Monday, May 31, 2010

the bean 119

Bean 119
I just got back from the Phoenix Comic Con, which by far is one of the best shows I do all year.

I had a fantastic time, and I so look forward to next year. That show just gets better and better.

Well, here is the new update, for today. Enjoy

the bean

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Medusa Droid

More Medusa love.

So here in the wild world of West life tools on as it tends to do. The birds are singing, the grass is growing, and I'm contemplating comic books.

Not just comics, but comic books. I've been doing this for at least 7 or 8 months. Contemplating comics as comic books, that is. I guess its a fact of my age and history. I'm going to be 40 this year so naturally my formative years and at least half my adulthood were spent looking at comics on paper that you hold in your hand, not comics on a screen. Both are wonderful venues for the craft, but I've been thinking that having my work in print is pretty important to me.

So more on that later.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

page 118 and phoenix

heading out to one of the best shows of the year. Phoenix Comic Con.

Also a new page update. More to come.


Been doodling a lot these medusa characters. Maybe I should do a little medusa pin-up book!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Zyn Dweomer #74, #75, #76

Fell a little behind on my coloring, so here are the latest three episodes in black and white.

I've been pumping energy into some different projects so Zyn Dweomer has been going a bit more slowly lately. More on that later...

Monday, May 24, 2010

it's getting darker

New page and prepping for one of the coolest shows of the season. Phoenix Comic Con.

Also a bunch of new things are happening over in my world, I am a little busy but man is it getting exciting. Issue 5 comes to me tomorrow. I cannot believe we have 5 issue done. WOW.

Looking forward to also coming up with a wizards of uz cookbook.... see the last atland post:)

more to come at you soon.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

the bean page 116

Page 116-
I had a lot of fun with this one- in fact the next 8 pages I really enjoyed putting this sequence together.

Also posted an article about webcomics and comics over at it is a little long but it sums it up pretty well.

More to come-

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Atland #278 - I Brought a Friend

Probably in my top 10 favorite episodes that I've ever drawn. This is usually determined by looking at an episode and seeing how much I feel like I could have done a better job...with this episode, I almost don't have that feeling!

I consider myself an adventurous eater. Probably because I do all the cooking in my house -- daily meals and holiday feasts. I've been to Europe and I've always eaten anything that was put in front of me. I may not like it, but I will TRY it.

So, for the record, I have eaten blood sausage. I can tell you that (as with almost anything,) drinking heavily helped it go down easier. It doesn't taste too bad, but the texture is like wet sawdust. I also ate head cheese on vacation this year. But you knew that if you follow these commentaries.

I promised you more Kitty (everyone seems to have fallen in love with her even though she has only appeared once up 'til now) so, here she is. More to come.

Speaking of TWO weeks (new schedule! No episode the last Thursday of the month)...we find out what happened that dark & storm night at the Brave Minotaur Inn.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Much the Miller's Son book3 page 27

page 115

New page up- Sorry about the delay- I've been a little slammed.

Anyways more art to come- I'm adding some new b/w as well, so I will post thumbs of them later.

Have a fantastic day-

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tia's place

Imagination comes from all sources and this piece has a special place in my heart as I watched a little girl of mine, color away many years ago. I was never able to get it to print until now. I am excited because this piece has many different meanings for me.

This print will debut at the Phoenix comic con and will go on sale after memorial day weekend with Issue 5 which goes to press today.

Issue 6 update - I am at page 15 pencils and it is flowing well.

Issue 7 update - yes there is an issue 7 update. I started scripting last night. I added a whole new section which fills a whole I think the books created. I am really jazzed with where it is all going.

well more news to come and don't be afraid to say hi! I love to talk:)


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Comic Pages? From Me?

Two pages from a comic I'm attempting to work on in my free time, which is rare and far between. I share with you all to drive home the fact that I haven't completely disappeared and to stop Wizard Travis from harassing me about making comics.

Play Nice Folks!

bean 114

Update 114-
Just another update.
come join the adventure at


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Atland #277 - The Outside World

It's a plot mover folks. While not the most visually spectacular episode, it was necessary to get us out of the crypt and back into the above-ground world!

