trips to the copy shops to get their work out there before the Web. In addition to work by greats like Artie Romero, Rick Geary, and Mary Fleener, and 50 or so others, the book serves as the history of a movement. The Newave Manifesto, written by Clay Geerdes in 1983 starts things off, and introductions and interviews preceding each creator's work puts it in context, while the list of artist Web sites at the end gives readers much more to discover. Some highlights include Dada Gumbo, in which a series of artists riff on the idea of dada; the 1993 comix ode to Louise Brooks by Molly Keily, whose black-and-white drawings offer seductive closeups of the actress's iconic eyes and hairstyle; and Brad Foster's Eternal Conflict, in which a man tries to get through dinner in clear line drawings that coolly present his absurdist difficulties." (To be exaact, there are 31 pages of art by me in here, including complete reprints of "Other People" and "The Etrnal Conflcit" (that's the bit the Publishers Weekly review mentions), plus a three page interview.)
More Fund Comics
More Fund Comics
( 196 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", b&w, squarebound)
Regular Ed.(Perez Hulk cv)  $12.00 / Special Ed.(Cho Witch cv)  $25.00    To Order Form
Billed as "An All-Star Benefit for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!", this huge collction of comics and art has some of the best comic creators around today. (Oh, and they let me in, too!) It features the premiers of new comics creations like "Mice Templar" by Mike Oeming (Powers), "Marc of the Vampires" by Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), "Frankenstein Mobster" by Mark Wheatley (Hammer of the Gods), and anew project by Frank Cho (L iberty Meadows) and Scott Kurtz (PvP)! Plus George Perez, Geoff Johns, John Romita, Adam Hughes, Scot Kollins, Erik Larsen, Mike Wieringo, Jerry Ordway, Greg Horn, J. Scott Campbell, J. Bone, Scott Morse, Geoff Johns, Stan Sakai, and many, many more! I've only got a couple, get 'em now!
normalman-Megaton Man Special #1
normalman-Megaton Man Special #1
( 36 pgs, standard comic: 6 3/4" x 10 1/4", full color )  $3.00   To Order Form
Another fun project Jim Valentino put together at Image, this one teaming his normalman and Captain Everything characters with Don Simpson's Megaton Man in a no holds barred parody of the whole comics industry. (See how many references to old and new comics you can identify!) He even got over two dozen comic creators to do drawings of their characters specifically to create the background crowd scene for the cover. Plus the book itself is a collaboration of Jim with Simpson, Bob Burden and Larry Marder. Oh, and there was this weird artist, I think his name was Brad Foster, who came in to work on the backgrounds on a half dozen or so pages. Whatever happened to him, anyways?


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