Sparkplug Books is running a Kickstarter campaign to publish my graphic novel Vortex and Elijah Brubaker’s Reich #12. I’m doing a series of blog posts called The Hiizzztory of the Miizzzard that show how the protagonist of Vortex has evolved over the years.
The look of the Miizzzard and my drawing style changed in 2007. I switched from a bamboo brush and India ink to Faber Castelli marker and brush pens. I also used the computer to color a lot more. Here are two full-color Miizzzard drawings from the fall of 2007:
I think I wrote “The Miizzzard Returns” because I had recently moved back to Austin, but it could also be because I hadn’t drawn the Miizzz in a while.
The Miizzzard is riding the Lizzard. Sometimes the Lizzard has a crystal head. And the Miizzz is smoking because I used to smoke a pack a day?! So glad I quit in March 2009.
In December 2007 I started my third mini-comic series, Hyperbox (the first two were Omni, with Lanneau White, and Trash). Hyperbox features my semi-autobiographical character Mark. In Hyperbox #1, Mark gets teleported to the Hyperverse and meets the Miizzzard. Here’s that issue minus the postlude that leads into the second issue:
The frog character was originally from the comics I did for the University of Texas student newspaper, The Daily Texan. My series was called Fists: Free for All. Most of those strips are incomprehensible. Subsequent issues of Hyperbox bring in the Lizzard, the Wojrollox, and the Space Yetis. I had a plan for the fourth and final issue but I never drew it. It would’ve brought the Miizzzard back into the story. Maybe one day…
Hey y’all, I’m selling copies of Vortex #1 and Vortex #2 at the Avant Geek art show at the Phoenix Trade Depot here in Austin.
The show opens this Saturday, here are the deetz:
P.S. Thickness #3 (and Sean T Collins and I’s contribution in particular) is mentioned on Episode 4 of the Comic Books are Burning in Hell podcast (audio is NSFW). Jog name drops my old, never completed comics series Hyperbox. You can read some of HB on my Flickrstream.
P.P.S. Did y’all know that I have a personal tumblr where I post drawings and that Josh Burggraf and I run a Gold County Paper Mill tumblr?
Does anyone reading this remember my Hyperbox minis? Hyperbox was a long comic serialized in minis that I started but unfortunately never finished. I drew three issues for a total of 60 pages between December 2007 and June 2008.
Someone ordered those comics from me recently so I decided to do this Hyperbox ink drawing:
I don’t plan on ever finishing Hyperbox because my style has changed too much since then but some of the ideas that I put into it will probably resurface in future works.
The illustrious Jak Cardini has just dropped off some Gold County Paper Mill comics at Ultra Pop! in Louisville Kentucky, located at 1414 Bardstown Road.
Now Louisvillains can check out Hyperbox #1-3 and Masks, written and drawn by yours truly, and Impossible Objects #1 with text by Jak Cardini and drawings by myself. Ultra Pop! is an awesome store and I’m glad that we’re in there. When I went there with Jak this past summer I got several issues of Epic Illustrated, a Howard Chaykin graphic novel, some Moebius alubms, and a dope-ass Mnwka shirt. If you’re in the area, definitely stop by there!
Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to become a fan of The Gold County Paper Mill on Facebook.
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Over my weekend trip to Hensylvania (my first ever visit to the Hensel Hill Farm, which has been run by Hensels for six generations, since my great-great-great-grandfather bought the farm in 1820 for $4,000 and a bottle of whiskey!), I pretty much finished the DS remake of Chrono Trigger, which I first played when I came out in 1995, and when I found this image I realized it would be the perfect way to commemorate both events …
Also, playing through Chrono Trigger really got me itching to design a video game … anyway want to collab on Hyperbox: the Videogame?
I just got back from my weekly studio nite. I finished a storyboard for the motion comic that I’m gonna make with Will Sellari (tentatively titled Hyperbox #3.7) and I did some sketches.
I was really struggling to come up with some ideas for my Taffy Hips submission. Maybe the freedom of digital printing (no size limits, full color) is too much for my feeble imagination?
I dig the sense of a world that I managed to create in the drawing at the top of this page, maybe it’d be good for a videogame? Otherwise I’m just filling the page. Giants. Yawn. Tarp things and crystals. Yawn.
This was only my second trip to MoCCA Fest, but each time my head has come back overflowing with planzzz. Here are the BIG STUD PLANS I came up with on the plane ride home:
Turn hypercastle.com into a merged superblog
Put together HYPERBOX motion comic images for Will Sellari
Buy screenprinting hinges and more screens
Screenprint the cover for FROGHEAD HANGOVER
Draw HYPERBOX #4
Draw SLUMLORD 2112 #1
Whew is that it!