1. hypercastle:

    hypercastle:

    11 days left to preorder a copy of the collected Vortex in the Sparkplug Fall Books Kickstarter campaign. We’re over a third of the way to our crowd funding goal, help make this book a reality! Pages above from the end of the third issue and beginning of the fourth.

    8 days left!

    Would really love to see the VORTEX collected edition in print! Please support!!!!

     
  2. With Xochitl and Zen at Crocker-Con… Zen’s first comic convention! He was the most handsome hero in the house! Thanks @burgooneytunes for having us out!!

     
  3. underwatercrystalzone:

    A while back I conducted a share contest to promote the release of my book Escape from Cubicleland. I sent out drawings to three winners. This is one of them. Might color this later for fun…

     
  4. underwatercrystalzone:

    A while back I conducted a share contest to promote the release of my book Escape from Cubicleland. I sent out drawings to three winners. This is one of them. Might color this later for fun…

     
  5. underwatercrystalzone:

    A while back I conducted a share contest to promote the release of my book Escape from Cubicleland. I sent out drawings to three winners. This is one of them. Might color this later for fun…

     
  6. underwatercrystalzone:

    A while back I conducted a share contest to promote the release of my book Escape from Cubicleland. I sent out drawings to three winners.

    This is not one of them. This one my wife and I decided looked like her, so I dedicated to her instead! =P Might color this later for fun…

     
  7. hypercastle:

    Today Sparkplug Books launched a Kickstarter campaign for their fall books: Reich #12 and Vortex.

    I’m super stoked about this! Vortex will collect all four of my mini comics in a definitive edition with a cover by my partner Glade Hensel. I’m posting a preview of the cover and selected pages from the first issue. I’ll continue to post previews throughout the campaign.

    I started Vortex, my first graphic novel, on June 4th, 2011 and I’m looking forward to holding a copy in my pixel-stained hands. This summer I’ve poured over every page, fixing mistakes, editing some text, messing with the patterns, and redrawing pages. I’m really proud of the final book and, if you like psychedelic sf, I think you’ll dig it! Please support this campaign with a share or a preorder.

    check it!

    (via spacefacebooks)

     
  8. andrewmaclean:

    pizza-party:

    Another book you should be EXTREMELY excited about: Andrew MacLean’s ApocalyptiGirl! More info over comicsalliancehttp://comicsalliance.com/apocalyptigirl-andrew-maclean-aria-for-end-times-dark-horse/

    This is what I’ve been working on all year. Head to the link to see a preview. Thanks.  -A

     
  9. comicsworkbook:

    I really like Jesse Moynihan’s Forming. Volume two is out now. You can read the whole thing here. Definitely not one of those times when the webcomic renders the book collection unnecessary. This beautiful book lets you really enjoy the artwork. If you aren’t familiar with Jesse’s work check out this interview and this interview. Follow his Tumblr here. -FS

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    Frank Santoro: You mentioned to me once—unless I’m misremembering—that you had an offer to do a Forming animated cartoon and turned it down to keep it for yourself - you talked about that Forming was your “space” and no one else’s - and maybe that you may do an animated version yourself - I forget. 

    Jesse Moynihan: If I remember, I was just saying that initially Frederator had asked if I wanted to do an adaptation of Forming for their channel. I told them something like, “Only if I have all the rights to it,” and of course they said “no”. I didn’t expect them to say “yes”! No production company would. That’s sort of my impossible ‘deal’ with Forming. If someone wanted to adapt it into another medium - my only way of agreeing to it is if I retained exclusive rights and control over all the content. Forming is my baby, man. It’s a place where I don’t have to answer to anyone. It’s a totally pure, streamlined place. I make up an idea within this world and I draw it. Then I put it on the internet. It’s so easy and simple. So regardless of how the rest of my career goes, I’ll always have that in my pocket, unless I give it up like a bozo!

    Santoro: Have you been approaching the website or the way the the comic is seen online serially any different since book one came out? Like I mean, has having the book made you think AT ALL differently about the webcomic version. Nothing major - I just wonder how it feels seeing it as a book instead of a stack of originals and dots on a screen.

    Moynihan: Yeah as I was serializing the first volume I had no solid intention to print, so every page was self contained. A lot of the gags and thematic ideas would resolve on the last panel. Once I held a copy of the first book in my hand, I think my consciousness shifted slightly and I started spacing my action and jokes out a bit more. I would let ideas spill out over a few pages and land wherever felt natural. I started to feel less pressure to sell a single page as a self contained thing. I think the second book breathes better because of that; maybe to the detriment of how it reads online. I’m definitely now in the mind mode of, “This will eventually be printed.” so I’m putting in two page spreads and stuff like that. It’s not a super radical change, but I can tell the difference. 

    Santoro: I’m happy to see you making comics steadily instead of disappearing down the animation rabbit hole like so many of my other cartoonist friends whose dayjob is animation. You seem protective of Forming - like its your refuge away from work life - like when we were talking it sounded meditative to me - like it was your foundation. 

    Moynihan: I can’t imagine calling it quits on my personal work. The reason I didn’t pursue film after film school, was I felt the medium to be too collaborative. I needed a thing that was my vision entirely. Collaborating is a thing I can do, and it’s fun but I gotta have the other thing that’s totally uncompromised. If I don’t have that, I think I’d get really depressed. More depressed than usual haha! The animation thing gives me a lot: The freedom to go nuts in someone else’s sandbox and live a financially stable life. It’s an awesome job and I love the characters/design/story of the show. If I didn’t have a burning desire to plant my flag in the dirt, maybe I would get completely absorbed by the show. At the end of the day though, Adventure Time is Pen Ward’s world. Forming is my world, and my ego requires I have my own world to share with people. I guess it’s my ego. That’s probably what it is. 

