SCENE: Man watching as woman walks away towards a door. MAN: No sex? No kiss? No...nothing? Jeez, it’s like dating my wife! 1950 Art: Bob Powell Re-Creation: Allen Freeman AF.lk1.3 No Sex, Please! We’re Married!
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Last Kiss Creator John Lustig Named One of Best Comic-Con Artists by Printmag.com

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I’m delighted (and proud!) to announce that I’ve been named one of the “21 Best Comic-Con Artists” by Printmag.com’s Michael Dooley.

I’m particularly happy about this because many of the other artists selected are legends in the comics business and many are my personal heroes: Sergio Aragones, Ramona Fradon, Rick Geary, Denis Kitchen, Alex Niño, Bill Sienkiewicz and William Stout (to name just a few.) That’s an impressive group of creators to be included in!

Michael Dooley‘s article “21 Best Comic-Con Artists: A Designer’s Guide” also selects established and emerging artists such as Frank Forte, the fabulous Karen Hallion, Natalie Hernandez, Ed Luce,  Arlen Schumer, and others.

 

“My Vagabond Soul” Interviews Last Kiss Creator

John Lustig's interview about dreams and how to make them come true---on http://myvagabondsoul.blogspot.com/

Last Kiss creator John Lustig was interviewed about his dreams & goals—and how he makes them come true.

In June I attended the 2015 Licensing Expo* in Las Vegas and I met artist/designer Kat Ford of CorpirateUSA.com. A first time exhibitor, Kat’s small, but well-organized booth stood out in a sea of booths that were all clamoring for attention.

Apparently I impressed her as well—or maybe she just thought I was weird enough to be interesting—because she interviewed me for the blog that she and Bonnie Gore run about how people achieve their goals.

Thanks, Kat!

*I swear by the Seven Gods of Merchandising, I’ll write about the Licensing Expo soon. Or at least someday—sorta soon. Trust me, it’ll be worth the wait!

Elite Avni-Sharon Cuddles Up to Last Kiss

Elite Avni-Sharon (by Elite!)

Elite Avni-Sharon (by Elite!)

Israeli artist Elite Avni-Sharon is the newest member of the Last Kiss team of insanely talented (or in my case just insane) contributors.

I met Elite back in 2008 at a New York Comic Con. We’ve exchanged occasional e-mails since then. But it was only recently that Elite approached me about working on Last Kiss. I quickly said “Yes!!!”

An artist for 18 years, she’s illustrated books for children, adults and “professionals.” In addition to advertising and public relations work, she’s also done designs for the fashion, textile, and toy markets.

Elite lives in Israel, with a demanding Macintosh, “delicious husband, Pinkish girl and three cats.”

See more of Elite’s fabulous work on her site and her professional Facebook page.

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Finding Me at Comic-Con Is Easy!

I won't be that hard to find at Comic-Con...unless you're a Minion.

I won’t be that hard to find at Comic-Con…unless you’re a Minion.

Although I won’t have a booth of my own this year, I’ll be easy to find at Comic-Con International. Please come by and chat when I’m autographing and selling here:

Thursday, July 9

—Prism Comics booth #2144, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Friday, July 10

—Prism Comics booth #2144, from 1-2 p.m.

Saturday, July 11

J—World Famous Comics booth #5560, from 10-11:30 a.m.

—Prism Comics booth #2144, from 4-5 p.m.

Sunday, July 12

—World Famous Comics booth #5560, from 10-11: 30 a.m.

—Prism Comics booth #2144, from 1-2 p.m.

See you there!

No Last Kiss Booth, but I Will Be Signing—Schedule to Be Announced

Me flexing what I pretend is a muscle at one of the cons a few years back.

Me flexing what I pretend is a muscle at one of the cons a few years back.

I will not have a Last Kiss booth at Comic-Con International (in San Diego) this year. But I will be doing some signings at the Prism Comics booth (and probably at least one other booth.) I don’t have a schedule yet, but I’ll be posting it as soon as I know.

Last Kiss Artist Diego Jourdan Pereira Drops by—from Chile (and Japan!)

It seemed only fitting that when Diego came to visit that I wear a Last Kiss shirt with his art on it.

It seemed only fitting that when Diego came to visit that I wear a Last Kiss shirt with his art on it.

One of the joys of working in comics is that I get to work with some incredibly talented people. The downside is that I sometimes never get to meet them in person.

Fortunately, my good friend and frequent Last Kiss artist Diego Jourdan Pereira had a long layover in Seattle last week (on his way back from Japan to his home in Chile.) So we finally met.

Left to Right: Me, Diego and Shelagh in front of Casa Lustig

Left to Right: Me, Diego and Shelagh in front of Casa Lustig

Shelagh, Diego and set a new record for nonstop talking at our house—5:30 p.m. ’til 1:30 a.m.

It was great finally meeting you, amigo!

Surviving Grief…and Holding onto Hope

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My daughter Laura Lustig.

 On June 9, 2013 I gave a talk at Seattle Children’s Hospital during an annual memorial service for parents who’ve lost a child. Because it was deeply personal, I didn’t plan to share this with anyone else. But in the nearly two years since, I’ve changed my mind.

 Eventually, we all suffer losses. On the chance, this might help you deal with yours, I’m making this available. Also, it’s a way of honoring my daughter Laura (who would’ve turned 22 today) as well as some of the other dear people I’ve lost over the years. Happy Birthday, Laura.

As parents one of the first things we have to learn is patience. Patience because kids do things at their own speed. Patience because kids rarely do things when we want them to—which is immediately.

And patience because kids always expect us to do things for them when they want us towhich is immediately!

Patience—a different sort of patience—is even more important now.

I’ve been blessed to have had three children. Blessed even though two of them have died. (more…)

Nitro Nellie

Art by Jimmy Maxwell from the story "Nitro Nellie: The Savage Safe Smashers" in CRIMES BY WOMEN #4, 1948.

Art by Jimmy Maxwell from the story “Nitro Nellie: The Savage Safe Smashers” in CRIMES BY WOMEN #4, 1948.

See the revamped version of this art and with new, funny dialogue in today’s Last Kiss Comic.

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No Need to Gag Them

Art by Mort Meskin & Jerry Robinson from the story "Larceny in the Lighthouse" in THE BLACK TERROR #24, 1948.

Art by Mort Meskin & Jerry Robinson from the story “Larceny in the Lighthouse” in THE BLACK TERROR #24, 1948.

See the revamped version of this art and with new, funny dialogue in today’s Last Kiss Comic.

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