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So many moons ago I did a couple drawings based on Moebius drawings & asked everyone to jump in and do their versions. (here’s the old Starwatcher one me & Moritat did here) 

I did this drawing last night of Rumiko Takahashi’s electric alien lady Lum.


I drew that after I saw this Manara GQ cover based on the 1st Moebius, Metal hurlant cover


Here’s the Moebius cover:


In one of his art books Moebius talked about basing this drawing off of a Maxfield Parrish painting


This one:


Soo yeah, It would be fun to see other artists do their own versions.



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Deepest darkest



I wanted to write my own version of notes on the Wicked + Divine issue #17 that I did with Kieron (& Jamie) Kieron’s notes are here. 

I sent in these rough covers ideas first. — Kieron mentioned doing a version of the top right one but with cats in place of the humans.


(I also found this 1st failed cover pencils)  “why the long arms Sakhmet?”


In the final cover I just drew her in the same outfit Jamie had on his cover.

wik cover

The writing on her hand is Elvish from the game Dragon age– Ar lasa mala revas: “You are free.” Marian was deep in this game when I was drawing this cover.

Also there’s a yugioh pyramid thing on the chains on the left.


I also put the yugioh thing in my Pillow fight book –a porn comic I did in 2005. (it’s a magic box that gives a lady a boner) I dunno what it does in yugioh. I’m gonna say it has the same power.

SOoooooo the guts of the issue: I wanted to show Kieron how everything would look so we could work out the storytelling stuff before I went to paper. I did the same kind of drawn in photoshop layouts I do for Prophet issues.


Along with the script and lots of reference links Kieron also supplied some photos he took for the opening scene. I worked a few into the layouts and drew them pretty closely in the finals. I think It killed any guilt about this since Kieron took them just for this issue.


And here’s some early sketches of characters that show up in the issue.


I was kind of wary of how different teenager Ruth looks from the Sakhmet god she becomes. Hopefully it works in the story ok.

The 2 major scenes I wanted to put some detail into in the issue are the post orgy scene and the concert scene. Here’s a jpg of some of the orgy reference I was looking at for the orgy. (thanks internet)


There’s a Divine picture in there, of John waters Drag queen fame. I like Divine a lot and thought it would be fun to sneak a lot of her into this issue. (her birth name Milstead shows up as the brand name of the jerky Sakhmet is eating on page 6)


In Catface Mewoser’s Stargate room there’s a Cigar’s of the Pharaoh symbol, Corto Maltese, Divine, Major Grubert’s Helmet and Tintin. Maybe the panda stuff is a nod to Genma in Ranma 1/2 since Sakhmet’s shirt on page 7 says Ranma in Japanese on it.

The concert! Kieron set this in the Brixton academy which made it easy to find reference for. Also cool to be able to use maps on the internet to look at the neighbourhood around it for the outside scenes.



There’s another Drag superstar Divine appearance  in the crowd. and wayyy up near the green balcony cat there’s a Star wars Ewok, Wicket so I could amuse myself with “The Wicket + The Divine” –also a guy in the foreground has a Lucifer tattoo. ( maybee my favourite WIK+DIV character)

I remember reading a Moebius quote where he talked about there being two ways to impress a reader. Either with simple beautiful images or to hit them with so much detail that they couldn’t deny it. The later is easier in some ways and I think looks louder. I wanted these pages to at least give the impression that  what this god did was a big deal.


For the sound effects of the music I was thinking of an old 2003 zine my pal Corey Lewis did called Apollpnia NO! where to show how loud a concert was he tripled up the lines to make them look like the whole place was shaking.


I feel like showing music in comics is one of the hardest things to do. Especially if what you’re trying to show is that sound sounds cool and loud. Cool is not universal and lines are not sound. My personal favourite rock and roll in comics is the  Atsushi Kamijo manga To-y (トーイ)  Often in the manga  Kamijo will show To-y doing an impressive physical stunt before he plays (he backflips to catch a mic and kicks off a shoe)  so that the cool of the music isn’t just based on the reader assuming that a guy with an open mouth in front of a microphone sounds cool.

This scene I think is more subtle and sooo well done.


The white screentone over the last page there just makes it look like white noise to me.

