Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Con Report! Hot!!

Con Report:
On Friday, the night of the Eisner Awards, I was laying in my bed at the Comfort Inn, trying to decide whether to watch Citizen Kane or Karate Kid Part 2. After much clicking back and forth, I chose to watch Karate Kid.

Now, here's some examples of the many commissions I did at the san diego con---
I didn't sell this Megan drawing to anyone. You can email me and buy it if you want.

P.S. I apologize to the young woman I gave the wrong change to at my artist table. I hope you don't think I intentionally overcharged you. I forgot to pack my brain this weekend.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

SDCC08: Table JJ-12 and Signing Schedule

Ryan Kelly ComicCon

San Diego Comic-Con, July, 24-27

Here's the good news:

I'll be at Table JJ-12 in Artist Alley selling original art, my books, prints, and original art commissions,...Big, Bold and Brassy!
I'll have:

-Copies of all my books including The New York Four.
-Free Oversize postcards
-A mini booklet of random unpublished illustrations, pin-ups, etc for $1.
-Fancy Inkjet prints of Local Toronto cover art in watercolor or matte paper.
-Giclee fine art prints and inkjet prints of music pop stars.
-Original art from Local, Lucifer and various others.
-Original art commissions in Black/White/Gray or Color.

Here's the bad news:

This is my first table in a California show and I neglected to get a Seller's Permit. I'm working hard to fix that, but *if* things go very bad and people can't find me, I'll also be appearing and signing at other booths in the convention hall. see signing schedule....

Signing Schedule

1 - 2:00pm - signing at the Image booth for Comic Book Tattoo
4 - 5:00pm - Minx Panel Room 10
5 - 6:30pm - Signing at the DC Comics/Minx booth w/ Brian Wood for The New York Four

10 - 11:00am - signing at the Image booth for Comic Book Tattoo


3 - 4:00pm - signing at the Image booth for Comic Book Tattoo
6 - 6:50pm - signing at the Oni booth for Local

10:30 - 11:50pm - signing at the Oni booth for Local

Possibly more times to be added and edited.

Oh, and any Msties out there? Wild horses will not keep me away from this:

7:15-8:15 p.m.: Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion
featuring Trace Beaulieu, Paul Chaplin, Frank Conniff, Bill Corbett, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Bridget Nelson, Mike Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein in a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed “MST3K nerd” and comedian Patton Oswalt. Room 6B


Friday, July 18, 2008

Clint Eastwoodesque

CEastwood.color, originally uploaded by funrama.

This is today's warm-up drawing. Is it Clint Eastwood? No one will ever know. Although I don't think every artist in the world needs an "Art Book", I might make a mini-Kinkos style "sketchbook" of random unpublished drawings to sell at SDCC for a $1. Just for fun. And i'll call it "Just For Fun".

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Mazikeen, originally uploaded by funrama.

So who's coming to my artist table? Raise your hand! Here's a quick Mazikeen I made that I hope to sell at my San Diego Comic Con table. It's cheesy but only a fool wouldn't buy this. Besides my Artist Alley table (why does it have to be an Alley? what about an Avenue?), I should be appearing and signing at a few other booths, more on that to come.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Suspicious Minds

This song pretty much describes my life at the moment. Ok, this song describes my entire life.

This is the finest cover I've ever heard. FYC completely own this song, and dare I say it's better than Elvis. It is (I'll get hate mail for that).

Oh yes, Dave Cox and David Steele (from The English Beat--The greatest band ever in the history of music, BTW) show they can dance better than Michael Jackson and James Brown combined (1:30).

This one's for Miss Vapid

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The New York Four, San Diego Commissions, etc

Hi I'm Ryan. Who are you? Naw, seriously....

First up, The New York Four is in stores this week, July 10! (comics on Thursday because of the holiday). This is my second Original Graphic Novel. It's my second project with Brian Wood and we worked on this alongside Local and everything else this past year. Help feed and clothe my children

I think it's good. I hope. The first 10 pages look really crunchy to me but by the final 50 pages, I think i'm really singing. My only regret is I didn't make enough "white space" for the "eye to rest", so I'm criticizing myself before anyone else gets to do it. That's what Minnesotans do.

I'm eager to read Ross Campbell's Water Baby. I think that's going to be the best of them all. Ross is one of the 3 or 4 artists I'm seriously jealous of. "Jealous" isn't the right word. I need a word to describe, "I wish I was making the art that he's making, but I'm not, Although I'm glad he's the one making the art that he's making because he's a nice guy." Ross should get more credit as a writer. his books are scripted very naturally without all the attitude and overt self-awareness. A lot of books aren't written, but toss off sarcastic one-liners. But some people do that really well. I just think writing is more than piecing scenes together. I'm getting picky about writing. Writing should be really good, right? I pretty much like 98% of all the art out there. But the writing?... hmmm, maybe 50%. But I ain't got no right to talk-- Writing is hard. Good writing is hard. Harder than the art part. I haven't written anything yet. Yet. Plus Ross Campbell has written and drawn, like, 5 big graphic novels in 4 years or something. That's a lot if you think about it.

Also, out this week is American Virgin VOL 04: Around the World. This isn't really my book, but I helped out! Helping is helpful. I drew about 50 pages in this book including the "Paris" and "India" chapters which were a lot of fun, even though I had to draw them in 2 weeks each.Buy it why not you?

I went to Wizard World and drew some pictures. Thanks to Will Dennis , Brian Azzerello and Jill Thompson for taking me to a real restaurant. San Diego ComicCon is in a few weeks. Me have artist table. I wish i was making mini comics and buttons and coin purses with cute woodland animals like everyone else but I've been too cramped for time. I'm going to be painting custom commissions and selling prints of my favorite pieces so if you want a commission, make a request and maybe I'll do it before the show. If not, I'll certainly do it at the show. For San Diego, I do $5o for Black and white and $70 for color on 9' X 12" paper, but I try to make it really good. I probably do about 5 a day. Doodles are free.

I'm inking the last little bits of The Vinyl Underground. One thing that I've noticed, talking to people and in reviews, is that the people who are reading this book, REALLY REALLY like this book. It's all because of Si Spencer and Simon Gane. I just get to do the easy job. The final Volume 2 comes out in December, and you can Order it here

I've been doing character sketches for Northlanders. A new experience for me is seeing characters of my design realized in a pretty cover by a great cover artist. This will also be my first 22 page, full art comic job for a Big-2 publisher. Hard to believe. The notion probably is that i'm this sloppy, brushy artist that can't draw but I think I'll surprise people with the art. Well, I hope. I want people to like me. Do you Like me? JK. I'll post my sketches after the cover comes out.

Wow, that sucked. I hate long posts. That will never happen again.

Here's how we get it done in Saint Paul--


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Disown, Delete

newyorkfour chapter 4

The New York Four chapter 4 Break