Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mome 13 Now Available From Fantagraphics Books

My second appearance with publishers Fantagraphics Books is now available. A while back I completed work on a 12 page coffee, pen & ink story for their anthology entitled Mome. The story is called The Marriage Tree and appears in the Winter edition- number 13. The Marriage Tree concerns itself with three brothers married off to another set of three sisters and what happens with the situational aspects of romantic misparing and the occasional reanimation.

As the story has a dreamy quality about it, coffee seemed important as color choice. It lends itself to a detached otherness which allows the more supernatural and folky elements of the story to stream forth. In various parts of the story the coffee is used as an active agent in letting the ink work independent of me. Hair is probably the best example of this. Something as natural and unrestrained as hair is often treated as such with free flowing ink bleeds. Other subjects for this treatment are trees and architecture- things that are often distorted based on emotional readings. An example being perhaps that a victorian building may appear more friendly in the daylight etc.

Also appearing in this collection are Gilbert Shelton, Tim Hensley, David Greenberger, Thomas Ott, Sarah Edward-Corbett, Kurt Wolfgang, Josh Simmons, Laura Park, Nate Neal, and Dash Shaw.

Go ahead and take a look-
Previews and ordering information for Mome 13 are available here

In order to avoid spoiling the art awaiting you in the volume I've used out-takes from the story as examples in this post. I hope that isn't a pisser.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Works In Progress/Save Me A Place

The following are some rough scans of the artwork for a previously mentioned collaboration between myself and French comics writer David Calvo. The project is called The Gathering of the Flowers and intends to be a 96 pager. I'll post more as they come. in other news, due to recent worldwide economic duress, I have done my part by cutting back on The Wild Turkey for the more cost efficent Duggan's Dew. Strange times indeed. Tastes good when listening to Hoagy Carmichael.

Sunday Night Goes On Forever

Monday, November 10, 2008

Metropolis, The Big Gooey Hotplate of Nocturnal Desire

Deadlines come and soon they shall pass, ebbing forth into new foamy breaths of coronet mermaid beach b-movies. I mean, ahem, ah, say - here's a picture of me after being squirreled away for three days working on that Fantagraphics deadline. The raccoon bit IS true. There are two of them- Randy and Ramona. They aren't rabid like the other guys I had at my windo previously. Move to Brooklyn, enjoy the wildlife!

Also, some of the earlier pieces I posted are rough drafts that have since been redone. I'd also like to note that my sister made me watch boththe movies IF and Daisies (in one sitting). I think I'm changed forever!