Anyway, Wik +Div– the post concert scene.I really enjoyed Kieron’s descriptions in the script he sent– “a mixture of annoyance and boredom. Is she was a cat, her tail would be twitching.” I kept drawing a lock of her hair like it was an annoyed cat ear.

chrix n flux

This page has a nod to Flux Pavilion, a UK musician who I’m friendly with (and whose music I like) I based the interviewer off of my pal Chris Eng, who is a fantastic writer and did some magazine work in his past. also I put a Ziggy poster in the hallway because I love Ziggy.

A couple other things not pictured– I put a Star Blazers/Yamato on page 13. Page 16 is solid black because I changed up the page turn on page 18 by making the concert a 2 page spread. I love how something like that changes the storytelling and is something that I would never think to do in my own work.

page 18:

page 17

in the script and roughs Sakhmet has stripped off her clothes. Marian talked me out of drawing the page like that and me and Kieron both agreed that it works better this way. She still managed to lose some jewellery and her shoes.

The final scene in the issue was fun, just drawing a room that Leila DelDuca had drawn in the issue before this was a blast.

And past what I drew Jamie, Matthew and Clayton  took over  on the last last page. I roughed it out but handed it off to them in the end because of deadlines.

last page

Anyway, working in Jamie and Kieron’s world was a blast for me. It felt like getting paid to draw fan art. Thanks dooodes!

As far as my own stuff, I’ve been slowly plodding away at Multiple Warheads. Here’s a page from the 3rd part that’ll run in ISLAND (mosscows)


Prophet Earth War #1 comes out January 27 (a week from now)


also out on January 27, is ISLAND #6


Here’s the contents page for that issue:

island6 intrfixo

Also here’s a blank cover I drew for someone this week.



Aside from comics I’ve been playing a lot of DOOOOOOM this month.

Doom - How we made the classic game

I like the mix of space and hell. It’s like the movie Event Horizon (but I like Doom more)

It’s nicely bleak and interesting. the thing that I find the most scary in the early Dooms is the power up item :Soul Sphere. ” The Doom Biblenotes that “the soul sphere contains the life energy of a human soul“” So you’re eating a soul for life energy. Jeeze doom dude!


It reminds me of the Berzerk Manga Behelit– that rubix cube face of terror that brings forth hell! AHHHH!!

It all also reminds me of the excellent Wayne Douglas Barlowe’s version of hell


More of his hell stuff here.

Anyway, I just played through DOOM 3, from 2004- making it the newest game grampa Brandon has beaten in his life. Sooo cool to see updates on the old Doom monsters

doom 2 vs 3

I think there’s like a post game -game that I need to play next. hmmmmm






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Artwork from hard work.


I was planning on being on a plane tonight. on my way to the UK land of tardises (tardi?) Wizard schools and and lion gods– and the Thought bubble convention.

I’m stuck in Canada because of a resident card that I needed to have renewed to travel taking a lot longer to return than I’d thought it would. Sooo sorry about that. My pal Robin is still going and I’ve asked him to return with comics for me & I’m still doing a couple UK interviews over the phone. If anything I’ll use the time to catch up on deadlines and draw some kickstarter things.

Here’s a comic I did about my morning.


The irony that I drew this after typing on twitter all about how played out corporate comics are. Anyway batcaves, what are you gonna do…

So yeah, Warheads putters on.


Prophet putters along. Here’s the new Earth War cover by Ron Ackins and colors by Paul Davey. (this is EW #5)

EW 5 low

Prophet has fallen behind it’s deadlines but I think it’ll be worth it for the end run of the series. I think I’ve stopped thinking of it as issues and more as the final trades. hmmmm

8house Arclight is going along too. Here’s one of (my significant otter) Marian’s pages for it. (she’s working on the cover to #1 tonight & I’m working on the final text)


Also, also Marian made these knives!!


& she made booklets for each one telling their back stories & the serious dudes that weilded them.


She’s selling them on her site store hereeee


A sketchbook thing. I drew the guy and the air and Marian drew that fine portrait of me on my high horse (seems like a cool dude)


Here’s some books I’ve been looking at—-

I got this Animage with a NYC Patlabor cover when I was in NYC. –It seemed fitting.

