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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

It started back in April. The first phase of Lockdown had just been implemented urging people to stay at home, work from home if possible, and stay isolated.

I had already been working from home, out in the country, in isolation for years. So no big deal. Except that I thought, “Hey… everybody else’s lives have been affected, what about me?” So, because April was my Birthday Month, I decided to take the time off. Kick back. Do nothing.

I loved it.

“I may never work again!” I declared.

Of course that wasn’t realistic so over the next few months I cranked out a few commissions.

Long hours at the drawing board led to aching muscles, a sore back and an upset ulcer. But that was nothing new. I’d suffered these side-effects for decades. But my mind hearkened back to the Awesome April of Idleness and how much better I had felt mentally and physically.

It was also tough to stay motivated when it seemed that all of western civilization was circling the drain.

Then came October, Shelley’s Birthday Month, and I reprised the halcyon days of spring: doing NOTHING.

It. Was. AWESOME! I really may never work again.

Then I thought, “No, seriously… I should really get back to work.”

Then I thought, “Well… first let’s see how the U.S. election turns out. No point in doing a bunch of work only to have all of North America fall into anarchy.”

Still waiting.

‘Edge of Anarchy’ seems to be the New Normal.

I guess I’ll get back to work now.

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Ninjet tree-house…

I was contacted by Drake (who’s doing this Ninjet comic, check it out HERE) asking if I’d be interested in doing some design sketches. The characters live in a giant tree atop a mountain. Within this tree is the small shrine. Hidden high in the tree is their home. It’s basically a Japanese style tree-house. He wanted only pencil drawings, and here they are:

That was fun.

It will be interesting to see what Drake does with them.



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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!)