Friday, November 27, 2009

Face Front!

I'm still of two minds about Facebook. It's a nice way to keep in touch with people, but I think it is an intrusion on our private lives.

What do you think?

This one is for Rebecca

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

yet another strip... about paint stripping!

What can I tell you, I feel like telling stories, okay?

This one's for Ryan

Saturday, November 21, 2009

another strip...

Drawn from life. Or at least the one I'm living...

This one's for Schroeder

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oh, boy...

After saying how I probably wouldn't post anything new for a while, here it is... a post created especially for the blog.

When I was in my late teens and early twenties I'd create comic strips and stories that would reflect what was going on in my life. Both the realistic and the exaggerated. Usually on a daily basis.
For the first time in a long, long time I felt the need to re-visit that approach. I hope you enjoy it. At the time I first started exploring this type of storytelling I was very much influenced by Robert Crumb. I still am.

Classic "Iron Man"!

Here's the final, finally done...
Nothing precious here, just straight away sketching like in the old days when I'd fill up notebooks originally meant for schoolwork.

Here it is in various stages, from the bottom up. I've always loved Jack Kirby's original design. So nice and clunky!

Holiday Gift Guide...

Well, the Holidays are breathing down our necks again. So I thought I'd perform a Public Service and make a few gift suggestions of the graphic narrative kind. These books will be gladly accepted by anyone interested in comic books and graphic novels and good, clear stotytelling.

First up is "Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1" edited by Blake Bell and designed by Adam Grano. It is in my opinion one of the most beautiful reprint books I've ever read. This first volume starts off with Mr. Ditko's very first comic book stories, with crisp clear reproductions on every page of every story.

Next up is David Mazzuchelli's graphic novel "Asterios Polyp". Every visual aspect in this book is as abstract as I've ever seen in a graphic novel, quite different from any previous work I've ever seen by Mr. Mazzuchelli as well. But it reads in a beautifully flowing way. Graphic language is tailored to each individual character's motivations and morphs along to compliment the content and setting of every scene.

My next suggestion is Darwyn Cooke's "Parker" pot-boiler. A gritty crime story that is served up in elegant illustrations and biting prose. This is an adaptation of novelist Richard Stark's early '60s novel "The Hunter". If you're familiar with Mr. Cooke's comic book and graphic novel work you already have an idea of what you're in for. If you've never seen his work before this is a perfect book to be initiated with.

We end with what I think is the greatest collection of comic book stories aimed at children that you'll ever find in one place. "The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics" compiled by Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly is an amazing collection of stories. It's an all-ages assortment that entertains on many levels. Don't miss it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The joy of childhood...

Here's a shot of my granddaughter Ashley joining the Circus!