Saturday, July 25, 2015


Gosh it's been a long time since I posted anything here! I've almost forgotten how to do this.

This piece is called OPEN CARRY. I was thinking about the whole concept of open carry and how you see it in science fiction films all the time, which led me to this.

Honestly, that's what I was thinking. It wasn't just an excuse to paint hot green Star Trek girls.

Really!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

THE SPECIALISTS



Cover art for THE SPECIALISTS by Derrick Ferguson and Joel Jenkins.

I'm very lucky.

I have been very fortunate to do the cover art for a book series fromPulpWork Press. Author Joel Jenkins writes a series of fast-paced action thrillers featuring the Gantlet Brothers. The five Gantlet siblings are rock and roll musicians and guns for hire. The books are a series of high octane chases, escapes, mysteries and a whole lot of fun.

Because I have done the cover art I have had the privilege of getting to read each of the books before they are released and they have gotten better each time.


Pulpwork Press is also the publisher of Derrick Ferguson's DILLON books. Dillon is a larger-than-life adventurer in the tradition of the old hero-pulps. Ferguson's Dillon books are amazing and great fun to read.


So when DILLON teams up with SLY GANTLET in THE SPECIALISTS you know the results are going to be explosive.


I loved this book. It is a blast to read and you can tell that Joel and Derrick had a blast writing it. If you are a fan of either series then getting this book is a no-brainer. If you aren't familiar with these characters than, by all means, become familiar with them! These books are that good!


THE SPECIALISTS will be released this May.


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Old Milwaukee Pin-Up Girls


You know the beer itself is shit. I can't stomach the stuff. But Old Milwaukee's branding campaign is something that I do admire.







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Friday, October 17, 2014

(Relatively) Recent Work

Good Lord, I know! It's been so long since I've been here I'm not sure if I remember how to do this!

I may have posted some of these before but these are my most recent works. Two of them are for books that will come out at Christmas and one is for a book that's out now. The rest were just because I wanted to...











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Friday, June 27, 2014

VAN ALLEN PLEXICO's SPACESHIPS

I painted a whole bunch o' spaceships recently and two of them...

...these two:




...have been spoken for!

Van Allen Plexico, author of the Shattering series, has agreed to write two short novels based on these pictures!

I'm very excited to see what he comes up with. I'll let you know when they are available and where you can get them.

It won't be long. I'm told he writes real fast.



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SPACESHIPS!

Spaceships... I been painting 'em. I'm like the Bob Ross of the Cosmos.









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Friday, May 9, 2014

DEBT'S PLEDGE



I know! It's been forever!

But here I am with nothing to say so I am giving it over to my other personality, Jack Mackenzie because, Damn if he doesn't have a book to promote!

Take it away, Jack:





My latest science fiction novel, Debt’s Pledge has been a long time coming.

I started this book many years ago. I wanted to write a military science fiction novel about a soldier who is down and out.

At the time I had been doing research on Ancient Rome and the conditions faced by soldiers in the years before Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with his army. There was opportunity for reward and glory for Roman soldiers, but there was also much deprivation and hardship. I wanted to translate this situation to a traditional military science fiction milieu.

I also wanted to examine the idea of debt. Not just monetary debt, or the debt that a society exacts upon its citizens, I wanted to try to separate what individuals owe to society separate from what is mandated by taxation.

What I discovered, as I wrote, is that we, as individuals owed the existence we have in the present to those who came before us. This seems obvious, though sometimes we forget how much of what we have today we owe to those who came before us. Not just fathers and mothers, but “founding” fathers are owed a debt by all of us in the present. A simple experience like going out for a meal represents an immense societal effort over many years to create the situations where today restaurants and fast food outlets are commonplace and affordable.

Even the simple act of flushing a toilet is the result of decades, even centuries of hard work and building of complicated infrastructure. For that hard work and ingenuity, we owe a debt.

What I also discovered was that the debt goes both ways.

It’s fashionable now to talk about leaving a better world for our children (as if our ancestors didn’t want the same things for us) but do we really appreciate what that means. Parents will sacrifice and work hard for their own children and I am no exception, but what about the many children who are unborn today and who may never be born. What debt do we owe to them?

The concept of debt becomes more nebulous and contention at this point but while I was writing I wanted to explore a situation where that concept suddenly became clear. I think that I was successful in doing that in Debt’s Pledge.

I wrote the first draft of this novel and most of the second well before the global economic crisis happened. World events have borne out much of what I had been thinking at the time and, I hope, have made this story even more relevant and timely now than when I started.

Certainly you can read the book and enjoy it as an exciting, military, space opera adventure. The book contains spaceships, space travellers, future soldiers, aliens (and some really badass aliens) enough to content the lovers of science fiction, military SF and Space Opera.

But there is also a human story mixed into all that, and some thoughts on the relationship between individuals and society and what each owes the other. That is what Harlan Ellison refers to as the “fibre” hidden within the story. I’m quite pleased at the way it made it into the narrative.

I am also happy with the characters that developed and grew along the way. Some were created consciously and others just kind of showed up during the writing. This is their story and I am pleased with the way that it has been told. I believe I was able to stay out of their way sufficiently to allow them to tell the tale as it needed to be. That, for a writer, is the best feeling. It’s like some sort of magic has been invoked and it has infused itself into the text.

