Showing posts with label comics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comics. Show all posts

Friday, June 22, 2012

Birth Of A Frame

I've posted something over at my Tumblr explaining what I've been doing for the past few months. Check it out!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tent Town: A New Graphic Novel Project

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work on a graphic novel.

I have worked with other artists and writers on some projects and they never really got off the ground properly. I have had a lot of concepts running around in my brain, but I knew I wasn't ready to tackle the project or else it was so involved, I didn't know if I would ever have the time to do it properly.

Over the summer, I had posted some concept sketches that I worked on for an idea that had been gelling for about 2 years. The concept was born out of ideas of fear of loss and impending poverty. The climate of the nation's financials didn't help anything, so it just sat there waiting for some life to be injected into it.

Fast forward to Atlanta and DragonCon 09. While at dinner with CNET's Tom Merritt, the topic of conversation turned to graphic novels. Tom had always wanted to work on one but couldn't draw. I always wanted to work on one, and while I could write, I needed a writer who could navigate science fiction territory better than I could. Hence, the project Tent Town was born.

It should be made clear that this project is NOT, I repeat NOT an ongoing webcomic. This is basically a way for Tom and I to work on a project together and see where it takes us. If the response is positive, we'll continue. If it's lukewarm, we can always move the project to the back burner. This is strictly for the fun of it. And sometimes, you just have to work on projects like that.

A big thanks to Tom for agreeing to work on this with me. The story is certainly developing and we look forward to showcasing it in the coming weeks.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Opus is Dying

I don't get the Sunday paper any longer, but my friend Pete pointed me to yesterday's Opus. It looks like Berke Breathed, the creator is sufffering with some serious health problems and he may be ending the comic. It was ironic, because I just pulled out some old Bloom County paperbacks for drawing reference just yesterday morning. See the sadness here.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Worth 1000 Does It Again

I don't want to even ruin this with words. Just check it out for yourself.

Friday, May 23, 2008

My Annual Batman Drawing

My Annual Batman Drawing
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
So, I've been feeling kind of lackluster and burned out as of late and I decided to switch things up by getting some new inking tools: some new cartooning nibs, traditional india ink and some Windsor and Newton sable brushes. Turns out I turned back to my standby Microns and Pitt pens to complete this image. Which led me to the conclusion that I have already found my tools of trade and that, at this point in my life, there was no reason to start anew. Ah well, at least I have the option to use brushes and nibs if I so choose. And really, there's nothing wrong with having a large arsenal of tools to play with.

Just ask Batman.

Drawn on Bristol, colored in PS.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Decadent Superheroes

Got this great link from Knightwise. What is superheroes let themselves go? I guess this is what it would look like. See em all here. And for those interested, the little known DC universe continues with Granny Goodness, a request by Nora.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Behold - Bullet Man

Bullet Man
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
Another little known hero from the DC Universe. Click the pic to learn more about this dude. Incidentally, I also picked up the Marvel Encyclopedia, so don't be surprised to see some lesser known heroes and villains from that tome as well.

Monday, May 05, 2008

The Little Known DC Universe

Ambush Bug
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
So, over the weekend, I grabbed the DC Comics Encyclopedia. I've been wanting to get it for a while, so I celebrated Free Comic Book day by adding it to my collection of comic tomes. I was take by the number of superheroes that are so ancillary in the DC universe. Really, DC is founded on four, maybe five great marquee heroes. The rest (compared to the Marvel universe) seem like filler.

So I decided to start drawing these secondary heroes and give them some heroic due. I started with a request, Ambush Bug, (shown here) and Neon the Unknown a 1940's superhero who seems to be making a revival this year. I'm planning on doing more, until then, you can keep checking on the Flickr set I created. I'll also try to post as I do these.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

How was your Free Comic Book Day?

Our Loot
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
Got back a little while ago and brought back a ton of free comics. Five kids grabbing one of each free comic, plus buying a little action figure for themselves is a lot of loot. If you went, share your stories.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Free Comic Book Day This Saturday

Hey, gang! Don't forget that Free Comic Book Day is THIS SATURDAY May, 3 at your local comic book store. I've been looking forward to this since last year because I missed it by about a week. Here's the poop on the event. Free comic books FTW!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Garfield Minus Garfield

I had seen this a few months ago, but Dan alerted it to me once again. This is good stuff:
"Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against lonliness and methamphetamine addiction in a quiet American suburb."
Linky Link.

Friday, January 18, 2008

A Tribute to Stan The Man

Got this link today from my buddy Steve. I guess there's an art show where Stan "The Man" Lee and the Marvel Universe is being immortalized in various art tributes. There's some really cool stuff here. Checkout the whole gallery here. Excelsior!

Monday, December 17, 2007

New Dark Knight Trailer Online

This was actually leaked on YouTube last week, but the new hi-def trailer was just released here. Can anyone say "wet pants"? And while you're at it, check out these one sheets. Glorious! So next summer, we have Iron Man, Batman, Hulk (I think). Any more you can think of?

Monday, December 10, 2007

Iron Man VideoGame Trailer

Hey now, this looks pretty cool. Most of the time, videogame/movie tie-ins end up being pretty lame. But this trailer actually gives me some hope for the movie and the game. This summer is shaping up to be one heck of a time for comic fans, eh?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Filling A Void

I think that Adam Koford may very well be the new Bill Watterson.

A bold statement to be sure, but hear me out.

