Wednesday September 11th, 2019

I originally posted this in 2016. There is nothing particularly special about it, except to mark the date.
38th flflat

 

Fourteen years ago I worked at a pharmaceutical advertising agency in Manhattan. When I got on the G-train in Brooklyn that morning, I saw a woman I knew from Pratt. She was the first woman I remember seeing riding everywhere on a scooter. She was from Sweden, I think. After she sold her scooter, I noticed that a LOT of people were riding scooters. Businessmen were riding to work on them, and of course proto-hipsters were riding them to their favorite coffee shops.

We talked, and then we switched to different trains. I got out of the subway at 33d Street in Manhattan and noticed that the streets were mostly empty and quiet. Usually teenagers were hanging out waiting to go into the nearby school. As I walked to my work place I noticed workers hanging out in their trucks listening to the radio. I did think I heard something about an airplane hitting the World Trade Center.

By the time I got to work everyone was trying to get a TV to work. Way back in 2001 not everyone and every work place had WiFi. Rumors circulated that part of a tower fell, and maybe another plane hit the other tower. We eventually found out the reality of the situation when the one television in the office finally got a fuzzy signal.

One of the executives, an executive who usually spent his time yelling at people and who I had no respect for, told everyone to sit tight and let him know if we “needed anything.” It was easy to see he was putting on a fairly false veneer of the caring “fearless leader.” I got my bag and left the building.

I headed uptown in what was a parade of people who, like me, decided to start walking home. Buses and subways were not running. I headed across the Queensboro Bridge with a large mass of like minded people. The woman next to me was in a dress but wore no shoes. We  were all fairly quiet and continually glanced back towards downtown and the large plume of smoke.

In Brooklyn the G-train was not running, but an empty bus showed up at it’s designated stop. The mass of people in the street swarmed around the bus door. The driver opened the door, stood there preventing anyone from entering and said, “I have to go use the bathroom first!” I thought moaning and complaining would ensue, but everyone just stood there quietly as she walked away.
A military jet screamed across the sky.

I didn’t know where this particular bus went, just that it was headed for my part of Brooklyn. When the driver came back from the bathroom I managed to get on. Just like the walk on the bridge, everyone remained mostly silent. When I saw familiar streets I got off, and walked another few miles in what I remember being a cool crisp day.

Now, I visit the new One World Trade Center just about every week in order to have 98 percent of my cartoon submission rejected by the New Yorker. I show my I.D. and security scans my little bag full of cartoon gags. They take a grainy picture of me that makes me look like a criminal. On the 38th floor,  we get a great view from the cartoonist waiting room. We usually have a lot of laughs.

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Red Ryder and The Big Bad Woods (two years later)

Red Ryder and The Big Bad Woods is a Patreon comic I created about two years ago. I’ve been posting 2-3 pages of the story every month since April 5th 2017! April 5th at 9:15 am in fact. Computers keep track of everything you do.

Posting 2-3 pages of anything is a horrible way to run a
railroad. I realize that people tend to forget what happened
in my story six months ago (basically 13 pages ago)! Well,I did
it anyway and we are reaching the end of the line (I like train metaphors today). 74 pages of story, art and plot twists!

Thus, some 74 pages later, I thought I’d post the first 5 pages
for anyone who hasn’t yet signed on to read yet another comic
on their computer screen. I mean, if you sign up now…it’s 1.50
for 74 pages of amazing thrills and chills! It’s highway (or railway) robbery! 

Enjoy the free pages below! If you want more, go HERE!

 
 

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Free! Totally Free comics!!

Free comics of mine in this post, that is.

Our old microwave started to turn itself on.
Yes, you’d be sitting there watching the latest amazing
prequel like…let’s say…Sheldon, because somebody has
to watch that, and the microwave would start cooking
nothing. Thankfully I was  home to unplug it, which is
what I had to do, as it would NOT stop turning on. I
never knew microwaves could, or would, do this. 

The microwave delivery people, three of them, 
took away the bad microwave. While they installed
the new one, they needed to borrow scissors and use
the bathroom. Then we talked about the plot
developments in Sheldon while I wondered
where the scissors had got to. 

Back to free comics. This page is from Issue two of
RWF, my self published comic. Issue two is sold out,
but you can get other issues HERE!   Watch
your microwaves!

