Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
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Watch this interview with Sherman Alexie on the Colbert Report a few weeks ago. Besides being a really entertaining interview, Sherman Alexie talks about why he's against the digitizing of books.
Friday, December 25, 2009
I've been taking all the original artwork from The Super Crazy Cat Dance and expanding it to fit a new format. I'm having to splice in the original artwork into a new sheet of bristol and then drawing to the new size. The drawing above is actually a bit wider than it will really be when printed. I'll have to crop it. I'm doing all of this for a new printing of the book in full color. It isn't a definite deal yet but it looks like I have a publisher for it. I'll post more later.
While the world of self-published comics seems to grow bigger with each new year, I feel like the traditional prose-type zine has become strangled by this new love for comics storytelling. So this is why I'm letting you know that there are some great non-comics zines out there being made today. My two favorite zines this year are Somnambulist 15 by Martha Grover and the newly revamped I Was Born But 2 by Emily Nilsson. Both are excellent.
Somnambulist 15 is my favorite issue so far and deals with the Grover Family meetings where each member of the family airs their grievances, frustrations, and family responsibilities. The dialogue is so honest and true. By the end of the issue we come to know this family better than we could have if it were told any other way. Probably the funniest thing I've read in a while.
I was Born But 2 tells several weird true and almost forgotten stories about mental illness and strange people. From detailed biographies of Opal Whiteley, The Papin sisters, The Gibbons Twins and movie reviews such as the obscure Crispin Glover film What is It?
Monday, December 14, 2009
I know people don't really buy physical music anymore but you should because people like Theo Ellsworth are making some pretty amazing artwork. Coming off the heels of the grammy nominated Menomena artwork by Craig Thompson, Brent Knopf of Menomana this time recruited Theo to do his new solo album.
I had no idea Theo was working on this and then today, in front of Music Millennium in Portland, I saw one of those bus stop billboards with Theo's artwork and I was like, "What?!."
Good work Theo!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Since I've been in graduate school there has been very little time for me to think about my books let alone draw. I have been searching for my next project and I think I've finally found it. These drawings here are old. This is artwork I made back in 2005 when I was working on a book called ISTANBUL. This project was far too epic for my inexperience to handle so I put it on the back burner. Now that I know what I'm doing...I'm going to go back to my original story and make it better and really script it out before I start drawing this time. I will not use any of my old artwork but I thought it was interesting- all my old labor intensive hatch-marks.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Big Plans 4 is now up for purchase from the good folks at
Buyolympia.com. This book collects the story "The Intruder," which I serialized on the Top Shelf 2.0 website this past Spring and Summer. Also there's an additional side story with my Wolf-man character.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Not quite in time for SPX or APE but Big Plans 4 is finally done. This is probably my favorite of the series so far. The printing is super-fantastic and it's on a much heavier paper stock this time around. Ordering information will be coming soon. If you're in Portland I should have it to most of the shops within the next week or so.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Super Crazy Cat Dance has been featured in an advertisement for Powell's Books in this months Ms. Magazine. The image is quite appropriate I think, to go with the feminist articles. The Super Crazy Cat Dance is also the Powell's Facebook profile photo.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Come see me and Theo Ellsworth read from our new books at Powell's in Portland on Monday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Theo Ellsworth and I collaborated on this poster which I feel turned out pretty awesome. Theo's new book is a 32 page comic called "Sleeper Car" published by Secret Acres. I can't wait to read it myself.
Friday, August 7, 2009
For the month of August I'm having a solo show at Ristretto Roasters. over in the Beaumont neighborhood in NE Portland to promote my new book (3520 NE 42nd Ave @Fremont, Portland, Oregon 97213 hours: 6:00 to 6:00)
I have about twenty pages of original artwork from NEPTUNE on display but not for sale. Plenty of copies of Neptune are, however, available for sale at the store.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Neptune will be back from the printers most likely tomorrow just in time to debut at the San Diego Comic Con this week and the Portland Zine Symposium. Look for Neptune at the Sparkplug table at the San Diego Comic Con but alas I won't be there. I will be in Portland for the Zine Symposium signing books in-between my publishers Tugboat Press and Sparkplug Comic books. I will be doing a reading on Monday, August 31 at the downtown Portland Powell's books along with the amazing Theo Ellsworth who will be debuting a new issue of Capacity published by Secret Acres. Exciting news. Do me a favor and BUY NEPTUNE OR PREVIEW HERE NOW from Sparkplug Comic books. This is pretty much the best book ever and it's just a coincidence that I happened to make it. Two years out of my life for you!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
While I at first was reluctant to work on my collage assignment for my Teaching the Arts in Elementary school class I eventually ended up with a piece that I really like. I spend so much time focusing on my line work and working with pen and ink that I rarely get a chance to expand my focus. Now I know why those old Julie Doucet collage covers were so great. Collage doesn't just have to be filling every blank space up with random cut out crap.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This new documentary about the largest community garden in the U.S. is kind of like this year's "Who Killed The Electric Car." While you might walk away from this film with a feeling of devastation, you should see this film because it will make you want to do something good. The film is filled with amazing and beautiful real people and their fight to save their community. See it.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The father of Blaxploitation and and champion of Independent Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles and one of his earliest films is totally amazing. In Big Plans 3 I drew him, and came within close proximity of him at the Academy Awards but failed to mention this. I only mentioned his son Mario because he had just made "BAADASSSSS!" that year which dramatizes his father's making of "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Looking at those drawings above reminds me that my cartooning has come a long way. And that poster for "Sweetback" is totally amazing.
Friday, June 12, 2009
If you're in Portland this Summer sign up to take my Summer term comics class at Portland Community College's continuing education program. Use the information above to fill out the registration. Class starts July 2 and ends on August 20. This class is for anybody of any skill level, two hours a week with regular assignments. You'll love it. Plus, it's super cheap. SIGN UP HERE.
Monday, June 1, 2009
The third installment of my story of thievery and suspense is now up. It seems like it took me well over a month to make these 8 pages. What you didn't know is that I was editing "Neptune" everyday for the past couple of months and now I can happily say that I'm done. Greg took the book to the printers today and we'll be checking the proofs very soon. I can't wait.