Monday, December 22, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Merry AX-Mas!

In what is now a “holiday tradition” - I am re-posting this (dated) look at Psycho Santa movies — from the long ago year of 2003.  Please remember that this was before everyone had the internet or could even see these movies at all, so a lot of this was done from hazy memory (and on a tight deadline for Seattle’s The Stranger)! And of course, since then, there’s been like a billion more. ~  Merry AX-Mas!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

UNMASKED ART ~Now you can own your favorite!

Several of the few remaining original art portraits from the UNMASKED SERIES have been listed for sale for the first time on The Comic Art Collective!  Here is a sample ~

Comic Art Collective - Art by Richard Sala - Original comic art from top artists

Friday, November 14, 2014

IN A GLASS GROTESQUELY ~ Some rather odd ads

Here is a sample of the rather silly online ads I did for my new book, just for the fun of it.  They were posted on my Tumblr, etc. over the last month or so...

Sunday, November 9, 2014



Hey look ~ The fabulous “Robot 6” at Comic Book Resources has nice things to say about Super-Enigmatix and his new book ~…/a-month-of-wednes…/3/

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Coming This Fall ~

Watch for it November 2014!

Brand new book!  Contains the complete 100+ page story of the master-fiend known as
Plus a few additional short picture stories never reprinted before.  Pre-order NOW on or Fantagraphics Books.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SUPER-ENIGMATIX Strikes at io9!

Thank you to Lauren Davis at io9 for the nice article about SUPER-ENIGMATIX! 


(And thank you “google alert” for telling me about it!)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Behind the Scenes ~ THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT (1997)

Uncropped original art for the cover of the first
edition of THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT (1997)

Examples of sketch ideas for the May 1995 cover of ZERO ZERO, the anthology comic, edited by Kim Thompson, where THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT was serialized.

Uncropped proof of the final art for the cover
of ZERO ZERO, May 1995

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Here is a full-page, full-color gag cartoon done for PLAYBOY magazine.  It was turned in sometime in 2013  -- but apparently never ran.  

Here's how it came about: I'd done a couple of dozen illustrations for Playboy in the past, but never a gag cartoon - which is a whole different department.  Then sometime in 2013 I was contacted by a young cartoonist/editor who I knew only slightly.  He had been hired by Playboy to edit the cartoon section for a new Playboy publication, to be called Playboy Quarterly.  

I submitted an idea and sketches.  There were several levels of approval all the gags had to go through.  One idea got accepted (this one).  I turned in the completed art, got paid about thirty days later -- and that was that.  

Apparently Playboy Quarterly Magazine never happened.  The cartoonist/editor had gone on to other things, but he gave me the name of a managing editor at Playboy if I wanted to ask about it.  So I wrote to her and was told the cartoon would now appear as part of the May 2014 issue.  When that date rolled around, the gag wasn't in there - although for some reason, they sent me a comp copy anyway.  The managing editor I wrote to has since moved on, too, so I don't know exactly what happened.  Maybe somebody hated it and nixed it, or maybe they had to bump it for space reasons and will still run it one day.  Or maybe it ended up in one of their many international editions... Who knows?  You don't want to be a pest, asking about stuff like this when they are working months ahead and this is ancient history to them.  But thanks to the internet, I can at least show the thing off.

PS - this version is lettered by me, but they would have used their standard typeface.  Also - I gave them two versions of the final art:  one with pubic hair and one without, just to give them a choice!

(Side note:  According to the editor, I was one of only a few of the cartoonists asked to submit ideas whose submissions were "sex positive".  That is, according to him, most of the submissions by younger cartoonists were more in line with the kind of scatological, angry, "gross-out," excretion-happy humor more typical of today, or focused on the adversarial relationship between men and women.  My somewhat sweet oral sex joke seems pretty quaint in comparison, I guess.)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014


SUPER-ENIGMATIX ~ The thrilling serial continues!
You can read the whole story in order here:


A new batch of pages added every Wednesday or Thursday!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This Week On SUPER-ENIGMATIX: Bloodbath!

Read the latest four pages here!:


Or read SUPER-ENIGMATIX from the beginning!:


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SUPER-ENIGMATIX ~ Second Episode!

Egad ~ What's this?!  Nine new pages added!
To read from the beginning please go here:

Thursday, March 13, 2014


SUPER-ENIGMATIX ~ A thrilling new serial!
STARTS TODAY! ~ Read the first six pages as a webcomic here:

Friday, February 21, 2014