Hey guys! Been awhile… hope everyone had a great Halloween! 🙂 Quick update: I’m currently revisiting/redrawing/reproducing my old LEO newspaper comic strip “Artistic License Revoked” with the goal of collecting a “Best Of” series in book form that will eventually be for sale in my etsy store. If you aren’t familiar with the comic, it’s basically me and my buddy Mark, as 2 struggling writers just trying to catch their big break. Stay tuned for more comics and updates coming soon! Thanks for reading!
Inktober is just a few days away! Who’s ready?!
I think every comic book fan at one point fantasized about owning his or her own comic shop. But I think it goes beyond just the fun side of it. It’s the American Dream, really. Being able to one day go to work and do what you love to do. I’ve worked full time at the same job for 2 decades now, and I’m grateful for it. Honestly. But it’s what I DO. It’s not who I AM. And I will never let go of my artistic dreams and creative goals, like one day being a published author, or a famous cartoonist. Or even co-owning a comic shop with a few of my buddies 😉
*Sigh* So I’m currently dealing with some sciatic pain and possibly a herniated disc issue in my back. I’ve talked to my doctor about it but I haven’t gotten an X-ray yet to get the ball rolling. I was kinda hoping it would just go away or get better on its own? The pain isn’t overwhelming or anything, but I definitely had to stop running for sure. Which I’m SUPER bummed out about because it’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing everyday this past year, I was feeling great (maybe better than I’ve ever felt!) until this sciatic nerve shit flared up and really threw a wrench in my spokes. Kinda wrestling with a bout of depression over it, I guess maybe I was getting that runner’s high/endorphin boost everyday and now it’s gone. Plus, even being in a low amount of pain but constantly kinda wears you down. But! I’m hopeful it’ll get better, and I’ll be able to get back to the track again someday. In the meantime… COMICS!
I’ll let you write your own stories for these sketches 😉 Meanwhile, I’m firing up the ol’ creative engines for Inktober next month… so prepare for more strangeness to come starting October 1st through 31st! Also just to update you guys, I plan to spend the rest of this year and next solely working on comics. I wrote 3 poem collections last year, and compiled a 2nd short story collection (all available at my etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MindCircusComics) and I’m very proud of those books. But honestly I couldn’t help feeling like something was missing. Making comics is where my heart is at, and I have high hopes for the upcoming year! I’m working on the 2nd issue of Havoc Force, an 8 page comic story with my buddy Mark Hothi, and (I hope) to be a part of the Louisville Cartoonist Society’s 2017 anthology book so stay tuned for updates on all those projects ahead! I hope everyone is doing well and thanks for reading! 🙂
Saw Ghostbusters last night aaaaand… I absolutely LOVED it! I wanted to post a very brief, spoiler-free review because I felt like this movie has been so insanely (and unfairly) beat down with negativity and hate before it was even given a chance, that I really wanted to share something positive. First of all, I’m a huge Ghostbusters fan. It’s one of my favorite franchises of all time. So naturally, I was hyped about this movie from the start. But I’ll be honest, I did get a little nervous after seeing the very first trailer for it. But I’m so glad I didn’t let that (or all the hate generated online towards it) detour me from actually seeing the movie because I enjoyed every minute of it! It was SO much funnier than I expected, and I mean laugh-out-loud in the theater funny! And that’s what was so special about the original Ghostbusters… it completely worked as an action-adventure movie AND a comedy AND somehow managed to balance elements of supernatural horror and spooky fun! And to me, this movie succeeded in the same way. All 4 of the lead women were hilarious, Chris Hemsworth was an absolute riot, the special effects were cool as hell and visually arresting… honestly, there isn’t much about this movie NOT to like! This movie was so much fun! So to director Paul Feig: well done, sir! And to all the women in this motion picture: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones… you guys rock! Can’t wait for the sequel 🙂
Back in 2010 I created a comic strip called “Family Night” and recently I decided to re-draw a few them just for fun. But also I wanted to apply some of the things I’ve learned since then, and share with you some of my early mistakes as a cartoonist. Not necessarily as a tutorial on how to make comics (I’m certainly not qualified to do that, I’m still learning how myself!) but to maybe give others a few examples of how we grow as artists, and how it’s all part of the process. My jokes are still LAME, of course. But I think I’m a bit better at telling them now 😉
Back then I wasn’t inking my pencil work because I was stubborn and I believe my artwork suffered for it, as you can see from the difference between the comic above drawn in 2010 and the one below drawn in 2016. I think this is a good example of how inking your line work can make your art pop, and simply give it a more finished, polished look to it. I still use my pencils to give some grey tone, but I think inking makes the art look more bold.
This comic was muddy and dirty, but with a little ink and the addition of some simple backgrounds, I think it polished up nicely 🙂
My third comic is yet another example of my early failure as a cartoonist in that I often used WAY too much unnecessary dialogue. I took an already not that great joke, and ran it straight into the ground. Booooo! Not funny!
But thanks to the counsel of my friend and fellow artist Stephen Johnson, I was able to learn from my mistake. He pointed out to me that this comic should’ve been a 3-panel strip, period. The punchline was in the third panel, the entire fourth panel was completely unnecessary, and he was absolutely right.
I didn’t really add a whole lot to this one, but I think the addition of the inks, and the subtraction of even just a few unnecessary words made it just a little bit better overall.
Well, thanks for reading! Hopefully I didn’t bore you too bad, and maybe even helped you in some small way to improve your own comics through my mistakes. I definitely would like to re-do a few more of these old comics and archive them in a book someday… but for now I’m off to my next comic project! Stay tuned! 🙂