Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Sketches

I don't just sketch nearly enough. I feel guilty about it. It's far to rare that I take the time to just sit down and draw what's around me. I always feel like I'm too busy. But I like sketching. It's calming. It makes me feel like I am more a part of the world. It makes me feel more aware and looking back it makes me remember more. Instead of the train ride home being another event that will disappear from, some part of it will still kick around, if only in my sketchbook.

Definitely need to take the time to sketch more often.

These sketches were done in a sort of a two step process. On the train back to Boston from my aunt's house I did the drawings in blue pencil and then when I got home I finished them up with a brush and ink. I'll have to get myself a good brush pen to make the process a little less disjointed.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

This Christmas, don't shop too much. Take only what you can carry. Keep it small. Keep it simple. Don't use your credit cards. Pay cash. Make gifts. Watch It's a Wonderful Life and Scrooged. Drink eggnog. Tell the people that you love and care about what they really mean to you. Make cookies. Kiss strangers under mistletoe. Sing the Twelve Days of Christmas out of tune. Don't succumb to the crass commercialism that is shown on the television.

Watch What Would Jesus Buy?

And just one last comic about failing students and what a heartless bastard I am.

Some things I think you should cry about: family disasters (death, disease, divorce, etc.), broken bones, the loss of innocence, the part in ET where he turns white, broken hearts, frightening and traumatic experiences (car accidents, shark attacks, etc.) and when you bang your shin really hard.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Coldblooded!

Failing students is never fun. The worst are the ones who beg and plead. They just won't leave you alone. They just keep talking in attempt to wear you down as if they will stumble on some sequence of words that will erase the fact that they are unable to differentiate between a noun-clause and a question.

But occasionally you do get the student who is happy to repeat. The student who understands that they struggled with the material and need more time with it. Those are the best.

They are also incredibly rare.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Failure Is a Part of Life

It seems that some teachers really worry about failing or repeating students. They debate. They ponder. They worry about how the student will feel about repeating. They turn it into this big mess of emotion and conflict. I just don't think it needs to be that way. A student has either succeeded in doing the work and comprehending what has been taught or they haven't. There are shades of gray in this and some students are borderline, but the decision needs to be made. So make it and don't sweat it. Failing or repeating a level sucks, and I don't think there is anyway to make it enjoyable for the student. So just tell them they're failing or repeating and move on. It's like pulling off a band-aid.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sharkmobile!

This guy needs a name if he is going to take over the world and become more recognizable than Mickey Mouse or Bart Simpson. I had thought of Buddy Bunny or Brother Bunny. Jack Rabbit is also a possibility, but so far I haven't come up with a name I am in love with. Anybody out there have any thoughts?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Fallout Parade

A cover page for my next installment in Outbound. I really liked the collage motif the first time around, but now it has started to feel more like a hindrance. Perhaps not so much on the cover, but on the interior pages it really makes the pages busier than they need to be. It can make it a little hard to read. I'm playing around with ways to keep the collage element in the book, but tone it down to make it less distracting.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Brilliant Idea Set to Conquer the World or Just Some Doodling at the Laundromat?

Buddy Bunny! Or Brother Bunny! Set for world domination just like Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty! Action figures, plush dolls, halloween costumes, lunch boxes, t-shirts, commemorative stamps, key chains, novelty figurines, pens, toothpaste, cereal, amusement parks, a syndicated cartoon, a feature film, a bizarre pop album, an even more bizarre Christmas album, and then a bizarrerer Arbor Day album, pop-up books, tattooed on ankles, bumper stuck to the back of trucks, posters on tween walls, playsets, sunglasses, ice cream novelties, candies with mildly carcinogenic dyes, his face shining off the pajamas that the sweat shop children have to make for half a penny a day!

I can see it all now.

Just have to draw a comic based on him.

Friday, November 12, 2010

What am I doing?

Work on my next big book, Vengeance, has been postponed as I am scrambling to get a story done for Outbound, which is a Sci-Fi Comics Anthology put out by my friend Roho at River Bird Studios. I'm only a week and a half past the deadline, but I think it is coming out well.

But I'll be back at work on Vengeance hopefully by next week.

