Monday, December 15, 2014

Entry 256: Amnia Cycle pages 79 & 80

Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Talking. Don't you just love talking scenes.

I'll see you next week for some more talking.

Till then
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Entry 255: Amnia Cycle page 78

Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Just one page this week?

That's right. This makes up for one of the times I've posted three pages.

So, Crutch is a nice fellow. I think we'll see him again much later down the road. But honestly, if this were a movie, you could probably take this scene out. Although, I've discovered in making this story up as I go, little scenes like these, that may seem inconsequential, can contain in them seeds of things that grow into important story elements.... So, you never know. Plus, I like this scene.

-The name "Crutch" comes from a Guided by Voices song "Crutch Came Slinking".

-"Smugats" is something my daughter, Lucy, started saying recently. From what I can tell, it means "Shit" or "Damn".

-The name "Bloodnut" could be a reference to a number of different things, but for me, it's in reference to hematospermia. I've always found the term Bloodnut to be funny and when I needed a name for a gang I used it.
Most of this stuff is off the top of my head, as you can see. 

-The bit about the Humans "creating" the Nuriel was inspired by a joke Brandon Graham told me about Marvel and D.C.

Anyway, till next week.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Entry 254: Amnia Cycle pages 76-77

Chapter 3
Chapter 4

New Amnia pages!

What can I say about this? 

This scene and the next couple scenes have been the hardest scenes in the story so far. I think because I'm having to address some plot threads, pull some story elements together, and begin moving the story into some new directions. 

Tara is going to meet Shanna Tyson, one of the names in the mysterious transmission. What will that be like? And next week, get ready to spend some time with Zigzag.

Till then
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Entry 253: Infinity Gauntlet Teaser + Sag A* Concept Art + Dr. Who & Over the Garden Wall Fan-art

Hey! It's me!

Oh man, it's nice to be doing a blog entry. I've got a bunch of things I've been meaning to post about. So here goes. I'll get a handful of things done here in this entry.

First of all, the image I've posted above. What can I tell you about that?  This is a teaser image for my next Marvel job. It's loosely tied into the big Secret Wars event this next summer (2015). It will be kind of like my Edge of Spider-Verse issue in that it's a tie-in but also it's a self contained story where I'll have a lot of creative freedom. It's called Infinity Gauntlet, and though it has that tittle and marketing has teased it with the old "Infinity Gauntlet" logo, it will not be a re-telling of the old story or anything like that. It will be it's own thing and it will have a lot of me in it. Right now, we're still developing this. The teaser can be thought of as concept art.

Anyway, look for this next summer!

By the way, I colored that piece myself.

In other Marvel news: After I completed S.H.I.E.L.D. I proposed adding an extra 2 page sequence to it. It's like I just couldn't be done with it. I had to make it a little longer. Anyway, they let me do it. So, I finished the last issue of Shield-- AGAIN!

Also, I've got a few Avengers related covers coming up.
This is concept art for Sagittarius A*. 

I'm thinking I might be putting Sag A* on the back burner a bit so that I can focus all my personal work time to Amnia Cycle. I've been working towards getting Amnia ready for a print release. I'm not sure when it will happen but I want to have a lot done before I start putting it out. Maybe aiming for next summer would be good. I could have it released around the same time as Infinity Gauntlet... Is that a good idea? We'll see.

If you aren't familiar-- Sagittarius A* and Amnia Cycle are online comics I've been putting out. You can find them here:

The nice thing about Sag A* is that it's all written. I can return to it at any time. Amnia on the other hand is being written as I go. So letting it linger for too long means I can loose the thread.

What's this? Dr. Who fan-art? Why yes it is. 

Over the last several years now I've been enjoying the modern Dr. Who show and it's prompted me to go back and check out the classic Who. Until recently all I had done was go back and sample episodes from past Doctors. I quickly determined that Tom Baker was the guy I wanted to watch more of. I'd occasionally throw it on while I was working. Eventually I had watched all the Tom Baker episodes available on Netflix, and honestly it was only just starting to click with me. It took me a while to get into what it had to offer. So, not long ago I acquired the entire Tom Baker Dr. Who run and started watching it from the beginning and as you can guess I've become quite a fan of it. I've liked all the actors who have portrayed the Dr. in the modern version, and I've only scene bits of the other classic Dr.s, but I am of the mind that Tom Baker is the ultimate Dr. Who. He's perfect. I could go on, but suffice it to say that Tom Baker Who is my hero.

More fan-art!

I recently watched the animated mini-series-- Over the Garden Wall. I watched it with Lauren and Lucy and it was quite enjoyable. We all had a nice time with it. 

