Friday, December 18, 2015

New Fluffer and Nutter Comic Page: "Gentri-Frickin'-Nation!"

Fluffer and Nutter look for a way to screw over the housing market before it screws them.

If you can't get enough of these critters, check out my Patreon campaign for more. I'm giving many of them away to view for free.

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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Logo Designed for "Three Danes Baking Company" in Austin, Texas!

I'm in the final stages of completing a logo for a small bakery in Austin that is just starting up called "Three Danes Baking Company" and I'm really excited by the way they're coming out. Here are some examples of the logo in it's home stretch. There will be more on this as it comes to completion and a follow-up when the logo is used in all it's various ways for this company. Coming up with characters that felt a little vintage and cartoonish in that early 1960's mid-century approach was right up my alley and I couldn't more proud of the way these ladies turned out. The client is very happy with them and they were such a pleasure to work for. I cannot express what a dream client they are and I hope the Bakery is a huge success so I can help on other design projects for them in the future.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's Mardi Gras, Y'all!

Check out my first Mardi Gras cover and inside spread of the year that art director Tom Carlson assigned me for The Riverfront Times out of St. Louis. The inside spread is modeled on a board game like "Mystery Date" or "Candyland". This comes complete with flashing lady parts and hurricane drink vomit. What could go wrong?

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Portfolio Teaser for 2015

Right on schedule I'd planned on making some video portfolio teasers, so here's my first one for my work in children's publishing. I'm no Marty Scorcese, but I think it's a cute little teaser. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

40 x 400 Show at The Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena

I'm one of the artists in this show that opens this weekend in Pasadena's Old Town at the Flower Pepper Gallery. All of the art looks incredible. Hope you can make it if you're in the Los Angeles area!