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Rabbit Who Fights issue 4

Rabbit Who Fights Issue 4 has been printed and is in my hands!
Although some copies will probably get distributed to stores in Brooklyn, Quimby’s books in Chicago and even Floating World Comics in Portland, mosts people will have to get the issue
through my Gumroad site. 

At this point issue 2 is sold out. Sorry for those who may want it, but grateful that people enjoyed my work! Below is the cover and a brief preview of RWF #4, and if you want to read more about RWF in
general, check out   Beat article. 

Further reading related to this issue of RWF if you are so inclined: 
Nick Reding’s book, Methland
The Bombing of Move
And various articles…um… like this.

Thanks for stopping by! 

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MoCCA Fest 2019 April 6th and 7th

I will be there.

I will have the NEW fourth issue of my one man anthology Rabbit Who Fights along with a few copies of issues 1-3. 

I also made a mini comic, “6000 Years Ago” just for fun and
so that people have something they can buy for a  quarter!

Stickers! People seem to like stickers. So I’m testing the waters. 
I made one for kids, based on my kids work. Plus, I made one for…anyone who likes monsters and the more adult work in 
my anthology Rabbit Who Fights. 

Hope to see some of you there! Find me at table E-172 
MoCCA Arts Festival NYC’s largest indie comics and cartoon art event! April 6th from 11AM-7PM & April 7th from 11AM-6PM (636 W. 46th St.)

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Brooklyn Blood process Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I posted this some two years ago as I had just started working on Brooklyn Blood with Paul Levitz in the pages of Dark Horse Presents. As the graphic novel collection was just released (to a comic shop near you!) and it is in the news, I thought I would repost it today. For those who are process junkies or just curious, this is how I usually illustrate a comic! Way too many steps if you ask me! 

Step A: After I read the script I draw several thumbnails with a black marker. I throw most of them away in disgust. You see here the thumbnail I settled on. Then I scan this winning thumbnail into the computer and place it in page template (the template being the correct proportions that it will be when printed).

Step B: I draw the rough pencils on a Cintiq (if you don’t know what a Cintiq is just hit the Googles). If you don’t have a Cintiq, many people use a light box to draw finished pencils on top of the blown up thumbnail which you can enlarge on a copy machine or computer.

Step C: Then I get back out of the computer by printing out a blue line version of the pencils on Bristol board. Blue line because I can now ink it in the real world with black ink, and when I scan it back into Photoshop, the blue line will not show up in the scan, only the black lines show up.

Step D: You can ink using a Cintiq also, but I still like using messy ink and brush or pen or wooden sticks. I personally like making marks on real paper. Too much work in the computer ends up putting me to sleep.

Step E: I scan the final black and white art back into the computer and on a separate layer from the black art in Photoshop, I add the colors! I also add the word balloons early on in the process because that does affect where the reader’s eye goes, but for this brief art example, I left that bit out! And there you have it. The exciting, amazing secrets of an illustrator! I just now see that I wrote “step A” in the text, and “Part A” on the art. That’s called a mistake. I make many of those! It’s part of the process. Brooklynblood proc 3

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WAY OUT WEDNESDAY

I prefer to create blog posts that talk about something personal and insightful as those are the types of posts that people love to read! At least that’s what all the experts say. Today though, I am simply posting self indulgent promo. As a freelancer, I have to do this! I’m sorry. So, so, sorry! 

First! My Patreon page. I just posted new pages of my long form graphic novel, Red Ryder And The Big Bad Woods. I post new pages every month and you can read them at the low low cost of 1.50!
Check it out HERE.  Read a sample page below:

This summer, July 4th to be exact, Brooklyn Blood will be released by Dark Horse Comics. Brooklyn Blood is a graphic novel written by Paul Levitz and illustrated by myself.  Order it using these amazing numbers!  SBN-10:1-50670-630-4  ISBN-13:978-1-50670-630-6

 

And don’t forget my own self published comics, Rabbit Who Fights on Gumroad. It’s my one man anthology printed on high quality full color paper. Issue three just came out. See details HERE! See a sample page from issue three below.Painful self promo is over! Next post I do will revolve around promoting some graphic novels and or books by other people which I have read and found interesting, aggravating or boring.   
Thanks for reading!

Tim

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