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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serious paper.


Someone on Tumbr was asking about the Happy little workshop comic about how Johji Manabe and his crew’s process in making Outlanders.

Here’s the cover for the issue it ran in.



And the back up comic:














Manabe also put out a lot of Dirty pair fan porn comics (as we all have)  Here’s the cover of one.



I love the idea of fan comics being done. It’d be interesting to see where American comics would go if we had such a fan comic community of companies characters. Ah the Bozz Chronicles or Excalibur fan comics I would do. should do… hmm

Also there’s this:




Anyway, Adam Warren also did a great How he does his comics comic around the same time as the Outlanders issue. It ran in the 2nd DP trade. Here’s the cover:



When this book came out in issues the Pair were wearing rabbit ears to sneak aboard a ship but they took the ears off by the time it hit the collection. (I think it was at the insistence of that limp airbrush Playboy)



And here’s a Manabe rabbit costume fan comic. (I’m not even sure if this one was pre or post the Warren stuff)



I assume it might’ve been something that Warren put in for fun since he has some other nods to other Dirty pair costumes in it. Here’s some panels from a brief scene where they show up in the same clothes as a poster from the DP anime. (I had this on my wall when I was a teenager)

DP phonecard


Another nice nod in the book is the Ono Sendai decks from Gibson’s Neuromancer.–niceee!



and at the back of the trade:




These 2 How to shorts were huge to me as a kid– along with some Antarctic press info on how to make comics.

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This is how we do it.



Sup bra,


I just sent off the (slightly late) Multiple Warheads downfall book. It should be out pretty soon. 



& the back cover with a box drawing by my pal Sarah Horrocks


Here’s a  Moontoone and Sunshine I got my misses Marian to draw for it –and a comic about me dealing with me I did.


I also did a new Warheads short for the book. I was playing around with what to name it and ended up giving it a none sense name with made up letters. I hope I never lose that giggling feet kicking feeling of doing some bullshit just because you can. 



Also, I did a fun collaboration with Mr Cameron Stewart for the Thought Bubble anthology.

And I’ll be out for the convention in Leeds, England from November 17-24. 

So page 1 was drawn by Cameron:


and I did page 2


It was a fun process making these. We talked over some ideas and then both did layouts of what page 1 could be.

Here’s my roughed out idea. (the Cap. guy was gonna be a Caption box in a trench coat) 


And Cameron’s


Cameron certainly put in more thought to the lady spy’s look than my just pulling a photo from google.

He mentioned that it was influenced by the Japanese movie Prisoner 701: Scorpion 



and a band he likes called the Black Belles



Man, That is one rough looking Hogwarts gang.


And here’s some recent sketchbook pages I did:



That’s EK Weaver’s TJ and Amal on the bottom of that page– such a good comic.


Also I was reading online about how they aimed to base some of the Star Wars Droids cartoon after the Moebius Airtight garage comics. I remember being really into the look of the show as a kid. And you can defiantly see a French BD look to the stuff:



It was animated by the Canadian company Nelvana who also did the awesome movie Rock and Rule. So it was cool to see this Image with some R & R on the holo tooobe


Here’s some especially Moebius looking designs from the show.

This one credited to Elliot:


and these by Kevin Davies off of his site Here.



I also ran into this thing showing a Droids shot getting realllly close to a Moebius Incal panel:


 I’ve heard a lot about how they wanted to hire Moebius on Blade Runner but ended up using hisLong Tomorrow as influence for it. I wonder if the Star Wars guys made many attempts to hire him considering how much influence he seemed to have on the dudes working on it. –like that tiny background robot they made into the Probe droid in Empire:


And here’s some actual Moebius Star wars:



Star wars is weird for me, I remember it being huge to me as a kid but as an adult I wrote it off. It’s even hard to get past the newer shit movies to remember how I felt about the old stuff. In contrast Moebius has been an artists who I’ve gotten more and more into as I get older. 

