Friday, April 29, 2011

Catching Eyes

I've done a fair amount of comic conventions now, and I am slowly (SLOWLY) learning how they work. Slowly I'm learning things that I'm sure are obvious to others. For example, having a giant bright colored image that attracts the eye of people walking by really makes it easier to sell stuff. It works much much much better than telling people how good the reviews were for your book about Turkmenistan.

Anyway, here a few brightly colored dancing storm troopers that will be printed big and bold to catch the eyes at the next con.

If you feel like dancing, I recommend Tighten Up by Archie Bell and the Drells.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


There are things that I'm a sucker for. There are certain things that I will just like no matter what their quality. An example would be movies that feature sad robots. It could be the worst movie ever, but I'll still enjoy it because it has a sad robot in it. Such cinematic triumphs as A.I. and Bicentennial Man fall into this category. I cannot defend either of these films in any way. Yet, because they featured sad robots, I enjoyed them. Another example: punk covers of pop songs. Works every time. Or even better MOOG covers of pop songs.

But another example which is a little more specific is this type of song, and I'm not sure if this type of song has a name, but basically, it starts out really simply, with just a voice and perhaps a guitar or piano. After the first verse a steady but simple drum beat comes in. After the second, a bass lines appears and that drum beat gets a little more funky. The song builds and builds until it's this huge swelling party by the end. Sisterwoman by the Gentle Waves and Me and Paul by Willie Nelson are two of my favorites of this type of song.

Anyway, this comic sort of follows along those lines. Only with prepositions, which are rather fun (unless English isn't your first language, in which case they are nearly impossible). And there are some good prepositions out there that don't get used nearly enough. I think I should definitely try and slip "abaft" into more of my conversations. Of course, in order to do this I will probably have to spend more time on boats than I have of late. Perhaps "betwixt" is a better choice.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Figure Drawing

My friend Erik invited me to a sip and sketch at Artison's Asylum near Union Square. I don't think I've drawn from a model in over ten years. I've drawn people on the street, sketched buildings, and studied myself in a mirror, but it's something else to work with a person sitting there. You just get to focus so much more than is socially acceptable in any other environment. Hopefully, I'll begin doing this more regularly.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The MOCCA Report

This weekend I went down to New York for the MOCCA show and had a great time. I saw a bunch of old friends, got a lot of comics, sold some comics, and drank enough coffee to keep me up for a month. I haven't really even begun to dig through the pile of mini-comics I picked up, but some of my favorites so far have been...

Hello Operator by Aaron DeLaRosa. This had me laughing out loud yesterday. I love this guy's comics. I picked up Adventures in Hi-Fi at the last MOCCA I was at (two years ago) and it's awesome, too. You can check him out here.

The Adventures of Pooptoast #1-3 by Nathan Bulmer. The title threw me off a little, but I found that it got better and better with each issue. You can see his stuff here and here.

Hobby by Simon Gardenfors. This was at the Swedish comics table. This is the story of remembrance of a friend who has died and is moving and hilarious at the same time. I'd never heard of him before, but I feel like I should have.

Brace for Impact by Stephanie Yue. Autobio comics so much better than any autobio comics that I will ever do.

And thanks to everyone who helped me out this weekend. Aya, Braden, Cathy, Dan, and Shelli who I shared the tables with. Tara for letting me crash at her place(s). Erich and Ryan for stopping by with much needed coffee. Candida and Joey for giving me the full New York experience. And, of course, everybody who stopped by, chatted, and picked up a few of my books.


If anybody wants the detailed hour by hour experience of MOCCA, here is an hourly comic documenting the whole thing, from the moment I left my house on Friday morning to the moment I got back home Sunday night.