Pittsburgh bound, dreaming of Columbus

I’m Pittsburgh bound, but I have pangs to be in Columbus. At the Billy Ireland Library and Museum, more precisely. Man, what a spiritual place…

Julie Sokolow recently produced a short video that explores that Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University. Watch the Tell Me Something I Don’t Know crew geek out over Nancy panels with librarian, Caitlin Mcgurk.


Speaking of spiritual places, I’m off to go to Pittsburgh real soon. I have the first edition of my first Dailies collection. I’m damn proud of my babies. I’m looking to give them out to all the good folks that have helped me out  in my cartooning endeavors and then to sell a couple. Hope folks in the ‘burgh like ’em!

splotchy inks that make you think

Here’s a peek at the ink that’s been flowing recently. As you can tell, Joann Sfar has been big on my mind recently.

So what’s new with me? Well, I recently picked up an illustration gig here in the Upper Valley. I can’t talk too much about it yet, but I’ll let you know how it pans out. There’s a pretty quick turn around on the project, so I should be able to share that with you soon.

Besides that, I’m currently working on 3 stories for an anthology project here at CCS. The anthology that I’m working on with my fellow students revolves around a time travelling delivery service. Each of the stories will be about the delivery of a particular item that plays an important role in the course of history. No fancy time logic here, just a simple premise and solid, whole hearted storytelling.

I’m looking to have the stories done by early December, one revolves around Yves Klein, another around Shodo, and another around chinese latticework. I’ve really been enjoying researching the three. I’m excited to what the sum of our efforts together is going to allow for us to create, especially the packaging.

Finally, as usual, I want to share some music with you. Earlier this week I came across the following video that juxtaposes Stan Brakhage’s experimental silent films, Dog Star Man, with Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right To Children. There are some really nice moments of synchronicity. Makes for some really nice background noise visually and musically while drawing.

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.


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

Athens – Wednesday – 11/7 – TBD

Pittsburgh – 11/10 – Awesome Books DOWNTOWN – 7PM
929 Liberty Avenue – awesomebookspittsburgh.com

Colored Harper Comic

Happy Monday to all y’all. Here’re the finished colors on the Charley Harper comic.
This is the second time (Malphas was the first time) that I color something in Photoshop that isn’t just a spot illustration for a newspaper. I love color and am pretty particular when it comes to palette decisions, but I’m pretty damn inexperienced when it comes to digital coloring. Despite my lack of experience I’m pretty pleased. This is pretty much how I wanted the image to turn out, so hooray. Thanks to Jon Chad for the great tutorial on how to trap colors and how to develop a good coloring workflow.

I learned a lot doing this. For starters, when working on the original art CONNECT ALL THE FUCKING LINES. Jesus Christ,  I’m no tablet ninja, so I was laboring over connecting minute sections forever. Additionally, in the spirit of Charley Harper’s illustrations, I would have wished to not have any outlines. I drew the line art and designed the birds in such a way that I could transform them into blocks of color.

Ideally, I would have plotted out the areas that blocks of color would form and would have simply inked those/cut them out of paper/ done this entirely in Illustrator. Composing in color requires a completely different mindset and workflow.

Anyway, that’s for next time. The assignment asked for us to do line-art, so line-art it was.

For those of you If you’re interested in trying out coloring this way, I can direct you to Dustin Harbin’s spectacular tutorial. He learned from Alec Longstreth, who’s best buds with my teacher, Jon Chad.

Harpin’ on Charley

As promised, here’s a look at the Charley Harper styled comic poster that I mentioned earlier. Finally got a chance to redraw it. Nothing fancy, just a little wordless meditation. You know how much I like those.

Take a peek and stay peeled for the color version. Ideally, the piece will be outline free.
Below’s a little of what I’ve been listening to. Sure, I’ve been listening to Karen O’s version, but there’s something really nice about this girl’s cover. I like the highfrequency buzz in the background. It’s nice, especially in the quiet of my room in Vermont.

It’s like she’s playing  just for me and we’re video chatting.

Andromeda goes Quarterly

I’m excited to relay the following announcement from Little Tired Press regarding the newest issue of Andromeda and it’s transition to a quarterly publication:

Andromeda has transcended it’s hey day as a monthly comics publication and is now dawning a new age as a Quarterly Comics Anthology. The very 1st issue as a quarterly will be available for reading as well as purchasing at the Copacetic Comics Company in Polish Hill. This will be a seriously casual event, mostly chatting about comics and Andromeda in particular. A handful of the contributors will be there as well as Andy, editor and publisher of Andromeda, to answer questions or talk shop. Copies of the new Quarterly will be on sale for only $5 each, which is a steal as the book is 40 pages mostly in color and wrapped up nicely in a snug perfect binding. So swing on by 3138 Dobson Street next Thursday starting at 6pm for an evening with the burgeoning Pittsburgh’s comics and cartooning superstars!

Below is a peek at the luscious cover by Andy Scott. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these puppies and to see how the beast has changed as its moved from a monthly to a quarterly publication. If you’re interested in getting a sneak peak and about learning of the recent changes hop on over to Andromeda’s Facebook page.