Also here’s some Ted Bastien art from a Doctor who cartoon that Nelvana was trying to make in the 80’s.

Look at that K-9 with feet! Life in the future. 


and a battle Dalek! I like how it looks like a pod body that the tank treads pop out of the side of.



More of that stuff here.


Also, also I really liked this Grim Wilkens Love story: (you can read the whole thing here)



Pretty stuff huh?

Also this morning I’ve been reading some City Hunter manga from the 80’s. Here’s a page of the main character getting his boner stuck in a wall that I first saw untranslated in Shonen Jump when I was a kid:



I think we’ve all been there before.



And here’s some aran rei art:  his weird version of Iczer one. from here I have no idea what’s going on with that pose.


and some other Iczer one art: I like her hair design.  Iczer-2 looks pissed that the tiny Iczer-1 wont stand on the back of her hand.



and here’s a book cover I liked the look of:



and these guys. The Zaku with the headphones is the best.



OK, I’m gonna go make some coffee now.









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did you really know what live was?

Good afternoooon,


I’m getting ready to head to Seattle for a Walrus signing, Sooo buy one there or show up with any aquatic dude you want signed. (it’s my newest art book thang dawg) 



It should be fun.

I remember being a teenager and trying to bring my art to the Fanta offices and not being let in. My adult life is all about dealing with the so and sos of my youth.

Also, I just sent off Prophet #39 with 9 artists doing pages in it. Here’s what the contents look like-

0- Giannis milonogiannis (Joseph Bergin III colors)
1-Joseph Bergin III
2-5 Matt Sheean & malachi ward
6-10 James Stokoe
11 Aaron Conley (Joseph Bergin III colors)
12-14 Lando
15 Ron Wimberly & Brandon Graham
16-20 Simon Roy (Joseph Bergin III colors) 


And a nice Back up this issue by Paul Bohm



I’ve been drawing more these days, or working to draw more. The new Warheads is puttering along.

Here’s a page I’m working on from it.



My sketchbook has become a mess of story notes and layouts but here’s some recent drawings out of it. (some Lady gaga–she has smooth videos, Empowered THB annd DB) 











Also I don’t think I put this up here yet. I did a variant cover for my pal Sina Grace’s Burn the Orphanage.

I wanted to do something like this:


So my pencils looked like this:

Imageand then the final thing:



Also, here’s some more Prophet stuff  Dave Taylor did:



and a cover by Ludroe,



Also I ran into this site of Takashi Matsuyama’s work who assisted Akira Toriyama of Dragon ball fame. He has all these great car drawings on there:





Also, I read Shigeru Mizuki’s newly translated Gegege No Kitaro manga. Such fun stuff. I loaned it to Simon but managed to scan these panels that hint at it’s greatness:


And I’ve been looking at these super Moebius inspired Dragon’s heaven pages that someone posted on 4chan’s mecha page:



I think this page is interesting in how it shows such a Moebius mountain rip off on the right ,but on the left the artist is doing something uniquely Japanese with an armed mecha:


And here’s another manga page I ran into on this internet that got me thinking of the possibilities of panels. I like how the window is broken up like panels. I imagine you could do a whole comic with the window showing the past of –or even another entire story from the characters in the forefront:


and some other pictures I thought were cool:


 Lookie alien:Image








and here’s some dumb stuff I made with the magic of photoshop. I always feel like I should point out as cool with people doing weed as I am, I don’t actually touch the stuff myself. It puts me to sleep. but I am a fan of pot based humor. 






I do however, both like to make Care bear jokes and also like Care bears. I think some of my early bad memories were other kids giving me shit about having care bears. But now we all know what a not to fuck with dude Grumpy bear is so no one talks shit.







And an early Shirow drawing I thought was cool:


annnnd I’ll leave you with a Thanos I did on a blank comic cover to give to the dudes at RX comics here in vannncooouver.




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