Saturday, December 12, 2009

Always Proud of my Students


Comic by Dane LaChiusaHere's a new thread I'll be happy to update now and then. I keep learning about former students who're posting their comics online. I'd like to start sharing the links.

I'll begin with Dane LaChiusa, whose Inking Comics project illustrates this post. Check out:
www.whenithinkaboutyouiquotemyself.blogspot.com

On Auratic Outmoded's Weblog, Meredith Leich has some kind words about the Inking Comics class, along with her final project.

Jeff Kocan actually did some blog posts about his experience with my Cartooning Basics class:
www.cigarettesandcoffee.com/posts/category/making-a-comic

Janet Do shows the steps she took to complete her minicomic project on her Milktoasty blog.

I put in an appearance as a cartoon rat in Mark Weisner's comics on his Deviant Art site.

For me, part of the fun of these blogs is in watching the artists develop their technique. Franzine begins with Fran's first class drawing and takes off quickly from there.

I like Chris Varley's Cheeks and Shug blog because you can see the verbal humor he did before he took my class and the slapstick he's been pursuing since.

Earl Barrett-Holloway began his blog after he completed my inking class, but we can watch him study digital coloring here, continued here.

Student Brian Einersen has made headlines with his class minicomic, Lady Saga.

Not least but last, here's this blast-from-the-past podcast. It turns out that the very first time I attempted to teach anything to anyone, one of the kids in the room was none other than Charlito, now the host of Indie Spinner Rack. Here, if you scroll past the obligatory Denver blizzard coverage, you can hear him in conversation with Stan Yan. Stan's another of my earliest students who's become a top flight cartoonist and now a busy instructor. And so the baton advances. They keep talking about me and getting interrupted. Grrrr.

Friday, December 4, 2009

More Tragic Strips



Here are a couple of single panel Tragic Strips that ran in the Rail last Spring and Summer. They're kind of the same joke.
I redrew the subway one completely from the version that saw print. I like this one better, though I still might add wash to it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Umpteen Umbilici of Ulro

Last week I finally made it up to the Morgan Library Museum to see their amazing collection of William Blake prints. It made me wanna post these old unpublished jam pages where I was goofing on a similarity I think I perceive between the prophecies of Blake and the cosmic comics of Jack Kirby.

It's from this comic jam my friends and I have been passing around for years and years. The comic is called Giant Size Man Thing, the story is called "Even an Android Can Cry," and it's about a character named Rod Packer, Public Dick.

Here are pages 16 thru 18. Click to enlarge, of course.



While I'm at it, here are a couple of my other pages. Page 8 makes fun of my favorite superhero dialog cliche. If anyone's to find funny, my timing will have to be perfect.

Page 25 is really just marking time. I like it because I was under the spell of Alex Toth when I composed the panels. I hope to do more like that sometime.

Maybe I'll publish the whole thing someday, to the relief of those who've contributed, if no one else.