tomorrow and this weekend i will be at the emerald city comic con.
i am trying to give this website business of mine a little facelift and have been getting a lot of help from some good people. thanks everyone who offered to help. once i have a little time away from trying to get my dark horse presents story underway i will be able to whip it into shape. i am trying to bust out some pages for my new dark horse presents story with chris stevens, but with everything else going on it has been hard to get in a good rhythm. hopefully i can start busting more pages out at a faster rate. here is a sneak preview of the first panel.
lately it feels like i have hardly any time to live a life let alone my sacred duty of getting comic book pages ‘arted out. i really like this recent post by brandon graham. he talks a bit at the end about one of the most frustrating things of being a comics creator to me, never feeling like there is enough time to spend on drawing. i love what a positive outlook he has and his personal perspective on being an artist. he also mentions his and Robin McConnell’s upcoming ink studs tour. godspeed, you boys, godspeed.
here are some more recent developments in my la vida loca: my esteemed publisher, first second just officially announced their fall releases and the wrenchies is on that list. i’m overcome with all sorts of emotions. yippee and yay. here’s a shot of the blue lines of the wrenchies coming in. very exciting times.
this weekend is the emerald city comic con.
here’s a sweet-ass poster brandon graham did for the con guide.
see little sinclair up in the left hand corner? yay, sinclair. i need to get back to drawing that pop gun war again. please go to brandon’s site for a key to all these wonderful characters.
i’ll also have some prints, original artwork, and copies of my first graphic novel style comic book, the now out-of-print pop gun war:gift. copies of it will all hurt number #1 will be available at the show at the show. issue number two was supposed to be ready for eccc but there was a printing delay so you will have to wait a couple weeks for linework, in my own town of portland oregon, where the issue is now debuting. i can’t figure out how to post videos on my posts but go here for this quick video of the first color pass of the covers being printed on my publisher zack soto’s risograph. here’s a jpg at least:
and here’s a an awesome jim woodring poster for linework:
and for those in the uk impossible books has copies of issue 1 and will hopefully get issue 2s at some point soon.
thanks to copacetic comics and everyone else involved with putting the show on. i loved hanging out in pittsburgh, home to some of the best cartoonists doing their thing, jim rugg, ed piskor, tom scioli, jeremy baum, frank santoro, jasen lex. i love those guys. and it was cool seeing my delusional publisher, adhouse, chris pitzer there too as well as my old chum, john greiner and cartooning collabortor jake kelly, and old portland pal theo ellsworth. other notable apperances by tom williams, mark zingarelli, mister fantagraphics himself gary groth, and oldschool measthauser rachel p masilamani. there was a bunch more people i got to hang with but my head is still spinning from the show. if i left anyone out i apologize. i will be beating myself up about from now until the next time i am in pittsburgh.
so here’s another neat and decent thing too: FAREL DALRYMPLE print contest from @trifectaE over at @13th_Dimension!
check it out if you want a spaceman print. i don’t have any left to sell. i just did this review recently on 13th dimension where i talked about 4 of my favorite recent comics. i have heard some negative talk recently about the state of comics. i like to complain about the world more than most people i know but it seems like even with all the horrible shit going on all over there are actually more great comics coming out all the time. here are some other notable books i have read sort of recently:
john pham’s epoxy comics are some of the coolest art object comics i have ever read. this one really stands out as a risograph and filled with lots of neat-o things all packed in a pretty cool design container.the story is pretty amazing as well.
speaking of favorite issues the newest issue of optic nerve (#13) is the best one i have read, and i have been a fan of adrian tomine for years.
i always like reading invincible summer and clutch splits. this issue i got at least years rose city comic con and went out read greg means cute girl network and nicole georges, calling doctor laura right after. dang good comic times.
jason t miles newsprint love wins. no words or story but lots of luscious black ink drawings to zone out on. this is the real deal art mag by one of the raddest dudes in the comics biz.
a good friend of mine flowed me this copy of the last train to old town by kenan rubenstein. i dig to highest degree this beautiful looking book. the cool design and limited color palette really make it pop. the story is right up my alley too and kind of ends in a cliffhanger. i can’t wait to read more.
local oregon artist mark falkey makes this cool comic autofac. i get handed one of these every so often since moving here and every time i am blown away that there is someone making comics like this, original and arty science fiction dream like stories make this comic a truly enjoyable adventure for your truly.
thanks for looking at all this.
i hope to see y’all in the funny papers and maybe even on your computer device.