Sunday, May 1, 2016

My house has turned into a Toy Factory

Toys have taken over today as I became super inspired and possessed with working on my Space Mummy toys. Nothing else got done today, including this newsletter. So please enjoy these pictures.

and we all know the Comic of the Week was Doctor Strange 7 (I'm a mark for Chris Bachalo). But really this story is Good!
Hopefully I will have a card toy picture for you next week.

Take Care,


Sunday, April 24, 2016

TOYS - They are Happening!

Usually I post early Sunday morning and think about the past week while planning the week a head, but this morning was a little different. I spent my posting time in my toy lab (aka the garage) and finally came up with something. More on this later --

- --The first Comics Never Stop newspaper meeting is in the books and all I can tell you is there are some big plans for 2017, but you will not have to wait until then to see some of them. The first plan is to expanded the page count to 12 pages, that 4 extra strips per volume. We are also planning on increasing the circulation to 2000 copies per volume. And I'm sure I have mentioned it before Volume 6 will be a special SDCC edition distributed at SDCC in the Gaslamp District (We will also be distributing it at the local coffee shops here in AZ. (Also you know things were serious at this meeting because we all forgot to take pictures of this event.)
- --Comic Never Stop Volume 5 will be distributed next week on Saturday and Sunday around the valley. Then the following Friday at the Phoenix First Friday event. Get out and get a copy before they are gone.

- --Cousin Harold 10 is coming along nicely, really enjoying this story. I cut the page count down, I was trying for 32 pages, but realized that that would take me another month to complete so I cut it down to 28 (still 4 pages larger than a normal issue). I also think this will help the story out a little. I had 8 blank pages in my rough script and was not sure how I was going to fill them, now there is only 4.
- --Okay so TOYS - well I finally have it working, the Space Mummy toys are coming out of the pressure pot as I type this. After months of failure and asking the people I know for help (taking a little from each of them), I finally have some toys that I'm happy with. Now to figure out the painting thing and I will have toys for sale on time for the Phoenix Comicon. Now to get the Space Monstas Ashcan Comic finished.
- --Comic of the Week - The Fabulous Fantastic Four Treasury! When I heard that this book reprinted FF #11 and the Galactus Trilogy, I just had to have it. After about a month of looking for it (I try not to hit eBay until 6+ months go by) I found a copy at Zia Records last week. It so awesome seeing this stories oversized and on newsprint. WOW!

Well until next week, TAKE CARE!


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Quiet Week for Comics

So while my personal life has been a CrAzY Roller Coaster this week (really this year), comic work has been kind of quite.
- --The big event for this week was the signing at Zia Records on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came out and bought a book, You Read Us Back When. It seriously looks Awesome and I'm honor to have been a part of this project. If you haven't purchased a copy, they are only available at Zia Records,. Stop in an pick one up.
- --Made some progress with the Space Mummy. I like the head sculpt that I have made. So now I will try making a mold that works (got some lessons this week from friends). Keep your fingers crossed for me.

- --Making progress on Cousin Harold 10. Things are going at a nice pace and the book should be ready for the San Diego Comic Con. Also still folding my Free Comic Book Day offerings, I printed 200 of these books. I'm also taking a page out of my pal Eric Mengel's playbook and working on Cousin Harold 11 at the same time. CH 11 will feature many of the short works I have been doing this year for other publications (the Zia book, Comics Never Stop strips and the FCBD edition). Fun fact, I actually have more of 11 done than 10 at this point.
- --Comic of the Week, Sooner or Later by Milligan, McCarthy and Hewlett. It is so nice to see this collection of these excellent comics from the 80's. Milligan and McCarthy made so awesome books during the 80's and these comics were a pain to track down (mostly because they are one pages in 50 different 2000AD issues from that era. Also Jamie Hewlett is my favorite creator (I had already tracked down all of his issues). Great book, I might even read it again today if I have the time.

Until next week - Take Care,


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Getting Ready

Things are always either up or down out west here in P-Town. This week I have had to ride the waves both directions. It gets tiring at times.

- --The majority of my time is being spent on making Cousin Harold 10, but I'm also working on many side projects at the same time.
- --One of those projects is my Free Comic Book Day edition of Cousin Harold. Super excited to share this story. I had a great time making in over spring break. I will be appearing at Jesse JAmes Comics and Samurai Comics this year. Jesse James should be for their midnight opening for about an hour and I will be at Samurai when they open Saturday morning for a couple of hours. Should be super fun - I LOVE FCBD!!!!!
- --I also have been working on Space Monstas. I originally had planned on dropping a Space Monstas mini at Jesse James Comics for FCBD, but this is not going to happen. I will have an Ashcan available at Phoenix Comicon (where I'm a guest this year, the official announcement has not been made, but I'm listed on their site). I plan on try my hand a silk screening a cover for this special issue (wish me luck).
- --Also putting together some buttons and stickers for Space Monstas featuring Space Mummy. Super Excited being so close to sharing this new series with you.
- --The latest edition of the Comics Never Stop newspaper arrived on Friday in all of it's newsprint glory. We will be distributing this edition the first couple weeks of May. Super excited about the paper and it's future. We are having a big meeting next week and have some big plans for the paper during the next year.
- --Comic of the week - Batgirl #50. The Fletcher/Stewart/Tarr run on this book has been on of my favorite runs of the last year on any book. Sad to see them leaving, but glad they are doing a book together over at Image (Motor Crush).

Okay until next week - Take Care,


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Back on the Toy Grind

After the marathon week of comic making I'm back to my normal schedule and I feel a little lazy.

- --Work continues on what will be Cousin Harold #10. I usually do about 5 strips a week, which makes up a page to a page and a half. The storyline started running online recently you can check it out here.
- --The Zia Record charity book was announced this week, You Read Us Back When Volume 1. I did a 2 page color Cousin Harold story for this book. On April 16th bounce down to any of the Zia Records locations and get a copy. Also there are talks on a signing at one of the Zias that day. I'm planning to be there and will let you know more information when I know.
Back to making toys or at least trying. Very frustrating, but I'm getting there. The bodies for what I'm calling Ralph Ratt Esq (who will be part of my Cartoon Gentlemen line) came out really good. His arms are another story. I only have 1 usable are at this point, but I will keep trying.
 - --Comic of the week hmm.-- Patience by Daniel Clowes. Clowes always delivers an outstanding comic story. If you have not read anything by him I suggest you start. I actually finished reading this last week, but nothing this week really hit me. 

Take care until next week,