new nose


Here’s a quick thing I drew last night after me and my misses we’re joking about the tiny noses Manara draws on women. 


It’s been a good week I’m getting back into my own head, trying to sew up the 3rd issue of Multiple warheads. I’ve been thinking a lot about comics.
In my head I’ve been on my high horse. I’ve been thinking about how important it is that when you figure out how to draw you still push it– fuck around and take chances.

 The reason I regard a lot of mainstream dudes as bullshit is not because they can’t draw but because the extent of that is power girl complaining about having back problems. (also have you seen my new spanking comic?)
It’s scary and hard to go beyond what works and a lot of the guys who I think have done some of the best work I also think later found a comfortable place and didn’t push it as much.  so yeah great power/great responsibility.


Here’s a long lonng panel doing journalism with comics with D-pi on the far left.

I recommend you put it on when you’re drawing and look up when you hear him talk.

“The human hand connects people in ways that maybe a machine can’t, like a camera would not” Smart dude.

Listening to him seems to subtly make the point that memoir is stronger than journalism because it connects the reader in a way that a newspaper article from the same event wouldn’t. anyway discuss.

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30 Responses to new nose

  1. kevinczap says:

    I really like that Mr. Wimberly. This, of course, makes me like him more. I wouldn’t have known about this, thanks!

  2. James Stokoe says:

    WAH WAH WAH MAINSTREAM WAH WAH WAH. I’m orphan, my brother’s queer, the city of Chicago got the clap from my sister, Mom drinks, Dad coughs blood, I have ringworm, imersion foot, the incurable crud and the draft ruined my chances of being a brain surgeon.

    Stop worrying about what other people are doing with comics you don’t read. Draw in a vacuum, you boner, and finish your goddamn comic book. You have no problems. Except me.

    AND HIM.

    • Brandon says:

      drawing a vacuum sucks.

      also I love you.

    • ross says:

      i don’t think it’s possible to draw in a vacuum, we’re still IN culture, you know? i guess you could shut out other comics pretty easy, though, but still!!! there’s always a place you have to come out from.

      one’s brother being queer isn’t a “problem” like the other ones you listed there. i resent that.

      • Brandon says:

        It’s all just a quote from James time in the Nam, Ross.

        But on that same note I take offense to Stokoe’s attack against the incurable crud.

        • ross says:

          haha, dang it, i just didn’t get the joke. man, i’m really blundering it up here in this comments thread, i better get the hell out.

  3. alichemy says:

    Oh that’s freaking great! I always felt so bad for those poor Manara chics and their teeny noses.

  4. mmmmmike says:

    it’s interesting when you get to the point where you realize that you both can, and in most respects HAVE TO improve in multiple directions to realize your visions of ability.

    thanks for the reminder to listen to that shit with ron. got caught up with the j-o and being sick this week, but i’ll be getting back to inking tonight.

    also, stokoe’s dead on.

  5. Joel Carroll says:

    There was this Deep Space 9 episode where they blew the wormhole thing up, and everything fell apart. There’s like bad guys coming to war with the Federation, and now they’re gonna be SUPER pissed they have to fly an extra 70 years or some shit, right?

    Now, they KNOW the bad guys are coming, and they gotta get ready, or maybe go meet them halfway, and everyone is freaking out.
    Then it just turned out to be some asshole’s dream, and everything went back to normal.

    The FIRST time they do something that had any sort of impact, and they pussed out on it. That’s how most of the bigger companies treat their comics.
    Sure, it’s going to look pretty, but ultimately nothing matters. It all has to return to zero, without any impact or changes.

    BUT, things are changing! At least for me….seeing the work you and Marian and James put out has endlessly inspired me to go back and do the stories and stuff I want to do, and not what the “industry” says it supposed to work.

    Just wanted to say you guys are awesome.

    • Brandon says:

      aw shucks, Thanks Joel.

