Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The BATMAN- Year 100
"Beatdown in Chinatown"
this is a commission I recently finished imagined as the Batman fighting his way thru an ambush in Gotham's Chinatown district.
inspired by Paul Pope's "Batman year 100" storyline.
I wanted the piece to have cinematic action, and storytelling.
the original measures at 17"x36".

Friday, June 09, 2006

Commission Work?

Hey Gang,
I am currently accepting original commission work for the next couple months as I prepare for the San Diego Comic Con in July!

*Attached above is an example of a recent commission I just finished for a client that wisely wanted one of the first original drawings of Drag'On from my current book RODD RACER!
Drag'On, the antagonist of the story.
Drag'On, the mysterious hitman for the Yakuza crime clan!

I don't do many commissions, but this is your chance to own your own work of orginal art by T.Cypress for this limited time!
If you would like to commission your own original work of art of your favorite characters...
please contact:


Look for RODD RACER releasing later this summer/fall, and be sure to pick up the RODD RACER Convention Special Sketchbook at the San Diego Comic Con!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

RODD RACER article...only on The Pulse!!

Follow this link to my article on RODD RACER at The Pulse.
It will shed some more light on my latest project, along with a few new images.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

RODD RACER a work in progress

Rodd Racer is a story inspired by the old adventure strips of Milton Caniff, and Frank Robbins.

It takes place in a fictional 1930's environment which slants towards the futures of Fritz Lang.

A story about a young, ambitous racer who risks it all to win greatness, but finds more than he gambled for in the violent world of the street derby run by gangsters known only as...Thunder Road.


a story by T.Cypress

coming soon


RODD RACER...the recent book I'm working on. Written/Illustrated by myself.
More pages/info in a couple days.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

MAGNUS the robot fighter

The Trench is painted in mixed media.

Magnus the Robot Fighter measures at 34"X11". Someday I hope to produce 5 more of these drawings in which tell something of a story, and combine into a giant "comic page" with a narritive to hang on somebody's wall.

Next week...I post some samples of "Rodd Racer"...my next book following The Tourist.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Tourist...coming this April

The Tourist: a graphic novel written by the brilliant Brian Wood, illustrated by Toby Cypress.
IMAGE comics: Due out this April 6. 104 pages.
Comic book store order code: FEB061767

required listening: Portishead, Interpol

"The Tourist" is about an American GI that goes AWOL in search of his future, and finds himself in a remote Scottish fishing village while pursued by his past. A dangerous game of cat/mouse threatens himself, his dreams, and those he's come to care for.

"The Tourist"... brings a bag of trouble for an innocent fishing village that has risked it's happiness for a stranger, and his bag of secrets.

Brian Wood, is simply one of the most brilliant, and passionate writers of our age.

His work doesn't pull any punches, and speaks with a voice from a gut level viewpointed reality.

Brian, and I have been friends for a long time since meeting at a comic book show years ago as art students.

He's continued to create with a sense of passion, and contributed a brilliant voice in the independant publishing artform.

The Tourist is a remarkably different from some of his other works. Sorta' a mix of Demo, Couriers, and recent works such as DMZ...yet still unique. A study of people like much of his work is, but expanding his diversity still again.

Order youself a copy of The Tourist...available this April 6.

comic store order code:FEB061767

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Rodd Racer on my table...

So, I'm finishing Rodd Racer pretty soon.

The top photo is a sketch of one of the characters "Drag'on" for a student of mine for his sketchbook... from my book "Rodd Racer".

The second photo is a shot of my drawing table with some of the "Rodd Racer" pages kinda spread out as I try to figure out what the hell I'm doing...as I try to figure out when the heck I'll finally be done drawing the book...

that's all your getting as far as a preview for now.
But I promise a fitting preview of the artwork soon!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


This is my first drawing of the new year 2006.
The character is Tetsuo from the film "Akira".

"Akira" had the same important infuence to me as a kid as films such as Star Wars, and Citizen Kane.
Akira was the first time I realized that animation was an artform, and not just a medium for children...but a medium with vast potential for an adult market that could interpret the craft of storytelling.

Now, as a kid (14-15 years old) I had no idea what the movie was about...musta took me a dozen viewings to interpret, but eventuallly things made some sense to me...And I appreciate Katsukiro Otomo's respect for his audience.

Tetsuo was something of a tragic figure in the film, and it was my first time seeing antagonists portrayed realistically... imagine that in an animated film!
Mind blowing stuff.

also make sure to check out the films of Miyazaki playing all January on the Turner Classic Movies network. That's another master of storytelling using the animated medium.