Monday, February 28, 2011

ECTOPIARY, Page 64

Latest Page of Ectopiary is UP

My apologies for no blog post last week. The work piles up to suffocating amounts sometimes.

New England has buried itself under several feet of white snow, with weekly blizzard reinforcements. I have been essentially a prisoner in this rural cabin due to the combination of unploughed roads and lack of snow tires on my wimpy Volkswagen.

Fortunately, I have used this enforced solitude to get more drawing in. I've completed another 16"X22" comic strip for the upcoming issue of POOD. Future pages of ECTOPIARY look more promising than the current posting. Also, I am slowly putting together the necessary elements for yet another webcomic!

On top of all this, my good friend Kristina Dorn (who owns a better vehicle) has been able to navigate the treacherous roads to my hovel. Collaboratively, we have made significant progress on the Cochlea & Eustacia puppets! (Video visible via Facebook)

This week, I've posted yet another small cartoon excluded from the upcoming Fantagraphics collection, FOLLY. This strip originally ran in The Stranger some years ago.

Monday, February 14, 2011

ECTOPIARY, Page 62

If You Want, You Can Read The Latest Ectopiary Page Here.

Page 62 is nothing to scream about. Although it seems scant, it does push the story forward in unseen ways.

I have been very busy this past week, drawing many things. I've been working on some new Cochlea & Eustachia stories. I've been learning many new things about them. For instance, I did not previously realize that they would kill each other over a cupcake. I've also learned why I've resisted pursuing a career in mainstream comics; I suck at drawing fight scenes. Example: Here is my first attempt at portraying the girls in mortal combat.Some things that looked good in pencil form can become very disappointing when you start inking them in. The figures are stiff and at an overly polite distance from each other to be a believable tussle.

With my second try, I used a photo of women wrestlers for reference. Although the prominent butt-cheeks provide an amusing pulchritudinous effect, the girls appear too relaxed to convince the reader of their murderous intentions. Also, it's confusingly difficult to determine the position of their bodies.

The third attempt seems about as accurate as I'm ever going to get. Both figures are clear, visible and occupy equal space in the frame. The hair-pulling, gritting of teeth and flailing of limbs give a better sense of earnest violence. Also, this time I remembered to include the coveted cupcake! A lot of effort for a single panel. I are a hopeless case.

More things next week.

Monday, February 7, 2011

ECTOPIARY. Page 61

ANOTHER PAGE OF ECTOPIARY IS READY TO READ.

I know that it's considered bad form to publicly criticize your own work. I'm not particularly happy with this page or the ones that follow. Scenes that boil down to simple conversations are problematic for me. It has been well-noted by others that my characters are not very emotive and tend to have a stiff appearance. This is something I hope to master before Ectopiary is through. Unfortunately, my readers will have to endure the results while I sledgehammer my way through this narrative.

I've been busy drawing yet another Cochlea & Eustachia strip for the upcoming POOD #3. Also, I am in the planning stages of another ambitious project to run concurrently with Ectopiary. Await further announcements.

Posted below is a comic strip that originally ran in The Stranger newspaper. I decided to exclude it from the upcoming FOLLY collection because of its inherent redundant quality.