Monday, November 29, 2010


What you need - ECTOPIARY page 52 is now UP.

For the first-time reader, now is an excellent opportunity to jump into this peculiar and inexplicable graphic tome. A full year's worth of plodding picture-making hammered into a strained narrative is just waiting for you to peruse and castigate!

Of course, page 52 doesn't contain too much in the way of fast-paced plot progression. This is one inherent weakness of releasing a long graphic novel in single-page weekly installments. When read in context, I hope that silent pages like this help to provide the proper rythm of the action as it grinds along. At the risk of repeating myself, I don't intend to modify my storytelling approach to satisfy the strictures of serialiazation. Also, with my current time constraints, one page a week is the fastest I can produce. I have no plans to simplify my style to speed up the process. The detailed backgrounds and fussy pointillism are essential to my dubious mental state. Let's not shift my internal paradigms too rapidly, please?

Speaking of which, here is a picture I drew that was inevitably appropriated for the June 9th 2009 edition of the Philly Comix Jam collection. They're still active and their doings are observable here.

Monday, November 22, 2010



As evidenced by the latest page, I have a tendency to get involved in drawing background detail. I hope it induces a pleasing effect on the casual reader. This is one of those pages where nothing "happens", but gently buffers events in the story so they don't collide and increase the confusion. Patience, intrepid observers!

From the feedback I've gotten, the general attitude is that Ectopiary doesn't update frequently enough. The day that I can quit my day-job and devote all my time to the comic cannot come soon enough for me. Perhaps if someone would donate $15,000 I could take a year off and accelerate my output?

Until then, here is another poster I drew for a silent movie/live music event:

Sunday, November 14, 2010



Having reached 50 pages feels a little like a milestone (or a millstone). It means in a couple of weeks, this site will be one year old! Considering the weekly update schedule, and the estimated length of the book, ECTOPIARY will be finished sometime in 2020. (Truthfully, I hope to increase the updates to twice a week before long, thereby shortening that span.)
It's been an interesting week for the site. After meeting the talented and lovely Spike (responsible for Templar, AZ) at the New England Webcomics Weekend shindig, she graciously plugged my comic on her own site. It was extremely gratifying to see the increase in the readership. My thanks to her and everybody who takes the time to read my efforts.
Also, some of you may have noticed that I gave the website a much-needed sprucing up. I replace the hideous logo, added a couple more links and gave it new buttons. The "About" page is still a bit dry, and when I finally get the inspiration, I'll spice up the text a bit.
As always, I'm grateful to all who write in their thoughts. I am also extremely grateful to people who kindly donate $$ to help my cause. If you wish to join their illustrious ranks, you can do so HERE.
Below, I've posted a drawing for a music poster from 2007. My best to you all!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


The Latest Page Of My Uncategorizable Book Is HERE

What Milton says in the last panel of page 49 is a statement of fact. You cannot prove to me otherwise.

I attended the New England Webcomics Weekend. The first day was a bit dispiriting, as I was overwhelmed by the overabundance of trendy genre-spewing CRAP. There were, however, a handful of people who manage to produce comics that contain (in my opinion) original, imaginative and skillful work. I will list the top three:

Dylan Meconis' FAMILY MAN is an exemplary effort that combines historical accuracy, deliberate pacing, subtle symbolism, masterful rendering, thoughtful dialogue and exquisite attention to detail. It rewards upon repeated readings.

Evan Dahm's RICE BOY website is filled with eminently enjoyable and readable fantasy-based comics. It has a quirky style that provides a breezy reading experience that makes one overlook the precision and detail that goes into this comic. His current work, Vattu, is his most promising effort to date.

Spike's TEMPLAR, AZ is another superb example of world-building. It has a rich cast of enjoyable characters, fun dialogue and a solid, crisp drawing style. On top of this, Spike is a wonderfully informative and thoroughly lovely individual.

Of course, the creators listed above already have established themselves with successful webcomics; and deservedly so. They do not need my endorsement. One could argue that each of them could easily be labeled under specific genres, but I believe that is incidental. Of the thousands of webcomics I have looked at, I have found less than a dozen that (in my mind) display a sliver of originality and craft. Sure, I enjoy junk-culture as much as anybody; but where do I find sustenance?

(Humbly, I offer my own efforts as nourishment for similar seekers.)

As always, I thank each of my readers. I am grateful for any and all response, and encourage you to write some in the Comments Section below.

For this week's post, I've squeezed out another sampling of Out-takes from The Squirrel Machine. Thay have a tendency to scatter the floor about my drawing table like hair scraps under a barber's chair.