• Q: Ian, given the process you went through to produce that last comic I am thoroughly impressed. Wow do we take electronic design tools for granted. Also, what a wonderful story. Having also been someone whose met his idol and had them not live up I can relate to the disappointment.

    -asked by booleancomics

    A: 

    In the last two years, I’ve dialled back on computer tools as much as possible.  I really wanted to lean on them for a while… too long.  I still use them, but I really don’t need them anymore.  Getting those tools at that time was like giving a two year old crutches.  It hurt the ability to walk far more than helped it.  That’ll always be my life lesson.  I reacted to computers the wrong way.

    About meeting Seth… After that, I met him a number of times, and if anything, I’m disappointed in myself.  Not just reactionary self-loathing.  I was in my twenties, and thinking I was a punk.  Kind of I was for a few years, but the attitude is just embarrassing in retrospect.  If I had been a Michael DeForge style wunderkind, it would be tolerable-ish, but I had the cart before the horse, so to speak.

    Seth was a decent guy, always polite, but still straight forward.  I still agree with the idea that the glass of modern times is half full, while he sees it half empty.  But I still agree with him about the details in general.

    And a Seth secret:  he liked eBay.

    Jul
    22
    2014

  • Someone anonymously asked this morning about Seth, so it would have to be someone who went to school with me, and involved in comics, and follows me on Tumblr, so basically one guy… I’ll ask you if I run into you in Toronto next month, Bwana Beast.

    So, around age 22, I applied and got $2000 from my school, OCAD, for an anthology.  For my comic, I wanted to do something different (I’ve never been much into writing narrative), so I decided to interview Seth.  He was listed in the phone book under his real name (I’m sure he’s amended that now) and he was a former student at the same school.  He agreed, and we had an hour conversation I recorded, then I drew it for the next month.

    This was the biggest project I’d done up to that point (I have always been very lazy), and there were a few massive mistakes.

    1) I did the greys in Photoshop in the computer lab that had opened that year (around 1998).  First time using it, nobody who taught it at that point.  So, it’s all one layer.   Terrible idea.

    2) No Wacom tablets at that time, in the school at least.  So it’s all done with a mouse.  Ugh.

    3) I saved it to zip disc.  No CD burners back then.  And I didn’t know file formats, so I saved it in some way that has hurt the resolution.  The printed copy was fine, but not the digital copies that I have now.  No idea how I got them.

    All in all, it was a great experience, and I appreciated meeting people whose comics I looked up to (him and Joe Matt).  He is a nice enough guy.  This story was in Square #2, and was my foot in the door of the Toronto comics scene.  I didn’t follow up on it much at all (only two more zines of questionable quality came out over the next four years).  

    The lettering is terrible, and too much info is crammed in.  I had no pacing back then.  But there are things I liked about this.

    Jul
    22
    2014
  • Q: Seth cartoon?

    -asked by Anonymous

    A: 

    What?  I have one.  It’s 15 years old.

    Jul
    22
    2014

  • My little zine is done!  I saw something similar from harrymoyer a while back, and was trying to think of a way to justify it.  This is not a deep story at all, just a little trinket, about an ugly robot that returns home.

    I’m hosting a table at a zine festival on Monday, and wanted to do something that people would want, for cheap.  This was less than 20 cents each to print.  I’m going to sell them for about $1, or as a free gift when anybody buys anything, preferably the latter.  I rarely make live appearances, but I think I’ll do something like this for every event in the future.  A one-off, cheap pressing.  Wish you could come!

    Jul
    18
    2014
  • Update three.  Just one more left to get this mini zine done.  Gonna get’r done on time, I can feel it.  What will the final product look like?  I’m damn excited to show it.

    Update three.  Just one more left to get this mini zine done.  Gonna get’r done on time, I can feel it.  What will the final product look like?  I’m damn excited to show it.

    Jul
    16
    2014
  • I got two more days to draw this quickie zine… Hopefully it’s cute.

    I got two more days to draw this quickie zine… Hopefully it’s cute.

    Jul
    15
    2014
  • Going to a zine festival next Monday, so I’m going to try to finish this quicky comic by Friday.  Fingers crossed.
Title: O-kaeri = Welcome home

    Going to a zine festival next Monday, so I’m going to try to finish this quicky comic by Friday.  Fingers crossed.

    Title: O-kaeri = Welcome home

    Jul
    15
    2014
  • Working on a new thing, while I do the old thing.

    Working on a new thing, while I do the old thing.

    Jul
    14
    2014

  • Pages 5-8.  Frustration is setting in, but luckily, they’ll be at the park soon.

    Still not final versions.  When it’s done, I’ll re-read it (and get the Japanese checked) and tweak as needed.

    Jul
    11
    2014

  • Still figuring out this thing.  I’m thinking it’ll seem way to banal to post a page at a time.  Any effect will be seeing them a few pages at once (and no, there won’t be much more story than this).  I’ll probably wait for another four pages to be done before posting more.

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    Jul
    08
    2014
  • Page one, recoloured as it might look with Risograph printing.  More legible, less shocking.  Worked a bit on page four today, but didn’t get it done, and now I’m tired.
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    Page one, recoloured as it might look with Risograph printing.  More legible, less shocking.  Worked a bit on page four today, but didn’t get it done, and now I’m tired.

    Jul
    07
    2014
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    03
    2014
  • Q: I can't send you fan mail, but I'm interested in this compilation of comics for the alt comix challenge. Can you tell me more about that? Email and details?

    -asked by zombknotts

    A: 

    Just send it to squarecomix at gmail dot com

    It will be non-profit/free, just an assembled PDF of works you can keep on your computer.

    Jul
    03
    2014
  • booleancomics
Sometimes, you draw for the web, and sometimes, for print.  This one is for print, but I haven’t printed it out at all yet.  If it’s hard to read in the print version, I’ll be redoing it.  As it is, I’m not even getting the Japanese checked, so there will be mistakes for sure.  Before printing, I’ll have to have a native speaker go over it.
No worries, even though I’m posting it, it isn’t final.  And don’t use it to study Japanese!

    booleancomics

    Sometimes, you draw for the web, and sometimes, for print.  This one is for print, but I haven’t printed it out at all yet.  If it’s hard to read in the print version, I’ll be redoing it.  As it is, I’m not even getting the Japanese checked, so there will be mistakes for sure.  Before printing, I’ll have to have a native speaker go over it.

    No worries, even though I’m posting it, it isn’t final.  And don’t use it to study Japanese!

    Jul
    03
    2014
  • Page 2
New project.
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    Page 2

    New project.

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    Jul
    02
    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.




Contact: squarecomix at gmail dot com



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