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Being out of it.

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Sometimes I feel like I’ve been dosed.  It’s been an unbelievably busy Fall for me.  I rarely sleep enough.  I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot and I’ve been productive.  The above image is from a comic commission that’s been keeping me pretty busy.  I prefer to be drawing robots and spaceships, and drawing panel after panel of emotional people in rather drab hospital environments has been a real challenge!  I learned a lot, though, and made some headway in keeping character consistency, which is much easier to do with robots…

Anyway, the story for the above illustration can be a real downer at times, and it was made more emotional by talking to some of the actual people the story is written around.  I was tempted to make an alternate ending where a giant mech bursts in and saves the day.  Maybe later…

 

What I’ve been doing:

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No, not the above, but sometimes I feel like it.  I know, I  know.  I haven’t posted in a while.  It’s been a fairly insane year for me.  I’ve moved three times, started a new (day) job, and become truly single for the first time in 17 years… life is different now!  I love it, though.  I’ve found myself drawing more than I have since grad school, my freelance client base has increased, and dating in one’s late 30’s is a lot more fun than I would have thought… if kind of weird.  Anyway, things are working out for the best.

I’m going to go ahead and promise to post more about more artwork from here on out.  Thanks for checking out this blog, and stay tuned for more…

Plans for next weekend.

If you’re in the Seattle area, come out to Emerald City Comic Con and see me. I’m back in the Artist Alley, table E-08

http://emeraldcitycomicon.com

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I was hooked on sci-fi from day one.

The first movie and I ever saw was Star Wars, in the theater, in 1977.  I was a newborn, it’s true, but there’s no denying that I have been fascinated with all-things-science-fiction ever since.  It’s both exciting and soothing to me.

So, I thought I might deviate in this post from the normal my-art-sharing to share my thoughts about a recent sci-fi encounter I’ve had.  I don’t think of myself as a reviewer (there’s plenty of great sites, blogs, podcasts, and so on, for that already), but this one really struck a chord with me.

Recently I picked up the first issue of the new Star Trek/Planet of the Apes series from IDW and Boom:

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I’ve been disappointed by such crossovers in the past, but this one is really good!  The art is perfect and the story engaging and consistent with both franchises.  It doesn’t feel rushed or forced at all.  Go read it… now.  Anyway, as I was thinking about how much I liked it, I realized it was partly because I was feeling nostalgic.  So, I went rummaging through my bloated archive library of back issues until I found this gem:

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This was the original run-in that Starfleet had with a planet full of malicious apes, and I remember it shocking me as a kid.  In the issue, the crew of a starship are stranded on this world full of blood-thirty primates, waiting for rescue.  There’s a lot of blood and death, and it really engaged my imagination as an impressionable youth.  I grew up in in Arkansas in the 1980’s, and there was a real lack of out-of-state culture then.  My only access to comics was at sparse racks of an occasional roadside 7-Eleven.  I felt very lucky to get this, and have held on to it for almost 30 years…

I like that comics redoes things.  Relaunches, ret-con’s, and re-imaginings continue the things that I love and usually put a creative spin on them.  With static art, you can study all those images for as long as you want, and each artist puts their own unique passion into the work.  The artwork in this issue does feel dated.  I love it, but that may be the nostalgia:

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It’s fun, creative, and tells a fascinating story.  It says something about science fiction from that time, too, and how that genre really never has any limits.

Check out the rock on her.

Currently I’m trying to bring about this collaborative project with fellow artist, Cody Hagman. Cody is an amazing artist, great to work with, an one of my closest friends. He also loves to color and paint, which is something that, while I do enjoy it, I just have not time for. Since Cody loves to color (and he’s better at it), we thought we’d team up to try and create some of the best pages we possibly can. To that end, we’ve got a website going up and have started creating pages. We want to try and do one a week.

If you’re interested, please check back here, on my blog, for more details soon, but I thought I might whet everyone’s appetite with a preview from the first page.

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I used to be a geologist, and that has left me with a real desire to draw rocks. I don’t know what it is about rocks, but I just love ’em. So, I placed our first subject on the surface of Mars, where there’s lots of good rocky surfaces to portray. Even more than rocks, I love to draw space suits. I spent a lot of time on the design for this particular suit, as I needed it to be perfect for this project, which will see it featured a lot.

Rose City Rules!

My first adventure at Rose City Comic Con is a fun success. The event is great, the attendees are awesome, and you just can’t lose when spending time in Portland. It’s been wonderful getting to reunite with some friends, but I wish I had more time than the few hours outside of the con this weekend. Oh well, I’ll have to come back soon.

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Party in Portland

Are you going to be in Portland, Oregon in a few weeks?  If so, you should come by my table at Rose City Comic Con and pick up the new issue of Father Robot the weekend of September 20th and 21st.  I’ve got some new artwork for sale (original and prints), t-shirts, buttons, and, of course, lots of cool comics!

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Oh, wow…

Get ready for another one.  Convention season continues with BigWOW!

If you’re around, come by and see and the new stuff on my table.

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Back behind the table

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It seems like I just left Emerald City Con, but here I am packing up to head back to another comic convention. This time we’re going south, to Anaheim, for Wondercon. I haven’t been to Wondercon since it left San Francisco three or four years ago. I’m very curious to see what it’s like…
Come by the Artist Alley, table AA-234, to see what’s new in my world(s)!

Gone to Seattle…

I need a vacation!  I’m off for some good times with old friends in the Pacific Northwest, where I also plan to do a little drawing and make an appearance at the Emerald City Comicon in a week.  If you’re in the area, please stop by:

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