I also want to get back to doing minis. I used to put out a mini called High Flyer semi-regularly, but I haven't done anything with that in over two years. I'm thinking something around twenty-eight pages with a mix of different styles of comics, hopefully coming out every six months or so.

I also want to keep the blog updated regularly, at least three times a week.

Also, dancing Star Wars characters. Gotta do that.

In addition, I've started work on another big book, this one with more of a political focus with my friend Ben Pfosi. It's still in the scribbling notes and quick sketch phase but I'm really excited about it and think it will be awesome.

Furthermore, I need to get back to just sketching and drawing. Sometimes it feels like all of my drawings have some purpose. I'm drawing only for a comic, instead of drawing just for the fun of it. I never really work on my skills. I never expand my range. There has been far too little experimentation of late.

Good grief.

When are they going to bottle time?





Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The People Upstairs

I really like the place, but sometimes the arguments upstairs are just ridiculous. There will just be venom flying back and forth up there. What amazes is me is that the arguments just continue. They don't stop. They go on for hours. If I were to blow up and call the one true love of my life a, "FUCKING LYING WHORE!" (which I have a hard time imagining)(but IF I did) upon saying it I would slam the door and leave the house. This is not what happens upstairs. It just continues. They prepare dinner through there arguments. I can smell the chicken cooking. I can hear them washing dishes. I can hear the channels being changed on the TV. All sounds other than their screaming suggest a normal weekday evening. It blows my mind.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ties

And I've gotten pretty used to wearing a tie every day, but I'm awfully happy to take it off at the end of the day.

But really, I was just looking at the ties hanging on the rack and thinking they looked pretty and would make a nice drawing.

Friday, November 5, 2010

TRASH!!!!!


I always hope that drawing comics will be a streamlined process, but sadly for me it seems that I have to throw out at least fifty percent of what I draw. Right now, the ratio on my new book is about two to one in favor of trash. Sometimes I throw a page away because I messed up on some part, an ink splatter or a slip of my hand that ruins a character's face. Sometimes I throw stuff out because I just think the layout was bad or I come up with some great new way to draw the same thing. However, most of these I threw out because I thought the story was going in the wrong direction. I was wallowing in details that really weren't to important to the overall story. So these pages have been dumped, as has the character of Sarah Elizabeth Gartner. Sorry, Sarah, you no longer exist.

Did I say I was going to get this thing done by Christmas?

I guess it's nice to know I'm still a dreamer.



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Inbound 5: The Food Issue!

As some of you may know I'm a part of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and it just so happens that the BCR has a new Inbound anthology out (Inbound 5) and I am in it. All the stories are food themed. There are some true stories, a little bit of history, a little bit of auto-bio, and some fiction. I happen to think it's the best Inbound yet.

So!

If you are in the Boston area you can pick it up at local bookstores and local comic book shops. If you are not in Boston you can pick it up online at the BCR website. Or you can catch some of the BCR folks (including myself) at some of the holiday fairs around town (even get yourself an autograph and maybe a drawing)(it's also a great holiday gift for people who like to eat food or read comics or eat comics and read food or eat comic readers or comic food eaters or reaters feeders foodics).

Also!

Tomorrow night, there is an Inbound Five release party tomorrow at the Atomic Bean in Central Square. A whole bunch of the artists and writers in the book will be there.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Four A.M.

I love Boston, but I must say that it does close awful early. Bars kick you out at two a.m. The subway shuts down around one. If you don't feel like paying for a cab it can be an awfully quiet walk home.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween

There were an awful lot of "sexy" costumes out there Saturday and Sunday, and I don't mean to complain but sometimes despite the sexiness of these costumes they come out a little lame. "I'm a sexy this." "I'm a sexy that." I think it would all just be a little bit better if a better costume name were used.

"I'm a sexy cat." Boring. "I'm a titty cat." Much better.

Sexy Vampire? NO! "I'm a trampire!" Yes.

Sexy nurse? Get specific, "I'm a sex-ray technician." Or instead of a phlebotomist, be a feelmybottomist.

Don't be a sexy cowgirl, be a WOWgirl.

Pocahontas? Nope. Pokeahotass.

Sexy robot? I think not. A hobot, a rohot, or a bimbot are the only way to go.

The sexy undead? I think you mean Aberzombie and Tits.

Yes.

I can't wait for next year.