Sunday, May 31, 2009

MoCCA Post!

MoCCA is in less than a week!
If you didn't read it, IKJK sent out a press release about what's going to be at the table, including my new book. Read about it here
Here's the finished colors for the new issue.
I printed them up this weekend, and I'm pretty happy with them.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Chapter 7 preview again

strivingMonsters & Girls: Amelia Part 2
The comic you've been striving for!

I'll be printing it up tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MoCCA Update

This weekend I put together the dummy for the new book,
look at me, so happy

Cat Garza, my first satisfied reader.

Photos courtesy of Penina Gal

I also watched two movie marathons in two days. A Star Trek-athon on Monday and a samurai fest yesterday. I'm actually a little movie exhausted, a little.
I'm super excited to see Drag Me to Hell this weekend though!

Also, check out this particularly disturbing panel from Chapter 7 of Amelia,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Amelia cover
Monsters & Girls is sold out!
I just received word that Monsters & Girls: Amelia is sold out at I Know Joe Kimpel and there is a back log of orders!
Not to worry though, I'll be making a new run of M&G shortly, and for anyone who has to wait for an order because of me I'll throw in a secret gift!

In other news, I'm getting ready for MoCCA, I have a place to stay and a table to put my stuff on! I'll be at the I Know Joe Kimpel table again this year. So I'll see you there, June 6th and 7th!

I'm working on coloring the back cover for the new issue. I want to emphasize that this is still a work in progress.
Check out those quotes (you'll probably have to click on the picture to enlarge it to read them)!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Amelia sketchbook drawing

Yet another Amelia pin-up!

This one I did in my sketchbook before starting Chapter 7, both as to practice using a brush and as a test for the bra I'd be drawing a lot in the upcoming chapter (also just for fun).

As for the graduation pictures, I took them, and I'll update you soon on them.

Also, I saw Forbidden Zone again last night. I love that movie. Why can't more movies be influenced by Fleisher cartoons?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Amelia color cover

Here's my first attempt at coloring the cover for the next issue.
I'm not sure I'm happy with it yet, I think I made the wrong choice for the eye color, and I don't know if I like the green. So I'm still working on it.

Also, this saturday the current crop of seniors at CCS graduates, which I suppose means it's been a year since I graduated. Congrats to the seniors, it'll be exciting to see yall walk. I'll try and take some pictures and stuff and post them on here on sunday or monday.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Amelia Update!

Amelia Pin Up poster
I made this little piece of art initially just for the heck of it, then I thought it would be a good promotional piece. It was inked with pitt pens and the scanner I used was dirty or calibrated incorrectly or something. The color and the faux old paper background were added in photoshop.

Then there's this!
Amelia Part Two Cover (B & W version)
click it to go to my flickr page and look at the larger version for a closer look at all the squiggly wormy veiny things

This is the finished inks for the cover of the new comic. I'm coloring it in photoshop right now. You might recall from earlier my concept sketch, here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Atomic Age Send Off!!

The atomic age logo, and underneath the atomic age wall
Atomic age Cinema
So since I left Bloomington, the home of Atomic Age Cinema I haven't done the best job of keeping in contact with the featured creatures.
But I still hear occasionally what's going on, mostly thanks to Captain Kosmos. The Cinemat, which is the weekly venue space for AAC has been closing down for awhile now. the captain informed me that the matinee show yesterday was their second to last.
For those of you who might not know, before coming to Vermont to study cartooning I was involved in AAC, a weekly live horror hosted movie show. There was a midnight show, playing mostly horror movies, with free prizes and strange events, then there was the kid show,

The wall

Now I'm going to violate one of the big rules of hosting shows like this, I'm going to break the illusion, and just admit outright that I was The Kick, the original Kick that is,
yep, that's me, you could never tell under the mask

Now the kids show was never the success that the midnight show, as you can guess their wasn't a lot of audience overlap (Kids at 3, live surgery and boobies at midnight!). But, we had a small and very loyal audience. If it wasn't for those few kids the show wouldn't have kept going, but there are three kids in particular who made every saturday worthwhile.
At the kids show we mostly played old movie serials like Flash Gordon and Captain Marvel, and old cartoons like Betty Boop and Flip the Frog.

When I left Bloomington the kids show was taken over, first by a new Kick, my protege so to speak, The New Kick and his ape sidekick ignore the small audience
Then by Captain Kosmos, both of whom I want to thank, especially CK for keeping me involved.

At the midnight show I'd host often as The Kick, and occasionally play different creatures. One thing I want people to really understand is how much work went into this every week, this is just one free gift from one week, a new gift was made every single week,
Brain from Planet Arous

Now I don't know what the future of the midnight show or the kids show will be, but I know it's hard to keep AAC down. In a way they've already moved on to bigger and better things, like The Dark Carnival Film Fest
But I hope they find a new live venue soon, even after I left it was good to know it was there, doing it's part to keep Indiana weird.
So in conclusion, I want to say good luck to David Pruett, Arthur Cullipher, Kirk Hasting, David Underwood, and every one else who has come and gone from Atomic Age,

This is the Kick saying, be seeing you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chapter 7 scanned

I finished the front and back covers last night then went and scanned all of chapter 7!
Here's a randomly chosen panel from chapter 7,
I haven't done any clean up yet. Do to my tiny lines and still some pencil marks I think this will be a difficult chapter to get ready for print. But I'm more than on task to have it printed for MoCCA.
Also, today the freshmen had a BBQ, and I attended! And I had fun, and played Bocce ball!

In the next couple weeks I'll be showing a lot more panels. I'm going to have to come up with a good way of showing exciting images without being to spoilery. I'm really proud of this chapter, as it's the first one I've done using the brush, but I also don't want to give much away.

Monday, May 4, 2009

People's Academy

Bryan Stone, Steve Bissette and I taught at the Peoples Academy for two days last week.
A couple weeks ago Bryan and I went up there but it was a bit of a false start, but that's a story for another time. This is the story of success.
When we got into Morrisville and found the school we found ourselves on their events board outside the school,
Flyers promoting our teaching and the student's art show were strung all over the school,
Here's our original flyer from the first time,
peoples poster
We taught Ms. Lynch's 6th 7th and 8th grade class. She was great and her students were enthusiastic and a little crazy.
We also taught high schoolers on a voluntary basis. Not many showed up, but those that did put a lot of work in.
Here's some pics from the student's art show,
student art show
student art show
We had some time off between classes and did some site seeing. We went to Emily's Bridge, a haunted vermont bridge,
Emily's Bridge

I think a lot of the kids came away from our two days having gotten something, and I know I had a good time.