7.27.2016

Create Comics Prep Recap!

Hey everybody, Sacha here reporting for duty once again.

Even though our days are sprinkled with PokemonGo walks and cat-rearing shenanigans, Beth and I still manage to get work done.



  

Some of my tasks for prepping for this CCS workshop included making temporary tattoos
I lowkey wish this was a real tattoo
But one thing that I was super thrilled to participate in was the creation of their very own class collaboration!! Helping in coming up with a story, creating characters, and making a bunch of story-related puns was really fun. For the first time on the internet, I am excited to present to you:
MOLEY RINGWALL AND THE COSTUME CAPER

And here are the characters I had the honor of designing:




This comic follows the story of Detective Mole-y Ringwall and her sidekick Nick-Turnal in their quest to find out who is stealing clothes from the citizens of Mole-tropolis (spoiler: it's the naked mole rat in the gown, assisted by the worms dressed in mole suits).

More updates to come from ur favorite intern ;-) 

reporting to u from Kentucky xoxo


7.22.2016

Summer Updates

Hey, friends!


Sacha here with an update on w-w-w-what's up with Beth and me

A couple weeks ago, Beth taught a lil' comics workshop at Northwestern, so I helped prep for that (check out this cool giveaway-mini I made)


Another item on Beth's agenda was teaching a summer class at the Center for Cartoon Studies! I learned how to use Microsoft Excel!! what a rollercoaster ride this internship has been

Anyways, Beth has also been grinding away at Half Asleep volume six. 48 pages of watercolor?? It's pretty dope, lemme tell ya. Here are some of my fave lil tidbits:



Tune in later for more about what the workshop entailed and what I'm currently working on ;-)

Sacha over and out.

6.18.2016

E is for... EXHAUSTED



Wheww! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hello, gave a wave, high-five, shared a laugh, or bought books from me and Kyle! It was a wonderful show and I had a great time tabling with BFF and collaborator KO. Happy to have more copies of Half Asleep out in the world (don't forget! You can order online too!)


Coming soon to the shop will be all of the new tote bag designs (some are limited edition and will NOT be printed again!) and volume 5 of Half Asleep.


I'm working hard on volume 6 which has proven to be the most challenging yet! Here are a few sneak peaks into volume 6!





6.10.2016

K is for...

Ayy, Check It B-)


Ok guys, here's what you've all been waiting for: Sacha's Lists of Things About CAKE. Below are some of the people I am not very familiar with, but am really looking forward to getting familiar with!

New and Potential Faves 2016

I picked up a copy of Possum Girl and Onion Boy at CAKE 2015, and I absolutely adored them. 




Alex Nall gave an amaaazing performance at Zine-Fest-Not-Dead back in April. It started out as a tribute to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, but developed into a hilarious collection of moments teaching small children. I don't know too terribly much about Alex Nall and I haven't read too many of his comics, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what he's got for CAKE!



I remember that Nick Jackson had a very moving performance at Brain Frame 2014 about his time in the Peace Corps. Nick's such a nice guy and from looking at his social media, he's been doing a lot of collage work. I have little to no idea what to expect, but I can assure you, it's gonna be great.

Tune in later tonight to see my absolute DO-NOT-MISS list as well as my CARTOONISTS-I-KNOW-AND-LOVE-DEARLY list!! For now, this is Sacha peacing out c:





6.06.2016

A is for...

Where in the world is BETH??

Sometimes, finding an artist at a convention can prove to be pretty challenging, especially at this very dense convention in particular. Lucky for you, my comic patriots, I have so carefully painted up Beth Hetland's location on this official CAKE map using my trackpad

((wow, put this piece in the MOMA))
Seems pretty simple to find. Just walk right in, take an immediate right and presto!
This year, Beth will be located at table 33a, along with Luke Howard. This dude recently got his book, Talk Dirty to Me, published through Adhouse Books. Check out his website and his tumblr!!

Later this summer, the duo Beth and Luke will be co-teaching a summer workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies from July 11-15. If that is something you would like to attend, click here to register!

ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT THING
At 1 PM on Saturday June 11, Beth will be a part of this super cool panel called "Making Freelance Work(shop)" along with Tyrell Cannon and Ezra Clayton Daniels, moderated by Mike Freiheit. They'll be discussing their professional practice and working as freelancing artists! Definitely be there!

whoof, what a bunch of information I just threw at you. It's overwhelming, I know. Take a deep breath, and daydream about CAKE (aka your new happy place)

This is Sach-bo, blasting off again xoxo

6.05.2016

C is for...

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!!!
You Should Go to There!

Ok, guys. Today marks the official CAKE-is-less-than-one-week-away day! 
"What in the world is CAKE? Is this a dessert convention?"
"But Sacha, where would I go to meet Beth and Kyle in their radiant glory?"
"What kinds of things can I check out at their super sweet table?"
"How could I possibly-"
I will tell you! Right now! Stop asking things for a second!

CAKE is a magical place where alternative dreams come true. Come say hey to some of your fave comic artists (or, like me, stumble over your words and look like an absolute dunce), attend some super radical workshops, and spend every cent you have supporting these amazing human beings' work! It's a super cool space with super friendly faces!


(That's Sam Alden circa 2014!!! On the left! In the flesh!!! Comics ppl are very cute and nice!!)
CAKE is the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo located at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL). A good indicator of the arrival at your destination is the giant Whole Foods that lives below the Center on Halsted. It will take place this Saturday and Sunday, June 11/12 from 11 AM to 6 PM. I suggest going as long as you possibly can, because 14 hours is not nearly enough to absorb all the talent under this roof. More info on CAKE can be found here on their website.


