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Smokes the Fox

A while ago Justin asked me to do some concept sketches for the Smokes the Fox character he had come up with.

Here’s one of those:

…then a little while ago Justin asked me do a cover.

I did a pencil sketch, computer mock-up, tight pencil, ink, and computer colour.

Here’s a GIF of the process:

I’ll post more info about the book as it becomes available.

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Hunchback auction today!

Here’s what Charles Costas had to say:

Those that may have taken a look at Gerhard’s latest blog got a sneak preview of this, but I wanted to draw your attention to Prop Store’s Los Angeles Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction that will be taking place on August 26-27. 

In the auction, we’ll be featuring two amazing Hunchback of Notre Dame original poster artwork pieces by Gerhard.  Both of these were done for Dark Hall Mansion in 2018 for a limited-edition poster to commemorate the original Lon Chaney film.

If you love Gerhard’s lighting and backgrounds, especially when he draws gothic architecture, these pieces are for you.  And if you love the detail in his work…well, these pieces are huge, so there’s plenty for you to look at!  24” x 36” – truly poster sized themselves.  I’d hate to guess how many little tiny lines Gerhard had to draw to fill up the space.

You can register now for the auction by going to  The lots (#346 and #347) will be sold on the first day of the auction (August 26th) and bidding will take place online or over the phone.  You can also bid in advance (right now).  Estimates for each piece are $2,000-$3,000.  And, Prop Store offers up to a three-month interest-free payment plan with this auction. 

Check out the pieces here:

Lot #346:

Lot #347:

Currently, there’s only one bid on one of them – so they could go for very reasonable prices. 

Please let me know if you need any help, but you can register for the auction at  There are three ways to bid – Online, Phone and Absentee.  As the auction is based out of Los Angeles, all bidding will be in USD and the art will ship from the US.  If anyone needs a shipping quote, let me know and I can facilitate that.

Also, one of the benefits of doing the auction through Prop Store is that it allows interest-free payments up to 3 months and there is no additional charge for credit cards. 

To see the size of them (relative to Shel), check out Gerhard’s blog

Good luck!  I hope someone here wins these amazing pieces.  They are truly amazing Gerhard originals!

-Chuck Costas


(Thanks, Chuck!)

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Article and Auction…

I did an interview for the March issue of Sequential Magazine:

Guess I’m old enough now to have the “Legendary” in front of my name.


There are some of my Cerebus Original Art pages coming up in Prop Store’s March 4th Toys, Comic Art & Collectibles auction (click on image to go to web page):

Bid now. Bid often.