I was looking for something to draw while I listened to this great You Made It Weird podcast with Raghu Markus and Duncan Trussel. Hm, I wonder where some characters end up in the next chapter of Fir Valley?
According to my calendar, the winter solstice is tomorrow, but I feel like posting today. Burn some candles, have a feast!
I continue to progress on Fir Valley, chapter two is finished now. Twenty-one pages in total so far.
For a change of pace, I drew Mega-j fighting a mermaid.
And today I was trying to draw some animals. They are tricky!
I had a birthday recently, and realized it was just after my last birthday that big changes started. Selling our house. Big changes to my dayjob, which I ultimately ended up leaving.
I finally updated my store so now you can buy Vinegar 37 (with stories about selling the house), the Adulation, and the first chapter of Fir Valley.
I have been working away on the second chapter of Fir Valley. It is coming along.
Panels like this keep progress on the slow side.
I came across this in an old sketchbook from 2000.
Here is a comic I drew back in August, asking my nieces (8 and 5) what should happen next.
And that was going to be the end, but then when I showed it to the younger niece, she was heartbroken that I had used her sister’s suggestion for the last panels instead of hers. So I drew an alternate version with her ending, and she added some drawing to it as well.
Further collaborations with young relatives, I made these stop motion animation shorts with my niece and nephew (11 and 8) on the Island last week. Our time was short and we unfortunately were not able to get to finish the story.
Strangely when I received that recent Page 100 Project submission, I had been considering doing one for the book I was reading. So I went ahead and did it, here is my adaptation of Page 100 from Paul Theroux’s “Blinding Light“. We begin as the main character Slade is coming down from a datura experience.
I did this in Manga Studio, and it is the first comic I have done using that program. I also have a very old tablet without a lot of sensitivity, so my lines have a certain Sharpie-like subtlety to them.
Hey remember the PAGE 100 PROJECT? Just pick a book, turn to page 100, and adapt it as a comic. Well I got someone sending me their Page 100 comic for the first time in ages. Gašper Rus in Slovenia contributed his adaptation of page 100 of Love by Slovenian author Marjan Rožanc.
Here are some preperatory sketches for chapter two of Fir Valley.
Here are some colours of fall.
I am nudging ahead with the second chapter of Fir Valley, working on page layouts and pencilling. I guess I should get the first chapter (and other things) set up in the store so people can check it out. It continues to be decadent for me to have time to work on this. Time to go for a good walk every day. Time to spend with Manien.
As I work on Fir Valley, I am finding it is coming out quite serious, and hope that it isn’t too grim. Whenever I co-write a comic with someone else, it ends up having a lot of goofiness. So that is just something I am thinking about, balancing the serious with the silly.
I am considering colouring Fir Valley. I quite liked how the colours came out on my transit comic, and thought I might continue in that vein.
Here is a joke Manien made because she knew it would make me laugh (it did).
Here are some quick drawings capturing assorted singing and goofing around on a day Manien and I went on a picnic by the Olympic Village. I am enjoying drawing my slightly shaggy hair.
We saw four spiders that had all built webs around the same Awesome Spot.
This Saturday is the Vancouver Comic Jam. Have I actually mentioned that I took over the running of the jam from Ed Brisson at the start of the year? It has been going well, and since May it has been quite exciting to be able to walk home from it in ten minutes. Check out all the pages from the August jam.
This Sunday I am going to the reception for this art show at the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove. The show has 30 artists to celebrate the gallery having been open 30 years, and I have a comic in it.
Meanwhile I am busy working away on my new comic Fir Valley. I need to get it done next week to have it printed up in time for Word Vancouver on September 27. Here are some pictures of the work in progress. This is from the first page.
And some sketching for the second chapter.
Manien and I drove around the city yesterday morning tracking down the Cloudscape “Comics in Transit” bus shelter posters. It was a fun little scavenger hunt, they are not all up yet. But mine was! On West 10th, at Tolmie, just before you hit UBC.
So that was very cool, having a comic as big as I am. Happy with how it turned out, the colours looked nice, the text was at a good readable size. As we waited to take photos of it, we even saw a couple of guys reading it. It should be hanging there until October 5. Here it is, for those who can’t make it out (click to see it bigger)
In a year that has been change change change, the past month has provided me yet another change. Stuff happened and I decided it was time to leave the dayjob I have had for the past 7 years. It had been a while coming and it just seemed to be the time. This was the longest I had ever been at one job.
The world beyond the 9 to 5 life I had been living for 7 years is strange. Suddenly the days stretch out with endless possibility, rather than hoping to squeeze in a tired hour of drawing after a day at the dayjob. Now I can go on a good walk every day, and there is still lots of time for other stuff. Today Manien and I were trying to figure out what day it was, as her job is not a Monday to Friday gig. Is.. is this a weekday?
So yeah, anyways, 2015. Year of Change!
I spent the past week putting together a comic for an interesting project through Cloudscape Comics. They are having a bunch of artists do comics that are going to be put up in bus shelters, so gigantic 5′ tall poster comics. Someone dropped out at the end of May, and since I just happened to suddenly have lots of time on my hands I was able to jump in and be part of the project. It felt great to get drawing and colouring again. Here is a panel, if… instagram displays properly.
Here is a song I was enjoying earlier today, as I strolled around the hood.
Here is a comic that I was doing on the seabus on my way to and from work each day. I was drawing it quickly, making it up as I went. Hm, look, themes of a new job and change… As well as barf and poo.