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

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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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

Juniper Black part two

People seem to really like The Adventures of Juniper Black. I started drawing part two, set in a jungle. Juniper is around 16 or 17 now. I drew about two and a half pages before I realized it wasn’t the story I wanted to tell. The woods weren’t creepy enough.

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So I started over, yesterday. This part is the opposite of the last story. Juniper’s still older, but it’s going to take place in a cave.

I get to fill in a LOT of black space. The spot color will be yellow, I’m thinking:

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I’m actually sketching character designs for this little book. I don’t really do that with Black River. So, I can have a neat little “sketchbook” section in the printed version. I always like it when books have those.

Also, I did an illustration for the monthly Ghostshrimp Illustration Contest. The words this month were “Phantom Breakfast Robber”. I find that my first idea is the one I usually go with. Also, all the scouts from ghostcamp have shout outs in this drawing (thus the random pickle jar):

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Finally, I did some ChronoTrigger fan art for my buddy Jesse Durona‘s SNES anthology. I colored it in, but I want you to buy it from him. So, here’s the dull uncolored version. More details on where to get a copy, as they develop.

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Audio: Of Monsters And Men.My Head Is An Animal / Radiohead.In Rainbows

Visual: The Dark Knight / The World’s End

last call

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I’ve made it back to Charleston, SC! From the woods, I visited Boston with my fellow scouts, Pussy Wizard and Hawk Jams. Then I went back to Hardwick, VT to do some awesome work for this guy, Perry. Knowledge of building was passed to me. It was a nice end to camp, to build stuff.

From Hardwick, I traveled to good old White River Junction, VT to visit CCS. Classes were just staring for the newly accepted freshmen. They are so cute with the stars in their eyes for comics, still. In just a short semester, they’ll become jaded, disheveled cartoonists like the rest of us. I met up with Pussy Wizard (who was still in Boston) and Foam Breeze in White River.

From White River, Pus Wiz and i attended SPX. We drove 12 hours and spent the night in my car. We woke up, did push-ups, drank some water from the magic spring at ghostcamp. I had zero dollars to spend on comics, but simply had to buy Farel Dalrymple’s It Will All Hurt!

I quickly became obsessed, like I do, and had to draw a comic along the same lines. So, over the 9 hour drive from Maryland to SC, i devised a comic. I’m working on it today and tomorrow. 8 pages, black and white, risographed color cover. Here’s some character designs I sketched out:

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It’s tentatively called The Adventures Of Juniper Black. I did the first page yesterday:

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Also, this post is the last call for my Ghostshrimp zine. Whoever signs up for one, that’s pretty much going to be the print run.  This is your last chance to hop on this train. I’m going to stop taking orders Friday and start the printing process. The zine is probably going to be called “Only Down Strokes” which is an in joke from camp.

I’m going to bust out this Juniper Black story this week. Juniper Black is woman who will show up in Black River, later. This little book is kind of a creepy backstory.

Here’s some of my favorite photos from camp I’ve seen recently:

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Camp Life (photo by Michelle Dugan)

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Another photo by Michelle. I cant tell if i’m eating ramen noodle or throwing them up (vomin’ noodles).

Also, I ate a years worth of McDonalds on the trip down. At one point, I noticed this dude on my tray paper:

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Is it just me, or is his name “eviload”? EVIL LOAD! I think Pus Wiz and I spent an hour in a Mickey D’s on Friday. It was a strange time travel feeling.

And here’s another giant naked lady accidentally falling over in the woods:

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Audio: Matt Pond PA.The Nature Of Maps / Explosions In The Sky.The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

Visual: My Neighbor Totoro / Black Books.Season One