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Recommended Reads Round 2

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hey folks! After spending a majority of the year working on Statistical Fact and various work projects I’m back to share a couple updates/ news items.

First off I’ve made some tablet-friendly infinite canvas comics in the past but I’ve finally got around to optimizing the core site for tablet/phone viewing. It’s not perfect and I don’t have a Masters degree in Web Design but you should have a much smoother experience the next time you navigate through on your mobile platform of choice.

Secondly I’m on hiatus from drawing for a bit while my broken arm heals so I’ve been catching up on my webcomic reading. Thought I’d share a few of the titles I’m currently digging:

Matthew Bogart: I first discovered Matthew’s work when I picked up a copy of The Chair’s Hiatus at the local Stumptown convention. The comic was illustrated digitally and had a loose, experimental style which I immediately took a liking to and tried emulate in my Statistical Fact series. His latest comic, Oh, It’s the End of the World, not only improves on this style with striking use of colors but also weaves a compelling story that’s part slice-of-life, part sci-fi and wholly original.

Formal Sweatpants: Fans of the Far Side will definitely want to check out this series as it shares many similarities (both in style and subject matter). Josh’s uniquely surreal renderings of creatures (who often look like they’ve been crossbred with Jabba the Hutt) never fails to amuse.

American Elf: The first, best and longest running daily diary webcomic. Reading a single installment might cause you to dismiss the series as slight or trivial but taken as a whole it’s undoubtedly an epic and very personal achievement.

That’s all for now. If you’d like to see more webcomic recommendations you can find them here.

Checklists and Statistical Facts…

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Checklists webcomic title

Wait! Wait! Come back! I promise this post won’t be as boring as the title implies. Happy to report that it’s been a productive couple of months on the webcomic front. First, my Statistical Fact series continues to expand with 22 new “facts” since April and more comics on the way in July.

Second, a several months back I created a comic for an ill-fated zine (AKA self-published books that are popular here in Portland). The topic of this particular zine was supposed to be “staying indoors and playing games”. You can read my submission (which I’ve since added color and formatted for the web) here.

It’s Alive!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Statistical Fact comic series title

If you didn’t already know my “sister site” (for lack of a better term) StatisticalFact.com is up and running and cranking out new comics Mondays and Thursdays through April. The site is currently in what I’d like to call beta or “soft launch” mode as I continue to tinker with it and get feedback. Hopefully I’ll do some heavier promotion once I’ve filled out the comics archive and am confident that everything is running smoothly.

For those of you familiar with my previous comic work, you know I like to experiment with style and format and the Statistical Fact series is no exception. The obvious change for this series is the adoption of a more traditional webcomic format: short-form humor “strips”, comics featured on the front page, weekly updates, etc. I know this is the basic format of the most popular webcomics and I know the short-form comics are much easier to share on Facebook and other social networks so I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if the new format translates to a wider audience.

The other “draw” that got me interested in this series is the freedom it gave me to do more drawing! I know that may seem like a silly/nonsensical reason but as an artist I find it difficult to motivate myself to draw anything that’s not related to a comic project. I’m not the type of person that can sit in a coffee shop and fill a sketchbook with random drawings for hours on end (although I wish I was because I know that type of experience can be rewarding). My other quirk/shortcoming/flaw as an artist is I tend to lose motivation when I’m working on long-form comics that involve drawing the same characters and environments over and over again. Statistical Fact, at least from my current vantage point, seems like it would be a nice compromise: ongoing motivation to create sketchbook-style comics and short-form so the work always feels fresh (one day I’m drawing a baby playing tennis, the next I’m drawing “Jellysaurus”).

Anyway, that’s enough borderline egotistical platitudes for one post. Please check out StatisticalFact.com, if you like what you see and want to support the site tell a friend, click an ad, “like” it on your preferred social network.

I grow weary of typing, time to freshen things up with some disgruntled pirate drawing. ;)

Launch Date for Statistical Fact Webcomic

Monday, March 25, 2013

After a brief hiatus I’m back in full website tinkering mode and ready to announce the launch date of my latest project:

Barring any unforeseen technical calamities, my new ongoing webcomic series Statistical Fact will debut on April 1st at StatisticalFact.com.

