And I have six pin-ups in the Girls of Steampunk: masquerade book that came out recently, also from Antarctic Press. I had a lot of fun doing the pin-ups in this book. And I’m happy to be included in a book with a fantastic steampunk story by Rod Espinosa. Its well worth seeking out this book and picking it up.
If your store doesn’t already have it on store shelves, the can order it for you, or you can order it directly from the AP site HERE
I did a short story for a book thats out this month from Antarctic press! This was my first time out drawing steampunk and I had a lot of fun with it. I’m doing a store signing THIS wednesday from Noon – 5pm at Star Comics in Lubbock (2014 34th street) If you’re in Lubbock, come by and get one from me!
San Diego Comic Con is coming up this weekend. While I won’t be attending this year it is a very big anniversary for me. I drew my first comic book exactly 15 years ago this month. It was for San Diego comic con in 1997. I often talk to people at conventions about where I started as an artist. But they don’t usually believe me when I say I wasn’t all that great when I began. I thought for this auspicious anniversary, it might be nice to post those first pages for you all to see. My embarrassing first attempt. Worts and all!
I drew these pages in a little over a week. It was a bit of an epic adventure to tell the truth. I’d never drawn more than a page of comics before, and Barely had any experience with adding text, or printing or anything of that like. And the week I spent creating this comic was one of the best I’d ever had. I thought it was going to be an amazing book. I thought people would love it! And I would make back the $1000 or so I spent on this print run in no time. But I couldn’t have been farther from reality on all points. I showed it to dozens and dozens of artists, and publishers at San Diego. It was brutal. Most of whom told me I should not be an artist. And warned me to do anything but comics. I left that show feeling insecure and disheartened. And couldn’t draw for months after.
What followed was a long journey of more than 7 years, of me learning to draw from anyone I could meet. I’d travel to conventions to meet creators just to get them to get a few minutes of instruction. I’d sit in on every “how to draw comics” panel I could . And bought every book I could find on anatomy, perspective, inking, and making comics. Until eventually I learned how to draw well enough that I didn’t get people telling me I should quit any longer.
Recently I did some sketches of my main character Anna from this comic, just to see if I could. It was considerably faster, easier, and with much better results. Its satisfying to know I’ve come such a long way. Even more satisfying to be able to draw something so easily that once was such a struggle. I enjoy sketching as much now as I did back before I became insecure about what I thought I could do. I feel as confident now as I did then, only now I actually have the skills to back it up. And I challenge myself each day to get better and better. I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in another 15 years.
What about you? Do you struggle with where you’re at artistically? Leave me a comment about it!
I will be at the Lubbock Comic Book Expo this coming Saturday and Sunday. I helped start this comic convention 5 years ago, and its really starting to grow into its own. We have a ton of great guests, lots of cool stuff. I will be hosting a Writer/Artist Q&A with several of our special guests, that will be Saturday at 3:30 in the Executive suite. I’ll also be hosting a Webcomics creator discussion Sunday at 1:00 pm. If you’re near West Texas, you should definitely come out and support this convention.
Also! I will be premiering a brand new Super Zeroes Poster at the convention! You can also order it from the Super Zeroes Online store!
2nd floor mezzannine. (Look for the stairs)
The Expo is 1 week away. Don’t miss it.
We have been adding information to the website
daily as we get closer to the show. If you have not visited the website lately, I recommend taking a quick minute or two to get caught up. Hopefully it helps you plan your weekend, because we know you are not going to miss this one. All panels will take place in the Executive Suite (behind the big wooden doors) on the 2nd floor Mezzanine. Remember, you will see Zombies, Stormtroopers, heroes, and villains wandering about the Lubbock Comic Book Expo. You are welcome to join them, it’s all in good fun.
Guests include: Koi Turnbull, Josh Howard, Matt Sturges, S. Steven Struble, Will Terrell, Greg Harms, Chris Summers, JP Targete, Jose Esquivel, Daniel Ballard, Sarazann Witt, Bryan Burk, Ginny Case, Zip Alegria, Derrick Fleece, Scott Zirkel, Chad Townsend, Chris Beaver, Josh Lees, Mark Stokes, Asher Murphy, Jason Shasteen, Chas Foreman, George Zepeda, and more.
Saturday April 14th
10:00 am – 10:50 am Write Right: Life, the Universe, and Everything
by Mary Andrews
11:00 am – 11:50 am Why Read Comics?
by Rob Weiner
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm Special FX and Make-up Panel
by Renee Benton
1:00 pm – 2:20 pm Costume Contest!
2:30 pm – 3:20 In the Verse Unplugged
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Writer/Artist discussion with Q & A
moderated by Will Terrell
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm Iron Artist competition Watch ‘em Draw!
5:30 pm – 6:50 pm Filming a Superhero Web Series
by Daniel Ballard
Sunday April 15th
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Web Comics Creators’ discussion with Q & A moderated by Will Terrell
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm the First Ever NERD Crowncompetition (THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!) by Jason Rhode & JP Acreman
I hadn’t drawn Rosina in a while by the time it was her turn to come back into the story. In fact, I had never really felt comfortable sketching her when she was first introduced. So this is one of many sheets of me working through her poses.
I am a huge believer in letting a characters personality show through in their actions. The way they walk, stand, sit… act! All of those things should work together to establish a characters personality – and their interaction with others – before they even open their mouths to speak.
If you haven’t read it yet– Super Zeroes is my webcomic that updates every Tuesday and Thursday!
So this is pretty much my favorite panel I’ve drawn for Super Zeroes thus far. It makes me laugh every time I see it. I hope that everyone’s checking out the webcomic by the way. I’ve been updating every Tuesday and Thursday for a few months now.
The Dallas comic con this weekend was great! Thank you to everyone that stopped by. These are a few of the commissions I did at the show.