Showing posts with label Rob Ullman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rob Ullman. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

New Shadow artwork commission by Rob Ullman

Rob Ullman of Richmond has long had ties to the DC area. For years, he illustrated Dan Savage's Savage Love column in the Washington City Paper. He's also been at every SPX. I commissioned this drawing of the Shadow and Margo Lane from him at SPX, and it arrived today. I quite like it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

SPX day 2 photos

I had a good time again today, and took a few more shots. All the pictures can be seen at my Flickr site. I think people probably did well, on both sides of the table, but I'm sure the main news sites will cover that. I saw Tom "Comics Reporter" Spurgeon and Heidi "the Beat" MacDonald in passing today.

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Rob Ullman, the former Washington City Paper's Savage Love illustrator

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Decorating my office with original art

For a short time, I've got an office at work. I've started framing some of the original comic art that I've gotten, and putting it up.  Buying this type of art is a good way to support cartoonists you like, of course.

Ullman coffee IV

The great Rob Ullman, who illustrated the sex column for the Washington City Paper for years, did the above. As a spot illustration, this doesn't have a title, but I call it "Coffee I.V." He's got a new minicomic for sale.

 Thompson - Dr jenner's vaccine

"Dr. Jenner's Vaccine" original scratchboard art by Baltimore children's book artist Jeff Thompson (of Big Planet Comics) on vaccinating for smallpox with cowpox. You can buy his art here.

 Emerson - Penicillin

"Penicillin" original art by British cartoonist Hunt Emerson, - a Christmas gift from my wife. You can buy his work here.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Meet a Visiting SPX Cartoonist: A Chat with Rob Ullman

Rob Ullman should be familiar to Washington readers of the City Paper because he illustrated Dan Savage's Savage Love sex advice column for years with both humor and hot babes. I believe I may have one of DC's largest collections of original sketches by Rob...

CDC: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

RU: I'm kind of all over the place...I started doing auto-biographical comics and strips about 15 years ago, and have continued to do them in various forms over the years. I also have recently been doing hockey comics: biographies of players (usually those who've met untimely deaths...I have a thing for tragedy), strips about odd events and funny incidents in the sport's colorful history. I also have managed to make a bit of a name for myself as a drawer of pretty cartoon and whatnot. It's a label I embrace wholeheartedly.

CDC: What work are you best-known for?

RU: In DC, I'm probably best known for doing the spot illustrations for Dan Savage's Savage Love column in the City Paper from 1999-2008. It's the one thing I've done that everybody in Washington has seen, and was instrumental in my discovery that I could draw naked people pretty well.

CDC: How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

RU: Traditional for pencilling and inking, then all computer for coloring and layout. The computer is just another tool, like a brush or a bottle of ink. I'm not adamantly anti-drawing-on-the-computer, but I haven't found/invested in a method of doing so that doesn't end up making the process more difficult and slow rather than less.

CDC: Can you tell us a little about your books that you'll have with you at SPX?

RU: As far as new books, I'll have the brand new issue of Old-Timey Hockey Tales, which has stories by Jeffrey Brown and I. I'm really proud of it, and I can't wait to show it off. I'll also have all my other books...a hardcover artbook of all my Savage spots and pin-up work called Atom-Bomb Bikini, two collections of my autobiographical strip Traffic & Weather, Grand Gestures from a bunch of years back, and about a dozen other mini-comics. I'll have a ton of prints and original art as well.

CDC: You've attended the Small Press Expo in the past - do you have any thoughts about your experience?

RU: This will be my 14th SPX...I haven't missed one since 1997. It's the closest I have to a "local" show, and it's always my favorite weekend of the year.

CDC: What are you looking forward to buying or seeing or doing for this year's event? Or who do you want to see, to catch up on old times, or to have a fanboy experience?

RU: Hoo, boy...we had a baby back in May, and I've been so busy with him and my other kid that I haven't even been able to even find out what'll be there! SPX for me is like a yearly class reunion, catching up with old pals and having a drink or five.

CDC: What's your favorite thing about the DC area? Least favorite?

RU: Favorite thing? So much to choose from. Great vibe, amazing restaurants. Least favorite has gotta be the traffic. Or maybe the Capitals.

CDC: What monument or museum do you like or wish to visit when you're in town?

Always like to visit the Hirshhorn when I have time.

CDC: What do you think will be the future of your field?

RU: I can't speak for the larger comics "industry", but I think type of people who exhibit at SPX will always make comics, whether it's in print or on a screen, whether there's money in it or not, because they're compelled to, against all common sense. It is nice to make a few bucks, though.

CDC: Do you have a website or blog?

