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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
The second issue of my self published anthology will be published in August 2017.
You can get a copy (and much more) right here.
For now, a preview of the cover and a few pages from the lead story (colors not entirely final).