Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tater-Tot Casserole


Last night some friends invited me over for Tater-Tot Casserole. It was really good. Here's a sketch of me preparing to eat it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

THE POOT!

Here is a two-page comic inspired by a true-life event that happened to me in the second grade.
Click on a page to enlarge.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wallpaper Designs


Here are some designs I did trying to break into the wallpaper racket. I always wonder at the designs I see on wallpaper, dixie-cups, napkins, and other such items. Excepting ephemera for birthdays and holidays, the designs are usually unobtrusive and bland--you notice that something is there filling the negative space, but you don't notice it enough to see how boring the design actually is. By contrast, my designs are probably too busy for wallpaper. They would distract people from the rest of the room! I wish I could break into the napkin racket, because I think people would really enjoy wiping their mouth on my artwork.

Monday, March 22, 2010

"GIANT NAKED BABY: Chapter One" by David Yoder: A Review


"It's two a.m. in this small, mid-western town.
No one is awake to see the strange visitor . . .
His presence brings many questions--
Who is he? Where is he from? And why is he here?
Some of these questions will be answered,
but not all."
David Yoder's mini-comic, "GIANT NAKED BABY: Chapter One" is a story expressing humankind's interaction with the ineffable. An empty, silent vessel, the Giant Naked Baby can be read to represent great, spiritual mysteries.

Buddha-like in appearance and enormous in size, the Baby walks into a small town and interrupts the routine of Denise Baker and her grandfather, Jonathan, by sitting in front of their house and blocking their ability to go to church. The comic, though humorous in nature, taps into the deep issue of how one should react when confronted with something truly spiritual. Yoder contends that the main aspect of the story is simply dealing with "well, how would you react to this thing being in front of your house?" However, the most telling shot in the comic occurs in panel two of the third page, where the Giant Naked Baby faces a church sign that says "God Welcomes All." This is part of the underlying message of the comic: despite all that various organized religions teach about God's love, we do not often welcome the truly spiritual things in life, even when they are sitting right in front of us.

Yoder's drawings for "GIANT NAKED BABY: Chapter One" are a stylistic departure from the visually-raw journal comics he is best known for. This mini-comic is a breakthrough, demonstrating not only a powerful command of storytelling, comedy, and mystery, but also Yoder's ability to bring a page to finish. The artwork features gray-tones, patterned textures, and backgrounds that give a solid sense of place to the story. The Giant Naked Baby is drawn always with a clean, dead line, sometimes surrounded by a halo, while the other characters and scenery are rendered more chaotically.

Though no longer available in print, you can read "GIANT NAKED BABY: Chapter One" online in its entirety at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/70025387@N00/sets/72157618607119144/
If you like what you see, look for David Yoder at the Toronto Comics Art Festival and SPX 2010 to obtain a copy of the complete, four-chapter "GIANT NAKED BABY" saga, a work currently in progress.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thumbnail to Page

Every artist has a working method that is right for them, and, in terms of creating comics, I always start with a thumbnail. Usually, my thumbnails are extremely rough ideas created in my sketchpad.
My sketchpad thumbnails mainly serve to give me an idea of the characters, dialogue, and pacing of each page. Once I spew out all my ideas, I redo the thumbnail, taking composition into account and making any corrections to the pacing that I deem necessary. I also try to finalize the dialogue.

After the scene is completely thumnailed, I take it to a finish on a sheet of 11 x 17 inch bristol. I pencil it, ink it, and then scan it into the computer. Below is a finished page from my latest mini-comic, "The Adventures of Doctor Anton Flake, PhD. & Flimsy Whimper."
Sometimes it's fun and encouraging to look at the thumbnails of other artists. Check out the thumbnails of such luminaries as Will Eisner ("A Contract with God," "The Spirit"), Harvey Kurtzman("Frontline Combat," "Mad," "Two-Fisted Tales"), and Hergé("Tintin") and notice the huge leaps they take from thumbnail to finish.

Friday, March 19, 2010

On the D.L.

Here's a sketch I did of David Lynch, one of my favorite directors. What do his movies mean? "It be's bein' unknown to me!"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mr. T says:

"I PITY THE FOOL THAT DOESN'T LOOK AT MY HYPERLINKS!"
I spent at least an hour yesterday morning updating the hyperlinks to "Other Blogs of Interest." I hope readers will take some time to check out the great work that some of my peers and personal heroes are doing! If you would like me to link to your blog, or if you feel that, by some egregious error, you have been omitted, please let me know and I will add you in! Also, if you would prefer not to be associated with me, let me know and I will take you off the list!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Floating Dwelling

This drawing has nothing to do with anything I am currently working on. I found it in an old sketchpad, coloring it in on the computer. It is supposed to be some sort of floating dwelling.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Good Morning!


Here's a sample panel from Project: Hendecalon to help you kick-start your morning.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Time to Deliver!

As I work on the pages for Project: Hendecalon, I find myself scrambling to find content for my blog. I'm not yet ready to serialize the book online, although the possibility is not ruled out for the future. I'd love to hear from persons reading this post regarding what in particular they would like to see, if anything. I hope to post more reviews and surprises in the future, but, for the time being, I have the urge to keep everything on the D.L. In the meantime, I will throw out the panel above (from Project: Hendecalon) to heighten the mystery! Party on!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Mini!

Introducing:
THE ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR ANTON FLAKE, PhD. & FLIMSY WHIMPER!

From the Opening Blurb:

"Doctor Anton Flake, PhD.--Perhaps the Greatest Psychologist of our time--dedicates his life to solving the world's toughest mysteries!
Through logical analysis and the help of local college prepatory student Flimsy Whimper, he will unravel . . ."

Monday, March 1, 2010

"Mermin" by Joey Weiser: a Review

People of all ages know how it feels not to fit in, and, perhaps as a result of the institution known to us as "school," we all have common experiences to share about the awkwardness of feeling like a fish out of water. Mermin, the title character of Joey Weiser's forthcoming mini-comic series, experiences this feeling quite literally, for he is a green-finned, bipedal creature of the sea.

Washed ashore on an everyday beach, Mermin is found by some local children who befriend him and take him home. Much like Walt Disney's version of the little mermaid, Mermin is astounded at the new world of dry land that he has arrived in, or rather, escaped to.

Inevitably, the children take Mermin with them to school, where all sorts of chaos ensues as a result of Mermin's fishy appearance. Things get really surreal when Mermin goes to gym class, where he is forced to get in the pool. This is the scene where "Mermin" rises above various other sea-creature stories, for Mermin is AFRAID OF THE WATER!!!


"Mermin" is a powerfully appealing mini-comic experience, suitable for both children and adults alike. Weiser's pacing is flawless, and his cartoony style is enhanced in certain panels by textures reminiscent of indie-comics guru Drew Weing, the inker with whom Joey collaborated as a colorist on Eleanor Davis’s “Secret Science Alliance.”

Weiser is currently conducting a fundraiser to publish his next graphic novel, “Cavemen in Space.” If you would like to read “Mermin” for yourself, you can contribute to the fund. Eight dollars will get you “Mermin,” Issue One, and twenty-five dollars will get you a subscription to the complete series! You can learn more about the fundraiser or order your own copy of “Mermin” at Joey’s website,
www.tragic-planet.com.