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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

Random Bonus Ramble Webcomic

Friday, December 23, 2011
Random Bonus Ramble comic

Just in time for the holidays, my Random Bonus Ramble webcomic is finished and ready for your digital-package-opening, experimental-navigating pleasure/displeasure. As much as I’d love to go into greater detail about the trying trials and tribulations leading up to this momentous occasion (and, yes, I say that with a hint of sarcasm) I’m unfortunately woefully behind on my sleep/Christmas shopping so I’ll keep this brief:

Happy Holidays and hope you dig the comic!

Random Bonus Ramble Reading Tip- I recommend viewing the webcomic on a touch-screen device if you have one handy (the bigger the better). If you’re on a standard computer hit the F11 key (ie full screen mode) for an easier to read, more engrossing experience.

Experimental Webcomic Woes

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Random Bonus Ramble webcomic coming soon...

Slowly but surely making progress on my next experimental Rambles webcomic. I emphasize “experimental” this time because it’s the first comic I’m attempting to illustrate entirely in the computer (as opposed to drawing and inking traditionally with pen and paper).

In order to achieve this goal I dedicated the better part of last week familiarizing myself with new comic illustration software (Manga Studio EX 4) and was able to use the program to digitally pencil the first few panels of the latest comic. I was very impressed with the results but unfortunately I didn’t get much further in the production process before the program started crashing due to memory issues. Convinced that my “memory hog” operating system known as Vista was at least partially to blame I went ahead and upgraded to Windows 7. When that didn’t solve the problem I jumped ship and started to learn ANOTHER illustration program instead (Corel Painter 11).

When attempting to digitally pencil the next set of comic panels in Painter I was initially impressed solely by the fact that the program seemed much more stable than Manga Studio (ie no crashes). After extended use though I found Painter to be lacking the features I’m looking for in an illustration program (it’s focus is on painting and my focus is on pencil and ink). I particularly found the Painter pencil tool to lack a natural look and feel, especially when compared to the one in Manga Studio.

After deciding that the penciling process was taking longer than necessary with undesirable results in Painter I decided to jump ship BACK to the more appealing interface/toolset (and more buggy) Manga Studio EX 4. Determined, once again, to fix the memory crash issue I did some in-depth googling, document file size reducing and extensive computer cleaning/defragging and ultimately, finally (hopefully, fingers crossed) solved the problem. Phew.

Anyway, sorry for the tangent. Like I said before I’m slowly but surely making progress. The first major hurdle (setting up my computer for digital comic illustration) is behind me and I’ve just cleared the second hurdle (finished the digital pencils). Next hurdle: digital inking, which I’ve already had some experience with so I don’t anticipate any major issues (double fingers crossed). Wish me luck and stay tuned for the new webcomic later this month (double fingers and toes crossed). :P

Whales and Webcomic News

Monday, November 14, 2011
Humpback whale breaching around 30 feet from my kayak

Whale breaching off the coast of Santa Cruz

POV shot from ocean kayak

After crossing paths with bears, moose and porcupine in September you’d think I would have become jaded when it came to wild animal encounters. Little did I know that the single most memorable natural encounter that I’ve ever witnessed was yet to come and would happen a mere two miles from my apartment. For those who didn’t already hear about it on the national news I’m talking about the unusually long and unusually close visit from a group of humpback whales off the shore of Santa Cruz in late October. I was fortunate enough to kayak out on a Friday afternoon a mere half mile beyond the end of the wharf and found myself in the midst of a humpback whale feeding frenzy. You’ll find a few of the pictures I took above. Suffice to say it was an awesome and surreal experience that I won’t soon forget.

That said I want reassure everyone that despite the nature photography kick I’ve been on the past couple posts I will be bringing the focus back to bread and butter comic updates soon. I’m caught up on work deadlines and am finally getting started on the Random Bonus Ramble webcomic that has been filed away in the current project section (see right column) for far too long. Stay tuned for a new webcomic or an update on the status of a new webcomic (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s the former) in the near future.

Alaska Adventure

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Mount McKinley

Been away from the website update scene for a while in part because of my overly-hectic work schedule (more on that in a future update) and partly because of my 11-day Alaska cruise/expedition with the family! We had a wonderful trip that involved hiking, biking, zip-lining and jet boating in, around and above the last frontier. I’ve uploaded a photo travelogue of our Alaskan adventure which features some of our main destinations (Ketchikan, Skagway, Mendenhall Glacier, Hubbard Glacier and Denali) as well as four new Alaska-themed desktop wallpapers.

Thanks for checking in and keep your fingers crossed that I’ll be able to free up enough time to make an Alaska-themed webcomic soon. ;)