      I feel like to really enjoy a lot of M and DC comics you have to live in the moment and be damned forgiving of what kind of disapointment the future holds. And I’m sure there can be some fun in that- I mean I pay attention to mainstream stuff because it can be great fun (also sometimes fun to make fun of) but yeah, as artists I think we can push it farther.

      • Joel Carroll says:

        I try to stay at least a little cognizant of what the “big 2” are up to, and the art is the best it’s been in ages IMO.
        But, i just don’t really care about the characters.

        I do have to thank you for the head’s up that Moritat is drawing that Spirit series….currently trying to find a couple missing issues of that run…

        It’s weird….Marvel and DC have a three year turnover plan….basically, they assume the average kid reader will read a specified book or run for 3-5 years, and then drop the book or move to something else.
        But I don’t know if that’s something they still should be embracing, if the “average” reader is some older person that just loves the character staying the same, with little variance.

        I keep thinking that if the new current demographic is made up of older fans already entrenched in the lore, then why do they still pretend they need to appeal to a younger audience.
        Or is that just something they say to seem balanced between young and old readers?

        I love Stuart Immonen, but I just can’t read something like Ultimate Spider-Man…..cant’ get into it.
        So, I saw he’s drawing the latest big crossover book, and I figured it’d be a great jumping on point….get an idea of what’s going on.

        And it was impossible to read. I might as well erase all the conjecture I just typed because after attempting to read that comic, I honestly have no clue who is was created for.

        Of course, it’s hard for an old fart like me to appreciate these characters after seeing them go through so much over the years….I guess you really have to just pick a point in time, and then run a dremel though your brain and forget all that came before. It would make continuity easier.

        People griped that Maggie from Love and Rockets got old and heavier over time, and it absolutely kills me.
        THAT is continuity….THAT is lasting impact and actions over time.
        That last L&R blew my mind, and I’ve been forcing most everyone to read it….then realize that it, in itself, is a closed system…..if you hadn’t followed Maggie through the years, the new issue’s story won’t have the same impact.

        And maybe I’m talking about the exact same thing I was bitching about earlier.

  6. John Christ says:

    My favorite writer, Steinbeck, got fired from a newspaper because he embelished his stories too much. Journalism v.s. art. Though, these days he might’ve done better the way things like Fox News work…

  7. Harveyjames says:

    Manara has this default girl face he does that looks like a weird sort of half-deer creature with curly hair. It’s kind of disturbing, sometimes!

  8. sean witzke says:

    Manara Grand, New Nose Hotel

  9. James Lloyd says:

    Manara never made me laugh like you do. Pinocchio kills me in final panel.
    Guess I count mainstream guy… tho I love the people in comics who create over and above themselves and thus perish… I play it fairly straight with the paying stuff because it just doesn’t CALL for any fancy footwork. On that note, I’m really looking forward to checking out the clip posted because the personal work I’ve been doing in that last five years leans more and more towards the journalistic realm.
    And I love Mr. Stokoe too (or at least his bgs)!

    • Brandon says:

      Thanks James,

      I feel like you’re always aware and trying to push it even on work for hire jobs.
      we need more James Lloyds. Start the cloning vats!

  10. Mr. Esty says:

    Oh man, I love that New Nose comic sooo hard!
    Well done, sir!

    (also, i think i left my pencil sharpener at your place)

  11. ross says:

    Ron is like some comics scholar or something. damn.

    don’t listen to these other guys ragging on you about thinking about mainstream artists. your observations and great power/great responsibility analogy is great. you can still think about that stuff and accommodate it within your life or whatever and complain about it without it somehow crapping up the comics you’re drawing or without it preventing you from getting things done. i trash-talk with the best of them and nobody’s more bitter than me but i still get shit done. drawing in a vacuum is both foolish and an illusionary impossibility.


    • James Stokoe says:

      Foolish and impossible? Hardly. I do it every god damn day.

