• New avatar.  

    New avatar.  

    Apr
    24
    2014
  • squarecomix:

Finished a pile of printing today!  Numbered editions of 50, of monthly zines from last year’s diary strips.  This should be more than enough for the show and the International Manga Festival in November if I am able to go this year.
I really like the covers, and they were more than a little inspired by the quality and class of the zines put out by minimalcomics.
It’s an utter coincidence, but I appear in the two covers in the centre.  It makes a lot of sense, and I wish I’d done it on purpose.  I should have conceived of the twelve to piece together slightly tighter.  Regardless, they look good, feel good (I used textured paper), and a massive weight is off my shoulders.

    squarecomix:

    Finished a pile of printing today!  Numbered editions of 50, of monthly zines from last year’s diary strips.  This should be more than enough for the show and the International Manga Festival in November if I am able to go this year.

    I really like the covers, and they were more than a little inspired by the quality and class of the zines put out by minimalcomics.

    It’s an utter coincidence, but I appear in the two covers in the centre.  It makes a lot of sense, and I wish I’d done it on purpose.  I should have conceived of the twelve to piece together slightly tighter.  Regardless, they look good, feel good (I used textured paper), and a massive weight is off my shoulders.

    Apr
    23
    2014
  • Finished a pile of printing today!  Numbered editions of 50, of monthly zines from last year’s diary strips.  This should be more than enough for the show and the International Manga Festival in November if I am able to go this year.
I really like the covers, and they were more than a little inspired by the quality and class of the zines put out by minimalcomics.
It’s an utter coincidence, but I appear in the two covers in the centre.  It makes a lot of sense, and I wish I’d done it on purpose.  I should have conceived of the twelve to piece together slightly tighter.  Regardless, they look good, feel good (I used textured paper), and a massive weight is off my shoulders.

    Finished a pile of printing today!  Numbered editions of 50, of monthly zines from last year’s diary strips.  This should be more than enough for the show and the International Manga Festival in November if I am able to go this year.

    I really like the covers, and they were more than a little inspired by the quality and class of the zines put out by minimalcomics.

    It’s an utter coincidence, but I appear in the two covers in the centre.  It makes a lot of sense, and I wish I’d done it on purpose.  I should have conceived of the twelve to piece together slightly tighter.  Regardless, they look good, feel good (I used textured paper), and a massive weight is off my shoulders.

    Apr
    22
    2014

  • Another translation.  I’m actually printing these with the English included, and the Japanese posted below, because a lot of Japanese find it more interesting with the English included, and are able to compare.  Most English are happy to have foreign words done away with in their translations, as far as I know.  

    I ‘dubbed’ the translation in for this comic on my Facebook page, where the  Japanese:English follower ratio is about 1:4, compared to Tumblr where it’s 1:500 if even that.

    Apr
    22
    2014

  • One of the projects I did this month: translate this whole story into Japanese.  I did the text for this story using a method from the Frank Santoro course, so it was very easy to adjust the lettering.

    The thing involved me translating it myself, getting a translator to check it, then doing a consultation to confirm the meaning, so hopefully it’s all correct.  I wrote the Japanese myself, and it’s not perfect looking, but it’s actually a little nicer (more legible?) than the average Japanese person’s handwriting since I don’t cut corners.  The marker was a slighter one than the English font, and I think I like it a little more.  It’s less heavy than the foreground action. 

    My first 100% Japanese language book.  This has been a lot of fun for me.

    Apr
    20
    2014

  • Almost no comics from me this month.  I’m doing a gallery show from May 1 and am spending the month preparing finished pages to hang on walls, translating my stuff from English to Japanese, and preparing little books to sell.  I’m making a dozen minis, one for each month of the year 2013 collecting diary strips, little boutique looking books with a simple image on the cover to reflect the season.

    I also need to think of other things to sell, be it posters, prints or whatever.  Lots to think about over the next three weeks.

    I’ve so consistently been making comics for the past year, so I feel a major vacuum not being able to update this page much this month.  What I’m doing at the moment is not comics, but it’s still a kind of creativity, so hopefully my head will be ready to tackle new things in May.

    Apr
    10
    2014

  • mostlybanal:

    Got a package from squarecomix in the mail from his March reblog contest. I made out like a friggin’ bandit on this deal. Looking forward to digging in to these!
    Thanks, Ian, for the bonus pen too! Totally uncalled for (but appreciated).

    Awesome!  The post is quick!

    Apr
    09
    2014

  • At long last, Tumblr Mail 3 is done.  

    Thanks to Lysergicmangaka, Ijustwanttobeatugboatcaptain (sorry, I missed part of your name in the strip), Sheepofthewildwest, and Hipogram for their questions.  It really doesn’t work as a strip without the stimulation from others.

