Archive for April, 2011

What I was doing this week

Friday, April 29th, 2011

In advance of TCAF, I finally had to buckle down and get my YEAR 40 comics printed up. It was quite a pile of paper and quite a long haul of Manien folding and me stapling. An hour and a half solid each of the past three nights! I will have these available for purchase after I am back from TCAF in May.


And here is a great video to promote TCAF. If you are in Toronto, come see me, May 7 and 8 because I will be there.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival: Pencil it In from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo.

Better Late than Never

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I have a sense the updating is going to be a little rough over the next month, but for today, here is a new True Loves 3 for you! Hopefully I will be able to get another installment done this week, but it might be tight, as I am busy getting comics printed for TCAF. And then I will be in Ontario for a week before TCAF. So, yeah, things may be spotty for next while. Speaking of TCAF, Ed made the official announcement that this is going to be his last convention for New Reliable. It is too bad, but he has a lot of writing and freelancing projects that he wants to focus on.

Festive Drawings

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Jesus is a busy guy

True Loves 3 – Behind the Scenes

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

I took the week off True Loves 3 to get things ready for TCAF, and to hang out with a visiting friend. Did you notice?

I meant to post these a couple of weeks ago, but here is some behind the scenes business. Secrets of the Making of True Loves 3. True and Eliza walking down Granville Street. We had decided they could be headed to the Granville Room. Google Street view inconveniently did not cover this section of Granville, so I went downtown and took some photos for reference, to cover the pair walking north on the west side of the street.

True Loves 3 Page 16

True Loves 3 Page 16

True Loves 3 Page 16

As I moved along through the photos I thought these columns in front of Tom Lee music would be fun and easy to draw.

True Loves 3 Page 16

But then when I went to draw the next page, with True and Eliza (and the baby) at the Granville Room, I looked back at my reference pics for an exterior shot of the bar, and realized that if they had been in front of Tom Lee headed north… they were already PAST the Granville Room!

True Loves 3 Page 17???

Now, I realized that no one would ever notice this detail. The backgrounds were only specific in my mind. No one would be all Whoa whoa whoa! I even considered throwing in a panel for the online version of them turning around going “Oh maybe we should just go there…” But my sense of what is right in my comics demanded that I find somewhere else for them to go. I wasted hours and eventually settled on Taf’s Cafe. I even debated as to whether or not they would want to go there, as it is almost right under where True’s imaginary store is. But at that point I needed to get moving so that is where they went.

True Loves 3 Page 17

Saturday Mornings

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

For some reason yesterday I started to think about Saturday mornings twenty years ago. Back when I was going to York University, living in residence. Jesse and I would get up and watch the Beetlejuice cartoon with Di or Dawn and then get ourselves across the quad to the cafeteria for some breakfast. Have a doughnut, some coffee with lots of cream and sugar. Maybe some rice crispies with chocolate milk on them. And then, hopped on caffeine and sugar we would begin the long trek downtown.

A bus to the subway, the subway to Spadina station. Walking along Bloor was exciting and exotic. There were people sleeping in doorways! Then we cut down to Harbord. To the Beguiling. It was a little intimidating going in. There would often be loud punk music blasting. Would the Scary Guy be working that day? And the comics themselves seemed strange and harsh too, with names like Hate and Jizz. Weird black and white photocopied comics on the floor like Butt Biscuit.

It’s not like I was completely new to alternative comics. I had a good chunk of Yummy Fur (oh the memory of reading the Man Who Couldn’t Stop on a Christmas morning, laughing until I cried), loved Eddy Current and Mage. But the Beguiling had more and different and dirtier things than what I could find at the comic stores of my teen years in Guelph. It was an exciting time in comics too, with the early issues of Eightball coming out, the Drawn and Quarterly magazine introducing us to Joe Matt, Dirty Plotte, Unsupervised Existence, Taboo. New things to be found every week.

After hitting the Beguiling we would wander down through Kensington Market, and along Queen Street, soaking up the city. Maybe cut up through the Eaton Centre and along Yonge Street. Refuel with a burger from Harvey’s before starting the long journey back to North York.

More Birds

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The birds just keep on coming.

Bird School

Weekly Recap

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Some weeks I just can’t bring myself to post something here. I am not sure why that is. I have busy drawing and doing this and that. There are two new True Loves 3 installments for you, here and here. I was stressed out about getting that second page drawn, as it introduced a new location, and four new characters, but it was just fine.

Did you know there is a True Loves group on Facebook? I have been posting the cast Manien and I imagined for a True Loves movie. Why not go join that group?

While I was drawing I was listening to interview/podcast things, as I have been doing lately. From Boingboing, I discovered the Nerdist podcast and listened to some very entertaining chats including the ones with Nathan Fillion and Wil Wheaton. The Wil Wheaton one was especially funny, as the one host had been pals with him for twenty years, so it sounded as fun and goofy as it would if I was sitting around chatting with my friends I’ve known for 20 or more years.

Also last weekend when I wasn’t drawing I was catching up on Gingerbread Girl, which I was enjoying for its winding digressing approach. And on Saturday I wasn’t drawing and I was at the Vancouver Comic Jam. And and I was enjoying the second season of Supernatural, and some Freaks and Geeks my brother was nice enough to send me. And I drew another bird comic.

Big Birds

Apparently I drew a few comics

Friday, April 8th, 2011

There is a new True Loves 3 up today. I feel like maybe I have finally worked the rust out of my inking hand, after two months of steady drawing. So that is nice.

Also I have been drawing some quick sloppy ballpoint pen comics lately. Here are a few.

At Home with Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed

Seagull Panic

The Breakfast Meeting

Hangover Crow

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I had a lot of fun on Saturday at the Vancouver Comic Jam art show at the Wallflower. Had nice chats with quite a bunch of the local folks. It was great. Of course I also missed the last seabus home and slept in pretty late Sunday. By the time I got down to business on today’s True Loves 3, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t get it done on time. But I did! Go team! Here is a crow I saw this morning.

Hangover Crow

Another Photo Comic

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Freaky Friday

Also, someone stumbled across a letter from a Jason Turner in issue #3 of Optic Nerve. Yep, that was me!

Optic Nerve #3