At last, a recent drawing. The spotted blacks look a little blobbier in the scan than they do on the actual page, but I am still using the not-so-good scanner for posting some of this work in progress, as I still haven’t finished setting up the better scanner in my studio yet. But, at least it’s evidence that I am continuing to draw, despite my lack of blog updates in the last couple of weeks.
A recent drawing from the week. Actually, to be more exact, I should say The recent drawing from the week. I didn’t draw anything else because of never-ending life-related issues, but I think finally, at long last, all of that stuff is about to finally settle down*. It’s mainly been this whole move. We were down in New Jersey for the most part, but were back up at our now-empty apartment again this past week, so my daughter could go to a few special events at her Brooklyn pre-school. They were worth it, but I’m glad it’s all done now. It’s been the Longest Goodbye in the history of Long Goodbyes. We are down in New Jersey For Real now.
*Well, kinda. There is that whole second baby coming along in November…
Things are chugging along.
Last week I tweeted the exciting news that my wife and I are expecting our second child this November. November is a month that feels really far away, because it’s after the Summer, and Summer isn’t quite here yet, so clearly November is never going to arrive. Of course, it will, and it will be sooner than I think.
Time to get back to the drawing board…
A new recently drawn drawing. Happy Friday!
I thought I was done traveling for a while, but I was wrong. This Sunday I am leaving for a week to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco for my day-job. Something I love, love, love is sitting in seminars and workshops having to do with game design. They’re always super stimulating and full of interesting ideas. I’m very lucky to get to attend this conference.
It’s funny, I’ve been to so many comic conventions over the years, I walk into them with a generally good idea of who everyone is, which publishers publish what, and a general sense of how the industry is represented in any given room. I’m picking up on the fact that the game developing world is much like the comics one, but aside from a few people here and there, I really don’t know so much about the industry as a whole. I don’t know the personalities and the history. Kind of like how most normal people probably feel if they wander in off the street into the NYC MoCCA festival or something. Taking it all in as a total outsider. It’ll be interesting, that’s for sure.
New Ink Panthers and TCJ Talkies next week. Have a great weekend!
A drawing of @DRUNKHULK, a very funny and popular twitter feed created by my friend Christian Dumais.
Christian is someone who I mainly know through the internet, though we’ve met in real life once or twice. I also frequented the SlushFactory message boards mentioned in the UGO interview, for many years.
I really kinda miss message boards. I love twitter and the like, but one thing that felt nice to me about message boards was the relative anonymity we had. I didn’t need to always post under my real name, because most of the board regulars knew who each other was even with handles. That was kind of a nice thing. It felt more comfortable getting into heated comic-book, political, and social-issues type debates. Nothing ever got resolved, but there sure were some epic flame wars. There was a little bit more freedom to say whatever dumb thing came into your head, without worrying how it would read to the outside world, or if it would stick with you on your Permanent Internet Record. I tried starting up new message boards, most recently on The Ink Panthers site, but there’s just no momentum for them anymore. Ah well.
I’m contributing the original ink drawing of this picture to the Soap Factory $99 Sale fundraiser, held this September in Minneapolis. It seems like a good cause, and I’m happy to participate in it. I’ve never been out to Minneapolis, but will be making my first trip there this November for the second annual MIX convention. I’m really excited about the trip.
The above pic is, of course, the iconic cover image of The New Warriors #1, which debuted in 1990. I can’t remember a whole lot about the series, but I know I followed it for the first few years of it’s existence (I think! — did it definitely last more than a few years? I am pretty sure it did…), mainly because I was trying to collect every appearance of the character Speedball. I don’t know why. I really don’t. He was a shitty character, his powers were stupid, and nobody ever seemed to come up with a good way to use him…
I think I have to admit to myself, the only reason I was collecting all his appearances was because A) he first appeared at a time when I was buying lots of Marvel comics, and B) he wasn’t so popular that he appeared all over the place and was hard to keep up with. He had 11 issues of his own book, appeared in the Damage Control limited series, and then occasionally popped up here and there in the Marvel Universe. It was way easier to collect every appearance of Speedball, than say, Wolverine or The Punisher.
I always loved Speedball: The Masked Marvel. The character they couldn’t seem to figure out what to do with.
I didn’t really finish coloring this, because my wacom started acting funny. I need to replace the nib in the pen, I think, but I don’t have a replacement handy, and won’t be able to get myself over to TekServe for another week or so. Annoying.
I recently bought this very-affordable piece of original art off of Joe Lambert:
While on the phone this week, I doodled an homage:
Does that count as something that can be submitted to the Covered Blog?
At the moment I’ve got a pretty nice home studio all setup. It got moved into the bigger bedroom in the apartment, based on the condition that the child is allowed to come in and play in here sometimes. Also, some of her stuff is kept here.
Just recently, I hung up a bunch of pictures that I’ve gathered from various cons and stuff over the years. It makes the place look nice. Here are photos:
This is the side of the room with the drawing table. From Left to Right are: a print by my friend Matt Crawford, lead singer of the band The Match & The Moth; a print by Jamie Tanner; a page of original art from Josh Cotter’s Skyscrapers of the Midwest; (TOP) a letterpress print by Ben Catmull; (BOTTOM) a print by Dustin Harbin (which actually has a little picture of me on it, which Dustin took the time to color in all nice like); and a picture by Ed Piskor.
Here’s the other side of the room, with the computer (a.k.a the side of the room I spend all my time on). Left to Right, here’s what’s up over there: two Joe Lambert pictures (one of them being the Commemorative 9-Year AdHouse-iversary calendar); a drawing my friend Alex Robinson made for me when I finished Freddie & Me; a print of a Kate Beaton comic about teenagers; a piece of original art by Vanessa Davis; and the same Jordan Crane print that I imagine every cartoonist probably has at this point, as ubiquitous as the Pulp Fiction poster was in college dorm rooms in 1995.
And that’s what’s Hanging Up!