Monday, December 31, 2007
This is for a project I hope to self-publish next month (if I can get the pages to the printer in time)
This is for a project that should already be ready to come out, it's just a matter of the writer, myself and the publisher getting back on the same page. This was approved back in July.
and here is something for summer 2008 if everything comes together as planned -
On top of those, I also have hopes to re-launch The Hurricane Kids in the spring as a web-comic and plans to work with a writer whom I have been wanting to work with for a year or so, that should start up after I wrap Villains in July.
Wish me luck.
* Also, to those kind few who are worried about my feet, I have begun wearing shoes on a daily basis and it has helped my pads immensely, and I'm supposed to get a pedicure tonight if I can stand the tickling.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
My heels and balls of my feet are stained from my last pair of black flip flops and my heels are cracking badly. Sometimes I feel like there are little needles penetrating them. My girlfriend says I need a pedicure, I say I need some money for a new pair of Sambas.
Oh, and don't forget to come see me this weekend if you're local (see previous post below).
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
FULL SCRIPT - A panel for panel breakdown of what is happening, what panel the dialog fits in and where everything goes, this usually leaves very little decision making up to the artist.
LOOSE SCRIPT - Usually all the dialog is there but instead of panel descriptions, there are usually just page descriptions which let the artist choose how to tell the story and how to break down the panels.
I would like to say I have worked with both types, but in actuality I have not. All of my scripts from all of the writers I have worked with have been of the FULL SCRIPT type. Both have their positive and negative aspects to it, the FULL script ensures that the writer's vision comes through 100%, and that they know what to expect on the page when they see it, there is little doubt of what will come across and it makes for an easy collaboration. I should also say, that the FULL SCRIPT method is used very much in work for hire situations, where the artist (and often the writer) are just hired hands there to tell a story. While this script type is common, it does leave a little to be desired for the artist who generally would like to have a little more say in the graphic storytelling department, especially in a visual medium.
When I write for artists I almost always use the LOOSE SCRIPT format, unless it's such a short story, or I have such a crystallized idea in my mind that I need to be more direct. I love seeing a page come in on a project and not knowing what to expect, it is very creative and keeps the energy moving. This type of writing generally occurs in a book that is co-created between the writer and artist and each has a personal and often times emotional attachment to the book. On a book where I co-create, this would be the ideal type of script I would get.
Please note, I also take into account the writers I work with and I am comfortable enough with them to know that I can alter certain panels and pages to fit my storytelling approach, and with a little conversation, everything goes swimmingly, and also, many writers only feel comfortable in the FULL script mode, but are more than willing to listen to and agree to the artists input. With VILLAINS for instance, the only long form work I have done up until now, I read all the scripts and suggest changes that are sometimes, but not always taken into account, and only after both myself and the writer, Adam Cogan, agree 100% do I start on the artwork, and we have a great working dynamic where I feel in the art phase I can make whatever changes, though few they may be, to tell the story my way visually. An artist as well, Adam has a very visual approach to his writing which makes it easy.
This whole post was spawned by this great link I came across that points to published comic scripts on the internet. Download the 2 scripts by Brian Wood, the DEMO script, an indie book he co-created with the amazing Becky Cloonan, he wrote in the loose script format, and then the DMZ script, for Vertigo/DC, he wrote in the more common Full script mode.
* On a personal note, I was introduced to Brian by a retailer friend of mine in San Diego this summer, and I was too insecure to even offer polite conversation or praise. I just acted like I was part of the conversation and then skulked away. A couple years back Adam and I entertained the idea of getting Brian to design the cover layout for VILLAINS, but we could not afford him at that point, and I think he was starting to lean away from design also.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
and here is what she looks like now...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Who's the Boss of my juvenile loins?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Javi and Les got a second of screen time too. Volume 3 of Middleman just came out through Viper Comics, I highly recommend it.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
x-posted from ARTJUMBLE
Friday, October 12, 2007
and a process shot....