I like their little fist punch logos. CLAT! ( Crime Labor Attack Team)


This issue has a spread on that shame of shames Robocop steaming #2. I like the cell style ro-butt on it though.


and these designs

ani 2

that CLAT lady looks like a member of the 70’s UK show UFO’s SHADO, the Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation


I dunno what the connection is, I never watched much Patlabor or UFO. All I could find was this Japanese UFO coloring book. 


Also in that Animage, a 2 page Nadia Starwars thing:


nadia 2

And this tea guy. I like this guy


My pal Robin gave me some Don Simpson Megaton man issues with the sci fi –Border worlds as the back ups in them.


I like the look of the Dune Stillsuit outfits they wear in it. It feels like 70’s sepia rock in roll space.


I was reading this Amazing heroes interview with Simpson about the series:


In the interview he talks about taking influence from slick magazines
“The interesting thing about magazines is they spend millions of dollars on art direction and they are working with words and pictures, to create an effect” “They’re dealing with conveying a language”

I always like the idea of working in comics being able to take from everything words and pictures around you.  I have a real fondness for the design of late 90’s magazines, I feel like they’re belived that the future was just around the corner.

I like the late 90’s work of Graham Rounthwaite–who did this series of Levis ads. That at the time they came out seemed like the coolest thing in the world to me.


Rounthwaite also did a lot of magazine design. There’s a thing on his studio here. 


This is from some other mag layout that I think would look nice cannibalized into comics.


but back to Don Simpson. It feels reading these that he was almost using a rock promo steeze worked into his comics design. like long hair and sepia jackets beyond the stars.


The book has a great feel to it. with big clunky technology and panels that feel like letterbox.



Knowing Simpson from his cartoony Megaton man


There’s something so cool about seeing him draw grizzles old guys with that same weight to them,

BW arch

another 80’s sci fi thang I found at Lucky’s comics up here in Vancoover was this comic adaption of a movie I’ve never seen. Starring Star Trek’s Walter Koenig. Chekov without his accent. The trailer looks pretty fun. 


Here’s the highlight of the comic: and this guy is an astronaut.


When I was in Spain, my 8house bruther Xurxo got me to pick up some Arno comics. A French artist who died at only 35 (in 96).

Kids has such a deceptive cover.

Kids cova

The inside of the book is all shorts about life during war. Such clean and pretty stuff huh.

Kids 1


Arno also worked with Jodorowsky, on the series ‘Alef-Thau’. About a guy who is born with no arms and legs –slowly gaining limbs, and losing an eye over the course of the story.

Here’s a page where he astral projects some arms and legs onto himself.


& another page from the book. I like the design on the guy on the top right. and that house.


The guy reminds me of a human Marsupilami


Also I’ve been looking at this a lot (1984) FM by Ruben Pellejero drawing (who is doing the new Corto Maltese comics)  and Jorge Zentner writing


I always like rounded edged panels and the way Pellejero shows light and space in this stuff kills me.

FM show

I like how he uses light on this page to show that it is night time in a city. It looks loud and late to me.

FM dark

and then late in the book how well he shows a bright morning with heavy shadows.


and the black of this warehouse just making it look more like a bright day.


Another thing I like in the book is how he shows weather. This scene with a beach getting rained on is great.

FM rain

I feel like one of the main goals or at least one of my main goals with art is conveying how something felt to you– even if it’s through space wars or talking rats — and seeing light and shadow used the way he does makes it feel like something I know. Impressive comics mann.

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Do the do

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.

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Hello hello,

My pal Farel is visiting me and having a book party tomorrow at Lucky’s (here in Vancougar. rarrrr ) It should be fun.


Here’s the cover of his new book:


It’s a nice fat hardcover thing full of his short comics and drawings. it’s Impressive stuff.:


a PDF preview of the book here

And here’s a recent Farel page I liked for a story that’ll run in DHP


He draws nice huh.


me and Farel and Simon are gonna work out the layouts for the final Prophet issue of the main series while he’s here.

Mostly we’ve been drawing and watching MST3K episodes. My Empowered and Multiple Warheads pages are slowly puttering along.put put put I am a drawing and or napping machine.

Last week I got to do a Pin up for Emma Rios and Kelly Sue Deconnick’s impressive book, Pretty deadly. It’s the only monthly thing I pick up on the day it’s out.  I feel like I was channeling some of Marian’s lines on those feathers.


