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:

THE COMIX CLAPTRAP
http://comixclaptrap.blogspot.com

Monday, September 29, 2008

in progress #2

Friday, September 26, 2008

In progress...

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

traffic, tuesday

traffic, tuesday

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

curly cues

curly cues

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:
http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_review_doodle_daze/

Rob Clough has also taken the time to write in his High-Low column some nice reviews of my newest mini Overwhelming Wot-Not:
http://www.sequart.org/columns/?column=2240
And also of the ole Namby Pamby #4.:
http://www.sequart.com/columns/index.php?col=9&column=2188

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.
http://www.opticalsloth.com/?p=3061

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

it's the same ole BS

it's the same old BS

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?"