I hope to ink it tomorrow. It’s a poem, as all the best comics are. I may re-draw it a bit, since it has essential elements in it.
I let you all know partly to pressure myself to finish it tomorrow. It’s a one day comic.
It’s coming soon! Chilly Tales! book launch party in Toronto! Once again, Toronto is so bubbling with comic events that I wish I still lived there… sometimes.
I’m in this book, and I am in genuinely great company, as in, when I read the roster of artists, I wondered how my name got in there.
The book is curated by plierpants (who also did the beautiful cover), and has such Tumblr stars as dakotamcfadzean, lookstraightahead, robbmirsky as well as Canadian cartooning greats as Fiona Smyth, Marc Bell, and Marc Connery. I don’t know some of the other names, but I suspect they will be great as well. I’m looking very forward to this book.
About Chilly Tales: Featuring previously-unpublished works by a huge range of Canadian cartoonists, this book will not disappoint! The complete roster of artists includes:
Fiona Smyth, Keith McLean, Dakota McFadzean, Somya Singh, Elaine Will, Ian McMurray, Oliver Henry McTavish-Wisder, Ksenia Kozhevnikova, Josh Rosen, Marc Bell, Mark Connery, Josh Holinaty, Jesse Bochner, Jay Moysey, Colin Upton, Jeff Fenwick, Robb Mirsky, Rosena Fung, Angel Chen, Wm Brian MacLean, Shira Haberman, Noam Sussman, Marta Chudolinska, Drue Langlois, Myles Langlois, Jason Bradshaw, Hyein Lee, and Jordan Bursach.
There were probably about four scenes in the movie that were too intense for her, but she stopped closing her eyes once she trusted that Drax the Destroyer was a good guy.
And I was never poor again
Enjoying superstition from the kids.
A public service, since many of my followers might not have read this one.
If you’re wondering why you’re poor, this is the reason.
made for comicsworkbook
September is a weird month.
Creatively I’m totally stagnant right now, but I’m working on it.
It’s time for round two! Many of you will remember round one. 59 pages in total.
The challenge is simple: draw a one page comic based on a ‘script’ and post it with everyone else on a set date. Style, format, whatever, all of that stuff is up to you.
It’s not a contest. It’s a chance to make a page of comics, and then see how a lot of other artists interpret the same mission. Again, the script is by bobschofield.
The timeline is this: post on October 1, tag it ‘altcomix comic challenge’. It will be reblogged here. You have one month. A comic can be drawn in a day. Give it a little thought, make some notes, and find some time, whatever your process is.
The ‘script,’ to be interpreted however you like:
They say all good things
come from the ground.
We peel the mushrooms off our shoes.
The cake enters the scene,
roaring at the chandelier.
And the guests are painted like clowns.
I remember coming here once before
as the blue detective.
And holding a small round glass
to all the red stains on the floor.
Go forth and comic.
I’m just in a horribly depressive mood today (and for a few days). Can’t think clearly, can’t draw, can’t write. Just something that happens. Once you get in a hole like this, it’s hard to swing out of it. I spent the morning searching old CD-Rs for files from back in the day.
Ten years ago, this was the pinnacle of my work. There’s too much computer going on, but I still like it. ”My troubled childhood” was a phrase I used to really like.
I’m going to go out for a walk, try to clear my head.
I’m a little rusty with the comics. It’s been a few weeks since I was making any proper comics.
These are just some thoughts I had as I walked across the Siberian sprawl of suburbs my parents currently live in. Literally one hour walk to things, and buses run once an hour. Kind of isolating for a walker like myself.
The last of my travel sketches… I started writing comics after this point. Both from Oshawa.
Near the last of the haul from my parents’ basement. Some hidden treasures.
The biggest shock was to find out I had a copy of Storeyville by franksantoro. I remember buying it, but I literally hadn’t seen it in about 18 years.
I found the zine of Shrimpy and Paul, by Marc Bell. I don’t always find his work easy to read, but I love it when I can settle into it. He’s got a unique vision.
The two colour books are by Brian Ralph and Fort Thunder, the comics collective from Rhode Island in the 90’s. Ralph has a super confident style, and the covers did make the books irresistible.
Toronto has had a monthly Comic Jam for near 20 years, and I loved going out to it in my 20’s. It was a way for comic artists to meet each other, and sometimes bigger names came out, like the month shown where Jay Stephens came out. I remember J. Bone killing it on a regular basis. Half of plierpants, who I met in Toronto a few weeks back, attended a bunch that I did, though we didn’t remember each other from the time (probably for the better, as I was a bit of a dick back then).
marcngui used to put out zines, and they were always high quality. Even as a young artist, he managed great refinement in his line work. I was very jealous.
My only copy of johnporcellino's King Cat. Flipping through it, there is a letter by fielder.
So much good stuff comes out forever. I was able to keep up with it for a few years, but it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all once the job and marriage comes around. Still, good memories here.
A few more old comics. All of these are from the late 90’s.
Comics and art by Ian M.
I've been living abroad in Japan long enough for the novelty to wear off, and for the day to day reality of things to set in.
I occasionally self-publish a comic-zine called Square.
Contact: squarecomix at gmail dot com