Watcha Doin' ?
I’m a 1/3 of the way done with my Unannounced Graphic Novel. That doesn’t sound like much, but I’m taking care of my babies a lot of the time. I’m not “taking the piss”. It doesn’t matter too much because the pages go really fast when I do get to work on them. By the time San Diego Comicpalooza ends I will be furiously elated to not be addressing it as Unannounced Graphic Novel anymore. It’s been classified over a year now.
I’m going to be pinch-hitting for Becky Cloonan and penciling a few issues of American Virgin. Which is happy-joy for me because I really love that book. Steven T Seagle writes. Jim Rugg inks. So, for the time-being, I’m back to drawing 3 books at once. It’s going to hurt, but it’s a good kind of hurt.
Hmm…I get to draw a short story by young adult novelist and Minx author Cecil Castellucci. Not much to say there. I guess the official people will announce it officially in the official time.
I gotta to draw some art for Greek artist Ilias kyriazis and his book Manifesto.
My pitch has now been sent to four publishers which I don’t know if that means much yet other than I gained a few contacts along the way that I’d like to reach out to. Not much to say. Pitching is not a good activity for my self-esteem issues. I think I’m much better at making comics, not pitching them. I’d just like to say, “Good sir or madam , this will be the best book I will ever draw, That is the greatest promise I shall ever make.” and then they shall reply, “ Gracious me, you are a scholar and judge of good wine, we would like nothing more for the greatest book you will ever draw to be published by our company. Salut! Sign here. Kiss.” And then it would all be over and I could sleep.
I will likely get to draw a one-shot Vertigo title later on and some possible other stuff. This freelance artist has stuff draw for the rest of the year.
My paintings. People are always asking if I'm doing any more paintings right now. More on the later, but for the Summer and Fall, I'm just doing comics. I am going to do a new heap of paintings later in the year, hopefully. They'll be really different and not like anything else I've done. I have to learn how to do high quality painted work quickly and not spend 2-3 weeks on a painting that might not sell.
An Internet Warrior actually hassled me for changing "styles" (more factually, changing my "media", I suppose). Isn't it terrible that I'm an artist that wakes up every morning and wants to do something new and different? Isn't it shameful that I want to move in a direction? Isn't that just worse than war and poverty? What if The Cure just made albums like "Faith" for the rest of their career? We would never have silly things like "Why Can't I Be You" (Internet Warrior: " Now you're comparing yourself to The Cure! Jerk.") I get bored with my art. I get antsy and I have art-ADD and I want to do something different all the time, which is actually, for servicing a career, not a great idea. I should really just settle on one way of making art and milk it out for the rest my life. Art has rules, I must follow them.
I don't have an official website yet. Sorry, I suck. Sometimes I don't see the point with free things like Blogger and Paypal and Flickr. Plus, I don't know how to make a website. And who would want to on my 56k dial-up connection?
It looks like I'll be mixing it up more with a certain writer and doing original books, small press, short visual stories, mini comics, and picture books. I'm most excited about that. I'm going back to MOCCA next year and I'd like to be equipped with some real home-made mini comics. MOCCA is a good event for that and I just felt like one of the more "Mainstream" entities this year. So , hopefully, back to my roots and doing some self-published home-made things in my spare time ("spare time") through 2008.
I like MOCCA because I get to have friendly-time with creators I admire like Rick Spears, Rob G, Brian Wood, Hope Larson, Becky, Zander Cannon, Zak Sally, Tania Del Rio and Will Staehle. I met Tara Mcphereson for the first time. It all makes me want to be a better artist.
Although, I think I really messed up Hope Larson's Kiss Book. I didn't know it was a "Kiss" theme! Maybe I wasn't listening carefully. I thought it was just "utilize the ribbon.". SORRY Hope!!