• The Travel Begins

    Lena and I are off to Spain in some hours, so I thought I’d give you a little morsel to remember me by.

    Got any stories you want me to make or specific illustrations that you want for personal use? Lay ‘em on me and I’ll see what i can do. You want to pay me, you say? Great.

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  • Poetry and big blotchy illustrations. Heavy on the Stuart Davis influence(via Bill Boichel)

    Here’s a link to my most recent work: a poetry chap book. I’d written some poems, so I thought that I would put them together. Of course, to keep it as viscerally entertaining as anything else, and to make it a little more obtuse, I illustrated the work. Nothing spectacular, but it was a great exercise in using Adobe Indesign. I’d never used it, but thanks to youtube video tutorials, Adobe’s help online, patience and persistence, it was finished. I can now proudly say that If I need to print anything comics wise I don’t need to figure it out all on paper and then transfer it to Photoshop. As old fashioned as that might be, no one had taught me anything else. Hell, no one taught me how to paginate. So, as all things in the world of one, trial and error and then some happy accidents (like the portrait I did on the third page of my beloved Lena’s dear poodle, Einstein.)

    After reading some of Bill Boichel’s posts on the Copacetic Comics Company site, I was very intrigued by the work and ideas of the modernist painter Stuart Davis. Anyway, check out the Daily Davis archive. It’s some mighty cool stuff if you like hand drawing. He also wrote an introductory essay on the Daily Davis if you’re interested in coming to these drawings in a non-visceral way. 

    If you like image making of any sort, every nook and cranny of the public facing web is worth your time. The Daily Davis and Lynda Barry’s Picture This, have been a great help in getting my drawing to be completely unshackled. It’s great.  Over the past couple of months, by letting my hands just move on their own, and by simply watching them and allowing them to do whatever they please, I’ve learned a good bit about myself. It’s been very reaffirming to know that I have the subconscious ability to absorb and transform the images that are around me. This knowledge has been instrumental in making me more conscientious of the images and stories that I surround myself with. Osmosis and practice do actually work…

    On to the present: Spain’s approaching and I’m finishing this project. Will I finish the boxes and the hardcover in time? Stay tuned…

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  • Bü's Mansion - Lionel and the Punks

    Here you go, as promised. My most recent comic, Bü’s Mansion - Lionel and the Punks. This is the longest continuous narrative that I’ve done since last year’s Rinfon and it feels really good to have done and to have it look as nice and crisp as it does. I’m printing this mini on a creamy off white and it’s looking fantastic. I’m currently trying to figure out how to package it. I still don’t know how to silk screen so that’s not an option. Nevertheless, I’m thinking of hand cut decorations on coverstock that is off a heavier grade. I’d love to sell these for a dollar, because I know that people will actually buy them. Nevertheless, $2 for a mini comic of this hand crafted flavor doesn’t seem too steep. Any more, though and it seems unreasonable. Hell, I’d have a hard time paying $3 for this.

    The pricing issue is a weird one, isn’t it? I feel excited to cough over $2 and feel like I’m making out with a great deal, while for $3 I feel like I’m missing something. And yet for $1 I feel like what I’m getting isn’t worth anything. Maybe I just don’t know how to quantify money in qualitative terms well enough…

    NOTA BENE: Below are the spreads, therefore read horizontally until the middle of the spread and then move downwards.

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  • The Next Three Months: Spain and then some

    This is what I’ll be living out of for the next two months in Spain: I have the incredible fortune of traveling for the next two months in Spain with my girlfriend, Lena. Lena will get to fully experience a true Spain with me, completely in Spanish, we’ll both get to work with cheese-making and meat curing and I will get to research a comic that I have planned.

