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Just came across this mini documentary about creative individuals in Toronto, called CREATIVE DIFFERENCES, that largely features my good friend and longtime comic book collaborator, The Amazing David Brame!
(Keep an eye out just before the five minute mark and you catch just a quick glimpse of SKOTTIE ROCKET, GAY SPACE PIRATE, a comic we created together!)
Give it a watch!
…but I started playing around with a new personal logo today.
It’s not one hundred percent finished. I’m still tinkering with it. I’ll probably continue to tinker with it until I get sick of it and design a new one. I’ve already adapted it for a new blog header (look up) and it will eventually be on new business cards and whatnot. And, as always, colors are subject to change based on need or boredom. But I really do like the color orange, though. A lot. So I’ll probably still use it as the default logo color.
What do you think?
OK, so good news/bad news time.
The bad news is that, unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to cancel my appearances at both the Summit City Comic Con in Fort Wayne, IN and the Derby City Comic Con in Louisville, KY. Both are really great shows and I’m super bummed that I won’t be able to make it to either of them this year. But I shall return, with something that resembles a vengeance, next year.
The good news is that means my first and only show of the season is the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo in beautiful Columbus, OH!
I’ll be located at Table 129 and will have copies of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket for sale — both written by me and illustrated by the Amazing David Brame — as well as FREE Punch-Up postcards and stickers — AND, to sweeten the pot, I will have TEN Punch-Up Patrick Plushies for sale, courtesy of the wonderful Ms. Abigail Kokai.
And, in case you weren’t already sick of me, at 4:00 on Saturday April 21st, I will be talking about webcomics on a panel with fellow webcomics creators Doug Hufford & Todd Beistel (Yuri Gypsy Hunter), Eric Adams (Lackluster World), and Kevin Czapiewski (Spoilers). This will be my first ever panel, so make sure you come see just how much I can prattle on and sweat in one hour!
SPACE is held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, located at 4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229, April 21st and 22nd, from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5.00 a day or $8.00 for a weekend pass.
So come on down to S.P.A.C.E. and buy a book or two or just say hi! Either way, it should be a blast!
After a pretty lively debate about hipsters — initially, because I was earlier referred to “the king of comic book hipsters” by my friend, Diana, that quickly escalated into… something else entirely, because of who I have foolishly chosen to befriend ; ) — my “good friend” Dirk Shearer defended my non-hipster ways and threatened, and then immediately acted upon said threat, to illustrate what I would look like if I were a hipster.
With friends like these… : )
I teased the completion of a new project a couple of days ago, and promised to give you guys a look at what I’ve been working on yesterday, and then completely forgot to post anything because I was all caught up in birthday shenanigans (IE – freelance work).
So my good friend and former roommate, Kev, is turning thirty soon, and he and his wife wanted me to design the invitations for his party. They asked for The Muppet’s Statler and Waldorf to be on the front of the invitations, as Kev is to be roasted at the party, and who better represents heckling than those two?
Anyway, I can’t show you the information side, obviously, but here the the front that I drew.
The original is 6″ x 9″ on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper (later shrunk down to 4″ x 6″), inked with my trusty Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, colored in Photoshop, and lettered in Illustrator.
Come back in a few days and I’ll show you the one page comic I’m working on today for an anthology!
2011 was a weird year for me. Granted, most of my years on this planet have been “weird” for the most part; this one was just… different.
2011 was the first year I had lived in my hometown in a decade. Although, I did some freelancing and lived off of what I made, I was technically unemployed — for the first time since I was sixteen years old — the entire year. I knew very few people in town who I wasn’t related to. I lived mostly as a hermit, emerging from my secluded home only for sustenance, out-of-town comic conventions, and, occasionally, for short bursts of human contact.
That said, 2011 also held a lot of big moments for me, as well.
2011 also marked my first time as a paid comic book writer as well as a paid comic book letterer (that book was only just completed and I have not been able to share pages from it as of yet).
And I’ve received shout outs from both Warren Ellis, for a book cover I designed, and Joe Hill, who had start reading my webcomic. I may not be a famous comic book creator, but famous comic book creators are becoming aware that I — or, at least, my work — exists. Hopefully, in a good way.
At the time of this writing, we are nearly through the first day of 2012 and I honestly cannot predict what this new year will bring nor how it will change me. I’m another year older and, hopefully, a little wiser and, with any luck, I’ll be able to say the same this time next year.
Best to you and yours in the coming year. Cheers.
So, every year, I make the same Conan the Barbarian New Year’s Resolution joke, along with a laundry list of goals for the year that I don’t really have a shot at completing. Y’know, like most people.
This year, however… I dunno. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but this year is different.
Yeah, I want to keep a sketch-a-day blog, get a copy of Jack Claymore, Agent of V.I.O.L.E.N.C.E. drawn and printed by SPACE, get a few more comics and secret projects completed, and possibly finish up Punch-Up by year’s end or at least find a publisher to collect and print it.
But as far as resolutions go? I think I’m going to keep it simple this year.
This year, I just want to be a better person. I want to be a better person at the end of the year than I was at the beginning. Simple as that.
Little more somber of a resolution than years past, but there ya go.
How do you guys and gals want to change and grow in the coming year?
While I’m posting art, thought I’d share with you the reference sketches I did a couple of weeks ago for the animated Christmas comic I put up last weekend. While the drawing style for the comic was a lot simpler and more cartoony, my initial sketches fairly realistic.
(I also did a Salacious Crumb sketch, but was nowhere near as satisfied with it as I was with these two.)
Hope ya like.