If you’re curious, that note to myself in the top left corner refers to Vortex #2.
June 8th, 2012
April 10th, 2012
Secret Prison #666 is debuting this April at MoCCA 2012! This issue’s a little different from the previous ones – instead of single-page comics, it’s a bunch of double-page team-ups selected by editor Ian Harker and guest editor Pat Aulisio, the editors of RUB THE BLOOD (speaking of which, RUB THE BLOOD is now available in Yeah Dude Comics online store).
Pat and Ian paired me up with the bad-ass cartoonist Keenan Marshall Keller. We’re both total texture geeks but Keenan’s way more out there than me and is inspiring me to be grosser and more visceral with my drawings than I usually am. I’m loving what we’ve got brewing for SP#666! You can see what I mean about the similarities and differences in our styles in this drawing he did for the Monster Show at Domy Books:
Ian and Pat are raising funds to print SP#666 via a Kickstarter campaign.
They’ve already met their funding goal for their initial print run and now they’re trying to meet a secondary goal to get even more copies printed. Prizes include SP#666, RUB THE BLOOD, and an 1/8th page ad drawn by myself.
December 2nd, 2011
This Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 9pm at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church is the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics fest. Pat Aulisio and Ian Harker will be there with Rub the Blood, an art comics tribute to the Image revolution with two pages by me alongside a whole host of excellent artists (full list and longer explanation here, Robot6 article here, interview with Pat and Ian here, Rob Liefeld endorsement here). Here’s the obligatory comic Facebook shot of Pat holding up Rub the Blood:
I won’t be at BCGF but tons of other RUB THE BLOOD cartoonists will be.
Retrofit head honcho Box Brown will be in attendance. Pat and Josh will be debuting their collab book The Unforgiving Blade of Conon, check out the sick cover:
There’ll also be copies of Secret Prison #5 which I drew the back cover for.
November 18th, 2011
Hey y’all, this upcoming weekend is your last chance to come by the Hensel Hypercastle during E.A.S.T. 2011 to see Glade and I’s art. Just like last weekend, we’ll be open from 11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. We’re Stop #121 on the tour, 1807 East 22nd Street.
Here are some shots from last weekend:
I hope to see some of y’all this weekend!
September 9th, 2011
Y’all are only getting one post this week because I was out of town for Labor Day weekend, hanging with the Kentucky branch of the GCPM. I’ll have more detailed posts about that for y’all soon, but right now I want to talk about the debut of Secret Prison #5 this weekend at SPX 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m the co-featured artist for this issue, which means I drew the back cover. Here’s a shot of Ian Harker, the editor, holding up the published ish:
My comix hero, Tom Scioli, is the featured artist. He drew the cover and a four-page interior comic. The other contributors are:
The issue will be at the free table all of SPX.
Also debuting will be a new mini by Pat Aulisio called “C’mon Man” that features his faceless guy and the bear/deer/lion god he rides.
August 30th, 2011
Hey y’all, sorry I made a mistake with my blogging and released an incomplete post early on Monday instead of today. Here’s the post that I intended to publish this morning:
Here’s a print that Glade made for our show at Austin Books (Speaking of our show, if any of y’all want to see our prints at Austin Books and haven’t yet, this week is your last chance! Tomorrow is the last day.):
This print is called “Flower Hypercastle.” It’s a digital print of a gouache painting. This past Saturday Glade and I just hung out at home, painted, and watched Mad Men. I spend so much time working on comics on the computer that I forget how relaxing and visceral painting can be. I’m going to try to make painting more a part of my regular art routine.
Something I’m excited about but haven’t mentioned on here yet is that I’m the co-featured artist for Secret Prison #5. It’s especially exciting because I love the work of the featured artist, Tom Scioli. Gødland is one of my favorite comics. I’m bringing it up now because it’s debuting at SPX in a week and a half and they’re looking for people to buy ad space before this Sunday, Sept 3rd. Here’s an information sheet (with a small preview of Scioli’s dope cover):
If any of y’all want me to draw your ad for you just drop me a line at mark p hensel /at/ g mail /dot/ com.
April 8th, 2011
Mini-Comics Day is not the only thing happening this upcoming weekend – it’s also MoCCA 2011 in NYC. Although I was able to attend in 2008, 2009, and 2010, I won’t be there this year :’,',’,',’( (Although I can’t really be all that sad, because this and the subsequent honeymoon is the reason why.) However, one of my comics will be in attendance. Thanks to everyone’s support of Secret Prison in 2011 on Kickstarter, Pat Aulisio will have fresh, free copies of #4 at Table L5, which he’s sharing with Mike Turzanski and Tom Smo.
Here’s a preview of my comic for Secret Prison #4:
Pat will also have a bevy of other dope comics for your perusal, check out this blog post for deetz.
March 25th, 2011
Secret Prison, a free comics newsprint anthology out of Philly, needs your help to continue in 2011. In 2010, they funded their three issues with three separate Kickstarters. For 2011, however, they’ve decided to try to raise all of the funds with one Kickstarter. They’re over halfway to their goal and they have until 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, April 3rd to raise the rest. Check it out here.
If you pledge, you can get old issues of Secret Prison (I had something in #2) or subscribe to all their publications for 2011 (I’ll be in #4 and I plan to submit to the rest). You can also get rad art, like this:
I’m also offering up a 9×12″ black and white drawing for anyone who wants to throw down a James Joyce.
August 17th, 2010
Thanks to everyone who donated to the Kickstarter, Secret Prison #2 has been published!
I think it’s one of the best comics that I’ve done yet.
June 29th, 2010
Secret Prison #2 needs your help to happen. They’ve started a Kickstarter page where you can donate to get copies of the issue or ad space. I’m offering up my services to anyone who wants a custom ad drawn for them for the second issue of Secret Prison, leave a comment or contact me at mark p hensel at gmail dot commm if you’re interested and we can work out the deetz.
Josh has already drawn one for the Gold County Paper Mill and the second issue of Catch-Up, check it:
Finally, here’s a preview of my comic (I think it’s the best one that I’ve drawn yet) to pique your interest: