Who Sherlock commission

Here’s a commission I did for someone that was reading the Americus blog. She wanted some image that had both Doctor Who and the new Sherlock in it.

As always, I struggle with spotting blacks and giving things a sense of form. I think this is a good example of how even just doing the simple shapes of color in Diary of a Space Marine help out with that. I wish I didn’t have to rely on the computer. Oh, well. There’s always something to be working on, right?

Also: If you live in Portland and are interested, I am teaching a cartooning class this Sunday at the Woodstock Library on SE 49th Ave from 2-3! You can click on the link in the sidebar to the right to register or get more info.

Occupy Portland

I did an illustration for the Willamette Week this week to accompany an article on Occupy Portland. It’s a map of where things are in the camp. Anyhow, here’s a picture from the paper, because it looks better in print, even though some of the textures and details got lost a bit, than just posting the image.


You can read the article here.

I also have some pretty big news to share that I don’t think I’ve mentioned here, but I’ll wait until next week. There should be another Diary of a Space Marine on Friday, too!

Happy Autumn!

I love autumn. You get to wear sweaters and hats, the leaves change, and best off all: pumpkin milkshakes at Burgerville! Anyhow, one of my goals this week was to sit down and do a postcard image to do some self-promotion, but I ended up doing this illustration to celebrate autumn instead.


Next week: Postcard! For real!

SPX, here I come!

Okay, so I’m spending the week wrapping things up for SPX. MK and I will be at table H-16, next to Tugboat Press and Alec Longstreth! Come by and say hello if you’re there!

The secret project that MK and I have been working on for the show is pretty wrapped up, so the rest of the week is getting my old mini-comics ready to be reprinted. As a spoiler, here’s a mockup of the cover for our secret project:

The reading last week at Powell’s went well. Here’s my favorite picture from the event, taken by my friend Courtney. I was illustrating through hand gestures how the more words in a panel you use, the less room the artist has to draw.

Hopefully once I get back, and I can start working on some stuff for myself again. I had a really good work-groove going on the last couple of weeks, and I want it to keep going!

And a new Save Apathea! website will be popping up soon now that we’ve finished serializing the comic. I’ll keep you updated.

I’m working, I swear!

So I know that things have been a little quiet lately, but I swear I’m working. It’s just for a secret project that MK and I are getting together for SPX, and I don’t want to spoil any of it. That, and we’ve been filling out a shit-ton of promo stuff for the Americus release.

I did have to do some work this week for the Pacific Northwest Inlander out of Spokane, which I can share. It was for an article about how people can write bad reviews on Yelp anonymously to bring a restaurant’s score down. You can read the article here.

Also some exciting news regarding Americus:

First off, we got news last week that Americus was chosen as one of the 2011 ABC New Voice titles. Here’s the little blurb we got:

“The ABC New Voices titles are chosen by a dedicated committee of independent booksellers around the country (chaired by Cathy Berner in Houston). Only twenty titles are chosen every year – ten middle grade and ten young adult – written by outstanding first time authors.”

And one of the first major reviews for book is out at Publisher’s Weekly. Check it out!

Okay, now back to working on secret stuff…

Knocker’s Up!

Here’s my piece for next month’s show at the Basil Hallward Gallery in Powell’s. I can’t remember what the name of the show is, but basically they found a bunch of old, bad records and handed them out to a bunch of different artists. It was then the artist’s job to use that record as inspiration or whatever. I decided to cover the record cover [Get it. Ha ha? Eh…Sorry, I couldn’t help myself].

Here’s the original record cover:

And here’s my cover-cover:

How often does the chance to draw a woman’s breasts beating the crap out of some dudes come up and have it displayed in a public place? How could I resist?

I just hope my mom doesn’t see it…


This is like a week too late, but this was the illustration I was working on to celebrate getting to see Neko Case at the Edgefield last week with Jen, MK, and Greg.

I haven’t really worked on anything finished in a couple of weeks, and I feel really rusty, so I’m not completely stoked for this illustration. I’m a little bummed because I’ve been wanting to do this image for a long time and now that I finally have, it isn’t exactly how I wanted it to turn out.

I’m hoping to get out of the funk this week by being super productive. I think I’m just at a weird crossroads where I don’t know what I want to do with my art life right now. I feel like I need to change things up a bit and rethink how I do things. Hopefully the projects that I have on my plate this summer will help with that.

In non-existential crisis news: I got the light table working! It was as simple as finding the right light bulbs! They are discontinuing the kind of light bulbs it needs next year, so I will eventually have to rewire the whole thing and change the ballasts, but for now it’s good to go. Well, besides that I still need to get the glass and frost it, which is on my agenda for later in the week.

Anyhow, here a picture it all of it’s lit up glory!

Asian Heritage Month 2011!

It’s May, which also means it’s Asian Heritage Month! Every year for the Asian Reporter’s special Asian Heritage issue, I’m tasked with coming up with a main illustration for the issue. I documented some of the struggles with coming up with an illustration on the brownpaperbag blog last year.

This year went a little better than last year, and I’m pretty happy with the illustration:

Of course, you might notice that I approached it conceptually the same way that I did the piece I did for the Local 5 show.

Like I’ve said before, I like to recycle! Even ideas!

News/Art Dump April 26th

I had a pretty busy week last week, so I didn’t really get to post at all, but I thought I would sort of do a dump of some things that I’ve been meaning to post about.

First off, a couple of weeks ago, was the Stumptown Comics Fest, at which I did a lecture on Pacing & Rhythm in Comics. I was pretty nervous and kicking myself for not picking an easier topic the day before while I got the presentation together. The reason I was kicking myself was because I kept wishing I picked a topic a little less abstract, and a little easier to make concrete. Anyhow, I really have a passion for the subject, and in the end, I think that helped me get it done.

I was pretty nervous until I hopped up on stage, when my teacher instincts took over. Anyhow, the lecture went really well – it was standing room only, people seemed engaged, and there were questions asked. Good times.

Since I’m looking to get back into teaching, I was thinking of making a section on the website for resources for educator and librarians for teaching comics. I’ll probably record and post a version of the lecture up there. I’ll keep you updated.

Also, here’s an illustration I did for the WW last week. You can read the article here.

Also, the initial pitch for the Searchers got turned down. It got me pretty bummed out for a little but, but I’m not discouraged. I still feel like I have something there that should be fun to read, fun for me to draw, and very personal. I think it does mean that I’m probably gonna slow down the production on it for a bit to work on some other things at the moment.

Oh, and one more thing: THERE IS ONE LAST DAY TO BID ON ARTWORK FOR THE AUCTION FOR THE WSD! There are still lots of good pieces that don’t have any bids on them. Go bid on some of those pieces right now!