Now, what cool things will Beth have available this year at CAKE 2016? Well, lemme tell ya, she's gonna have some gooood stuff. The items for sale will include: Half Asleep volumes 1-5, Breakfast with Beth, Fugue, the infamous and incredibly complicated Pizza Books (which is not solely about pizza OR made of pizza, just an fyi), Cycles, and cute, cute tote bags!

Excited for CAKE? Are you so excited for CAKE that it's scaring you a little bit? 

good.
Because it's just that awesome.
Stay tuned for more information on Beth's whereabouts, books for sale, and my very own CAKE advice and that I have just for you!
Anyways, until next time, this is Sacha signing off xoxo


"Should I spend this much money on comics? Can I get away with not buying groceries for the next year?"
"Of course I can! Food doesn't last, but comics? Comics are forever. Nice."




6.04.2016

The moment you've been waiting for!


Good Intern-tions

(Your New Idol)

Hello, to all you comics enthusiasts! Long time no post! Been a while since Beth has posted on the blog (sheesh...) 
You are probably wondering why Beth would be referring to herself in the third-person. Well wonder no longer, my comic warriors! This is her fresh new intern reporting for duty! 
My name is Sacha Lusk, and I am halfway through my education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I enjoy comics, making people cringe, petty drama that doesn't involve me, and a good man with a strong jawline. I am 5'3" and a Leo, so you'd better watch out. Here's a link to my Behance with most of my work. 

I am currently in Canada crashing a wedding, seeing the sights, etc., but I won't let that stop me from keeping you all updated on Beth's activities! I must go now, for I am being summoned by the 4 ft deep pool at this Best Western. More posts to come so stay tuned, my friends.
Sick to meet you all!

--Sach

(I took this with my foot. I promise that I am wearing pants)


4.04.2016

One short day, in the Em-erald Ci-ty

Greetings readers!


With a new month comes a new blog post! This month is the start of my convention season. You can see a list of appearances I'll have this season over to the right --->
Emerald City Comic Con is the first show of my season this year and it is just next weekend! Even though it's the most main stream show I tend to do, it still puts a huge emphasis on creators and creator owned works. I'm tabling with Colleen Frakes and she made an awesome little map for folks to be able to find us. We're at table F7 which is just one table over from where we were last year at F6! Ha!




Something to note is that because of my teaching schedule, even though ECCC is a 4 day show (!!!!) I will only be there Saturday and Sunday. I hope if you're in the Seattle area and can make it, that you'll stop by and say hello.


I'll have five volumes of Half Asleep, Fugue omnibus, the infamous Pizza Book, a few other minis, and of course, TOTE BAGS. If you're someone who has been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you'll have seen the sneak previews of the new tote bags. This year I'm trying out four designs, three of which are brand spankin' new! Of course, I still have a few of the old classic, Rainbow Cats, but the new ones this year include:


Ice Cream



Tools of the Trade



Corner Kitty





Once Emerald City is done, the remaining totes will be available for purchase in my store along with Volume 5 of Half Asleep. Additionally, the totes that were the most popular will be reprinted for the rest of the shows I'll be attending (Chicago Zine Fest, CAKE, SPX).


I'm really excited to be going to Seattle again this year, it's one of my favorite cities and it's such a lovely time of year to go. I'm also extremely thrilled to be carrying around 5 of the 8 Volumes of Half Asleep! I mean, just look at these handsome faces all lined up!!!



I'm chugging away on Volume 6, if you can believe it. I'm hesitant to show too much for in-process work on this volume because we're getting pretty deep in the story and I wouldn't want any new readers to be bummed to see something they didn't want to yet. I guess just keep that in mind as the next few months tick by. I'm working on the volume! I'll try to show a few things here and there, but there won't be as many photos for fear of ruining something.


Thanks again for reading along and keeping up with this slow attempt at a return to the blog.

3.23.2016

Welcome Back Cotter!

WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG!


It has been OVER A YEAR since I've written a blog post which is extremely embarrassing but I have to let you know, dear readers, that I have used that time well! I've been working hard on Half Asleep (for sale at my store).




There are now FIVE volumes that are completed, four are available for sale online and volume 5 will be available for the first time at Emerald City Comic Con which runs from April 7th until April 10th, I'll be there the 9th and 10th tabling with the one and only Colleen Frakes!!!!
I'm really excited about trying to get back into the habit of blogging again. Something I want to try to do is to post more process work and try to get at least once a month if not more! I'd also like to try a "Ask Me!" section to see if there are any questions people have that they'd like to know more about.


SOOOOO if you have any burning questions about comics, my process, teaching, or anything else feel free to leave it in the comments.

3.10.2015

Deep beneath campus...

A large part of Volume 4 of Half Asleep takes place underground. If you've been keeping up with the story, you know that in Volume 3, Ivy discovered something incredible and almost unbelievable toward the end that had been hidden deep underground. In Volume 4, we see more of this space, this new character (Uncle), and some of the technology that exists down there. Because of that, much of Volume 4 is turning out to be, well, dark! And who knew, but having to fill in those spaces with ink takes time! I no longer have my wonderful intern, Corianne, to help me out. It's just me flying solo. Anyway, I did some process shots of one panel and the way I go through from pencils through my inks for this part of the book. Enjoy! And don't forget you can purchase Volumes 1-3 at the store!







I've officially finished 12 pages of my inks, and still have a whopping 30 left to go. But slow and steady fills the spot blacks. See you next time!