May 30, 2010

New Dr. Gonzo's Piece

This will be another silkscreen on wood piece. I'm thinking I might add a border or frame to the edging. Not loving how it feels like it's floating in the middle of the panel...more to come.

Probably change up the colors somewhat as well. I'm guessing around 12x18" or so...

Guest Blogger

Keep your eyes on this space over the next few weeks for the new guest blogger!

This is the story of a wager.

In a restaurant this Friday, a group of us waited a very long time for our meals. My friend Paul joked that the food would be out in four minutes. I had no faith in the kitchen, so I asked if he wanted to bet. A wager was negotiated and placed. The time was raised to seven minutes. If all the meals from our party were on the table within seven minutes of the wager, Paul would win. If not, I would win.

Loser has to go to, and write a review of... Sex in the City 2, which we just discovered is a brain-melting 147 minutes. It was really down to the wire, but let's just say, keep your eyes on this space for Paul's review. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy this Sex in the City PhotoShop disaster.

Special thanks to Gabe for having ordered a very fancy salad.

May 27, 2010


So the next group show at 242 is the Good Versus Eeeevil. The challenge is to invent comic book heroes and baddies. Here's my idea as expressed through the interpretive dance I like to call 20 minutes in Photoshop:

Everything is subject to change, but I've always liked the name Zombi for a zombie heroine. She'll get undeaded up a bit, just wanted to get the gesture right. I think that might be a normal .45 she's reaching for in the foreground, as sort of a nod to Ghost. And yes, that top part of the cover is homage to EC cover format. Who can resist.

May 24, 2010

New Zazzle Stuff

As you may be aware, I have a Zazzle store. It's a really great place to dump some of my more bizarre ideas, as well as actually sell some merch without having any overhead. You may have noticed some new stuff creeping into the rotating ad here at the bottom of the page...welp, I just dropped some other new merch in there you might dig.





Zombie Shoe!



Interesting Weekend

Among other interesting things, I went to see my first live Chikara Wrestling show this weekend. (What's Chikara? Get on your Googles, or scroll down). Anyhoo, in between matches some of the wrestlers got bored and decided to entertain the crowd with an impromptu dance-off. Pretty cool, but it got even better when volunteers from the audience joined the show: Green Shirt, Little Kid and Mr. Purple Shirt.

Your patience will be rewarded.

May 22, 2010

Smudge! Smear! Splatter!

This Friday! ...Friday! ...Friday!

Comics show at Space 242. I've got a few stories in this show. And I'm including a fully non-digital interactive feature. It's much less interesting than it sounds! Basically, I'm including my pencils and thumbnails (where they still exist) underneath the artwork. Curious patrons can grab the art [GASP!] and flip it up to see the work that went into the final product.

3 reasons why:
1. My finished art is created in Adobe Illustrator, so the final piece is just a laserprint. Who cares if your grubby fingers get on it.
2. I always get asked about how I make my comics.
3. My process is very different from the traditional comics-making process.

For these three reasons, I'm going to let people look up my skirt and see the notes and bolts that go into my process. Details below...

May 17, 2010

Back to the Future Teaser

Well, a few people know I've been working on a SECRET PROJECT for the past few weeks. While most of the work is still either in progress, or under wraps, I have gotten approval to share this piece of art. As it stands now, this will be the box cover for the SECRET PROJECT. More details as I have them...

May 13, 2010

Dogs vs Wall

I was going through some old photos yesterday and came across this. I found it at Brimfield Flea Market about 7 or 8 years ago. I love the humor in it. I've often regretted not buying it, and have often tried to describe it.

Here's proof...
A. that it exists, and
B. that is amazing:

May 3, 2010

Foreshortening in Comics: Do it.

It has to be said.

Alex Ross, one of the most popular artists in the world, has spread a plague throughout comics. That plague is using models exclusively. While Ross is a tremendous artist with incredible skill, his real strength is his casting. He casts models who look exactly the way readers want to see Superman, or Wonder Woman, or Peter Parker, etc. Ross has produced brilliant work and if he wanted to move to LA, he could single-handledly resolve Hollywood's age-old comics-to-film tailspin.

