The second in my “Pandemic Insect” series. Experimenting with illustration and typography. This one…Seems like a YA novel from the 1980’s. The inside cover flap would read: Uncle Ant was just your average everyday oddball Uncle, until the day he came home riding an actual giant ant!
This book doesn’t exist. During lock down I thought I’d illustrate the covers to books I’d like to read. In this book, grasshopper warriors terrorize the planet Tenar while the catch phrase “Summer is coming” is bantered about quite a bit. But seriously… creating new illustration “looks?” or “Styles” while we sit inside avoiding Covid while mumbling about the fact that “Fall is coming!” Next up? I’m not sure…but Dung Beetle is on the list for sure!
I am no longer on face book (if anyone misses me). No social media is perfect, but fb was becoming particularly troubling. Thus, I hope to be posting here more often where absolutely nobody will be seeing my ramblings! Ha! I laugh…but that is basically true.
On to the main point of this post though! I wanted to announce and show off a preview of the 5th issue of Rabbit Who Fights! Rabbit Who Fights is my one man Anthology which is basically published once a year. This issue has a wrap around cover and TWO Disciples 12 stories along with some humorous cartoons as always.
The book is at the printer now, but will premier at MoCCA…unless the Coronavirus blows up and causes all large gatherings to be cancelled.
If you can’t get to MoCCA, it will be on sale at various stores that I will post about at a later date. It will also be on sale (along with my other books) on my Gumroad site!
Wash your hands, don’t touch the hand holds on the subway
and enjoy the brief preview below! See my updates
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Wrap around cover
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!
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.)
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.
The new issue of my one man anthology, Rabbit Who Fights is on sale at Gumroad! If you live in the NYC area, I will also be selling copies at MoCCA this weekend April 7-8 at table A-104. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).
Last week a movie opened called , The Last Living Boy in New York. I can’t lie about the less than positive reviews it is getting, but I had a very small (very very VERY small) hand it it’s production. I illustrated the cartoon images you see in the opening credits (They were animated by a special effects house). I’m unclear how much I can show of my art, I can’t post the entire animated credits for example, but let’s assume I can post a few little snippets. The credits as originally envisioned showed scenes of “old” New York compared to present day New York. Thus, the modern Times Square below. Below that are images (both roughs and finals) of Warhol, Lou Reed and a certain female singer that was not used in the final cut. If you can’t recognize her, then I didn’t do a very good job!
Early in the morning, before I started working on the daily grind of a project I’ll talk about later, I warmed up my fingers drawing some frogs. This character is featured in my on going story Red Ryder And The Big Bad Woods on my Patreon page. Although I’m on Patreon and those who subscribe get to see all sorts of behind the scenes sausage making, I of course will still post fun stuff here for all to see!
(If you want to see more talking animals…head over to my Patreon)