Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Youngblood #1 by Rob Liefeld

I love this comic.

What I love is that Rob Liefeld goes for it. He's giving it all he's got. It's got to be 2000% percent awesome. There is no holding back at all. It's raw-stream-of-conscious freneticism. In this single issue he introduces eleven superheroes (Bedrock, Combat, Chapel, Vogue, Diehard, Shaft, Brahma, Riptide, Photon, Psi-Fire, Sentinal, and Cougar) on two teams (Youngblood Home and Youngblood Away), and four supervillains (Gage, Strongarm, Deadlock and Starbright). To look for character development with that many characters being thrown at you would be foolish. This book isn't about character development. This book is about pure uninhibited spontaneous glee. To stop and ask why and to look for nuance is completely missing the point.

What I see in the drawings in this issue is someone letting it all out. There is no self-consciousness. There is no doubt. This is as straight ahead as it gets. There is no cynicism, and there is no irony. Rob Liefeld really loves all this stuff he's putting down. You can feel it. It's in every single little line.

And if a character has two equal-sized should pads in one panel, unequal shoulder pads the next, only a right shoulder pad the next, no shoulder pads the next, a left shoulder pad the next, and back to no shoulder pads the next, that's just the way it is. Rob Liefeld doesn't have time to go back and check. He's already past it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

SPX 2014

A million comics to be drawn and put together in a million ways and a million comics in a million styles to buy. I'd like to get them all. I'd like to draw them all. I'd store them in a giant version of one of those plastic capsule vending machines, but I wouldn't need a quarter. And each and every time I wanted a comic, I'd just turn the wheel and one of the million comics would tumble out.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

This One's for Me

This race-car book was only going to take the form of little eight-page installments every now and then, but it's taken me over, and the real joy of it for me is just how loose it is. No plans, no thumbnails. Total liberation.

And if in a scene I happen to want to have a band playing Weezer's In the Garage in Portuguese (cause the race took place in Brazil)(and cause In the Garage kind of sums up my whole attitude with this comic), that's what will be.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cross Country Comics

Way way back back when I was twenty-four, I wanted to be the Jack Kerouac of comics, and I had this idea of drawing comics all across the country. I stop in a place for a little bit, draw a comic, and then move on. A series of comics written on the road. I was serious. I even wrote emails to a number of my friends living across the country proposing that me put me up during this artistic adventure.

But I never did it. I felt like I needed my space: my drawing board, my lamp, my giant pieces of bristol, my precious brushes and pens. There was all this gear that I just couldn't go lugging around. Comics tend to make you sedentary. Hence the cartoonist physique.

However, now, ten years later, I find myself kind of doing the cross country comics thing. I've been working on this race car comic for the last couple of months in my sketchbook. It's small and portable, and I've taken it with me. I've drawn pages in my home Boston, Toronto, Maine, Chicago, Sacramento, Phoenix, and on the flights in between.

I don't know what Jack Kerouac would thing of this silly race car comic, but I'm having a great time.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Recently I've taken to drawing cars when I have a few spare minutes waiting. The little book I draw them in is almost full.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


So I've continued to work on this seat-of-the-pants-all-women-Formula-1 comic, which may turn out to be the next book (but I thought the next book was a western)(this is the other next book)(I thought the other next book was the rock and roll book)(this is the other other next book). Anyway, that's what I'm doing, but in between doing that:

This Wednesday, 6:30pm, at the Cambridge Public Library, Joel Gill and I will be talking comics, mini-comics, and process, and it should be a lot of fun. Come on over.

So yeah, and here are some sketchbook pages that have kind of convinced me that I don't think I need anything more than a sketchbook.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Talking about Comics with Joel Gill

Come on by to the Cambridge Public Library and say hello! We're going to be talking about our books, our process, and what's going on with our upcoming books, which are both westerns.

Oh and in case you're wondering where that photo of me came from...

A bowl full of bacon for me please.

(taken by Jen Vaughn at SPX)