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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 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!

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Victorian Era studies

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Thursday August 6, 2015, at 11:59 am

Kansas City Comic Con this weekend!

Kansas City Comic Con

We hope to see many of you at Kansas City’s newest convention this weekend!  We will be set up in Artists Alley at table #1316.  It looks like a great time with lots of great guests.  We will be there with new comics, novels, and prints.  As usual we will be doing commissions, too, so make sure to stop by if you want an original piece of art.

Duel Collection cover

We will have the brand new collection of our Duel stories, which collects not only the first two issues of the series, but over 30 new pages of story and art!  We’ll give some sneak peaks of the new stuff right here in the coming weeks.  In addition to this book, Elton is also premiering his new sci-fi novel, Spaceship Vision: The Impossible Dream! More details on that soon…

Here are the two new prints we will have available this year:

Spider Gwen print

Ash & Buffy print

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Thursday July 16, 2015, at 12:22 pm

Update on Rook City

Esmerelda

Some of you have been asking, so just a quick update to let you all know that there is indeed more Rook City on the way! This fall you can expect another longer story featuring the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox. After that, there will be a story featuring the Captain and Dark Star.

Once those stories are concluded, they will be published in the third issue of Rook City. At that time, we will also publish the first volume of Rook City, which will collect all three issues along with a lot of bonus content! Stay tuned!

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Monday March 3, 2014, at 3:49 pm

Rook City continues!

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!

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Monday February 17, 2014, at 12:51 am

Rook City is BACK!

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!

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Sunday July 21, 2013, at 12:28 pm

Sketchbook Comics

Sketchbook Comics

Matt and I are working our way through the excellent Mastering Comics book (by Matt Madden and Jessica Abel).  One of the assignments was to create a quick, one-page comic in your sketchbook that started with a drawing from real-life and went from there.  So this is what I came up with.

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Tuesday July 9, 2013, at 9:45 am

Archangel sketch

Archangel

Here is an Archangel sketch I did recently for one of our Facebook contest winners, Steve!

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Saturday May 4, 2013, at 12:06 am

May the 4th be… Free Comic Book Day

May 4th is a great day for nerds. As we all know it was May the 4th 1775 when the first folding umbrella was debuted and it was only 5 years later when Charles Bunbury won the first Epsom Derby, but more recently it has become Star Wars day. This year though it is doubly (or Quadruply) important because itsir thomas charles bunbury without umbrella happens to fall on the first Saturday which also makes it free comic book day. One can only hope that there is at least one story about the release of the folding umbrella, but even if they miss that obvious story there will be a lot of great comics.

As Seth said in his earlier post, the members of Three Trees Studios are going to be spending Free Comic  Book Day at Hurley’s Heroes in Joplin Missouri and if you happen to be in town we certainly hope to see you there. In fact you might even be able to get them to draw a sketch of Sir Charles Bunbury winning the Epsom Derby (Though you may want to bring a picture of the Baronet since I’m not sure if Matt knows what he looks like from memory.)  Of course, being Star Wars day you might also be able to convince Matt to do a sketch of one of your favorite Star Wars Characters, though that seems a bit obscure to me.

We will of course have all of our other stuff there as well, including some great posters of a few Star Wars Characters which Matt drew and our new comic books.  It’s a great way to have some fun finding out what are the comics that the publishers are excited about this year and an easy way to find out which comic books you want to buy every month.  Hope to see you there.

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Monday April 22, 2013, at 2:59 pm

DUEL #2 PREVIEW!

Duel #2 Alternate Cover

Well, at Planet Comicon this year, we debuted the new issue of Duel.  So some of you probably saw it there, but many of you haven’t yet…

When I created the first issue of Duel, the story featured two boys sitting around and trying to draw tougher warriors than each other.  For this issue, Matt and I decided to do that for real.   The process consisted of one of us drawing a few pages featuring our character defeating the previous one and then passing those pages back to the other guy.  We made the characters up as we went, in reaction to each other’s imagination.  This led to some healthy creative competition, just like we wanted.  We hope it is just as fun for you to read!

Special thanks to my wife for some photo assistance and my daughter for her special…contribution.  If you want to pick up a copy, come and see us FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Hurley’s Heroes in Joplin on May 4.  We’ll have copies for sale and be doing our usual FREE SKETCHES that day.  Eventually, it will be available online, as well.

Here’s the first several pages (click to enlarge):

Duel 2 Intro Duel #2 page 1

Duel #2 page 2 Duel #2 page 3

Duel #2 page 4 Duel #2 page 5

Duel #2 page 6 Duel #2 page 7

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