Sunday, June 19, 2016

Publisher Hat On

Well it is HOT on the west side of town today 120+ HOT. Good thing I'm inside typing up this newsletter post.
- --This week has been about the Comics Never Stop paper. Strips were due last week and as usual we had some no shows. So I found some people to to those peoples spots and strips are rolling in. Also one of the advertisers did not come through (probably because they were tied to one of the strips that did not arrive). So lots of scrabbling is going on this week. Still a little was from being ready to send it off to the printers, but this volume of the paper looks great. (I will be sharing the title panels of a few of the strips throughout this post).
- -- I spent my week working on the Cousin Harold strip for the paper. This strip was based on a mistake image that I create din Illustrator a couple of years ago. I accidentally deleted everythins but Harold's eyes and nose and thought it looked cool. So I filled that image away in the back of my head and waited until I had a chance to use it.
- -- Switching to SDCC mode even though I have a couple weeks of summer school to teach I still have a comic to finish (Cousin Harold 10) and some special color ways of the Space Mummy resin Figure to make (the heart jems arrived yesterday).
- -- Comic of the week, Fantastic Four #99 by Lee and Kirby. I love these FF issues and I'm so glad my family takes me to the comic shop for my birthday and father's day to pick one out.
Okay until next week, take care of yourself and be nice to others - we are all in this together!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Making the Old, New Again!

I feel like I say "WOW, What a week!" every week. But that is the way my creative life has been lately. Many projects that I have dreamt of for years are finally coming together.

- -- I have always want to make collectable cards. When I had just graduated high school I tried to make football cards of my brother while he played high school ball. At that point, I did not have technology (ie. Photoshop) and was not successful. Fast forward 20+ years and I have done it, a collectable card for my new series Space Monstas.
In addition to the cars I have tried making a wax pack type packaging for them. I think it will do, so now on to make the set of cards.
- -- On the comic front I'm working hard on Cousin Harold 10. The story is turning out great with several turns and twist that I did not expect. I will hopefully get this book done in time for SDCC

- -- And speaking of SDCC, Comics Never Stop will be releasing a special edition paper to hand out in the Gaslamp District during the show. Hope to see you there!
- -- Comic of the Week, Casanova Acedia #5. I just love this series. I cannot say enough good things about the whole Casanova run. If you have the funds buy yourself all the trades and enjoy.

Well that is about it for this week. A couple days late and the day job has started again, so I'm squeezing in comic work when I can.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

What A Show!

WOW! The Phoenix Comicon turned out way better than I had expected. From the energy in the air to the good vibes on the vendor floor. I had a great time this year and rathe than going on and on about things I'm gonna let the pictures do most of my talking.(after all a picture is worth a 1000 words).
Love seeing convention booty pictures. 
I love them even more when they have things I created in them.

Bily Foster, Myself and Eric Mengel. 
Bily has been a huge supporter of Eric and myself for years. 
He has gotten our faces in front of many people,
 who might never even know who we are.
My beautiful wife helping at the table while I had some panels.
Tony Stephens and I on the Heroes with Disablilties panel. 
I met Tony a couple of years ago, he is a great man that has 
dreams of making comics that include character with 
disabilities. I cannot wait to read what he comes up with.
I think this is the 5th time Eric Mengel and I have given our 
DIY Comic talk. The room was packed again this year and we talk 
one on one with many of the attendees at our booths throughout 
the weekend. I cannot wait to read the comics that many of these 
people are planning on creating.
Eric Mengel and myself ready to take on the world, or at least the comic world.
That time that Bleeding Cool interviewed me. 

- --I would love to shout out all of the people at the show that I interacted with, but I'm sure I would forget someone and feel very bad about it. So know that every conversation from the smallest "Hey nice seeing you" to the longest "story of my life" conversation meant a lot to me. I learned more at this convention as a person than I had at any convention I have ever attended.
- -- Oh yeah and I still have some Space Monstas - Space Mummy figures left. Hit up my online store if you want one. Each figure comes with a limited edition Space Monstas mini-comic.
- -- Comic of the Week - hmm -- Moon Knight #3. This series is really trying something different, at least that is how I feel. I cannot wait to read the whole storyline again once it is finished.

- -- As for now I'm working hard to complete Cousin Harold 10 in time for the San Diego Comic Con. I will be tabling in the small press area this year. Plus we are prepping a special edition of the Comics Never Stop newspaper for SDCC. More on these things next week. I gotta get to the drawing board (or computer in my case) and start drawing. These comics are not going to draw themselves.

Take Care, 


Monday, May 23, 2016

Crunch Time

It's CRUNCH TIME out here in the west valley. Usually I have everything ready for the Phoenix Comicon at the beginning of May. Well this year life has gotten in the way, so I have a lot to do between now and June 2nd.

- -- The most important thing is to finish the Space Monstas story. I have 6 pages done, but still need to complete 6 pages. I think I got this, I mean I have done 8 and 16 page stories in less than 24 hours multiple times. I'm just trying for a little higher level than I have done in the past. So while I work on those pages, you can check out the first 3 pages here.
Not sure if I will have a version of this book for sale or if it will only be available with the purchase of a Space Mummy toy of the Space Monstas T-shirt. I want to do a silk screen cover for the sale version, but who knows if I will have time.

- -- I have to finish 2 Cousin Harold pages this week. This is so that I can take next week off for the convention. I think I got this easily, but with the 6 pages of Space Monstas it might be a little more challenging.
- -- I have 20 toys to paint. The plan is to complete one painting process each day. I should be able to get this done, however those 6 Space Monstas pages might get in the way.

- -- I have already copies the DIY COMIC panel handouts. Hopefully Eric Mengel will get them assembled so I can trim them next week. (The DIY COMIC presentation is Friday June 3rd from 3-4pm in North 121C at the Phoenix Comicon.)

- -- Really I'm in pretty good shape. Except for those 6 Space Monstas pages. I can do this.
- -- Comic of the Week, Fantastic Four #98 by Lee & Kirby. I love those old book. My family lets me pick out one for my birthday and father's day each year. Hopefully my kids will get good jobs and left me purchase more expensive ones when they grow up. I hope to one day own the whole Lee & Kirby run in comic form.
- -- I will be at Artist Ally #1424 for this years Phoenix Comicon.

Okay that is about it, I got to get those Space Monstas pages done. (Can you tell there really is only one thing that I'm worried about?)

Take Care,