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Uxia from “Dagon” against an ocean backdrop – done in Mucha’s design style, Dore’s shading style – with lots of hidden and semi-hidden elements – Gigeresque and tiki creatures in the bubbles, skulls and faces in the waves of the sea, a field of eyes as a backdrop for the central figure, and a pretty striped seasnake to round the graphic out and to add some Burton flair.

I did this piece because I wanted to draw a mermaid, but in a different style and theme from the pretty colorful fairy-like ones typically offered on Ebay, and I wanted to do so with a mix of styles from some of my favorite artists.

Print Specs: Printed 16×20 on archival-quality heavy photostock in archival inks, with a luster finish for added protection and sheen.

Artwork by Myke Amend (me)

All prints will be hand signed in silver acid-free ink, unless you request otherwise (you can also ask for prints to be signed to you or to a friend)

ALSO INCLUDED: I always throw in something extra with orders, typically some nice hard-cased refrigerator magnets, mini-prints of my works, etc…


The original Artwork was engraved on archival Scratchbord (white clay and india ink on archival tempered hardboard) for its copperplate/itaglio look and feel.

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Available on Ebay

In getting ready to do another engraving piece, getting my hand back, I went and made this:

The piece is an engraving on archival claybord, gilded with stars made of gold leaf – backed by tempered hardboard, no frame is really necessary though it would look pretty nice in a small to medium sized shadowbox

It isn’t going to be in any exhibit or show… no major planning involved – just something done for fun.

I started it out at $17 (and roughly 7 s&H in the US), and though I don’t expect it will sell for near the the “buy now” of $125, I put a buy now on there mostly just in case anyone wanted to make sure they landed it.

Listing is here: Ebay Listing

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Comic Book re-re-re-Writing

I spent the night before last crossing out on pre-existing pages parts I didn’t like or parts that needed revising, and spent the following day scribbling out new pages to the comic. I say ‘scribbling’ because were I to hand these drawings to any other artist for inking, they would think me nuts – my pre-drawings are really really really sloppy… artistic shorthand so to speak.

I spent last night typing up an actual script based on the edits and new drawings. It is a time-consuming chore, but the nice thing about having a script is that should new revisions need to be made… rather than crossing out panels and dooding hard to find notes, I can just modify the script and high-light it.

The hardest thing about comics is definitely definitely the first issue – there are so many worries involved, because the first issue sets the standards; Graphics, story, humor, audience, characters, underlyng plots, and so many other things are pretty much set in stone by this point.

In the old days, comics were limited runs – you miss them, you have to find a collector/comic store, and buy a used copy at some insane price, or wait for the trade paperback. One could even make a first issue that was not super spectacular, just to get the storyline out there and make up for it later down the line… because most readers would be coming in in later stories and just trying to catch up.

Now, print runs can be infinite, even made to order, and chances are that anyone wanting to check out a comic series, will simply order the first issue and go from there… making it more important than ever for the first issue to be as near-perfect as possible…. making people like me obsessed with what is now over a year’s worth of re-writes and edits and brainstorming. 

I have even completely changed directions a few times, because new and fantastic ideas are really only the next logical step from other standing ideas, and thereby bound to happen – thought of by tens of thousands of people at once; Where some of those people have the knowhow, skill, and initiative to take off with it, there is a race to put a new idea to pen before a hundred other someones make it all old hat.

Pirates are the new ninjas, zombies are the new pirates, pirates the new zombies, and ninjas the new pirates. 

Psychopathic but well-meaning killers, crazed and incompetent alien invaders, cute little dead girls, evil stuffed animals, irritated – tragic – artists spinning into insanity or caught in an unreal world, maddened antihero journalists shaking things up, serial killers with important socio-political messages for the readers… There have been a lot of great ideas brought to the shelves and conventions by the likes of Ellis, Voltaire, Dirge, Vasquez, and others – and in those a lot of seals and new grounds have been broken in the realm of humor… perhaps to the point where little to nothing is shocking anymore… or at least shocking *and* funny or thought provoking – leading back to the need for some degree of genuine and intelligent humor.

Sure, one could (and many do) write the same old screenplay or comic, but with a new situation, or with the main character being a new race or in a varying profession… but even if remotely novel, that gets so old so quick, and viewers realize quickly that they are watching the same stories and seeing the same plot devices, only with new characters that are really not all that incredibly new.

Ever find yourself watching a brand new show and seeing the “invisible monster” episode again, or maybe the one where there is a doppelganger and someone must decide who to shoot? Is there an antagonist persuing the main character, trying to break his cover, and never really catching up to him? 

Well, it has been said that those afraid of copying something will never create anything – and I am finding that I am able to really go all out mocking standards and poking fun at cliches… but, anyone could do that, and it is the focus on substance slowing me down. 

I have a great story, but in between the gags I need to be able to get enough of the premise into the first issue to grab interest, yet not so much as to give my direction away. 