In case you have been living under a proverbial rock for the past few months and have not seen the brilliant comic adventures of the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats by hobo contemporary, friend and inspiration, Adam Koford, then stop reading this post right now, do yourself a flavor and flip through his incredible collection of single panel comics on Flickr.

I'm serious. Go now.

Ok, now that you've been sufficiently schooled on the world of Kitteh and Pip, we can talk intelligently on the subject. I know there are some of you, (and when I say some, I mean Nora) who don't get this whole concept. Why are they talking Leet Speek? What does it all mean?

Admittedly, it can be sort of confusing reading the punchlines to the panels. Sometimes it feels as if you've been transported to another world that is solely reliant on inside jokes and obscure references. And I'm here to tell you that it's perfectly fine if you don't understand this meme within a meme. Beyond the strange language of the cats, there is something even deeper going on here. And that's why I'll say it again.

I think that Adam Koford is the new Bill Watterson.

Over the past few months, thousands upon thousands of people have been exposed to the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. (Just look at the views of the Flickr set I sent to you earlier of the Clustrmap at his official site for proof) Many found them because of their love of the original LOLCats meme, a practice of adding cryptic sayings to photos of cats. Others found them through link sites like Boing Boing or Metafilter. He has gotten worldwide exposure like no other cartoonist that I personally know has.

But I think that Adam has turned a corner with this project. Adam has unwittingly managed to fill a void in the collective psyches of the internets that I'm not even sure they were necessarily aware needed to be filled.

One can argue that since Watterson's departure in the early 90's, the daily comic page has been struggling to recover. No artist or strip has stepped up to the plate and delivered a homerun of a strip that is a must-read. Not just by a group of solid fans, but by everyone. A strip that isn't just a daily stop on the comic page, but one that is the stuff of books and collections and, dare I say, treasuries. Yes, there has been a deep void that just needed to be filled. And for many around the world, the Laugh-Out-Cats is filling that void.

Upon closer inspection, you can see it in the varying line work, the details that are so reminiscent of Watterson's work at its best, or even Walt Kelly. When you peel back the veneer of temporary internet memeish-ness, you have true brilliance in its rawest form. The brilliance of an amazingly entertaining daily cartoon. And it's something that we, as lovers of comics and comic art, have been craving for over a decade. This inspiration is something that I have seen demonstrated over and over again in Adam's work in the past few years. But with this project, I think he has outdone himself.

Like a good daily strip, I look forward to each and every installment. And like the thousands of other rabid fans, I demand more. I'm excited to see where else Kitteh and Pip to go. More to the point, I am excited to finally see the moment when Adam takes rightful ownership of his much-deserved spot in the dailies.

Adam Koford is the new Bill Watterson.


UPDATE: Check out this cool slideshow of Adam's Laugh-Out-Loud Cats by Dj Hojo!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Heroes Set On Flickr

Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
For those of you who are interested, I have started a Heroes (and possibly villian set) on Flickr. It will become a repository for my interpretations of different comic book heroes. There are only a few in there now, but I'm sure over time I will add more. I was inspired to a small painting of the Hulk last night and that's what prompted me to start it. Check it out.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Tank Girl Returns!

I was a big fan of this comic back in my college heydays. So this comes as great news:
Coming in May of 2007, Ash will work with Tank Girl co-creator/writer Alan Martin on an all-new, four-part Tank Girl adventure, Tank Girl: The Gifting. While Ash will be handling the character for the first time, Scotland-based Alan Martin is returning to the character he originated with artist Jamie Hewlett (also of Gorillaz fame). The Gifting will feature a series of non-linear stories (as you'd expect in a proper Tank Girl adventure) with such titles as "The Dogsh*t in Barney's Handbag," "Kill Jumbo," and "The Innocent Die First."
Great news for those lovers of Tank Girl. Read the whole story.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

And What About The Batman?

Batman Sketch
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
I picked up this tonight and it made me want to draw Batman. What the hey. I love black and white art and who else would look better in B and W than the Bat?

I also grabbed a bunch of dollar comics, once again, just for the art.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Coleman's Cryptozoo

Coleman's Cryptozoo
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
Last night, Loren Coleman (of the site Cryptomundo) and I traded e-mails back and forth about Monster By Mail. In order to get featured, he threw down the gauntlet for me to draw a "zoo" of a bunch of cryptid creatures, including Nessie, Bigfoot, The Yeti, and the lesser known Dover Demon and Mothman.

Within a few hours, and much to his delight, he had the image in his inbox. You can read more at his site.

Here's a pretty cool excerpt:
"Called “Speedy” at his former mainstream illustrator job, the guy is rapid in his response. Last night, within an hour in email time, Len sent me his black and white graphic art version of my one line request. What he produced, actually, was superb, in my view, as he made “my art” more nonfictional than cryptofictional, as compared to his other pieces. It is almost as if he read my mind, combining my serious but open-minded take on cryptids with his graphic art vision of how he does his illustrations."
On another note, I think I was channeling a little bit of Jim Lee with this piece. I've been reading Batman Hush and it's taking me forever because I am poring over the incredible art. The ink style was definitely Lee-influenced.

Monday, May 14, 2007

I Wrote A Comic Today

So last week, Scott Johnson from ELR was having a little contest where he asked his readers to write the dialog for his Monday comic. I was messing around and left my own punchline involving "lobsters" and "whores". Well, imagine my surprise when I log on today to see my punchline was actually used for the comic! Funny stuff. Goes to show you that for comic gold, you can't beat crustaceans and loose women.