Thursday, September 29, 2011

Road Trip 2: So Now You Know

City of Cards Chapter 2.3 HERE!

Oh Plato, even angry teenagers think you're ridiculous.

So this past week has been a bit more of a travel whirlwind. After finishing my time in Bloomington Indiana I headed up to Chicago to spend a full day with the amazing Beth Hetland. She sold me on the city, no question. Also, Chicago fans should check out Wighthouse, a great and smart comic about a man living in the haunted Chicago Harbor Lighthouse with a real attention and passion for the Windy City as well (the man and the comic).

And the best part? The pigeon warmer:

But honestly, I'd had some reservations about Chicago which were almost completely allayed. It's beautiful, surprisingly clean, has reasonable public transportation, and has a real visible dedication to the arts. Bravo Chicago.

But where am I now? After a couple more trips down the road I am currently in Park City Utah. I'd originally wanted to spend yesterday in Rawlins, WY because I'd lived there as a kid but it was all booked up. Instead I was in Laramie for the night which work out alright.

I did snap a couple of shots of the old penitentiary in Rawlins:

The best part of Wyoming, though, in my humble opinion, is the Little America rest stop. I have a stupid love for this place, but I think it can be summed up with one word: penguin. (hard to see, but there are penguins on top of all the buildings. It's AWESOME.)

What's next? I'm on my way out towards Reno and Vegas and on the LA for a bit before I end up in Seattle. Why the hell would I go to Reno you ask? Then clearly you didn't read the write up for my comic. It's the future, baby.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Road Trip part 1

Lest we forget, City of Cards C2P2 is HERE!

Thankfully I made sure to get a lot done before heading out because it is not easy at all to get anything done while on the road. I also don't really have access to a scanner so even if I had ample sketching time and all that scanning would be difficult. That said, I enjoy this opening part with Xander a lot and really, all of Chapter Two.

But hey, guess what the lovely Remi of the comic Earthbound drew up for me?

Dude, how awesome is that?! She makes Plato look stupid adorable. I approve.

Speaking of awesome, my first night on the road also consisted of something amazing. Specifically, I got to experience Chikara wrestling live for the first time. It was fantastic and if you ever get a chance to go to a show, GO! Here's a quick snap I grabbed of the Colony while I was in awe by the excitement:

I'm currently visiting awesome peeps in Indiana and will be making a pit-stop in Chicago soon. Bloomington is a pretty cool town but the best part is being able to see friends.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Believe in Fate

City of Cards page 2.1: Here!

The first page of Chapter Two is up and it's my last post here in Vermont. Fitting in a way, I suppose.

I'm generally proud of the work I've put into the comic so far, both Chapters One and Two and what I've started of Chapter Three. I hope people continue to enjoy it as the story really begins. Having the chance to even get as far as I've gotten in these past two years has meant the world to me.

I've never considered myself a confident artist, but I love what I do. As I leave the amazingly encouraging and supportive community here in Vermont, I hope to hold onto the lessons you've taught me and to be able to make you all proud one day.

I'd written a long post expressing my gratitude for the amazing people I've met here. I wanted to be able to tell you all how important you are not just to me but to everyone who will ever be lucky enough to have known you. When I reread what I'd written, everything still holds true, but I don't know if I need to say much more than I've already said here.

I believe that if we hold onto the good will we have for each other that good times will come. I have no doubt I am leaving this school a better person for having you all in my life. Never doubt that I am grateful for all of you and it's because of you that I can keep going.

And with that, I leave you all with a promise and a message.

Thank you for everything.


And So Begins the Future

City of Cards Chapter 1 Page 30: Here!

Ace may be drunk, but he's not that drunk. Plato on the other hand is probably pretty damn wasted if he doesn't notice how rank Ace probably smells. Kinda love most of the way this page turned out.

And with that the first chapter is now officially online! Oh man, now things can actually get started. This upcoming weekend is SPX so come check me out at Boom! with the amazing Lawrence Derks. It's also my last weekend in Vermont so that means A LOT of stuff happening in the next while, but it also means that it's going to be kinda difficult to get any sketches scanned. Oh well, moving can't be helped.

This week, though, I finished the pencils for Rick and Xander's profile pictures so those will get finished soon:

ALSO, if you haven't checked out I've added a links page to my comic. Please check out the amazing comics that are on there as there are a few that I haven't posted about here yet and they're really worth checking out.