Grand central

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the Jules Coutan designed statue of Mineva, Mercury and Hercules outside Grand central in NYC. The first time I saw it I was amazed, not because I knew for what it is but because of seeing it drawn by michael golden and later by Paul Pope.

Here’s the Golden 80’s Marvel picture. I like the Daredevil doing that multiple actions in the same panel I always think of as the daredevil.  

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Lucky’s this Friday.

Lucky's this Friday.

I’m doing a book signing for my new Walrus book in Vancover this Friday. You guys should show up.

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That elephant rumble

HellooooOOoooo

I’m a little caught up on deadlines so here’s some photos from the recent Gallery 33 show in Amsterdam I drew with my misses Marian.

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That’s us working on the giant long necked bear.

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The show was really good for me, I feeling like I wasn’t drawing enough so a couple weeks of doing nothing but drawing really reminded me how much I like doing it. Plus I got to collaborate with Marian, she draws soo good.

Here’s a pin up I finished last night for Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s Sabertooth Swordsman.

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I really like the work Damon and Aaron are doing. The digital version of the book is up on the Dark horse site now. Here.

And here’s a quick Prophet drawing I did the other day.

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Oh who’s this? Princess Irulan of the Imperial House Corrino. Whudup Girl!

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“Know then that it is the year ten thousand and one, ninety one. The known universe is ruled by a sock lord… The sock lord god emperor of the planet Arrakis, also known as BranDuneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”

(some sketchbook stuff.)

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The drawings of Pope are from when we were hanging out in Oslom Norway. That show was really fun.

Also, he drew this nice drawing of Lollie from THB in my sketchbook:

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Another drawing I got in the mail as soon as I returned from my Comic book hero, Fil Barlow. needless to say both of these drawings are a huge huge deal to me.

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Last night while looking through an old 1986 National geographic magazines I recognized some photos from a (also 1986) Moebius, Major Grubert 2 pager.

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annnnd Page 2

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I love that almost the whole visual basis for this story was taken from one article, it makes me think that he was working really spontaneously–“yes that, I’ll do a story about it”

Something I heard Michael Deforge talking about in Oslo was the idea that he just takes dumb ideas and works them into something better. I like that idea it’s freeing in that you don’t have to wait to be hit by some lighting strike of inspiration but that you can just take whatever is in your head or in the case of the Moebius short –even whatever is just in front of you and make something great out of it.

Also, I was thinking how much the Robotech bridge bunnies or SDF-1/Macross operators — Vanessa Laird, Kim Kabirov, and Shammy Milliome ( They’re called Vanessa Leeds, Kim Young, and Sammy Porter in Robotech) are the same archetypes as the The Chipettes from Alvin and the Chipmunks. 

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I guess the Macross ladies aren’t just lady versions of already established male characters like The Chipettes are. Unless it’s Zentraedi defectors Rico, Konda and Bron, (who are maybe just male alien versions of the SDF-1 ladies)

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and here’s some designs of the adult Chipettes from a movie that was never made:

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Seeing these makes me want a patrick nagel style Chippettes painting. You know, for my den.

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I’ve been reading some comics.

When I was at the Oslo show I met some of the artists who publish books under the name PEOW! Their site is here I’m really impressed by what they’re doing.

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NAVA by Mikael Lopez & Ollie Forsslof is a damnnn pretty book.

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There’s this cool part in the book where a woman is hit with a wave of sand.

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and her soul comes out from under the sand in a different color ink.

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I just started reading Time capsule, but the first story is by British Artist Lando whose work I’ve typed about on here before. I love his stuff.

His story, Algal bloom has these 2 women in a floating ball who suit up and go to a planet where they’re attached by flying furballs that produce spikes.

I like this classy future hang out ball ship.

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I like this part, after one of the women has escaped under some glass/ice where she takes out this cube of gas/air. Lando does a mean Sci fi.

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and more PEOW!

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Elliot Alfredius sketchbook SWORDFIGHT! I like this duck throne.

Watch the Throne…. DUCK!

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and I like this over head shot and make out scene in Hanna K’s New Frontier

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And more PEOW! Patrick Crotty’s Internal Affairs, and (not PEOW! but also good) Andrew White’s We will remain.

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Internal affairs is about an Onion guy who gets sent out for coffee in a future version of Stockholm. It’s really fun stuff, it kind of reminded me of the kind of fun comics my pal Corey Lewis makes.

I like how Crotty draws it in this really cartoony style but with these kind of Giannis city scapes and mechs.

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He also does some cool stuff with the color in it–like this 1st panel here where the part of the building the characters are in is highlighted in yellow.

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I’m still reading We Will remain but one of the shorts really impressed me with it’s concept. He has this story that focusing on the history of a rock that’s carved over the course of thousands of years. from 10,000 bc to 4019 AD

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I like how he overlays images here, showing the passage of time.

