Friday, December 4, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Blank-ees Website is live!

Late Wednesday night (or early Thursday morning) is a good time to blog, it would seem. We're a nocturnal bunch here at Garage Art Studios.

I have an exciting announcement...My Blank-ees
website ( has officially gone live! woo hoo!! (I'm doing a happy dance right now, you just can't see me) Please check it out and let me know what you think. Feedback is always welcome and appreciated! Josh Wagner and Nick Beranek both worked extra hard to bring it into being and I am so grateful to them both.

Each week (starting next week) the website will feature a Blank-ee set of the week that you'll be able to buy at a discount. I'll be taking suggestions for sets of four characters, so if you really want to see a character I haven't painted yet, let me know! The website will also feature my upcoming appearances, pictures of people who have purchased Blank-ees, commissions I've done, and all kinds of other exciting stuff.

That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the Garage Art Studio's blog! More exciting posts to come. =P

Upcoming Project Art Dump

There are quite a few projects a-brewin' here at the G.A.S. station.  Some of them we're more than happy to blab on about, and others are shrouded in mystery.  We'll be showing off art from both camps, nonetheless, though some of the pieces on display will be posted without any accompanying info. 

This here is from an upcoming graphic novel from Canadian publisher Rubicon Publishing entitled Alien Inventor.  Pencils, inks, and colors by yours truly. 

Just signing in for my first blog

Ello, so what exactly is blog short for??? Well I, for one, have no idea, and thats cool... At this time it looks like we might only have one or two followers on here....but like not knowing what blog stands for, that's cool too.
I'm Tone Rodriguez, and I draw comic books and graphic novels. I have done work on comic books for Image, Top Cow, Bongo, Ape Ent. and Dark Horse. I have been doing this for ten years, and would hope to do this till the day I die. It's been a busy week here in THE STUDIO. My work-mates have been busy working on their various projects, and at the moment I'm working on some trading cards for Rittenhouse. The cards are for MARVEL'S 70th Anniversary...and they look pretty cool thus far.
The third issue of MAYHEM! just shipped this past week, and I'm getting ready to start work on my next project. I have some designs that I still have to finish up, as well as digging up some reference on a New York and Queens Skyline... But the thumbs are done and ready to start. I just needed to get on here and start my weekly blog. I'm also on TWITTER and FACEBOOK as well as MYSPACE, and as soon as I find someone I'll have my website updated, too. So keep an eye out at as well as this blog, of course.
So there ya first blog. How AWESOME WAS THAT!?! NEXT WEEK, maybe I'll tell you all what I'm working on next, but as long as there are only a few of you reading, maybe it will still be some kind of secret after next week, too. Hey, we gotta start you, "one guy"... read with GUSTO!!! 'cause that's what I'm smearing all over this here BLOG SPOT... my gusto... Kinky!


Topics for up coming blogs:
Farting in public
Farting in the studio
Women and
Sketch Lords?!?

Friday, October 30, 2009

GAS Represents for the Hero Initiative Wolvie #1 sketch cover auctions!

What's up, y'all?  Chris Moreno here to let everyone know that the eBay auctions for the Hero Initiative's 100 Wolvie sketch covers is on like Donkey Kong!  Fellow GAS-er, Tone Rodriguez, along with yours truly, contributed to this year's auctions, a follow-up to our showings for the Hulk and Spider-Man covers, respectively.

For mine, I started to do an ink drawing of the Ol' Canuckle-head going mad-ass on a bunch of Hand ninjas, but when I started laying it down the card stock on the cover repelled my ink like Brad Pitt fleeing a paparazzi!  Not one to let rejection stop me from getting the job done (watch yourselves, people,) I decided to try markers.  No dice.  This Wolverine cover was playing hard to get!  So I decided to change things up on it.  I blew the dust off my acrylics and got to painting it up.  At first, Wolvie was resistant, but once things got going, it started to loosen up a bit.  Then we were really jammin'.  Bingo-bango, nine months later, we gave birth to a bouncing baby painted cover. 

Ok, so it's a little more than a sketch. Sue me.  But it's already starting to rack up quite the pretty penny for the Hero Initiative, which is what's really important, because Hero gives financial aid and assistance to older comics creators, to help with medical expenses, bills, cost of living expenses, etc.  It's our way of the industry giving back to those who've given us some of our favorite characters and stories, hours and hours of lazy afternoons lying on the back porch escaping into the realms of fantasy and adventure!  I think a few bucks here and there is the least we could do, right?

So check out the link, and keep your eyes peeled-- this is only the first few covers being released with more on the way.  Loads of super-cool, talented artists contributed to this project.  Some guys you know, some you don't know too well, but all who've done some kickass art for a wonderful cause.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bakersfield Comic-Con 11/8/09

Welcome back everybody!

So the news this time out is, The whole gang from Garage Art Studios will be in attendance at the 2nd Annual Bakersfield Comic-Con in Bakersfield, CA.

Here's some info:
3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA
Bringing Back the Future!

Sun. 10:00am TO 4:30pm

Admission is Only $5.00
(Children under 8yrs are Free)

For more info, check out the Bakersfield Comic-Con website.

And check back here soon for some new art from a bunch of new secret projects and some pictures of the Studio guys teaching some Pasadena library kids how to make comics. Until then...

Monday, October 26, 2009



You've found your way to the official GARAGE ART STUDIOS website (the comic book Garage Art Studios, not the painters). You are clearly a discriminating internet using art enthusiast.

Garage Art Studios (founded in 2009, year of our Lord) is a collective of professional comic book artists based in North Hollywood, CA (right near Circus Liquor).

Tone Rodriguez

Studio mortgage holder and artist of The Simpsons, Radioactive Man, Violent Messiahs, Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem!, UTF, Snake Plissken Chronicles, Urban Monsters and many other wonderful comics.

Chris Moreno

Whose work you've seen everywhere from Toy Story, World War Hulk: Frontline, Paul Jenkins' Sidekick & Dracula vs. King Arthur to Image's Popgun, Outlaw Territory and 24/7 anthologies.

Mark Dos Santos

Artist of Boom! Studios' Eureka series (based on the popular SyFy television program) as well as Grimm Fairy Tales, Western Tales of Terror and a series of promotional comics for Duncan Yo-Yos amongst many others.

Tony Fleecs
Writer and artist of the autobiographal critical darling (read: low selling), In My Lifetime (originally published by Silent Devil productions, now published by the fine folks at Terminal Press) artist of the Li'l Firebreather backup stories in Image Comics' FireBreather ongoing series and contributor to the Postcards, Wonderlost and Pulp Tales anthologies. Also the writer of one of the most beloved porno to comics adaptations of all time, the penetration-less Tell Them Johnny Wadd Is Here.

And also Lauren Perry
Whose custom made Blank-ees paintings are adorable and affordable.

Please bookmark Garage Art Studios or RSS or whatever, just so you can check back often for new art, Convention schedules, commission info and news on G.A.S. books and events!