Aqua Vastum

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For my FCBD mini-comic this year I had been planning one of my typical whimsy-laden picture books, complete with broken verse and adorable protagonists. However, a couple weeks before the event I attended a local Community Cinema showing of “The Island President.” The film illuminated many facets of our modern environmental situation that I have somehow managed to ignore, or at least kept at arm’s length. When it was all shown to me at such a personal and immediate scale, they leapt into focus. It became important that I somehow capture my feelings on the matter, so as to remind me later when it all seemed less pressing, and that night I went home and click-clacked a manic e-mail to myself. The next day I refined those ramblings into the script for “Aqua Vastum,” which I hope can convey unto you some of the intensity I felt that evening.

If you haven’t checked into Community Cinema programs in your area, I highly recommend it, I have yet to attend a showing that didn’t spark conversations for weeks to come. And I especially appreciate WCTE for putting on our local showings here in Cookeville.

If you would like to print copies of “Aqua Vastum” for educational purposes, please contact me and I will be glad to get you a pdf. I’ve also set up a quick link for this post, at bit.ly/aquavastum , if you’d like a fast way to share the comic.

Thanks for reading!

 

FCBD 2013

Free Comic Book Day is back! Hip! Holler! Hooray!!!

Had a blast out at Mountain Top Comics, as I always do. Got together with Bryan, Joe, Shannon, Kevin, and Orlando (I don’t have links for all of you guys, let me know and I’ll update this:) to do free sketches for everyone who came out, and it was great. Here is a big parade of my frenzied marker sketches:

Thanks so much to everyone who braved the rain in the name of comics and art, it was grand to see you!

Halloween ComicFest 2012

This weekend debuted a new nation-wide event, Halloween ComicFest. A continuation on the Free Comic Book Day concept, the event gives local shops an excuse to give out free comics and candy. Mike of Mountain Top Comics decided to adorn the day with full FCBD extravagance, including inviting Bryan Boles and myself to hunker over a table and give out free character sketches to the attendees.

Here are a few of my favorites (apologies for the glare spots):

Thanks to everyone who came by. I had a great time, and am looking forward to next year!

Free Comic Book Day Sketches

Well, FCBD was a rollicking success. We had a crowd of folks come out to Mountain Top, and the line for sketches was encouraging. I was in the company of good artists, with great comic lovers all around, and it was an entirely pleasant way to spend a day, drawing until your hand nearly stops working:]

I did my best to snap some quick phone pictures of drawings as I did them, apologies for odd glares or blurs. I did these with a quick red pencil frame, and filled them out with some sharpie-esque Tul pens and a set of delightful Crayola Super Tip markers (a lot of fun to color with!) These were all quick sketches, none longer than 15 minutes I think, and some as few as 5 minutes. Thusly, rough edges abound:]

Missile Mouse, first sketch of the day!

Captain America

Spidey

Ted Robo (first request for an original character!)

Moon Knight

Smurfette

Lego BatmanSuperman, choking Captain Marvel and slamming him into a wall. 

Newman Xeno playing chess against Cobra Commander

M.O.D.O.K.

The Shadow

Wile E. Coyote as a hopeful Blue Lantern, with Flash Roadrunner

Classic Ironman

Hal Jordan with a Tuba

Cap

Elmo and Four Duckies

Thor

MagnetoRocketeerDerpy Hooves

Daredevil

Megaman

 

These were a blast to draw, can’t wait until next year!

FCBD and My New Book!

Hi guys! I’ve got all sorts of exciting announcements for you today.

Right off the bat, I want to pass along a bit of good press received for myself and my art in the local newspaper. It was a great article written by the talented Megan Trotter, and I really appreciate it.

Even though it is mentioned in the article, here is another reminder to schedule in some time for Free Comic Book Day tomorrow. It’s an amazing worldwide event, entirely free, and is a great way to support comics, get yourself reaquainted with current stories, find all new favorite books, and to introduce someone new to the medium. Every year there is a book I add to my list purely because of its FCBD sample, and I would never have found these gems otherwise. Do yourself a favor, find a shop near you.

And if you are in the Upper Cumberland area, why not come on out to Mountain Top Comics in Cookeville? There will be an all day event, with all the usual free comic wonderfulness, as well as several local artists (including myself!) doing free sketches for those who come by. I will also have free copies of my new mini-comic, “Frolic Not The Mount.” It’s a good’un! And since the shop is located just a few minutes from the movie theater, you can drop by on your way to see The Avengers (which was so good I have not the words to properly express myself:)

Now, my Big News is the formal announcement of my new book, “Sadbot: A Lackluster Love Story.”

Here’s the official back-cover-blurb: Ted Robo isn’t naïve about love, he’s just rather inexperienced.  A brutal breakup leaves him crestfallen, dour and discouraged from ever romancing again.  But even a sad robot can be pulled from the bitter depths of heartbreak.  With the help of his farcically benevolent buddies, a few wayward blind dates, and one tiny but true aquatic friend, Ted reluctantly embarks upon a quest for happiness.  And who knows, if he keeps his antenna up, he might even find it.

It is an 84 page large format (8.5″x11″) black and white paperback collecting a variety of the Sadbot comics I have posted online over the past five years. Included are the “Origin,” “Barbot,” and “These Three Dates” stories, previously only published at Inanimate Shorts. There is also a brand new 11 page Sadbot story, “Monstrorigin,” detailing how Ted came to meet his fishy friend. And there is an Author’s Note, by me, the Author, detailing the history of Sadbot and including, for the first time seen publicly, the original notebook doodle that gave birth to Ted. This is a professionally printed book, which I am self-publishing through Lulu.com, and I am quite excited about it!

On that note, this Saturday at the Mountain Top event, I will be pre-selling Artist Editions of A Lackluster Love Story, to be received at my upcoming book signing on May 19, also at Mountain Top (more details to follow). These Artist Editions are $25, which will include a signed copy of the book, an exclusive Sadbot mini-print, and an original ink drawing of our hero, Ted, or the cast member of your choosing. There are only 20 of these editions currently available, and they will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis at the FCBD event (Where I will also have a proof copy of the book to show off!) If any are still available afterwards, I may try to offer them online somehow, but no guarantees!

And since this Is an art blog, here is a small excerpt from the “These Three Dates” story. As far as set-up goes, Ted Robo has just been shang-haied into an online dating service by his “dear” friends:

 

 Have a comic-tacular weekend!

 

Comics Comics Comics!

I’ve got a trifecta of comic updates for you lot!

First off, I have just relaunched Inanimate Shorts as newer, much more streamlined, comic blog. This will be the place to go for any new comics projects from me, so please keep an eye on it. I’ve gotten it primed with several of my classic journal comics, hourlies, and an array of pages created for The Oracle. In addition, I’ve posted the revised “Voyage of the Clementide,” previously only available to those who grabbed the mini-comic version a few years back.

Which segways nicely into: this coming Satuday, May 5th, is Free Comic Book Day! Wherever you may live, track down a participating store and go get some free goodies. If you happen to live in the Upper Cumberland area, might I suggest Mountain Top Comics? I, along with several fellow artists, will be setting up shop from 10-6, giving out free sketches to anyone who would like one. Plus, Mike will have a slew of great free books out there. Including, of course, a new free mini-comic from me.

And, lastly, I just thought I’d share a quick snap shot of something I got in the mail today:

More details soon:]