My “Semi-Reliable” Diary Comics At The Comics Journal

A big thanks to Editor in Chief, Tucker Stone for allowing me to do
a week of diary comics over at The Comics Journal this week! Do
you wonder why I’m doing this? Do you have questions about
how reliable they are? Do you wonder when it will be a
Netflix series? I have answers!

I never really gave much thought to creating autobiographical comics. After all, my life has not been incredibly traumatic or
amazing. I wasn’t a kid who made the difficult move from my
country of origin to a foreign land. I didn’t survive a war. I didn’t
grow up in a funeral home. I didn’t even work as file clerk at
the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ohio! The short stories
related in my Semi-Reliable Diary Comics from the 90’s kind of
spilled out of me as I attempted to write some sort of 90’s genre
tv show review.  That idea deflated as soon I typed the words,
“Night Man was a tv show…” But what was going on with
me personally while Star Trek TNG and Batman Adventures was
king seemed like a story I was more interested in telling.

These “Diaries” were a bit therapeutic for me, even if reading
them is absolutely no fun for you. Writing about past events
can cause long lost memories and emotions to bubble to the
surface, and I tried my best not to be too precious or make
poignant inspirational messages out of my memories. What
you see is mostly how it all came back to me. We all know
memories are unreliable.

Why are they “semi-reliable?” As I said above, our memories
are imperfect at best. I was a big fan of Eddie Campbell’s comics
in the 90s and often enjoyed his Alec strips. Thus, I admit taking
a page from Alec and changed names, dates and chronology
to protect the guilty and the innocent. After all, when it
becomes a Netflix show I don’t want any lawsuits.

 

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MoCCA, CORONA AND A NEW BOOK

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
on Instagram! (owned by fb…. I know… : ( 


Wrap around cover

 

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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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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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Rabbit Who Fights Issue 3 and MoCCA

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).

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Press Release Friday (from my press secretary )

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
April 21, 2017

Humor, Horror and Age Drive Tim Hamilton to Self-Publish Comics.

Children’s book author, New Yorker cartoonist and artist behind the Eisner nominated adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is adding self-publishing to his busy schedule.

Tim Hamilton announces he will write and illustrate his own twenty four-page anthology comic titled, Rabbit Who Fights which will come out three times a year. The anthology will contain sci-fi horror inspired and informed by the current state of the world, along with humor in the form of Hamilton’s comic, Brother Sasquatch. Previously available only on-line, Brother Sasquatch’s, humor is also informed by the darker side of human nature. The book will also contain rejected New Yorker cartoons and a story called, Hospital Comics.

He will also digitally publish a monthly humorous adventure called, Red Ryder and the Big Bad Woods which will involve talking animals and the existential threat of senility and old age.

Hamilton is publishing this all through Patreon with the intent of getting his own creations into public view on his own terms. Most of these comics don’t fit easily into a marketable niche and Hamilton wanted them in print before he gets any older as self-publishing is a game for the young.

You can see previews and find out more about, Rabbit Who Fights and Red Ryder and the Big Bad Woods on Hamilton’s Patreon page at:  https://www.patreon.com/TimHamiltoncomics

Read more about Tim Hamilton at
http://hamilton-tim.pairsite.com/CUTBLEED/
https://www.instagram.com/t.j.hamilton/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/TmoneyHamilton

 

Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY.
His clients include: The New Yorker,
The New York Times, Amazon Studios
Cicada Magazine,Dark Horse, Marvel,
DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon
Magazine, Dow Jones, Lifetime, ABC
Television, Holiday House, Fast Company
Magazine and PublicAffairs.

He adapted “Treasure Island”
into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics,

In 2010 
he adapted Ray Bradbury’s
“Fahrenheit 451″ into a graphic novel for
Hill & Wang with Mr. Bradbury’s blessing.
The resulting book was nominated for an
Eisner award in the “Best Adaptation of
Another Work” category.

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Rainy Friday in September

As the ten or twelve of you who read this know, I’m working on Brooklyn Blood with Paul Levitz for Dark Horse Presents. I’m just about done with the last chapters (Chapter 8 in stores now!) and am drawing a few other possible projects. Thus, the piece of art below. Where and when this appears in print is as of yet not set in any type of schedule. This is how I draw roughs, on a Cintiq (in photoshop) . It’s kind of like drawing roughs with a marker. Ultimately I will print this out in non-photo blue, ink it in the real world and then scan it back into the computer to be colored. Every time I say or type that, I realize it’s a bit insane. Yes, I doodled some color on there. Total waste of time at this stage.

anthology-page-03

 

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