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I also read some of the comics I got at the local Vancaf con, here in Vancouver.

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  Renee Nault’s Witcling (her site here) is the kind of book that I feel like in an ideal world Vertigo would have put out. It’s about a woman who lives in a castle (talks to cats) and is having nightmares about the nearby forest.

I really like Nault’s painted pages.

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I also like the fat dude cats she draws.

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I like the colors in this Parents are dead by Tara Williamson. It’s about kid’s fantasy worlds. Good stuff.Image

Annnd Bell and Hazel’s Always raining here was a web comic that I really enjoyed and then picked up the printed book of it when I saw them at the con. It’s a gay romance high school comic. I like seeing what happens when you take that genre of gay dude romance made by women that Im used to seeing in manga and see it done by westerners. It’s hella charming comics.

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 You can read it here.

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Also I’ve been reading this Kobo Abe, Secret rendezvous. where a man’s wife gets taken into a huge hospital and goes missing– It’s really bizzare and good so far, everything is recorded by the paranoid hospital and there is a guy in charge who claims to be a horse.

I like the cover design a lot.

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and here’s a manga cover I liked that I got off an Otomo site. it doesnt look like his stuff but that hands kind of do.

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And I still haven’t gone through half of what I brought back from Europe. (I’ll try to type on here again soon) I am hyped about this comic medium.

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Eurotrip

Some of us are in Amsterdam.

oh hellloooo

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Oslo was a blast. (I’ll type about it more when I can scan stuff) anyway I met some amazing people, got to visit a museum of ancient Viking ships with Mr Deforge, and got seranated by Paul Pope in an apartment full of Gremlin toys and Kiss posters- quite a trip.

So now Amsterdam, city of canals, lamp posts wearing crowns and endless bikes. Here’s a  bicycle birth defect.

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Since we’ve got here and my misses Marian are mostly just working on an art show at Gallery 33. Everyday we’ve been walking the length of the city up to the top and painting until night.

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We got to use this giant machine that beeps when it moves to paint up high.

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Here’s a blue bird god that Marian has been working on.

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high up

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A mountain climbing wizard/robot:

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And here’s the Sexica shirts we’ll have at the party, along with copies of Walrus, King city, Prophet, Warheads, prints buttons etc.

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Also in line with the show I did these Kuvva wallpapers

Also also, Melissa Gomez’s just sent me photos of the amazing King city stuff she made.

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And me and Melissa at the Emerald city con.

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ok, now to head off to a cafeee before getting this show finished. And if you’re around on Friday please stop by. Gallery 33

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distant lands.

It’s 7 am and I’m getting ready to go to Europe for the first time in my life. soo that’s cool. My misses Marian is even coming with me.

I’ll be there for the Oslo comics Expo

Here’s a poster that Mr Deforge did:

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I’m also going to be doing an introduction to The last unicorn, which was a big deal to me as a kid. Here’s the cover of one of my first comics, if not my first:

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And here’s a death scene:

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I’m going to be showing slides too. Here’s a cool image I ran into of Lester Abrams character designs for it. Lester Abrams

Thursday 6 June: Mangapolis presents anime movie The Last Unicorn

 

Saturday 8 June at 15.00: Michael DEFORGE and me are doing a panel.

and then onto Amsterdam!

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That’ll be a whole show with me and Marian drawing on a wall. and speaking of Marian. She just did a new Hchom birthday list: you can read here:

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and here’s some new stuff from a Sketchbook I’m starting on this trip. I don’t have a name for it yet, maybe something like Tetrahedron or Barnacle. It’s important to name sketchbooks.

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And I made buttons for the Tusk show:

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annd a shirt.

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Ok, I should find my toothbrush now and maybe find something to read on the flight.

hmmmmmm

Elementals

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All and all

Hey yo,

I’m headed to the Vancaf con in the morning in Downtown Vancouver. My pal Robin got 3 tables that I’ll be sitting at along with a bunch of artists whose work I like: Prophet dudes: Farel & Simon, Mr Orc Stain: Stokoe and Muggles, Steve Rolston & his mustache And Morgan of change fame– and a bunch more.

van I just did this cover for the Image reprint the Warheads Oni press printed in 2007, along with the original porn short and the MW short that was in Escalator (and some new stuff) it’ll be 80 pages and out in September. I was worried that it was looking too much like a Cosmopolitan cover. but maybe that’s not a bad thing–  take back the night and all.

 

 

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Here’s the table of contents for a Gossip girl themed anthology mr inkstuds put out. I watched a whole episode.  My Friend Marley looked at it and said “oh look you avoided drawing the hands and feet” —curses.

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I also didn’t like the dude in the show so I drew him as a ham. ham Solo.

I never thought I’d sink solo.