    Santoro: Can you talk about Forming process pre-animation day job and now - has animation day job made you a better cartoonist somehow cuz you aren’t only speaking one language ?

    Moynihan: Before my day job I was working on Forming about 30-40 hours a week. After starting on Adventure Time, it went down to about 15 hours a week. I think working on the show has made me a better cartoonist in some ways. My understanding of volume has improved, as well as my willingness to flesh out and track environments. There was a period of a few months where some of the techniques I was using on A.T. started to seep into Forming and it was making my Forming stuff worse. It took a while to notice that and make sure I stayed conscious of the stylistic differences. I can’t have elbowless, Betty Boop tube arms going on in Forming. But yeah I think my stuff has gotten more energetic looking, after working in animation for 4 years. My posing is a little more extreme. Although that could have more to do with my higher level of Kirby interest in these past few years as well.

    (via comicsworkbook)

     
  10. madbaumer37:

    Dörfler 36B

     
  11. Drawing stuff for Cubicleland Kickstarter rewards… here’s a work in progress.

     
  12. snakebomb:

    newvisiontechnology:

    adactivity:

    Might as well announce this,
    here’s an introductory chapter page for a comic I am working on.
    I don’t have a title yet.  It is a supplementary/side-story for my comic Mighty Star.

    It has words in it.  
    It is ostensibly about the Philosopher character from Mighty Star.
    I have been showing bits and pieces of it on this blog.

    It will be out this fall, from snakebomb.  
    Hope you will like it/read it.

    [rap music playing]

    the comics mailing list I’m on described ad as “the cruelest man in comics” and “a real crime-guy”  I don’t know what some of those words mean but I bet that doesn’t even matter because they’ll all mean something else by the time ad is done with his dark business.

    ps follow adactivity and snakebomb and be excited 

    It’s on! V. happy to help make this a physical object coming out soon. In the meantime, preorder AD’s Junior Detective Files from Sonatina! [animalized rap game wriggling eerily]

     
  13. Crazy comic on the wall at Tower International Cafe in Sacramento, CA.

     
  14. happinesscomix:

    IT’S HERE (ALMOST)

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF HAPPINESS #4 TODAY!*

    DO IT

    YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO

    COMES OUT IN 3 WEEKS!

    *OR get it at the Happiness #4 release party July 27th, or at RIPExpo August 2nd & 3rd. However, if you can’t make it to either event, all pre-orders will be mailed the first and second week of August, and will also help pay for the remaining printing costs & contributing artist stipends! 

    Description: Issue #4 is another jam-packed issue of Happiness. Features 25 short comics by alternative cartoonists from across the country and overseas, plus: interviews with artists, cartoonists, galleries, musicians/bands, and other community organizers, as well as written essays and a spotlight section on contemporary show flyer art.

    **Comes with a full-length music compilation CD!**

    Specs: 7.875” x 10.5”x ~.5”, 192 pages total (152 B&W offset pgs, 40 full-color pgs), perfect bound.

    Featured comic artists include:

    • Alex Williams
    • Antoine Cossé
    • Cathy G. Johnson
    • Claire Donner
    • Courtney Loberg
    • Diego Gerlach
    • Félix Decombat
    • Gretta Johnson
    • Hiromi Ueyoshi
    • Katrina Clark
    • Lale Westvind
    • Lasse Wandschneider
    • Leah Wishnia
    • Leslie Weibeler
    • Maren Karlson
    • Max Morris
    • Michael Olivo
    • Mike Funk
    • Mimi Chrzanowski
    • Nathan Ward
    • Noel Freibert
    • O Horvath
    • Pat Keck
    • Rand Renfrow

    With flyer & poster art from:

    • Abraham Díaz
    • Alexander Heir
    • Anna Ehrlemark
    • Dunja Jankovic
    • Elijah Funk
    • Eric Benton
    • Eugene Terry
    • Jess Poplawski
    • Lisa Czech
    • Katrina Clark
    • Kelsey Short
    • Mar Estrama
    • Matthew Thurber
    • Michael Comeau
    • Mike Taylor
    • Nate Doyle
    • Sam Ryser

    And Interviews with:

    • Ben Trogdon
    • Downtown Boys
    • Drut PD & Tumbleweave
    • Good Press Gallery
    • Jordan Speer
    • Josh Freydkis
    • Lyra Hill
    • School Jerks with Tara Bursey
    • Suzy X

    Plus Essays by:

    • Dave Morse
    • Jes Skolnik

    With music tracks by:

    • Astral Aperture
    • Brothers Hand Mirror
    • Creep Highway
    • Cremalleras
    • Dead Wife
    • Downtown Boys
    • Drut PD
    • Foster Care
    • Las Otras
    • Lumpy & The Dumpers
    • Matthew Thurber
    • Nandas
    • Olivia Neutron-John 
    • Shopping
    • Splattertron
    • Tether (formerly Pak)
    • Thee Nodes
    • Trash Tide
    • Tumbleweave
    • School Jerks

    Front cover art of Happiness #4 by Jordan Speer. Inside cover art by Jason Murphy, album art by Lale Westvind, tracks mastered by GW Duncanson.

    Above: excerpts of comics by Pat Keck, Gretta Johnson, Michael Olivo, Mimi Chrzanowski, Antoine Cossé, Alex Williams, and Cathy G. Johnson, and more.

    Get issues 1-3 here

     
  15. screentonetv:

    SFVPN was a cool book too btw