I often get caught up in this feeling that all entertainment is garbage. Most comics, movies, tv shows, books are all garbage. And, really, that isn't wrong. Most entertainment is junk food. That is how it is and has always been. It's a matter of fact. There is no reason that I should get so cynical about it. Getting cynical can keep me from appreciating the few good things there are to appreciate. 

So when I enjoyed this show and I recognized some things in it that I thought were of quality, it was one of those little reminders that I don't have to be cynical. 

The last thing I'll mention, and it's related to my cynicism, is that I joined Twitter!

That's right, I swore I would never do it, but I have. For me it's kind of an experiment. I'm checking it out, seeing if it's for me. It's been a few weeks now and I gotta say... I still don't know what to think of it. At this moment it feels like it's not a thing that I like. I think the spike in my cynicism is directly linked to joining twitter. But I also know that I felt this way about tumblr when I joined that and now... well now I'm just kind of numb to it...

Anyway! haha Follow me on Twitter! 

I'll hopefully be posting some more Amnia soon. Also I'm still going to do a post with a bunch of info on my Edge of Spider-Verse issue.

Till then.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Entry 252: S.H.IE.L.D. update #7

I last posted a S.H.I.E.L.D. Update back in January 2014. It was just an image of the title page of Jonathan Hickman's script for the final issue. At that time he was finally finding the time to return to writing Shield. It was the beginning of our progress on the final issue.

So, what has happened since then? In March I started receiving those pages of script from Jonathan and I began working on them. While doing covers for New Avengers, a  Shutter #1 variant cover, and moving to a new studio I worked on the first pages of the last Shield issue. When I was about ten pages in I got the opportunity to write and draw an issue of Edge of Spider-Verse. I knew it would be a major distraction from Shield, but I believe it was a worth while distraction. At first I did get some Shield pages done even as I worked on my Spider-verse issue. After completing Edge of Spider-Verse #3 and my pages for Avengers 35 I was finally free to finish Shield…. Almost. There was one last distraction. I'll post about that soon.  I'll also point out that during all of this I've done a lot of Amnia Cycle pages. Anyway, to make a long story short-- I've been chipping away at this final issue of Shield for seven months and I'm excited to tell you that


I drew the last panels just the day before yesterday. I'm not totally out of the woods yet. I'll still be communicating with Sonia Oback about colors and being involved in whatever way I can to make the final product as good as it can be. It isn't over till it's over. So it doesn't quite feel real yet.

Speaking of Sonia Oback on colors-- here is a sequence of panels from the second to last issue with Sonia's colors.

Neat! Huh?

The image at the top of this entry is a panel from the final issue.  Here is another.

And, what the hell, here is a photo of a panel also from the final issue.

So there you have it. And you thought it was never going to happen. How dare you doubt me. 

This is not my last S.H.I.E.L.D. update entry. I'll be back to show you how things progress with the colors and to let you know about a release schedule.

As always, thanks to everyone who has been waiting patiently for this. I look forward to it all being out for you guys to see.

Till next time.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Entry 251: Avengers #35

No Amnia Cycle this week. I've been busy on other things. Hopefully I'll be back on track next week. In the meantime, here's an entry about Avengers #35.

Since my work on Avengers and Infinity I've been trying to focus on Shield, Amnia Cycle, and my Edge of Spider-Verse issue, but there have been several instances of the editors of the Avengers comics asking me to come back to do stuff. I've been asked to do things from whole story arks to single covers. Most of these job offers I've turned down because I've wanted to stay focused on the things I mentioned above. But recently they asked me to do some fill in pages. It was only three pages, they seemed simple enough, and I felt bad for continually saying no. So I said yes.

The 3 pages were the first pages for Avengers #35 which came out a few weeks back.
Here are my pencils/"inks"

I was right in the middle of my Spider-verse issue when I did these. The pages were fairly easy. I didn't ink them. I did tight pencils then adjusted them and created all the space stuff in photoshop.  It didn't take to long, but the moment I was done I got an email from the Spider-verse editor wondering how my Spider-verse issue was going. Turns out, I thought I had more time on my spider-verse issue than I actually did.

These three pages took valuable time out of my Spider-verse issue. I met my deadline on the Edge of Spider-Verse issue, but it was not easy. I'll talk more about that in a different entry. Ultimately, I kind wish I hadn't taken on these pages… Oh well.

Here are my layouts followed by colors by Frank Martin.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Entry 250: Amnia Cycle pages 74-75

Chapter 3
Chapter 4

What can I say about this weeks pages?... The Library is owls. 

I suppose I can mention that I'm actually putting together some extra Amnia material for a printed version of Amnia Cycle that will happen when I feel like I'm ready to take things to that level. 

I might not have new pages next week because I'm almost done with S.H.I.E.L.D. and I'm focusing on that right now. So I might show you guys a panel from the Amnia print bonus material.

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