Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Speaking of Broken Pencil....

"Fulton Downhill" by Eric Beeny

Mr. Monitor Presents: Little L'Ourque. Words by Cory McCallum

In print this month is the latest issue of Broken Pencil featuring a new Mr. Monitor and me doing an illustration for the fiction section (also featuring some great work by Hyein Lee, Ben Rivers and Lisa Vanin). I've been messing around a bit with my black and white work recently, going for a straight black on white style since greyscale tends to look muddy with my work. Still a work in progress, but that's the fun of experimenting. I also decided to try something a bit different with Mr. Monitor this time around and collaborated with a fine writer in the form of Cory McCallum. I figured that lining up the print versions of the strips with the online was tending to be a bit of a pain, especially if the online strip moved ahead a few chapters, so I wanted to do the print versions as a series of one offs. Having a bit of writers block, and not feeling that confident in what I could do, I put the word out to a few writer friends and Mr. McCallum was the first to bite. I'm also experimenting with some new character designs for the story, so this edition features a new look for the adult L'Ourque. I'm hoping to get back on the serial version of Mr. Monitor in the near future (the Broken Pencil website redesign has been taking forever, plus the aforementioned block), but I'm looking forward to more of these collaborations in the meantime.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Broken Pencil Renewal Strips

Way back in the fall of 2011 (which seems like a lifetime ago), my longstanding relationship with Broken Pencil magazine took a different turn when i was asked to create a series of strips for their subscription renewal forms. I decided to take on a few genre tropes, such as space adventure (albeit in a mundane form), superheroics and animal drama. Good silly fun, which we can never have enough of.