Monday, April 7, 2014

MoCCA Report

Well, another MoCCA has come and gone, and I can't help but think about how different this one was from my first. It was still in the Puck Building and I was just back from Peace Corps. I didn't know anybody. I was sitting behind a book that I had actually finished before I joined before the Peace Corps (a book that may have made me join the Peace Corps). I hadn't even looked at it since it had been finished. On the way down to NYC I reread it just so I would know what it was about (special torture!).

And now, it's book number three, and I remember this conversation I had with my friend Kevin when I was twenty-five, saying, "I'll only do four books." Book number four coming up...

Anyway, it was a good show, I got to eat some eats and drink some drinks with old friends and new, meet some people I feel painfully fanboyish around, and got a sweet pile of comics to read.


The Sweet Pile of Comics:


Nathan Fox:


Nick Abadzis:


Thursday, April 3, 2014

(a grande half calf sugar free white) MoCCA! (soy cappucino)

Hey! This weekend it is MoCCA, and I'll be there signing copies of All Star at the NBM table. You should come along. I've been working on drawing baseball cards on the title page. Ooooh.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finally... IT'S HERE!




If you come down to Hub Comics in Somerville, Massachusetts, between the hours of two and six this Saturday, you can get me to sign my new book, All Star, (or any book really) for you! And Chuck Forsman and Paul Hornschemeier will also be there with their books available for the purchasing and the signing! It's practically a party!

And I'll draw you a wicked sweet baseball card of whoever you want.





















Monday, March 10, 2014

The Luddite Movement of 2014.

"I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Computers. There's a great future in computers. Think about it. Will you think about it?"

Which someone was probably saying the day I was born (today!), but I'm still fighting against thirty-five years later.

I like pens and paper, and using a computer to do artwork is something I've only done reluctantly. It's so easy with ink and paper. I have so much control. On the computer, I'm clueless. It makes me feel like grandpa.

But really, the advantages cannot be denied, and so, gingerly, I'm trying to make a move over to using a computer more. And the above represents my first comic panel done entirely on the computer. No scanning whatsoever, created entirely on a computer, and I kind of like the results, but I'm too embarrassed to even say how long it took me to do. I think it would be safe to say that it took me ten times longer than a comparable drawing would have taken on paper.

And in case you're wondering, this panel comes from some work I've been doing on a comic called The Sex Sex, which I'm hoping to have up and running as a webcomic type thing by sometime this summer.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Comixology


According to my sources at NBM, my new book, All Star, will be in comic book shops on March 12th (Jack Kerouac's birthday)(sweet) and in regular book stores on April 1st (Jimmy Cliff's birthday)(the harder they come), but this Wednesday you'll be able to pick up the first chapter for ninety-nine cents on Comixology!

Yeah, man! The only way you could get these before was to be in the greater Boston area or see me at a comic convention, but now, thanks to modern technology, you can be anywhere in the world and get a look!

And there will be sweet new full color covers...


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Life and Death

A few more pages from my next big project, which is tentatively titled Vengeance. One thing I can say is that by the end I should be able to draw horses pretty well. Birds too. And revolvers.








Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Let's Get Back to Work

The premise is this: A faith healer is wrongfully executed and seeks revenge from beyond the grave.

It's an idea that I have had kicking around my head for a few years now, and finally, officially, I have begun to produce some finished pages.





It's fun to start a new project because there are so many possibilities. However, it can also involve a little bit of stress because the decisions that I make now are decisions that I am going to have to live with for the entire time that I am working on the book.

Some of my decisions are pretty well thought out. For example, I want to be able to work on this book anywhere. I want to be able to produce a finished page in my house, at my friend's, in a bar, in a coffee shop, in California, or in New York City on my way passing through. To do this, I'm dropping the big sheet of bristol board and giving up the nib pens, brushes, and bottles of ink. This book will be done at 9x12 with brush pens and microns.

Other decisions are kind of made up on the spot, and these are the ones that can make me a little bit nervous. An example of this would be the squiggly panel borders which I have decided to do on these pages. I like it now, but will I like it in fifty pages? Will it be annoying? What about those squiggly background lines? Am I going to be a fan of those later. I feel obligated to keep them in order to maintain stylistic consistency throughout the book, but is it good style? Stylistic consistency is great, but consistently shitty style is, well, shitty.

We'll see. Anyway, it's exciting to get back to the panel to panel work.