the final bigger piece can be found on the ARTJUMBLE site.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
This one was a blast but I swear I have seen this design somewhere else. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I might use this guy in Villains Vol.2, but I can't be sure I didn't steal a Matsuda design or something. Done for the Artjumble blog. Comment here or there.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Vegas was great, I golfed, went skeet shooting with a shotgun for the first time ever, drank a beer in a way I never have before, ate amazingly well, and saw one of my friends do the greatest dance ever while mocking a group of frat boys. I wish I could have stayed longer, but life happens.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I have a small group of friends here in the Phoenix area that I have known for over 10 years, 1/3 of my life. They are great friends and I see them as often as I can and I enjoy hanging out with their kids and BBQ's and bar sessions and everything that it entails. I am blessed to have such great, loyal companions.
There is a smaller group though, that I consider my greatest friends, my brothers, my family, I have known since I was 13. 18 years ago I met these guys, and if a really good friend will help you move a body, then I have 3 that will commit multiple heinous felonies and help me flee the country, after burying the bodies and aiding me to exact my bloody revenge. And I would do that for them, because that's what true friendship is about. Not that I have anything liked that planned, but it's good to know that it is an option, if such an extreme situation arises.
I'm going on a short vacation this weekend to Vegas and seeing 2/3 of the trifecta, and I can't wait, I'm like a child on Christmas eve. Nothing overly amazing ever happens on these weekends, nothing to write home about, but a good time is guaranteed, and it's always nice to visit family.
I can see MBM's point about me making new friends though, if I don't learn how to be more sociable, I might never date a woman again. My apologies for the weepy eyed sentimentality, here is some art for no good reason.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Hop on over to The AZD&D site for more pics and fun!
Also this past weekend I took 2/3's of my brood to see Surf's Up, the Sony Animation feature about surfing penguins. This movie was really, really, really, good. The way they "shot" it and animated it, f-ing brilliant, I loved the story too, although it was super predictable, but the performances the voice actors and animators put on were amazing. Go see it, if you're local to Phoenix it is showing at the budget theatres now. It actually touched that sensitive spot in me as well, you know, the tiny little spot I keep far behind the anger and bitterness I usually project. I really need to learn to let go of my aggression and negativity of the way things have been going the last year or so. I need to learn to absorb and be "in the moment" when positive and calming events are happening. I think I have started to take advantage of that over the last few days, but it's a work in progress and I need to to adjust 10 years or so of negativity.
Okay, diary, enough of that, I am also doing a bunch of inking while waiting on more script pages, jump on over the SKETCHJAM! blog to see a Kirby page and Wieringo pin-up I did.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Since I don't have an 11x17 printer, I printed up the Kirby page in 3 parts and I'll put it together in Photoshop.
Also, I got the hardcover collection of Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project from Marvel & The Hero Initiative yesterday. Once again I can't believe how great it was to be a part of this thing, and the book will only raise more money for the charity. To date it has raised over $81,000. Here's a quick shot of my page in the book, it's alphabetical so I'm next to the amazing Frank Cho.
Tomorrow night is the first ever Phoenix Drink and Draw session, so I'll post about that over the weekend.
Monday, August 20, 2007
A Noble Causes pin-up I did because I like the look of the character and Jay seems to like my stuff at least a little bit. I totally used every cheat and was very lazy on this one.
My weekend was uneventful, but fun. Got tipsy on Friday and finally saw Borat. Saturday I cooked myself a lovely little bit of seasoned catfish with roasted potato. Yummy.
I'm bored 99% of the time, even though I am busy 150% of the item. I need someone to talk to that's over the age of 10.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Harry Potter Character Combatibility Test
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Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
The con itself was cool, I picked up some great stuff, said hello to the usual fellows and got to spend alot of time at the booth. I appreciate everyone who came by and had nice things to say about Villains, and to all who picked up the trade. Even though 3 days sold out, I didn't think it was as busy as last year, but I was able to avoid all the media/gaming areas, and that's where the kids go nuts. I left a little re-charged about my upcoming project (now if only I could get a script so I could get started). One thing about being around all those talented artists, it makes me strive to show that I am better than what I have shown in the past.