This will run in the back of #4. I’ve been thinking about how the density and complexity of each issue really ads to my enjoyment of reading it. It means I see new things rereading an issue. & Emma is some kind of manga panel scientist.

oh also, I wanted to show off this–awhile back I got a copy of Paul Pope’s Battling boy.


While he was working on it Pope had written to tell me that he put a nod to King city into the background of his Arcopolis.

Here’s a page from King city:


and the same back ground outside of BB’s apartmentImage

I’ve been a fan of Pope’s work for a long time so it was a kick to see.and normally I drastically prefer his stuff in black and white but I thought Hilary Sycamore did a decent job on this stuff. With Pope’s books I always want it printed HUGE. I am spoiled off his old Buzz buzz book. but whatever fun book.

Also awhile back I got this awesome pin up from Shari Chankhamma, (who also colors Xmas and Brisson’s Sheltered)


My scan didn’t quite do it justice but yeah, it’s a drawing of Earthling and this Walrus loving lady who showed up on one page of Warheads.


and another drawing of Shari’s I like–this speaks to my pillow fort lifestyle.


More on here site here.


Also also me and Farel watched Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky.


It’s odd that final scene in the movie is the box cover–but the movie is so crazy that it doesn’t really matter.

You can watch the whole thing here: 

based on the 87 to 1990 Masahiko Takajo and Saruwatari Tetsuya manga.


I like that the comic, called Violence hero Riki-Oh lists it’s chapters as Violences. I would like it if more books did that. You’d hear in school rooms “now if you would all open your books to Violence 12..”


:for the most part the movie seems like a really close adaption of the start of the comic, although the crazy violence seems even more crazy and violent in the live action. There is some stuff I saw skimming the comic that is weirder than the movie though. Like this guy’s crow entrance. Murdeeeeer!


The whole comic is up here.


and and here is a cool looking book Farel brought to my pad.


now more coffee and drawing stuff.

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A thousand limbs.

Hey low,

One of the books I’ve been working on got solicited last week.


I’ve been working on an Empowered one shot written by comic book hero Adam Warren.(Due out on March 26, 2014)

It’s been a huge deal to me to be able to work with an artists whose work I’ve been a fan of for so many years. 

I was looking at old Kung fu posters for ideas on the cover. I love those orange tentacles on the far left. I also too some of that one for the logo style. I eat posters and steal their power. 


and my roughs:


And some pages



I don’t like working off of text scripts so I asked Adam to do layouts for me. Here’s his layout of the above page:


along with typed out text so I can letter everything right.


I had to get a new pen to do the bolding in the lettering. That is a new and alien thing to me.

Warren’s layouts for page 6


and my (almost) finished take on the page:


One of the things I was having fun doing in the first couple pages was drawing background characters based off of Adam’s first Dirty pair issue.


Like sooo


I like pulling from the work I saw of Warren’s for his newest work.


And that new Empowered came out this week. It is a realllly good one.


Here’s some sketchbook stuff:



and my Mom wrote a new book that I did a cover for: (my mom writes books)


You can get it here. 


I read some comics this week:


I really liked Connor Willumsen’s Treasure Island. It’s online to read  ( here) but I really liked how well the printed version of it works.

It starts with 3 two page spreads showing how each of it’s 3 main characters spend their days.


I like how well these give you a visual map of the kind of people who they are, especially in relation to each other.


I like how he shows this Skype call, a later a movie the characters are watching in small distant boxes. With the panel becoming the dimensions of the screen it’s on. 


and the same when he shows email conversations. The whole book has such an impressive use of space. It reads like something taken from experience. 


I’ve been thinking a lot about my own work lately, and how past having an agenda to tell a certain kind of stories or to come up with things that I find fun –I feel like it’s important to me to leave work that captures the feeling of moments of real real life. I think this Treasure  island book does that well. It makes me the best kind of jealous. The kind of book that makes me want to try harder.

Also I got a newer color version of Buichi Terasawa’s Cobra! ( that was serialized in Super Jump in 1995 )


I find the colors on this stuff really interesting in that it tries to look like animation.With cell shaded characters in front of more rendered backgrounds. It’d be cool to see more western books attempt that 


This book has some fun ideas in it.

There’s these arm missiles with their own guidance systems .


