Saturday, May 31, 2008
This character has been kicking around in my head and in sketches for a while now. I'm not sure...maybe a year and a half. Finally exploring him in Catgirl Mojo. Should be fun. He's kinda like a philosophically inclined Conan with a gender-bending penchant.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Fun times as Baron Samedi meets his demise. The panels where he actually dies were tricky, as a lot was going on in a small space - both in terms of the art and the story, so it made a nice kind of sense in that way that only comics can.
The Privvy Flush Deluxe was one of Adam's creations -- one of those "super-wacky" things I let him get away with in his early days of writing on the strip. I was never very happy with the mechanics of it - I prefer things to be more logically bizarre. Still, it proved a useful plot device as the story progressed, and it was very handy here.
As it turned out, this is the last we see of the Privvy Flush Deluxe in the story, but ironically it is not the last we see of Baron Samedi. Come on, he is a lord of the undead, after all. Watch that sigil on his hat, not as funny as an arrow through the head but it does much the same job. Funny how these things work out isn't it?
Monday, May 26, 2008
Wizard Nate has a great contest going on for artistic rights to the back cover of Atland #7. All I can say is if you have something to contribute, it better be kick-ass because these Atland collections are a must have for me! I don’t wanna’ be eye-balling stick figures here kids!
Wizard Trav’ is risking life and limb, or maybe just some carpal-tunnel-syndrome, producing some amazing prints for his journey to Comic Con in sunny San Diego this year. If you’re one of the chosen ones and make the trip, be sure to stop by and see Mr. Hanson.
Wizard James has graced us with more of his stunning and voluptuous vixens with tails in Catgirl Mojo. WHoooooo! It’s not bad enough that James gives us some stunning beauties, he has to go and show the world that digital isn’t the be all/end all to comic coloring. I hate him…and I love him. I’m so torn!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Artists are fucking weird.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The character is a little barbarian dude that tends to spill out of my pen quite often but usually while talking on the phone or just scribbling. You never know, he may have a future somewhere down the road. Elf `n Troll were basically phone scribbles for many years.
I have to admit though, I really dig the background.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
SECRETS & LIES Anthology and Book Release Party
White River Junction, VT, May 20, 2008 – SECRETS & LIES is an anthology of comics edited by veteran web cartoonist Cayetano Garza Jr. which will make its debut at the 2008 MoCCA Art Festival in New York, NY (June 7-8, table C27).
The book features a wide spectrum of comics creators from all over the United States and from every corner of the comics industry. Comics legends SR Bissette (Swamp Thing, Tyrant) and Rick Geary (A Treasury of Victorian Murder, Gumby, Heavy Metal) share the stage with webcomics luminaries Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic) and Chuck Whelon (Pewfell). The book also features work from alumni, current and upcoming students from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and the surrounding cartooning community including recent graduates Joe Lambert and Bryan Stone, freshmen Lucy Knisley and Dan Archer and recent Xeric grant winner Colleen Frakes (CCS Class of 07) as well as many, many others.
The anthology is projected to weigh in at over 126 pages at press time.
The book's theme centers loosely around the idea that all fiction is lies and that the best stories tell us some kind of secret.
There will be a book release party on May 31, 2008 at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vermont at 8 pm. The party will also include the debut of Colleen Frake's new Xeric graphic novel TRAGIC RELIEF. Some of the refreshments will be generously provided by The Center for Cartoon Studies.
Book Release Poster by recent CCS graduate Alex Kim (www.thebearhead.com)
The Snow Battle (13x19)
I worked this one up as I sat talking to my son about dinos- I just thought to myself would a triceratops be able to hold off a snow dragon. As the image progressed so did the rider and and armor on the dino. Giving way to a young man on a quest.... what the quest is for the viewer to decide.
Sitting with the ancients (18x24)
When I look towards mountains and rocks I was see things within in them. Faces, shapes, images etc.... inspiring me to put those same elements into my own work. Not everyone sees all the faces or other things i choose to hide within my pics.
Both these and several more will debut at SDCC this year - there will 2 new 18x24 pics and several smaller ones as well.
So Come join the adventure.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Mitch has a way with a simple line that borders on magical and his storytelling ability is second to none. If you haven't guessed...I'm a fan of this dino-loving creator.
I only wish that more issues of his, "Mitch Byrd Presents:" comic were produced.
The death of my father has thrown me into a nostalgic mood. I’m remembering things I hadn’t thought of for years and years…if ever. Even before his passing I was on the track to starting a sort of autobio journal comic and now I don’t think I can stop myself from doing it.
Back in the 90s in particular there was something of a glut of autobio comics. Sort of. It was only a glut if you don’t like them or if you believe there is some kind of limit to how many life stories can be told. I enjoy reading them. They’re honest and real and I feel connected to other people by learning how they think, what they think, and what they’ve experienced. So I’ll probably start sharing my own thoughts and memories in pictures and panels and word balloons very soon.
I have no huge plans for this. Hell knows I already have more than enough projects on my desk and not nearly enough raw energy to see them done with anything resembling speed. But I do what I do and it’s all I can do. Kind of like Popeye. So I’ll do this in honor of my father and in order to sort through these old, dusty memories of bygone places, past times, and lost worlds. Maybe I can reveal things about the world that some folks never knew in the same way others have revealed things to me.
We all have stories to tell. I’m a story teller.
Catgirl Mojo is now live. The content is for mature, grown up types. I'll be adding more to it as often as I can.
There is little in the way of explanation. I figure the content speaks for itself. The comic itself is most definitely inspired by Vaugn Bode's classic Deadbone Erotica strips. I'm aiming for a weekly update, but we'll just have to see how that pans out.
Waka waka, hubba bubba, shamboom!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
It's funny, I remember when I was contemplating doing `Tween as a webcomic. I was hesitant because of possible comparisons to Pewfell and repercussions from Chuck Whelon fanatics. I even held off doing it for almost a year. If it wasn't for some friendly peer-pressure, `Tween may not have ever seen the light of day.
Look at us now.
Cheers, Mr. Whelon.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Frank Frazetta - Rough Work
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Here's a little plug for an artist I've greatly admired for some time...Seth Fisher. if you're a fan of Moebius or the eye candy of Geoff Darrow, you'll dig Seth's work. Seth haunted the pages of heavy Metal Magazine off and on and then got some major mojo going when Vertigo bit on his project with Andrew Dabb called "Happydale: Devils in the Desert". Seth's career began to skyrocket with his Green Lantern story, "Willworld" and soon followed up with "The Flash: Time Flies", "Tokyo Pop" and "Batman: Snow".
This blog is an excellent place to eyeball some of Seth's original art.
Sadly, Seth is no longer with us but, I like to take a few moments from time to time to remind people about his inspiring work.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
These are some concept sketches of the main character of a short graphic novel I've been flirting with over the last couple of months. Basically it's a planetary romance/sword and sorcery tale with an uber-sexy female lead who crash lands on a strange and brutal world.
This one is still in the very early concept stage. I did about 10 thumbnailed pages of layouts and I have 4 or 5 different versions of the story roughed out so who knows which direction this will take in the end.
I think it's both exciting and enraging how stories are birthed by a process of inspiration pumping you up like a cheap hooker then focus and realism beating you down like a bad stepchild. In the end you either make a comic or you have a folder stuffed with neat sketches and half-baked pages.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008