Monday, September 27, 2010

An Admission

Since I moved from Somerville to Watertown, I have been taking the 71 bus to and from work as opposed to the subway. It's definitely a different scene. Different people. Different mood. Different speed. There may be a great deal more bus comics in the future.

M.I.C.E. and a return to comics

M.I.C.E. was on Saturday and it was awesome. It was one of the most fun conventions I've been to. The crowd was great, the panels were fun and sales were good. Thanks to Dan, Jaime, Shelli, Brayden, David and everybody else who put the show together. I can't wait for next year.

And I definitely feel ready for APE out in San Francisco in three weeks (got my tickets - in Friday, October 15th - out on the red-eye on Sunday, October 17th). Definitely need to find a better way of displaying stuff and definitely definitely definitely need to make some more copies of Spiderday Night Fever, the mini I made collecting all the dancing Spider-Men and Spider-Man villains.

And... now comics.

And in terms of the next book, Vengeance, well, it's been hard to get into a rhythm. I finished up three pages last week, but I looked at them in the harsh light of Sunday morning and decided they all needed to be redone. Work is steady, but progress is slow. Getting done by Christmas doesn't seem likely, but maybe, maybe, maybe I'll hit a groove and start slinging out pages.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


The Massachusetts Independent Comic Expo (or MICE) is this weekend and I will be there and I'm going to have a whole bunch of stuff: copies of Flower and Fade and Joe and Azat of course, some new minis, some old minis, some wicked old minis that I dug up from way back when I was in Chicago (eight years ago!), and I'll have some prints for sale as well. Everyone should stop by and say hello.

It's at:
The Art Institute of Boston
700 Beacon St.
10 am - 6 pm

AND I'll be part of a panel called: Beyond Kinko's: Getting Published, Indy-style, which I think will discuss how one goes about getting published, some anecdotes or war stories about getting published and what it is like dealing with a publisher. Also on the panel are Karl Stevens, Liz Prince, Everett Soares, Zack Giallongo, Don MacDonald, and Shelli Paroline.

It's at three o'clock.

And also, next month, I'll be doing APE in San Francisco. If you can't make it to Boston, head out there.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

One Page?

Both Flower and Fade and Joe and Azat were drawn in Vermont. Part of the reason for working on them there was so that I would be away from distractions. It's calm. It's peaceful. It's really easy to sit at a drawing board all day every day and crank out pages. I could average about two pages a day without really breaking a sweat.

But, I'm not sure that it was that mentally healthy. It was an awful lot of time in my own head. Talking to yourself is fine, but I talked to myself all the time. And you get into some weird conversations when it's just yourself. I'd rehash conversations I had in elementary school. I'd finally convince Jonah Neale that he was wrong about the quality of the film-making in Fire Birds. In my head that is.

It's good to have regular social interaction.

Part of the goal with this book is to manage to balance a social life with getting work done. The first week was pretty good. I got five pages done, went to work, had a few nights out and generally enjoyed myself.

This week... not so good. I went to the beach, tried a new sushi place, saw a friend from college that I hadn't seen in years, shot a few games of pool, watched Rio Bravo, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, had drinks after work with co-workers, bought Know Better Learn Faster by Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (which is amazing), and had some pretty good long and involved conversations about movies.

All of which means I'm doing pretty well on the social interaction end.

But I only got one page finished. No good. Not going to have a finished draft done by Christmas at that rate.

Hopefully, next week will be better.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Vengeance: Chapter One

So I've got the first week of the new book down. Five pages finished and a rough draft of the cover. It's definitely a change of direction for me, so any feedback would be welcome. It's much more violent than anything I have done recently (though there is some work from the college years that was pretty rough).

I must say that so far it feels pretty good. I'm having fun while drawing and it feels like I've got a pretty steady but pretty loose hold on what I'm doing. I know exactly where I am going but how I am going to get there is still a mystery, and that's where all the fun is.

More next week.