My very first published graphic novel, The Nightcrawlers, is coming to to shelves from Ablaze this year!
After an unreal crowdfunding campaign, several creator interviews, not to mention many years of pitching, I’m really excited to say that The Nightcrawlers is finally gonna be *a thing* you can pick up and read. Te story follows a group of young orphans, taken in by a mysterious, aging Old Hollywood star, who discover that not everything in the neighborhood is quite as it seems. And considering they’ve all been orphaned by unusual circumstances… Well, that’s something you’ll have to read about for yourselves!
It’s very nice to sweep off the dust from this home page with something huge – I’m admittedly not the best at updating this front page, since I don’t think anybody stops to check it out, but it’s important to me to memorialize something I’ve only dreamed about doing since I was a kid. Speaking of kids, it’s also unreal to think that maybe, possibly (?), a kid will pick up this book, and make a huge difference to them. It was important to me and Marco, the writer, to represent a wide swath of kids, from different backgrounds and life experiences, and it’s my hope that there will be a favorite character for everyone. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself since there’s still so much work to do, but I want 2022 to be a real landmark year for art. If you’re checking out this post, take a look at our Bleeding Cool interview, and I can’t wait for you to hold our book in your hands!
Recently updated the comic gallery, adding some new pages from my minicomic, set to the lyrics of Pixies’ song, “Wave of Mutilation.” Everything is inked and the half that is colored in is up and ready to go.
Way back in high school, probably 2006, a guy I’d met at the local anime store let me borrow a copy of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (among other box sets, he was very eager to date, and I do suppose that is the proverbial mating call of nerds), before it was licensed here in America, and I think I watched the whole thing in one sitting. I remember being initially confused, as I believe the story goes that the first few episodes were restored/remastered from the original run, while the rest looked pre-remaster, so at first my feeble pubescent mind was confused about the swap in quality, but I didn’t care, it was awesome. The only problem was that I knew practically nobody else who had even heard of this series, and combined with its strange name, I felt pretty silly asking everyone I knew into anime for the next few years if they had ever heard of it, to no avail.
Fast forward to now, and it’s finally here, and it’s a hit. Thank God.
So here’s my fan take inspired by the above, now that everyone knows what I’m talking about and I can rest assured I wasn’t having an unbelievably well choreographed fever dream.
P.S. I know I don’t often make new Home posts, but I do often update my comics and illustrations pages
Began practicing more work in digital to familiarize myself more with a strictly digital way of working, and I’ve been meaning to do some Game Grumps fan art, so I used Danny (also of Ninja Sex Party) as my muse. I used both Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Painter 2015. The last Painter program I used, 11, crashed, oh, a numbing 20 minutes on the clock, and I’m happy to say this version is greatly improved. I can’t wait to begin more digital work, even as I am trying to improve my inking skills for the next batch of publishers I want to submit to. Improvement, 2016, onwards!
I’ve been digging at the comic mines rather fervently in order to submit to Oni Press’ recent submissions opening, which is a really big thing, because they’ve traditionally kept their submissions closed until recently! So, I thought I’d share some of the work I’d sent in (these old things from a year ago when I was prepping for SPX, new pages made and added recently in the portfolio gallery). Oni promises to send some kind of reply (standard rejection, fancy custom rejection, actual acceptance) within 60 days, so I’ll have to cool my jets in the meantime, but then submissions will re-open in two months, so for anyone interested, here are the acceptance guidelines. Good luck to everyone!
Hey all, I’ll try to get through this portion as quickly as possible: I’ve sort’ve left the blog alone until I had thought about what I want to do with it, moreso than simply having an online space to display artwork, and I think it would also be a valuable place to not only keep record of my works in progress, but to also leave a place to discuss facets of illustration, getting published, what-have-you, because there is a great wealth of resources out there to read about the publishing process, and it would be nice to have a place to put down thoughts about the attempts to get published from a newcomer’s perspective, and also a place to keep a public record of when those rejection letters come a-rollin’ in. With that out of the way, let’s get to posting some real content here:
Back in 2010, I had the exciting opportunity to go to SPX down in Bethesda, MD, and had no idea how many of my favorite artists and publishers would be present. I got to meet Anthony Clark of Nedroid, Dylan Meconis of Family Man, Chris Yates and all his little ghosties.
I also came upon the table for Top Shelf Productions, a notable indie publisher, featuring Craig Thompson and James Kochalka in their roster, and had a nice discussion with Leigh Walton, one of their editors. When I asked about what they did at conventions about looking at artwork, he couldn’t stress enough about the importance of minicomics. Minicomics are not only a great way to easily distribute samples of your comics to publishers, but to also give as gifts to your favorite artists at the show. Brilliant! First Second publishers have a great post about conventions that mention minicomics and their importance here. And while you give your minicomics out, don’t be afraid to chat up someone at the booth, provided they’re not too terribly swamped. At the end of our conversation (mostly about certain artistic merits of Scott Pilgrim and creator’s rights and movies), I was asked about going to karaoke later with them (which I had to decline, assuming karaoke was at a bar and I was 20 at the time). They won’t bite.
But now, it’s 2014, and I’ve been working on a longtime series called Atlas, and, while not having the most original name, I guess I just didn’t know better in 2009, but I’m rather attached to it. It’s gone through many false-starts, some which I may post later, but I’ve been working on the samples to include in my minicomic stacks this year. First Second recommends including some sample pages to hand out in a mini at conventions, on the chance that you’ll formally submit later, and there’s a good chance they’ll recognize you, remember you from the convention, and get the feeling that you’re quite serious about this whole publishing thing.
These are about 90% done; two adjoining pages to see what they would look like in the sample together.
I’ve also been working on a trio of art nouveau-inspired illustrations for the three main characters, Charlie, Robin, and Alex. This is Robin and her 70’s Honda, and while there is a lot to get into while discussing this series, I’ll explain in later posts as I go along. My current base of operations is Lancaster, PA, and a local printer, Blacksmith Printing, is a really flexible, really fabulous group, and while I have no idea what his last name is, the head honcho is Mike, and he has an Evangelion tattoo, and that’s all I really need to see to trust someone with my artwork (other than the fact he’s pushing the limits of all kiiiiiinds of things you can print on, and once you get sterling results printing on BFK, then you’ve got my attention/adoration).
Anyway, I want to make updates as I come along this process of making the SPX 2014 mini, discuss some things I’ve learned talking to people and discovering sources on the internet, and eventually post some finished work. Goodbye!
I recently completed a commission for a client earlier this month for her daughter’s baby shower. I also recently discovered a love for Bigfoot, America’s greatest bashful yeti. There was no time to get the pieces neatly scanned, but I took some photos before delivering the work. Oh well.