Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Turner D. Century Redux

Making his second appearance on Beeswax! Because in my personal Marvel Universe, this guy is an A-list villain. Needless to say, my personal Marvel Universe doesn't sell as well as the real one.

This is my last entrant in the OHOTMU Redux project. Time to get back to the stuff that pays the bills.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour!

If you aren’t listening to this podcast—HERE! My gift to you—Your favorite new thing! Seriously, you are going to fall madly, passionately, gooeystickysweetly in love with this thing.

If you are already following The Thrilling Adventure Hour, well, obviously you’d like nothing more than to have a big fat graphic novel version of it, right? And maybe you wouldn’t mind if I were drawing part of it? Maybe a part that involved airplanes?
In which case, please allow me to direct your attention to thusly.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dragon Roll

For much of the Lovely Wife’s pregnancy, broiled eel and Wendy’s frostys were the only things she could keep down. She ate so much of the stuff that I expect my son will one day discover he has the proportionate strength and speed of an eel. He will be known as Don Unagi.

Drawn for Daily Sushi, which is, apparently, the most popular Illustration blog on Tumblr, because the Internet is like that.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cross-post Catch-Up

Ben Parker
And speaking of Tumblr, here are a few images that showed up there, but not here.

 They're all originally from The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe REDUX Edition.


So, I never really got around to mentioning that I've started a Tumblr, have I? And that it's been a bit more active than this blog? And that you are cordially invited to check it out? I do! It is! You are!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

On Leaving MCA

Ten years ago, I took a job at Memphis College of Art because it was an opportunity to build my own program, and because the administration didn’t blink when I started talking about comics in my interview.

 MCA had never had a full-time Illustration professor and did not have enough Illustration concentrators to support even three classes a semester. Enrollment was so small that sometimes I had four different courses meeting during one class period, little red schoolhouse style. But the students were spectacular, consistently making surprising and delightful work. And the numbers kept growing. Illustration became the first or second largest program in the school, semester after semester. It even split off a second concentration, Sequential Narrative (“Comics” to you and me. The meaningless title “Sequential Narrative” appeared somewhere in the approval process and then proved difficult to abandon. Seriously, how do you have a narrative without sequence? Did someone see the term “Sequential Art” and decide it needed more syllables?).

 From day one, I had a plan. And now, it’s coming to fruition. Illustration and Sequential Narrative, which are presently concentrations of Design Arts, are merging into their own BFA-granting program, Illustration and Comics. The program will be supported by two faculty lines: one in Illustration and one in Comics. Imagine—someone is going to get hired to be a Professor of Comics because of something I did. I’ll be bragging about that on my death-bed.

I won’t be around to see how it pans out, however. I’ve taken a position at Penn State. I’m pretty excited about it. I won’t be running my own little empire anymore, but I’ll be facing new challenges as part of a larger academic community, and, if all goes according to plan, spending a lot more time in the studio actually drawing things.

I had planned on spending one more semester at MCA, basically doing a victory lap. I scheduled myself to teach all my favorite classes one last time, and I was going to knock them out of the park—just really cram everything I had into those 15 weeks. MCA, however, declared financial exigency, which gave me chance to slip out of my contract a little early. For a number of practical and personal reasons, I’m taking advantage of this opportunity.

To the students who may be wondering about the future of the program: Oh, it looks bright. It is better positioned than it has been at any time in its history. It has a rich pool of incredibly capable adjuncts to cover the immediate future, and two—TWO!—faculty lines to carry on in the long-term (and honestly, I think I third line shouldn’t be that far off, if the numbers continue in the direction I expect them to).

It’s been a wonderful ten years. I got to build my dream program, talk about geeky things, and watch people make work that just made every fiber of my soul vibrate with happiness.

Thank you MCA students, alumni, professors, adjuncts, staff, and administrators. And good-bye. Stay in touch.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

StrawFungi and Puppycorns

From Lucian's True History, a description of The Army of the Sun:
Beside them were posted the Stalk-mushrooms, heavy infantry employed at close quarters, ten thousand in number. They had the name Stalk-mushrooms because they used mushrooms for shields and stalks of asparagus for spears. Near them stood the Puppycorns, who were sent him by the inhabitants of the Dog-star, five thousand dog-faced men who fight on the back of winged acorns.

translation via

Thursday, February 16, 2012

We are the 99%...

spodent quas non exhibent ...of honest, hard-working alchemists.

Those dishonest alchemists are just the worst. The worst.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Scenes from a Comic

The Adorable Progeny is now capable of long enough stretches of independent play that I was able to draw a one page strip in his presence, this weekend. This is very exciting for me.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Woman in Red

The Woman in RedI drew this awhile ago as an unsolicited submission to Project Rooftop. I don't know if it was rejected or forgotten, or if no one could muster any enthusiasm for an obscure and ill-defined character, but I like the drawing, and so: POST!

The Woman in Red first appeared in March 1940's Thrilling Comics #2, and is, you know, a woman who wears a red.

There were a number of Golden Age women decked out in evening wear, masks, and guns, and only their color schemes to set them apart. But the Woman in Red appears to have been the first, and red is certainly the certainly the choicest color for derring do.

I love the look of evening wear as action-suit, but went for a more practical approach. And turned the gun into some kind of PEW-PEW-based super power.

And Bean boots, why not?