Archive for August 2008
Chris Sanders' Kiskaloo
I've loved Lilo & Stitch since it was released, so was pleased earlier this year to stumble upon the web site and blog the creator of those splendid characters, Chris Sanders. Here's a guy that's written and directed his original concept for Disney, and is now directing his next movie at Dreamworks, and somehow he finds time to do a weekly web comic. Sanders has been at it since late last year, and kept it up 'til he had enough to collect in a little book he's recently published.Kiskaloo, which contains the first two stories and a bunch of extras. The stories and characters are charming and quirky. Sanders' line is supple and gorgeous. In his work, one can see glimpses of Charles Schultz, Bill Watterson, Walt Kelly, Al Capp and Carl Barks, but these influences show up as just echoes, and what emerges is a style all Sanders' own. The format he's chosen is square (the format to which I seem to gravitate for my own projects), somewhere between the traditional, small daily strip format and a larger Sunday funnies format. In this middle ground, he's able to do strips that are short and sweet one-joke strips, but also has room to let characters and concepts breathe and to tell larger, longer stories. For cute bunnies, vampires, scuba girls, tigers, babies, and a quest (not a quest -- a mission!), pick up this fine first volume at Bud Plant books.
Microtek Scanmaker 9800XLI always wait several months to upgrade on software to allow plenty of time for everyone to work out the bugs. But after having waited about nine months to take the leap to Apple's Leopard OS, I was eager to make the move. Before doing so, I've learned by being burned it's best to check that other software or hardware companies support their prodcuts in a timely fashion for a new OS. I ran into trouble with my Microtek scanner last time I tried this when upgrading to Tiger. It took Microtek 18-24 months to make available a driver that would work with OSX 10.4. Yikes! Unfortunately, I discovered this fact after the upgrade, and was forced for a year or two to keep my ScanMaker 9800XL hooked up to my old computer in another room. What a pain! Not efficient and a waste of time. This kind of problem has driven other artists to give up on Microtek completely.
Sneak Peek PROOF Panel
After a couple really busy months with my regular jobs, I'm happy to have the chance to get back at work on a couple more personal projects, including a short back-up story to appear in the Image comic book, Proof. I've written here before about the early stages of the creative process, but here's the first glimpse of a finished color panel.Trollords (with Scott Beaderstadt). In a handful of months, you'll see what I mean.