    I am extra happy with the look of this one.  Each one is so much better than the last.  As I replied to Ijustwanttobeatugboatcaptain, I can still have a stick up the butt creatively, but this project lets me ‘cartoon’ and flex my muscles of sorts.

    Always, there is so much more I want to say, but this is text heavy as it is.  A couple notes:

    Question one, about archetypes: I make Marvel/DC references, but those complaints hold true for mainstream TV, film, books… There is always media that doesn’t have these problems, but I was asked about what was overused.

    Question three, about my original style for art, in the full question, he asked about art school, so I used that as my starting point.  I don’t know if the connections I’m making are clear, but a decade of silly cartooning for my job has led to me being comfortable in more styles of comics.  It might sound dumb to some, but I got really neurotic about cartooning in art school, since it was so uncool, and it’s taken a long time to shake that off.  Being in Japan helps a lot, since cartoons are more accepted here.

    Question four, about the best format for Tumblr: I have definitely changed my art for Tumblr.  I was doing black and white strips to start, and have grown into colour because of this site.  I can’t consciously do ‘popular’ work though. The really popular stuff here though, tends to have a lot of animation flavour and looks drawn on a Wacom.  There are always exceptions, and the content is really important.  The best hooks seem to be clever or emotive work.

    Hopefully the piece makes sense on its own without those notes, but I wanted to state that stuff as well.  I really really need an editor to read though these things in the planning stage to see where ideas are underdeveloped.

    Tumblr Mail 2

    Tumblr Mail 1

    And

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    Apr
    05
    2014
  • In the process of finishing up that Tumblr Mail 3.  Here is a parody of all my diary strips I’ve ever done.

    In the process of finishing up that Tumblr Mail 3.  Here is a parody of all my diary strips I’ve ever done.

    Apr
    04
    2014

  • My contribution to Dyemondobryan’s Radiozine.  It was a nice challenge.

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    Mar
    31
    2014
  • Those moments where your Tumblr feed synchronises.

    Those moments where your Tumblr feed synchronises.

    Mar
    24
    2014
  • No longer jealous of youth
Sometimes I want to be young, but when I’m reminded of the inane hoops they’re sometimes put through, the feeling vanishes.  Synchronised bow practice is pretty low on the list on the things I think kids need to know.
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Square Comix March reblog contest

    No longer jealous of youth

    Sometimes I want to be young, but when I’m reminded of the inane hoops they’re sometimes put through, the feeling vanishes.  Synchronised bow practice is pretty low on the list on the things I think kids need to know.

    Square Comix on Facebook

    Square Comix March reblog contest

    Mar
    20
    2014
  • It was a crazy week.  Already, I had gained more than an average amount of followers, and then my reblog contest was reblogged by Comics Workbook and then TCAF, and that led to a whole lot of new followers.  So that was great.  Thanks to them and to everyone.  It’s a real treat.
So what is Tumblr Mail?  Tumblr Mail is possibly a one year project to engage readers and organise my thoughts.  Here are the first two:
Tumblr Mail 2
Tumblr Mail 1
(The second is somewhat better than the first.)
I have a couple questions in the bank, but more questions are always welcome.  The general topic is life and comics, so questions in that vein are more likely to be used, or maybe counter-programming will be more successful.  Don’t know.  If they can arc together, that would be ideal.
Asks are on.

    It was a crazy week.  Already, I had gained more than an average amount of followers, and then my reblog contest was reblogged by Comics Workbook and then TCAF, and that led to a whole lot of new followers.  So that was great.  Thanks to them and to everyone.  It’s a real treat.

    So what is Tumblr Mail?  Tumblr Mail is possibly a one year project to engage readers and organise my thoughts.  Here are the first two:

    Tumblr Mail 2

    Tumblr Mail 1

    (The second is somewhat better than the first.)

    I have a couple questions in the bank, but more questions are always welcome.  The general topic is life and comics, so questions in that vein are more likely to be used, or maybe counter-programming will be more successful.  Don’t know.  If they can arc together, that would be ideal.

    Asks are on.

    Mar
    20
    2014
  • Don’t outfly your teacher
One of the fun things about being in Japan is when someone wants to impress you with a phrase they learned from a TV show or a song, and you can reply to them in native English and completely baffle them.
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Square Comix March reblog contest

    Don’t outfly your teacher

    One of the fun things about being in Japan is when someone wants to impress you with a phrase they learned from a TV show or a song, and you can reply to them in native English and completely baffle them.

    Square Comix on Facebook

    Square Comix March reblog contest

    Mar
    18
    2014
  • Page 2 of this thing.  Maybe I should do a page 3?
Page 1
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Square Comix March reblog contest

    Page 2 of this thing.  Maybe I should do a page 3?

    Page 1

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    Square Comix March reblog contest

    Mar
    18
    2014
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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.




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