Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The icing on the cake of seeing Rambo last night was two awesomely bad trailers that ran before it. Enjoy "Midnight Meat Train" and "Doomsday"!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Continuing to work on the new Dead Inspector pages so you get a sneak peek of thoughtful Ashley as she talks to David. JC had a tough challenge with Ashley in issue #1, establish her quickly as a strong, smart female partner to David without coming off mean or nagging. I think he pulled it off, but reader reaction will be the ultimate test.
Off to take Valentine to the vet today. She's continuing to throw up randomly for no good reason and we're starting to get a bit concerned. Personally I think it's because she doesn't want to move so she's trying to jinx our attempts to show off the house to potential renters.
Also I took a look at the drive out to Los Angeles yesterday on Google Maps to starts a rough trip itinerary. 2700+ miles going the Northern route through Chicago, which according to Google we can do in 1 day 16 hours. Yeah, okay... without sleep maybe. Some how I'm thinking at least one of us wouldn't survive that trip.
Monday, January 28, 2008
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Back on the job with Dead Inspector this morning, working on layouts for the remainder of issue #1. These pages will introduce Ashley, David's fiance to the reader. As JC wrote, "It's the first time we're seeing her, so make her pretty and friendly."
I'll do my best, JC.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Again, just pulled this sketch from the ether of my subconscious mind but looking at after it was done it occured to me that it looks kind of like my pal Robert Kirkman's character The Brit. Check it out and be the judge for yourself.
Seperated at birth?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I'm back on the wagon and working on Dead Inspector currently. I'm hoping to have the first issue wrapped up relatively shortly so we can begin shopping it around to publishers.
In this panel I'm playing with dividing a single scene up into three panels to convey movement and time elapsing between panel gutters.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I pulled this sketch out of the mindscape ether (i.e. I have no idea where it came from). Just a cool female samurai with a dragon motif. It probably stemmed from some Witchblade related thing I was thinking about at work.
Yesterday was crazy on the email as folks were dropping lines left and right to congratulate me over the job change. It was nice to hear from everyone and have folks be so positive. As my buddy Mark Britt said, "Bask in the glow" and I have been. Well, when folks haven't been hitting me up for a job. It cracks me up, as if there's some lottery where if you are the first person to email asking for work - you win! (There's not.)
D and I watched "Queen" last night and both thought it was incredibly well acted and compelling. We also watched a made for TV version of "Picture of Dorian Grey" from what looked like the late 70s, which was neither well acted nor compelling. Pity.
Monday, January 07, 2008
The biggest piece of news in my professional career has just been announced - I've been promote to Publisher at Top Cow. I'm incredibly stoked about the opportunity and excited to make the most of it. You can read the CBR exclusive interview or the official PR on Newsarama. Thanks all of the folks who've already dropped me a congratulatory note. I'm feeling the love and hope I can live up to everyone's expectations!
The other big news last week was the internet wildfire over the end of Spider-Man "One More Day". Basically at the end of it (SPOILER ALERT)...
The devil splits up Peter Parker and Mary Jane and makes it that their marriage never existed in the first place. Today's sketch is inspired by the event.
I've never been a big Spidey reader other than Ultimate Spider-man (which I think is genius), so I don't have a great personal opinion on the subject. Neither have I read OMD, so it's not like I can speak intelligently on the story merits itself. I have read Joe Q's interview on CBR and bunch of the outrage posts by fans and retailers over the event. I can certainly see the validity of both points of view. What I'm most curious about as a industry pro is if the Marvel diehards that are dropping Spidey and/or all Marvel titles (as some reports indicate) will pick up other titles from other publishers or if they've been burned and take their dollars out of the comic market entirely. I'm hoping it's the former.
Friday, January 04, 2008
I'm not sure why but many of the quality shows I get into seem to get cancelled. I've lamented previously over the cancellation of shows like Traveler, The Black Donnellys, The Nine
and Drive. All well writte shows, good casts, and looked like they had a solid push from the networks. All cancelled within their first season.
Most recently I got hit with a 1,2 punch from network land when I heard they cancelled Journeyman and 4400. Journeyman wasn't a huge surprise, it's a new show that I just got into. We even played it safe and Tivo'd the entire season before watching one episode. And it was good, REALLY good! The acting was superb, the story interesting, and the conceit of the show interesting. Nonetheless it nearly ruined D's Christmas when she found out.
The 4400 was a bit more of a surprise. The show was going into its fifth season, seemed to be on a roll and as far as I can tell was one of USA's original series that had a solid fan base. I've talked about how brilliant I think the show is and how fearless they seemed to be in making changes in the storyline. I started a sketch yesterday of Jordan Collier (as requested by Elena) and have included it below. Not really happy with it so I'll probably continue to work on it or do another one soon.
I am television's black widow. Keep your shows away from me.
On a personal level this weekend will mark the first time my parents and D's parents meet. We're having them over to the house for the weekend and hopefully all will go well.