      What you draw, incidental things like theme, aesthetic approach, design, etc… yeah, that’s harder to completely block out and draw from a blank slate unless you were raised in a cave. But I think it’s important to measurably try, to some extent. Some people thrive on a multitude of resources (I personally do not, but I think Brandon most certainly does… much to my chagrin whenever he throws a copy of Omaha The Cat Dancer at me whenever we work in the same room), but that wasn’t what I was trying to say.

      WHY you draw, is what I was getting at. For that, I think it’s 100% essential to draw in a vacuum. The second you even acknowledge other people’s reasons and agendas while putting a line to a page, then you’ve begun to cater and you’ve ultimately failed as an artist. You’re pandering, and that will kill any form of progression you’re building for yourself.

      There should be absolutely no other reasons than your own for creating art, plain and simple. If you find that simple reasoning ‘foolish and illusionary impossible’, then I can’t help but think you’ve been wasting an awful lot of time.

      And really, fuck, bitching about Marvel and DC is just an endless spiral? They operate in a COMPLETELY different spectrum than people like Brandon, so there’s nothing even to relate to. These days they exist to cater, so playing that game just puts you in the same circle… and if you do that, you might as well work for them, the paycheck is much better.

      And I’ll have you know that the only thing keeping Brandon from turning into a big, gooey, Tetsuo-baby ego monster is me ragging on him.

      • ross says:

        i guess i misunderstood what you meant, then, sorry about that. i was thinking an artistic or cultural vacuum which is impossible since everything has context, like i don’t think you’d be doing the same comics if you’d been born into a different culture at a different place in time (or a different planet??) or whatever, but i wasn’t thinking a motivational vacuum like you’re talking about, so that’s where i misinterpreted. myyyy mistake.

        still sure is fun to trash talk, though. we should’ve had a throwdown at TCAF.

  12. ross says:

    argh, things get really interesting at the very end with the punching faces conversation and Ron gets all profound, but nobody uses the microphone and i can’t hear what half of them are saying.

    • mmmmmike says:

      as he said, ‘i’m getting kinda spacey again here..’ when he’s all the way on point, it’s impressive how ron can handle all that and still come out the other end on topic.

      one of the things that was really great was how he brought up the inherent nature of the medium as laying the lie to the illusion of cinema and text as being true verite. it’s a construct for all three, but no matter how carefully edited, comics, by their nature, uncover that construction as illusion. …which is where I think brandon’s question from his post really comes in.

      memoir, and the expressionism inherent therein, seems a more natural comics match to me than ‘Objective Journalism.’ I use quotes largely because of the inherent fallacy of the term, down to the subatomic level. You only truly know what you see. otherwise, aren’t you simply using the same tools of metaphor and drama as a fictional storyteller? with the way the media is structured at the moment, I have a hard time telling. memoir avoids these problems by refuting them and including personal subjectivity, allowing for attention to many of the more important details to sit as part of the window dressing, and allowing a human perspective on larger events. I think sacco (haven’t read any glidden yet) is particularly successful at this for those exact reasons, where his art allows us time to ponder the humanity of the situation while poring over the details in his work, instead of flipping to another channel after 30 seconds of grainy footage.

      ….sheesh, talk about a college essay answer. it’s a messy analogy, especially once you stop talking straight form and begin to look at the underpinnings of cognitive interaction with the different types of media, but I do think that memoir as treated in comics has more potential than in any other medium.

      i should go back to inking before i write a goddamn book, geez!

  13. Rock says:

    Wow that’s a really good panel. That one girl who drew the infographic stuff rocks. The map thing she did where you click and get to see the buildings reminds me of that Golf manga you posted ages ago with the topographical map of the course.

    Also … that crazy old lady kind of weirded me out, I’ve got the video in running in the background and then all of a sudden crazy grandma!
    I don’t think she was fully aware of where she was.

  14. matthew butts says:

    when can we expect multiple warheads to come out?? I look for it on the shelves every week haha

    • Brandon says:

      Thanks for keeping an eye out Mathew. It’s still months away from me knowing when It’ll be out. I’ll type about it on here as soon as I do. Thanks– brandon

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