Monday, May 26, 2008

Avengers, Assemble!

I did a drawing of Thor for this week's Temple of Cartoon Mojo sketch challenge and liked it, so I drew the rest of the early Avengers line up. Here they be! (You may need to click 'em to see the full thing, this blog tends to crop at 400 px)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Crogan's Vengeance" Preview

I went to the Temple of Cartoon Mojo yesterday, and it's crazy how many folks were there! Twenty-something. I got out of the habit of going this last quarter, 'cause I was finishing the book, but man alive, it's grown!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Catching Up - The Book is Done!

Okay. I need to apologize for not updating more. My excuse is that... well... it had been a long time since I'd updated. It's like when I kept a journal. I kept it every day for a year or so, and then had a one-month stretch where I didn't write, and I never picked it up again. Too much time passed, too much to fill in!

So here's the short rundown version of the last month or so:

• The Book
Crogan's Vengeance is DONE. It clocked in at 177 pages, and I finished on the 10th. The book itself will be 189, and is coming out at SPX this year. It'll be hitting shelves nationwide on October 7th, I think.

• James comes to town
James Lucas Jones, my editor (Oni Press's editor-in-chief) came to Atlanta, and I passed off a finished draft to him. He's been pricing the books, and it sounds like they're going to be REALLY cool, in that classic kid's library edition aesthetic. Hardcover, with a gold leaf/foil title. Samples:

• The Barbecue

Shawn Crystal hosted a dinner for James and his minions - Atlanta folk who work for/with Oni (Hunter Clark, who's doing the art for the much-hyped Return of King Doug; Justin Wagner, who's doing the art for CBLDF director Greg Thompson's Lonesome Town; Me; Doug Dabbs, who's doing the art for some Resurrection specials coming up; and our spouses, Liz and Nicole), with SCAD honcho Pat Quinn and his wife Pilar there as well. We had chicken sausage (delicious) and strips of some sort of bourbon-marinated steak. I'm either not a steak man at all OR I'm the biggest steak snob in the world - I've had three steaks in the past ten years that I thought were good, and I LOVED those, but everything else was just hefty meat. The stuff at the barbecue was one of those three, and topped with a homemade guacamole. Mmmm!

• Free Comic Book Day

Shawn and I drove up to Charlotte, North Carolina where we were honored to be a part of the FCBD celebrations at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find. I did about thirty to forty sketches, for folks of all different age ranges.

I did a lot of Iron Man, quite a few Narutos, and more than one Batman... here's one of 'em!

• The Interview
Adam from The Dollar Bin interviewed me about Crogan's Vengeance and working with Oni as FCBD was wrapping up. Listen to it HERE.

• Editor's Day
We went down to Savannah for SCAD's annual Editor's Day. Me, Shawn, James, and Cara McGee made the trek, talking about Oni and Scad and the state of the industry and whatnot. And editor's day went really well - I always love seeing the Savannah folk, plus those editors with whom I'm already aquainted. And the whole thing really climaxed with...

• Karaoke!

I sang a duet of the Queen/David Bowie classic "Under Pressure" with Kevin Burkhalter, and it was, without question, the best Karaoke moment of my life. I did the Freddy Mercury part! Subsequently, I made into not one, but TWO Burkhalter Journal Comics this week! Liz reads Kevin's comics, so anytime I'm in them she treats me like a star.

• Ummmm...

That's it, for the most part. I think. I'm a week away from finishing the last class of my MFA program, and am starting to buckle down on my thesis...

Friday, May 9, 2008

Almost Done

I've been out of touch for a while, with no blogs or emails or the like, so I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm around - I've been holed up, trying to knock out the last 26 pages (writing, thumbnailing, pencilling, and inking) of the book in six days. Nearly there - I've got five more to ink before I hit the hay, and then ten more before Monday.

So close! I've been working on it for a year, and am so darn close...