Trying to get as much of this done this week as i can, next week is going to be pretty intense getting Sequential to press. Go max go.
Like these two, facing set two count. After the long slow opening and establishing sequence for Charlie, i wanted some nice short bits to follow up with some of the rest of the cast before the next longer scene.
Also some jawboning about lucid dreaming there for you in the blog.
Just two more left for this dream sequence to go.
That's right, i wanted to open the story with a nearly wordless, twenty one page dream sequence! You can see how it might have been a little hard to convince a publisher to go for that without seeing it all done :)
By the end of chapter one though, i hope to have made my case. Colored 20 last night and working on some pencils for 40-46 today.
Then i realized, hey, i draw comics! duh. Been working on a graphic novel called Dream Life for the last while, and it's been begging for a better site.
To be honest I've been reluctant to use Sequential to promote my own work, feel a bit funny about it. But it increasingly seems the best way to continue doing both, and truthfully it was while working out how to get my own work out there that i realized there was a need for something like it in the first place, so of course i should be using it.
Over the last 6 months I've been trying to remind myself of that. I've Just added a new area to the site, a WordPresswebcomics page, hosted at sequential.spiltink.org/comics [rss] - for now the main attraction is Dream Life. I had been publishing it on Live Journal but it's needed a new easier to read/follow site for a while.
For the last week there's been a new post each day, after page 9 I'll have new updates every Wednesday.
I want to expand from there, eventually to be a fully online version of RevolveR. I'm still working out how Wordpress works, when i get it sorted I'll be adding an index for other stories of my own....
If you're interested contact me about publishing your comics on sequential.spiltink.org/comics Directly. Ongoing and short stories are both welcomed submissions. I want to leave the subject open on subject matter for the moment, but looking for good story telling and consistent work and i do plan to be picky. It would be great to have s traditional style strip to post right on the main Sequential blog too! Canadiana is very welcomed. Cheers - max.
Not as cool: IDW strangely sent out a horrible pdf to use for the preview!
Huh? Rats, they make my hand lettered text look like MUD! Mentioned this to the PR folks at IDW when i saw the pdf myself but....hmmmm...hurrrm...hum.
Well, not to gripe to much or look the gift horse in the tonsils, here's the preview page, but read the one's i posted here below, ok? Images link to lage files on flickr that will open in a new window. Also you can use this full screen slide show, which includes all the other art I've posted from the book so far. These versions of the pages are from before final proof readings so some typo's may be included.
There was an awful truck accident and problems with customs that's resulting in delays in shipping, but it is on it's way. Ask you're local Brick and Mortar shop about it, or order online.
...man, kind of cutting it close for the trip. Getting there though, doing a dragon right now, in a novel pose i think, never seen someone do what we're doing in this scene. Fun.
Can't show you thought, sorry, secret stuff now, save for the big tada.
Took a few moments from some heavy inking work today to play though. Took a stab and composing the cover for one of my two projects for TCAF.
The text i laid-out a while back, didn't know what art i wanted to use though at the time. So been sitting on it for the last two years. After i drew the page, it struck me it would be perfect for the job, need to shade it still for the interior, but might use it like this for the cover.
Want this to be ready for TCAF 2010, thinking probably a small run self published deal for now. Like this, looks handsome and would be easy to get printed well. Going to think on it for a bit but it feels right.
Ok, i just like making film clips. I'd like to make a film sometime. For now, making comics. A friend said they wanted to see what was going on better in response to the other inking clip, so this time i did just double speed. Not quite as exciting to watch but informational. Even for me, editing this noticed a lot of little things i should be paying attention to. Should analyze my technique like this more often.
If you follow this blog you know i just wrapped up a wfh gig, and i'm trying to get in as much work as i can before a week long vacation in Toronto in February. Seeing that other work helped me get kick started inking some Dream Life stuff. Had a good day yesterday getting this done, and i penciled AND inked this tonight in one sitting! In all this page took about 4 hours. Helped it was a simple one mind you but still, like it when once goes that easy.
