Sunday, June 24, 2012

New Location

My comic has its own domain name now. Click here for future updates.

Monday, June 18, 2012

New Comic: A Witch Named Katrina


Today is the launch of my new comic, A Witch Named Katrina. This is my love-letter to Japanese gag-manga that I read when I was a kid, with a whole bunch of other influences thrown in.

The comic will be presented in the form of a comic book. One page will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The first storyline, entitled Love, Hate, and Katrina, will run for 14-pages, running from today to July 20; there's an intermission in-between, so the story will run for exactly 5 weeks. After that I'm planning to switch to five-per-week schedule for subsequent storylines.

My plan is to collect enough pages to compile them so that it can be read in a print book format.

The main character, Katrina, won't appear until page 5 (June 27), but don't worry, she'll be in alot of comics.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gravity Falls


After seeing Jerry Beck's positive review for the new Disney Channel cartoon Gravity Falls, I decided to watch the premiere episode (it's available on iTunes for free). It's actually pretty good.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Shoe by Jeff MacNelly

I came across a pair of Shoe book collections that covers the first two years (1977-79). I thought I share some of the strips.



I've always admired the late Jeff MacNelly. He had a killer drawing skill and the laid-back attitude in his writing that just made him a fascinating cartoonist. These early strips are miles beyond what the current team is churning out now.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Progress

I'm half-way done with my comic so far. Here are some more sneak peeks.
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Artistically, my comics is a mixture of American and Japanese cartooning styles. One of the “quirks” in Japanese cartoons is that, whenever a character is asleep, they have a snot bubble blowing in and out of their nose. Basically their equivalent of “ZZZ” in American comics.

I think it was Bill Watterson who said that editors prefer “OK” over “Okay.” As you can see in the 2nd image, it sort of stuck with me.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

American History (1992)

This is a student film future South Park co-creator Trey Parker made while studying at University of Colorado. The gist of it is that Trey asked his Japanese roommate to talk about American history as he knew which Trey and co-director Chris Graves animated with crude paper cut-outs.

The weird-little film ended up winning a Student Academy Award, and the style would become more pronounced in Trey's long-running TV series.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Comic

Working on another comic. Currently finished four pages (out of 14). This one I'm aiming for more polished art and an actual storyline.



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If anyone's into technical stuff, I'm drawing this on 11x17 cardstock with panel templates laser-printed. I pencil with a regular mechanical pencil (something I found on the floor), and I ink the letters and characters with Sakura Microperm size 03. For backgrounds and other fine details I use size 01. Panel borders and bold letters are inked with Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen size 1.5.

Yes, I love Japanese pens. Why do you ask??

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hairy Toe

A silly little thing I drew.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Freelance cartoonists and health insurance



A particularly powerful cartoon by Jen Sorensen regarding her health insurance. It's four pages long, but I recommend everyone to read it.