Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I pencilled and inked 'The Gutters' #177, and it can be found HERE.
What is the Gutters? For those that dont know...In brief, Gutters is a series of standalone pages that parody the comic book industry and the heroes and characters that dwell within. Think of it as an editorial cartoon targeting comic books, and you'll be on the right track. Gutters is written by Ryan Sohmer, with Lar deSouza as Art Director and Ed Ryzowski serving as colorist. As for who will be doing the actual art, well, that's where things get interesting (and slightly different). Rather than have one artist pencil each page, we elected to have a rotating roster of professional artists, among them some giants in the comic book industry alongside new and emerging talent.
I met the Gutter folks at the last con. The editor liked my art, and plied me with a copy of the Gutter Omnibus. It CRACKED me up, and by the 5th page, I knew I'd be doing one. (or more!) If you know the comic industry, and dont laugh out loud at least 3 times by the end of that book... you might be legally dead!
As you can see I went a little extra cartoony with this one...check it out and see what you think.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The question I've been asked the most this month by FAR..."What happened to WASTED?"
For those that haven't heard, WASTED magazine is no more.
The message on their website reads as follows:
Due to unforeseen and adverse circumstances, Bad Press Ltd is closing down. Thank you to all our writers, artists, colourists and letterers; to all of our customers, supporters, distributors and advertisers; and to all who only came to browse.
Please note, all existing email addresses and points of contact are in the process of ceasing business. For any further information, please contact:-
An article over here provides a bit more insight.
So, it appears that a lack of support for small independent books like WASTED has reared it's ugly head again.
I've gotten the impression that some of the people asking about the situation have been looking to hear 'sour grapes' and bitter, negative comments from me. That ain't gonna happen! The WASTED crew and Alan always treated me like gold, and I enjoyed every minute of working with them. So much so, that I was surprised how gutted (to use the U.K. expression!) I was when I got the bad news in early July. It really bummed me out for a few days. I had just started working on Alan's latest script for issue #9 at the time. I'm hoping that the pages will it one day see print...and they might.
The fall of Bad Press in no way restricts or prohibits our ownership/rights to the characters. I'm hopeful that Alan and I can find the "War on Drugs" and Johnny K a new home in the future. (If anyone can suggest any magazines/anthologies looking for this type of content...hit me up!)
So there you have it.
Here is strip from issue #2 that was one of my favorites. Let's go out with that.
As always, if you have a question …just ask! I’ll be back next month on the 11th to answer another question. They can range from very technical comic art ones, to very general questions- there is no such thing as a bad question. What I answer will depend on what gets asked. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , ask it in the comments section below, or shoot me a message on Facebook.
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