Friday, January 6, 2012

Explanation? Excuse?

Hey there, I guess it's been a while since I posted any comic pages and I've really never said why. I've kind of lost my groove and for a long time I haven't been able to draw much of anything without feeling like some kind of jerk. That said I feel much better now, maybe it's post-holiday catharsis or something. New pages should be along the way eventually. On the lighter side of things the great and powerful Virgina Paine did this cute drawing and being the jerk that I am I didn't thank her properly! Sorry about all that-- thanks Virginia! I'm not sure how one goes about riding an imaginary bicycle but it sounds amazing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pay it Forward

Hey there, just a quick note about a project I signed up for called Pay it Forward. Pay it Forward is essentially a fan art exchange, all participants sign up on a list and whenever someone has art drawn for them they must draw art for someone else on the list.
Someone drew this for me!
Honestly, after a period of creative self-doubt this is just the sort of thing I needed! I like how stylized this looks, the artist Banes really captured Pickles's goofiness and Alder's... sexiness?
Anyway, Thanks Banes!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Something Embarrassing

Hey I guess it's been a while. I haven't been very good about updating frequently which I largely blame on some recent personal problems and depression. I gave art therapy a try without really knowing if there's a correct way to do it or not and ended up with a lot of horrible, depressing drawings and writing which I didn't feel were really helping me.
Afterward I endeavored to draw something cheery and happy, perhaps even involving the Calico Jack characters. I drew this:

I guess this sort of thing makes some people happy, personally I find this sort of thing really stupid and I'm embarrassed that this is the best I could think of. That said, embarrassment is funny-- so I guess this is a net win for me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Issue 3 page 4

Remember the disk that Alder found way back in issue 1? No? Well... uh... she found a disk in issue 1.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Issue 3 page 3

It figures that the first thing we see Pickles do is something stupid. As Keith "Just No Point" Taylor suggested the reason why she's so heavily scarred is because she's in dangerous situations often, though sometimes it's due to an extreme lack of foresight on her own part.
Recently it's occurred to me that with her midriff-baring outfit and scars Pickles passingly resembles a different character from a much better comic. This is just a coincidence, but it is kind of neat. Regarding the page itself, I rather like the dialogue here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Issue 3 page 2

It occurs to me that I've hardly mentioned anything about this issue before starting it. Uhh... it's somewhat more Alder-heavy than the previous two issues and it's inked mostly with a brush.
Whew! Glad I got that out of the way. Now this page I admit is rather talky, and I'll also admit it's not really 100% clear what these pirates are talking about. It generally bothers me when characters exposition for the reader's benefit, though maybe I could have offered more details than I did.
Also this page finally reveals the name of the mysterious scar-girl-- Pickles.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Issue 3 page 1

Finally starting issue 3.

As many of you are already aware Dylan Williams of Sparkplug Comics has died this last weekend. Truthfully I myself am still adjusting like many cartoonists out there and learning how to say goodbye. In and interview I found from last year when Dylan was asked who his favorite artist in comics was he responded with a huge list of names and admitted there were several others he could list, he then followed it up by saying "I feel like we are living in a new golden age of comics. Maybe not with the financial rewards of the olden days but there are so many really honest to goodness artists making comics these days that it is an both overwhelming and inspiring."
As it happens this page that I just posted is associated with Dylan too. When I was roughing out the page Dylan happened to be in the room and when I left the page on the table while I went out to do something he drew a word balloon in the first panel. By the time I came back the girl on the right with the funny hair was saying "Patrick is so cool!"
There have been others that have wrote about Dylan's passing like Sarah Oleksyk, Theo Ellsworth and Virginia Paine. If anyone wants to share their own Dylan Williams stories in the comments section that's just fine with me.