Tuesday, December 23, 2008

season's greetings

season's greetings

wishing you a wonderful holiday, friends!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

i know i used a lot of gray, don't judge me!

i know i used a lot of gray, don't judge me!

ken does everything and I'm a no-name slob.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

i know i should be a better person, but wtf!

i know i can be a better person, but wtf!

Click on the image for a bigger glimpse.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New episode

Hi guys,

just wanna tell you that Thien Pham and I posted yet another wonderful episode of our comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap. This time we talk about cartoonists' inspirations and chat with legendary cartoonist, John Porcellino, creator of the long-running minicomic zine, King Cat, now in its 69th issue. Check it out here:


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

nippin' at your nose

nippin' at your nose

Click on the image for a bigger glimpse.

Friday, December 5, 2008

still going now

The Dance

for the new thing. (taken with my phone)

Warren Craghead

You know, I don't take advantage of this blog enough to plug stuff, I'm not sure why that is, but today I wanted to share with you an online comic done by one of my favorite artists, Warren Craghead. There's something really magical that I find about his drawings. In the last Comix Claptrap episode, Thien Pham and I talked about cartoonists that we wished we could publish if we were comics publishers. Usually I have a list in my head specifically for this, but during the podcast, I got a brainfart. Anyway, Warren is one of the artists I would love to publish or at least see published more. Don't you think his work would be so beautiful in a coffee table book or make a great addition to Fantagraphics' Mome? Anyway, check out his new comic up on the Top Shelf Comix website:


and also check out his website and blog at:


Thursday, December 4, 2008

New podcast episode

Hi lovely people, taking time off from.... time off, heh... to let you guys know that Thien and I have posted a new episode of our comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap. This time we get to talk to Jeffrey Brown, award-winning cartoonist of "I Am Going To Be Small" and author of such books "Bighead", "Clumsy" and "Little Things." Have a listen, it's fun!


Monday, December 1, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008



another panel for the book.

Monday, November 24, 2008

for The Dance

for The Dance

taken with my phone

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

more blood

more blood

and more sketchy sketches.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

oh whoa whoa whoa

oh whoa whoa whoa

panel for the book, i finished a story, pretty much. yeah.

Thursday, November 13, 2008



She was one of my favorite people yesterday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Dance

The Dance

i'm sorry that i have no real doodles lately, but here's a panel from what i've been working on. It's going okay, I guess. You know how it is, just your usual struggles with style and substance, plus a lot of self-doubt and lack of confidence. But still plugging along, ha.

and yes, we just posted a new episode of our comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap. This time we have a great interview with Jim Rugg:


Monday, November 3, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

movie dream

movie dream

(click on image to get a bigger glimpse)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

for a little zine for APE

for a little zine for APE

who knows, maybe, we'll see. it's fun though!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

You Betcha!

You Betcha!

drawn yesterday with needlepoint gel pen, on the bus.

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Comix Claptrap

Thien Pham and I posted yet another new episode of our comics podcast, the Comix Claptrap:

Cartoonist Trevor Alixopulos chats with us about his latest book, "The Hot Breath of War", his tips on proper pen nib usage, and the allure of Santa Rosa architecture. We also discuss new comics with our favorite New Comics Wednesday beat reporter-cartoonist Josh Frankel. But before all that, Thien and Rina give a brief preview of the 2008 Alternative Press Expo (APE) as well as analyze the winner of this season's Project Runway. Prick up your ears in amazement!

The Comix Claptrap, http://comixclaptrap.blogspot.com

We're trying to do these once a week, but we might have to go back to twice a week, so we can actually work on comics.

blue pencil moment

blue pencil

some days call for it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Comix Claptrap - new episode

I take this time from doodles to inform you that Thien Pham and I posted a new episode of our comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap on our blog:

In this episode, we have the huge honor of talking comics, Battlestar Galactica, and Formula One racing with the amazing cartoonist and children's book illustrator, Renée French. We also talk Euro comics and Love and Rockets with New Comix Wednesday reporter and cartoonist Josh Frankel. Before all of that though, we first share thoughts about the Minx comics line and the definition of a "Comics Darling". Have a listen!

The Comix Claptrap, http://comixclaptrap.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

it says july, but it's really october.

i know it says july, but it's really october

click on the image to get a bigger glimpse.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

sluggish slugster slug slug

sluggish slugster slug slug

ken watching star trek: wrath of khan. still don't understand what's going on in that movie after all these year.

