TWFK Pinup by James Callahan
James Callahan is family. No I don't mean he is LIKE family. I mean this dude literally married into my family! My cousin Shelley Briggs Callahan, who graciously wrote the foreword for The War for Kaleb, met James some years back and they started dating. I remember my Grandma being really excited to tell me my cousin, had started dating a cartoonist, who also did indie comics, such as his own title Rotting in Dirtville.
I thought that was cool as shit.
One of my own was dating a cartoonist! James and I hit it right off the bat. Like Jim Kettner, James, is exactly my age, and grew up on Punk Rock and comics. The best part is he is as kind as he is talented, and when your look at his piece for the gallery, you will come to understand that is a lot.
Years later my cousin Shelley, married this awesome human being, and now my family consists of two cartoonists. Sorry, but that shit tickles me fucking pink.
James, has an explosive quality to his work. He also has a knack for the grotesque, hence the name of his art house label, Barf Comics. His pieces can bee seen all over Richmond, VA, from skate parks, to wall murals, and food trucks, drawing weird characters, doing even weirder things. His work has also been featured in Thrasher Magazine, endless amounts of custom skate decks, and comics such as Rick and Morty, and The Auteur.
James, decided to go the homage route as well with his piece for The War for Kaleb, recreating one of my favorite cartoonists of all time, Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man #1. When he had sent me what he was working on, I had NO idea the impact it would have, as I wasn't prepared for the flood of Light, and Dark Kalebs dominating the page. I know I use the "War" as a metaphor for the comic, but James' depiction is a full scale assault! The original cover was recreated expertly.
Thanks James, for recreating a cover of one of my heroes using the characters I created, and doing it more justice than I could have hoped for.
I am super proud to call you family as both an artist, and also as a great human being.