Nov
05
2008

Congratulations, Obama Supporters

“The most important thing that Barack Obama brings to the presidency is his willingness to reason.” –  Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize–winning economist

Nov
04
2008

Go Vote!

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(bumper sticker courtesy Michael Cho)

Oct
27
2008

Sketchbook 10/27/08

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Oct
23
2008

Sketchbook 10/23

I’m back to some sea monster designing and am much happier with where this one is headed than with my previous doodling from a week or two back.  I hope the Don King hair isn’t too obviously a Maurice Sendak grab.

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Oct
23
2008

Sketchbook 10/22

Ron Wood – of The Faces, one of my all-time favorite rock bands.

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Oct
18
2008

TIME Magazine Adds Comics Section, No One Notices

You’d think that when a magazine with a weekly circulation of over four million copies (that’s about 240 times the monthly numbers of, say, an issue of Batman, for example) adds a comics section there’d be some talk about it in the usual comics circles…. but I sure haven’t noticed any.  This actually isn’t that surprising since most of us comics folk often exhibit a peculiar myopia when it comes to comics that aren’t of the variety you can purchase at your local Android’s Dungeon.  Case in point: when Parade magazine ditched all of their then-current comics features and replaced them, there was nary a peep from most of the comics press–despite the fact that the gag panels in Parade are probably the most widely read comics in the U.S.

Anyway… about a month ago, TIME magazine gave itself a bit of a design revamp and among the few substantive changes to content was the addition of a comics page, called “The Drawing Room.”  In deference to the comics press, you’ll realize once you have a look at the comics page in question that perhaps one of the reasons that there’s not been more of a hubbub about it is that it’s not really very good.  Here’s a scan of this week’s page (strips copyright their respective creators, I guess… or maybe copyright TIME):

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As you can see, they seem to be going for topical, news-related stuff… which makes sense.  The choice of the gag panel format, though, is predictable and uninspired, and the other ancillary bits (usually little charts or graphs) aren’t really pulling a whole lot of weight themselves.  Also, none of it’s very funny.   Actually, this third installment of the feature is substantially funnier than the previous two, but still not exactly side-splitting.

The problem here is that you can’t really out-New Yorker the New Yorker–not even the modern version.  Obviously, a magazine with the editorial bent of TIME isn’t going to pick up something like Get Your War On for its new comics page, but with the wealth of great cartoonists out there either explicitly doing “comics reportage” or something close to it, the current TIME comics page seems to really stand out as a lost opportunity to do something really interesting.  Imagine what a magazine like TIME could do with, say, a serialized story by Joe Sacco–or even Peter Bagge.    This is only the third week of the feature, though, so perhaps things will change.  As noted, this week’s batch are better than the previous two, so at least one can perhaps expect continued improvement of this sort, but something as bold as running some Sacco-esque work is probably not in the cards I’m guessing.

Oct
17
2008

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: Week 5 Exercise 1

So here’s week five’s in-class exercise.  The idea is to select a panel from the “Jack and Jill” story and re-thumbnail it three different ways–in this case, I’ve used the penultimate panel from the second page.  I don’t think I got as adventurous here as the directions really suggested, and I probably should have experimented with more formal elements instead of just changing up the reader’s viewpoint as I did.

I think the assignment this week is to fully develop one of these into a pencilled panel and I’m thinking that I’ll settle on some combination of the first and second panel below.  The first is pretty much what’s in the original thumbnailed page; the second is drawn as if we’re seeing it from above–which I like–but, I haven’t done a very good job rendering the perspective; and the third has a lot of graphic design appeal, but it’s pretty much the same panel arrangement as the first couple of panels from the second row of the same page.

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Oct
17
2008

Glactus Pinup

I received some good-natured ribbing from friend Isaac Cates about my half-assed thumbnail drawing of Galactus from my last Drawing Words & Writing Pictures post and so I figured in an attempt to redeem myself (and to start building up some artwork to sell on the convention circuit next year) I’d do a decent drawing of Galactus.  And, of course, it’s always fun to draw any Kirby-designed characters… although, I probably should have drawn this a little bigger so I could have done a better job with the Silver Surfer.

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Oct
15
2008

My “Stay TOONed” Interview

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As mentioned a few posts back, an interview with me is appearing in the newest issue of Stay TOONed magazine.  The issue (issue #2) is now available and can be ordered from the Stay TOONed site.  The interview was conducted by comics writer, professor and friend Craig Fischer and as we’re wont to do in person, we tended to yammer on and on about all things comics… and as a result a number of odds and ends of the interview didn’t wind up making the printed version.  Craig, though, has posted those few excised bits over at ThoughtBalloonists.com, so if you’re interested, please wander over there for the full scoop–and of course, be sure to pick up the magazine, it’s chock full of cartoony goodness.

Oct
13
2008

SPX Sketch

Vy’s got a sketch I did at this year’s SPX posted over on her Flickr account along with a ton of other great sketches and photos from the show.  The theme of the sketchbook was “dreams” and most folks were doing visual interpretations of their dreams.  I, though, rarely remember any of my dreams and so I had to take another route.

Fortunately, one of my favorite songs to play on the Ukulele is “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” which has been recorded by a ton of folks since its original heyday in the mid-twenties.  As my wife can attest (and my daughter would as well, were she able to speak yet) I have a terrible singing voice, but I certainly don’t let that stop me from singing to the dog, the cat, my daughter, myself, etc.  “I’ll See You in My Dreams” has the (dis)honor of also being one of my worst numbers, as it’s just slightly out of my range at a number of key points in the song.

At any rate, instead of drawing one of my dreams, I drew myself here playing and singing “I’ll See You in My Dreams” with predictable results from both the moon and a nearby cat:

Here’s a great version of the same song, by someone who actually can sing:

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