Friday, October 10, 2008

i love this pen so much. i'm gonna be so sad when it eventually dries up.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

once again.......in...progressssss...sss....ssss

a panel for the comic in progresss sss ssssss

I have been trying to motivate myself and have actually got some pages done every day since Saturday. Okay that has only been 3 days, but it's good enough.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

sorta old

but here it is:

toll plaza, tuesday

toll plaza, tuesday.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

olivia and john over yerba buena

olivia and john over yerba buena

for the comic...in progress... i don't know what i'm doing. save me.
get my meaning

"Get your act together" = Get MY act together

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

cash 4 gold

cash 4 gold

The Comix Claptrap

Cartoonist Thien Pham and I started a comics podcast called The Comix Claptrap. In our first episode, Thien goes postal over the Ignatz awards, while I moon over Lynda Barry (and eat lots of corn chips). Esteemed cartoonist, Josh Frankel shares with us his comics finding from the Comic Relief store in Berkeley, and we complete the podcast with an insightful interview with Vanessa Davis, creator of the book and mini-comics Spaniel Rage. Don't miss it, listen to the podcast at:


Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

What's In Front of Me?

What's In Front of Me?

I tried to practice the exercise that Lynda Barry told us about at her talk at the Booksmith from last Thursday.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

ogni tanto

now amore

i spelled "connoisseur" wrong. B-

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Paul staring, Ringo dancing

A Hard Day's Night

From this morning. My favorite mitsubishi pens are starting to run out. :(

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Zoo Revue

No doodles today once again. I'm sorry! But know that I'm working on comics-work-business-projects stuff and I'll have some stuff for you to look at soon! Speaking of which, I thought though that I'd take this time to post some reviews of my recent most minicomic efforts.

Tom Spurgeon at Comics Reporter wrote a review of Doodle Daze that made my eyes pop and my heart melt:

Rob Clough has also taken the time to write in his High-Low column some nice reviews of my newest mini Overwhelming Wot-Not:
And also of the ole Namby Pamby #4.:

And lastly, while scouring the internet search engines one evening, I discovered a review written up by Kevin "Whitey" Bramer of Optical Sloth about Namby Pamby #4.

What's interesting and crazily startling about this certain review is the history I have with Optical Sloth. In 2001, when I made my first ever mini-comic "Namby Pamby #1", I gave it to Kevin to review. Unfortunately though, he had some pretty harsh, scathing remarks which almost made me want to quit comics and eat an entire cheesecake or at least fist-fight. His write-up did not match the more supportive reviews that I had been relishing at the time which were probably too easy on me now that I look back on it. Anyway, after the initial emotional charge (which took a good couple of months), I eventually preoccuppied my mind with other things (like football) and eventually, but slowly, learned that a review like that was also helpful in a way, assinine as that may sound. In some way, it taught me to not take criticism too-too personally, and instead deal with it in a more constructive manner: to only move forward, to have confident in my voice but to keep learning new ways to perfect it -- basically to work harder at what I love which is comics and art (as well as food and video games, but that's another story.) Now 7 years later, when I read Kevin's latest review of "Namby Pamby #4", it sort of feels like everything is coming full-circle like my early comics were leading to something good? Right? Maybe? But then again, I kind of go against everything I'm saying here, and might be putting way too much weight on this. Anyway, it was at least nice to read it on a late Friday night, and it DID motivate me to draw afterwards, so...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Crane Man

Crane Man

Shhhh.. from the super secret comic story I'm working on.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

it's football season once again!

football season once again!

It's only Week 1 of the NFL season, and this is what i'm already sick of hearing about: 1) Tom Brady out for the season and 2) Brett Favre.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

i want my picture with a ferengi

ferengi time

Saturday, I saw on Yahoo that the Star Trek experience in Vegas was closing. I had never been to it, so we thought, "oh hey, why not?"

Friday, August 29, 2008

if you don't know, now you know

if you don't know, now you know

after days of C-SPAN, watching CNN was a mistake.

Thursday, August 28, 2008



from Michelangelo's Floretine Pieta

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Please Stay (Once You Go Away)"

"Please Stay (Once You Go Away)"

Marvin, thanks for reminding me it's our anniversary.