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24 December 2010 @ 01:28 pm

All photoshop. I'm still alive.
Current Music: Jonsi - Go Do
23 September 2010 @ 03:10 am

Another all photoshop piece! Bewbs.
Current Music: Tegan and Sara - You Wouldn't Like Me
24 August 2010 @ 12:50 am

I drew this entirely in photoshop! Yay for leveling up?
27 April 2010 @ 11:59 am
(This is cross-posted from my news post on The Glass Urchin)

Well I know I don't usually announce my con appearances until, uhmm, the week ahead of time, but I have to tell you about Intervention Con! That's because yours truly and Bree will be guests at this great new show.

Do you like webcomics? Do you like humor? Do you like the internet? Then Intervention Con is the con for you. It features a bevy of awesome webcomickers and bloggers, and it's hosted by the webcomic greats Onezumi and Harknell! It's taking place on September 10 - 12 down in the DC area. Check the site for all the details, as pre-reg is still open!

The dates are the same as this year's SPX but no worries - it's in the same location as well! If you've ever wanted to meet all your print comic or webcomic artists in one weekend, then you'd better pick this one! If you're an artist or a vendor, Intervention Con may also have a space for you at a better price and better service than most other cons can say. So check it out now! And BTW - if you're looking for when us NERDs will be appearing at a con, look no further than the NERD Comics homepage, which lists all our appearances this year! I look forward to seeing you at the next con!

Current Music: Arcade Fire - Wake Up
21 April 2010 @ 12:58 pm
(This is cross-posted from my news post on The Glass Urchin)

Like any modern comicker, there are a lot of artists I've admired and followed throughout my life. I'd like to take a little bit of time to thank those artists that have inspired me and continue to do so every day. I hope I'll be able to update this from time to time and be a little bit informative as well.

One of my earlier influences, and probably one that a lot of comic artists can relate to, is Jeff Smith who wrote and drew the amazing and now classic adventure graphic novel, Bone. He also went on to do other great comic and non-comic work such as Shazam!, RASL, and Little Mouse. Like most people my age (and hopefully lots of new generations thanks to the full color reprints!), we'll probably always hold his first great work, Bone, close to our hearts.

I could gush on and on about Jeff Smith's amazing ability of inking, his great contributions to the world of comics, or his uncanny ability to meld comedy and drama in the most unlikely of packages... But that's all been done before. We all know Jeff Smith is a wonderful storyteller, and time and time again has shown us dynamic and unique characters with amazing range of expression and depth. Like many other fans out there, I look forward to each new RASL adventure, and any new hint of projects soon to come.

Where Jeff Smith really inspired me was his sheer willpower. Back when I was first introduced to Smith through that fateful Disney Adventures issue back in 1994, I had a vague inkling of the comics industry as an unstoppable terror of brute force. Comics I loved, like Uncanny X-Men, had artists and authors who were so far away from anything I could do or think of myself, that I felt far removed from ever entertaining the thought of doing them myself. With Jeff Smith in his self-published book that he wrote and drew himself, my ten-year-old-self saw someone I could relate to. Here was someone who believed in his own story, who created and guided his ow characters, and who put it all together in one beautiful comic book. I was surprised and instantly hooked. I would go to our local comic store monthly (even though back then Bone came out once every other month), and I would ask about the new issues of Bone. Something about that rarity, the unsteadiness of Smith's publishing schedule, the "underground" feel of his comic brought me closer to him. I rejoiced upon each new issue brought into my hands and despaired when he went on hiatuses, of which it seemed there might be no return. It was like an emotional whirlwind for my younger self, but Smith didn't fail to disappoint even as he began finishing the series when I was nearing my twenties.

Now of course, we couldn't imagine Bone having finished any other way. The BoneGrandma Ben, one of my favorite Bone characters (isn't it hard to choose?) one volume edition is a gorgeous work and a true storytelling masterpiece, but on one aspect I feel it fails a little. Smith's ten long years of hard work goes almost unnoticed under its pages, which flow from one to another with the same ease as Smith's own pen. Of course, this is just as well! It makes for a greater story, and Jeff Smith has shown all of us how to make a story really great. But I'd like to thank that other side of Smith as well, the side that struggled with the story and pages and labored under the publishing deadlines. The Smith who set up tiny tables manned by himself at cons who had that drive that only a self-publisher could. Thank you for teaching me that comics don't only take talent, artistry, and a good narrative, but also that comics take patience, drive, and endurance.

