Monday, May 30, 2016

Drown 1

I've begun work on a follow up of sorts to Hedra. The working title is Drown and it takes place in a future world where the seas have risen and the whole world is flooded. I'm drawing a little bit of influence from J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World. I also have, of course, seen Waterworld. Though I hesitate to say that it was an influence.

The idea of a sunken world is one that has intrigued me for a while. I did some single page comics set in a sunken city back in 2008-2009. I've always wanted to continue with them, but the full story idea never really felt like it was there.

My girlfriend saw these comics and liked them, which led to her suggesting I continue in this style, which led to what became Hedra. And now I'm going to be returning to this flooded world idea.

So, here are those original comics (which I've posted before)(but here they are all together).







Sunday, May 22, 2016

Intentions

My graphic novel All Star took me about two years to complete, which required a lot of focus and discipline from me. Too much I think, and when I was done, I told myself I wasn't going to do that kind of book again. It wasn't that I was dissatisfied with it, but I was frustrated by the burden that it became. I didn't want that to happen again. I wanted a healthy dose of fun in my comics.

And so there were race cars, gun fights, space ships, and rock and roll.


My mind went a million directions at once. You can pick up three of these comics at my etsy shop.

And there was this need, this feeling that I had to be cranking stuff out. I did eight conventions the year All Star was released, and I felt I had to have something new for each convention. It was good for a little while, but ended up being a little too much. There was a lot of fun, but it needed a little bit of discipline to balance it out.

Sometime last year, I settled on the idea of just one book a year. Nothing as rigid or demanding as All Star, but a little more finished than the race cars and westerns.

Hedra came out this year, and it's the book that I'll be taking to conventions and selling. I'm not worried about having anything else.


If you can't make it to one of the conventions I'll be at (MeCAF, Boston Comic Con, SPX, MICE, and possibly RIPE), you can also pick it up at my etsy shop.

Next year, my plan is to have a collection of surreal short stories put together from my collection of little Moleskines. I carry one around with me wherever I go and work on little stories whenever I find myself with some free time. I have no plan or intention for the stories. I try to do my best to leave them alone and let them find their own shape (which isn't always easy). The best will go into the collection, which I'm calling Peppercorns in my mind, but that is subject to change.




I've posted some of the shorter stories from these little sketchbooks here and here.

For 2018, I plan to have a stylistic follow-up to Hedra. It will utilize the same grid structure and will also probably be wordless. It takes place in a drowned world and is in the very earliest stages of existence.



My intention is to do a weekly post about the progress of this book, which is tentatively titled Drown. As with Hedra, it will be very visually driven, and so there will be no real "writing" process, but there will be a lot (a lot) of thumbnails. There will also be a lot of finished pages that will probably get thrown away (you can check out the Hedra kept to thrown out ratio here).

Those are my intentions.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Deleted Scenes

Hedra is getting printed tomorrow and, unless something disastrous happens, I'll have it at MoCCA in New York next weekend (April 2nd and 3rd).

I'm excited and nervous about this book. In some ways, it feels like my first book. It's hard for me to explain why. It feels like pure comics. It's wordless. It's simple, but at the same time complex. It's experimental but pulling from some classic ideas and motifs. For me, it feels free of anything else.

And I've just realized today, that the pages I have cut or reworked actually appear to equal the pages in the book.


The pages that made it into the book are on the left. The ones on the right got cut.

The cost of experimentation.

Anyway, here are some highlights from those dumped pages.











Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Vinyl Inspector

My original intention with this comic was to pick up with Kyle, a character from my first graphic novel Flower & Fade, ten years after the events in that story. This idea came from watching Truffault's Love On The Run (the fifth Antoine Doinel film), and thinking how cool it was that there was this series of non-action movies featuring the same character. It's the same with Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight.

The comic took a turn though and went another direction. I don't think I'll be picking up with Kyle. I'm not really interested in the kinds of stories he'd find himself in anymore.

The record they dance/make out to is Ghost in the Machine by the Police, probably track two - Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.









Sunday, March 6, 2016

Intimacy

This comic is a little gross, but it was one of those ideas that just wouldn't go away, and it seemed like the only solution was to get it down on paper and let it find its way.

It ended up a little longer than I expected and got split between two sketchbooks.









Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Art of the Handshake

Another short little sketchbook comic. This one is about the greeting of people, which is something that generally confuses me. Do we shake hands? Or nod? Hug, wave, fist bump, high five, or do the cheek-touch-kiss-noise-thing (which raises all sorts of other questions like which cheeks are we going for, left to left, or right to right, and if I go right and s/he goes left, oh no no, we might end up actually kissing, and is it going to be a double or a single, and I'm clumsy, and sometimes I come in to hard, and it's more of cheek mash then cheek touch, oh brother) (and all of this has to be processed in like two seconds). It's very complicated.