Tuesday, August 18, 2015

30 Useful Emoji For New Yorkers (for The Village Voice)

Every once in a while I get a perfect assignment like this one for The Village Voice. I had been craving to design emojis, so when Tom Carlson called me to create this series I was so ready to do them. I'll be a New Yorker no matter how long I live in California. So, all of these emoji were very relatable. Some New York things are never changing, like the black and white cookie, the Greek coffee cup or the greasy regular "slice". Makes me a little homesick.

Here are some details from the NYC emoji series.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Subway Pole Dancer

There is something to be said for public transportation, eh? 
I'll be talking more about this illustration and more very soon. It's part of a series that I can't talk about just yet, but I can show this one because it's one of the pieces that didn't make the final cut. I thought it was a decent piece to showcase either way.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Are you all watching The Donald in this week's Republican Presidential Debates on thursday? I know I am. It's gonna be Y-O-O-O-G-E!!!

2 New Illustrations for Scholastic

I've been busy for the past few weeks on several projects and will write more about them as I get some actual free time. But, in the meantime, here are 2 illustrations I did for Albert Amigo at Scholastic. They initially wanted the boy to be cracking his knuckles and I tried about 6 different sketches and variations. Then they wanted a more frantic expression and attitude. In the end they asked for 2 of my sketches to be used in full color. Here's how they came out.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weinermobile Hostile Take-Over Cover for ISTHMUS

WAHOOOO!!! I just got back the cover piece I did for Carolyn Fath at ISTHMUS today. I have always been enamored with the idea of being at the wheel of the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, so this was a bit of a fantasy for me, aside from the actual "meat" of the story.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

My Patreon Campaign Just Launched!

Hey everybody! I spent almost the last 6 weeks prepping this campaign for launch and hope some of you can help me by supporting it. And if you can't, I hope you're saying a prayer for these critters to finally find a home where I can continue to write and produce comics and maybe even animation. Joe Rocco @ Patreon.
So, come on over and check it out!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders: Game of Thrones (in color)

My take on the frontrunners for the Democratic party in the upcoming campaign season for President. I went with a "Game of Thrones" theme since the battle is basically "to the death". How Delicious!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Star Trek Wallpaper Illustration (Part of Sci-Fi Series)

I just finished the second piece in my Sci-Fi Series of wallpapers. Star Trek! And "Old Star Trek at that!! I took a lot of pleasure out of illustrating William Shatner's hairpiece shifting as he battled the Gorn. Grrrrrrrr!!!! Email me if you'd like to have a crisp and resolute copy of this for your computer screen or wait until I upload them to my website with the others as freebies.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Joe Rocco Interviewed on KCHUNG Radio's "The Comic Show"

Last September I was interviewed on KCHUNG radio on "The Comic Show" down in Chinatown. Here's the archived show if anyone would like to listen. I couldn't believe that anybody would be interested in what I had to say and the work I've done in this unstable industry. But, I was among friends with Mike Kelley and Mark Todd, who were a blast to talk with about this.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Albert Einstein Biography Series for National Geographic Publishing

This morning I turned in part of my illustrated series on a Biography about Albert Einstein for National Geographic Kids Publishing. Here are 4 samples from the small series. I really love doing illustrations for kids publishing and National Geographic is a dream client to have. Hope you all enjoy them!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Star Trek Sci-Fi Themed Series of Illustrations

I just finished a rough sketch for one of the pieces in my sic-fi series. This one's obviously about the original Star Trek and it follows the piece I did on Doctor Who. Blade Runner is the next in this series, but I have to do the finished color work on this one yet after I get all the kinks out in this rough. The next post will probably to showcase the finished piece for this.