    The plan will be to arrive in Madrid to visit two family friends and then to hop on El Ave to get to Zaragoza to spend a week with my grandparents. Afterwards, Lena and I will travel onwards to Catalunya to hover around Barcelona. I’ll be trying to get my hands on some old copies of the anthology _El Vibora, _which has been greatly recommended. This will be my third time in Barcelona. The first time was with my grandparents and my parents and the second was with my family, although I spent the majority of the time with my father. In our wanderings around the city I became giddy whenever we passed the many comics shops. Hell, I was getting excited by the comics selection at FNAC alone. This time, I’ll be keeping my eyes out for any and all comics shops and will try to scrounge up as many unique works I can from the area. In the end I’ll have to have some discretion because not only will I be traveling on the cheap, but because while the bag I’m taking with me is quite a tanker, it’s got its limits.

    After Barcelona, Lena and I will be headed for Huelva where we’ll stay for a month working at the Monte Robledos Queseria. We’re working on Maria Jesus’ farm through WWOOF. It’ll be great to be part of the cheesemaking process in my motherland. Rest assured, notes will be heavily taken and some cheese-making comics will surface sometime around August. All in all, we’ll be working and savoring the southern Sierra for a month after which we’ll set out on the road.

    The last two weeks of the trip will be dedicated to hopping from town to town in the South via bus or train. We’ll make our way in from the Atlantic into the Mediterranean.

    On this trip I plan to devote myself to three things, taking care of Lena (and teaching her Spanish), learning how a farm is run and documenting my life in ink.

    After I return, I’ll spend a week in Cleveland with my parents and then will be hopping on a bus to Buckland Farm. Some more farming, but in a climate that I’m much more accustomed to. I’ll be there by myself working and learning cultivation techniques and and animal husbandry from Dan and Carrie, the owners of Buckland Farm.

    Seeing as how the frequency of my future internet connectivity is unforeseen, I can’t promise any posts with comments, stories or comics. Nevertheless, I can assure you that around the end of the summer, as I’m hustling to put all the pieces together for my CCS application, you’ll get loads of scans of my sketchbooks.

    To those of you that have supported me in my endeavors in comics, whether taking the time to look over my work, giving me tips, letting me borrow your comics or simply smiling when I got excited about images and words on paper, I owe you so much. Since I committed myself to drawing and recording through comics, I’ve never been happier in my life. Everyday I’m learning something new and exceeding my own expectations. I never expected this.

    I’m constantly surprised by my good fortune, a loving family, an incredible best friend and girlfriend that I can travel with, a durable and rugged backpack, paper galore. To those of you that are helping me hone my craft and helping make this storytelling dream come true, thank you.

    I have 10 days left until I leave. Hot damn, there’s a lot to do to get ready! I have to finish my final term papers and projects (Including two clamshell boxes and a hardbound comic), move out of my current apartment, and then pack. Will I get it all done it time? Stay tuned.

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  • Why is it so hard to get my hands on some Moebius?

    It’s been a good day. Yesterday I finished pencilling out a solid storyboard for a comic that I’m making for my application for the Center for Cartoon Studies. It’s going to be a cute one with some sexy ink.

    Although it is autobiographical, I’m not going the Jeffrey Brown route and just using a ball point pen and going for a long series of comics. It’s a one-shot. Int his case, form is just as important in this work as the content. Additionally, I like sexy styled ink, so that’s what I’m going to give this comic. Obviously, it’s going to take a while longer to finish, but that’s what’s got to happen.

    I like the form that I’ll be giving this little booklet. It’s going to be a handsewn booklet with handmade covers that will have 6 panels in a 3 x 2 formation in the spread.  Here’s a picture to go with the description.

    A mock up of the comic

    I’ve never done an autobiographical comic, so this feels a little indulgent. Oh well, ‘ve got to try everything at least once.

    If you’re interested in some really interesting exploratory studies of structure in comics, Frank Santoro has been putting out a series of layout workbooks on the Comics Journal. Free classes on comics structure? Sign me up. Taught by Frank? Shit, get my ass over there.