I hope one day I can thank Jeff Smith in person for all the inspiration he's given me and countless others... For now I'll have to settle with sending him a letter and my first book, which I have him (among others) to thank for. I also made him this fanart - an ode to two of my favorite comic artists ever:

A dedication to two great comic storytelling geniuses!  I hope Jeff Smith likes Herge for this fanart/parody

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Current Music: Vampire Weekend - Horchata
01 January 2010 @ 02:21 pm
watching over

Man I haven't posted in forever. Since last year, definitely!

So here's my last drawing of 2009. Did it with inks on bristol, then colored it with my brand new intuos 4 my mom and dad got me for christmas! It's sort of my house, my mom's two kitties, and our Ashes, who is still in our hearts. I still have nightmares about losing her (even though she's already gone), and I love these new kittens, but there's a whole in my heart where my little chubby grey-and-white friend once was.

Click below for larger size - critique welcome.
02 October 2009 @ 04:41 pm
buy meeeeeYAY! It took me for-freakin-ever to finish, but it's here! Glass Urchin 1: Milkshakes & Highways is available now for only $12 plus S&H! The book compiles the first 139 comic pages of The Glass Urchin including The New Brunswick Saga in its entirety! If you buy it within the month of October, I'll draw you a little doodle in the book too!

17 June 2009 @ 01:12 pm
a new layout for the gu

So guys I redid my page! What do you think of the new layout? Of course you can also view it at the page here. I think it looks a little cleaner and makes the comic page pop more.... And also sets me apart a little bit from everyone else who is using the exact same CP layout. Any thoughts?

Also, I can't get my twitter widget to work on the left bar (but i got the same app to work on the right bar with the same exact coding). If anyone out there is good with coding/wp/cp and has any tips for me, that'd be helpful. I just thought the left bar looked a little short now that it's on its own (the right bar is still there, it's just below the comic now. I didnt really think it was as important, and it gives my comic more room).
Current Music: Robert Johnson - Stop Breakin' Down Blues
16 June 2009 @ 11:52 pm
waiting for you to call

just a doodle. isn't art so therapeutic?

...or maybe not.
Current Music: Kate Nash - Skeleton Song
27 March 2009 @ 10:54 am
Hey guys, I'm working on changing my top bar for The Glass Urchin at the moment. I liked my old lineart but I think I should change it for several reasons:
1) Doesnt really fit the look of my comic well
2) Looks a little old fashioned... Maybe?
3) I don't live in that building and have that same view any more.
4) It's too wide (I guess I should just crop the top image, but I want to redo it from the start)
5) I want to make the text part of the image cause right now it annoys me.

Here is a screenshot:

What do you think? I was thinking of taking out the "Life, love, and being lost" tag, but then I realized the picture I'm working on captures all three of those well (stuff on bed are my interests and hobbies, mike is in the scene, and we're both looking at a map).
Current Music: Kate Nash - We Get On
12 March 2009 @ 12:01 am
Current Music: Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly
25 February 2009 @ 10:47 am
Toy Fair made me tired. Enjoy a small excerpt from an experiment I was doing (attempting to make a real b&w picture, but this is in greyscale anyway... need to work more on my true B&W abilities...)

Current Music: George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
17 February 2009 @ 07:23 pm
...Is freakin' killing me. But totally worth it - Fox, CNBC, Gizmodo, Consumer Report, HBO, and VH1 among many many others covered our TouchCube. Still waiting for Boingboing to cover it but oh well. They covered our company's Printies which are incredibly cute and cool.

Here's the product I've been working on, shown on Gizmodo!
13 February 2009 @ 12:40 pm
So even though I'm working on Valentine's Day, and we're super broke, Mike and I are going to try to do something small this year. I was so busy cause of Toy Fair, I almost didnt have time to make this, but did it (again on bristol!!!) within an hour or so.

Shh... Don't tell Mike.
And Happy V-day weekend all, I hope you're having fun!
Current Music: Jimi Hendrix - Dolly Dagger
10 February 2009 @ 10:43 pm
Oh mai! Check out my entry to Nedroid's "Win a Date with Reginald" contest!! I totally threw Mike out of a panel in the first strip. It's kind of like defenestering him, only with panels, not windows.

Click on the image below to see the big picture:

What do you think doods? This was my first time using brush pens and bristol board!! I hope I win. I'm a big fan of Nedroid's little robot dude!
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