• Brave Little Ramona and Windbag Wallace

    Here’s a peek at the lineart of the comic that I’m currently working on. It should be all done tomorrow, both the web version and the print version.

    I took loads of inspiration from Jordan Crane in terms of line variance and character design. I used a brush here and did everything by hand with ink and opaque white. I’ve never used brushes when making comics, so I thought I better stick close to the technique of someone whose work I love, if I wanted to churn out something that I’d be happy to look at. So far, I’m pretty damn proud of this comic. I’d be confident to say it’s my best so far. It’s a fun little story based on the fable of the Sun, the Wind and the Traveller’s Cloak.

    Stay tuned for a full post of this little comic.

    In news related to the comics making of others, two rad dudes, who inspire me immensely, Dan McCloskey and Nate McDonough are trekking around the Mid-West on a book tour. They’re making semi-professional writing more like semi-professional wrestling. Check these fuckers out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOb_ErmsL10&feature=plcp

    > > Both are resident members of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's DIY anti-MFA, [the Cyberpunk Apocalypse](http://thecyberpunkapocalypse.tumblr.com/)writers' cooperative, which recieved national attention in 2009 for living without heat, and being raided by dozens of police. Since then the project has been awarded a Heinz Endowment, provided space for 25 writers and artists to live and work. Seven books have been completed at the co-op in the past three years, including Nate McDonough's Don't Come Back and Daniel McCloskey's A Film About Billy (a hybrid novel/graphic novel).McCloskey and McDonough work collaboratively and independently to create comic works that range from absurd to serious--disgusting to sentimental. > > > >

    The roadwarriors schedule is lookin’ like this:

    Cleveland - Sunday 10/28 - Mac’s Books 6PM 1820 Coventry Road - macsbacks.com

    Chicago - Monday 10/29 - The Hungry Brain 9PM 2319 West Belmont AvenueMadison - Wednesday 10/31 - Rainbow Books 6PM 426 West Gilman Street - rainbowbookstore.coopMilwaukee Zine Fest - Saturday 11/3 - Falcon Bowl - All day 801 East Clarke Street - milwaukeezinefest.orgSt Louis - Sunday 11/4 - Mushmaus - 5:30PM 2700 Cherokee St - mushmaus.org

    Bloomington - Monday 11/5 - Boxcar Books - 7PM 408 East 6th Street - www.boxcarbooks.org

    Columbus - Tuesday 11/6 - Shout Out Loud Prints - 6PM 539 East Town Street - Park on street, use back door Local readers: Pat Kain, Leanne Oconnor, Ryan Albeck www.shoutoutloudprints.com

    Athens - Wednesday - 11/7 - TBD

    Pittsburgh - 11/10 - Awesome Books DOWNTOWN - 7PM END OF TOUR / BEARS IN SPACE RELEASE PARTY 929 Liberty Avenue - awesomebookspittsburgh.com

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  • Colored Harper Comic

    Happy Monday to all y’all. Here’re the finished colors on the Charley Harper comic. This is the second time (Malphas was the first time) that I color something in Photoshop that isn’t just a spot illustration for a newspaper. I love color and am pretty particular when it comes to palette decisions, but I’m pretty damn inexperienced when it comes to digital coloring. Despite my lack of experience I’m pretty pleased. This is pretty much how I wanted the image to turn out, so hooray. Thanks to Jon Chad for the great tutorial on how to trap colors and how to develop a good coloring workflow.

    I learned a lot doing this. For starters, when working on the original art CONNECT ALL THE FUCKING LINES. Jesus Christ,  I’m no tablet ninja, so I was laboring over connecting minute sections forever. Additionally, in the spirit of Charley Harper’s illustrations, I would have wished to not have any outlines. I drew the line art and designed the birds in such a way that I could transform them into blocks of color.

    Ideally, I would have plotted out the areas that blocks of color would form and would have simply inked those/cut them out of paper/ done this entirely in Illustrator. Composing in color requires a completely different mindset and workflow.

    Anyway, that’s for next time. The assignment asked for us to do line-art, so line-art it was.

