Long time (#logtime)

Wow, I cant believe I haven’t blogged since November. Yes I can. A lot’s been going on in my life. My “adult” life. I moved out of the woods and into the city I grew up in. Let me catch you up on my summer, first and then get to current stuff.

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I own a debt of gratitude to THE best woods mates a guy could ask for. Squatch Matrix, aka Friar Squatch, aka Dick Face. The only Christian man i know that’s doing Christianity right. His endless raps and infinite kindness kind of got me through the end of my summer. Matt, as the common folk call him, wasn’t part of the program I was. He hung out at camp to drum up some extra sugar tapping dollars to be able to be a camp councilor for the class of 2014!

Power Hog, aka Bitch Hog, aka Scout of Flowers, aka Crimson Dagger, aka Slave House

I spent three months living in close proximity to Caleb Harrington. He’s 13 years younger than me. It was an experience. I’ve never had a younger brother, but if I did, I’d love it to be Caleb. His illustrations give me hope for the future of humanity. Also Caleb dresses like my mom’s drapes.

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And then we get to Foam Breeze, aka Daswasup. >sigh< Andrew Greenstone got me into the Ghostscouts! He’s my best friend north of the Mason Dixon line! I need to publish the amount of comics I’ve drawn about him. For fans of my book, Black River, he’s basically the character Madison. I feel like Andrew’s the best cartoonist I personally know! Like, when my professor Steve Bissette was all like “yeah, me and Neil (Giaman) were at this place once…”. Andrew constantly pushes my artwork to be better.

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Then there’s Dan. My life would not be as awesome, today, if it weren’t for the constant support of Daniel Bandit. It’s a real treat knowing him day to day.

I went to comic book school and found my people. I went to Ghostshrimp and found my cult! I totally drank the kool-aide and this past summer was the best one I’ve had since I was 12. I spent half my time doing this:

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and the rest doing this:

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So. that’s a glimpse into my summer. I highly encourage every to apply for the Ghostshrimp Class of 2016! Or the one this year.

Ghostshrimp has positively changed my life! It definitely upped my forrest drawings game x5! I spent the summer learning how to draw trees and rocks:

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so, that’s a peek, I guess. I need to blog more. I’m doing stuff, I promise! I’ve finished book two of Black River.

Oh.

Black River.

Fantagraphics put out book called Black River, also. So, I guess they own that title now. I’m going to have to go with “Jesse H. Mead’s Black River”. I kind of freaked out for a day about it. Good thing i have awesome bros in my corner.

So, more…soon.

Audio: Shakey Grave.And the War Came / The Decemberists. What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Visual: Walking Dead.(whatever season it is) . Top Gun.the Dirties.

post script. i saw this movie called The Dirties. You should check it out. i don’t understand how bullying exists after Columbine. I watched that story unfold in my senior year high school homeroom. I understand that bullies are prolly getting bullied at home. However, we live in the future now! We have a black president AND hover boards!

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spoilers…

i’m planning to do a BIG, huge, crazy post about my summer soon. Photos will be posted. Artwork will be revealed! Gasps might be had, hopefully.

Until then, i leave you with this:

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Audio: Two Door Cinema Club. Beacon / Jim Guthrie. Swords and Sworcery.OST

Visual: Legend of Korra.Season 2-3 / Adulthood

Blog Tour

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

 

 

 

 

not being a pussy

Hello all! I’ve been living in the woods of Vermont for 69 days! Coincidence? I think so. IMG_0570

Here is a photo of the Scouts i’m living with:

IMG_0858   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. IMG_0927 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. 45_BlackRiver 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.

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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.

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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

Ghostshrimp residency week one

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.

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Now’s the time to attack

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:

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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

Hashtag#dontbeapussy

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: blackriver_riso

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: taOjbP4_02

so…. Audio: Tokyo Police Club.Forcefield / Owen. At Home With   Visual: Broad City / Space Captain Pirate: Harlock / Kill La Kill Season One

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