Brave Little Ramona and Windbag Wallace

Here’s a peek at the lineart of the comic that I’m currently working on. It should be all done tomorrow, both the web version and the print version.

I took loads of inspiration from Jordan Crane in terms of line variance and character design. I used a brush here and did everything by hand with ink and opaque white. I’ve never used brushes when making comics, so I thought I better stick close to the technique of someone whose work I love, if I wanted to churn out something that I’d be happy to look at. So far, I’m pretty damn proud of this comic. I’d be confident to say it’s my best so far. It’s a fun little story based on the fable of the Sun, the Wind and the Traveller’s Cloak.

Stay tuned for a full post of this little comic.

In news related to the comics making of others, two rad dudes, who inspire me immensely, Dan McCloskey and Nate McDonough are trekking around the Mid-West on a book tour. They’re making semi-professional writing more like semi-professional wrestling. Check these fuckers out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOb_ErmsL10&feature=plcp

Both are resident members of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s DIY anti-MFA, the Cyberpunk Apocalypsewriters’ cooperative, which recieved national attention in 2009 for living without heat, and being raided by dozens of police. Since then the project has been awarded a Heinz Endowment, provided space for 25 writers and artists to live and work. Seven books have been completed at the co-op in the past three years, including Nate McDonough’s Don’t Come Back and Daniel McCloskey’s A Film About Billy (a hybrid novel/graphic novel).McCloskey and McDonough work collaboratively and independently to create comic works that range from absurd to serious–disgusting to sentimental.
The roadwarriors schedule is lookin’ like this:
Cleveland – Sunday 10/28 – Mac’s Books 6PM
1820 Coventry Road – macsbacks.com

Chicago – Monday 10/29 – The Hungry Brain 9PM
2319 West Belmont AvenueMadison – Wednesday 10/31 – Rainbow Books 6PM
426 West Gilman Street – rainbowbookstore.coopMilwaukee Zine Fest – Saturday 11/3 – Falcon Bowl – All day
801 East Clarke Street – milwaukeezinefest.orgSt Louis – Sunday 11/4 – Mushmaus – 5:30PM
2700 Cherokee St – mushmaus.org

Bloomington – Monday 11/5 – Boxcar Books – 7PM
408 East 6th Street – www.boxcarbooks.org

Columbus – Tuesday 11/6 – Shout Out Loud Prints – 6PM
539 East Town Street – Park on street, use back door
Local readers: Pat Kain, Leanne Oconnor, Ryan Albeck
www.shoutoutloudprints.com

Athens – Wednesday – 11/7 – TBD

Pittsburgh – 11/10 – Awesome Books DOWNTOWN – 7PM
END OF TOUR / BEARS IN SPACE RELEASE PARTY
929 Liberty Avenue – awesomebookspittsburgh.com

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