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My pal Emily Carroll did this self portrait one morning and I did one too. Comic book monsters. rarrrrr!

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And here’s a rough I started today for a poster I’m working on for my Walrus show in Amsterdam. (I’ll get it done after the con.) The idea was to draw a truck with tusks but it’s looking less like a truck.

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Here’s a photo of the Walrus books. See, It is a real printed thing (I don’t have any yet though)

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And here’s some of the back of pages for the 2nd Prophet trade. Some Farel sketches:

page 2 &3and some by Giannis:

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We’ve got 9 pages of back up sketches in this one.

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I’ve started reading Keiichi Koike”s  manga Ultra Heaven this week. About a future with these drug bars –called Pomp bars -(I assume there are also circumstance bars) -that make mood altering drugs.–so you can control how you feel all the time. I’m about half way through book 1 and I dig it so  far. It’s nice and meandering but still interesting– and I like the Otomo looking style Koike draws in:

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You can read it here.

 

And I just read my pal Corey’s Layered Jacket #3

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My favorite part is the Peng hackysack short.  PF

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His action stuff is nice. I like the 3 kicking panels with no boarders — and I like this panel in panel circles at the end of the story.

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It reminds me of the Buck Rogers intro:

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Also I got this Sam Vanallemeersch’s Big mother. He’s an artist out of Belgium. Really cool stuff.  It’s a big 11 by 17 giant of a book.

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His work gave me the same kind of kick as Paul Pope’s work in the 90’s.  I like the smoke and ink of this barber shop panel.

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The whole book feels like a perfect sketchbook.

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Anyway, I have more I wanna type about sooon but now I sleep and then the con and more drawing.Here’s some Aki Uchiyama early Sothern cross designs:

 

 

 

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and now zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I know now why you cry.

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Doo do dooo doo do

Oh helllooo,

Me and my pal Emily Carroll did a  thing this week where we each did quick comics based off a 5 page Betty & Veronica comic

Here’s mine:

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And here’s Emily’s

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Here’s the story we based them off of.  “Boo hoo Deja vu”

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The SunnySide mall reminds me of the food in Repo man.

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In panel 2 of my pages the song playing on the radio is Faith no more’s Epic> that I got into after Adam Warren put it in an issue of his Dirty pair.  Thus embedding it into my brain as the coolest thing ever. (because it is)

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Also also I settled into a new apartment closer to sweet sweet RX comics. With my misses a block away in her new place (separate apartments 4 lyfe)

I’ve been getting over a slump, I was going through some mild depression and ended up getting on medication for it.  I was just spending too many days moping around when I really have a blessed life these days- so I assumed it must be chemical.  The medication seems to be a huge help so far, I’ve been more excited about working than I have been in awhile. Somedays are still low but it’s a step.

I was talking to some friends of mine, I dunno if it’s just all humans or a life of being indoor kids but depression seems to be a common thing. hmmmm

also thanks for everyone’s nice nice words on the Eisner nominations. Awards are whatevrrrr but it’s great that people like what me (and the other dudes on Prophet) do.

here’s some recent stuff out of my sketchbooks.

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My pal Joseph Bergin III (who colors Prophet) has got some Tshirts he drew for sale. I like this one on the left a lot.

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You can get them here. 

And here’s some of Joseph’s colors over Simon and Giannis art for the new Prophet that we just sent off to print #35

Here’s a Simon page of the Empire Prophets fighting to over take the towers of Thauilu-Vah. It’s been fun revisiting the tower after a year.

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and a Giannis page of Old man Prophet’s team on Troll’s moon.

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That squid thing is the far future version of Supreme’s dog Radar. He wears the cape less these days.

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It’s nice having multiple artists in an issue. It speeds up how fast it can get done, I was thrilled with how well Joseph handled the different color styles. I think you can see it well on this page that transitions from the more worked colors on Simon to flats on Giannis.

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That issue comes out May 1st.

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Here’s some stuff from Megazone 23 part 2. I like this Silverhawks pinball machine the guy is playing. Or SHVERNOWK. with a Thundercats symbol in there too. sure why not.

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You can watch it here. 

Here’s some Yoshikazu Yasuhiko drawings I thought were cool.

I like the little Char hiding in Hiro’s jacket. A pocket Char for emergencies.

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annnd more Venus wars.

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also I like these Cat A log images.  Especially the fat little WADF ship.

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On the left here is some post it note balls Mr James Stokoe tried to stick on my head when I fell asleep on his couch. and on the right wearing Colin Upton’s cat tea cozy at a recent Rebecca Dart B day party. fun times. Also I need to shave.

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And here’s some T2 manga I found on this internet:

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Dooo do do da doo

And Mr Inkstuds just put up some more of my and my misses pages for sale on his site, here

I’ll be back.

Later,

Brandon

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