Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hot of the Press!

A whole new page!

It's hot of the presses and marks a big step for me.
This page marks the beginning of the home stretch here. The final scene. End curtain. Le Fin.
If you listen close you can just start making out the faintest hum of the fat lady singing.
Not to put the cart before the horse or anything, I KNOW I've still go a long way to go. But it's something. I'll be glad to have something under my belt, finally.

Baby steps,
Baby steps.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another rainy day. Softball starts today but I seriously doubt we're going to be able to squeeze the game in. The field must be under 3 inches of rain by now. With luck, this will all clear up before tomorrow's Red Sox game which I happen to have tickets to.

In comic news the Around Comics fellas are back from their 4 month hiatus (Thank Christ!). It's not that I have anything against Jeremy Mullins but his S.C.A.D version of AC just wasn't cutting the mustard for me. I welcome back all the guys except of course Scottie Young who is moving on to greener pastures.

In more down home comic news I have finished lettering the first 58 consecutive pages of Duck! which means I am right on schedule (even ahead a little bit!) if I want to make my end of August deadline. I'll tell you guys right now, it's really flipping involved trying to make a comic all on your own.

Now for a preview that celebrates tomorrow night's game!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Punch Bowl

I've reached a sad record. This is the longest span of time in between posts so far weighing in at 8 whole days. More than one typical work week.


I assure you it's not because I'm lazy but rather that I have very little "new" art to display. The past 2 weeks have been revisions only, and let me tell you what a tedious process that is. I move word balloons, revise the text - oh and did I mention I downloaded a new font for the whole book? So I've had to begin at the beginning and literally re-write all of it this far to use the new stuff and wipe out the old.

The good news is I'm happy with the end result.

We've got 36 consecutive pages that if I had to send to the printer today, I would be proud to publish. Of course, 36 pages isn't a lot when you consider the finished work will be somewhere up in the 100 page range but it's a solid first third.

I'd rifle off a sketch or something to post here as well but I really don't have time. Running Matt's is taking center stage today.

More later!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why Can't I Stop Yawning?

A little three page ditty about ...well. Read it.

Did you know Ricky Gervais is filming a movie in Lowell? Read all about it on his blog. For those of you who don't know a little show called Extras, a British comedy about being an extra on set, it's f*cking hilarious. It comes highly recommended from me.

If you are wondering why these three pages don't read continuously from the 2nd page to the 3rd it's because in the book they're cut in with shots of Cat and Duck at a Red Sox game. It'll all make sense in the final product so start saving your pennies and buy the real thing.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Ta-da! here is the updated version of the gmail conversation. With significantly less mention of Duck being on the couch.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Another Opening Day!

But the real one, which happens in Fenway Park. The ring ceremony, the mysterious man throwing out the first pitch of the season (who will it be!?--my money is on Bill Buckner, talk about the possibilities of Redemption). My brother is at the park along with all the boys who won Monster Seat tickets (--to Opening Day!!) Man. What a day. I'll be listening to it on WEEI 850am. until 1:45 when I meet my man Dave for a late lunch at Longhorn so we can watch the first pitch being thrown out.

It's shaping up to be quite a season.

This post concludes our little busted knee scene with Church. I wonder what we'll work on next.
Detroit Tigers are going down...

Friday, April 4, 2008

Two for Two

My lovely bastard-in-chief (not to be confused with editor-in-chief) had me draw these little wacom tablet portraits. They're stupid easy but as she pointed out they are good exercise. Katie tells me I have a retroactive relationship with her hair and always draw it short even though it's ponytail length now, hence the Rapunzel bit.

If you don't know LOLkAtZ you should.
Here for Cats and here for the L-Word spoof on LOLCats

Obama on Friday

What a rainy gross Friday.

I can't seem to get these pages to post in order.
My technical skills aren't such that I know how to fix it and my patience isn't such that I will post them all individually. But, I will politely ask that you don't mind too much. It'll all make sense in the end.

I've been watching Barack Obama videos all morning spurned from John Ashcroft's bullshit slip at Stonehill college. The conspiracy theorist in me says the only reason I could find this version of the video is because it's being censored. Goddamn politics.

But, noon came around and I am more in love with Senator Obama than ever before. God. He gives me hope for this country of ours. Anyway, here are a couple of new pages.

Yes, we can.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


I'm hoping that after years of nipping at the heels of physical therapists some knowledge of anatomy and physiology has rubbed off on me. I have arrived at that part of the story where Church's injuries are about to be detailed. I'm going for a personal-narrative-laid-over-medical-textbook feel which should be evident in the next post.

This is the first time in the book I've broken the panel border in an unusual way and I think it works here. It marks the transition to a different style of storytelling which will be evident in the next page.

Just wait... You'll see.