Comic Exercise

I wanted to try an exercise a friend presented in my art group (where you draw a page mini comic with 3 to 5 word balloons; leave the balloons empty, then give it to someone else who fills them in with text from an existing comic) so here is a page I drew with my heroes fighting robot zombies! All the balloons are empty so if anyone wants to fill them in with text from another comic feel free!HFexercise2


*Coloring and text by Phil Back

How Dr. Delirium Stole Christmas!


Wanted to post a holiday sketch of some sort and I thought this might be kind of cool… I’ve been working on a superhero comic for kids for a while now, and when I designed the villain for the book, Dr. Delirium, I had 4 things in mind for inspiration: Christopher Walken, Jafar from Aladdin, Doofenshmirtz from Phineas & Ferb, and of course… The GRINCH! Somehow all of those things blended together and out came this guy lol.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Dr. Who!

Every year my art group does a Secret Santa art swap.  It’s a great idea for us broke artists who still want to get into the holiday spirit!  Basically we put in a request for something we want drawn (I requested Harley Quinn because I love her!) and in return we randomly get assigned something to draw for someone else.  This year I got “Dr. Who 10 and 11″ and here’s my finished sketch!  (I’ve never seen the show so I hope I did ok.)


Same Old Sh*t


Been thinkin a lot about spare time lately, and how I want to spend it.  I’ve been extremely fortunate and very grateful to be involved (along with several other artist friends) in making comics for a local paper for the past few years. But about a month ago our deal ended, and we were informed they will no longer be using our cartoons primarily due to spacing issues.  Since then, unfortunately, I’ve become far less motivated to keep doing the daily comic strips, and much more excited about working on other projects.  I really want to get back into writing with my friend Mark (which actually was the inspiration for ‘Artistic License Revoked’ to begin with), as well as hopefully some NEW comic projects!  I wrote this particular comic above as an alternate ending to the one below, but I’ll let you decide which one is a more appropriate ending to the series.  I loved creating these comics, I had so much fun making them and hope to come back to it eventually, but for now I bid ‘Artistic License Revoked’ farewell. Thanks to everyone who liked this comic and supported me, and stay tuned for updates on my new projects! Thanks for reading!

“End of the Road”alrFin


I did this piece for the October art contest on the Saga Comic Book facebook page. I really want to win because one, I never win anything, and two, the prize is a copy of “Pride of Baghdad” by Brian K. Vaughan and I LOVE that book!  Anyway if you still aren’t reading Saga you really should, it’s a great book.  Also, I hope to get a few new comic strips done this week so stay tuned!


Rat Queens!


Rat Queens is a new comic by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch.  It’s a mix of fantasy and dark comedy, you should check it out, it’s fun book.  I liked the characters (and their design) and thought they’d be fun to draw..  Still not there on the digital coloring, but oh well. I’ll get there one day…


3 sample pages from my upcoming comic book project Havoc Force…

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These pages have not been inked and lettered properly yet, and I’m not happy with the coloring so hopefully the finished product will look better. But I just wanted to share with you a little of what I’ve been working on lately. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates!



Special Thanks to Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika and!  Stay tuned for the next adventure with our 2 favorite struggling writers as they get one step closer to catching their big break!  If you’re not following Mind Circus Comics, now is a great time to start ;) Thanks for reading!