I wanted to type on here about recent stuff I’ve been up to just to get it all in one place.
First first first. me and my pal Robin are in the final days of our Kickstarter to tour around interviewing cartoonists.
As I’m typing this there’s like 50 hours to go and if we hit $15,000 Canadian dollars we’re gonna be able to get to the UK. Right now we’re going to LA and NYC.
Here’s the poster for a talk we’re doing in LA. With an exciting group of dudes.
And more on the Kickstarter here.
Aside from that I’m gonna go to the Emerald city con in Seattle sooon. I think that;’s my favorite convention. Maybe because I grew up in Seattle and never thought of it as a comic friendly town back then. I like the show, I like that the movie tv whatever is far away from the comics and I like Jim D who runs it. It should be fun.
This year is kind of nuts like planters. I’m really excited to see Adam Warren again and I wanna get some old Elfquest signed by the Pinis and I wanna meet EK Weaver who does one of my favorite comics, TJ and Amal and fucking Kenichi Sonada of Bublegum Crisis, Gall force and Gun smith cats fame will be there.
I did a drawing for the con that’ll be on the program book:
The idea was to draw creator owned characters from creators who are gonna be at the show. I get a kick out of excluding the corporate owned ishery.
and the guide to it
1. scott snyder’s Severed
2.Farel Dalrymple’s Pop gun War
3. ECCC Heroes designed by Michael Avon Oeming
4. Mike Norton’s Battlepug
5. Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest (petalwing on top of the Invincible dude’s head)
6.Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s sex criminals
7. Joe Ketinge and Leila Del Duca’s Shutter
8. Robert Kirkman and artist Cory Walker’s Invincible
9. Egypt Urnash’s Decrypting Rita
10. Rob Liefeld’s PROPHET (that me and Simon Roy and Giannis Milonogiannis and Farel Dalrymple and Joseph Bergin III work on)
11.Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid.
12.Aaron Diaz’s Dresden Codak
13. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor’s & voiced by Cecil Baldwin Welcome to Night Vale
14.Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Bandette
15.Ron Randall’s Trekker
16. Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s Sabertooth Swordsman
17. Rick Spears and Chuck BB’s Black metal.
18 Stan Sakai ’s Usagi Yōjinbō 兎用心棒
19. Jeff Smith’s Bone
20. Mike Allred’s Madman
21, My (Brandon Graham, me me me ) King city.
22.Adam Warren’s Empowered. (that I just drew a one shot issue of)
23.Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos’s Pretty deadly.
24. Erik Larsen’s savage dragon (Malcolm dragon)
25. E.K. Weaver’s T.J. and Amal (my favorite ongoing web comic—sooo good)
26.Corey Lewis’s Sharknife. (YOSHHHHH!!)
27. Kenichi Sonoda Gunsmith cats. (I’m sooo hyped that Sonada is gonna be at the con this year)
28. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s The Sixth gun.
29. Kenichi Sonoda’s Bubble gum crisis. (this is basically an anime con from 1994 now)
30.Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus
31. David Petersen’s Mouse guard.
32. John Graham and Victor Steinbrueck’s The space needle
33. Ryan North’s Dinosaur comics
34.Richard Starkings Elephantmen.
35. H. G. Wells invisible man
36. Shannon Wheeler’s Too much coffee man.
37. Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy!
38.Rob Guillory and John Layman’s Chew, CHOG
39.Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, and Scott Kowalchuk’s Down Set Fight
40. Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch’s Rat Queens.
41. Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde’s Nowhere men
42. Kevin Church & Grace Allison’s Wander
43. Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen’s Lumberjanes
44. Cat Farris’s flaccid badger
and the rough I’d done to show the ECCC guys:
and here’s the panels I’ll be doing at the show:
Image Comics Presents Comedy in Comics
Room: TCC 301
FRIDAY: 3:00PM – 3:50PM
Sometimes the best comics are the funny ones, but getting jokes across in print while simultaneously telling an engaging story can be tough. Luckily, we have Rob Guillory, Roc Upchurch, Chip Zdarsky, Jim Zub, Kurtis Wiebe, Brandon Graham, Matt Fraction who can tell you their secrets, tips, and a few really good jokes.
Harsh Realm: Adam Warren and Brandon Graham
Room: HALL D (602-603)
Sunday 1:40PM – 2:30PM
Adam Warren (Empowered) and Brandon Graham (Prophet) are two creators at the top of their game. The two gather to discuss how they incorporate their influences in their work, creating comics that don’t look like any other comics on the racks, & more!
Right after drawing that thing I did a cover for Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca’s Shutter:
Emma Rios. homie who draws pretty deadly also did a cover
annnnd Dustin Weaver did this niceee one
This week Prophet #43 came out and we’re about to send #44 off. (leading up to #45 dun dun dun!)
#44 is done by Dave Taylor, whose work I first saw on 1999’s Tongue lash. It’s been amazing working with him. I think this might be our Moebius tribute issue.
Here’s a couple pages:
I think we’re gonna try to do more work together again soon.
Also in a weeek the Empowered issue that Warren wrote and I drew comes out:
Going through my sketchbook I found this early cover idea:
I was really into doing a cut away like a Yamaguchi Akira thang:
and here’s some more sketchbook stuff I scanned this morning:
(some AT with Marian drawing SF2 drawings)
Deunan and tintin
This one was fun with me and Marian drawing “no” and “yes” all over a page I was drawing. desecrating my endless bum drawings.
hmm I’ve been on a wanting to draw more than there are hours in the day kick. I wanna draw more comics mann. I took yesterday to ignore pressing deadlines and just draw some Warheads.
This week I’m working on an episode of Adventure time with Jesse Moynihan. It’s been really fun so far but daunting because the bar is set so high on that show and I am out of my comic book element.
I’ve got this feeling recently like I need to be doing a lot better or pushing things in my work more. it’s an ego killing humbling feeling that I need like food and water. I like it and hopefully It’ll push me.
I used to always fear getting eaten by the comic industry so that I wasn’t making personal work anymore. It’s fucking hard because there’s been so many amazing projects being thrown at me. I’m gonna try to make sure that both get done though. I used to always say “the more I draw the more I draw” and if anything I have been feeling like I’m running on a different fuel than I was in the past.
In previous years I always felt like I needed to be gathering stories to tell, new jokes and puns –jumping out of windows life experiences. But these days that stuff is less my goal. I feel more like trying to get the in between moments of my life on paper. Eating and sleeping and just what it’s like just being a human onto paper. But I’m so trained by years and years of sci fi sometimes my default is just –ok “during the robot wars…”
Plus I’ve been feeling like the work I do fits into 2 different camps-1. Fan fiction and 2 art therapy.
There’s some crossover but 1 is like Empowered drawing or Prophet –where I’m playing off of the stuff I loved growing up.
and 2 is more like what I’ve been trying to put into the new Warheads. Thinking about my real real life and all that jazz.
ok. Thanks for reading. I’m gonna watch some AT episodes and try to do the do.