Friday, February 26, 2010

Old Strips Week-Part 5

Some heavy blogging here today. With this third and final post of the day, I bring my old comics retrospective to a close. First up is another contribution to Don't Touch Me, this from April of 2007. Let's examine, shall we...
Secondly, as featured in the Fall 2007 edition of Broken Pencil. I was asked to do a "write up" of sorts on that year's Toronto Comics Art Festival. The theme for the particular issue was "horror" so I thought the conversation with Seth was a fitting subject for the story. The title block is an homage to the classic EC books. Not one of my favourite pieces (last minute once again), but there's something charming about the whole story, especially the nod to my grandfather. It's likely the closest I'll ever get to doing an autobio type of story...

Perspective...

“In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” ~unknown

Done for the site Illustration Friday. This weeks theme being "Perspective" and based around the above quote. The illustration is pretty much a literal interpretation of the quote and a good excuse to do illustrations of pets...

To the Batcave Old Chum!


Here's a link to the original article on Torontoist (Link)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Old Strips Week-Part 4

The final Bawdy collaborations. Sigh.
As of late 2006 or so "Tastes Like Chicken" folded, as sadly too many small magazines seem to do. Seeing that I felt like I was finally getting the hang of this, I proposed to Wayne that we continue either as a web strip or to try and pitch a collection. He seemed into the idea at first, but unfortunately we quickly fell out of touch. Maybe he just wanted to move on and this reminded him too much of TLC's end, who knows? Such is life and it was a fun little run. When last I checked on him, Wayne's been writing under the name Justin Shady for outlets like the AV club and even wrote a graphic novel for Image called "Missing the Boat"(2008), which I have yet to check out but it looked pretty nice (samples here).

I'd really like to thank Wayne for the opportunity. It was an all around fun time...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Old Strips Week-Part 3

This post is a continuation of the one below in a way. After my first submission to Tastes Like Chicken, publisher Wayne Chinsang took a liking to my work and proposed a collaboration. These strips are the first three results. Wayne was full of odd ideas and great rhymes which made these strips a true pleasure to work on. He was also open to my need to mess around, just as long as I got the strips finished by the (tight) deadlines.
The first strip was done in colour to be put on the magazine's website as the strip was initially supposed to be web only. The third strip is the result of my computer crapping out on me as well as an extra tight deadline due to my having gone on my honeymoon for two weeks. I had to leave the modern era behind and composed it using a grease marker and rubber stamps for the letters.
More installments to follow, click on the images for a better view..


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Old Strips Week-Part 2


Today's installment in this wildly popular series comes from the latter months of 2004 and was my first of many contributions to now defunct magazine/website "Tastes Like Chicken". This same strip also appeared in a highly different form a few years prior in the final issue of a Canadian indie comics anthology called "Sunburn". I was never really happy with how the original strip turned out, due to the fact that I rushed it, the pacing of the nursery rhyme didn't work and the art was pretty bland and muddy. This version was much preferable. It was more to the point and much sadder. Those trees look pretty odd though...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Old Strips Week-Part 1

I'm in the midst of putting together my latest Mr. Monitor installment (read the first 6 here) and thought it might be a bit fun to revisit some of the strips I've done through the years for various anthologies or magazines. I'm actually surprised at how much I like quite a few of them. Certainly much better than some of the dreck I crapped out in my "zine years".
For the first strip, we travel way back to the year 2003 for this one. "Howlin' Terry Upright" was made for the Summer '03 issue of long running Toronto comics anthology "Don't Touch Me" and was the first comic I'd ever rendered digitally. It also includes some of my early experiments with using outside textures. How very novel..

Fun fact. I was the first person ever to purchase a copy of Don't Touch Me at a convention in 1994 and have a life time subscription for that honour. DTM (and Toronto Comic Jam) founder Dave Howard was one of the first people to support my early, shitty attempts at zine making and has been a great source of encouragement over the years. A tip of the hat to you sir...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Profile on Design Inspiration..

I recently had the chance to yammer on and share my endless wisdom on the great blog Design Inspiration. These things are great fun to do and I'd like to thank Jeff Andrews for asking me to participate. Do yourself a favour and check out his blog Sugar Frosted Goodness (link) as well as his great design and illustration work (link)
Click on the compelling glasses to head over to the interview...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Life is short, full of stuff...

Today (Feb. 4) marks the one year anniversary of Lux Interior's sudden passing. The Cramps were a band that I grew to appreciate more over time and I was definitely bummed when I'd heard the news. In lieu of further eulogizing, here's my visual tribute to one of the greats...
Lux Interior (1946-2009)