12.26.2012

Like currier and ives

I had a GREAT Christmas! Lots of the three 'F's: fun, family and feasting. In trying to keep this blog focused on my comics work rather than my personal life, here is a tradition I've seen one of my idols do after the holiday. A portrait of gifts! Enjoy a drawing of me!


As well as the proof about the socks...

12.23.2012

Boy, stop...

fffffooooooooooooosh! That, my dear readers, is the sound of me blowing the dust off this murky old blog. It has been SOME time. And I'm ashamed to say the lack of updates are not because of a lack of work... no quite the opposite. In fact I have been SO busy that Wednesdays come and go and I have barely realized it until the Mondays after. By that time I think, 'Okay... well I'll just wait till the next Wednesday to update...' and the cycle begins again.

TERRIBLE. I can only apologize so much before I've gone overboard. Besides, you all want to see what's up not what's down. Here is some re-capping of what you missed while I was away from the internet:


Montreal!


Montreal!


Friends who live in Montreal!!


Part of a jam comic I made with a Friends in Montreal!


That show I told you about... it happened!


This is what it looks like... RIGHT IN THE WINDOW!


The view from the other side


Had my last Admissions trip of the season with Kyle


And we ate BBQ of course


Went to see The Room Midnight Movie at the Music Box


Ate a really big burger!


Made a mom


Made a mom body


Helped Kyle make progress


Made progress with Kyle


Made a forest


Made a face

Well that takes us up to just about now. I'm in Wisconsin for the holiday but I am starting my New Years resolution early. STAY ON TOP OF THESE UPDATES! And to make the updates less about me and more about my work again. Happy Christmas and see you soon!

11.25.2012

Metal on the edge of a knife

Greetings from CANADA!!! This is a short update as I am merely stealing time from my dear Canadians to quickly update. I was in Wisconsin just a few days ago for some food and family time. And now I'm gallivanting around this beautiful world of Montreal. But in comics news, I'll be in a show opening on Thursday November 29th at the Neiman Center Gallery. (37 S. Wabash) in Chicago. Here are some images of what this comic is like! There will be 200 free copies so get 'em while they're hot!













Enjoy your week!

11.14.2012

I am the sweet

Happy Wednesday, dear readers. I know it’s been a little while since there has been an ON TIME blog post here at Hooray for Comics! But you can only know that it has to deal with my intensely busy work schedule and life all around. It also means though that there are projects in the pipe lines. And you know where to get that news? Right here! First hand knowledge about all my projects and drawings and musings.

The main project on my mind is for a gallery show coming up called Take Away, that is a show that is being put together by something called SUGs (Student Union Gallery’s). The show opens on November 29th with an opening event on the same day from 4:00pm-6:00pm at 36 S. Wabash. So if you’re in Chicago, COME ON BY! My piece is going to be in the window! And like the title implies, there’s free stuff! Here’s my progress so far on this


Screen printed cases in the studio.


Cutting out process. Needless to say I’ve been watching a lot of Bond movies and episodes of Parks and Rec.

This weekend I travel again with Kyle and he and I have some work cut out for us on this project we said we’re starting. And then next week is THANKSGIVING! The other thing I’ve been super excited about is yesterday… IT SNOWED!



Take care!

11.01.2012

Let's see...

My good friends! Boy have you been the patient waiters!! FUGUE 3 is for sale RIGHT NOW in the SHOP and NOW you can click one BUTTON and get all three for one low, low price of $15 dollars + shipping. Scroll down to the bottom for the "buy everything" set button!

What else is going on, you might ask? Well I'll tell you. I've been traveling just about every weekend with this doof

For SAIC's National Portfolio days, and we've been eating LOTS of great food.



But don't take MY drawing for it! Kyle's keeping a tumblr now about his food on the road... Digest-Ing He's still working out some kinks, so be patient, but it's pretty awesome so far.

This last trip we were in Saint Louis which, as some of you know, is a pretty decent Pinball town! So I got to play some pins that were in GREAT working order at an awesome place called The Silver Ballroom. (!!!!)







I had a pretty awesome warm up game on JP, and then moved on to Addams Family for a long while, and finished off the night with Creature from the Black Lagoon!! Very fun. Nice place, I highly recommend stopping by, but only if you don't mind cigarette smoke... bleh!

Other things I've been up to include two projects in the works that I can show you and two projects I can't!

This is the start of my next project with Kyle and it stars this kid, meet Ivy...



And this is for a show I will hopefully be accepted in called Take Away... I'll be making 200 of these puppies and they'll be in the gallery to be snatched up FOR FREE!

Have a great start to November!

10.23.2012

A long time coming...

One year and 5 months, four drafts, many late night conversations, and one entirely messed up first print-run and I'm ECSTATIC to announce that FUGUE is 100% complete and all three parts are for sale RIGHT NOW in the Store. Only 6$ per book, with screen printed covers.

My friends, I feel this is a very large closing of a chapter for me. This project began as something much smaller, and was originally crafted in a way that would be conducive to my already bizarre writing habits. However, in an attempt to start small and build larger, I found myself frozen and needed to figure out where I was going before I could break it down. I spent a lot of time at diners and coffee shops and in the studio creating crazy ideas and telling people about them. The infamous CCS catch phrase "THE MATH IS WRONG" was born out of this project and my inability to multiply. In realizing that the complete project would not be fully realized for my Thesis, I put the final part on the shelf. Not that there weren't ideas but I really didn't know which was the right one for the conclusion of this book.

In working with Auto-Bio, I find myself defending the need to craft a good story a lot. This book couldn't end with a freeze frame, this book, in fact, couldn't END at all. It just needed to conclude. The beauty of life and documenting it is that it's still happening. My family is still growing and changing, and so am I. Thank you for being along for the ride of this book. Painful it may have been to wait for the final volume, and believe me, there were times where it was painful for me to create it! But here it is! Please tell your friends! It's out, it's real and it's done!

10.10.2012

meaning and making

Happy Wednesday friends!! Sorry this post is taking place in the latter end of the day, but golly gee if I had thought I already wrote it! (And I'm pretty sure I did... cause well... Blogger seemed to have some kind of hang up today.) Next week Fugue part 3 will be around for purchasing!! Hooray! Comics progress, my friends. This last week, though, I just have a series of photos from my travels with Admissions. Enjoy!



















See you next week!

10.03.2012

Rain on my window pane

Happy rainy Wednesday, my dear readers. Now that book 3 of FUGUE has been completed, I'm just working on the corrections quickly right now. Spelling, greys, panels, things like that. Very soon the book will be available to all. Right now it's currently on it's first of many displays coming up for the 2012/2013 year. My office!



NOthing too fancy, but if you're around the Sullivan Building in downtown Chicago, let me know and I can check you in to take a look. Or if you're an SAIC friend, stop by room 1205 anytime!

But that's not the only show I'm currently a part of! There's only a few more days left of the Library Mixtape show in the Flaxman (also at SAIC)



This show consists of faculty and staff's top 10 favorite items at the Flaxman arranged as sort of an inspirational mixtape. The second part of the show will feature students!

It's not all fame and glory my friends, there's some hard work involved in my life too! This past weekend I had the great honor of traveling to Dubuque, IA to give portfolio reviews to prospective SAIC students. And while I was there I got to see the slides for the hard work that Kyle and I did this summer IN ACTION!









I got to see a lot of cool things, and Dubuque was a really surprising town. I guess it's true what the song says, "I ought to give Iowa, a try!" That's all for me now folks. The busy bee must return to the hive! Take care till next time.