Thursday, December 1, 2011

Study Group Magazine


I've got a comic in Study Group Magazine! The story connects obliquely to one of my Mome contributions, and not so obliquely to my short comic "Top Five". But more importantly, this anthology features comics by Trevor Alixopluos, Chris Cilla, Michael DeForge, David King, Aidan Kock, Jonny Negron, Jennifer Parks, Zack Soto, and Daria Tessler, plus an interview with Craig Thompson, a profile of Brecht Evans, and covers by Eleanor Davis!

If you live in New York you should absolutely go to the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest this Saturday and pick up a copy. I really wish I could go, but I'm stuck out here on the west coast.

UPDATE: Study Group Magazine #1 is now available online for only $12! Click here to have a look.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Inking Exercise


Sometimes when I have ideas to sift through I do exercises that end up taking too much time. I've been wanting to try inking over a contemporary superhero comics page, so last night I gave it a shot. The penciled page is by Paolo Rivera from Daredevil #1. Daredevil has been a fantastic example of what a superhero comic should be, and a lot of that is because of Rivera's art. As for my inking attempt, I think I did... okay. It was fun though!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Nobrow 6

I've got a short comic in Nobrow 6: The Double, which is out now. There are a ton of great artists in this thing, including Tom Gauld, Kevin Heuizenga, and Michael DeForge. For details and to order from Nobrow, click here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Spock

Instead of working on the page I was supposed to be drawing, I painted a portrait of Spock.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top Five / Sweet Dreams Available!

My double sided comic, Top Five / Sweet Dreams is now available through this site and on Etsy. Pick it up! Speaking of Etsy, I've added tons of new stuff to the Etsy store, like this original drawing I did for the Covered blog a while ago:
There's some new prints, original pages, paintings, and the cover to Expansion 3, among other great items. Check it out!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Expansion #3 Available!


The penultimate issue of Expansion is finished and ready for purchase! Details are on the sidebar of this very site. If you'd like to see some more pictures like the one above, click here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

APE 2011!

Everybody! I'm going to be at the Alternative Press Expo this weekend, sharing a half table with Matt Sheean. We'll be at table 254A, with the brand new penultimate issue of Expansion! I'll also have some new prints, aside from my usual comic offerings. In addition to that, I'll be signing Mome 22's over at the Fantagraphics table: 12-1pm on both days. Seeya there!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Gravity

A painting I did for an art show a couple months back. Should I make prints of this for APE?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Less Than A Month

Before Expansion Part Three is out!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dylan Williams Benefit Auction

Floating World is doing some good work to raise money for Dylan Williams' battle with cancer. I've got the above painting up for auction as a part of the benefit here. An 11x17 print will also be available through Floating World. You can check out other auction items here. And of course you should buy comics from Sparkplug. I recommend Lemon Styles by David King and Neverland by Dave Kiersh.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Newswire

Two things:

1. I'll be at the San Francisco Zine Fest this weekend! It was a lot of fun last year, so I'm really looking forward to the 2011 edition. Plus its all caps FREE.
September 3 & 4, 2011
11am - 6pm
San Francisco County Fair Building
1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
in Golden Gate Park

2. Expansion has undergone some edits, and its become too big for one issue. Seriously, we can't staple that many pages together. A 28 page Part Three will debut at APE on October 1 & 2, and then PART FOUR will come in November!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Process

I always like seeing other people's process creating comics, so I thought I'd share how Matt Sheean and I put an Expansion page together.

First, I write a "script", although it's almost an outline. It has dialogue and everything, but it's not very detailed. This way the story is more of a collaboration between myself and Matt. From there Matt creates thumbnails for the whole book. Here is his thumbnail for page 9 of Expansion Part 3:
After the thumbnails are finished we make revisions. The sequence that page 9 is a part of got shuffled around, so the layout changed. Matt starts working on the pencils, usually giving them to me in batches of 2-4 pages at a time as he finishes them. The pencils for page 9:

Matt keeps the pencils loose so that the finished image is also more collaborative. I get the page back and use the following tools:

Recently I've been using a Japanese brush pen that I don't know the name of. (This is a little different for me, I usually use the watercolor brush next to it) I use a 08 Micron for the panel borders, and the Staedtler for lettering. Page 9 doesn't have lettering... so we won't get into that. My inks, unedited:

Expansion has a flat grey tone for most of the book. After I finish inking the main page, I tape another piece of paper to it and use a light board to create the shapes that will be grey:

I scan the two parts in and tidy them up. I put the grey tone (which at this point is still solid black) on its own layer, set it to "Multiply", and then change the opacity to a grey tone. For page 9 it's a little darker because it takes place at night.

