Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Cheez: Panel 6

Now that I have MesyComics.com set up the way I want it, I can focus on drawing comics again. I'll start it off with another digitally remastered strip from The Cheez. I like this one because I worked in a cameo of one of my oldest characters, Dobo.

I also like it beacause this is how I spent my Saturday mornings as a kid. I'm proud to say my 4 year old daugher is following in my footsteps and has great taste in cartoons. Her favorite cartoon.....FUTURAMA!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

MesyComics.com Has Launched!

Like, the first monkey shot into space, MesyComics.com has launched!  Technically I should say "relaunched" .... but since the 2005 launch was such a brief and utter failure I doubt anyone even remembers it. So, I'm calling this the launch.

How is MesyComics.com any different than this blog?   I suppose you can consider this the mouth of Mesy Comics and MesyComics.com as the new face. I wanted a more professional format in which to showcase my comics, illustrations and graphic design. Eventually the site will include all three. Right now it's just a gallery for The Last Resort and The Cheez. As I produce more comics and get my graphic design portfolio updated, they will be displayed as well. Currently there is some over-lap but I plan to eliminate most of that over time.

The only thing I plan to keep here is the blog and maybe the downloads portion. I'm still working out the kinks. I do know that this will be the less formal side of Mesy Comics: a place where I can announce new projects, post commentary, and whatever else I feel like rambling about.  The new site will mainly be a gallery.

To commemorate the launch I've re-branded the company and composed this illustration in honor. I've also included a copy under the downloads in case anyone would like to use it as a desktop background.

Thanks for taking an interest in my work and I hope you enjoy the Mesy Comics journey as much as I have. It's been an exciting year and I'm looking forward to seeing where else this goes!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hamizilla: Illustration for Parry Gripp

This is a little departure from my usual cartoons. Parry Gripp put out a call for artist this week to illustrate his song "Hamizilla". I knew immediately I wanted to do it. Parry Gripp's songs are great! Getting the chance to illustrate one was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. It's the least I could do for the guy who created "Up Butt Coconut". Take a listen...If you don't think it's funny then you already have an Up Butt Coconut. Good luck removing it.

Anyway, here's the illustration in it's six-nipple glory!! Hopefully Parry likes it and it gets selected. If not, I have a pretty bad-ass illustration for the gallery. I'm so happy with it, I decided to make a desktop background out of it. It's available under the new Downloads tab at the top.  I think the reason I like it so much is because, with illustrations, I can spend a little more time creating them. It becomes about the art itself and is the reason I got into cartoons in the first place. My favorite thing about the piece (besides his six-pecs) is that he's wrecking shop in my home town of Baltimore. Who hasn't come to Baltimore and had the same fantasy?! I got to live the fantasy through this radioactive mutant hamster! Very cool.

Hope you guys like it as much as I do and hopefully it makes the video!  GO! GO! HAMIZILLA!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mark Kistler

I was reflecting back on the early days of drawing comics and thinking how much I enjoyed a PBS show called "The Secret City" (and later Draw Squad), with Mark Kistler. He has an energetic style and love for the art combined with a talent for teaching it to others. If it were not for his shows, I don't know that I'd be drawing comics today.

I have to credit my mom, first and for most, for instilling a love of art in me as a child. Chic West for laying the foundation for my skill in traditional art techniques; Josh Fendell for opening my eyes to a career in art and thinking about art in a non-traditional sense; and Mark Kistler for opening my eyes to drawing comics and having fun with art. Without these people in my life, I'd probably be dying of boredom as a mechanical engineer someplace.  I wish I could thank them all personally but sadly Chic West and Josh Fendell have passed away. (My mom already knows how much I love her and appreciate her. Thanks mom!)

I think the best thanks I can give to Mark Kistler is to share his work with my kids and share the link to his site with the rest of the world. I'm happy to find out this morning, that he's still doing work with teaching kids to draw and producing videos! I'm a bit late to the party since it appears he started imagination station in 2009. I'm hoping it's still going strong and my PBS station runs the show. He also has DVDS and does school assemblies!  I can not tell you how excited I am to show Mark's stuff to my own kids.

Thanks Mark!  Check him out....

Mark Kistler's Imagination Station