Put this up on Flickr a few days ago, it's open to the changes different venues and opportunities will provide but I'm kind of hopping i can do it just B&W like this. I really love working in this style, and i think this one would suite it well. Can't say too much yet but this is something I'm collaborating with Mark Sable, my co-hort on Upside Down for Comic Book Tattoo.
More to come soon. Juggling doing some pages for a pitch [as seen here] and inking two Dream Life pages, shooting for 5 in all by the end of the week. So far looking good.
My story "Honolulu Lorie's" was suposed to be in #3 but along with a whole lot of stuff got bumped back to 4 when they realized they had over sold the seats. Some awkward moments there when i found out and i've been sitting on my hands till now to make sure it was for sure going to be in this one - "cut due to too much goodness" is generally not quite the message editors probably want to send if you like a story. But bygones, all's good now, and i'm excited to see how my baby looks in print and the company it'll be keeping. The Popgun series is damn impressive, very proud to have something in one now.
If you liked that proses post by Ben you'll maybe want to look at this Flickr set for Lorie's, documenting the creation of the art for the story. The script was first written in a bar years ago in the mid 90's on a napkin hanging out with some drunken scumbags and dear friends. Funny because i don't drink but they could never tell they say.
Sadly i can't get to LA for the launch party at Meltdown, but if you're in the area you can keep up with the news about that probably here on DJ's site.
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Wrapping up work on K and starting a new gig, pleased with this cover, also thinking i really should do some real t-shirt designs, be fun!
This one is supposed to be by the kid who's waring it, Kevin of (k).
It's a collage done of a skull, with a skateboard truck tattooed on it, wheals for eyes, and run through poster edge & the mixers. Didn't want to ink it by hand so it would stand out from my own work on the illustration to some degree, felt truer for the job there. But think i'll print it out to do it anyway! Could be done as a three colour silk screen i think....
In '98 i did a few months on the crew of Fakk2 in preproduction. Just posting a gallery of my old animation work i dug up this stuff, really enjoyed this, not so keen on the film that was made but had a great time doing this work. Thought i'd share a few of them here.
Messing around. It's important to remeber play time while i keep looking for work, as an old doodle reminded me the other day when we crossed paths by the river.
Cleanead up a bit this would be a cool T-shirt i think.
I wounder what the best site for that kind of deal is these days?
K wrapps up soon, i'm doing roughs on 10 now. Don't know what the numbers are on it but it's been seen all over the pace in QC. I sould take a cammera around and shoot some of the displays the publisher had for it. Pretty good coveage it looks like.
it's been muggy here when it's not wet. Life has been doing that evolving thing a lot lately. New friendships, old affairs put to a close - don't have the energy to explain what should be obvious anymore to some, working out what's not for myself all over again. Cue 80's pop song.
Need to read up on some friends for WOTS, on a panel with them. Want to get Jeff Lemire's newest book, looks good - and re-read the Essex County Trilogy. Also bone up on the work of Willow Dawson & Evan Munday who i know but have only read a bit of work from.
Last week of July, going to go watch fire works tonight.
Hope the slump in GN sales brakes by the time RevolveR comes out - have't been talking about it yet but the release date has been pushed back a bit, syncs up now with a cool festival so that's a good thing but going to keep mum till the ink drys.
Also K is coming along, i hope to be able to wrap the art of it this month.
Some appearance to mention in September: I'm a guest at The Montreal Comic Con September 19th-20th. They have a new site for the convention and seems like a some new staff running things, look forward to seeing how that goes.
I got my own copies Monday and it looks pretty good, not totally keen on the font that was picked for the final lettering, but in the end not being functionally bilingual really it was simpler to let the publisher do it.
Saw them first in print at the post office the other day as i picked up my own box a week late after recovering from the festival.