Mark your calenders, update your bookmarks, delouse your chinchillas, it’s gonna be a wild ride folks.

New Comic Status Update

Friday, January 4, 2013
artwork for Statistical Fact comic series featuring baby versus man tennis match

Happy New Year!

As hinted at in the previous post I’ve been working on a new webcomic series. It’s called Statistical Fact and it’s intended to be an ongoing collection of one-panel comics featuring dinosaurs, pirates, babies and whatever else I feel like drawing. Here’s a sample comic from the series.

Aside from the planning/writing/drawing, the aspect of the project that’s been taking up most of my time has been designing a website to host the series. After the better part of a month researching/tinkering/coding I’m happy to report that the site is shaping up nicely. Only a few more minor/cosmetic code tweaks and I should be able to focus on the much more familiar territory of comic making again (and hopefully make an announcement of the debut of the Statistical Fact comic series shortly thereafter).

First Summer in Portland

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kayaking on the Willamette River.

View of downtown Portland from the top of Mount Tabor.

Sample meal from the Grilled Cheese Grill foodcart in the Kerns neighborhood.

It’s been a whirlwind of (mostly good) activity ever since I moved to the Pacific Northwest back in April. Hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, exploring, road trips, working, eating, thrifting, dodgeball, volleyball, wallyball, bouldering, trampolining.

Unfortunately all this surplus activity hasn’t left me much time for doodling funnybooks but that’s all about to change now that the weather’s cooled off and I’m finally caught up on my work deadlines. Stay tuned in the upcoming months for the debut of a new webcomic series…

Manga Lettering Marathon

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Saturn Apartments, Oresama Teacher, Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist and other VIZ manga titles lettered by Eric Erbes.

Currently wrapping up my post-move unpacking and in the midst of a marathon manga lettering catch-up session. Figured I’d take a moment to tally up the stats on my manga lettering work history since I had all the applicable materials handy (and I was kind of curious myself): 8 years, 10 titles, 65 volumes, approximately 13,000 total pages and a whole lot of “BA-BOOM” sound effects.

Gotta get back to work to make sure volumes # 66, 67 and 68 get finished by next month. Beyond that I hope to post an update on my webcomic production stats soon. :)

Moving to Portland, Webcomics Delayed

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Moving from Santa Cruz to Portland

Over the past year and a half I’ve posted five new webcomics, redesigned the website and taught myself some new digital art techniques that will certainly come in handy down the road. It has been one of the most productive and creatively fulfilling periods I’ve experienced in a long time. Unfortunately, due to elements I could not have foreseen, it has also been a period where my savings dipped to a record low. With no signs of a financial recovery I realized that something would have to change if I wanted to continue living my dream of simultaneously working in a profession I enjoy, creating comics that change the way people look at the world and make time to maintain some semblance of a social life.

Thus I’m currently in the process of moving from Santa Cruz, California to Portland, Oregon. The lower cost of living in Portland is obviously a draw but the other major factor is the opportunity to work in a city with a thriving comic community. For the unaware Portland is home to a great number of comic creators, several comic book publishers, multiple comic conventions and is, to the best of my knowledge, the only city that has an entire month dedicated to the medium. It’s a city that I’d be eager to explore, a place where I could certainly enjoy living for a year, after which I’d be free to reevaluate my options.

Anyway that’s basically my long-winded explanation as to why the website updates have been scarce lately. Once I’m settled into my new office I can catch up on my deadlines and finally free up some time to work on new webcomics. In the meantime thanks for checking in and wish me luck on the move!

New Lost Dog Photo Comic

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Crazy Dog Photo Update #2

Had some extra free time this weekend as a result of the wet weather. I was inspired to make another dog-centric diversionary rootin’ tootin’ picture post (who knew this was going to be a reoccurring theme?).

You can find my new “Lost Dog Photo Comic” here. I didn’t know what section to put it in so I created a new one titled “Photoshop Fun.”

Happy browsing and stay dry!

Happy New Year from Santa Cruz

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Santa Cruz Main Beach December sunset

New Years sunset and lights in Santa Cruz