Monday, May 19, 2014

This blog has pretty much moved to

Hey folks- I'm not officially shutting this blog down, but I've been updating much more regularly over on Tumblr, so come chat over there!

Friday, February 21, 2014

comics comics & comics

It's been quiet over here lately. I talk up a storm and post lots of sketches/ WIPs over on twitter these days, so you're welcome to pop over and join me there.

In the works: I've gone into full comics hermit mode to finish a new comic by MOCCA! Based on last year's 24-hour comic, but it got a full rewrite and is now being redrawn. Get psyched.

Recently completed: hourly comics day was 2/1!

The whole day is up here. I'll print up itty bitty minis for MOCCA/ABPCC/TCAF, too.

Monday, January 27, 2014

coming up soon!

Don’t forget! It’s good low-pressure comics fun. I usually pre-make some panels so I don’t have to think too hard. Mine from 2013 are up here as well as on the forum. Post em online, make a mini, feed em to your dog, do whatever you want with em!

Like John Campbell said, you don’t have to draw a lot to enjoy making these. It’s a fun journaling exercise, and even really simple doodled figures can be a nice little snapshot of your day.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

what time is it?!

My favorite assignment from last year: I got to do a cover for Adventure Time! I got the ok to post the cover, but it’s been moved to come out with a future as-yet-unannounced issue later this year- I’ll keep you posted :)

It’s heist-movie-poster-themed. Thanks to wonderful AD Whitney Leopard for really letting me stretch the definition of ‘heist movie’ to include one in which the heist is over in the first 10 minutes. Totally counts.

Friday, January 3, 2014

I've gotta hunch it's gonna be a good year

10ish minute self portrait sketch. I'd love to tell you my posture isn't usually this bad but let's be honest; it's pretty awful.

Monday, December 9, 2013

is anybody really surprised that I picked a dragon to draw

I've been trying out easing back into right-handed work a little bit at a time. Don't want to overdo it!

Here's a quick sketch for a collaborative project, drawing a bunch of mario characters. Hooktail was a boss in paper mario: thousand year door.

Friday, November 29, 2013

color & tone


Only a few weeks left of class! Here's some stuff from a bit earlier. The plaster casts were lovely, but the eggplant was surprisingly fun on the 3rd or 4th try.

Friday, November 22, 2013

be nice to your wrists!

I ('m dumb and I) gave myself tendinitis through a combo of a death grip on my palette knife and sheer overuse this semester. Tablet drawing and any kind of sketching is unfortunately out for the next 3-4 weeks, but I was really happy to figure out in life drawing class this week that I can actually coax decent use out of my left hand if I work large enough! Acrylics are really helpful for this because of how quickly you can go over your work/ correct jumps, too. So yay paint; yay working on oversize paper; boo inflamed tendons.

Friday, November 15, 2013

hana doki kiranimals

Just a few of the ~wondrous animals~ featured in hana doki kira! Getting close to the first stretch goal of a magical shimmery cover, which I think will make the whole thing pretty darn classy.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Connection Lost- a comic about vanished internet friends


I'm now converting this blog into a missed connections center for internet friends from the days of dialup. Hit up the comics archive for all future actual comics; craigslist-style posts only here from here on out.

I put this up on Tumblr and I've been just overwhelmed by the volume of sad, sweet, similar stories in the tags and replies- pour one out for all the vanished pals out there!

Friday, November 1, 2013

hana doki kira kickstarter is live!

The Hana Doki Kira kickstarter launched this week (and is already more than a third of the way to its goal!), so I wanted to post a little preview of the work I’ll have in it! This is a tiny chunk of an illustration and the first page of a (related, chronologically taking place later) four-page comic. I love the concept for the book, I’ve been blown away by the quality of work in it, and I’m just thrilled to get to be a part of it all.

Hana Doki Kira is a celebration of all things shoujo, organized by the brilliant Year 85 group and featuring comics and illustrations from 27 artists. Rebecca Mock made a handy masterpost of all the contributors, and a bunch of folks (Leslie Hung, Aimee Fleck, Janet SungMegan Brennan,  Rebecca, and many more!) have already posted snippets of their pieces if you want to get a sense of the wide range of gorgeous work in the book. There’ll be more in the HDK tumblr and facebook page over the next few weeks, for sure.  Annie (who invited me- thank you!!) mentioned that if Volume 1 is successful, they may be able to take submissions for Volume 2 somewhere down the line, so keep your eyes peeled!

Basically:  everyone involved in this is AMAZING and the project is SUPER COOL so you should CHECK IT OUT. If it’s not a good time for you to back the kickstarter financially, every signal boost is a huge help : ) We all really appreciate it!

Friday, October 25, 2013

doki doki

Preview of the illustration I'm working on for Hana Doki Kira! Related to the short comic I'm also working on, but can stand on its own as well.

And one of my favorite panels from Philly's 24-hour comics day this past weekend! I'm going to clean up a ton of this comic and will have a final version either at asbury park comic con or TCAF in 2014, but I should also have the messy, unedited version up online in a week or so.

Friday, October 18, 2013

ccp, 24hcd, and PSC

Recent work from the painting course I'm taking up at CCP. Gettin real friendly with blocks.

If you're around South Street this weekend between noon on Saturday and noon on Sunday, I'll be doing the 24-hour comics day challenge with a bunch of other Philly cartoonists at Atomic City Comics! You're welcome to visit me, but I only have 2 minutes per hour budgeted for visits, so practice your best speed-chatting : ) I'm totally cheating this year and bringing in a few prep/ plot sheets, but I think I'll make a better-paced comic for it.

I'll be posting pages as I finish them on Twitter in super-low resolution and shaky cam, so you can get a peek that way if you can't wait for Asbury Park Comic Con - or TCAF, if I get in!- for the final thing.

