Posts made in June, 2010

Dancin’ Fools

Posted by on Jun 24, 2010 in Blog | 1 comment

These panels of the band dancing around the motel room were really fun to draw. Still unschooled in the ways of computer-based drawing, I had to make sure the furniture lined up the same between panels using old fashioned geometry and a t-square. Pages 22 and 23 specifically were done last July, when a record-breaking BRUTAL HEATWAVE in Washington forced all of us farmers to work from sunup till lunch, take a six hour swimming/siesta break, and resume work from sundown until it was dark. Since the afternoons transformed my trailer into a broiling aluminum coffin of death, I would high-tail it over to the Carnation library, spread my art supplies annoyingly over the table, and draw in the comfort of state-funded air-conditioning until dusk – or until the zucchini started dying, whichever came first.


Thanks everybody for bumping up the numbers on my site – it’s been really heartening. I can’t wait to see what happens when I introduce a plot!


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Welcome to SNitLoE!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

I’m really excited to debut this site for my in-progess graphic novel, “Savage Nobles in the Land of Enchantment.” A big thanks to Erika Moen and the other folks at Periscope Studio who convinced me that I should put this online as I was working on it, instead of just waiting until it was finished, printing it, and selling it like some 20th-century hack.

I began drawing “SNitLoE” in March of 2009, so all of the pages you see for the next several weeks were already drawn many months ago. During much of the past year, I was way too busy with work at Local Roots Farm and Periscope to produce more than a trickle of a few pages a month, but since I’m now dedicating myself to cartooning “full-time,” you can expect a much more robust output. Three pages a week, to be precise!

Just to get you started, I’ve posted the first twenty pages in bulk. They’ll introduce you to the members of the band and take you from their show in Las Cruces, NM to a cheap motel on the outskirts of town. I’m pretty excited to post the next few scenes – setting the grounds for a really sharp turn in the story in about ten pages.


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Test Blog Post

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments


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Homeless TV

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

These guys “live” near my house in Portland, and whenever I pass by, it seems they are watching a little television set on their shopping cart. In reality, there are three of them, but I thought this had a more romantic impact.

Preliminary digital sketch:


Inks, before adding digital grayscale. This could be a free standing image, but I think that without the extra gray, it looks like the TV screen is as bright as a spotlight.

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Au Revoir, Periscope!

Posted by on Jun 4, 2010 in Blog | 1 comment

Today is my last day as an intern at Periscope Studio. A thousand pictures or a million words could not explain what these three intense months have done for me. It’s not just that I’ve learned a lot (which, obviously, I have), but that I have been brought over the crest of the learning curve in such a way that I feel that future learning will be precipitously self-propelled. (I had the same feeling sometime around my junior year of college: “Holy crap! I’m actually teaching myself!)

But, as LOST has taught us all, the important thing is not what I learned or what I did, but that I made a bunch of white friends and one Asian friend that will last a lifetime. Thanks (in order of desk placement only) to Ron Randal, Karl Kesel, Steve Lieber, Ron Chan, Terri Nelson, Erika Moen, Dylan Meconis, David Hahn, Paul Guinan, Ben Dewey, Jonathan Case, Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Jeff Parker, Rich Ellis, Aaron McConnel, Jesse Hamm, Susan Tardiff, Dustin Weaver, Ben Bates and Jeremy Barlow (and my fellow intern Zach “The Deuce” Fischer). Wow, I did that so easily, without looking up the names anywhere! On day one, I thought I’d never get ’em all down.

Au Revoir, Periscope. I will be back to bother you once a month for the next 10-20 years.


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