    For those of you If you’re interested in trying out coloring this way, I can direct you to Dustin Harbin’s spectacular tutorial. He learned from Alec Longstreth, who’s best buds with my teacher, Jon Chad.

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  • Harpin' on Charley

    As promised, here’s a look at the Charley Harper styled comic poster that I mentioned earlier. Finally got a chance to redraw it. Nothing fancy, just a little wordless meditation. You know how much I like those.

    Take a peek and stay peeled for the color version. Ideally, the piece will be outline free. Below’s a little of what I’ve been listening to. Sure, I’ve been listening to Karen O’s version, but there’s something really nice about this girl’s cover. I like the highfrequency buzz in the background. It’s nice, especially in the quiet of my room in Vermont.

    It’s like she’s playing  just for me and we’re video chatting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYfUYNa3tJs

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  • Andromeda goes Quarterly

    I’m excited to relay the following announcement from Little Tired Press regarding the newest issue of Andromeda and it’s transition to a quarterly publication:

    Andromeda has transcended it’s hey day as a monthly comics publication and is now dawning a new age as a Quarterly Comics Anthology. The very 1st issue as a quarterly will be available for reading as well as purchasing at the Copacetic Comics Company in Polish Hill. This will be a seriously casual event, mostly chatting about comics and Andromeda in particular. A handful of the contributors will be there as well as Andy, editor and publisher of Andromeda, to answer questions or talk shop. Copies of the new Quarterly will be on sale for only $5 each, which is a steal as the book is _40 pages mostly in color and wrapped up nicely in a snug perfect binding_. **So swing on by 3138 Dobson Street next Thursday starting at 6pm** for an evening with the burgeoning Pittsburgh’s comics and cartooning superstars!

    Below is a peek at the luscious cover by Andy Scott. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these puppies and to see how the beast has changed as its moved from a monthly to a quarterly publication. If you’re interested in getting a sneak peak and about learning of the recent changes hop on over to Andromeda’s Facebook page.

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  • WRCT Notebooks and a trip to PGH

    I christen this the beginning of an era of regular updates.

    As y’all already know, I love WRCT. It’s a place of good music and good people. Two things, that, more often than not, are hard to come by.

    Last weekend I took a trip down to Pittsburgh for which I prepared 62 little graph paper notebooks with silk screen covers and inner covers. They idea was to make somthing nice for the station’s current membership given that I’m away. It seems like the station has grow immensely over the past couple of months and that the programming has gotten exponentially better since the summer. Knowing that warms my heart.

    After making 62 of those, I’m pretty sure I’m never going to buy a sketchbook for a good long while. I’m too precious with things I buy and, at this point in time, I can’t afford to be precious with my drawing. Right now, my aim is to just get all of the shitty drawings out of my system. It’s going to be a while, but the shittier the notebooks, the faster this whole process’ll go.

    If you’re interested in seeing some the junk I’m churning out, check out my tumblr. While some of the drawings may be nice, they definitely don’t deserve spotlights here.

    So, if I haven’t told you this in the past couple of days, Pittsburgh, I love you. 42 hours on the road and 46 hours in the city and every minute was precious. I really needed the trip.

    I spent the weekend with my good friends Sylvie Sherman and Caitlin Boyle and got the special treat of being their helper monkey as they built arcade cabinets with the New York City game collective, babycastles. The weekend saw the glorious housing of two fun games, the TOASTMOTHER (Tara Helfer and Sylvie Sherman) and the sleeper hit, Trampoline Goat (Caitlin Boyle and Sylvie Sherman).

    Babycastles did some workshops on cabinet building and gave a talk about their history as an organization. They’re stupendously nice people with an amazing outlook on creating. Although I’ve never programmed any games before, the fine folks at Babycastles have lit a fire to do so. DIY or die.

    Here are some photos from the work on Saturday and Sunday.

    Sylvie Sherman working on the Toastmother Cabinet.

    Caitlin and the two beautiful cabinets that we transformed to house the Toastmother and Trampoline Goat.

    And here you can have a look at the one and only, Trampoline Goat. Trampoline Goat was a game that Caitlin and Sylvie churned out in an hour while at CMU. The game was astonishingly popular. The premise is simple: Move left and right to stay on the trampoline. Collect Tomato Soup cans and avoid the bluebirds that race across the screen to bring your downfall. The record for the night was 18 points (soup cans collected in mid-air).

