Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Congratulations Julie! Julie, my wife, has just landed a job teaching French in Brampton, just north of here. We just came through a year of her in school and it's been tough. She had less time and had to rely on my meagre income but now things are looking up.
Julie's going to be an amazing teacher.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Feeling quite excited about things really, things feel pretty clear moving forward. Top shelf publishing Maddy Kettle is probably the thing that made things crystallize for me. There was still some uncertainty of what i was going to do. Picture books, adult comics, kids comics, freelance illustration. I'm only really good at kids books. It's what I respond to and I think comics are the most interesting form of story telling. A magical way of telling stories and following ideas, nothing else like it.
Above is a sketch. Not sure what's up....
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
OK, so far I've tried comixology, Graphic.ly, Comiczeal, the Dc and Marvel apps and I've just download the iVerse comics app.
Comixology seems to be one of the best bet even though it's pretty disappointing. It looks like the top shelf in the most commercial comic shop. All marvel and DC with only the barest nod to Indy books. Instead it's all Zuda and Zuda like comics.
Where the heck is Fantagtaphics, Drawn and Quarterly and others?? Top Shelf at least has a great online digital selection but I wish they'd get an app!!
Graphic.ly is a bit of a let down. A lot like Comixology but with even less selection. although it has Mouse Guard which I thought was great.
Comiczeal doesn't count as it doesn't really sell comics. You get a bunch of wonderful, free Golden age comics and you can import stuff from your computers.
Great app but it's a different category.
DC's app I had some technical problems with so I buy all my DC comics from Comixology who seem to have the same catalog.
I use the Marvel app a lot great catalog.
What looks most promising is iBooks, of all things. apples own reader app. When I searched the store ( I'm doing all this as I write by the way....) the first comic to pop up is a Jeffery Brown OGN! that blew me away. You can even get some individual issues! Weird. I didn't expect that....
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
This picture is something of a spoiler but I'm not giving away the ending or anything....
The book is a hard sci fi story about a religious science student doing his post doctorate on a space station in Jupiter's orbit and the conflicts he encounters.
Of course I couldn't help but make the ship look a little Victorian....
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
I'm thinking this because it seems that this might be the most appealing way to present a comic, as an art object rather than in pamphlet sized graphic novels.
I'm still thinking about this. And I'm writing this as I think about it...so, you know. Be kind.
So, how would you like to read your comics in the coming years, assuming things will be mostly digital.
Went to a retirement home for a birthday the other day and Henry was watching Sesamestreet and this older gentleman in a wheelchair wheels in and sits and watches it with Henry. Great moment. I did an iPod sketch of him at the time with Sketchbook Mobile. He looked like the guy from Up.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Currently pushing to finish pencils on The situation. Almost there!! I'm feeling a bit fatigued from working on this and working part time. I'm a wimp though.
On breaks I work on the robot museum outline. It's going really well. I'd love to do an epic, multi book series of the robot Museum. A long Space Opera series with different characters. I can't think of a better way to explore ideas and stories.
Currently reading Jupiter by Ben Bova and The Man in The High Castle by Philip K Dick. Both great books. The Dick book is a bit slow but that's likely because I've read so many alternate history stories since. The Ben Bova book is an audiobook. It's well performed but I'm getting tired of audiobooks. The reader always imparts something disagreeable to me that wouldn't be present if I was reading it myself.
I'm actually reading more and more books on my iPod. It's habit forming. It's so easy to read anywhere. Anywhere but glaring sunlight.So now I always have an iPod book, an audiobook and a paper book on the go....
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
In personal news I'm still working at the art store part time and Julie's still looking for work. I hope to have good news on Julie soon. Henry's great and will be 2 next month. 2!!
Reading through the classics of science fiction right now. There are so many great, diverse SF books. Just finished Arthur C Clarke's 2001 and now I'm reading Philip K Dick's The Man in The High Tower, which is powerful and surprisingly contemporary.
Also really looking forward to HBO's Game of Thrones.....
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
A new character for the robot Museum. The story needed another... biological life-form. He's an earlier clone of the main character. The second sketch is the first shot at his design. The first is pretty close to how he should look.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Here'a a panel fro my first stab at Robot Museum a few years ago. Since then I've rewritten the whole series and it's changed extensively. It's become more space opera and the science has become a little harder. As my freelance work subsides I'm going to try and find time to work on it.
My plan is write the story and back story while I work on other projects and post the in progress work here.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Anyone who follows this blog will probably know the Robot Museum, a science fiction comic I've been working on for 5 or so years, on and off. It's a big universe filled with monsters and robots. Very few human characters at all. A little darker than some of my stuff. It's a comic I really want to lavish a lot of detail and work on and draw for people like me rather than a demographic.
The story follows Quentin, a genetic cross breed of different species as he tries to do the right things in the face of an impending interplanetary war.
At the moment I'm seriously considering self publishing it . The main reason I'm thinking this is that when you work on a project with a publisher there are inevitable breaks in the work. This happens when the editor or editors need time to look at things and discuss them. This is fine but there have been times that it has gone on a long time and made the project difficult. I'm specifically thinking of a short comic I did for a comic a few years ago. The editors took all summer to discuss something. When I had started up again I had a hard time with the project on a number of different levels. It's hard to maintain enthusiasm when there are breaks in the work like that. Also, I had a hard time matching paint colours from before and after which lead to a ton of problems.
I'm not complaining about these breaks, there are just part of the system but I really want to do something without worrying about this and a million other things.
The biggest problem with self publishing is the the fact that there is no editor. This wouldn't have been obvious to me until I saw what an editor can do to my stories. The difference is like and day.
Monday, 6 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
The last two weeks I worked a lot at an art store to make some money to help pay for a computer I just bought. I live on the edge of Toronto so there's a lot of travel time on the street car. I love the street car. During the last weeks I listened to an audiobook of Frank Herbert's Heretics of Dune and would sketch scenes or characters . They are really sketchy but boy, were they ever fun to draw.
Friday, 3 September 2010
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Someone's put me on to another iPod sketching app, this one called Sketchbook. This one's less of a doodle app, as Brushes is and more for sketching concepts for serious work. that's my sense of it anyway. I'm still figuring out the controls but am amazed at how intuitive it mostly is.
Thanks so much to Henio del Castillo for alerting me to this wonderful thing.
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