Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Batman: Guano

Here's a Batman story that's been kicking around in my noggin for awhile now. CLICK HERE

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Moth in the Mail

Subscribers to The Cincinnati Review are getting this, together with their latest issue, in the mail this month: Moth, the graphic play, written by Declan Greene and illustrated by Yours Truly. Wish I could give you all FREE copies, but for now this is the only way to get it.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Comic Warm Ups

Just started a new Tumblr called 'Comic Warm Ups.' A bunch of us comic makers always do warm up drawings, and it's fun to see these, so I thought it would be cool to have a place to post them. This month Vince Andrews joins me every week day, and we're hoping more artists will accompany us in later months as it goes. Vince is doing an epic graphic novel called Spacedogs, and you can also see it as it develops here. Well amigos, keep your eyes on 'Comic Warm Ups' and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cluck Cover No. 1

Cluck is getting ready...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Les Adaptations de Stephen King

Jeremy Guerineau saw our Quitter's Inc. comic online and included it in his recent book Les Adapatations de Stephen King. Thrilled to be a part of this project! To buy the book go here. To read the comic go here. Yay!! Stephen King!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Moth- "The Making Of" Part 3

For our final chapter in 'The Making of Moth' grab a cup of tea, pull your chair close to the screen, and STRAP ON YOUR %$#*&%##! SEATBELTS! Happy 10th CR! Subscribe HERE

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Moth- "The Making Of" Part 2

Ah yes, the elusive page 38. Here's one of the many pages from Declan's script that just nailed me between the eyeballs and wouldn't let go.
I needed to spend some time with it, I needed to get it right. So after many hours scribbling:
Coloring is always a challenge, and it took me awhile to get that right kind of feverish feel. I started just pointing and clicking with the tablet in photoshop:
I grabbed Haruka's watercolors and made a real mess in the living room until I got something like this:
I like this set a lot because you can get some bizarre color combinations and it reacts more like colored inks than just straight up watercolors. So then layering these two methods together:
And finally getting those text boxes to fit in:
It really took a lot out of me but I think I got it in the end. And luckily my coffee buddy was ready to fuel me for the next page:
Thanks for checking this out. Stay tuned for Part 3 in a couplea weeks!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Moth- "The Making Of" Part 1

I just got an email from Nicola Mason, awesome editor over at 'The Cincinnati Review,' saying that the book is now off to the printer and should be ship shape in a matter of weeks. Looking back over this whole process, I must admit that this has been one of the most intense, challenging, and rewarding experiences in all my days walking down this artist's road. There's a lot to talk about, and I'm chomping at the bit to share this all with you. But where to begin? Well, every good story starts with the script, and I can't think of a better place to dive in. So let's take a look at Page Uno...
Declan Greene is an incredible writer. When I first read his script my noggin' was full of so many ideas, so many beautiful, dark, and bizarre images. I instantly became one of those crazy converts- "I am MEANT to draw this. No one else but ME!" I think I scared the bejeezus out of my wife and 2 year old son. They had to put up with a lot of this kind of behavior over the months. I grieve for them. But I needed to prove to Greene and the editors that I was the CHOSEN one. So I made a little visual presentation and sent it off to them... Here's one of those pages---
No Claryssa is not trying to be a cast member on Star Trek. (You won't believe how much I chewed my nails over this after I sent it in. It didn't hit me until a day later as I was looking it over again . A red shirt? What was I thinking?!) Luckily, this didn't bother them at this point. In fact, they were more concerned with the overall style. "Can it be darker? More illustrative?" they asked. Darker and more illustrative?! Do you REALIZE who you're talking to??!
Which lead us to (several sketches later)--
This was starting to feel right, I always like scritchy-scratchy lines and going a little nuts with the ink splatters, SO THEY LET ME RUN WITH IT. When I got the news, I must admit there was a lot of really bad white guy dancing going on for a REALLY long time. Let's not linger here, there's more to see up ahead.
So here's where I started to break it down into panels. Before drawing page one, we all needed to figure out what to cut and what to expand on. Being that this was a 56 page play written for the stage that then needed to be turned into a 56 page graphic novel- it was a challenging task. And at first I sent in a counter pitch making it into a 109 page graphic novel. We must cut NOTHING! I think it was a good idea that they didn't go for that because in the end we were able to streamline it and make it something that moved and flowed better in the comic page format. In this scene, we're opening up on this kind of trippy head space inside of Claryssa's head. I wanted a good shot of Sebastian holding his breath in that third panel:
So I asked this chipper young lad to model for me:
That man deserves the keys to the city! I hope we see more of him. Ahem. Anyways, here's the colored and lettered page 1...
Over the next few weeks I'm going to pick out some more pages and share some more tantalizing behind the scenes stuff along the way. Remember to get your mitts on a copy of Moth, the graphic play, go here and subscribe to The Cincinnati Review now! To Be Continued...