Guns with faces.


A lazer hammer:


This creepy harem guard that’s just a head on a flying saucer:


This castle with legs on wheels:


and (drumroll..) glass tits with fish inside of them.



good night!


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Properly pushed pens.


Stuff’s been good. I’ve been nicely busy. Making myself draw a lot.

I’m so used to typing about whatever I’m up to I’ve got a bunch of projects that I’m laying low on. A couple will be announced at the Image expo con. but yesss I am so many secrets wrapped in so much mystery.


Here’s a couple drawings I did this earlier this month:

This one was a collaboration with mr Simon Roy and Adam Warren. for The upcoming Emerald city convention. With nods to a couple Cyberpunk novels in it.

monsters-Roy-Graham-Warren-G final

and a print I did for Gosh comics in London:


Here’s a picture from the signing. Me between the nice nice Fiona Staples and Image overlord Eric Stephenson (who is also nice).


While I was in London, I drew the hotel room I was staying in. I started every morning in England watching a music video channel.


I was so confused by the hotel’s Shower that I drew a diagram of it for further study– It had these weird robot nipples on it that were all about shooting water straight out at you no matter what god or demon you prayed to to end it.


I assume it’s that I learned American shower but not the Queens shower proper.


Back in Canada I had a birthday and sketched things in coffee shops in between pages.




Also, I’ve been reading Kaoru Shintani’s Area 88. Who apparently started as an assistant to Captain Harlock/StarBlazer’s Leiji Matsumoto –I feel like you can see it in the hair he draws.

Matsumoto even based The Harlock character Yattaran off of Shintani. Soo flattering.


I like that the series was serialized bi weekly. That seems like a good way to put out an ongoing manga. But it is dense enough that it could be read as just single issues– it’s all 20 page self contained stories for the most part.



In it our hero, Shin is tricked by a rival and forced to join a mercenary army and fight for his life in order to return to Japan to be reunited with his lost love and soo much revenge! DO DO DOOO!

I really like how well the series mixes the serious tone and accurately drawn machinery with cartoony characters.  and the 70’s manga stank on it all is fantastic– like Shin’s disco Unicorn logo on his plane.–and McCoy has a really good nose.

5 88

the serious machinery extends beyond just planes– later on when a photographer shows up his camera gets the same treatment. I like this spread:


Yup. something balances nicely about cartoonish art mixed with a serious subject.

Here’s a scene where a child is being told that his Grandfather/king is dying by his Bloom County eyed-noseless mustached Uncle.


Something interesting is how Shintani plays the character’s ethnicity. Here’s 2 Japanese characters meeting that I would never guess were Japanese unless they said so:


Then when he has this Italian meeting a German — They seem to look much more Italian and German.88ger-ital

He draws a really good crew of dudes.(Mick is the American Nam vet and the#2 best pilot at Area 88)


Deadly serious killers every one.

I like those back ground dudes– what’s up with this guy? Bad dude Raccoon! “Keep your hands clean out there Roberts!”



Something I like a lot in manga–is when they bring you in by teaching you about the focus of the book. I like when reading about Football (eyeshield 21) or the game Go(Hikaru No Go ) they hook you by teaching you about the subject as you read. Here’s a page describing the difference between a Red out and a Black out.


also 88 does something I’ve been trying to teach myself more about– ways to use sound effect lettering as storytelling and panels as story beats.



You can read all the Area 88 manga here. 

another artist who does that sound effect trick well is this dude  (f4u) He did a porn manga about a woman who has sex with a giant penis that has a penis and also feet.

I like how he uses sound lettering almost like they’re part of the action lines.


Or here when the penis monster shows up — how well the sounds along it work– also I like the weird black bars that cover nothing.


and and on this page where the blank panels act like beats– I like the last one on the page that acts like a blank narration box.



Also I was reading about how Kondom (of Bondage faeries fame) has a live action version of his Keyhole short. (that you can read here) 


I was always really impressed with this story –just on the level of what a smart idea for a porn comic I think it is– I dunno how I feel about it going live action. I don’t know how they’ll make the key work.  owch.



also I was just reading how Area 88’s creator went on to make Young miss Holmes, about Sherlock Holmes niece. I might have read that soon. Bad personal space Holmes!


but Watson still approves.


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