Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sketchbook Follies

Last Saturday a group of us went to Keene NH for their Halloween Spooktacular event. We did a signing at Comic Boom, then headed over to the Capital Theater to watch Brides of Dracula.

There weren't many people at the signing, so I had time to draw and ink a page of Basket Ogress, and sketch some super people.

I think pretty much everything Aquaman does is hilarious. DC can try to make him all dark and give him all the harpoon hands and eye patches they want, he's still just talks to fish.

And Wonder Woman, just because she's awesome. The owner of the store named his daughter Troia, after Wonder Woman's sidekick, Wondergirl. We all did some Wondergirl sketches for his daughter (who's 3, but I'm sure she'll appreciate it when she's older), but I neglected to take a picture. Oh well!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

100 POSTS! and More Basket Ogress Pages

Break's over, I'm working on the book again.

See the whole story so far here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I Know Joe Kimple Fall Tour

I was only able to attend one date on I Know Joe Kimple's fall book tour, the Saturday signing at Hub Comics near Boston MA. It was a pretty awesome store, much more than my bad photo would lead you to believe. Books sorted by genre! Nice minicomics selection! A flatscreen tv playing Star Wars! I hope I can make it back there someday.

The tour was to promote two new anthologies from I Know Joe Kimple- Dark Corners and Funny Aminals.

The mysterious Mario VanBuren signing books.

Denis and Cat, chatting with the crowd.

Afterwards, we went across the street to Sweet Ginger for dinner. Our group of 11 people got there just minutes before they were supposed to close, but they agreed to stay open late. Which is great 'cause we were starving! The food was great and affordable for us poor cartoonists (I had the Sweet Ginger Chicken).

There's some more photos here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Halloween is my favorite holiday.

Monsters don't need costumes to go Trick-or-Treating.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Artworks and South End Arts

I guess South End Arts is an art festival in Burlington? The description on the website reminded me of the Arts Walk they used to do twice a year in Olympia, only without the hippie parade.
Anyway- local businesses put up art, and 7Days was nice enough to do an exhibit of originals from Drawn and Paneled, where they regularly feature work by students/fellows/alumni of the Center for Cartoon Studies. It's very nice of them, and the comics they feature have been some of my favorite.

In this photo, there's work by Joe Lambert and Melissa Mendes.

Here's my page!

Here's a couple of people being wowed by Mr. Lambert's work. Over in the corner, I think you can see Chuck McBuck's Clubfoot strip, which is one of my favorites.

I wasn't able to actually see this exhibit in person. Michelle Ollie was nice enough to forward me the photos, which were taken by someone named Andrew at 7Days, and are used with permission. Thanks!

Last weeks was also ArtWorks at Dartmouth, which is the yearly event where staff members get to display their work in the Hopkins Center for a day (more like 7 hours, really) then we get fed a bunch of fancy cheeses and sent home. Please do not think I'm complaining! I am grateful for the fancy cheese! I just find the whole one-day exhibit thing to be really weird.

I'm not the only CCS grad working off their debt to society at Dartmouth. Fellow '07-er Bob Oxman is here too, working as a museum security guard. Here's a few pages from his epic Smuttynose story.

I just put up a few pages from the Basket Ogress. The woman in green there is reading a copy of the mini.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Columbus Day!

I did not get to partake in the traditional Columbus Day festivities, because I had to work, but if you were lucky enough to have a day off, here is what you should do:

Columbus Day is coming up, and there has been a call to celebrate it. Remember that not only is it a profane and unwholesome day to celebrate, but it is also rarely regarded. Here's the official ceremony, as described by the minstrel Jason Webley:

One night prior, bake some cookies. Or brownies. And perhaps prepare something to drink, like delicious almond milk. Make a lot; you'll be giving them out.

Visit your local post office. When someone approaches with a package to mail, hide yourself in the bushes. Observe their confusion as to why the Post Office is closed on a Monday. They may well ask aloud, "Why, in God's Name, is this Post Office closed today?" At this moment, spring out from the bushes, loudly declaring:

Happy Columbus Day!!!

And then offer them milk and cookies as a consolation prize.

Monday, October 5, 2009

ArtWorks '09

It's Fall, and that means it's time for another ArtWorks. A few of my inked pages and a screenprint from Basket Ogress will be on display at Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for one whole day this Wednesday, October 7th from 11 am to 6pm.

There will also be work on display from fellow CCS 07' "Pioneer Class" graduate Bob Oxman, who works over at the Hopkins Center as a night security guard. Keepin the art safe! I assume Bob will have pages up from the next installment of his epic Smuttynose graphic novel.

Beyond that, not much happening around here. I've been sick, so I haven't been drawing as much as I've been sleeping and watching Farscape.

Elsewhere on the internet, people have been saying some pretty nice things about my comic. Sometimes in french, and sometimes accompanied by a scary photo of me...have I mentioned I've been sick?