Author Archive: Don_Garvey

Currently working with long time collaborator +Mike Connelly on the all-audiences comic book, ECHO RIFT. Writer and artist on the comic Manhunt, illustrator for numerous t-shirts and role-playing games, and co-writer on many screenplays including the feature film In Plain Sight.

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#16: alphaBETS Cryo

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

#15: alphaBETS: Baton

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Baton is the bad boy of the bunch, but you can always trust him to get your back.

#14 alphaBETS: Commander Alpha

| November 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Inspired by the cartoons that fired my imagination as a child, I will be posting a series of characters over the next seven days (or more?) that describe the alphaBETS, a super-team that protects the Earth from alien forces.

Commander Alpha is the leader of the alphaBETS.  He uses the alpha blasters on his gauntlets to create powerful beams that can be used to push or pull an enemy in whichever way he needs to protect his team and save the day.

#13: The Concierge

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

The police can’t figure out if this guy is a vigilante or a contract killer, or maybe just a guy who couldn’t find a better costume – who knows.  What they do know is that he deals out justice swiftly and in a manner that applies to a high moral code.



#12: Tunnel Rat

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Club kid and part-time superhero Tunnel Rat is ferocious in the way he doles out justice.  His only problem is that he can’t become the Tunnel Rat unless he’s underground.  If you want to commit a crime in a basement or lower level of a sunken parking garage, you better watch out!



#11: Professor Solved

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

With a track record of science solutions like this, you can understand why Professor Solved waits to get involved until he’s asked.  One man can only solve so many problems.




#10: The Blind Butler

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Come on, now.  You have a blind butler that can do all of his butlering duties without fail and you are surprised to find out that he’s a crime fighting ninja at night?



#9: Froyota

| November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments


Can’t say I’m too proud of this one.  I said I was going to be doing some experimentation, and that’s what we have here.  In this case, it was working with colored line-art.  Froyota is some kind of ultimate fighter with a big beard and afro.  He’s way more likely to take a fall than win a match – just don’t mess with his Camry.

#8: Barkeep at the Scorned Widow Pub

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments


She may not look like much, but every now and then some dummy starts trouble in her pub.  No one is entirely certain if she is the scorned widow, if if she just likes to live up to her name.

#7: Magnotron

| November 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

Magnotron the robot.  He’s one I’d like to animate, if only I knew how.



#6: Cell Phone Man

| November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments


If you are thinking… “Why Cell Phone Man?”  I’ll admit, I’m thinking the same thing.


#5: The Jollymancer

| November 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

I really like this one – he’s the Jollymancer.




#4: The Outsorcerer

| November 4, 2011 | 2 Comments


Imagine showing up to work and this guy is waiting to ask you about your job?

#3: Detective Sam Solar

| November 3, 2011 | 0 Comments


Police Detective Sam Solar patrols the underground cities on Callisto.  He’s not the most confident or capable guy – I mean… would you want to live in an underground city on Callisto?


#2: Smirkmage

| November 2, 2011 | 0 Comments


Fantasy theme continues.  This one was a simple instruction – “Draw a wizard with blue fire”.

I’m experimenting with a more cartoony style here, and with a faster way of coloring.

#1: Flamax the Dwarf

| November 1, 2011 | 0 Comments


My son instructed me to draw a dwarf with a really large axe.  I don’t know if this is quite what he had in mind…

2011 Challenger: Don Garvey

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments
Greetings!  My name is Don Garvey, and this is my first 30 Characters Challenge.  I’m the writer and colorist for the recently launched online graphic novel, Echo Rift.  I don’t consider myself an illustrator – but rather someone who doodles characters that I want to write (Mike Connelly, another 30 Character participant, handles the illustrations for Echo Rift, and impressively so, in my opinion).

I really want to work on simplifying my style, and experimenting with more of a “cartoony” approach to drawing.  As a result, I expect my drawing style to vary quite a bit from character to character.  I tend to use pencil and marker, and though I use my wacom for coloring, I haven’t quite gotten the hang of drawing with it.  I’ll probably do some experimentation there as well.

I’m be approaching the character creation portion of the challange in two very different ways.  Some portion of the characters I create will be inspired by my boys, aged 9 and 4, who promised to help me come up with characters.  The remaining portion will be characters that we may want to use in future Echo Rift story-lines.

You can find at the Echo Rift website, and on Twitter and Google+.

Some so far unused character designs for Echo Rift: