Comics Process Notes

7 02 2010

There’s a new post up on my art blog about how I use index cards to lay out roughs for my new comic book project. Check it out!

Go to the Art Blog.


Art Blogging

26 01 2010

In Lindsay’s recent post, she mentioned that, from what she gathered, I was in Portland, Oregon hard at work on comics. This is true. I’m also volunteering at some pretty nifty internships, playing the stand-up bass in a band, and getting addicted to vinyl. (There are worse vices, I think).

I will soon begin posting more updates on my comics work over at my personal blog. When I post there, I’ll mirror the post here for those interested, and the post also gets automagically mirrored on my Livejournal. So there are many ways to follow, if you so desire. (I’ve yet to start automatic tweet generation when posts go up…but perhaps).


Back to work!

Lindsay is excited by those of you reading this!

21 01 2010

I am happily surprised by how much traffic this blog still gets after such neglect!

Well, I have some fantastic news for those who might read these words… two of us Conventioneers sold artwork at Arisia this past weekend! We also participated in a Circus and Starcraft panel and threw our own Never Ever Land Party to rave reviews. Slowly (or not so slowly at all) we are becoming an integrated part of science fiction conventions and I for one hope to continue this trend. So you all best watch out for us and our growing group of talented, passionate and lovely friends.

Keep an eye out, Jacob weaves his metal to form a dance of steel that is truly an inspiration to behold.  His coffee table (which is still on the market) is simple, elegant and very beautiful. Bother him for photos of all his work if you have yet to see any.

Dan is working in Portland, Oregon on comics, or so I gather.

And I am busy juggling circus, science and art in some pretty exceptional ways if I do say so myself. I am keeping tabs on my work at a different more me-centric blog so as not to fill the space here with all of my Division III final year of college business, but stop by and take a look at some of the things I am working on.

And speaking of Circus, another circus tour is cycling toward launch! Downside Up circus is putting together a show for this summer in Washington by bicycle! We performed at First Night in Boston and will continue to perform in the arae this semester and blog from the West Coast this summer as well, so Check Us Out!

Exciting things are happening all over the place! Including my first World Con this summer in Montreal! (For those of you following from way back when, this was the reason we started this blog in the first place.) And now I’m hooked on World Cons. Reno 2011 for sure. Hit me up for more details and mayhaps we can host an amazing Worldcon Par-tay together. And I’ll make sure to write up my adventures from Anticipation (Montreal) for you all to read at your leisure.

Be well.

– Lindsay

Comic writing vs screenplays

13 12 2008

A little early morning linking for your pleasure and my late-for-work.

Mark Waid, writer of um… comics, shares some thoughts on the differences between screenwriting and comic writing:

Screenwriter walks into my office. Famous, one of the two or three whose name is as instantly recognizable to movie fans in Iowa as it is to us Left Coasters. And he’s immediately on my good side because the first words out of his mouth are not “so I have this pitch for a supernatural western,” but, rather, “I know how to write for film but I don’t know how to write for comics, and I presume there’s a difference.”

The single most important difference between a screenplay and a comic book script is that a comic story is made up of frozen moments. Screen stills. Snapshots.

Read more thoughts over at Kung Fu Monkey.

I read an interesting blog on screenwriting written by John August, writer of Big Fish and a few other notable movies. He answers lots of interesting “how do I” questions and also writes about the industry. He was doing some good blogging on the writer’s strike at the beginning of 2008. Visit


12 11 2008

Do any of you who read Girl Genius by Phil Foglio notice its downward spiral? A few month ago, things were getting really heated and deep in the plot, but by this point it’s just devolved into silliness. It’s disappointing, because the last few weeks have been further and further from moving the story along or even building the characters.

It’s kind of like everyone’s reverted to their archetypal selves and they’re just doing bad standup. I really hope it picks up again soon. It’s really frustrating to watch your favorite comics lose what makes them interesting and unique.

The Invisible College

16 10 2008

The first issue of my self-published comic book is here! You can find it in the comics link under my little section of the site. I recently printed a stack of issues to hand out to friends and fellow comics-ers at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD, and the folks at Robot Martini have just posted a review of it in their blog. It’s the first time I’ve ever been reviewed for creative work in a public forum.

Top 10, Season 2 — Trying to be Alan Moore and failing

5 10 2008

I just read the first issue of “Top 10, Season 2.” How unfortunate.

Top 10 was an Alan Moore creation centering around a police department in a city populated by super-powered individuals. It ran for a short amount of time and was a whole lot of fun. I really recommend picking it up, even though it kind of ends in a cliff-hanger. It’ll remind you of Firefly, with this feeling of being over before its time.

Sadly, “Season 2” is really disappointing. They introduced a character whose main purpose was to act as an example from alternate reality of how police should act (i.e., wear a uniform and use standard armament). I think he is symbolic of the new writer who serves mainly to boring-ify the comic. The guy just doesn’t have a good handle on the world or the characters.

The art is disappointing too. Far from the crisp solid lines of an almost action-oriented (meta)superhero comic, the new style is stagnant, like out of focus still life or badly rotoscoped photos of people in poses.

I’m not happy when people take successful but short-lived ideas and try to squeeze more life and more importantly money out of them. Usually it’s like boiling the vegetables too long.