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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).

Thursday January 7, 2010, at 1:24 pm

Random Ink #3 PREVIEW: Part 1

"Useless Words" preview

So, for quite a while now I’ve been wanting to share with you what we have in the works, but I wanted to wait until things were closer to completion. Well, we’re getting pretty close now, so here goes…

We’re gearing up for our usual two conventions (HurleyCon and Planet Comicon) in March, and preparing at least two new books for release then. Random Ink #3 is going to be coming out, featuring stories by all four of us. The preview image above shows some random panels from my main story in the book, “Useless Words.” It tells the story of a man who just found out that the moon is falling to the earth and has to deal with the panic of knowing the world is about to end. This was originally made for a comics anthology that was to feature stories all set in the same situation.  I’m glad it’s finally going to see print!

Also in the works is Sketchings #3, which is going to showcase quite a bit of Dusty’s artwork, as well as collaborations between him, Matt, and myself (creature jams, jam comics, and inking each other’s work).  I’m coloring the cover to that right now…

Duel #2 is also being worked on by Matt and me.  Look for preview pages of that (and more from Random Ink) right here real soon!

Monday December 28, 2009, at 10:24 pm

New Random Ink: “Spelunked”

This came out of trying to challenge myself to create an entertaining one-page story.  I like the idea of stories with no panels, too.  Some people get confused on the dialogue order, which I’ll definitely keep in mind if I do something like this again.  These two were a blast to write!

(Some of you might remember seeing an earlier version of this page quite a while ago.  I went back and added some gray tones to it before posting it to Random Ink.)

This page will see print in the upcoming Random Ink #3 (more about that very soon)!

Friday October 30, 2009, at 7:57 pm

Zuda competition wrap-up

Well, the results are in, and Evil Ain’t Easy finished in fourth place on Zuda. I want to thank everyone that took the time to read it, whether you voted or not. It was great to get so much feedback on one of my comics all month.  One of the best things about being in this competition was how many people supported this comic by creating fan art, participating in things like the Facebook group, or just spreading the word. You are all pretty awesome people.

In case you’re wondering, you will see Evil Ain’t Easy again.  It will see print in either our Random Ink anthology or possibly its own book.  And I will be posting the rest of the artwork I am doing for our contest winners right here.

Thanks again for all the support!

Thursday October 15, 2009, at 8:00 pm

More Evil Ain’t Easy contests!

Two more for you all…


Join the EAE Facebook group and check the main page often. Once a week, I will be asking an EAE trivia question in a wall post there (which will be easy to answer if you’ve read the comic). The first member to email me the correct answer will win a free commissioned drawing of the character of your choice! One winner each week!


Just follow me on Twitter, and once a week you will also see a chance to win a commissioned drawing just by responding to a certain tweet on there!

You can’t beat free stuff, right?

Tuesday October 13, 2009, at 8:58 am

Evil Ain’t Easy contest on deviantArt!

Evil Ain’t Easy has moved up to 4th place in the competition. Thank you to all of you who have already voted! Let’s keep spreading the word… less than three weeks to go.

Hey, any of you artistic types that are on deviantArt might want to check out the Evil Ain’t Easy fan art contest I just started on there. There’s lots of great prizes, including a one-year Premium Membership to deviantArt, free prints, and commissions. Check out all the details RIGHT HERE! (If you’re not on deviantArt, it’s free to join.)

Two more contests are on the way… stay tuned to the Evil Ain’t Easy site!

Tuesday October 6, 2009, at 3:46 pm

Evil Ain’t Easy on ZUDA!

Evil Ain't Easy

Well, here’s the huge news I couldn’t tell you all until now… my comic Evil Ain’t Easy is currently in this month’s Zuda Comics competition! For those of you who might not know, Zuda Comics is an online division of DC Comics.  Every month ten comic strips are chosen for the international competition, and votes from online visitors to the site determine the winner.  This winner is then rewarded a year-long contract with DC Comics to create 52 more strips for the site.

Evil Ain’t Easy is my humor strip that tells the story of a maniacal scientist bent on world domination who is constantly thwarted by the everyday annoyances of life. He is accompanied by the laid-back henchman he created and a moody, little, old landlady.

It’s quite an honor to even be selected for the competition!  So far, readers seem to enjoy the humor of the comic.  It’s pretty light-hearted compared to a lot of the other comics on Zuda.  I hope that uniqueness appeals enough to people to get their vote, as there are several great comics in this month’s competition.

So anyway… I need your help! Please take a few minutes to read the comic, register, and VOTE for it (registering is quick, easy, and spam-free)!  Please also rate it, favorite it, and leave a comment… all these things will help it win.

Evil Ain’t Easy will only win if we can really spread the word and get people to vote for it!  I’ve setup a production blog at evilainteasy.com to help promote the comic, and there you’ll find lots of sketches, downloads, and more!  We’re going to be running a few different contests to promote the comic, so stay tuned to that blog for details… and you might win some free stuff!

Thanks in advance for anything you can do to help out!

Thursday September 3, 2009, at 3:02 pm

A new comic store hits town!

Hurley's Heroes

Hey, if you live anywhere near Joplin, we wanted to make sure you knew about the brand new comic store that just opened here.  Hurley’s Heroes is owned by our friends Jason and Nathan (the guys who run HurleyCon), and we’re really excited to finally have a store that specializes primarily in comics here in town!  They’ve got a really nice setup… I was particularly impressed with their huge wall of graphic novels.  And of course, they offer subscriptions so you can make sure you don’t miss any of your favorite books.

Anyway, they’re located in the shopping center at 10th and Maiden Lane.  You should definitely check them out, if you get a chance!

Saturday August 22, 2009, at 7:36 pm

Then and now: Featured Comics #1 Cover

Original Featured Comics #1 and the new version

The year was 1991. Elton was in 8th grade, and I was in 7th… but we had study hall together in our little school up in Kalispell, Montana. It was there that we discovered our mutual nerdiness and began crafting attempting comics. Our first ever comic was a 87-page monstrosity called Featured Comics which Elton wrote and I drew. We came up with an incredibly unique story… a band of heroes defend the world from an alien threat. Amazingly, even selling it at 50¢ to mostly relatives, we moved very few copies. But hey, it was our first book. And thankfully the first of many.

While we were putting Random Ink #2 together for print, I decided it would be fun to revisit our first comic. So I redrew the cover. I tried to stay true to the original and not redesign anything… just draw everything better. Then I added color and computer lettering (two luxuries we couldn’t dream of back in junior high). The results are still pretty goofy, but it was great fun to do. Elton and I both have poster versions of it hanging up now.

We hope you like it.

(By the way, if for some reason you want to see more of the original comic… you can here. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya, though.)

Thursday August 13, 2009, at 5:00 pm

New Random Ink: “Lil’ Maddy Lou”

This week’s Random Ink story is the first by Matt Meyers. It’s a true little slice-of-life story about when he was getting ready to become a dad.  This is one of the things I enjoy about Random Ink… having the ability to do any style of story, from goofy Last Martian stories to something much more realistic like this.

Hope you enjoy it!