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Illustrator, Cartoonist & Writer
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Work Diary: Title card art for Dream Life and reference photos for act 3

Hey all, just a update for the site here about what’s up for the new year.

I’ve got a lot on my plate, trying to prioritize things and be more organised than the last couple months. :P

Something to check out, on Carte Blanche we’ve posted a spoken work clip from the launch of issue 14.

“Bring the Doll to Life” was told by Taylor Tower at our storytelling evening, This Really Happened, at Café Sarajevo on December 6, 2011.

We’ll be presenting regular audio content from now on, keep your eyes out for the next This Really Happened.

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For Dream Life i just completed the second act!

Woot!

And posted the tittle card for act two : here’s a rough comp on the left of that, and on the right if you click through you’ll get the full final act.

Wrestling with the layouts now of act 3. And some work on Vlad as well. Going to try to get out and walk every day, then sit and treat myself to something hot and sketch page layouts. Plan for the week . [23-27/01/12]

Been mulling over plans with Bryan and folks about what to do for Sequential’s 10th anniversary, problem for me is I’ll have less time than usual this year to give over to producing the magazine. Need to find a designer[s] and funding solutions if Sequential Pulp is going to happen or be a part of the festivities. Anyone interested in participating should drop me a line. I’ll be posting a more formal note about this on the site later in the week.

My Saturday morning cartoons | Dream Life & Pin City

Been at the desk a lot this week trying to get ahead of myself for a change. So far so good. First things first, new pages are up on my comics sites…

Dream Life page 71 is here,

And on RevolveЯ, Pin City continues as well

And a peek ahead, after the jump you can check out my pencils for some upcoming pages of Dream Life.

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New Dream Life, old Pin City, and other things I’m up to.

How ya been? I’ve been busy, doing shows like TCAF always take it out of me.

Takes a while to get back into the routine and catch up. I warmed up by rebuilding my home web page here, like the new look. Really converted to WP in a big way [have five sites working on the platform now] and i’m loving the themes from graphpaperpress.com [this is one with a few small mods and so is this and this]. I’ve installed wpStoreCart, working on building one now, wondering what kind of things to sell? Would love to have some feed back from you all. I’ve got posters and some books to start, anyone interested in that? What other sort of things would you be interested in?

Ok, comics, comics, comics.

Dream Life, page 70

On Revolver, PIN CITY, with new lettering.

And that’s just to start!

The newest edition of Carte Blanche is up – I’m the graphic fiction editor there. For lucky #13 we are happy to present a special feature on CRISIS. There’s a lot of great stuff in the issue, including two excellent graphic fictions stories by some heavy hitters.

From the Eisner Award–winning creator of ‘Too Much Coffee Man’,
Shannon Wheeler, a classic gag comic, ‘Oil Spill’.

And from James Romberger, of ‘Seven Miles A Second’, ’2020 Visions’,
‘Bronx Kill’, and ‘Aaron and Ahmed’, we are very proud to present
a 16 page short story, called ‘Raymond’.

We had many other excellent submissions we couldn’t accept,
but i’m pleased to present a few of them on Sequential HERE instead!

That’s two pages of my own comics and 5 other short stories!

PS: My editor In chief says we’ve not gotten enough feed back from the comics crowd yet so if you check out the site, take a second to tell carte blanche what you think about about it by filling out their short readers’ survey.

A Blocky Thing sketch from TCAF

Just transferred this from my camera, it’s The Blocky Thing from Dream Life. All to aprorately as I was walking to the cafe to enjoy some AC, i was listening to this, Anime – the philosophy of Japanese animation on The Philosophers Zone [2010 repeat]. Interesting show,  and relevant to the sketch by the fact that The Blocky Thing is very much influenced by the films of Hayao Miyazaki.

The latest pages of my web comics

Two nice pages done today, was working till sun up. Wanted to show them off.

Dream life, a wordless one. Some of my favorite pages are.

And by contrast, one with some poetry, our first good look at Elmo, the other main character in The rise and fall of it all.

Reviewed by El Santo – the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

Webcomic overlook is really one of the best review sites for the medium though, so i was pretty happy to see Dream Life is the subject of the 42nd review! As an h2g2 fan this has and extra bit of WIN for me.

Did good, got a 4 out of 5!

To answer one critique/question, “Sometimes, though, his focus on the imagery can be detrimental. I felt key details (like character names) were unnecessarily banished to the margins of the blog post. Shouldn’t this information be incorporated in the comic somehow?” – Yes, it just has not happened yet.

This is a totally fair point. As a web comic with one page a week going up, the pacing is slow enough i felt it was a good idea to add some notes. But the story was plotted for a book, where you would get to later pages where people address each other by name in a natural context as fast as you feel inclined to read the pages. It crossed my mind this could be a problem online, but I didn’t want to add cheats to the art itself, hence the notes.

I’d also say it’s actually a very story intense comic but the way i’m building it up, and with what has been posted so far, i can totally see how it would seem the story is secondary at this stage. Hopefully El Santo stays tuned long enough to see it come together. Muchas gracias for the attention Señor!

For some great tips on where to find the best comics on the web go check out his site.

Oh, and here’s the latest page!

