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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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Tuesday July 2, 2013, at 10:40 pm

Things That Are Awesome: The Monkey Island games

Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate!

The Monkey Island games must be some of my favorites of all time.  There are very few point-and-click adventure games like this made anymore (although Double Fine is trying their best to continue the tradition).  Chock full of hilarious characters, ridiculous situations, and GREAT dialogue… these games were more about working your way through a goofy story and less about destroying obstacles.  My favorite has still got to be Curse of Monkey Island, but the new ones from Telltale Games are pretty good, too.

As some of you know, Guybrush Threepwood is the main character in all of these games, a pirate better known for his witty banter than his swashbuckling skills.  One of our fans, Shane, requested a sketch of him at the last Free Comic Book Day, so I went ahead and colored him.  He’s talking to one of my other favorite characters from the series… Murray:

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Wednesday April 17, 2013, at 11:29 pm

Things That Are Awesome: The Sixth Gun: Book One

There is nothing quite like finding something new that is really good. The old classic comic books are always fun, but they’re like visiting anthe-sixth-gun-cover old friend comfortable and safe. The Sixth Gun is a story that I could tell almost immediately was going to be good, but also had the mystery and surprises that more mainstream comics rarely can deliver.

The story is set in the old west, not long after the Civil War and jumps into the action quickly. There are two main pushers of the story at this point. They are Drake Sinclair who is seeking out treasure and Mrs. Hume who is trying to track down a gun.

As you can likely guess from the title the gun is important. It is in the hands of a dying preacher, but very early in the book ends up the possession of the only real hero of this story Becky. And since the only way for a new owner to take it is to kill her she is forced to keep it though every sign is that it is evil. It also gives visions to the person who uses it.

The people who want this gun are the same people who have the other five, each of which gives some type of power to the person who uses it. This means that in some odd sense there are superpowers in this book, but only rarely does it feel like that. It instead holds the western feel very well.

Much of the fun of this book is the discovery of what is going on, and slowly learning the answers to the secrets of the guns and hints to there being more.  I also enjoy the supernatural elements being added into a genre that generally has not had them. The mixing of genres, especially when they make sense is almost always interesting and the supernatural western makes a lot of sense. Magic has always been in the less civilized places and the borderlands and the old west was both of these, and connecting the magic to the civil war is also a good touch.

The art in the story is excellent. It really feels like the west that you have seen in movies and TV without feeling cliché and while it tends to be dark that is the tone of this story and it is important that it helps to keep that tone. Still, it might have been nice to brighten it up a bit more on occasion if only to break the tension.

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I am certainly glad that I picked up this book and especially happy that the next graphic novel is already out because I really don’t want to have to wait too much longer to find out at least a few more of the secrets of this story.  I am also looking forward to hopefully watching a TV series though I plan on continuing to read the book no matter what comes of the show.

Check out the book here.

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Friday May 4, 2012, at 10:06 am

Things that are awesome: Skulltula (from Zelda)

Skulltula from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

What a great series of games the Zelda franchise has been.  Skyward Sword is definitely one of the best so far, and my five-year-old daughter and I have played the heck out of it.  Currently, her favorite thing is to hunt down the Skulltula spiders in the game.  So I painted this the other night while she was playing.  She would stop every few minutes and check on my progress… making color suggestions, of course.  Then she would go find another spider, so I could have some reference to look at.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, but the important thing is that she likes it.

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