    Babycastles have a history of making buttons out of objects (In the case of the games we made, toast and lamb plushie were used). They also like to make plushies into game consoles. Behold QWOP on the fish.

    Oh, and if you’re wondering what game that little boy is playing, it’s QWOP. Gameplay goes something like this: Finally, why not have a gander at the space we were in.

    This was all during the annual VIA Media Festival, so Pittsburgh was really hoppin’.

    Additionally, I got to catch and help out with a visual performance by Sylvie that she did for the DJ duo Tiger and Woods.

    To give you an idea as to how much I like Sylvie’s visual work, I often go to shows solely for his VJing.

    I caught some performances, danced my ass off and got to see a bunch of my friends. Given that practically anyone who knew anything about anything was in East Liberty for VIA that weekend, I didn’t have to go too far to see folks. Hug after hug after hug, the weekend did me a lot of good.

    Arguably unfortunate timing made it such that I had no time to work on CCS projects on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, which definitely put me at a disadvantage with respect to my fellow students, but I wouldn’t have traded this weekend for the world.

    While I’ve been getting my ass handed to me right now at CCS, and that’s mainly my fault, last weekend’s trip has given me a good deal of perspective on the past month of classes and work at CCS.

    You already know how much work cartooning and comics are, so I won’t belabor that fact. Suffice to say that I’ve underestimated the time things take to complete and as such have been doing A LOT of crunch time work that has been up to snuff.

    After this week’s work I’m finally hitting a stride. I’m caught up on everything and besides making solid headway in my current projects, I’m revising all of my past projects so that they’re genuinely great. That’s why you haven’t seen anything round these parts of the internet from me. When they’re ready, your eyes will have plenty to gobble up. A series of George Herriman Krazy Kat imitation strips, an Ed Emberley styled story featuring Miyazaki’s Kiki and a one page poster sized comic about bird watchers in the style of Charley Harper (which is really just a subconscious meditation on my parents) are all on their way.

    Stay tuned, sweet heart, as this boy’s got plenty of things up his sleeve for you.

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  • Cozytown, USA

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  • A Morning Update

    Holy fuckin’ moley, what a month it’s been. VIA in Pittsburgh, SPX in Bethesda, MICE in Boston and CCS in White River Junction.

    Nose to the grindstone, I’m finally in the swing of things at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

    As such, I’m happy to announce a new update schedule for this little website that you have before you. Crinkled Comics will be moving to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday update schedule for the coming months. There are a ton of things that I’d like to share with you that I’ve come across and I’m sure there’s a lot you want to show me, because of that, I’d like to move to the weekly posting cycle. I’ve been keeping all the Crinkled goodies to myself and that just ain’t fair, now is it?

    You can expect the work that I’m doing at CCS to trickle on in here in a polished state for your enjoyment, along with short articles, photo documentation of current projects, comics reviews of comics I’ve read, and the occasional plug for the work of my brilliant friends. If you want me to cover anything in particular, let me know, I’d be happy to oblige.

    For now, here are some doodles that I churned out right after waking up this morning. These were drawn to The Mountain Goat’s New Asian Cinema (1998) and ESG’s Come Away With Me (1983) with a Pilot Precise .07. Have a good one, pretty people.

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  • Doodlin' all day...

    Took plenty of notes and doodled quite a bit at SPX last week. Just Thought I’d give y’all a spread to sate your cravings.

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  • Summoned

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  • Rad Pittsburgh dudes at a rad Pittsburgh shop

    Julie Sokolow put together a great little documentary of Jim Rugg, Jasen Lex, Tom Scioli and Ed Piskor’s trip to Pittsburgh’s New Dimension Comics.

    It’s well worth your time to listen to these dudes geek out over back issues.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P46fxBUQjEI&feature=youtu.be

    Oh and if you haven’t already checked out Jim and Jasen’s podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, head on over to their site and check out the chit chat’s they’ve had with artists over the past couple of months. The subject matter covers quite a broad scope, so there’s sure something of use to you!

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