Today’s sketch is of HAUSER— the leader of the bounty hunters sent by MALESUR to confront our heroes and wrest from their control the mystical amulet (which was really the centerpiece and focus of the entire first series) in TELLOS issue #3. HAUSER is a pivotal character to the story of TELLOS in many ways. He came very close to killing KOJ in issue 5– which set up what I would call the ‘interlude’ issues of #6 and #7. In those issues, things slowed down as the gang waited to see whether KOJ would indeed live or die from his wounds. We got a lot of insight into the relationships some of the characters like SERRA and HAWKE had that had only been hinted at in earlier issues. It also brought THOM the wizard back into the picture to lay out the path for our heroes that sent them toward their final confrontation with the dark young wizard MALESUR. We also saw MALESUR’S…. reaction… toward HAUSER due to his failure to capture the all-important amulet. Anyone who has read the subsequent prestige format one-shots and the TALES OF TELLOS mini series will know that HAUSER continues to play an important role that will have repercussions well into future stories. (And those of you who might NOT have read these stories… well, what are you waiting for…?)

Speaking of TELLOS…..




After Wednesday’s post, several people asked about the status of the TELLOS oversized (COLOSSAL) hardcover collection. Well, yesterday the FedEx guy delivered a copy to my doorstep from the folks at IMAGE. Needless to say, I was thrilled to open the package and see the hardcover in all its glory…! I can tell you this– the book will be in stores next month. Whether that’s the beginning, middle or end of August, I don’t really know… and I have to apologize for the delay. I just hope that everyone who’s been waiting thinks, when they see the final product, that it’s worth the wait. I might be biased (natch)– but I certainly feel like it is….!

And finally…


One of the sweetest surprises that came out of this past HEREOS CON was this portrait of my cat CHARLIE… with a fairy on his head… that my friend Karalyn Johnson gave me as a gift. I had emailed Karalyn a few pictures of Charlie many months back to show her what he looked like, and in one of them– the one she used for this cute painting– Charlie looked quite annoyed. It was as though he’d had just enough of me taking his picture. Karalyn added a fairy lounging on the top of his head… and I just thought it was a wonderful touch. I’ve known Karalyn for something like 13 years… and Karalyn… I just can’t thank you enough for this sweet portrait of my bestest buddy….! You can see more of Karalyn’s work at her web site HERE!

OK… that’s it for another week. Have a great weekend, all.

This is Entry 403.



  1. Royce Says:

    YAAAAHOOOOOOO! IT is finally here! Well, almost finally here anyway. Going to check the sofa cusions for coins to start the savings fund for this one.

  2. Brian M. Says:

    Very nice indeed. Congrats to you and Todd and here’s hoping that this leads to more Tellos in the future.

  3. Gerard Says:

    YAY! My sister will love this, and I sure as heck will read it too! 😀

  4. Mike Says:

    Wow Mike great sketch, even more awesome news about the trade!! I think the wait has been worth it, it’s given me more time to save that’s for sure!! Now I think everyone definately can’t wait knowing that it’s almost here! And great work on Charlie, that’s a really nice picture!

  5. Karalyn Says:

    Hi Mike! My website is come check it out! Love Karalyn



  7. COMIKXGUY Says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Bill Williams Says:

    Congratz on the big book. It looks great.

  9. megan Says:

    Have you ever given thought to having your Tellos characters licensed?
    There’s a big licensing show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC every year, here’s the website, in case you were interested in learning more:

  10. Rossi-250 Says:

    Hey Mike,
    First off great pic,
    secondly is this available in ireland fingers crossed cause i cant wait for it 😉

  11. Gannon Beck Says:

    Hi Mike,

    I’ve been checking out you blog for a while but can never think of anything not obvious to say. Unfortunately, today is no different, so I’ll just say the obvious: Your blog is awesome; your art rocks and I can’t wait for the Tellos trade to come out.


  12. Leaf Says:

    Volume One? So we can expect more?