Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vaguely Authoritarian?


I actually have a lot of things to say about this review, but for right now, I'm going to bite my tongue. Ask me about it the next time you see me.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Books and Comic Books


A few things:

1. My favorite bookstore is Lorem Ipsum Books in Inman Square and they are facing a move or close situation and need your help. Go to their blog and help them out and if you haven't ever been to Lorem Ipsum before, go there now. It's wonderful. Just walking by it's big display windows makes me happy.

2. Inbound 4 by the Boston Comics Roundtable is available for pre-order. This issue features a whole bunch of stories about Boston history, including one by myself. Order it now to get it as soon as possible (especially all you people not in the Boston area).

3. I got two more reviews of Joe and Azat. Unfortunately, one of them spelled my name wrong. The other is from Canada.

4. I love love love this song.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Lure of Superheroes


Every now and then I get the desire to draw a superhero comic. Most of the time I don't really have any sort of idea for a story. I just feel like drawing big guys with big muscles fighting zombies, monsters, dinosaurs or other big guys with big muscles.

My friend Kevin was in Boston for the Comicon a few weeks back and he caught the superhero bug, too. So we spent the weekend talking about our superhero The Arm. He's inspired by Matthias Schlitte who we had talked about earlier in the weekend. The premise for the story is that Lefty Armstrong is a janitor for some sort of evil chemical company. The greedy owner of the evil chemical company has skimped on the vats and one night a vat or two blows. Numerous people including the greedy owner are submerged under the toxic liquid. The janitor reaches into save the greedy owner only to find that upon contact the chemicals cause mutation. So the janitor's arm suddenly turns into this monster arm. Meanwhile, all the people who were fully submerged have become full on rage filled bloodthirsty monsters (the greedy owner becoming the biggest and meanest monster of all). The janitor and his arm must defeat all the monsters and also prevent the chemical spill from reaching the river that flows into the city.

Because if those chemicals got to the city who knows what would happen.

Yes.

In other news...

I've been a little bit delinquent in posting on NBM's blog, but starting today I'm going to be back at it. So you'll be able to stop by there and read more stuff about my new book Joe and Azat.

And this song has been stuck in my head for days.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

One Good, One Bad

I just got a few more reviews. First there's this pretty negative one from The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent. He states that most of his writing is "best read in a tone of bemused sarcasm."

And he has a manifesto.

But he likes P.G. Wodehouse. And I like P.G. Wodehouse. So that's one thing we got.

Then there's this positive review from The Weekly Dig by a person who had never read a graphic novel before! And she liked it! Which makes me think once again that I draw comics for people who don't read comics.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Davis to Harvard


Every day I take a two stop subway ride on the red line from Davis Square to Harvard Square on my way to work. Most of the time I take the free copy of the Metro that is handed to me on my way in.

One day last week this was the front page:
Which didn't really make me feel great, but I thought to myself, "The red line's probably fine. It's gotta be the green line or the orange line that's in really bad shape. Those trains are always so slow and they're always breaking down."

And then I read this:
And then my train arrived.



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Wall Street Journal!!


So yesterday I had a conversation with Jamin Brophy-Warren at the Wall Street Journal about Joe and Azat and today there is a piece about it on the WSJ website! Crazy! The Wall Street Journal! I never thought a comic of mine would get mentioned there.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Fallout Parade


This is the cover for a comic that will be included in the next Outbound anthology which is being put out by River Bird Studios. The Fallout Parade is something of a postapocalyptic comedy which is a bit of a different direction for me. Outbound is all science fiction, so the Fallout Parade is science fiction only science fiction the way I would do science fiction.

Whatever that means.

Anyway, the next issue of Outbound should be coming out sometime near the beginning of next year.

And thanks to Roho for allowing me to use his scanner while I try and figure out what is wrong with mine.