Unfortunately, Ross has inspired a wave of pale imitation, even among the ranks of already-great artists. Don't get me wrong. Working from life is essential to creating great comics, but working from life exclusively is a big fat snooze-fest that will eventually kill the comics industry. If they want to keep the industry alive, focus past the triple-bypass recipients who want 'graphic novels' and make some fun shit for kids. Otherwise known as, and I'll say the dreaded word aloud: funnybooks.

Kirby and Ditko made funnybooks. Funnybooks can be read by adults and children alike. Modern comics are generally one of two items: Gritty CSI-looking, mildly superhero-involved, adult-themed, Comics-Code detesting, let's put the 'graphic' in graphic novel, graphic novels. OR they are for babies. Marvel Kids is ok, but what kid over 9 would be caught dead reading that? Write perpetually for a 13 year old and you can't miss. Kids want to be adults and adults want to be kids (the ones who read comics do anyway). Sounds stupid? Rocky and Bullwinkle did it. Pixar does it daily.

The most visually attractive feature in comic art is the fisheyed foreshortening. Comics OWNS foreshortening. Sure, an object in a film can get in your face (like the Delorean zooming at us at the end of Back to the Future), but the effect can only last for an instant, after that instant it becomes a normal static object, or a bizarrely framed trick shot. When it works, it works quickly and the specialness fades just as quickly. Comics can hold that in-your-face awesomeness indefinitely.

It's awesome.

But then comes the life drawing brigade with their "realism". Here are two examples I've found recently.

I'm a huge Alex Maleev fan. I've gushed my adoration directly to his face, and would do so again.

However anyone can pull a boner, and this one is a trainwreck of life drawing run amok.

She's pointing toward us. Whenever someone in a comic book is pointing, punching, flying, falling, kicking toward us, we need some serious fisheye forshortening. Here we have what looks like an odd arm-stump with a two fingered hand and no thumb. The foreshortening is there, but flattened, like it was taken with a camera with a long-distance lens. It probably was. The body position is kinda weird and the boobs look really flat, even though Maleev has a good excuse to make em look fuller (and more comic bookey) since she's flying above us. What is she doing with her hips? And what's with the stumpy foot? I can't underst...Wait a minute...

Suddenly it makes sense. It's a model laying on a table in a studio.

Gravity makes boobies go sideways when a woman is laying on her back. This explains the odd position of her hips; she's arching her back upward. Sadly, the arm and foot still look weird.

Even her hair starts to make more sense. It looks like it's laying in a clump, rather than flying wildly. Life-model strikes again.

Example number two, here's an ad for an upcoming Iron Man series. Looks good overall, but there's that same foreshortening problem. Does he have one midget hand? Are we looking at him through a telescope?

Or is the artist just too nervous to push the envelope? This is where an editor should be stepping in. Foreshorten and fisheye that shit, dawg.

Hell, Iron Man is a comic about a robot with a rich drunk guy inside. GO NUTS with it, have fun. I always wondered why Iron Man's muscles show perfectly through the suit, but his face needs a smooth robotic mask. The gold lamay spandex is kinda creepy and that's why I prefer the original, clumsy, gray armor. I'm glad they showed it prominently in the first IM film. Also, in reference to the red & gold versus gray suits, can you show me which part of this suit is supposed to be made of iron?

I fixed it for you. 3 minutes in Photoshop and I just moved 50,000 more units of 'Iron Man Marvel Adventures Super Heroes'. Yes, that is apparently the very long name of the book. Maybe the title 'Iron Man Marvel Adventures Super Heroes Comic Book Printed on Paper and Read by People' was taken?

Stuff like this makes me wonder what's going on over at Marvel. They might need to send the CEO's on vacation and let the inmates run the asylum for a little while.

Long story short, we want more of this:

And no more of this:

If you're making comics, make fun comics. Give the camera and the model a rest. There's a reason why even now, in 2010, Kirby is still the king.