Friday, August 2, 2013

Two Slices of Cheese

Happy Friday!  Got a two for one sale on The Cheez comic strips today.... as promised I'm trying to digitally remaster the old strip to give you guys something new(ish) to read while I'm working on other projects.  16 more strips left to go!  Enjoy!

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Last Resort: Creative Juices

Mid July and 2 comics to show for it! Woo-hoo!! I'm on a tear! I know I suck but I've been busy I swear! 

For me the greater part of creativity is thought and I've been doing a lot of thinking. Part of what I've been thinking is that I'd better quit obsessing over the graphic novel and start putting out some stuff for people to read. So, I give you a new comic! If you hated Fargo you'll probably hate this joke but then again you probably hate me and won't even read this. If you're still with me, I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as I did drawing it. I think it's one of my better drawn comics if nothing else.

In the spirit of producing more work and BETTER work  I'm going to try and pull double cartooning duty. (I think there's an illustrated poop joke in there somewhere.). I'm going to start by digitizing the rest of The Cheez and put that out ASAP. I've had some requests for that and it's easy, so that will give you all several more strips to read this year in the short term. After that I'm going to try and continue putting out new comics here while I'm working on the novel/comic book. It's going to be hard, but as Walton Goggins said in an interview recently, "Anything worth having is worth putting in the work it takes to get."

As far as the graphic novel goes, I'm still in the plotting stage. I'm hesitant to put pixels to screen because I don't want to have to re-draw it if I change the plot. I'd also like to show it to people before I die. For that reason I think I'm changing the format to a micro comic: 8 pagers that will provide me a little safety net for plot restructuring and give me freedom to explore as I create.

So there you have it....tune in shortly for more releases of The Cheez and as always, THANKS for reading!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Last Resort: Cup Holder

Whelp...a month into plotting the graphic novel and I quickly realize making a graphic novel is going to take a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time. Basically I've been thinking about the plot and how I'd like to re-write the novel to suit the comic format better. I'm planning to turn Stinkweasel On Rye into a multi-character perspective. I had a lot of side characters in the novel whom I came to like just as much as the main character and I think it will be  a better story if I tell their tale as well. So that's what I'm going to do.

I plan to produce the work as I would a comic. Each chapter is going to be a single comic book and when I'm done (100 years from now), the whole thing should be a complete novel. This is the largest project I've ever under taken and it's going to be a challenge.

I have to say I'm a little worried about completing it before I die! Gone are the days when I could hole-up in my office and draw for months on end without any kind of human contact.  Now I have to hold down a job and raise a family. It's hard to write a comic book and hold a baby at the same time. It does give you a lot of time to think though.

This comics was inspired while I was holding my 6 month old daughter Mallory last week. It should be noted that she was not harmed in the making of this comic....enjoy!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Graphic Fools and April Novels

Greetings People of the Internet! Long time no post....

Where the Hell have I been? Good question! I don't know about the rest of you creative types but I sometimes suffer from a lack of focus. I admire you people who can pick one thing and stick with it day after day with laser focus. Alas, I find myself jumping around between half a dozen creative endeavors.  I stick with it exclusively for a bit, then I take a break and do something else for a while. I always rotate back to comics.

Last year was a period of dedicated focus for my comics. It sort of sputtered out when my daughter was born and I've found myself fairly inactive for several months. I appear inactive but as my wife calls it, I've been in "Think Time".  Basically a period of self evaluation, reflection and figuring out what I'd like to do next.

I've been studying illustration and developing my skills mostly. In recent months I got back into comics after being out of collecting for a decade or more.  Before I made my various attempts at comic strip syndication, I had aspirations of making comic books. Never mind the fact that my drawing style doesn't really fit into the comic book mainstream...I attempted it anyway and self published The Caped Sphincter in 1992. It was a super hero parody about a giant ass in a cape....literally.  I still like the concept, some of the writing and, surprisingly, the art has held up over the years.  For the most part though, the writing was crap and the lettering was horrendous! (I'm posting an excerpt image of the villain, The Toxic Crobster, with re-written word balloons for those of you who never saw the book.)

I've been thinking about revisiting The Caped Sphincter but I feel like super hero parodies have been done to death, so I'm not sure I'll rework it or not. Coincidentally April hit at the same time I've been pondering this and I always think of the novel I wrote called Stinkweasel on Rye. I started it in April/May of 1993 and completed it in 1997.  I shopped it around to get published, came close, but no dice.  It's a medieval fantasy of a quirky sort, heavily based in the decades of role-playing games of my youth.  I use to do the bulk of the writing for our group which tended to be more serious but I also use to draw comics about my own characters when I got to play. They tended to be more goof-ball.  Stinkweasel on Rye is a mix of both. This got me thinking I may want to turn Stinkweasel on Rye into a graphic novel or ongoing comic. Not sure yet.

So anyway  that's what I'm working on. We'll see what happens. Anything I come up with will be posted here first! Stay tuned.... and THANKS for checking in!