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WBMC – Best Seat in the House

Thursday, May 12th 2011 by Pat

We sat all the way in the back of the bus on the nine hour flight from Seattle to Amsterdam. Most disconcerting was our proximity to the bathrooms.

It turned out ok, the flight attendants allowed us to loiter in the serving area grazing on snacks and looking out the tiny portals at Greenland.

WBMC – In Transit

Wednesday, May 11th 2011 by Pat

Saffron Limerick

Wednesday, April 27th 2011 by Pat

Here’s my entry for Marian Call’s limerick contest. If you’ve seen Firefly, you’ll probably remember Saffron.

The Rookery

Thursday, March 31st 2011 by Pat

Tuesday drawing nights at the Rookery are on on hiatus for the next two weeks while I’m out of town and starting up again on April 19th. Drop me a line if you want to join us or sit in as a model, the cost is $5 to draw and it all goes to the model.

Most of the poses in the first hour are are only a couple of minutes long. The idea behind the quick gesture sketches is that we abandoning more of our inhibitions, it also allows the models more interesting and dynamic poses. In the second hour we slow down and do some five and ten minute poses.


Emerald City Wrap-up

Thursday, March 31st 2011 by Pat

Aaron and I were down in Seattle earlier this month peddling our wares at the Emerald City Comic Con. We had a good booth, a bit of a satellite in terms of the webcomics community, but sandwiched comfortably between the Rat City Rollers and Suicide Girls and kitty-corner from the Boondock Saints who were reciting verse while raining down Nerf death on a giant Chewbacca. I really need to bring a camera to these things.

Our friend, Warren Etheredge invited us out to a film shin-dig where we got to watch the beautiful tension unfold as he conducted a serious interview with the director of the independent production branch of the Screen Actors Guild, the North by Northwest casting director and Matthew Lillard.

It’s lovely to see serious thespians collide with Scooby-Doo. It’s just such a thin line between mediocrity and greatness and no one is ever sure which side they’re on. Warren could have stirred things up a little more but, to his credit, he veered away from sensational towards educational.

A half-Canadian, half-elf barbarian turned up at our booth and gave us a copy of her fantasy web series, Standard Action. The production quality is pretty good and Edda reminds me of all the high spirited bone crushers I know in Whitehorse. It’s neat to see people really putting some time into this independent web series and I wonder if there’s some viable business model there. It seems like it would be in the interest of major studios to nurture this kind of low budget production as a sort-of new media farm league.

In the comics realm, we made some new friends, saw some old ones and picked up a ton of great books.

In the new people realm. I love Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, they were a great pair and make fun, kid-friendly books like Astronaut Academy and Smile. Chris Hallbeck and his wife (who says I need to have (and keep) an update schedule) are also new favorites.

In a surreal and awesome turn of events, Brandon Seifert, a fellow Mr. McFeely groupie from UAF, has been drafted into Robert Kirkman’s new Skybound label at Image. Brandon’s comic, Witchdoctor, is the first comic on the label and earned him a write-up in the New York Times, it starts shipping in late June.

Scott Campbell, I keep thinking that maybe his personality is some sort of performance art but I’m pretty sure he’s genuinely touched with pure awesomeness, like how Obelix fell into the potion when he was a baby.

The the best artwork I saw on the trip wasn’t at the convention, it was on the wall at the home of Bill Barnes, his kids are amaaaaazing! The anatomy of the dog (mostly bowels, not so-much brains) and the epic castle battle were among my favorites but the picture of Bill’s wife walking the dog while wearing body armor was pretty good too.

I’m sure there were other things that happened. Aaron signed a lot of autographs. The highlight of our trip by far was visiting a trampoline filled warehouse with our hosts Marcus and Elsbeth. I did a back flip. Again, I need to bring a camera on these trips.

A Visit from Hades

Tuesday, March 29th 2011 by Pat

Whew! It’s been a while since I posted a comic, let’s just pick up where we left off and pretend it hasn’t been such a ridiculously long time.

The Poseidon Saga continues – a tale of tridents, owls, love and the sea.

Part I – Poseidon & Athena
Part II – Hermes the Messenger
Part III – A Visit from Hades

Emerald City Comic Con – Ultimate Space Needle!

Tuesday, March 1st 2011 by Pat

I love Emerald City Comic Con. If you’re attending this year, you can find me and Aaron at booth 906, we’re the guys with the red beards selling unicorn shirts and origami and maybe even some comics.

If you’ve attended ECCC before, you know everyone draws awesome custom art of heroes kicking ass and babes posing in front of the Space Needle.

The one constant… Space Needle. In fact, I don’t think anyone even cares about the other characters in these compositions.

It’s time to give the people what they want, more Space Needle, and that’s why I’m throwing my space hat in the space ring with a print I call “The Space Needle vs. The Space Needle in front of The Space Needle.” Actually, that’s too long, let’s just call it, “Ultimate Space Needle!”

I might also bring a few of the roots prints which tell the secret origin of the Space Needle.


Tuesday, March 1st 2011 by Pat

Unshelved is a webcomic about libraries and is well loved by those who inhabit the stacks. I had an opportunnity to meet the creators, Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, when they were in Juneau last week for the Alaska Library Association Conference and had a great time talking shop.

Gene and Bill have been publishing their comics online since 2002 with much more frequency than I can boast and have had enormous success in the library niche. This year alone they’ll be speaking at over a dozen librarian conferences and they seem to have a deep enthusiasm for their work and culture.. and for well… Buffy.

Talking to Bill and Gene helped me remember that I actually have a link to the niche world of library comics myself. When I was a Sophomore in high school I was hired by American Library Association President, Ann Symons, to illustrate a few pages of her book “Protecting the Right to Read,” a manual on intellectual freedom.

I dug my copy out of the closet, the book actually has a pretty good grasp on the internet even though it was written around the time the first web browsers were being made. It’s an interesting mix of many of my current interests.

My illustrations are atrocious but they make me feel all kinds of nostalgic and I can’t help wondering how my drawing style might have developed differently if I hadn’t set that interest aside for the ten years after high school.

Clockwise from the top left, you can see I was fairly literal with my interpretations of the subjects I was given.

The guy reaching for the book shelf was pretty much my standard cartoon dude back in the day, I drew everyone with rolled up pant legs. This one isn’t a bad censorship themed illustration and it’s even got some attempt at perspective.

The guy in the lower left has an arm coming out of his chest and maybe his pants are on backwards? Awesome.


Tuesday, February 1st 2011 by Pat


Saturday, January 29th 2011 by Pat

I wrapped up my introduction to watercolor today. I like the medium, it lends pleasant surprises and organic randomness which only occasionally veers towards vomit colored mud.

The original image felt dark and flat so I photoshopped it. If you want to see where I started, here’s the original jellicopter.

I ordered a Cintiq back in early December and it’s still on backorder. When it finally gets here I think I’ll come back to the pieces in this sea creature air craft series and rework them from scratch. Eventually I’ll probably turn them into shirt designs as well, it’s just easier to sell shirts than prints, probably because there’s more utility to a shirt.

If anyone wants one of the water color originals .