It was stacked over with the magazines and smokes in its own little box. Later that day postering with a friend on my day off we past some giant ones for our series plastered on a large stretch of constructions sidings on Parc ave. That was fun, the art for book one holds up pretty good blown up huge like that. I'll have to go back to get a snap shot of that to send to Sophie. For a gig that started off pretty badly it's coming out well for now. Ultimately required a degree of divestment on my part but so it goes sometimes. Having spent the last few hours noodling on some more DL pages, i'm thinking about the sketches i did for 4, trying to get into finishing them & wondering where the text for 5 & 6 are...
Posted this on P&P and then relized i should put it here... And a day of rest - geeeeezzzzz, man, came back from TCAF the hard way, had to get a cover and BD done for Monday, and almost, but not quite made it. lettering on the BD is temporary, the publisher is going to use their font once they do final edit.
Last week : TCAF was pretty awesome, though i have some mightily cranky notions about the building we were in - not a fan of the architecture, looks good on camera but where i was sitting, it was not a very human feeling space too me, never was a big fan of that one - i sat right under where this was taken from.
But a lot of people loved it and I'm told the library is ecstatic about the festival and provides the space happily which is not how the last place treated them so that's great for Peter and Christopher! Probably will grow on me, i just really loved the old Vic building we were in, had great feeling about it.
Saturday was insane! I mean packed! wow.
No one seemed to know were the ac controls were + i had been up pretty late Friday night being social as well as hulling 525 magazines clear across town and back again on foot [transit] Friday afternoon/evening to get to the Seth reading.
I had also chosen to wear something semi formal involving a jacket. = i was wrecked after day one.
Susi diner saved me and had a good time at Chips launch. His new book looks really sweet, hope to actually read a comic soon, it's in the short stack.
Day two was more mellow, and cool enough i didn't think about taking off my sweater, which it looks like i should have - this was all nice till later on when it was clear the sales were going to be slow.
Last minute scramble to spend money in the last half hour left me with a small profit i spent on mothers day dinner. I bet folks with brand new books to sell did well. Also moved I'd say about 450 of 525 copies of the free Sequential magazine which were well received for sure. Got a short list of people who want to be in the next one if there is one.
The After Party Sunday night was nice, and i had a good time hanging out with Eric Kim & Co. Monday. Met a whole bunch of cool people on this trip in fact.
Had a few days off to see family, and got some sketching done. Missed my buss, took 12 hours to get home in all and crashed hard.
If you've read it already, send the link to friends you think will enjoy it with our blessings! And don't forget to drop by the local shop to let them know you want Sword of My Mouth #1. Knit a reminder around your finger so you don't forget!
And if this is the first you've heard ofTherefore Repent! or you've been trying to decide if you wanted to spend the cash, please do check it out!
Maybe if you like it, buy copy for your library? With the lovely blue ink!
If Ella didn't have her baby, she'd go crazy from the loneliness. But she might still go crazy from the guilt, because the baby isn't quite right. The world was simpler before the righteous floated away into the sky, and magic started working.
A stand-alone six-issue story continuing on from acclaimed graphic novel Therefore Repent! Sword of My Mouth moves the focus from Chicago, under siege by angels with machine guns, to the urban prairie of Detroit, where a different kind of struggle is faced.
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Behind on doing some writing, but I've been eying the first 6 acts of Thieves Cant. Thinking about the few interesting directions to take, think I'm going to spend a night watching some high caper Royal Crown affair type of flair,
Rebuilt a home for
The rise and fall of it all over here.
There's a trailer! And art! And the script and more! Will be adding some other stuff too in the futture. Planning to have this one done in 2010.
In the mean time it is one of the projects coming back with RevolveR, Along with the fist 60 pages of Dream Life.
Also: rebuilt more of my webpire, Sequential, and CHO! are sporting new hair cuts and I'm thinking about adding funny pages to Sequential some how...
Catching up on neglected house cleaning as well. The studio is a wreck right now, i'm purging stuff, been selling off some art. If your interested in owning an original certified Salgood Sam - one of my drawing that is and not the pen name - have a look see here, and drop me a line.
And last; some recent work to ponder and i hope stimulate your brain cells and tickle your pocket books ;)
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