Debt’s Pledge is available now at Amazon.com for the kindle. It will soon be available in other e-formats as well as a print edition soon afterwards. Personally I think you owe it to yourself to check it out, maybe even buy a copy. If you have already purchased a copy, then sincerely, thank you.

I am in your debt.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

THE SHATTERING



Cover art I did for an omnibus edition of Van Allen Plexico's The Shattering. I didn't realize until now that he had not written that scene when I delivered the cover art, yet he described it to me in such detail I could "see" it in my mind. Obviously what I was seeing jived with the author's vision.

That's gratifying for me as an artist but aside from that I am amazed that a scene could be so well thought out two years in advance of the actual writing. Now that's planning ahead!

You can find the first volumes in the series and more from Van Allan Plexico at www.whiterocketbooks.com

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

SAY HEY (I LOVE YOU)



Michael Franti & Speahead.

I love this song and I love all you crazy blogger people who follow me!

I've been here and there. I've drawn a lot of pictures. I've written a bit, too. I'm not good at this self-promotion thing. Look, you want to know about me? just visit these websites. Okay?
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

SOLD OUT


Here is the cover art that I did for Joel Jenkin's newest Gantlet Brothers novel: SOLD OUT!

You can read all about it here.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

IT'S BEEN QUIET...


...too quiet. This is all I've managed to finish (and I use that word in its most liberal sense) in the last week.

I haven't had much going on aside from my posts at the AMAZING STORIES website. I haven't done much artwork in the past little while. One of the reasons was that I became a grandfather. My older daughter had a baby three weeks ago.

And I guess I feel about as old as this guy, though hopefully not as evil-looking.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

WHAT THE %&*# IS PERRY RHODAN?


I'm reprinting my last column for the AMAZING STORIES website here because... because I feel like it, that's why. You got a problem with that?

MDJackson_Perry rhodan_header
If you are a fan of science fiction and if, as I do, you have a particular love for space opera, then you probably have come across the name Perry Rhodan.
MDJackson_Perry rhodan1If you're anything like me then you would have spent many hours scouring paperback aisles or racks looking for science fiction paperbacks. Sometimes in drug stores or supermarkets or maybe in second-hand book stores. Either way you are bound to have come across a paperback edition or two of the Perry Rhodan books. The English editions, anyways.
And if you are like me you would have asked yourself: what is this Perry Rhodan thing? And you probably would have been warned away from it as I was many times.
Perry Rhodan is a weekly German science fiction pulp magazine series that has run uninterrupted since 1961. That translates into over two thousand five hundred issues released so far not counting reprints, books and spinoffs.
Lets let that sink in for a moment. Can you think of a similar North American science fiction hero who has had such a run? The closest I can think of is Doctor Who and his run was certainly not uninterrupted.
MDJackson_Perry rhodan2Does this not sound like the most successful science fiction series ever? So how come hardly anyone outside of Germany knows about it?
The magazine was originally founded by Karl-Herbert Scheer and Walter Emsting, two German science fiction writers. Initially it was only conceived to run for thirty volumes, which was ambitious enough. Its popularity within Germany allowed it to run well past the original thirty volumes and now it is still being developed and written by an ever-changing team of authors.
So what is Perry Rhodan all about? Well, according to Perry-Rhodan.us:
PR1_2600_dU1U4.inddThe series begins with the first manned moon landing (in 1971) led by U.S. Space Force Major Perry Rhodan. However, things do not go as planned and the astronauts discover a stranded alien spaceship from a star system called Arkon and its crew who need medical help. The realization that mankind is not alone in space and access to the aliens' advanced technology lead to the (not entirely trouble-free) political unification of Earth under the eponymous hero-protagonist Rhodan, first expeditions into the cosmic neighborhood, and the eventual founding of first colonies on other planets, all the while trying to keep the more powerful established factions out there (especially the decadent Empire of Arkon, which had dominated local space for twenty millenia) from finding out just where the newcomers hail from.
Over time (over the course of the entire series so far, more than three thousand years pass in-universe), Earth and its colonies evolve into a major power in their own right while other space-faring races lose some of their traditional influence.
missionstardustWell that all sounds pretty standard space opera, doesn't it? There are elements of Doc Smith's Lensman stories as well as Star Trek. But why has Perry Rhodan lasted for so long, achieved this level of popularity in Germany but not elsewhere in the world? How can a franchise inspire Books, spin-offs, games, music albums (including one by Tangerine Dream's Christopher Franke) and even a movie back in 1966 (although Perry Rhodan fans will tell you that there never was a movie made... EVER! That's how bad it was) and not have been able to break out of its regional popularity the way Doctor Who has? Is it a German thing? Does it not translate outside of the German cultural ouvre?
I guess the question I'm really asking is: Is it any good?
Perry_Rhodan-The_Cosmic_LeagueAt this point I should come clean and tell you that I have not read any Perry Rhodan. I have several of the English language paperbacks but I have never read them. I have been warned away from the books by fellow science fiction fans, yet, there is an appealing allure about the existence of such a successful franchise that very few people, even the science fiction community, has even heard about.
My question then is the one in the title of this piece: What the %&*# is Perry Rhodan? Who out there knows and can share what it is about this series that has captured your imagination?
Who out there knows just what this Perry Rhodan thing is all about? Who out there knows and can tell me why it has endured? And who has any theories about why it hasn't become a breakout world-wide success like other sf franchises?
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