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Thursday April 7, 2016, at 6:30 am

New self portrait

Seth

I recently needed to create a new self portrait as part of an art show.  So it gave me a good excuse to finally update my avatars/profile pictures after several years.  This was rotoscoped digitally over a photo I took a while back.  It was fun to experiment with different textures as I digitally painted over it.

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Wednesday March 9, 2016, at 9:06 pm

Brown paper hobos

Thor the Bum-Hammer

A couple months ago, we continued our occasional tradition of drawing some of the characters from John Hodgman’s list of 700 Hobo Names at our local Sketch Night.  This time we decided to draw on torn paper bags for extra authenticity.  If you want to see some of the past hobos we have drawn, here you go.

Old Pliny Dance for Ham

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Wednesday February 10, 2016, at 11:52 pm

Rook City desk shots

Here are some desk shots of some penciled pages from the Vlad Squad story in the upcoming Rook City#3…
Day jobs

Woof.

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Wednesday January 6, 2016, at 10:21 pm

Things that are awesome: Super Dodge Ball

Super Dodge Ball characters

One of my favorite games on the original NES as a kid was Super Dodgeball. Like many games on that system, the graphics were not great… in fact, the system couldn’t really handle so many sprites moving on the screen at once and characters would often flicker in and out of view. But the gameplay was easy to pick up, competitive, and addictive! The variety of different “super balls” you could master (unique to different players) and the different countries the teams came from also made it a lot of fun. This game is responsible for a lot of sore thumbs from my friends and I back then. I was playing this game on the Wii with my daughter (thankfully it’s available on the virtual console) a while back and thought it would be fun to draw two of the main characters from it… Sam from Team USA and Boris from Team USSR. I’ve always been sad that they never made a newer version of this game for more recent consoles.

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Wednesday December 30, 2015, at 4:32 pm

Looking forward!

Well, as 2015 winds down, it seems like a good time to look back and look forward.  This last year, we exhibited or spoke at five different events, some of them for the first time.  We published the collected version of Duel, complete with dozens of new pages of backstory.  (The images below are from the Lord Thornton Bartholomew’s story in that book.)  Elton also published a sci-fi novel, and we created several new prints for the convention appearances.

What’s on tap for 2016?  Well, in May we will once again be doing FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ Hurley’s Heroes in Joplin.
PLANET COMICON in Kansas City is also moving to May this year, and we will be there for the ninth year in the row.  In August, we have been invited back to the KANSAS CITY COMIC CON, and we are looking forward to year two of that show!  There will probably be a few other appearances that pop up, but we will let you know as they develop.

What are we working on?  Well, Elton is continuing work on his novels and is finishing up a new collection of short stories that will be published soon.  We are working hard on Rook City #3 right now.  The main story features the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox, and another tale in that issue will star the Captain and Dark Star.  Once that issue is published, we will be collecting all three issues along with a lot of bonus content.  We are also working on adapting all of our comics to digital format, so it will be easier for all of you to get a hold of them.  Once Rook City is wrapped up, I will be starting a new long-term project (more details on that later).  In addition to all of this, we will be continuing Random Ink with issue #5 later in the year.

If you are reading this, we want you to know that we really appreciate you following and supporting our work!  It means a lot to know that you all are out there.  Thanks!

A beastie

Victorian Era studies

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Wednesday December 23, 2015, at 10:45 pm

Circus time

brian-half

Every year our church holds a family fest night on Halloween.  This year the theme was a circus, and the church asked me to illustrate a scavenger hunt booklet, starring all of our ministers as various circus characters.  It was a fun project, and everyone seemed amused by my silly renditions of them.

bryce-half

huckabay-half

jeff-half

logan-half

mark-half

quade-half

rick-half

titus-half

wade-half

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Wednesday December 9, 2015, at 8:53 pm

Almost there…

Jawa

You can tell where my mind has been lately…  the 18th can’t get here soon enough!

Grand Moff Tarkin

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Wednesday December 2, 2015, at 10:50 pm

Steampunk western

Steampunk western self portrait

At one of our  Joplin Sketch Nights, we were randomly assigned two genres to combine in a self portrait.  I got steampunk + western… so there you go.

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Thursday November 26, 2015, at 12:42 am

Slightly more realistic

Elmer

Another challenge from a Joplin Sketch Night a while back… this time trying to draw somewhat more realistic versions of classic cartoon characters.  A fun exercise!

Dexter

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Wednesday November 18, 2015, at 11:46 pm

Gus Cannon

Gus Cannon

The legendary blues banjo player, Gus Cannon.

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