PAGE 65 – THE SEEBURG SELECT-O-MATIC

 

And an old funny on RevolveR

Monday monday monday

Did some nice pencils
for the next page of Dream Life – 52 – Want to do till 61,
the end of act 1 in the next week or so as pencils,
get tha chunk ready to ink and colour soon as the Busch project wraps.
52pencils
Also today, just before those
i was getting into a nice groove
drawing roughs/story boards for
the Adolf Busch project.
Here’s some more of that.
21-22
23-24
And some of
the newest
finished frames.
18b
18
19
22

the rise and fall of it all on the fabler

So some time ago i met Bruno Steppuhn, founder of thefabler.com – comics site and home to the very excellent fabler blog. It’s a cool idea of a comics site, still in it’s early stages of being developed but very promising from my talks with Bruno. They plan to have quite comprehensive services to help you self publish comics. I’ll let them tell you themselves here.

One of the things he’s doing to help kick start the site is holding a contest to get creators to upload content and promote it. As it happens i have some older stuff I’ve been meaning to get a few pages done on, that’s just about perfect for the job i think.


The rise and fall of it all is a short graphic novel and multi media project i started in the early 2000′s with John O’Brien, that got stalled and shelved and I’ve felt much self recrimination over.

Happily i think I’ll have the time and means to get the next ten done to make the 25 pages needed to qualify, in fact about 4 or 5 are already and just lack lettering.

Unfortunately you do have to join the site to vote, it’s kind of like Zuda that way. But if you dig what I’m doing and what to help make my job getting it done a heck of a lot easier and faster, then take a second to register, and vote please!

Stuff is going on…

Hey all! So did you have a good free comic book day?

I hope the local shops did well. I’m kind of trapped by work right now and had to stay in.

HIT
Not sure if it has anything to do with it, people looking at more comics today maybe – but a good turn from a friend was the main thing. About 1200 new readers from reddit clicked on Dream Life and did a fair bit of page turning, thanks to Keiren ‘MrsComics‘ Smith who first listed it! I suspect it might be that Mrs Comics. ;) Merci Keiren.

New page went up today by the way [as seen here].

Added the social network links to the site from it’s birth a few months ago. My Facebook Group as been the work horse, 400 on it as of today, and a lot of daily visits through them. I have a fan page too here if you’re looking for one. Digg has been anemic, i enjoy their vodcasts, but i think i can see maybe why a web comic hasn’t been to the site’s taste yet. More of a trailer and gag oriented scene i’m thinking. Stumble upon has been sending fair bit of trafic to me now and then, but i think reddit blew them away with one click. Clearly a superior web-comic listing is on Reddit! Looking at close to or more than 2500 page views in 48 hours. hope some translate to ongoing readers.
:)

TUNES
And a couple of days ago I added the first track in the ‘sound track’ of the comic, go to the cover, open the youtube link in a new page, hit play and give about 4 bars per page.

PRINT
I also just wrapped up Sequential Pulp, sent it off to the printers – god speed! – 30 pages of awesome in the end, already spotted a few typos including the one the bottom of the cover. oh well. Hundreds of collective man hours in it, think we did good. Thanks to everyone who submitted both that got in, even just under the wire, and those that did not. There was a surplus of potential content which is pretty amazing news in of itself. And to our sponsors. We had a surplus there too. feels like people are feeling bullish about comics and TCAF, bodes well. :) It’s super tight on Dream Life, I’m optimistic but it’s a race to the line.

PIXEL
Something kind of interesting going on at Zuda. I just submitted something to them with Mark Sable, he sent me the link last night – this is big news for us. I kind of think it’s going to be good news. In general for creators.

The way i see it, this probably means you’ll be able to put more time into the work itself and a little less into anxiety expended in a pubic popularity contest. It sounds like maybe they will be moving towards an editorial board model or something? Which i have a lot of experience with. Used to those terms in general.
Interesting indeed.

Well, i have a crap tone of inking to do this weekend so out and over!

Dream Life and Sequential

Dream life continues afoot. Or no, it’s in the air. well, whatever, :)

There was a rewarding surge in traffic when the latest page dropped. Need to get the last few dream sequence pages uploaded tonight. I posted a clip of script that was cut out along with page 16 today.

Just completed a total renovation and conversion of Sequential to a word press site. Came out well i think. Lot of new functions possible now, Bryan Dave and I have been throwing round a lot of ideas. Need to catch up with TCAF things but so far everything seems to be coming together.

gots’ ya’ comics right here…

Psst,

hey buddy…

So I’ve been wanting to add comics to Sequential.spiltink.org for a while, and was wondering how to go about it.

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 WordPress webcomics 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….

But if you draw comics, then consider this -

Sequential is looking for creators to publish on site.

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.

IPad, Will it save comics?

…Don’t know, but it looks pretty good to me. And starting at $499 i might even be able to afford it, dang, didn’t see that coming.

The IPad seems like a decent entry in the Tablet category, and yeah, i bet my Dream Life art would look good on it, It’s even the exact same dimensions! :)

I’m working on a new Zuda project too, if we’re lucky and land the deal, this could be a big boost for it.

I’ve posted more about it here on Sequential, along with some clips. It’s pretty exciting to think about what this might do for print and web based media, i for one am optimistic.