Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

The Dad

Happy Father's Day to my overall wearing, Charlie Brown looking, Dad!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

"Island Brat" in Vermont's "Seven Days"


They're not always great about updating their website, but I totally had a comic in Seven Days last week. Decided to just take a photo of the newspaper page.

This is the third time I've gotten to do a page of comics for our local alternative weekly paper, and it's always exciting. Many thanks to Joe Lambert for keeping the White River Junction cartoonist's relationship with the paper going.


And here's how the page looked on the computer, just wanted the comparison because the colors are so different. (click on the pics to enlarge)

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Happy Picard Day everyone! Now that I don't have TV, I rather miss watching Star Trek. It use to be part of my daily routine.

I should also note that I'm in no way related to Jonathan Frakes, though it'd be pretty cool if I was.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Talking about clothes, like a girl.

Before I got into comics, I'd wanted to be a costumer and love fashion history. I find it's as much fun to research, sew and wear these dresses as it is to draw them.

The research bit is something that I've noticed gets ignored in a lot of comics- the way this kind of clothing changes the shape of the wearer. These clothes were heavy, structured, and involved layers of undergarments (bustles, corsets, farthingales) that dramatically altered the human form.

Like, in this panel here from Fables,  Cinderella is wearing what looks like a corset, full skirt and petticoat, but everything just kind of hangs off of her. Why can you see the outline of her butt through two layers of skirts? While I really enjoyed the comic and admire Shawn McManus' art, these off details pulled me out of the story.

Anyway, both of the comics projects I'm currently working, though completely unrelated to each other, are set around the 1870's, so I'm getting to do lots of costume research and draw bustles, top hats and cravats!

Bustle sketch2

This first is a character sketch for a Retrofit Comics story. Retrofit is the brainchild of Box Brown, inspired by the subscription model of mainstream comics, using 16 amazing indie comics artists (more info coming soon) and I was really honored that he asked me to be a part of it.

When I first got the assignment, I was totally excited about it and quickly came up with an idea.  When it came time to start working, I totally froze and had to call some friends for help. Betsey Swardlick came to the rescue, and agreed to write a yet-unnamed highwayman story. This is gonna be so fun to draw!

Bustle sketch1

The other project I'm working on is a 6-page adaptation of Age of Innocence for the Seven Stories Press Graphic Canon anthologies. Costuming plays an important part in this story, the clothing being as restrictive as 1870's New York society.

Lots of comics to draw to keep me busy all summer!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sundresses and sketchbooks

I haven't posted anything in a bit because...not much is going on. It's summertime!


Someone's fashionable aunt must of passed away, because the Salvation Army near here suddenly got all of these cute vintage dresses in the same size. I can't afford to buy them all, but did expand my summer wardrobe.

Also bought a watercolor sketchbook, and have started posting comics over on the main site again. No overarching plot this time, mostly little autobio and sketchbook comics, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Now get off the computer and go outside!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lazy Summer and Red Summer

It's summer and beautiful in Vermont, and I'm in that weird space where I'm drawing a lot, but nothing I'm allowed to post on the internet yet. Though I am taking commissions, if anyone is interested.

Here's one thing I've been working on that's it's probably okay to post- a friend from High School Vanessa McMeekin is making a short film in the UK. They've got a teaser trailer up, and asked me to do a couple of doodles for a fundraiser-

It's fun to draw skellingtons.

Oh, and remember when I said there would be new comics on the website starting April 8th? I meant June. Obviously, June 8th. So comics next week, yaaay!