I… was a teenage anime

Look at me not posting for months! Even though I promised a Spectrum wrap-up post! Well, my seriously fraught move into DC has finally kinda-sorta resolved and now I have something awesome to talk about which does not involve terrible surprises!

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And that is… this thing my friend Brandon made and released at SPX! (if you follow me on twitter, there was an indiegogo campaign for it). It’s a mini comic anthology collecting stories from a bunch of us artists who had transformative and/or embarrassing stories to relate about our teenage encounters with anime.

Who else contributed? Oh, just a bunch of seriously talented and internet-famous comic artists who make me feel all woobly to have work beside…

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Somehow, my comic ended up being first.

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I have a beautiful brown paper package tied up with string by Brandon himself, all full of copies. So if you’re jonesing for one of your own, go ahead and drop me a line! A whole world of teenage anime experiences, all for just $8 + shipping!

 

Teaser

Teaser

Tomorrow morning Evan and I hit the road for Kansas City, and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!
I’ll try to blog while I’m there, but chances are that I’ll only have time for twitter. Trip synopsis when I get back!

And if you’re going to be there? Please find me! It’s going to be a great time.

In the meantime, for all of you I won’t be meeting there, have a tiny teaser of the last piece I managed to finish before packing.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live… post 2!

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SFAL2 banner

Just a reminder that in less than a month, I’ll be exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (number 2)! I’ll be sharing booth #521 with Evan Jensen and Galen Dara, and we’ll all have art prints and postcards and great big grins on our faces.

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You should totally stop by and say hello! >:D

Evan and the Eggs (experiments in digital coloring)

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Evan and the Eggs

A frequent mental refrain of mine is “Dang, wouldn’t it be cheaper/less messy/take less space if I just worked digitally?” Typically this sentiment is quickly dashed when I actually give it a shot, throwing up my hands in frustration when I take a stab at coloring some meant-for-watercolor linework in photoshop and find myself frustrated with the results (except for that Fireside Magazine cover of mine, but special cases.)

WELL. I stuck with it this time. And I have to say, I’m rather fond of the result.

What do you think? I also played with using a textured paper I’d scanned as a background:

Evan and the Eggs -- with paper texture

This is all rather new to me, and I’d really love some input! I’m personally leaning a little toward the paper background, but since I’m so used to traditional painting/printmaking I’m wondering if I’m just using it as a crutch to make myself more comfortable.

(And if you think that looks like a certain Evan we all know sitting in the tree, you’re right. He took one look at my original thumbnail, and declared that he wanted to be in it:

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Evan, you have odd tastes.)