Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nat & Jo

Nat & Jo, Pt. 1

These two drawings are my piece for the "This World and the Next" show at Pony Club here in Portland. It should be a fun show; the theme is diptychs and triptychs. The opening is this Thursday!

Nat & Jo, Pt. 2

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

News and Things!

If you follow indie cartoonist/publisher news at all, I'm sure you have heard about what's going on with my boss, the head dude behind Sparkplug Comic Books. If you don't, well ... he is having some major health issues and those cost a lot of money. Folks much more eloquent than me have written about it, like Rob Clough (who is also a great comics reviewer). Dylan is probably the sweetest person on the planet, and a great boss, who gave me a job so I would stop bitching about Austin English stealing my carrots. If you would like to help him out, the best way is to .... order books from us! We publish a ton of great stuff and distro some really amazing titles too!

Here are my top ten Sparkplug Books (not in order):

1. Gay Genius Anthology (seriously, one of the best books I have ever read)
2. Flesh and Bone (weirdly sexual witchiness)
3. Whirlwind Wonderland (journal comics!)
4. The Heavy Hand (a bizarre, twisted trip)
5. David King's books (I don't understand them, but I like them. Also, his twitter is hilarious.)
6. Edison Steelhead's Lost Portfolio (drawings of girls and rabbits)
7. The Airy Tales (so, so pretty!)
8. Passage (Beautiful drawings. The story really reminded me of my adolescence.)
9. Reich Series (Orgone! Drama! Psychology!)
10. Asiaddict (a really cool travelogue)

Tomorrow I will try to put up my favorite distro books!

My other news item is that I will be doing the Pop-Up Shop again for Last Thursday. This month the artists will be Kortni Bottini, Patrick Devine, Andrice Arp, Emily Nilsson and Theo Ellsworth. The gallery is located in the northside alley between 28th and 29th on NE Alberta St. It's open from 5-10pm this Thursday, August 25th. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Milkyboots #13 available!

Yay! I figured out that it was the work computer I was using (the one I'm on now, coincidentally) that was preventing me from printing. Actually, it wasn't reading the files, so there were just all these gray squares where the images were supposed to be, blah blah blah InDesign blah blah CS2 blah.
Anyway! It is complete, and I have copied it, and it is now for sale in my etsy shop! And you can get 10% off with the coupon code HELLOAUGUST. Issue 13 is a little bit different than other Milkyboots issues; there are only a few diary comics. The rest is sketches, experiments and some of the fiction comics I've been working on. Consider your self warned: I think this is some of the best drawing I've done, but it's not normal journal-comicy Milkyboots.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Food Stamp Foodie #2

Hello all! I have finished the second issue of my cheap & easy vegan recipe zine, Food Stamp Foodie. It is available in my etsy shop (enter the coupon code HELLOAUGUST for 10% off!).

I have had a very eventful week with the Portland Zine Symposium; the little cat escaping and returning, and then going to the vet; my boss continuing to be in the hospital; receiving rushed orders for bags; and all the other, regular stuff like doing the dishes that just seems impossible sometimes. I'll be working both days this weekend and dogsitting, but mostly missing my girlfriend since she's leaving for a week and a half today.

I'm hoping that next week will be quieter and I will just be able to buckle down and get a bunch of drawing done, so keep your eye on this site! New art may be up soon!

Milkyboots #13 is done (it was actually completed before Zine Symposium) but due to CS2/CS3 issues and my own impatience after a long-ass day, I did not get to print it. But! I'm hoping to do it on Sunday, so it should be on my etsy next week.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Elfworld and the Zine Symposium

Exerpt from Elfworld Submission

Hello! Here are the first six panels of a three page story I think I've been working on for a year and a half? Nothing like a deadline to help you finish something, huh? I have submitted the complete piece to the Elfworld Anthology, which is edited by Francois Vigneault, one of the nicest people in the universe.

Next weekend is the Portland Zine Symposium! I can't believe it's already here. I'll either be tabling for Sparkplug or myself, I'm not sure which yet. I am planning on having two new zines: the second issue of Food Stamp Foodie and another issue of Milkyboots. If you can't make the Symposium, I'll put them up on my etsy page as soon as I make them.