I’ve been deep in my comic book pages.
Here’s a couple pages from the story I did for the Thickness #2: (page 3 and page 6)
I’ve been mulling over my thoughts on comic book piracy on this internet– avast!
It always gets my ire up when I see creators and publishers saying shit like ” If you’re illegally downloading our comics, you’re stealing from us” –I don’t think it’s a good idea to try to shame readers into paying for books. Someone yelling at me for being a crook doesn’t make me want to give them money.
I feel like part of this job is to get people excited about what you’re putting out and making something for them to read that’s worth being excited about.
Granted I do think that ideally the people putting the stuff out should have a say in how it’s presented but The harsh cold reality is that downloading comics is free, easy and without consequences. I feel like the trick is to make a book that is something worth owning in print.
I think about Head shops carrying underground comix next to weed pipes or EC comics being accused of corrupting the youth or Mad magazine or Heavy metal full of nudity from the future. Selling cool to the kids– don’t let your mom see these comics!
I have faith in my own work,and the comics that I’m excited about I feel like if enough people saw them they would want to own them on paper. When I find some amazing comic online one of my first reactions is always –Where can I find a copy of this.?” for me I can only understand how comics sell by thinking about what I would buy.
I think one of the strengths of comics on this internet is that we can show comics to such a huge audience outside of just who goes into comic shops. You can be their dealer instead of some scolding school principal.
While I was working on my Thickness story I was rereading all the old Adam Warren Dirty pair issues (soo Good) I ran across this thing I hadn’t noticed before.
So back in ’89 they ran a letter in one of the issues from a 15 year old kid writing to the fictional Kei and Yuri like they were real. He seems way too into convincing his friends that the Pair are straight he writes– “when I let my friends flip through the issues the first thing they said was “so are they lesbians or what?””
The editor goes on to publicly shame the kid in the pages of his favorite comic. “They are drawings on paper” It’s good stuff.
And then I was reading a 1991 DP where they threw this in:
I like that. 3 years later when they need to show someone is an asshole they quote the kids letter. I like to think that the kid (at 18) was still reading DP. Never escape your crimes! hehehehehehhehehhehehhehe
ANNnnnnnyywayy, Here’s some drawings out of my sketchbook.
Starting with some Queen Emeraldas to go along with my pirate rant.
On the right side of the above is an aborted list of comic book crimes I was fucking around with just to be petty and mean. The one that cracked me up was Stokoes idea of it just not being ok to draw Little mermaid fan art. so yeah, be warned.
Here’s an album cover I did for a project that never came out.
And also I got this awesome drawing from James Lloyd,an amazingly talented dude who draws the the Futurama comics as his day job and lives is the same comic book hood as me. –deepest darkest Canada.
His site http://puddingsock.livejournal.com/
Here’s some pages from the manga Space Chef Caisar. I like the space ship and robot in this.
The whole thing is up here:
and here’s some 80′s Jump cover I like:
And some Dirty pair paper dolls with project eden outfits.
Oh and here’s how Yuri looks in my Dirty Parody Thickness thang.
And here’s some racoons dancing to Russian rap:
i bid you adude,