gorsh.

i met a REALLY cute librarian today.

and i drew this:

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bilbo bloggins

I’ve been having too many adventures so far this year, and not blogging enough (or at all). So, this is my first blog of the new year. In December, I quit my job. I spent most of January working very little and being sad and having a weird schedule. I now have a job i dig and have a set schedule. I found myself drawing a lot more with the correct amount of sleep.

Black River is coming along swimmingly. I’ll post some pages from that later. For now, I’ll show off some woods drawings I’ve done recently for people who gave me money to live in the Ghost Shrimp National Forest last August.¬†Image

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My sister got me some Copic markers for christmas. I like them a lot more than Prismacolors. The colors she picked really compliment my digital coloring, which I like. She’s a pretty decent little sister.

Also, I was doodling some of the stuff I’ve been into recently. Here are a few goodies:

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I’m working on two separate chapters of Black River. One is more of an eight page one-shot. It would chronologically come before the first issue. My art game has upped in the last year, so I’m not going to include it at the beginning of chapter one. It’s, like, issue zero. Remember when Image Comics used to do stuff like that?

Audio: Maps & Atlases.You and Me and the Mountain / Lapalux.Nostalchic

Visual: Shamless.Season 3 / Wolf of Wall Street

busy staying busy

I’ve been busy as a bee working on projects. The next two chapters of The Adventures of Juniper Black are all about drawing architecture. That’s just what I’m into drawing these days.¬†Here’s the first page with some color thrown in for context:Image

I’ve started doing two quick projects I’ve had kicking around for years now. The must be done by christmas, so they are front runners, currently. I can’t show them off, quite yet.

I’m laying out pages for a zine about my experiences at Ghostcamp. I’m thinking of calling it “Only Downward Strokes”. Ghostshrimp is not a cult:

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Yesterday I drew this to warm up for secret projects:

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It’s a gender swap of my favorite baddie from Metal Gear: Rising. I’m surprised no one else is drawing gender swaps of that game. Everyone is pretty androgynous already. Maybe that’s why no one is, it’s too easy.

Then, today is one of my favorite artist’s birthdays. Liz Prince‘s comics made me realize how awesome diary comics can be. I feel like I really cut my teeth on my current level of comics because of her. Drawing everyday is hard. Diary comics are slightly easier, because they’ve already wrote themselves. So, I drew this for her:

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This has all been proof that I’m busy working on things between the things I’ve been working on. So, I’ve be extra busy staying busy.

EDIT: Oh, and in two hours, I just rocked out a new header for this site. It’s more detailed than you can really appreciate in the tiny header. Here’s a higher res:

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Audio: Childish Gambino.Because The Internet / The Way Way Back.OST

Visual: The Breakfast Club / Prometheus / Return Of The Living Dead

workin for the man

So, I’ve been re-reading Ashley Wood’s amazing book, Popbot. I need to fill in the gaps in issues I’m missing. I doodled this today:

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Also, I spent some time designing some “costumes” for an adult Juniper Black.

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Also, I got two of my books reviewed by Rob Clough. He had nothing but good things to say about my two books I put out his year. The Adventures of Juniper Black which you can read the first chapter of here. Also, my ongoing saga, Black River. You can get a copy of it here, if you want.

I’m going to get back to making awesome stuff. Just wanted to let you know I’m rocking.

Audio: Game Of Throne.Clash Of Kings Audiobook / Bioshock.Infinite OST

Visual: Sucker Punch / Sleepy Hollow.Season One

Woolly Press

I’m sitting barefoot on a couch in West Asheville, NC at the home base of Woolly Press. I got into town Monday afternoon and dove right into the printing process. Woolly Press utilizes a risograph printer. I’m making this all sound so official. The riso is in the kitchen. We’re collectively learning how to process colors and separate them in photoshop. I feel like this is the scene at the beginning of a movie. Where the big corporation starts with a couple of people in a garage. In ten years, Colin will be getting fired as CEO because the board thinks he is overstepping his bounds. Or maybe not.

It’s been an exciting couple of days, to say the least.

Check out the awesome process green we go on this:

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That’s a blue layer at 30%, then yellow at 30% finished with black at 100.

I redrew a cover for Black River just for riso:

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I’ll post a color version when I get one. That’s the plan tonight. Print Black River, fold, staple, watch Pacific Rim.

I wish everyone could be here with us.

Audio: The National.Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers / Sigur Ros.Kveikur

Visual: New Girl.Season 2 / Fall in Asheville

focus

Alright, I’ve been indulging in living life and not drawing as much as I should. I’ve got to get out of a party mindset and more into a focused comic making robot mode. I’ve been hanging with some artsy types. Meeting once a week to bust out some hot and nasty comics. Such as this little gem. Kung-foolery comic two:

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I need to finish one more Adventure of Juniper Black. Then I’m off to Asheville to print it.

Audio: The Lumineers.The Lumineers

Visual: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower / Sleeping Dogs

Walking Around Charleston, SC

Yesterday, I walked around the city of Charleston, SC all by myself. I can’t remember the last time I did that. It’s an ultra beautiful city that I can hang out in any day. So, I’m going to start doing that, more often. Here’s some stuff I drew in a sketchbook:

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So, then I met some friends for some drinks. I got to the bar a little early (2 hours) so I drew this:

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I found these old ninja comics I drew while in school. I wanna redraw them and put out a tiny book called Kung Foolery. More of these to come.

I’m plugging away at The Adventures of Juniper Black part two. I think I’ve scripted out Part Three. Then, I’ll print them in Asheville, NC at Woolly Press.

Audio: M83.Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming / Bioshock:Infinite OST

Visual: Pacific Rim

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