A Good Start

Sketches and thoughts of a cartoonist and animator

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Meeting sketches.

Meeting sketches.

Wake up. Time to die.

Maybe don’t read this if you’re in a melancholy mood.

Recently Kyle Latino posted a short series of "Burger Bomb" comics. Go read them right now. It will take about a minute and the rest of this will make more sense.

My immediate, visceral response to his work:

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You can see that Kyle favorited the Tweet. That’s because Kyle is fueled by hate.

Why such a strong response? A couple days after the Tweet, Ginger pointed out that the theme of the comics is pretty close to that of an animated short I did in the early 00’s

I had to do a little remastering work to get that video up on YouTube (it was previously in Flash format). That gave me time to think on this subject a little more. In doing so, I realized that the fleeting nature of life is a theme I’ve long responded to in artistic works. 

Whenever I encounter this theme I feel a bit of panic in my gut. It’s the same panic I’ve felt trying to regain my balance on ice or loose gravel. 

As I’ve aged  the panic is accompanied by a sense that I’ve squandered my life. So much of it has been spent on work I have no passion for or actually wasting time (I just uninstalled Threes for the last time. I swear.).

The projects I truly care about are given the lesser part of my attention. That animation, for example, was one of the few works from my early twenties I still care about. It probably took me six months of my spare hours to make, but I spent a lot more time building websites for clients and playing Civilization.

I try to shake off this feeling as soon as I can.  I remind myself that the only cure is to make better use of my time today. Even then I’m likely to fall into a funk for maybe a week afterwards.

After that I can go quite some time without feeling like a mayfly. Inevitably, however, I’ll hear Pink Floyd’s Time or think about Roy Batty’s final monologue from Blade Runner or recall a line from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Or read one of Kyle’s comics.

A couple of drawings I did on my Note 8 using LayerPaint HD. I feel like I’m getting used to this device.

#724hourComic CELEBRATION results

chrisandgin:

AND SO we gathered at the B’dubs in Castleton for beer, hot wings, and some righteous comic making.

Chris’ work:

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Yours Truly:

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Elizabeth Cardenas-Nelson just showed up to say “hi” BUT WE…

The results of ‘24’ hour-comic day scanned in and looking nice. My contribution is the one where ‘24’ is screaming “Everybody down” in the first panel.

I’ve improved my pencil work by  working on Dexter’s Digs and The Brothers Grant, but my ability to create finished work has lagged. To help change that I’m starting to play around with different styles. 

Mike Mignola has been one of my favorite artists since my high school days so I thouht I’d take a stab at doing something similar. For this exercise I chose to work from a portrait of Mignola himself. 

The results wouldn’t be mistaken for the subject’s work but I was happy with them and learned a thing or two. 

The source photo is from Mignola’s Twitter profile https://mobile.twitter.com/artofmmignola

I’ve improved my pencil work by working on Dexter’s Digs and The Brothers Grant, but my ability to create finished work has lagged. To help change that I’m starting to play around with different styles.

Mike Mignola has been one of my favorite artists since my high school days so I thouht I’d take a stab at doing something similar. For this exercise I chose to work from a portrait of Mignola himself.

The results wouldn’t be mistaken for the subject’s work but I was happy with them and learned a thing or two.

The source photo is from Mignola’s Twitter profile https://mobile.twitter.com/artofmmignola

We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome

lawofgar:

WRITER TALK and spoilers regarding my comic:

Chris and I are often concerned about whether readers will connect and relate with Charlotte. She is, in my mind, a well thought-out and realistic character. Yes, she does start out as a weak, nagging obstruction and at some point she does become a force that provides validation for the hero. 

However, her personal story arc is about finding her self-worth outside of whoever she’s with and going on her own adventures. By the end of it she’ll effectively be the “strong female character.”

I worry that readers will dismiss her long before she gets to that point.

Gin talks a bit about one of our characters.

Sometimes we get hired to do fun stuff for awesome people. This is one of those times. 
Check out the Greatest Movie Ever podcast. It is one of my very favorites.
chrisandgin:

So Chris and I did a thing for a cool dude and he gave us permission to share it with you! @gooberzilla

Sometimes we get hired to do fun stuff for awesome people. This is one of those times. 

Check out the Greatest Movie Ever podcast. It is one of my very favorites.

chrisandgin:

So Chris and I did a thing for a cool dude and he gave us permission to share it with you! @gooberzilla

http://indypopcon.com/indie-comics-round-table/

I’m going to be on this panel speaking from the perspective of a “serious hobbyist.” Lee Cherolis, Kyle Latino and Jackie Crofts all have unique viewpoints on how to make comics and market their work. If you are interested in either, check it out.

Also, Indy PopCon is going to be the BEST TIME. Go buy a ticket now!

indywebcomics:

Hey! IWG is organizing a panel on Independent Comics for Indy Pop Con! Check out the description to see our wonderful participants, all of whom are members of IWG! 

If you’re attending Indy Pop Con this year and want to see this happen, please click on the thumbs-up icon at the bottom of the description! Let’s make this happen!