Posts made in May, 2010

Untitled Olympia Comic, pt. 1/4

Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hey guys. Instead of waiting until next week to show you my next completed comic, I will post it up here a page at a time. Since pencils are already done, and I’m inking about a page a day, this comic should take four days to post. Though not Sunday, as I have religious obligations (Pentecost, LOST finale.)

The title of this comic, when I think of one, will go in the clouds in panel one. This is for an anthology being put out by the Olympia Comics Festival. This is a small but extremely rad festival, appropriate for such a small but extremely rad town. The only requirement for the anthology is that it be related to Olympia in some way.

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Etsy Store Now Up

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hey folks – I’m working on a sweet new 4-page comic about the city of Olympia, Washington for the upcoming Olympia Comics Festival. This is gonna be another long and pretty involved project, though hopefully it won’t take me as long as The Land of Cokaygne did!

In the meantime, I’m happy to announce the launching of my Etsy Store, where you can purchase ORIGINAL ARTWORK by me. I hasten to add that, though there are only a few things up on that page right now, anything that I post on this blog that is not from my graphic novel, Savage Nobles in the Land of Enchantment or which has not already been given or sold to somebody else is up for sale as well – just e-mail me or comment on this blog and I will put it up on the Etsy Store just for you.

P.S. If you wanna see what a real Etsy Store looks like, check out Periscope Studio‘s page. Awesome, awesome stuff. Buy Ben Dewey’s Catwoman pinup – it will not hurt my feelings.

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Congratulations, Raza!

Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tomorrow my sister Meredith is graduating from Vanderbilt University! Horrible brother that I am, instead of using my new drawing skills to draw a picture of her graduating, I drew this picture of my friend Raza Panjwani, who is also graduating this week (from Columbia Law school).

As Tom Vinciguerra aptly put it: “Congrats to Raz, the colossus bestriding the campus today and the world tomorrow!”

(as with a lot of my recent work, I used a ton of photo-reference for this: for the skyscrapers, for the law school robes, for Raza’s proud mug, and for the unique perspective, below)

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The Land of Cokaygne

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Blog | 1 comment

Imagine my surprise when Anu Garg’s Word of the Day today was “Cockaigne!” I’ve spent this week and the better part of last working on an awesome 4-page comic based on an anonymous 14th century poem about said mystical land of earthly pleasures. See below!

This is for Stumptown Underground‘s June issue, which has the theme of “myth/folk tales/fairy tales.” If this submission don’t get accepted, I’ll eat my hat! I really busted my patootie on this one.

Back in 2005-2006, when I was a senior at Columbia University, I attempted to write a thesis paper on the poetry of the Goliards, semi-mythical wandering, drunken scholars of the later middle ages, probably best known from the Carmina Burana. I even learned medieval Latin so I could read their doggerel in the original! But no thesis came of it, and maybe from this comic you can see why. It’s just a bunch of crazy nonsense! I lost credit from the course and almost didn’t graduate 🙁

The text of the poetry portion of the comic was freely edited by me based on the original Middle English and two modern translations, all available here. (WARNING: The sex in the original poem is much less consensual than what I’ve depicted here. Even so, I recommend you give it a read, as there are many beautiful and hilarious parts I had to leave out of the comic for space considerations.)

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Posted by on May 8, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Another dumb throw-off cartoon because I am still swamped drawing what I think might be the most epic 4 pages of my life, which I will hopefully post early next week.

In college, I was in an improv comedy group. We always talked about comedic “heightening.”

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