Thursday, February 26, 2009

Drawing Comics

So my publisher NBM has a blog (

And the idea is that I (along with other artists and writers published by NBM) will post something to it regularly. My impression is that NBM would prefer if I posted stuff  relating to the book I'm working on about Turkmenistan which they are going to publish. 

To be honest, I've been a little clueless as to what to post. I've been posting finished pages, but that seems a little pointless to me.

So I've decided to do a comic strip about drawing comics, something like the extras section on a DVD. This is the first and hopefully I'll putting another one up once a week.

And I’d love some feedback, so let me know what you think. Also if you’re curious about any part of the drawing process and would like to see a strip about it let me know. And it doesn’t have to be just about the Turkmenistan book, it can be about anything really.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


This comic is a sort of sequel to the comic Birds (from December 7th). It's the comic that I have gotten the most comments about so far (in person and in emails), and a few people asked me if I was going to do any more like it.

So here is another one like it. 

The tricky part in coming up with a sequel was finding something that could basically be drawn the exact same way every time, but just different enough to be distinct.

Some other ideas I had were: fish, buildings, mushroom clouds, military uniforms, sandwiches, light bulbs, meals, animals, super-heroes and fruit. If you'd like to see any of these or even better if you have an idea for something else to be drawn in this way, let me know. 

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Faces In The Crowd

I generally have a sketchbook on me wherever I go. Sometimes I'm working out ideas for comics, sometimes I draw what I see around me, sometimes I just doodle. If I really have no idea what to draw I'll just start making up faces letting lines become chins or noses.

I have a lot of different faces lying around.

Which means that if I don't get around to drawing anything for the blog, or I don't have any ideas for the blog, I'll just post some faces.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


I have this notebook where I write down only ideas. It's just one of those composition notebooks that you can get anywhere. Some ideas are covered in a few sentences. Some are longer, but never over a page. If I decide to develop an idea I'll start working on it in a different notebook. I've been writing notes in this idea notebook for six years and it's almost full. Most of the time when I am looking through the notebook I'll read the notes I took on an idea and the whole concept will come back into my head, even things that I didn't bother to write down. Sometimes though I will have no recollection of ever having the idea. I've forgotten it so completely it reads like notes taken by somebody else.

This comic came from one of those ideas.

Here is what I wrote in my notebook.

"Meanwhile - A sequence of completely unconnected panels, all with the word 'meanwhile' at the top, all of them dramatic, a cliff hanger (literally), the discovery of a bomb, 'I just don't love you anymore,' 'We're getting a divorce, son.' Etc. Action, love, aliens."

It changed a lot on the way from idea to finished piece. 

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lost At Sea

From February fourth through the twenty-seventh some of the comics from this blog will be on display at the Medialia Gallery in New York.  Original pen and ink drawings will be next to color prints. There are even a few sketchbook pages. If you're in New York you should check it out. You can even buy a print.

The exhibition is titled From Panel to Panel 2: Original Comic Book Illustrations From Creator's Collections. It's organized by my awesome friend Tara Donahue who went out of her way to have me be a part of it and I can't thank her enough.

The Medialia Gallery is at 335 West 38th Street on the fourth floor. The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00 or by appointment, and there will be a reception on Saturday, February 14th from three to six pm.