Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What I Got For Christmas:

James Kochalka does something like this every year for American Elf, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

1. plaid scarf
2. is it a poncho or a shawl?
3. a new camera, woo! (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)
4. purple sweater
5. DVD box set of "The Prisoner"!!! (Thanks, Grandma and Jim!)
6. like 8 pairs of knee socks
7. a bamboo steamer (thanks, Jonch!)
8. gloves
9. shoes, but unfortunately they're too big.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Year End Meme

Hey! 2009 was a pretty good year. I think my work has improved...I hope it's improved.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter!

My hair is finally long enough to put up in a ponytail. Merry Christmas to meee!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tom Riddle Drawings

I try to update this at least once a week, but it's hard when you can't really share anything you're working on right now. I am drawing- every day!

Here is something I think I'm allowed to share. These drawings of Tom Riddle (the future Lord Voldemort) at ages 1, 6, 11 and 16 have been mailed off to the Harry Potter Alliance for a fundraiser. This was a lot of fun, I want to draw more of them.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Bears and Blisters: An Exhibition of Colleen Frakes and Ken Dahl
November 21 – December 5

Gallery Hours
Saturdays from 10am-2pm
First Friday Reception: December 4, 6-8pm (author talk at 7pm)

The CCS Gallery is located at 94 South Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont.

Praise for Woman King:
“It’s EXCELLENT, and it makes me really excited to see whatever [Frakes] does next.”
Douglas Wolk, author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean

Praise for Monsters:
“It’s a difficult, punishing read, just as it was clearly a difficult, punishing experience for Dahl, but his evocation of pain, horror, and self-loathing is nonetheless masterful.”
Onion AV Club

Colleen Frakes (CCS ’07) followed her Xeric Grant-funded comic novella, Tragic Relief, with the publication of Woman King, a coming-of-age folk tale that won her the 2009 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent.

Welcome to the Dahl House
, a collection of comics by Ken Dahl (CCS Fellow ’07) received Expozine’s 2008 Best English-Language Comic award. This fall Dahl’s Ignatz Award winning mini-comic, which explores the science and social stigma of disease, was published as the much-anticipated graphic novel Monsters.

For more information

The exhibit ends this Saturday! Friday there will be a reception at reading at the CCS Gallery. Gabby (Ken Dahl) is out of town attending the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest, and I was too chicken to read on my own, so Jon Chad and Nick Patten will be joining me with a trio of BEAR STORIES! RAWR!

So yeah, come see us. It'll be fun.

Or, if you can't make it to Vermont, go visit Gabby in Brooklyn and get your copy of Monsters signed.

Monday, November 30, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo- DONE!

103 pages in a month. I finished on November 29th at 8:32 pm.
You can read the whole story here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo 13


Check out the story so far on flickr.

Six pages to go, with two days left in November.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vacation Station

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving everyone! I'm away visiting the family in Middle-of-Nowhere, Washington.

Haven't given up on the NaGraNoWriMo thing (I'm just 10 pages away from finishing), but don't have access to a scanner right now. I'll post the rest of the story once I find one.

In the meantime, this guy wrote a nice review of Tragic Relief, and was kind enough to mention the NaGraNoWriMo thing, too, so if you're looking for something to read you can check out his blog. Thanks, guy!

Some of my Center for Cartoon Studies Buddies have started up new webcomics. Jen Vaughn's mermaid hostel is here. I do love mermaid comics. You can now find Morgan Pielli's creepy sci-fi comics online here. Sam Carbaugh has started posting his diary comics online here. And CCS prof Stephen Bissette has started posting some of his out-of-print comics on his website here.

So yeah, go read that stuff until I can scan in new pages to post.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo 12

Hey, every hero needs some kind of Yoda-like teacher to set them straight. Now maybe Sir Christopher will FINALLY get around to killing that dragon. Only 32 pages left to go!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo 11

Well, that's one way to get across the lake.

More tomorrow!

Monday, November 16, 2009

NeGraNoWriMo 10

Pages drawn over the weekend.

I also filled up the sketchbook I had made for this project over the weekend, and had to put together a second one. Seems like this calls for a chapter break. Tomorrow starts the Trials of Sir Christopher part 2!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo 8


Hey look, I'm at the halfway point!
...if you count the cover, which I do.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo 7

Don't worry, Sir Christopher can hold his breath for a very long time. And there's probably some kinda magic involved, or something.

Read the whole story so far here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo 6

Pages drawn on November 10th.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

NaGraNoWriMo 5

I had a three day weekend off from work. Here's what I drew in that time:

You can read the whole story so far here.