That's that! Here's the final page:


Roke in Color

Why did I color this? I don't know.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Expansion Three in October

Here's a page (minus the dialogue) from Expansion Part Three, which Matt Sheean and I are working on. It'll be done in time for APE, the first weekend of October! I'll be posting more images as work progresses.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Neptune


11" x 14" Gouache on paper.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Comic-Con!

I'll have a new zine at Comic-Con this weekend. Full color! Very limited print run! It's two stories, one on each side, each with their own cover:

and


The new Top Five/Sweet Dreams comic will be at the Revival House and Koyama Press Table, Q-12 in the small press area.

I'll also be doing some signing at the Fantagraphics booth (#1718) for Mome 22. I'll have the new comic and some prints there as well. I'm signing from 4-5pm on Friday and 6-7pm on Saturday.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ranta-Una


Another character design!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ralik


I'm working on a new project that I'm really excited about. This is a design for one of the characters in the comic.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Some Projects


I've been working on a couple of short comics for various anthologies. This is a page from one of those comics, where I'm trying to push myself stylistically. I can't tell if I pushed too hard, but it's fun to work outside my comfort zone a little.

Of course, Matt and I are also working on Expansion #3, (the final installment) which will be 57 pages! More than twice the length of #2.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Top Five


I'll be reading a new comic, called Top Five, at The Silverlake Jubilee this Saturday at 9pm. At some point I should have a zine of this as well...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Comics Reading

Silverlake Jubilee is about a week away, and I'm participating in a comics reading on Saturday the 21st with some great cartoonists: Robert Goodin, Keenan Marshall Keller, Levon Jihanian, Jed McGowan, Tom Neely, and Jen Wang.

I'll be reading a couple of comics that haven't yet been printed, and I might even have a new zine available.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mome 22

Here is the first page from one of two short comics I'll have in Mome 22, published by Fantagraphics. I can't believe I slipped into this last issue! It's kind of bittersweet...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Elephant / Prints

I painted an elephant in gouache, and I don't know why. But an 8.5" x 11" print is now available in my Etsy shop. Also, if you haven't noticed, there are prints available from all my Secret Headquarters paintings in the shop as well.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Expansion Part Two

Now available through this very website! Matt and I are pretty proud of this one. We'll also be at Stumptown this weekend, so you can buy it face to face if you live in the Portland area.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fight!

Expansion Part Two is being finished up just in time for Stumptown. Here's a page!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

News

Above: Two gross panels from Expansion Part Two, debuting at Stumptown Comics Fest!

A couple things:
• This weekend Matt Sheean and I will be exhibiting at WonderCon in San Francisco. We'll be in the small press section at booth SP-56. Stop by and talk to us about something other than the Green Lantern movie.

• April 16 & 17th Matt Sheean, Jed McGowan and I will be at Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland! Matt and I will also have the new installment of Expansion to sell! Table D-26!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sutra

The back cover for Expansion Part Two.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

I Still Make Comics

Matt Sheean and I are hard at work on part two of Expansion! Hopefully it'll be all finished in time for Stumptown.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Organs Painting

11" x 14" Gouache and ink on paper.

My show is this Friday! Everyone must attend.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Descendant

16" x 20" Gouache and ink on paper.

Another painting for my art show, which is only a week away!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Iceberg

11" x 14" Gouache and ink on paper. Another painting that will be in my art show.
In case you forgot:
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4th 2011 at 8pm
Show open from 03.04.11 to 03.31.11
at Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA90026

Monday, February 14, 2011

Interview

I was interviewed by Fuel Your Illustration. We mostly discuss the Expansion comic I am doing with Matt Sheean, but there are also some images from the upcoming art show that can't be found anywhere else. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Painting

Another painting that will be in my show at Secret Headquarters March 4th.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Art Show


In one month I'm going to have an art show at Secret Headquarters, a fantastic comics shop in L.A. I'll be posting more about it over the course of the month, but for now, the basic info:

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4th 2011 at 8pm
Show open from 03.04.11 to 03.31.11 at Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90026

Monday, January 31, 2011

Venus Color

8" x 10" Gouache on paper.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Volcano

8" x 10" Gouache and ink.