In Spring 2009, Tim Seeley asked me if I would like to draw a couple issues of his popular indie horror title, Hack Slash. Two issues gradually turned into four issues. It was fun to work on, but very challenging. The deadlines were extremely tight, and I had to work FAST. This certainly added a panicky feeling to the artwork - which was appropriate for many scenes - but it also turned most of my work on Hack/Slash into a bit of a rush-job. Like for example I only had 2 weeks to draw my final, 24-page issue. Talk about sweating bullets! But somehow I managed to get it all done on time.
The response to my Hack/Slash issues was very mixed, because my art style drastically differed from that of the previous artist. Some people loved my brief run on this series, because I drew it to look like an old-fashioned horror comic. Others disliked it for being different from what they were used to. All I can do is shrug my shoulders. I did the best work I was capable of, in the amount of time I was given. And Tim - the creator of the series - said he loved it. That's good enough for me.
Below are a couple of illustrations, and some sample pages from my work on this series.
In print, the final comics were colored and lettered by other artists. So I decided to display my original, inked pages here, without color or words. Story by Tim Seeley, Art by Bryan Baugh.
In 2007, Josh Howard decided to publish a big fat book of anthology stories revolving around the Sasquatch legend. I have always been hugely fascinated with—and a whole-hearted believer in—Sasquatch. So when Josh asked me to contribute I was eager to pitch in. The stories in this volume were created by a wide range of different writers and artists, with a wide range of different approaches to the subject. Some of them were funny, some were touching, some were cute. But I felt that my approach was the most scientifically accurate, and the most authentic to Sasquatch in real life: I depicted him as a horrific, bloodthirsty, savage beast who is compelled to kill and crush and eat human beings... but with just a hint of a soft side. Well, you can decide for yourself. Here is my story from Josh Howard Presents Sasquatch, published by Viper Comics.
The Expendable One
The Expendable One was an original graphic novel published by Viper Comics in 2006. Written by Jason Burns. Art and colors by Bryan Baugh. The story concerns a guy named Twigs who acquires a strange power: he can receive any form of bodily injury and not only survive, but feel no pain and heal back to normal within a matter of days. Twigs decides to use his power to fight crime. He intentionally walks into dangerous situations, attacking armed criminals, allowing himself to get shot and smashed and torn up, without hesitation. Twigs then returns to the morgue he uses as a "secret base", where his scientist friend Jerry patches him up. Later, Twigs is recruited by sexy FBI agent Armstrong to confront a cult of killers led by "The Animal". Here are a few sample pages from that book. Dialogue balloons, text captions, and sound effects which appeared in the printed book have been removed for art-only presentation on this site.
Tales From Blue Soggoth
Tales From Blue Soggoth was a comic book I created in 1994, just after I got out of Art College. As you can see from the artwork below it was a throwback to E.C. Comics style space action, and Alex Raymond\\\'s Flash Gordon.
Blue Soggoth was my first serious attempt to write and draw a comic book and actually try to get it published. Back then I had no idea what I was doing, but I tried. I printed up a lot of Ash-cans (5-inch x 7-inch booklets) at my local copy center. They sold surprisingly well at the Chicago Comic-Con in 1995 and 1996. I also handed out a lot of free samples to comic publishers but nobody was interested. In the mid-90s, good old fashioned monsters, horror, and sci-fi were dead genres in comic books. Back then, the only subject publishers wanted were superheroes.
In the end I produced about 4 issues of Blue Soggoth, as well as a handful of short stories about the characters, but that was as far as the whole thing went before I gave it up.
The Tick 20th Anniversary Special Edition
In 2007 I was contacted by Bob Polio of NEC Comics. He was putting together a book to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ben Edlund's character The Tick. Each page of the book would feature a one-page comic strip by a different artist. Here is my page. Story and art by Bryan Baugh.
There's a company called AC Comics that publishes this series called Femforce, about a team of sexy female superheroes. In 2008, they invited me to illustrate a short story in Femforce Issue #146, about their dark sorceress character Nightveil. In this brief little episode Nightveil uses her mystical powers to try and solve the riddle of a magical dagger. She then teleports to an alternate dimension populated by hideous cosmic monsters, which immediately attack her. The story was continued from there by another artist. Here are pages from my sequence. Story by Mark Heike. Art by Bryan Baugh. Again, dialogue balloons and text captions have been removed to display art-only.