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Wednesday January 2, 2013, at 10:28 am

Rancor.

Rancor

One of the greatest things to happen to you as a dad is to see your kid play with your old toys.  My daughter has been obsessed with Star Wars for a couple of years now, and a few months ago I finally got all of my old toys out for her to play with.  One of her favorites is my old Rancor toy.  I still remember getting this on my 6th birthday and accidentally scratching my friend Chad with its claws.  Now she is 6 and loves playing with it (had to glue one of its arms back on, though).  I thought it might be fun to draw it, and I was right.

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Tuesday January 1, 2013, at 2:11 pm

New artwork (and a CONTEST!)

Dragon Trio

Happy New Year!  It’s been a while… sorry about that.  No posts since July is pretty inexcusable.  Ironically, I have probably produced more artwork in the last year or so than any other year.  In addition to the work for Glacier National Park, I have been doing more and more freelance illustration work, including five different children’s books and a collectible card game, but for contractual reasons I can’t show most of it here on our site.  The downside is that my time for our own comics has decreased.  But that is about to change.

To make up for the lack of updates, I will be posting some new artwork for every day in January (and then resuming our old schedule of a couple updates a week after that).  Also, we are starting another contest that runs the whole month.  You’ll need to head to our Facebook page for details, but basically I’ll be doing one free commission for someone every week this month!

I’m looking forward to showing you much more of what we’ve been working on this year.  Thanks for sticking with us!

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Saturday July 21, 2012, at 8:05 pm

GLACIER Wrap-up: PART 5 (The Lake)

It was amazing spending an entire month in a cabin on one of the lakes of Glacier.  Lake McDonald definitely has a lot of different moods, and I got to see many of them.  One of my favorite memories was waking up to fog so thick that you could barely see the lake.  And then later it lifted off in the heat of the mid-morning sun with ragged cloudy remnants still holding on.  As grand as the whole scenes were, I found myself distracted by the little details again… light on the water, driftwood, and the color of the rocks.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos, and I hope they give you some sense how great it was to be in the park.  I’m incredibly grateful to Glacier National Park for the chance to be an Artist-In-Residence this year.  I’ll try to post some of the artwork I did for them as soon as I can.  If you have never been to the park, you really owe it to yourself to go there someday.  You won’t regret it.

Thanks for looking!

Lake McDonald from the south end.

Tree over high water.

Sunlight sparkles.

One of many great lake sunsets.

Fog on the lake.

Cloud shroud.

Horizon line hidden by fog.

My nephew carrying on the ancient tradition of skipping rocks.

The many-colored rocks of Glacier.

What do you see in this piece of driftwood?

Sunset reflections.

Fiery clouds.

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Thursday June 2, 2011, at 10:39 pm

Joplin Tornado update

Joplin High School gets a new temporary name via duct tape

Just a quick note… I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  As you can imagine, it’s been crazy around here since the tornado destroyed a quarter of our town on May 22.  For any of you wondering… Elton, Dusty, Matt, and I (and our families) are fine.  Dusty’s house has some significant damage to it, but other than that we were all very fortunate.  Matt was even working in the Wal-Mart that was destroyed as it was hit.  We’re glad to have him still with us! As you can see above, the high school I teach at was pretty much demolished.  Next school year is going to be interesting, to say the least.

It’s going to be a long, long road of recovery for our city, but the outpouring of support from people near and far has already been overwhelming.  If any of you happen to want to help out, we would direct you to Rebuild Joplin, a central hub for coordinating relief efforts here.

Thanks for the concern we have already heard from many of you!

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Tuesday April 19, 2011, at 8:43 pm

Spread the word… win $100!

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The Illustrated Section is running a great contest right now to help promote the digital comics on their site.  All you have to do is share why you like one of those books on your Facebook, Twitter, or blog (and link back to the site).  As you know, we have three books on there… Rook City, Duel, and Decaying Death.  Just sayin’…!

The contest runs until the end of the month.  Check out all the details HERE!

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Sunday July 11, 2010, at 9:08 am

New Facebook page!

Check out our Facebook page!

Several of you have asked us if we had a page on Facebook, and now we do!  This will be yet another way for you to keep up-to-date on our comics, artwork, appearance, and contests.  Speaking of which…

ANOTHER CONTEST! To celebrate the kick-off of this page, we will be giving away a comic and a custom sketch to two people this week! Saturday night we will randomly pick two winners from people who “Like” this page. It’s that easy! (If you’re really awesome, you might even suggest this page to some friends.)

UPDATE:

CONTEST WINNERS! Well, the results are in and our two winners are JOSIAH JORDAN and PAUL McKINNEY! Hope you enjoy your comics and sketches, guys! Everyone else… THANKS for your support!

There should be some more contests down the road…

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Saturday June 19, 2010, at 6:29 am

Random Ink fan art!

The last week of the school year, several of my Cartoon Studio students chose to try drawing characters from Random Ink.  It’s always a blast to see other artists’ takes on your characters, especially when they’re your students.  I think they did a great job.  So, Jeremiah, Amanda, Alex, Cailah, Rachel, Kevin, Jamie, and Shelby… thanks!

Got some fan art? Send it to us here!

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Monday June 14, 2010, at 10:43 pm

The Last Martian’s greatest fear…

This short video ( MARS! from Joe Bichard and Jack Cunningham) is probably what runs through the Martian‘s mind whenever he sees a new Rover land!

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Thursday February 18, 2010, at 9:50 pm

Random Ink #3 PREVIEW: Part 3

"Pixie Pirates: Prologue" page 1 "Pixie Pirates: Prologue" page 2

Here you can see pages from the third story from this issue.  Dusty has been planning his Pixie Pirates story for quite a while, and this six-pager is a prologue that sets up the tale to follow.  Why are they called the Pixie Pirates?  Well, you will see soon enough…

The exciting thing about this issue is it is truly the first time all four of us have contributed fairly evenly to an issue!  Hopefully that will be the case more often than not.

Random Ink #3 and Sketchings #3 have both been sent to the printer.  You can pick one up from us at HurleyCon and Planet Comicon.  The Random Ink stories will be posted to that site starting very soon.  You’ll also be able to order them at the Indy Planet store… we’ll let you know when they’re available on there.

Stay tuned!

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Monday February 1, 2010, at 4:46 pm

Random Ink #3 PREVIEW: Part 2

"First Impressions" Preview Page 1 "First Impressions" Preview Page 2

Here you can see two random pages (minus dialogue) from the longest story in Random Ink #3, “First Impressions.”  It was written by Elton and me and drawn by Matt.  It picks up immediately where the Sir Knight story in Random Ink #1 left off.  He has been taken from the past to the future and given a mission in the present.  Unfortunately, his first experience in modern day is not a peaceful one.

Matt is really coming into his own with his art on this story, kicking it up a notch in both detail and action.  It’s been a blast to see his take on our characters!  I know you all are going to enjoy it.

Remember, we’ll be premiering this issue at both HurleyCon (in Joplin on March 6) and Planet Comicon (in Kansas City on March 27 & 28).

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