RU: Both! My oft-neglected "professional" website is, but it's mostly for Fancy-Dan illustration clients and whatnot. The real fun is over at my blog, Updated a few times a week. Usually. I promise.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Rob Ullman on Inkpanthers podcast

Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson have Rob Ullman on their March 3rd Inkpanthers podcast - Wrapping up our Olympic coverage, and coming to the conclusion that we should really be a sports show rather than a comedy one. We’re joined in the Lair by cartoonist and illustrator Robert Ullman, who schools us on Hockey, Curling, Jarts, and Fantasy Football Leagues. Comments Welcome!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Baltimore Comic Con photos continued

100_8221 Don Rosa
Baltimore Comic Con. Don Rosa correcting Scrooge's eyeglasses. He said he draws the view through the lenses but European publishers blank them out.

100_8222 Robert Montgomery and Don Rosa
Baltimore Comic Con. Robert Montgomery and Don Rosa.

100_8225 Rob Ullman
Rob Ullman. Rob said that he did well at the show, although Sunday was slower.

100_8227 Frank Cho
Frank Cho.

100_8228 Image booth
Image Comics booth.

100_8229 Dark Horse Booth
Dark Horse Comics booth.

100_8230 Tim Sale
Tim Sale, racing the hourglass for some reason.

100_8233 George Perez
George Perez.

100_8234 Scott Kurtz
Scott Kurtz, with Greg Horn's booth signs showing oddly behind him.

Monday, September 28, 2009

More SPX photos

This set's new additions has local DC cartoonists and my friends for the most part. Many of the shots are by my daughter, and these are from Day 2- Sunday, 9/27/09.

Chris Schweizer. I love his Crogan's Revenge pirate story.

100_8158 Scott Rosenberg
Crack ex-DC journalist Scott Rosenberg.

100_8154 Steve Conley
Steve Conley. Steve was selling original strips from Socks and Barney for an insanely low price so I bought 2. (that's one of Rob Ullman's girls behind him)

100_8155 Rob Ullman
Rob Ullman, the sadly-missed Washington City Paper's Savage Love columnist.

100_8153 Carla Speed McNeil
Carla Speed McNeil of Finder

100_8152 Andy Runton
Andy Runton of Owly. Box Brown in the background. Pic by Claire.

100_8150 Jennifer Hachigian
Jennifer Hachigian who does Lore. Pic by Claire.

100_8149 Jim Ottaviani
Jim Ottaviani of GT Labs. Pic by Claire.

100_8143 Doug Bratton and John Kovaleski
Doug "Pop Culture Shock Therapy" Bratton and John "Bo-nanas" Kovaleski. I wasn't familiar with Bratton's work but bought a complete set. I think I've got a full set of John's except for minis.

100_8145 John Kovaleski
John Kovaleski

100_8146 Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier. Pic by Claire.

100_8160 Ed Piskor
Ed Piskor. Pic by Claire.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ullman covers City Paper!

Rob Ullman returns to do an illustration for the Washington City Paper! I've really missed his work - I don't even read Savage Love anymore without Rob's drawing to pull me in.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ullman, Ullman, Ullman, Ullman, Ullman

Five illos by Rob Ullman in this week's (January 15) Washington City Paper, one of which is the traditional scantily-clad girl that we got used to seeing when he illustrated Savage Love. One's on Obama-influenced menus. One's on the difficulty of counting attendees when the Park Service refuses to do it for you. Unfortunately one is just a broom and another is a Masonic symbol. Still, it's good to see him in there again.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rob Ullman's Richmond Magazine strip

Every time I pick up the City Paper, I miss Rob's illos for Savage Love. In fact, I barely bother to glance at the column anymore. Rob's got a new gig, Traffic & Weather, which appears to be a weekly online strip, for Richmond Magazine. Kudos to Journalista! for noticing it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bad News in DC #1

Read "City Paper's parent files for bankruptcy," By Bill Myers, Examiner Staff Writer 9/30/08. This would be Creative Loafing, the Florida chain that took over the City Paper last year and immediately slashed budgets, forcing the laying off of freelance cartoonists Rob Ullman and Shawn Belschwender. All of the strips in the paper were also dropped including Derf's The City, Cannon's Red Meat and Lynda Barry's Marilys.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Rob Ullman comic reviewed by Comics Reporter

Tom Spurgeon looks at Rob Ullman's minicomic Crustacean Frustration. I must confess that I now barely glance at Savage Love in the City Paper without Rob's illustrations.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ullman and Hellman

Rob Ullman did this cover to the Washington City Paper's June 20th edition. I saw Rob at Heroes Con and bought another three pieces of original art from him.

and Danny Hellman, who's illustrating a column in the Post's Source section on Sunday has a podcast interview by Robin McConnell at Inkstuds (June 19 2008).

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Rob Ullman interview from a few months ago

Just ran across this interview with Rob by Paul Lukas from February. Presumably things haven't changed much. Savage Love is still less interesting without the illos.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ullman back in City Paper

Rob's illustrated the Eats food column for 3/28/08 - no cute girl though!