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May 7th, 2013 | filed in New Chapter, News

New Scene – News Flash (Part 1 of 2)

Page 108 Hey, folks! First part of a much longer scene, here. This one took a little longer than expected, mostly due to unplanned illustration work that’s been coming my way. Also, I wanted to make sure I roughed out the entire scene before I went back to do the inks and finishing work. I’m not going to promise that the next update will be quicker in coming, though. There’s another 10 pages to go, yet.

My neck is doing well, at least. Not quite back to drawing full-time, and there are still good days and bad, but all in all it’s healing, even if it’s going slower than I would like. I will say that doing daily yoga stretching and exercise is helping a great deal.

Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that in addition to doing illustration work as it comes in, I’m also going to be dividing my time this summer on a side-project with Batman Strikes writer Russell Lissau called STRANGER, that will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Omega Comics Presents. It’s a cute story of a girl who goes to school in space, so think Star Trek meets Miyazaki. It’s my first foray into all-ages comics, and I’m really excited to have a chance to try some new things with it.

Don’t worry, I’ll post some preview stuff here as I can. However, if you don’t hear from me, it’s not because I’m dead. I just don’t like to constantly post to the world that nothing big is happening at the moment (yes, I think that must be in violation of one of the basic rules of the social internet these days, but that’s just how it goes). I will share when there is something worth sharing.

Again, thank you guys so much for your patience!

March 19th, 2013 | filed in New Chapter, News

New Scene – “Discovery”

Page 107 Just a quick appetizer of a scene to let you know that both me and the comic are still alive.  I’ve been writing like a madman lately, doing a must-needed rewrite to the ending of the book.  Also doing some illustration gigs and getting ahead on the thumbnails for the comic.

As for my health, things are looking good. However, the remedy seems to mean more moving and less sitting, so I still can’t pull long stints at the drawing desk. Still pacing myself, but I’m seeing (or rather, feeling) big improvements. Exercise, stretching and taking regular breaks definitely seem to be doing the trick.

The next scene is the big one, so I’ll be breaking it into bite-sized chunks again. First bit will probably go up in a couple of weeks. I’ll give you a heads up when to expect it.

February 11th, 2013 | filed in New Chapter, News

New Scene! War Stories (Part 2 of 2)

Page 100

And now, the conclusion to “War Stories”. It clocks in at seven pages, a bit longer than the first part.

While I’d hoped to get this one finished and posted in January, I’m just happy that I’ve been able to work on it and complete it. Still working on getting my posture up to snuff. I’ve had to rig up some interesting widgets in the studio to help keep me sitting up straight. I ended up inking this entire scene by taping the pages to a scrap sheet of melamine-coated shelving, which I could prop up in my lap or on my drawing desk to minimize the amount of leaning over I needed to do in order to draw without aggravating anything in my neck and back. Also, I often use my iPad to look at reference material while inking, so I set it up on a music stand to make it easier to see without looking down too much.

My new drawing board.

My new drawing board.

As you can see in the photo, I’m not above printing out references on paper, either. In this case, I was letting the artwork of Goseki Kojima from “Lone Wolf and Cub” to influence my execution of the forest backgrounds on Page 103. A bonus feature of the drawing board is that I can stick pieces of paper under the taped-down page and have them close at hand so I don’t have to look far to see what I need. It worked out very, very well.

Anyway, enough ado! Go read “War Stories – Part Two”!

December 10th, 2012 | filed in New Chapter, News

New Scene! War Stories (Part 1 of 2)

Page 95

Nothing like a little tension building by way of distraction. Kate finally gets her War Story out of Mike. This is the first half of a bigger scene. Part 2 to come in mid-January, once I’ve come back from the Holiday stupor.

Work is going smoothly again. Still pacing myself to avoid any lingering symptoms, but finding a groove, now. Getting back to juggling illustration work and comics again, and it feels good.

I’m looking forward to putting in more studio time now that I’m healthy again, and will be clearing my convention appearance calendar for the next several months at least until I finish up the production for this book. So this means I won’t be appearing at a number of my usual haunts like Anime Boston or Anime Central this spring. I’d rather conserve my energy for creating the artwork and story for now and re-emerge with something new in hand once it’s actually ready, instead of forcing myself to rush out a book that isn’t quite ready in order to satisfy the arbitrary convention cycle. I know this is the better way to go.

Anyway, Happy Holidays, everyone! I’ll see you next month with Part 2 of this scene.