My good friend and fellow cartoonist Carl Antonowicz tagged me in this blog tour thing. Enjoy reading about my writing process…cause I rarely ever do.
1) What am I working on?
Around the time I beat Final Fantasy Seven I decided to draw a fantasy based graphic novel. Black River is the result. I’m currently churning out pages at the first Ghostshrimp Residency program in Hardwick Vermont. Its easy to draw the forest when you live in one.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Black River is rooted in a fantasy world with goblins and wizards. The twenty somethings that play the main characters are thrown into this world. They don’t exactly care about their predicament. I spent a summer only drawing diary comics. Black River is 80 percent real stuff from my real life. It differs, in that it’s like Kevin Smith movies chilling in a Lord of The Ring setting with no real over arching plot (yet).
3) Why do I write what I do? The summer after I graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies, I had a rough time. I was keeping busy by drawing diary comics. I really grew a lot visually that year. Diary comics write themselves. I actually dislike writing stuff. Black River reads so well because most of it is real conversations I’ve partook in. I’m never going to be able to write as hilarious as my friends just being themselves. Even this answering of questions is weird and hard for me. Is this even making sense anymore?
4) How does your writing process
work? I spend a lot of time at my job just thinking about comics. How the next page is going to look and how the dialog will work the best. When I sit down to draw it all out, it flows out pretty simply. Most of the writing process is me figuring out how to get from plot point B to plot point D while throwing in the joke that is point C. I try to get at least one joke on every page. Usually that joke is just for me. Black River, however, IS just for me. I feel like I’m the only one who likes it. If I’m writing all the stuff I dig, maybe someone will dig that same stuff.
Now I have to tag people I want to pass the buck to! You should check in on Andrew, Denis and Mia next week…cause I tag them
Hello all! I’ve been living in the woods of Vermont for 69 days! Coincidence? I think so.
Here is a photo of the Scouts i’m living with:
From Left to Right: Squatch Matrix, Bitch Hog, Old Cotton (me) and Foam Breeze. I drew about 32 pages in eighteen days! Black River is getting really awesome and really weird at the same time. Ghostshrimp is piling on some crazy ideas. I cant wait for everyone to get to read it. I should have it printed by August first-ish. Here’s one of my favorite pages all close up style. I’ve definitely leveled UP a bunch at drawing foliage and the woods. Being that I walk through them everyday. Also, we started playing Dungeons and Dragons. Here is my lady rogue, Arya Speedwagon. I blurred out the backstory stuff cause I don’t want the other scouts to know about her.
Also, I’ve been thinking of doing a new business card. It will probably tie into this postcard that I drew in the woods and colored at CCS.
I’ll blog again next week. I got tagged in a thing and have to. See you then.
Audio: Game of Thrones.Dance With Dragons / Bright Eyes.The Peoples Key
Visual: Lost.Season One / Die Hard Two
I have survived over a week in the woods of the Ghostshrimp National Forrest!!!
Its been such a long week. We’ve gotten lots of work done on Dan’s house. We put up siding on three sides if it. We just started working on his steps. I’d love to post more photos, but I’m typing this on an iPod in a cafe. You can always give to my ghoststarter fund to gain access to my super secret Instagram account. Here’s a photo to entice you.
I fixed some buggy stuff on the Ghost-Starter page. Thanks to friends and family for pointing out some flaws.
Thanks also, to my friends who have signed up already. They have seen a few photos of comics i’m working on before I visit Woolly Press this Saturday.
I did this a month or so ago and just got around to coloring it:
I’m going to be making some next level comics over this year. You can get them delivered straight to your door. Or you can have them delivered anywhere, I guess. Sign up TODAY!
Audio: Childish Gambino.Pointdexter / American Football.Seft Titled
Visual: Mind Game (anime) / Adventure Time.Season 6
Last August, I was invited to attend the second “class” of Ghostscouts in The Ghostshrimp National Forest. It was a wild a crazy ride of a month! A month spent building cabins and teepees, building LIFELONG friendships, and building on artistic skills.
I can honestly say that month changed the course of my life, indefinitely. I attended comic book school and it was fun and leveled me up a BUNCH. Ghostshrimp leveled me up two fold, both artistically and homesteading…ly. Ghostshrimp has asked me back for a YEAR! I know. It’s no big surprise. (secret…it is) I get to return to my favorite state to, once again, draw tons of comics. However, this time, I’m going to fully document my metamorphosis. I’ve set up a bit of a kick…jumper (though..i AM a part of THIS) to help me get going. i’m calling it GHOSTSTARTER! To prove to you the caliber of stuff you’ll receive, here’s some stuff i’ve been doing lately:
if you want a copy with a riso cover…get in touch with Woolly Press.
Also, I’ve been working on Juniper Black pages. Here is one from the future:
so…. Audio: Tokyo Police Club.Forcefield / Owen. At Home With Visual: Broad City / Space Captain Pirate: Harlock / Kill La Kill Season One
i met a REALLY cute librarian today.
and i drew this:
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.
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:
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