    They are especially interesting because of Frank’s background in the world of art outside of comics. What I like the most is how he touches on the inherent proportional relationships between paper sizes and traditional framing practices across multiple panels. From Frank:

    "Maybe you knew all this, maybe you didn’t. Either way the sizes of paper easily available and the dominance of certain formats for comics is something worth looking into, I think, if you’re interested in comics. I think this is especially true for the maker. Understanding why certain formats “feel” right over others can guide one’s creative decisions in the planning stages. Far too many times I’ve come across comics that were obviously printed at the wrong size in relation to the artwork. Ever see a regular “digest size” minicomic with a really wide margin at the top or bottom? It’s usually because the artist drew the page on 8.5 x 11-inch paper and assumed that this proportion would shrink exactly down to the proportion of the digest size. Well, as many of you know, it doesn’t shrink down exactly to that size. Regular copy paper is a wider proportion than a comic book page. So if you use 8.5 x 11 paper to draw your originals for your standard digest size mini comic then you have to create a 7 x 11 inch area to draw within to make it line up. Right? Right. Let’s go to the workbook part. I promise it’ll make sense."

    Click here for the most recent Layout Workbook (#8). To start at the beginning of Frank’s posts, click here.

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  • Drawing off the rust

    I have a great friend, Eric, who studies design and excels at drawing. On the whole he is a muscle memory freak. Skateboarding, playing a drumkit, improvising on the guitar, woodworking, playing sonatas on the piano, given enough time, he can always get down any routine perfectly. It’s amazing. I love him for it and often envy him. At the end of the day though, I’m not him and I have to face that my motor coordination is not like his.

    As a kid I was obsessed with skateboarding. Nevertheless, like the piano, tennis and swimming, my muscle memory never really developed and as such I was always trying to master the basics. I still skateboard, but have not progressed past the ollie and the fakie ollie. I’ve been doing it for over 7 years casually, and occasionally make some headway with kickflips and heelflips.  After a while though, as soon as I stop skating, my body seems to become disconnected from my mind.

    So what does getting massive speed wobbles while bombing hills in Pittsburgh have to do with comics and drawing? Well, in order to hone my skills and gain a genuine mastery of the craft, massive amounts of time have got to be invested. I’m a bit more gifted at drawing than I am at skateboarding, but it still requires a hell of a lot work on my part in order to effectively draw what I see. I can’t see well enough yet.

    So what’s the issue? Why this post? I simply want to state having discovered my ardent passion for drawing and making comics I’m in a constant state of fear that all of my hard work will be in vain because the moment I stop practicing any competence will simply vanish. It’s happened to many of my skills, but I can’t let that happen to my drawing and sorytelling. I’ve made some drawings and comics that, for once, I’m proud of and it feels so good to pull those sort of things out of my brain and onto a sheet of paper. I’m able to genuinely make people feel emotions through my drawings and I don’t want to lose that ability.

    This is a bit pessimistic, but it is a looming fear. Alas, if I wish to get anywhere with comics, I’ve got to keep hauling ass and drawing. And I will, but that fear will constantly hover over me.

    On the whole though, I’m happy to have this blog and you folks here because it allows me to state goals to externally, which has in general kept me to completing them. Don’t want to look like a fool on the internet by not following through, now do I?

    Here’s a song that has had strong impression on me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyXXAiEu2ps

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  • Welcome To Crinkled Comics

    Well, hello there.

    It’s a genuine pleasure to have you over in my cozy little corner of the internet. I hope you made it here safely. This blog is dedicated to documenting my progress in comics. You’ll find sketches, process work, finished comics, interviews with artists and little updates about my life. I’m not a webcomics artist, so don’t expect regular postings of strips. At least, not here.

    Currently I’m focusing all of my energies on applying to the Center for Cartoon Studies. That involves daily practice sketching, doodling, reading and inking. I’m trying to get to know more artists so as to have friends to talk to about these endeavors, so if you like what you see, do leave a message. I’d love to start corresponding with you. Hell, sometime we might even be able to meet up!

    I’ll be sure to put together a post that contains all of the content that was being hosted on the blogspot that I was previously using so that your experience on this site is all the more pleasurable.

    And now, to continue working on the pencils for my CCS application comic. Have a great one.

    Enjoying Jason comics with my sister, Maria

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