Archive for January 2009
Comics for Jewish Kids: ChanukahWe're now into our third year of a comics series for Kid's Zone magazine which is becoming more and more fun as we do it. The scripts we're getting are even more inventive and refined than earlier stories, taking advantage of what can be done with comics. In this Chanukah story, I got to draw an old talking tree and a talking candle. Fun! Read the whole story (and the rest of the series) at our Prime Projects section of this site, and learn more details of the comics and creative process in previous posts.
IRREDEEMABLE from BOOM! StudiosIt's just been announced at the BOOM! Studios site that my long-time pal, artist Peter Krause is making his return to a regular comic book series With IRREDEEMABLE, a superhero book written by Mark Waid. preview art for the series on Pete's blog, then order IRREDEEMABLE in advance so you don't miss an issue.
Number CrunchersMy best friend in kindergarten lives 5-10 minutes away, even though we grew up in another state. For several years now I've done illustration work for him, a prominent accountant who does business valuations. In an industry he and his partner view as staid, they like to mix it up and have a little fun in their ads and mailings. That's where I come in.
Going to final art, I changed the pose on one of the characters to face him more directly to the viewer, and improve spacing and composition. I also enjoyed messing with some new textures in Adobe Illustrator.
Inauguration Day 2009
...It was a rare moment in history. In London, George III questioned the American-born painter Benjamin West what Washington would do now he had won the war. "Oh," said West, "they say he will return to his farm." "If he does that," said the king, "he will be the greatest man in the world."He broke the mold, then Lincoln fought tooth and nail to keep the Union together, paving the way for today. Wow. Blog nod: Ann Althouse
MLK Day: Content of Character
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."We're not there yet, as his message has been co-opted at times by lesser leaders since. But perhaps tomorrow is another step in erasing the racial lines. U2's song in tribute to King, Pride (In the Name of Love), has gotten a lot of attention since they introduced it almost twenty-five years ago. They played it to a huge crowd on the Mall yesterday. But I always loved another from the same album, their MLK.
PROOF Short Story: LodgedLast month I completed my seven-page story for the Image comic, Proof. It's called Lodged, to appear in issue 16, on the stands in just a couple weeks, January 28.
The covers to issues 16 and 18 by artist Riley Rossmo.
Stop by your local comics shop to pick up a copy with my first comic book work in over a decade. Or, order a copy online at heavyink.com, though it'll probably arrive in your mailbox about a week later. Proof's a great book, Proof being Bigfoot in a suit, and it's a super time to hop aboard if you've missed it so far. The first two volumes set up the series characters and conflicts, and issue 17 will begin the fourth story arc which delves into Proof's intriguing past. Read my previous Proof posts here.
Come on, if you're not already, read Proof. You don't want to disappoint the ink monkey.