Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kingpin of Pain

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Tony Trov and Johnny Zito write and produce “Kingpin of Pain” The martial arts movie was an entry in the Philadelphia 48 Hour Film Festival. The 48 Hour Film project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams of masochistic film makers write, shoot, edit and score a short movie — in just 48 hours. The film won best editing and special effect awards for its epic karate fights and silly pyro stunts.

Written in four hours and shot in 14, "Kingpin of Pain" is about a tournament of warriors fighting over a sword of immortal power. It stars Adult Cover Girl, Stoya as Kamikaze SheGun 5000, the world's baddest ninja. Stoya's character is the reigning champion and uses the sword for evil.

"You're randomly assigned the props, dialogue and genre so you make the best of it. All the visual short hand we learned in comics came in handy," says Tony Trov. “A lot of the action centers on Stoya’s deadly kung fu skills. Her scissor chokehold can kill a man.” adds Johnny Zito.

"This is my first time playing a bad guy," says Stoya about her 48 Hour debut. "I'm handy with a sword and beating up boys is always fun."

Tony Trov and Johnny Zito live in a big Philadelphia row home with all of their childhood friends and a cowardly dog. They are best friends for life and super writing partners. Read their girl gang vs Zombie comic at BlackCherryBombshells.com.

Stoya™ is original, outrageous, and chipping away at the common misconceptions regarding the adult industry and sexuality. Stoya’s youthful, pristine body envelops an old soul and intellectual mind. She is a rare combination of book and street smarts. In 2008 and 2009 Stoya achieved a unanimous sweep of best new performer awards, including the coveted AVN Best New Starlet and XBIZ New Starlet of the Year.

-Johnny Zito

Monday, May 4, 2009

FCR Photoshop Exercise

Hey TH! It's been a while, I miss you a bunch. I was goofing around on Photoshop a bit and decided to play with some new brushes I happened upon. Aside from the swirly background, all of the objects in this image are brushes and their alterations, even the clouds. The pink and magenta swirl is one of the trademarks of my good buddies' band Fat City Reprise, and I did the image (pre-text) with them in mind. This was pretty fun, hopefully I'll get around to doing another. Bye, Tasker House, I miss you!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How To Do Your Own Zombie Make-Up

Johnny and I made this lil tutorial video to celebrate Zombie Week.

All over the world people are celebrating the joy of being undead until April 12.

Join us in the festivities by reading Black Cherry Bombshells.

-Tony Trov

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tony found a red piano for sale (free) on Craig's List.

It was sort of like a Tasker House Christmas Present except half of us don't play piano.

Above: Al Bruno rocks out, side walk style, on the red piano before we moved it into the house. I preferred it on the step, lodged in the vestibule as a conversation piece but everyone else wanted to put the doors back on the house.

Happy Holidays,

-Johnny Zito

Friday, November 28, 2008

Barack Obama Portrait

Obama keeps saying there's only one President at a time. I think he's secretly telling us that means it's him.

Couldn't help it, had to draw him. Worked on it last week in my 'free' time.

Click HERE for high rez Prez.

-Johnny Zito

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wonder Woman

wonder woman johnny zito project rooftop


-Johnny Zito

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cartoon Dump

Did B&W of these before for Tasker House.

Had some time so I threw some colors on there for practice this weekend.

I was thinking about putting these on t-shirts but then being consignment guy is a whole other job I'd be awesome at but have no time for.

-Johnny Zito

Saturday, August 2, 2008

I <3 Ninjas

I did this while listening to Beethoven 7 at the Mann Music Center. Thanks to Candace who taught me how to do this craft!


Schubert's "Winterreise" is a set of 24 art songs on dejected love.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Men of DC Comics

Since Tasker House has become more of a repository for our artsy nonsense than a weekly installment of our artsy nonsense I wanted to throw this out there.

So, Adam Hughes illustrated this sweet 'Vanity Fair' style pin up of the super heroines from the DC Universe for the New York Comic Con.

It was a real smash, everyone dug it. Mostly.

And then Joanna, comic book journalist and blogger at Comics Worth Reading, had this great idea. She asked her readers what a male version of that poster might look like.

Here's my entry:

John Stewart (Green Lantern), Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Ryan Choi (The Atom), Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Clark Kent (Superman), Krypto (the Super Dog), Barry Allen (The Flash), Dick Grayson (Robin), John Henry Irons (Steel), Arthur Curry (Aquaman)

My line up is a classic catch all with a few modern additions. Special credit to fellow Zudite Paul Salvi for the brilliant idea of putting Hal in his Air Force dress uniform. (Although I did go with the tropical white.)

Check out the other fantastic entries at Comics Worth Reading. Make sure you drop a comment for your favorite!

-Johnny Zito

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sketches - Al Bruno

I found that marker in work again, so I did some more sketches. I was in a robot mood. I'd like to get some color onto these, too, particularly the last one.

Curious Robot and quasi-DRD:

Happy 386:

El Luca-Bot:
Remember, Curious Robot, see with your multispectral photosensitive receptors, not with your omnidirectional clasping mechanisms.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Chinatown - Al Bruno

I had so much fun doing the South Philly post from a few weeks ago that I had to do another one. A couple months back, I realized just how much I enjoy Chinatown; the people, the markets, how it sounds, everything. So I decided that would be a fun subject. What came out wasn't so much Chinatown as it is Asiatown, considering some of the aspects of this image. But whatev.

Mostly everything in this image was taken directly from Philly's Chinatown on or around 10th and Cherry Streets, with the exception of the parade dragon and the fireworks. I stole the idea of using a piece of art as a background from a super-cool illustrator named Jimi Benedict and his two particular pieces featuring Mario and Link; don't even get me started as to how rockin' those images are. For South Philly, I used Raphael, and for Chinatown, I used a beautiful Japanese samurai landscape which I ruined by covering it with Photoshop garbage. Anyhow, this one was great fun. Next up, The Navy Yard!

Monday, March 31, 2008

We Won!

The Black Cherry Bombshells are the March 2008 winners at ZUDAcomics.comThis means my team and I will be able to tell the rest of our zombie/girl gang epic.And that means I work for DC Comics.We're very excited and super appreciative to everyone who voted for us.

If you get the chance pop by our shinny, URL:


Swing by to celebrate and check out the premiere of Pray for Death by Doan and Serra.

Thank you from somewhere near the bottom of my heart, in'a my chest, for showing me that beauty is truly in the eye of the tiger.

-Johnny Zito

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sketches - Al Bruno

Hey, Internet! I found a marker in work today so I did a few tiny sketches on the back of a piece of scrap paper. That was the highlight of my week.

An Al Bruno standard, reeds.
Clouds of varying style:

Science, Nature, and Scnature:

That's all for now, I suppose. Hopefully I'll get to do a few more sketches with my fancy new felt-tip, or maybe I'll go revisit all those posts I wanted to. Miss you, Tasker House.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

We're On Hiatus

That's right, kiddies, we're taking a break from Tasker House for an undetermined amount of time.

For those of you who don't know, our very own Johnny Zito and Tony Trov wrote a comic book, The Black Cherry Bombshells, and said comic book is currently competing among 9 others in Zuda's March round.

What can you do, you ask? Well, you can head over the The BCB page at Zudacomics.com and vote, favorite, and rate the comic book. Hopefully by the end of March, the comic will reign victorious. Until then, we'll be hard at work pushing the comic and working on upcoming releases. So head over and vote, hopefully we'll see you back here at TH soon!