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…about a year ago, on the same day I mailed out Punch-Up submission packages to publishers. I popped it in the fridge with explicit instructions that it was not to be opened until Punch-Up was published.

Well, a year has gone by, I’ve barely moved even an inch forward in the publishing game, I’m moving a hundred and fifty miles away in exactly thirty-one days, tonight — well, technically, tomorrow — is Halloween, and that bottle has been sitting in that fridge — for a whole year! — mocking me.

So… eff it.

We’re popping the cork tonight. Punch-Up be damned. I need a drink and nothing’s classier that drinking straight from the champagne bottle.

Salute,

Frankie

…posted a Pop-Up book marketing video yesterday that he art directed and composited, with his production house Stonekap.

I’ve always been a fan of Kev’s work — he even made an animated logo for my previous writing alter ego, Boom Boom Storm Cloud — but this is just goddamned sexy!  Check it out:

One day, Kev and I will collaborate on a video and we will rule youTube.

Frankie

…well, Canadian famous.

In addition to being a professor in the school of fashion at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON — and the artist for my book, soon to be webcomic, Punch-Up — he was given a grant to draw a research comic about testicular cancer.

Recently, the media — again, Canadian media — discovered him and he’s been doing interviews with blogs, newspapers and radio.  Check it out here, here, here, and here.

Dave said on his deviantART page, about his recent — Canadian — fame, “I never thought my break out comic would be based around testicles… especially ones that don’t work.”

With Dave being — Canadian — famous, this could mean good things for publishing Punch-Up.  Now I just have to find a way to weasel in a writing credit for these testical comics.

Balls,

Frankie

Hey kids,

So tonight, almost as I type this, my mother — all four foot eleven inches, 102 pounds of her — is going to The ‘Range.

A few weeks ago, sometime around the beginning of September, my mom joined the “Citizen’s Police Academy” in our hometown of Euclid, OH.  The Citizens’ Academy is an eleven week program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Euclid Police Department and its operational methods.  She’s about six to eight weeks into the course now and, so far, it’s been mostly lectures and guest speakers.  Which kinda bums her out. 

Y’see, tonight is the night she’s been waiting for.  Tonight, she goes to the ‘range.  (She’s even started talking like she’s already a police officer and is using all the “hip cop lingo.”  Like “The ‘Range.”)  Ever since she signed up for the course, she’s been SUPER excited to shoot a gun.  That’s all she’s been talking about.  “Can’t wait ’til week eight, when we go to The ‘Range.”  “I’ve always wanted to shoot a gun!”  ‘Gun gun gun.”  “‘Range ‘range ‘range.”

It’s actually a bit frightening.

At least she’s stopped — or, at least, I hope she’s stopped — referring to the “Drivealong”  as a “Driveby.”

Frankie

Hey kids,

Last week I told you guys that I had started drawing again and, within a day or two, received several requests for art.  A good friend of mine wanted me to do a Han Solo piece for him and supplied to reference photos, telling me to whichever one of the two I wanted.

So… I did them both.  A couple of days ago, I posted the first piece, and here is the second:

Han number two is 5″ X 7″ and took roughly 12 hours to complete.  I was originally going to add in a simple gradient background around the edges, as I did in the first piece, but I kinda dig how the whiteness of his shirt blends into the white background.

So… what’s next?  Maybe a Chewie?

Frankie

Hey kids,

So as previously stated a few days ago, I decided to start drawing again and, on Sunday, I spent a good chunk of the day stippling this stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder.

Han here is 3″ X 4 1/2″ and took the better part of six hours to sketch out and stipple.

“Don’t everyone thank me at once.”

Frankie

…think that this Wendy’s commercial is actually an advertisement for threesomes?

For one price, you can pick two things.

Frankie

Hey kids,

As some of you may know, this weekend I made a nearly a thousand mile round trip to New York City to attend the New York Comic Con.  I didn’t have a table, but I did walk around the con, battle through wave after wave of oncoming nerds, stand in long looong lines to speak with publishing editors, network with some very talented artists, and spent both time with old friends and more money than I would have liked but still less than I expected I would.

However, my good friend Dirk Shearer had a table and I occasionally hung out with him and helped sell his artwork.  It was while I was hanging out with Dirk, watching him craft his masterful scratchboard illustrations, that I came to a sudden realization.

I need to start drawing again.  More so, I want to start drawing again.

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve done any serious artwork on a regular basis — I ended up stopping a few years ago because of equal parts early onset arthritis and the fact that absolutely no one was buying or even looking at my work — and I kinda miss it.

I made it a point of studying Dirk’s business model this weekend.

While he and I may not use the same illustration styles — he works primarily with scratchboard and I stipple — our end products are fairly similar.  Dirk works small — most of his scratchboards are around 3″ x 6″ — so he can finish a complete illustration in six to ten hours.  I always worked bigger — around 9″ x 12″ — and it would take me, on average, anywhere between 75 and 100 hours to finish one illustration.

Another problem with my stippling was that I couldn’t really sell anything because no one would pay more than $50 to $75 for a piece.  That’s less that a dollar an hour for all my work.  But Dirk makes more money off of one piece of art by selling his original scratchboards and more affordable prints of those same illustrations.

And, because Dirk has a great business plan and is insanely talented, he was making money hand over fist this weekend and ended up making back most of the money he spend on his trip.

Like I said, I have a lot to learn.

I spent much of the long ride back from New York thinking about future projects — my novels, more Skottie Rocket stories, another OGN or two, some children’s books and comics, webcomics — but I kept coming back to drawing.

Over the past few days, I’ve planned my own similar business strategies including selling original work, prints, sketchcards, a few secret projects I’ll tell you about later, and even starting an Etsy account for selling work in between cons.

“That’s all well and good,” you say.  “But what’s that got to do with ME???

Calm down, Narcississy.  I’m gettin’ to that.

So if I’m going to start drarwin’ again, I’m going to need something to draw.  And, since y’all are my main audience — if not consumer — I want to know: What do you want to see me draw?  I’m planning on drawing stipple portraits of television and movie characters, musicians, some comic book characters, celebrities, and the like.  But what I want to know from you is whose portraits should I draw?

Feel free to leave a comment below, shoot me an email, or hit me up on any number of those anti-social network dealies.

The only thing I’m drawin’ right now is flies,

Frankie

…but they do have some hilarious ads.

Thanks to my Punch-Up artist, The Amazing David Brame, for passing these along.

Protect your oscillating fan from David Hasselhoff,

Frankie

Hey kids,

Remember all of those awesome Old Spice commercials from a while ago?  Well, they’re back… in Muppet form.

That’s right, Sesame Street has spoofed Old Spice.

Cow.

Frankie