I also need to decide who is going to be able to read this – because as it stands, there is a lot of gore and a lot of obscenity. I really think both are going to have to stay, meaning a large part of my market is gone before this even hits the presses. 

I know that things kids aren’t supposed to have tend to be the things that kids latch onto the most, but I need to make it clear that this is for kids 18 and up so I do not get my ass sued for making very bad deeds seem like a good idea to people who probably shouldn’t even be loose on the streets, or filling kids mouths with phrases they will ultimately blurt out in front of their extended family on the next big holiday.

And speaking of holidays… if I do not get this thing to print by November 27th… which is looking rather unlikely… I also need to figure out in my noggin when the next best release date would be…

One of these days, things will return to where I can just draw and paint without so many thoughts and considerations involved. This first issue is becoming the biggest stepping stone of my life – so big I might just land on my back from trying.

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Down with A.D.D.

Months ago, I programmed a flash movie that would read an XML page, generated by PHp, which drew its data from a MySQL database for a coppermine gallery (one which I had previously reprogrammed to act as a shopping cart in addition to its norms).

The movie would take images that were marked off special (I guess there was some extra programming there as well), and it would feed those XML items into itself, with descriptions, prices, and each linked to their individual pages.

Currently, I am making a similar movie, also XML fed, to rotate flyer ads with added text… placed bottom or side, according to the size of the image, it will also likely generate content for some AJAX-driven popup layers – cause that would be pretty ‘spiffy’…

Anyway… it has me thinking…

Have I ever mentioned how much I should be making lots of money at an agency instead of struggling as an artist? No? Well, I guess I was not all that sane before.

Maybe for a long time I have just not considered that these are things that not everyone could do.

… Or maybe it is just that things I cannot do, things improbable or impossible, interest me more than those which come easy. Continue reading Down with A.D.D.

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I made this new addition last night, no idea what was on my mind, I just wanted to make something and didn’t feel like just drawing. What came out of my noggin, was a halloween-themed commentary on westernization.

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Pirates of the Great Salt Lake

On September 19th, better known as “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, “Pirates of the Great Salt Lake”, a movie I have long been dying to see, held free screenings in five or more US cities. Unfortunately these screenings were nowhere near me, but I now have some added encouragement that the movie will be more accessible soon. Updates on their progress can be received through their myspace page.

Since I haven’t actually seen the movie, I can only tell you that the trailer makes me want to see it, pretty badly. The trailer is behind the cut, at the bottom of this post, or you can click the graphic below to see the trailer on their site in “Small, Medium, Large, or Pirate Sized”

Pirates of the Great Salt Lake


Continue reading Pirates of the Great Salt Lake

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The ex-Investigators

This is only slightly about the milk, and majorly about the press.

Though it may reflect views you have already embraced or rejected, either way I highly recommend you watch this piece, which is likely to strongly enforce or shatter your opinions on freedom and justice in the USA.

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Lackluster World – by Eric Adams

Lackluster World Comic Book

The story centers around Farenheit Monohan, a revolutionary and free-willed journalist whose creativity and journalistic prowess are confined and bound by his employment, and by a world unwilling to hear, read, or know anything other than the neatly packaged and polished corporate drivel which he is forced to deliver day after day as ‘news’.

Farenheit’s primary antagonist is his brother Kelvin, is a lunatic, and a religious fanatic hell-bent on Farenheit’s conversion by any (often insane) means.

Kelvin’s most devout follower, is their slow-witted sister “Celsius”, who often unwittingly aids Kelvin to wreak havoc on Farenheit’s life (and sanity), in the name of good intentions and love.

Other characters include Farenheit’s cat, Mr. Mittens, adding comedic moments and cuteness to the pages, and Farenheit’s co-worker Herman (aka “Cog”) who makes for a more familiar and constant face for the seemingly mindless masses.

This all sounds like the makings of a rather serious, insightful, and thought-provoking art-noir comic book, which it is.

It is also a hillarious and often side-splitting dark comedy, which I highly recommend reading.

You can visit the official home of Lackluster World at

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New Artwork. Fatalysia Cover

Fatalysia Promo Poster

Fatalysia is a great new comic from Liam Kemp and Chris Tabor about a girl, and a scarecrow. That is all I am going to give away about the premise, but I have issue 1 in my hands, and anxiously await issue 2 (especially since they were so kind as to have me do the cover).

The Comic Book cover will have their logo displayed more prominently, their publishers logo, all that jazz, layout by Chris Tabor, but this particular image is of the related art print poster, currently available in my store. Most likely, when the comic goes to print, I will be offering poster and comic packages because I would like to see them sell a lot of comics.

Legal stuff: Poster for the second edition of “Fatalysia”, Artwork by Myke Amend. The Fatalysia logo and all associated concepts and images are trademarks of and copyright 2007 Liam Kemp, Chris Tabor, and U! All rights reserved.