I originally had dialogue for those last two panels...but at the lettering stage I decided to remove it. I like the silence there. Clarke is pondering. Thinking of what his long dead lover would want of him.

Someone mentioned how Clarke is the obvious replacement for Bruce. True enough. But I wanted to differentiate Clarke from Bruce right off the bat by showing his incredible loyalty to his wife. (Don't get me wrong...Bruce was a true friend to his traveling companions, but he had some serious issues when it came to family. he did run out on Sheila & Tad...twice...but at least he tried to redeem himself before his death.)

NEXT WEEK, one of my favorite episodes to date...the boys hit the road and we return to the Brave Minotaur inn, where a surprise is waiting for Barry...

In other news, tomorrow I'll be attending my old college, where, for some reason, I'm being given the 2010 Alumni Award from the Art Deptment. Suit & tie fancy-pants dinner and everything!


Monday, May 10, 2010


bean 113

The Bean 113 is up and we will be done with issue 3 by thursday with our updates. Which means we start updating issue 4 on monday:) I am so jazzed.

Issue 5 goes to press mid week! Which is a big step for me and I am starting the artwork on Issue 6 today.

Everything seems to be flowing.
So as long as people keep reading we'll keep posting.

Keep the creativity flowing

Thursday, May 6, 2010

mermaid tank and other art

As you can tell, in-between books I go a little nuts on my b/w pieces. I use them to learn and develop my trade. Everyone needs to practice.

Some of my pieces are a little more involved as well. Like the one on the right. I have a salt water tank at home and I wondered what it would be like to keep a mermaid in there. How big, filtration system, etc.

So I set one up. Now personally I would have made the tank a little bigger, I do hate seeing animals in enclosures far too small, yet I did make sure the protein skimmer was there as well as a nice filtration system on the right.

Now before you set up your mermaid tank make sure you have your parents permission and the space needed to take care of them. Cleaning can be a bear at times, but honestly no one likes a dirty tanks.

To see all the other new illustrations - just click the pic or follow the link to more floating islands, pirates and a few other surprises.

Stay creative and keep imagining. More artwork to come.


112 pages finally

112 pages -
and we finally found the prize:) well a lot more is going to happen since I have really finished page 188 - but I do believe this is a huge milestone.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Atland #276 - Rhiannon

Now you've got some background on Clarke.

Here's one of those episodes where the extra time I'm spending on Season 2 really pays off. I think this one came out pretty nice even though it's kind of a sad episode.

Speaking of Season 2...are you guys pleased so far with the story and art? I know some of you were worried that Season 2 might not measure up to Season 1. I know it's still early on, but I hope I'm delivering.

Next week...a choice.

By the way, have you ordered your copy of ATLAND Vol. 10? 56-page giant-sized finale to Season 1! (scroll down)


Zyn Dweomer #73

Undead goblin heroes!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Issue 5 preview cover and news

Issue 5 Cover

As promised here is the cover to issue 5 (some spoilers for those following the web, yet if you bought the 4th book you might have an idea on what is going on:) I am at the beginning stages of the piece right now, giving it it's color treatment and trying to set the right mood. Music plays a big part in this process as I come up with the color profile. It puts me in the right vibe.

Also last night, I finished the interior to issue 5. All text, balloons and sound effects have been added and it is in edits. I cannot believe how well it came off. Plus I am starting issue 6 prob next week. I feel really inspired right now and I am so pleased how will the story is coming together.

Issue 5 goes to press on the 17 and should be on sale May 29th cross your fingers:)

I hope you are enjoying the tale. I would encourage to help supporting the production of the story by picking up the series. Your support helps pay for paper, inks and printing. It also allows the story to continue with out it becoming a burden. So pick up a set and enjoy. I'll draw in each book bought from the bean leaf press store. You can order your copies here.

I would like to again thank everyone who supports the cause and even helps promote my story. I could not do this without you. I will also post updates on the cover during the day so you can check the progress.

trav (please order the books:))

Zyn Dweomer #72

Well, for some stupid reason I failed to upload this one yesterday. Gimme 50 lashes with a wet sock.

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