Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Time Set Up Later

I have contributed a bunch of Post-it drawings to the Giant Robot Post-it Show 7, opening this Saturday night (Dec. 10th) in Los Angeles, go check it out!
Also: Studygroup Magazine is now available! I drew a page in this large 2 color art comics magazine, you should pick up a copy. I'll be at the launch party for a short while, and I'll have some original art on display, at Floating World Comics, tonight!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sexquatch in "Footprints"

This is a cropped close-up of my contribution to Pony Club's Monsterbation II show, curated by Jason Jfish Fischer. It will be full of great dirty artwork! If you are over 18, go check it out, opening night is Thursday Oct. 6th, 6 til 10pm.
You will finally be able to see Tim Goodyear's exploration of Neil Diamond's Hot August Night! Also, get the new issue of Junqueland by Jfish & Robin Bogert!
I have been interviewed by the Comix Claptrap! Click & listen to me talk about The Heavy Hand, Kramers Ergot, Sparkplug Comic Books, Portland, and my continuing interest in old comics & fresh tacos.
My old friend Trevor Blake has put together a print-on-demand collection of the best of his long running zine OVO, including a couple pages of my work, one from 1989 (!) and one from 2005 (Sperm Trek). Click & get it, and while you're at it, grab his exhaustive book on Portland Memorials!
The Heavy Hand is now available from Wow Cool! Check out their website for choice comics gems.
Thanks for looking at my blog, please contact me for original artwork, comics, t-shirts or whatever!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nice To Meet You

Hello blog followers! I'd like to remind everyone that is attending the Small Press Expo this weekend to consider voting for my book The Heavy Hand in the Ignatz Awards (category Outstanding Graphic Novel), I would appreciate it!
Also, The Heavy Hand will be for sale at Tom Neely & J.T. Dockery's table, H10, along with other Sparkplug Comic Books Ignatz nominees.
The Expo website has added previews of the Graphic Novel nominees if you'd care to take a look.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Guitar Solo

I have contributed a painting (not pictured here) to the September show at Pony Club gallery in Portland. The show is curated by Emily Nilsson, and the FaceBook page for the show is at this link. The opening is Thursday Sept.1st, from 6 to 10, please come down and take a look, you won't want to miss Tim Goodyear's Neil Diamond triptych!
The Heavy Hand was selected as a Midnight Fiction Favorite for 2011! There is also some mention of Tim Root & myself tabling at the Portland Zine Symposium in the regular part of the website. Thanks Richard Krauss for the write up!
Over at the Comics Journal blog, Dan Nadel gives an endorsement to The Heavy Hand in his list of recommended Sparkplug Comic Books to purchase. He calls The Heavy Hand "One of my absolute favorite graphic novels of the last few years. Fucking brilliant and damned brave. Essential to any comics library. Seriously." Thanks, Dan!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Please Lend a Helping Hand to Dylan Williams

photo of Dylan & myself by David Lasky, taken at the Olympia Comics Festival 2008, maybe?
My good friend (& publisher of The Heavy Hand) Dylan Williams is currently in the hospital fighting cancer. Please consider making a purchase from his Sparkplug Comic Books store to help him pay his considerable medical bills. He has published an excellent catalog of offbeat art comix, and has a love for the medium that is deep & well informed. He is both an intelligent and idiosyncratic cartoonist and a thoughtful publisher with a commitment to his unique vision of comics and art, in many forms.
A few of my personal favorites in the Sparkplug catalog, if you need some encouragement, are listed below.
The Airy Tales by Olga Volozova
The Hot Breath of War by Trevor Alixopulos
Edison Steelhead's Lost Portfolio by Renee French
Windy Corner edited by Austin English
Asiaddict by Mats!?
I could go on and on, he publishes so much good stuff, you should really go and browse their online catalog, I'm sure you will find something that you will love.
I'd also like to recommend his own comic book series Reporter, one of my favorite issues is Reporter #5, a crisply drawn Korean war ghost story.
Portland's Floating World Comics is having a benefit sale on Monday & Tuesday, donating 100% of their profits to help pay Dylan's medical expenses. Stop by and get that book you've been eyeing, check out their new space, and help a terrific guy with some ugly hospital bills.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Space Legs Half & Half Junk Odyssey

Long time no blog; I was on vacation & came home to some comics deadlines, but now I'm back, with some good news! My book The Heavy Hand was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel! I'm truly excited to be selected from among all the great comics out there these days. Thanks to the nominating committee, and if you attend the Small Press Expo, please vote for The Heavy Hand!
Also, check out a couple of links: Sean T. Collins reviews The Heavy Hand on his website, and Brett Warnock gives his thumbs-up on the Top Shelf blog! Thanks a lot for the good words, guys.

My friend Jacob Schraer has posted a notice of my Ignatz nomination, and I gave him a Hot Dog Holiday strip to accompany the promotional linkfest, click & check it out!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Idertification Card

Henry Chamberlain has reviewed The Heavy Hand at the GeekWeek site, go check it out!
I am going on vacation, so no posts for a short while, and orders will be on hold temporarily. Thanks to everyone that has been checking the blog & ordering my stuff! Above are some sketches from my last trip to Japan in 2007.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Faque Cartunez at Guapo Comics

The great John Isaacson has organized an art show for Guapo Comics featuring artists creating fake animation cels, in imagined scenes from non-existent cartoons.

He's rounded up a bunch of great artists including Amy Kuttab, Patrick Keck, Elijah Brubaker, and more!
I drew one, excerpted above. I drew on transparent plastic & pained the back with acrylics & attached it to a mixed media background; it was fun! Now I just need to do 50,000 more drawings to make my own animated short film.

The opening reception is this Saturday, June 25th 6-9pm at Guapo Comics and Coffee, 6350 SE Foster, Portland, OR. If you are in Portland, go check it out!

“Forget about half-hour time slots and commercial breaks or product placement; This is a parallel universe of infinite channels where your imagination is the limit. Welcome to fake cartoons; dreams that made you regret waking up are now real”

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Another Day at the Cilla Factory

Hey faithful blog-checkers! I have a new special offer in my "store" here. Any new orders for The Heavy Hand, prints, or T-shirts will receive a bonus Post-it drawing, while supplies last! These will be selected at random by me, some of the pictured Post-its have already sold. I'll throw in an issue of Stun Nuts also!
Thanks for looking at the blog sketches & reading the promotional materials. Email me with any questions.