Choosy Beggar Books

Lo, How the Meekly Have Fallen

Posted in Miscellaneous by mvblair on January 18, 2017

Another little drawing from another number of years ago.

Alfonso Wong

Posted in International Comics, Miscellaneous by mvblair on January 13, 2017

An original “Old Master Q” strip

The comics world lost a big star recently.

Born in China in 1925, Alfonso Wong worked in illustration before and after his move to Hong Kong in 1956. Sometime around 1960 or 1961, his beloved character Old Master Q took shape. Old Master Q turned into a comic strip with several repeating characters, including his two buddies, a foil, and a love interest.

Although some of the strips have words, many are wordless. The “Old Master Q” comic reads like the best pantomime strips, such as the original “Ferd’nand” and “The Little King.” There is always the set up, the reveal, and the reaction. The strips were seamless, with a quick buildup to the gag. They could take place in any country, any time.

As the years passed, Old Master Q became a marketing empire, especially in Hong Kong, but also extending to other areas of southeast Asia and other areas with large overseas Chinese populations. A namesake comic was printed monthly and Old Master Q began to appear on licensed products and in advertisements.

Sometime in the 1980’s, his son Joseph Wong took over. Unlike many strips that are continued after the creator’s retirement, Joseph Wong was an able heir. Alphonso Wong moved to California where he continued making art and no doubt stayed in touch with his characters. He died this month due to organ failure.

Check out more of Alphonso Wong’s work here: Old Master Q Comics. You certainly won’t regret it!


Penny for Your Thinker

Posted in "Midville High" Comics by mvblair on January 8, 2017

Fun Fact: Most of Rodin’s statues, including “The Thinker,” can be found on multiple continents. There are dozens of castings of “The Thinker,” which was originally a part of another work, “The Gates of Hell.”

Midville High #1

Posted in "Midville High" Comics, Older "Midville High" and "Kyle & Barry" by mvblair on January 4, 2017

midville-high-1-previewWhen I started this site a number of years ago, I could not find a copy of Midville High #1. I finally found it and scanned it! While most people couldn’t care less, I am very excited.

The story holds up well and I like the pacing. The art is Michaelangeloesque, as always. Right, guys? Along with all the other comics you can check it out on the Books page or download it right here: Midville High #1. All the comics are in PDF format and can be downloaded to tablets and most e-readers.

I’ve got two more Midville High comics that I made about ten years ago but haven’t published. I suppose I should just put them up digitally. I certainly pine for the days when I would go to small press comic conventions and trade my comics with strangers and acquaintances. Somewhere along the way, a job and a family happily got in the way, but seeing this now twenty-year-old comic brings back good memories.

“Naturally Leathery Soles”

Posted in "Midville High" Comics, Older "Midville High" and "Kyle & Barry" by mvblair on January 3, 2017

From 1999

Another Dayton Skyline

Posted in Art by mvblair on December 24, 2016
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Another city skyline, this time with watercolor on plastic


The Wright Brothers

Posted in Art by mvblair on December 23, 2016

Orville and Wilbur Redenbacher, two of Dayton’s most famous residents, lounging around the Gem City, which is most certainly not in North Carolina.

Oregon District, Dayton, Ohio

Posted in Art by mvblair on December 22, 2016

Here is another water color city