I do a quick little sketch once a week to keep my G-nib pen working well. Sadly, this is about the only time I have to actually draw much anymore. I’m coming out of an intense (and good) year of solid design work post CCS, and it looks like I’ll be back on the comics horse more shortly.
Trying out the G-nib pen again. Trying out anything, honestly. I’ve been in a long rut. I started sketching in a sketch book again last night. I actually enjoyed drawing for a change. Sometimes using a different tool can change your perspective.
A couple of smears here and there - I’m not used to using a nib.
This was fun. I finally upgraded to Manga Studio 5 EX today so I can start getting a feel for it, and was told that I needed to get the Frenden brushes immediately. I did a quick version of The Crippler from my thesis project from CCS using the Frenden Manga Studio 5 Pencilling, Inking, & Painting Brushes and his Manga Studio 5 Wash Brushes, along with my new Monoprice Display Tablet. Not horrible for my first time! It does have a natural feel to it also, which I appreciate.
I have so many projects backed up that I think I’m going to have to go back to digital for awhile so I can get them all done. This took me less than an hour to do despite never having used any of the above tools before, so I think this will help tremendously.
Happy Friday afternoon, everybody. Here’s the page I made for The Sakai Project at darkhorsecomics, submitted yesterday. I feel absurdly fortunate to have worked on Usagi Yojimbo during my time in DH Editorial, and Usagi, Tomoe, and Sasuske are my favorite characters in the series. (If you’re unfamiliar with Stan Sakai's work, get thee to a bookstore or library post haste; you won't regret it.) My thanks to the many fab folks at periscopestudio for their support!
Stay tuned to the CAPS - Comic Art Professional Society for info on their benefit auction… there are a LOT of great artists throwing down for the cause.
Miz Moody killed this piece for Stan Sakai.
Do you want to help out the American small press community continue to grow more complex, fertile and inviting? Organize small shows wherever you live!
It can be tough, but it can bear incredible fruits. Every little show worth a lick of salt has started small and many of those shows have STAYED small. In an era where larger shows are become more and more curated and juried, excluding more and more passionate cartoonists these little shows become immensely important.
Rob Clough, has written a great little article on the Comics Journal about his experiences organizing DICE in North Carolina this past year. He has some great perspectives and insights. I highly recommend reading it if you’re interested
The past two years I’ve organized an event in Pittsburgh called The Little Book Fair. My goal with these shows has been to provide cartoonists, zinesters, and writers a direct and personal connection with new and old readers. Most importantly I’ve set up these shows during gallery crawls that have brought out tons of people who don’t identify themselves as comics readers. The shows have been small and have taken a good amount of my free time to organize, but they’ve turned out really nice for attendees and exhibitors.
If you’re up for taking the time of wrangling people and coordinating participants, I can’t recommend putting on your own shows enough. If you’re a comics lover that ISN’T a cartoonist, what better way to show your support of the medium than to give artists low stress venues for people to engage with them as makers. If you love comics and find that this kind of work is your cup of tea, it can be an immensely rewarding act of giving.
Read the article!
Available today: Panels for Primates, an 82-page digital anthology that features a six-page short by Kevin Church and Max Riffner along with contributions from John Byrne, Mike Carey, Colleen Coover, Molly Crabapple, Jamie Delano, Simon Fraser, Rick Geary, Faith Erin Hicks, Paul Kupperberg, Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, Simon Roy, Douglas Rushkoff, Rich Tommaso, Ben Towle, Fred van Lente and many, many others.
It’s all done to benefit the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, a nationally respected sanctuary housing more than 50 primates, including 11 chimpanzees. The internet loves monkeys and apes, right? For $10 they can help them out and get a bunch of fun stories.
Buy our comics. Help some primates. Feel better about life.
Check out Rob Clough’s review of my thesis (along with some other fine CCS cartoonists)!