Friday, December 21, 2012


I've had a few sketchbooks find their way back to me. A while ago someone found one on the side of the road and returned to me (I have no idea why it was there). This latest one the same friend had borrowed for so long I completly forgot it existed. Getting it back after so long I was stunned. The work contained in it is completely foreign to me. Normally when I look at my older stuff it's just worse versions of how I draw now. But this book is very different. It's way more colorful then my stuff now. It's more bent, more weird creepy stuff. It appears that at the time I was really into Silver Surfer and had just gotten a copy of the Anatomy Coloring book. Some weird, very angry stuff is in it too. I think I was in my senior year of high school, which explains some of it for me at least.

I found it pretty inspiring. I think I'm going to start using a lot of the things from this book again. I like the black backgrounds and silhouettes with spines a lot. Also the weird Mario characters littering the pages. I hope I can recapture some of the zaniness of this period.


 Some pics from an old sketchbook, my next post will have some exposition about it. I think one above of me with a monkey will eventually become an Any Which Way But Loose inspired comic

 Scan got blurred, but in Electric Acid Kool-aid test one of the characters is watching fire on the T.V. love that idea for some reason.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012


These are two older projects. My old house mate John took two of my autobiographical comic  strips and set them to motion, then had me narrate them. It was an interesting project: I had nothing to do with the animating, so it was a real treat for me to see. On the other hand the scans he was using were very low quality, much of the panels unintelligible. Someday I want to return to this idea, maybe incorporate a greater level of animation.

Some of the audio is residual from the tapes we used to record, the intro for Another week is from a Jurassic Park audio book, the other having some faint whale sounds.

Monday, October 22, 2012


This is a sample of my latest comic: the story of a man losing his memories and identity in the desert. I don't know the rules on if I can say this is autobiographical or not, but the locations in the story are all real. The back cover shown here explains the name TAA 'IH. I never mastered writing the characters for the title, but they can be easily looked up.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


This past Alternative Press Expo was the first convention as a vendor. It was my first step towards getting my comic related work seen by a larger audience. I've attended this convention before, but this was my first booth. I thought I'd break down the experience to help myself understand what I got from it, and to let other people interested in attending as sellers know what they're in for.

First off, I went about printing all wrong. The best way I've figured out for myself was to print a master copy off a computer, then go to a copy shop and print double sided copies of each page. This is really time consuming and a lot trial and error, but I always figured it would save on costs. Turns out that's totally a waste of time. I found out most copy shops can be sent digital originals, then print your book based on that. I knew that was a possible, but always assumed it was the more expensive way to go. Well I had one book done in that way and it turned out to not only come out a lot higher quality, but in the end  cheaper as well. So from now on, no more self printing, unless it's something small and simple.

I was up until four in the morning the night before the convention folding and stapling. Also I found some errors and was doing what I could to correct them, hand printing some cut off text in every copy. The first day of the convention I arrived on three hours of sleep. I had only paid for a half table but my neighbor wasn't there so I got to spread out over a full table, which was good because with the two zines my friend brought I had a lot more then I had thought. I only made a few sells, but when walking around I traded a fair amount of zines and made some interesting connections. I also got to meet Jim Woodring and got a signature from him.

The second day proved to be a bit of a bust. We didn't sell anything in 6 hours. My neighbors seemed to think I was getting a lot of attention, so at least things were getting seen. And there's so much good stuff at A.P.E I understand that people have to be pretty discriminating with what they buy. It was hard to not get a bit disheartened sitting at a booth all day for no reason.

So, how did it go? That's what I've been asked the most since I got back. And, really, it's hard to say. Judging it financially I would have to be call it a disaster (400 bucks in the hole not including food, beer and transport). Beyond that? Well, I had a good time, as I always do at A.P.E. I met interesting people, made some connections, and saw how other people attempt to succeeded independently. However, if I had attended without renting a booth I would have probably had all these benefits regardless.

I guess for me it was my first deliberate step towards making comics a career. I had to do it because if I never had I'd never know what it was like. Also, I had been needing to print my material for a long time, and now have extra copies to sell for a long time coming. I see now that being an independent publisher isn't my dream. The biggest perk you can hope to receive is attention. I would rather be able to professionally write and illustrate, to do the visual work without being my own editor, salesman and publisher. So the next step for me is submissions to all the Indy publishing companies. A lesson which I needed to learn, regardless. How did it go? Like all experiences it was neither good nor bad entirely, but a new lesson to move forward from.

The only fully negative thing was getting a burrito with a paper towel in it at a taqueria in S.F. That was fucking gross.

P.S.- a special thanks to all my friends who helped me pull this off, I never would've been able to do this all alone! This is Izzy helping set up and my fellow creator Vulture Shark doing some sketches

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

 This is the cover of my latest comic, MEMORIES OF FENGUS ISLAND. This is a collection of short stories book-ended by a two page story of the title character writing his memoirs on a deserted island. The first attempt was pretty bland, I liked the text on the second, but received complaints about how obviously computer all the writing was. So, the final one i settled on was hand written. I like the character's head's in bubbles, reminds me of Gilligan's island.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Two of my earlier paintings. First is a photo of my friend Eric and I in the desert driving in a post for a shade structure. I'm currently working on my third painting of Eric, I don't know why I always end up doing portraits of him. Though, this one isn't really a portrait, with the animal heads.
The second is me and my friend Billy sharing one malformed fleshy chicken body. I posted these together because they're both images of me with a friend, buddy pictures.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


 Three pictures of the Black Rock Desert. For the last seven years a group of friends and I have gone there annually. The desert landscape has been branded onto my brain. Going back in 10 days, posted these in anticipation.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

My friend Soell out at trash island, A giant overgrown landfill covered in mad sculptures and art. It's in Albany, if you get the chance check it out.

photo I took

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Had some paintings up at a friend's youth oriented art show.