Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ink your heart out.

Ink your heart out.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anonymous said: Are prints available for Jubilee, Philly Style?

I will have some in December. I can have one printed for you now, though, specially, for $15 plus SH for an 11x17

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"The Flowers of Venus" 

Excited for Series 8 to start tonight and made this fan cover for the new comic series from Titan that drops in October. Threw on the logos and credits for fun. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Character sketches for Traffic by Calum Clark. Can’t wait to lay into these pages!

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Doodly work in progress. Guess who?

Doodly work in progress. Guess who?

calumandersonclark:

The Hunter. 

Written by Calum Clark with art by Michael P. Heneghan.

Re-blogged since Calum knows how to lay this out better on tum tum.

Friday, August 8, 2014
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Hmm. I thought all the controversy over Frozen would have completely subsided by now. But even I’m impressed over that film’s staying power. I’ve never seen it, but I know all about it. My tumblr feed blew up in the months following its release with people blogging and re-blogging different jabs at the film, as well as a few earnest souls defending it. Today I saw two newscasters talking about it on the large gross television that hangs over the cardio equipment at my gym. I went home, and low and behold there was Frozen related content in my tumblr feed for the first time in a while. One of them was critiquing the character design of the heroines as burned-out done-to-death pretty girl stereotypes that are unhealthy, unrealistic, and unproductive.  Another post picked apart what was lost in the adaptation and then lamented what was absent. Another argued that it’s counter feminist to get down on the pretty girl stereotype thing. 
I find all the hubbub a bit confusing. Disney, to me, is like McDonald’s, to you. It’s a gross company that makes products. 
Some of Disney’s products are called movies. Those products are made to sell other products, which hopefully inspire franchises, which are like empires of products that keep growing until they fall apart, just like real empires. In the mix are marketers, who are paid an obscene amount of money for their product, which is this: convincing people to buy other people’s products. Sometimes they use tumblr to do this. When I read so many articles about Frozen, I think of how happy the marketers must be. I shouldn’t know this stupid movie exists. But I do, thanks to their clever tricks. 
Disney doesn’t make art. It buys artists to make products for them. In that sense, the artist is made into a product, that now makes products. It’s lousy, and it is not an honor, and I get really bummed that so many of my peers are silly enough to think that the highest achievement possible within their vocation is to be accepted into the ranks of this vulgar company and its ilk. Artists are meant to burn the mother fucker down, not keep it alive. 
The critiques aimed at Frozen seem to miss the point, to me, at least. It’s like if someone sat down in McDonald’s, got a Big Mac, and was surprised that their beef isn’t grass fed or their bun wasn’t sourced locally and jumped on the internet to vent their outrage and write scholarly blogs about how real cheese isn’t orange, shiny, and square. 
Like - you just sat down in the biggest fat-food factory in the planet and ordered a plastic sandwich. Of course it was gross. What the hell were you doing there in the first place and why did you think it wouldn’t be? 

Disney’s prime directive is to make fat stacks of cash. They are not artists. They are not idealists, they are not visionaries, they are not revolutionaries. They are the opposite. They are a corporation, like Wal-Mart. Or McDonald’s. Yes, you can demand that McDonald’s give you healthier food. But really, at their best, they are only going to give you shitty McDonald’s versions of what they think healthy food is anyway while meanwhile screwing the world in some other way behind the scenes. Same with Disney. 
There’s real nourishment out there, go find it. And go make it. Stop paying attention to these assholes. They’ve already done enough damage and hurt enough people. Let them die. 
There are thousands upon thousands of beautiful animators and animations that have blessed creation over the past century. The ones with the most integrity, not surprisingly enough, tend to be the most obscure and the most unknown. Real artists aren’t too interested in marketing themselves. They are too busy trying to teach the rest of the world not to be marketed to. And in this their authenticity stymies their universality. Difficult things don’t sell well. Things that are healthy for you don’t sell well. 
Frozen does. Big Mac’s do. 
Keep that in mind. 
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First in a series of Philly X-Men prints. Jubilee throwin wide a sparkly bird because basically Philadelphia > your goofy ass hood. 

First in a series of Philly X-Men prints. Jubilee throwin wide a sparkly bird because basically Philadelphia > your goofy ass hood. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Here’s the final set of pages for Calum Clark’s The Hunter. Calum hired me to illustrate his story. What a fun job! Looking forward to working with him again soon. 

nprbooks:

Broadsheets, fantastic dreams and 133 cartoonists have come together to pay tribute to Winsor McCay in an anthology called Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

Winsor McCay was a newspaper cartoonist best known for “Little Nemo In Slumberland,” in which a little boy named Nemo has wondrous and thrilling dreams. Each strip ends the same way — Nemo is awakened and pulled back into reality.

The weekly comic strip ran from 1905-1911 in the New York Herald, from 1911-1914 in the New York American under the title “In The Land Of Wonderful Dreams” and then again from 1924-1926 in the New York Herald Tribune under its original name.

McCay was no stranger to the land of Nod; his other well-known strip was “Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend,” which also featured fantastical dreams that the characters blamed on their fondness for Welsh Rarebit — melted cheese mixed with a bit of beer and mustard, served on toast.

Locust Moon Press is publishing the book; co-owner Josh O’Neill told the comic blog The Outhousers that McCay was his favorite cartoonist of all time.

…and at our comic shop in Philly he’s a huge figure. We talk about his work all the time, and the two Sunday Press editions of his Little Nemo strips are well-worn and well-loved to say the least. He’s this giant, outsized inspiration for cartoonists and illustrators and animators, but the average person — even the average comic book fan — doesn’t even know who he is.

We wanted to shine a light back at him, refracted through the visions of the incredibly diverse, brilliant artists in the book. And we knew that the awe-inspiring intimidation factor of McCay would bring out the best in the people we were lucky enough to work with.

Contributing artists include those featured above: (in order of appearance) James Harvey, David Petersen and Toby Cypress.

More artists include Paul Pope, Craig ThompsonRoger Langridge, P. Craig Russell and Carla Speed McNeil, whose contribution involves Nemo being chased by a giant cat. 

The anthology will go on sale to the general public in October. 

Images via http://locustmoon.com/tag/dream-another-dream/ and http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/browse/results?title=2&page=1

- Intern Nicole

Legit

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Backyard flower world.

Backyard flower world.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Sunday, July 20, 2014
Cleanup.

Cleanup.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nostalgia music kick in the office today. Likely more relevant than back in 7th grade.