The big news with me this week is that I’m doing a Inkstuds talk tomorrow.(sat 18th)
Me Mr Inkstuds and Michael Deforge discussing Jason’s Isle of 100,000 Graves. Anyone can join in by emailing Robin at inkstudsradio @gmail.com and adding Inkstuds on skype. It’s at noon pacific time. so soon
I’ve been spending all week coloring and writing plans within plans.
I read Joe Decie’s Accidental Salad:
I like how much he’s playing with comics in this. Inside the cover he talks about how this is a work of fiction and how he would never leave his son on the back cover unsupervised.
A lot of it reads like autobiographical comics but he switches it up. he has a great comic about his process that I’d originally read online assuming it was straight forward and then he hits you with how he pencils with his left hand and inks with his right to save time and how he scatters coriander seeds around his scanner to distract demons.
I like this one.
or this one
It all reads like a more creative way to approach doing comics about yourself, it’s not just him documenting his life but also his ideas in a really cool casual way.
Great stuff. Here’s his site:
Something I’ve been really excited about is the recent contact I’ve had with some of my comic book heroes returning to comics after years away in animation and games.
Frank Teran whose work I first ran into I think on a Hellblazer issue with Warren Ellis writing. Even with the heavy art edits the goons at DC put on the book it still hit me as one of the rare actually creepy horror comics I’d seen.
And then later seeing his short Aliens and Terminator comics in DHP.
And some Aliens pages, Stokoe was just telling me how many times as a kid he’d redrawn that page on the left. the page on the right was done with cut out panels of black paper that he used white paint to draw on.
and some of his Terminator pages that I’d put up here awhile back. It’s just so cool to see the stuff you loved as a kid done well.
Here’s some of his more recent work.
and a nicely snarky batman page.
And then there’s Fil Barlow, whose 1986 six issue series Zooniverse I saw when I was 10 and it deeply affected how I approach and think about comics.
Just by it being one of the most well made comics I’d read at the time and it wasn’t being talked about or pushed just really took my faith out of popular opinion and I think it gave me this idea that so much of the best work being done you have to dig for.
The ideas are so dense and fun in these– Like the Plastoid race that doesn’t die because they don’t biodegrade. Or how on the lower right he turns the e!xckamation! po!nt into a space station. (and those floating dudes The Diaethon- above a garden fertilized by their poop)
on the right with the first panel seeing through the eyes of Tarmi who is blind to normal light but can see the shadow images of everything.
and then the way we follow this flying zoon into the next scene.
Here’s a black and white page from his Aquaarine short that ran in Dark horse Down under in 94
and some of his animation work
and Starship troopers.
and here’s some of his misses Helen Maier, who works with Fil and even colored Zooniverse long ago.
Fil even drew them together in Zoniverse.– in that 4th panel– the human looking ones.
Fil Barlow’s Deviantart:
and Helen Maier’s
and a Zooniverse blog that they’ve put up.
In the past I’d always felt like when our best and brightest leave for higher paying work that we won’t see more comics by them but I’ve got new faith. This is a really exciting time for comics.
Here’s some stuff I thought was cool.
Kevin Eastman drawing a TMNT longshot:
and a rad Cyber Weapon Cybercomic cover.
and a cool Gotoh Keisuke cover/
Aight I’m off to play loud rap muisc and draw something in a comic book.