Saturday June 7, 2014, at 3:46 pm
Some of these were done during the last Free Comic Book Day and some were for some of my art students. One requested a “rude banana”…. those kind of sketches are always fun!
Saturday May 3, 2014, at 12:57 am
We hope to see you there, if you’re anywhere near southwest Missouri! We’ll be doing FREE sketches, as usual, and of course we’ll have all of our books and prints for sale. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up ROOK CITY #2 yet, now’s your chance!
Elton will have hard copies of his first Middlemen novel there and will be offering both the first and second for free in digital format for that day (click on the link on the right side of this page). Speaking of Elton, be sure to check out his new PATREON page for information on how you can get on the inside track of the new stories he has been posting.
Tuesday March 18, 2014, at 11:48 am
Planet Comicon is always the highlight of our year. Not only is it our closest large convention, but it continues to grow each year. This was the first year that the show moved to three days, and they opened up much more floor space to fit all of the vendors, artists, and celebrities.
For Elton and I the biggest highlight this year was being able to bring our good friend Nathan Judah with us. Eight years ago, Nathan was with us at our very first con (as exhibitors), so it really felt like things had come full circle to have him with us again. Nathan was primarily there to do sketches and promote his new Kickstarter comic that just launched… NOIR CITY. Check it out… it’s super-powered crime noir goodness!
We had Rook City #2 and some new prints premiering at this con. A lot of people seemed to enjoy the fact that the story in that issue featured another convention. Elton had print copies of his Middlemen: Born of Earth novel and was giving away downloads of the newest one… Middlemen: Alone! And as always, we did a lot of sketches for people:
Obligatory cosplay pics:
We’ve already got some big plans for next year’s Planet Comicon. Now it’s time to get busy and make them happen!
Monday March 3, 2014, at 3:49 pm
Just a reminder that the new Rook City story will continue to update every weekday for the next two weeks. “Convention Blues” was a lot of fun to write and draw because of the chance to poke fun at a lot of comic book convention culture. The sheer amount of characters was challenging at times, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
If you’re completely new to Rook City then you probably want to start back at the very beginning. Or you can just start at the beginning of the current storyline… whatever works for you. I look forward to hearing your feedback as the story unfolds! And don’t forgett… the story will see print in Rook City #2, which will premiere at Planet Comicon next month! Thanks for checking it out!
Monday February 17, 2014, at 12:51 am
Well, after a massively long delay, our Rook City webcomic will once again be updating regularly at least for the next month or so as we finish off the “Convention Blues” storyline. 21 new pages will eventually be posted, making this by far the longest Rook City tale as of yet. The pages are all done (and even sent off to the printer) and will be posted one per weekday until the story concludes (except today when you get two pages and the cover). The story will see print in Rook City #2, which will premiere at Planet Comicon next month!
Why the delay in finishing this story? Well, the main reason is that I got pulled away into a lot of other projects. In the time since I started this story, we have published three other comics and I’ve illustrated eight children’s books. No real excuse, but that’s how it is. However, this story would never leave me alone. It was too much fun to abandon forever… it had to be finished. For those few of you who have been waiting all this time… I truly appreciate your patience. I really hope you all enjoy how it turns out!
If you’re completely new to Rook City then you probably want to start back at the beginning. Or you can just start at the beginning of the current storyline… whatever works for you. I look forward to hearing your feedback as the story unfolds! Remember to check back every weekday for a new page. Thanks for checking it out!
Tuesday February 4, 2014, at 3:38 pm
This is the legendary Son House, a giant of the early Delta blues and friend of Charley Patton. He had an exceptionally powerful voice and influenced other greats, such as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. His song “Death Letter Blues” is possibly my favorite blues tune of all time and the inspiration for a story I’ve been working on.
Thursday January 9, 2014, at 7:09 am
Here’s another legendary blues man… Charley Patton. He was extremely important in helping to define the early Delta blues style and was a big influence on other guys such as Robert Johnson, Son House, and many others.
Friday December 6, 2013, at 12:03 am
This painting was created to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Color Estes charity. This is Dream Lake in Rocky Mtn National Park (near Estes, Colorado).
Monday December 2, 2013, at 3:09 pm
I’ve been doing a lot of research for an upcoming story about a Delta bluesman (including reading the excellent book Deep Blues by Robert Palmer). So when I got a new brown paper sketchbook the other day, it inspired me to draw some blues players. Mississippi Fred was a country blues player from North Mississippi, whose droning style influenced later musicians such as Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. This was drawn with various pens and brushes in white and black ink.
Friday October 4, 2013, at 5:46 am
During our latest local Sketch Night, we once again drew characters inspired by John Hodgman’s list of 700 hobo names. We picked them randomly, and I ended up with #628- Stinging Polly Papercuts. These are always a fun challenge.