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Wednesday August 5, 2020, at 10:57 pm

Things that are awesome: Kane

Here is some fan art for Kane, a crime comic by Paul Grist. I started reading this back in the 90’s and was lucky enough to meet Paul at the ‘97 SDCC. Paul is an absolute master of comic storytelling, and his comics are a great blend of crime noir atmosphere with some more light-hearted moments. I’ve been rereading the comics while I worked on this, and they are a real treat!

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Wednesday July 15, 2020, at 11:07 pm

Things that are awesome: Rumble

Another creator-owned comic that has just blown me away the last few years is Rumble by John Arcudi and James Harren.  This story of an ancient warrior resurrected in the body of a scarecrow who is sent by the gods to hunt down demons in modern day has a bit of everything.  There is tons of amazing, kinetic action and quirky character designs, but also a lot of heart and humor along the way.  I’ve been wanting to try to draw Rathraq for a while now, and it was just as fun as I thought it would be!  I hope I conveyed at least 10% of the energy that this book does so well.

 

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Wednesday July 8, 2020, at 11:21 am

Things that are awesome: Double Fine Action Comics

One of my favorite webcomics of all time is the delightfully quirky Double Fine Action Comics by Scott Campbell. He is one of the main designers for Double Fine games such as Psychonauts and has also illustrated several kids lit books (along with many other projects). I always enjoyed the stream of conscious looseness of this webcomic (in both art and story) with its tales of knights, strongmen, astronauts… and of course, a two-headed baby. They were so much fun to draw! Check out Scott’s amazing work at www.scottc.com (including this comic).

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Wednesday May 27, 2020, at 11:26 pm

Things that are awesome: Courtney Crumrin

My daughter and I recently took a break from reading the Harry Potter series to introduce her to the world of Courtney Crumrin and all the various night things of her world.  Ted Naifeh has created a true classic with these graphic novels.  I highly recommend them to anyone who likes spunky protagonists, fairie creatures, and slightly dark humor.  Ted is a master of atmosphere and light and shadow.  This piece of fan art was so much fun to create!  I hope you dig it.

 

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Wednesday April 29, 2020, at 2:57 pm

Things that are awesome: Scud the Disposable Assassin

This was such a blast to draw. One of my favorite indie comics in high school was Rob Schrab‘s Scud the Disposable Assassin. I remember proudly wearing a Scud t-shirt to school like a real hipster and even getting a sketch from Rob at San Diego Comicon in ‘97. Such a cool comic, full of groovy, over-the-top action and surreal situations. Here is Scud with his faithful pal, Drywall. Pardon me while I go dig out these old comics to read…

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Wednesday April 22, 2020, at 10:36 pm

The Great Red Dragon

Going to be doing some fan art on here fairly regularly featuring work from other creator owned comics (and other random stuff I like). Starting off with one of the ultimate indie comics… Bone! I fell in love with this series when it was first coming out and had the great pleasure of reading it with my daughter a few years ago (like many, many parents). The Great Red Dragon was always one of my favorites… definitely the most chill dragon in all of literature. Thank you, Jeff Smith, for creating this classic for us all!

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Thursday April 16, 2020, at 10:04 pm

Six Fanarts Challenge!

Many of you have probably already seen this new art challenge that has been making the rounds online.  I wanted to try my hand at it, so I took suggestions from followers of my newsletter, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  There were so many great suggestions that I might have to do this again, but these six characters were definitely a treat to draw.  It was my first time drawing most of them, including Rook from my friend Jeremy Haun’s amazing book, The Realm.  For any of my fellow artists out there, I highly recommend doing this!  It’s a fun way to interact with your fans.  – Seth

 

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Wednesday May 30, 2018, at 7:45 pm

S.P.A.C.E.d Out 2018

Last month, Elton and I really enjoyed returning to S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) in Columbus, Ohio, after 12 years away.  There is a unique energy when you are at a con that is packed with nothing but fellow independent creators who are working hard to put their stories and art out into the world.  Above and below, you can see a couple of the sketch cover portraits I drew for some customers who bought the Book of Hoboes (which was pretty popular at this show).  A librarian from Michigan State University came by and bought a copy of each of our comics to include in the vast collection of comics they have at that school.  It’s pretty cool to think that our books are in the same collection as some of the best comics of all time!

 

 

There was definitely a teaching theme to this show for me.  In the course of doing a presentation about teaching comics, I was able to connect with some other local art teachers and swap ideas/talk shop with them.  One of them, Flint, asked me to do something in his sketchbook, so I ended up doing this goofy self portrait.

I was really happy to finally meet Mike Laughead.  I’ve been following his work since the Parable anthology and the awesome Fist-A-Cuffs blog he participated in.  I was able to snag his new sketchbook and his “Self Help Bunny” mini comic.  I really dig his quirky style!  It was great to show him the Clash of Champions tournament that my Cartoonist Club creates every year, which was definitely inspired by Fist-A-Cuffs.

Mike teaches comics at the Columbus College of Art & Design, so we also were able to compare notes about helping students produce their own comics anthology (“Spare Parts”, above).  It was interesting to hear about publishing it with college kids instead of the high schoolers I am used to.

Another really cool project they do at CCAD is the Spitball anthology, where current students are selected to participate in a practicum with working professional comics writers on new stories, to learn the in’s and out’s of publishing.  This is a really high quality book… I recommend picking up a copy, if you can!

 

It’s always nice to discover newcomers at these kinds of cons, too.  Winifred Kehl explores her love of nature and scientific research in her first ever comic, “It’s Good to be Curious.”  It’s a cute and detailed minicomic, and I definitely learned a lot reading it!

The title of this comic made me stop and laugh, so I had to pick it up from Deon Howard.  Many an artist has had to deal with the guilt of not doing Inktober (or failing at it).  Deon chooses to have fun with the idea in this comic that just gets wackier as it goes on (even featuring a cameo from Inktober creator, Jake Parker).  Fun stuff!

Lastly, our neighbor at the table next to us was Harmony Becker.   She is an accomplished artist whose flowing style works equally well in her paintings and drawings.  I picked up her “Love Potion” minicomic, and the expressive character posing reminded me of the best of Disney animation.

Anyway, I just wanted to spotlight some of the talent we encountered at this unique show.  It’s a long way to Columbus from Joplin, but we hope to make it over there again sometime!

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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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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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