Monday, February 10, 2014
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
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
More lying in bed listening to albums in their entirety.
More Talking Heads.
More snuggling with my baby.
More French movies.
More adventures in the kitchen.
More communication with the people who matter.
More ugly t-shirts.
And here are some of the drawings I did during this first week of 2014.
David Bowies for Lauren on her birthday:
The greatest rock and roll band in the whole wide world, THE SEX SEX. Coming soon in bloggish format.
Quickie cover drawings for All Star Chapters, which I guess will be coming out through Comixology pretty soon. I'm not sure of the details.
And a gila woodpecker which will appear in Vengeance.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
When I was a kid, I would spend hours drawing super cars for no real reason other than I thought they were cool . Now, I'm an adult, and I spend more hours drawing cars for no real reason other than I think they are cool.
And these are some super preliminary sketches of spaceships (very similar to cars) for this collaboration between me and Jerel Dye (who's been drawing hella sick spaceships for awhile now). The idea is an intergalactic space race, and each one of us is designing characters and spaceships. I'd like for our art to be totally intermingled within one panel, a space ship drawn by him, a character drawn by me, another by him, the backgrounds traded off on. Not sure if it will work logistically. Unless we get bunk beds and set up comic book camp (YES!).
And Jane Eleven (from my ever upcoming Sex Sex project) holding a guitar. This drawing is based loosely on a picture of early-Beatles-era John Lennon.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Just got back from a Christmas holiday in California. And in California, Christmas is warm, so I was outside in shorts running every day and playing tennis for the first time in 20 years (on the first back swing I twisted my ankle and fell to the ground)(it still hurts a bit). I also got to see my grandmother for the first time in five years or so, and my cousin for the first time in ten!
And I did a little drawing in my sketchbook, a church, the desert, and three guys who are gonna die:
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
My elevator pitch for the best Christmas film every:
Every year on December 24th that rebel rascal Santa Claus leaps in his sleigh and launches himself on a madcap cross-continent race to deliver all the toys to the good little boys and good little boys! Along the way Santa's going to have to avoid the evil toy corporations who only see him cutting into their profits, outrun the various defense departments of various national governments intent on protecting their stodgy trade regulations, bring love to the lonely, set the record for cookie eating, and deliver the true meaning of Christmas.
All set to Love's "7 and 7 is." TURN IT UP!