A very special thanks to the waitress at Trophy's who liked my tabletop Hellboy drawing and I want to leave this post with a super-sized recommendation of Ted Mathot's Rose and Isabel books. I have been wanting them for a while, and I picked them up at the con and I must say, they are simply amazing. I was so inspired and I think I might actually do my "Ronin" series of books in a similiar, square-size format. Go to his site, buy his books, you will thank me later.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Read the last Harry Potter book over the weekend, and while I didn’t immediately love it upon first read, I thought it tied everything up reasonably well and I plan to re-read it in a few weeks, so I can get a better grasp on it. After being initially disappointed with book 6, I re-read it and liked it much more a second time. I do think part of the problem is that I love books 3-5 so much, that 6 was a bit of a letdown. Also, it seems that parts of the book she retreated to easily explaining it all, like she did earlier in the series, obviously catering to a younger reader, although I think the average Potter reader at this point doesn't need that storytelling tool any longer. Overall though, it was a fabulous coming of age story, with all the proper epic elements thrown in. I hope she does stick to her word and not do anymore books; it would be a shame to cash in when one really doesn’t need to. I wouldn’t mind a few anthologies though, filling in some back-story characters or introducing new ones, it’s a world filled with wonderful ideas, I just don’t want anymore to do with the 3 main characters.
So, for the record, not that anyone cares:
Favorite Potter Book = The Order of the
Favorite Potter Movie = The Prisoner of Azkaban
On other news, I’m waiting to start my new project once the funding happens, I’m also very anxious about San Diego Comic-Con, I’ll only be there 2 days but I’m pissed because I’m missing an awesome party on Thursday, and then Friday and Saturday are so insanely busy down there. I hope I get plenty of time to sign and I look forward to seeing everyone, so it should be fun, CROWDED, but fun.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Ryan Cody, artist of the critically acclaimed VILLAINS for Viper Comics will be signing Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th at the Viper Comics booth inside the Independent Press area at Comic-con International in
Artists included in Volume 1 include: Ryan Cody, a creator based out of
On top of a wonderful crop of sketches and illustrations, there is also a short 7-page original story entitled “The Ronin & The Island of Beralku” by Ryan Cody.
The Sketchjam Sketchbook is 52 pgs, Black and White interiors with a full color cover and a “sketchpage” inside the book for a custom sketch if you’re lucky enough to catch one of the creators at a convention, or you can contact and order from your favorite creator online. The Sketchjam Sketchbook will be available worldwide this summer, for more information please visit the Sketchjam blog at http://sketchjam.blogspot.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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Monday, May 21, 2007
UCC Apple Tea. The nectar of the gods and the well of life I drink from. During my time in Okinawa I drank as much of this as possible, and thanks to a very generous allowance from my fine parents, I drank a lot. Since my departure, it has been sparse and my longing for it continues to go unfulfilled. I think I have found it online, packaged differently, but tasting very similiar at Ito En. However, besides being very expensive for a case, my longtime confidant, and world renown Okinawan Tea expert, John Feller, has informed me that they are not indeed the same, and UCC is only available in Okinawa.
So in my quest to quench this raging beast inside my taste buds, I have searched long and far for a substitute (although it is an insult to UCC Apple Tea to do so). I have tried and failed to brew my own, but the recent surge in flavored bottled teas has brought some satisfaction. Lipton makes a citrus flavored tea that is decent, but sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup. My current selection is Snapple White Tea, Green Tea flavor. It is very good, not UCC good by any stretch, but it does the job.
So until I find a source for importing the UCC at a reasonable price, I will continue to search for a reliable substitute, and long for the times, few and far between, when I am able to smell the aroma of the Gods, and taste perfection in a bottle again.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
and the newest batch, done this week -