And if you want a real treat, you can see me at my most sleep-deprived from 2-3 PM Sunday at the Philly Sketch's Club's Phillustration show opening, which I'll have a few pieces in! I will be groggy, punchy, and altogether delightful to be around. Come hang.

Friday, October 11, 2013

more teens'n'cats

Testing out various PS brushes for inking. This is one of Kyle Webster's; it's meant to mimic a pocket brush pen and I think it does a solid job.

I have two gals left to solidify designs for, but by the end of this session I was just cranking out samefaces everywhere, so taking a brief break and giving it another shot soon!

Friday, October 4, 2013

full circle

Author portrait and some char design sketches for Hana Doki Kira, an anthology celebrating shojo manga that I was invited to contribute to! I'm making a very short comic and one big illustration, which I'm super excited to show you more about in the next several weeks as we approach the kickstarter kickoff.

ALSO, Philadelphians, come visit me at Locust Moon Comics Fest on Saturday! I'll be there all day, tabling with Kelly, so look for the blue Dirty Diamonds bunting.

Also also, in two weeks I'm doing 24-hour comics day at Atomic City on South Street, so plan to visit and watch me weep tears of pure ink.

Friday, September 27, 2013

mice mice mice

Going up to Boston this weekend for MICE, a con I hear is super-cool-- and it's also free, so stop by and check it out! Looking forward to something a little smaller than SPX.

Look for the blue dirty diamonds hanging banner! We're pretty visible : )

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

sweater weather

It's actually chilly outside in the mornings here in Philly now! Drawing Fionna in fall outfits to refrain from buying them myself.

Left-hand drawing is marker and cheapo brush pen; right-hand is all digital. Still trying to find a happy medium (ha ha, ha. . . ha) between the two!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SPX 2013!

Fig. 1: Me trying my best to act casual any time any of you wonderful people (yes, you!!) came by my table this weekend.
Or when I came to your table, or when I ran into you at the tumblr meetup, or pretty much any time at all! I had so much fun and remembered how much I really dig talking to people about things they enjoy- and everybody there enjoyed the heck outta comics, so it was pretty much perfect. I'd wanted to go to SPX for a long time, finally volunteered there two years ago and made a solemn vow to table someday.

Fig 2: COMICS. Left - right and top - bottom, these are:
Creep by Kayla Miller ; Asylum 1 & 2 by Allie Kleber; Home by Josiah Files ; Bitter Sweet by Kat Fajardo ; Ghost town by Katie McDermott; Oh, the things you won't know! by Kelly Phillips, who I tabled with along with Claire Folkman!

Strong Female Protagonist by Molly Ostertag & Brennan Lee Mulligan; Slacker comics by Doug Slack; A Pantomime Horse 1 by Ben Passmore; Solid Sight by Rebecca Mock ; The Worm Troll by Sam Alden.

Journey to the Valley of Whispers by Molly Ostertag;  Burn the Bridges of Arta by Amelia Onorato; Fantasy Baseball by Sam Bosma; Hoard by Jerel Dye ; Pencil Pup by Megan Brennan ; Those who Travel alone by Britt Sabo.

The Door by Aimee Fleck; Urban Nomad By Alisa Harris; Edna by Sophie Goldstein; Ice by Sophie Goldstein; free space! ; Over Easy by Win Evans.

Pretty Creepy by Melissa Lomax & Christian Patchell; Trust by Laura Knetzger & Christopher M. Jones; Book of Monsters by June Vigants; Good demons by Miranda Harmon; Carrot Boyfriend by Jessi Zabarsky; 6 Reasons why Cthulu has NO friends by Jacob Thompson; Cartozia Tales by a million awesome artists!! ; I Was A Teenage Anime, also by a million wonderful people; Stolen Lovelight by Paul and Tara Abbamondi- (shh I actually got this one earlier but the square needed completing).

Yao Xiao; Natalie Andrewson; Steve Conley; Ali Wilgus; Evan Palmer.
Kali Ciesemier; Rebecca Mock; Cathy G. Johnson.
Rebecca Mock; Rebekka Dunlap; Rachel Suggs; Mike Mitchell; Jeremy Sorese.

Phew. The wonderful/scary thing: I KNOW there are just about as many artists again that I didn't make it over to, or didn't know would be there and missed entirely! And I think there are still more awesome comics and postcards hiding in my totally still packed suitcase.
Overall: comics are great, cartoonists are making wonderful things, and I can't wait to come back next year. Big thanks to all the SPX staff and volunteers for making it such a great show! Until then- See you at MICE and Locust Moon Fest : )

Friday, September 13, 2013

Small Press Expo 2013!




I'm going to be tabling at SPX this weekend! I've wanted to do this for several years, and I'm thrilled to be heading down to the expo this afternoon. I got to visit in 2011, and it's an amazing convention- if you're on the east coast, love comics, and want to check out an awesome selection of work, you should come!

Photos are some of the prints and comics I'll have with me, plus a longer preview of the snapdragon queen.

Friday, September 6, 2013

home stretch

Tones! I'm trying out using copic sketch markers instead of digital tones- #s 1,2,3, and sometimes 4. 

And a bunch of completed postcard-sized prints that double as actual postcards! WOW.

I leave for SPX in a week! I'm in a bit of a blur of preparation right now- just a little more cleanup to do before I send everything to get printed, take a deep breath, and then dive right back into folding, stapling, and trimming : )

If you're around Bethesda, come see me next weekend at table I3! I'll also be tabling at MICE in Boston two weeks after that, and Locust Moon in Philly the weekend of 10/5. It's going to be a busy fall- I'm excited!