Today is the final day of the reblog contest over on my Tumblr. Here’s a shot of me working on the prize, a 6×9″ black-and-white ink drawing of the Miizzzard:
I’ll announce the winner next week. Thanks to everyone who’s liked and reblogged so far!
February 8th, 2013
February 5th, 2013
Thanks to everyone who has participated in my Tumblr reblog contest so far! You can still enter your handle in the hat until Friday, February 8th at midnight CST. Just reblog this Tumblr post advertising the four digital prints I’ve added to my store to raise money to get to my table at TCAF. I will randomly select one person and mail them a 6×9″ ink drawing of the Miizzzard on smooth watercolor paper.
I don’t know about y’all, but my muse is fickle. Whenever I have work to do (right now, Fuel Quest, Vortex #4, and some freelance web development projects), I always get super stoked by the idea of a side project that’ll just derail me. Lately I’ve been reading about pixel art and game development, dreaming about making some small adventure games set in the Hyperverse. I’m contemplating how to best harness this excitement while still keeping my momentum on my current projects going. I think I might institute something similar to Google’s 20% time – give myself a couple of hours each week to work on whatever I want while reserving the remainder of my studio time for my main projects. How do y’all balance having fun with new projects and previous commitments?
The reason I’m bringing this up is because I spent far too much time this past weekend making a small pixel art animation of the Miizzzard walking:
I followed Derek Yu’s very helpful tutorial on making sprites. I liked how this let me scratch my desire to make a GIF without all the effort of more traditional animation. Also I get to indulge the perfectionist part of my brain that agonizes over the placement of every pixel.
February 1st, 2013
Hi y’all, I’m going to start with a bit of bad news – because of the US postage increase, which mainly affects international orders, I had to raise the international shipping cost on everything in my store on this site.
But I do have some good news for y’all – I’m doing a giveaway! Reblog this Tumblr post advertising the prints I’ve recently added to my store anytime between now and Friday, February 8th at midnight central US time, and I’ll select one person who gets a free 6×9″ ink drawing of the Miizzzard on smooth watercolor paper.
I’m going more commercial than I usually do to try and raise money to get to my table at TCAF.
January 1st, 2013
Let’s raise our crystal skull goblets to 2013 and the coming hyper-folk-sci-fi utopia! I hope that everyone had a happy new year’s.
2012 was a year of upheaval, change, and growth.
Personally, Glade and I made some big choices. In the spring, we decided that we’re going to stay in Austin for the foreseeable future. In the summer, Glade opened Paper Party in Domy Books Austin and was able to move to part time at her day job in the fall. Domy Books Austin is now closing but Glade’s going to move Paper Party to a new spot at 1223 Rosewood. I’m bummed that Domy is going to be gone. Every time I went in there Russell was so enthusiastic about comics and would show me all the great new stuff that came in. He’s also been a great supporter and promoter of my comics. But I’m glad that Travis Kent and Mikaylah Bowman are carrying the torch with Farewell Books in the same spot.
2012 was a big year for my comics career:
Not everything was a triumph, however. I applied to the final round of the Xeric grant and didn’t get it. I’m still putting more money into my comics than I’m earning. I have several self-publishing projects that are stalled out.
I’m looking forward to experiencing what 2013 brings. My primary goal is to finish Vortex, put out the rest of it in minicomics, and explore the options for publishing a collected edition.
November 23rd, 2012
I intend for this site to be my primary home on the internet, but there’s no denying that there’s a powerful community feeling on Tumblr these days. Therefore, to make it easier for y’all to follow me there, I’ve consolidated my two personal Tumblrs into one: http://hypercastle.tumblr.com.
I’ll post sketches, drawings, and images that inspire me on that Tumblr. I’ll continue to post drawings and pages from cartoonists that I dig on the GCPM Tumblr that I maintain with my buddy Josh Burggraf.
July 27th, 2012
My birthday was this past Sunday! I’m inching closer to the big three-oh. I’m actually looking forward to putting my twenties behind me – I’ve always wanted to be a cranky old man.
Glade got me this awesome customized messenger bag:
February 28th, 2012
Hey y’all, I mailed off my application to the Xeric Foundation self-publishing grant today.
Applying to the Xeric has been a goal of mine since I first read about it, so even if I don’t get the award, I’m glad I submitted to the final round. Good luck to everyone else who submitted – may the most deserving cartoonists win!
One resource that I came across while preparing my application was Lars Martinson’s ten-part post series “How I Self-Published a Graphic Novel” which details the steps he followed in publishing his book Tonoharu. Even though this is the last round of the Xeric there’s still plenty of useful advice about self-publishing in general in those posts. The two steps that I’m thinking the most about now are Part 4, where Martinson details saving up enough money to take a year off of his day job and give self-publishing a full-time try, and Part 10, where he thinks about what it’ll take for him to make self-publishing comics into a sustainable career. It’s an unfortunate fact that there isn’t much money in comics and I like how he deals with the reality of the situation without being hopeless.
STAPLE! is this Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm. I’m going to have a more detailed post about what we’re bringing and what else you should check out on Friday.
January 3rd, 2012
Hey y’all, welcome back from the holidaze! A few things happened while I was getting too merry that deserve their own blog posts but I’m just going to sum them all up here:
Austin Scene Report
Apologizes to anyone that I didn’t include. Please don’t take it personally, I was trying to be concise, comprehensive, and art comics centric.
Whitey reviewed VORTEX on Optical Sloth on December 24th. He proclaims the battle to be “suitably majestic” and accurately leaves the gender ambiguous.
Also, orders made through my online store will now be shipped much more quickly. Thanks to everyone who ordered over the last two weeks, your orders will be shipping soon.
Over the break I fiddled around with my site.
I updated the header so that the banner randomly changes every time you load a page, changed the splash image to a randomly selected one-page comic, streamlined the content, and drew a new favicon. Please let me know if anything breaks on you.
December 30th, 2011
I hope that everyone had a happy holidays, if that’s your thing. 2012 is beginning in a couple of days and I’m stoked about the possibilities of a new year.
I’ll resume regular posting next week but for now enjoy this photo of my fellow cartoonist Kyle Nolan standing in front of the EPCOT geodesic dome, sporting the Candy or Medicine t-shirt with my drawing:
Have a happy new year’s!
December 17th, 2011
Since Monday, December 19th is the last day I can ship something and have it arrive by Christmas, I won’t ship any orders placed after midnight on Sunday, December 18th until the first week of 2012. Feel free to continue to order, just know it’ll be a couple weeks until they get to you.