Archive for February, 2011
SPACE is just about ready to go to the printer! This is always an exciting and nerve-wracking time for me.There’s a bit of separation anxiety when you FTP your final files. Are they really ready to go out into the real world? Luckily, I did most of the hard work of template building with FOREST, and there’s this handy thing called a blueline that lets you catch any horrible last minute errors. And I’ve got editorial back-up from the rest of the collective, who catch stupid things in our proofing round (such as the one title I inevitable get wrong in the table of contents). But pressing the final “send” button still makes me nervous…
One of the things we were hoping for with SPACE was an increase in page count. And somehow, we managed! SPACE will be a glorious 56 b&w pages with a color cover by the talented Mr. Pogorelov. Dare I hope for 64 next time…?
Haven’t updated the site in quite some time as all the projects I’ve been working on aren’t quite yet ready to be shared. My comics collective is releasing its second anthology in the next couple months and I’m quite proud of my contribution. A sneak peek!
I’ve started working on setting up an etsy store where I’ll be able to sell my books and prints and cards. Much of my work is already available through the couscous collective store but the etsy store will include work that isn’t comics related. Lots of other projects in the works – hopefully ready to share soon!
Things have been crazy the last few weeks what with getting all of our plans for attending Stumptown Comics Fest up in Portland sorted out, finishing up our next anthology “Space” and all the other various projects we’ve got going on. I’ve got a number of projects coming up that I’m hoping to use watercolors for so I took a moment to practice and came up with this! I’m pretty pleased with how it came out so I may end up doing a bunch of postcards to sell at cons or in the collective store. Just as soon as I get a moment to breathe of course!
I’ll be appearing as a guest at NonCon at Vassar, my alma mater, this weekend. If you’re in upstate New York, stop by!
Me and Konstantin are working on some comics together. These are the kinds of adorable sketches he does.
This month’s Skin Horse wallpaper is all Aubrey Beardsley. Because I thought it’d be fun to draw that way.
As other Couscousians have mentioned, we’re all hard at work on the next Couscous comics anthology, SPACE. Among other things, I’ve written and drawn my first Narbonic story in five years. I’m very excited.
It’s been a while since the last Couscous Sunday dinner, so I thought I’d tide everyone over with pictures of the Valentine’s Day dinner Andrew and I made. Because I obsessively photograph my food.
Surf and turf (there was a Valentine’s sale at the swanky grocery store), lemon parsley orzo, roasted Brussels sprouts with baby squash, fresh blueberries, and chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows. Obviously the chocolate stuff was the funnest to make.
So, what do I do when I’m not busily drawing my eleven-page SPACE story? Well, for one thing, I spent all last week installing a new exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum, featuring the art of Berkeley Breathed, whose work made a huge impression on me when I first discovered it in the 1980s.
I’ve been working with Berkeley on both the exhibition and a catalog, which has been a really fun experience, I’m pleased to say.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Cartoon Art Museum’s website. If you’re in San Francisco between now and June, make sure to check out the exhibition. And if you’re here during WonderCon, make sure to see Berkeley himself at CAM’s fundraising party on April 2.
My SPACE story, by the way, answers the question about what happens when a dream job becomes a nightmare. I think it’s one of the funniest comics I’ve ever written, and I’m looking forward to publishing it in SPACE. The title, to whet your interest, is “First Contract.”