This past weekend I attended the Big WOW! (formerly Super-con) convention in San Jose and though I was only there briefly it really recharged my creative batteries. Conventions always have a way of inspiring and motivating me and Big WOW! was no exception. Seeing all the amazing work of the exhibiting creators, including friends and colleagues of mine, was exciting and I was amazed at how much the convention has grown since just last year. In fact, I’m thinking of getting a table myself in 2014 but more on that later…
One of the reasons I spent a short amount of time at the convention was due to my workload. One of the projects I’m currently working on is a bio-comic for Bluewater Productions and while I cannot discuss who or what the one-shot is about I would like to share this page of art which I am certain will divulge nothing about the story.
I am also still hard at work with my partner-in-crime and writer extraordinaire C.W. Cooke on our forthcoming creator owned project. We are keeping fairly tight lipped on the premise, storyline, etc. but I thought just for shits and giggles I’d share this teaser image cropped from one of the books pages.
And finally I wanted to share something which I found to be very cool: Fan art for Aqualung! That’s correct folks, “The Unemployed Adventures of Aqualung” is a bona fide hit…with at least this young man anyway. To be honest, having one person think enough of my work to emulate it makes it a success in my book. Enjoy, I know I did!
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day or as my buddy C.W. calls it, “First Christmas”. “What is FCBD?” you might ask. Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules. It’s a fun filled day for those who already love this medium and a great way to introduce others to the world of comics. Be sure to go out tomorrow and support your local comic book shop! For more information and to find a shop near you visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/.
I also can now announce a couple of my titles available through Arcana Studios and Viper Comics, respectively. First up is my 88 page Graphic Novel “The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung”. From the website: “For over seventy-five years, Agent Aqualung has defended the country from supernatural forces as part of the 88, a covert branch of the Department of Defense. A pink slip and a sealed letter sends shock waves through the covert initiative — they are being permanently dismantled due to budget cuts… Aqualung must navigate through unemployment, dating, oh, and evil plots from ancient gods and their flunkies. The real question is, can he stop them before his unemployment benefits run out?” If you’re a fan of comically twisted tales of the supernatural then this book is for you! Click the cover image below to buy a digital copy or pre-order a hard copy (due out in September).”
The second is a whimsical children’s book written by a young girl who decided she wanted all of the proceeds earned to go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. From the website: “The Moon Vs. The Sun is a story that pits the two members of the solar system against each other, but also gives kids a chance to learn a little about the two in the process. It’s combination of bright artwork and playful story that gives readers an interesting story and a powerful lesson about understanding others.” Click on the image below to purchase your digital copy and help an amazingly worthwhile cause in the process.
Thanks folks and enjoy the (comics filled) weekend!
Howdy folks! Hope everyone is well. Been a little over a month since I’ve updated so I wanted to give a good overview of what the haps are currently. Recently my grandfather who I was very close with passed away which understandably put me a bit behind. Rest assured there is a lot going on and in the works!
First off is the creator owned project from my good buddy and writer extraordinaire C.W. Cooke and I which we hope to have out and in your hot little hands just as soon as humanly possible. Of course, we’ll be looking for a publisher so if there’s any out there in internet land reading and interested in an original OGN series that will knock your bobby sox off feel free to holler. Other wise we have a few in mind. This little beauty debuted at Planet Comic-Con a few weeks ago:
If there is any interest in an additional run of these collectors postcards being printed feel free to let me know via email address provided on the contact page.
I’ve also recently resurrected a creator-owned book I began writing and drawing a few years back which stopped abruptly. I’m not sure exactly why as it’s a pretty groovy idea. Recently I found an amazing colorist in Dee Cunniffe (DC, Marvel, IDW, Archaia) and production began again. As not to divulge too much I will state only that it is a book about the never-ending battle against supernatural forces from taking over our world. Here’s a sample page with colors by Dee:
Aside from that I am still at work on “Don’t Mess with Texas” for I’m A Geek Entertainment and a bio-comic for Bluewater Productions as well as a project which is being developed to pitch as an animated series, however I can’t share anything about that property. Well, not yet anyway…
Hope everyone’s having a great Earth Day!
The past few months I have dedicated my creative energy almost solely toward developing animation pitches and children’s books. As of late, however, I have been diving head first back into creating comics.
Work continues on the alien invasion book “Don’t Mess with Texas” from I’m A Geek Entertainment as well as the upcoming OGN series by CW Cooke and myself (see previous post for preview art). I, along with co-conspirator Adam Wilson, am also in the process of finding a new home for Benjamin and the Fish as our current publisher has decided to transition to an all digital format. Most recently I have been hired by Bluewater Productions to deliver artwork for one of their upcoming biography comics due out in the fall, though I can’t say who the subject is as of yet. More news to follow but for now I’m headed back to the drawing board.
Never stop chasing the dream.
This is actually from a project my collaborator and buddy C.W. Cooke and I have been working on for some time. Now we’re starting to make it happen. Yes, it’s about a musician but it’s what we do with/to that musician that’s going to knock your socks off! Stay tuned and enjoy this 1 page preview:
It’s not some new workout fad it’s just describing the new artwork I’m posting today. Enjoy!
The past few weeks have been hectic and exciting here at the ole’ studio. I’ve been designing characters and writing scripts for a very secret project that I am not at liberty to discuss as of yet. However, if all goes well this project will absolutely prove to be one of the peaks in my career thus far! I was actually in La-La land last weekend at a fancy-shmancy meeting concerning the aforementioned project with some folks who are in an industry I’ve longed to be a part of since I was very young. These folks may actually help me realize that dream…
I will also be the guest artist in the upcoming issue of my friend, and fellow cartoonist, Bridgett Spicer’s ‘zine Art-O-Rama! Here is the description of the ‘zine from the website: “Art-o-rama is a 12 page art zine that is stuffed with reproduced original art, mini comics, photos, guest artists, odd poems and silly ideas. It is based on The Art-o-Rama art group in my daily comic, Squid Row (there’s even some tie-in’s to the comic strip).“ It’s quite an honor to be asked to contribute and be sure to subscribe to the ‘zine here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/106993226/1-year-subscription-to-art-o-rama. Afterward, go check out Bridgett’s daily comic Squid Row at: http://squidrowcomics.com/. The theme of the current issue is “Winter Dreams” and, because my mind works in ridiculous ways, this is the piece I produced. Enjoy!