Thursday, April 10, 2014

Post MoCCA

So MoCCA Fest has come and gone. It was my first time tabling and I got to share it with one of my best friends, Garibaldi. We didn't sell a lot, but we had an awesome weekend. We met a lot of people and learned a lot. This experience will allow me to go into next year better and stronger. I'm already excited. Anyways, here's a quick recap of the weekend.

Friday night we pre gamed it at Drink and Draw Like a Lady.

Needless to say, we drank and we drew.

After about two hours of that we were starting to feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of ladies, the size of the venue and the lack of ventilation. So, we moseyed on over to Jack Dempsey's Pub for the NYC Comics Jam and drew some more.

Warning: Penis (too late)

Got to bed in time to get some rest before the big show!

Table "Pearson vs Garibaldi"

So, the fact of the matter is that neither of us were %100 happy with how our books turned out; it sucks but that's how it is. I didn't sell as much as I would have liked, but I'd be lying if I said I did it for the money. We had a good time. I got to meet tons of people and share experiences and learned so much. And hopefully I got a couple more people to take a look at my work (that'd be nice).

Here's our setup. I'm pretty sure I sold more "Batgirl" stickers than anything else.

Probably my favorite part of MoCCA is getting the chance to discover new artists I like and read a lot of new cool comics.

Here's my haul. Some books I bought and other I traded.

I also love collecting business cards and free postcards. I go to all the websites and blogs and look for new artists to follow. Also, the ones with really cool designs I hang up on my wall. 

All in all it was an awesome weekend. 

P.S. I think I forgot to mention that I have a twitter account now. I started twittering a few weeks ago, so, if you want to follow me I'm @Saturn2169.


Here's my favorite page from my kid's comic Mito and Me!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Getting Ready For My First Comic Convention: MoCCA Fest 2014

MoCCA Fest 2014 starts tomorrow and it will be an historic event as it will be the first ever comic convention that I table in. Okay, it's not as great as all that, but I am super excited. It will be the first time I am able to show off all my comics art to a large audience. I've got two books I put together just for MoCCA. The first is a "kid's" comic called Mito and Me about a young panda whose imaginary friend teaches him about the amazingness that is comic books. The second is No Pants Revolution a collection of journal comics mostly from 2012 when I took a stab at drawing daily journal comics.

Here they are in all their glory!

Cover of Mito and Me #1

Mito and Me was an idea I came up with in December. It originally started out as a story about a grown woman whose only friend was an imaginary stuffed panda. And as deliciously sad as that all sounds, I decided the story might be a little funnier and ultimately more interesting if I made it about a nerdy boy panda that has a snarky grown woman as an imaginary friend. Time will tell I suppose.

Behind the scenes look at the inking of one of the pages inspired by Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.

Materials used:
300 series Strathmore bristol board with smooth surface

Carmine red Col-Erase pencil and eraser for the original art

Windsor and Newton black ink with the spider on the front, trusty nib for the lines, size one synthetic brush to fill in the blacks, and a handful of microns for lettering and small details.

Cover of No Pants Revolution

You may have noticed that the cover for No Pants Revolution is extremely similar to this illustration I did back in 2012. I felt like this image and phrase really captured the essence of my book as well as my whole state of mind in 2012, so I did a quick redesign for the cover.

I had over six months of daily journal comics to sift through and needless to say not everything made it through into the book. Below are a few gems that ended up on the cutting room floor.

This one about my obsession with blueberries (wonder how that didn't make it).

Any comic where I dance (that shit's just embarrassing).

I actually kinda like this one.

There's only so many drunk comics I can add before it starts to look like I have a problem.

So tomorrow and Sunday, if you're in NYC come see me and Garibaldi at table E18!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Comics/ Old Comics

So, since the start of the new year I've been kicking it into gear and really preparing for MoCCA Fest in April. I'm a couple pages into a new comic tentatively titled "Mito and Me". It's part autobiography, part fiction, older kids/young adult comic about a young misfit panda and his imaginary friend. I'll be debuting the first bit of it at MoCCA fest, so I don't want to post any panels here. But, here are some doodles of the main character Mito Panda.

Last week I was probably the sickest I've been in a long time. I had the flu pretty bad. So, yesterday John was reading the symptoms of H1N1 and the perfectly described my exact experience. Sorta wish I had gone to the hospital. I'll be getting flu shots from now on. Anyways, in honor of finally getting over swine flu, here's a weeks worth of journal comics from 2012 in which both John and I got sick. This was the week John and I finally moved into our first NYC apartment after 9 months in a tiny room in Jamaica, Queens. It's also the week John graduated from the academy. Good Times.

So, on top of my "Mito" comics I'll also be putting together a compilation of old journal comics for MoCCA fest. So as I go through them, scan them, and clean them up I'll probably be posting them here. Probably. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Holiday Card and stuff

Happy New Year! I know I shouldn't get excited about a new year. It's just another day and the date doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, however I just have a good feeling about this year. I haven't felt this optimistic about anything in a long time, so I suppose that's why I'm clinging to it so dearly. Anyways, 2014, we'll see. 

First off, did you notice the new banner? 
I finally get to retire this old thing. ↓ (I had to dig deep to find this original file).

I also just got new business cards with the same image (as my new header). So I finally get to retire these old bad boys with their old, ridiculously long website url.

So, new year, new stuff. So, here's some old stuff I did last year! The holidays are over and most everybody who was gonna get a holiday card got their holiday card. So here's a little behind the scenes of how it was created. Previous year's cards: 2012 2011 (apparently I've never posted my ones from before before 2011. It's alright my mom has all of them hanging up in her living room to see year round).

A very rough sketch of my idea.

A process shot of me inking the final sketch (the tea is a very important part of the process).

Inked, yay!

Colored the snowflake.

More coloring in process.

The final inked image.

Final. I added some Holiday (Photoshop) magic!

So yeah. I can't think of a clever transition for this. Here are some more RedditGetsDrawn pics I did. I've decided this time to just link to the original forums instead of posting the actual pictures on my blog. So if you click on the descriptions it will link you to the original thread.

So, it's a new year. I'll be posting some more stuff real soon. Comics stuff! I know it's been a while since I've posted any comics. I'll be compiling a lot of my old comics and drawing some new comics, since I've decided to register as an exhibitor for MoCCA Fest this year! That's exciting news. So, there's some stuff to look forward to. Alright, I think I'm done typing now. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Few More RedditGetsDrawn Drawings

I felt like drawing some random internet strangers to get my pencil moving. RedditGetsDrawn is a forum where people post pictures of themselves, friends, family or pets in hopes to have their image drawn by an artist. There are many amazing artists who participate are draw some great things for these people. I am not one of them. I mostly just do a few scribbles to get warmed up and usually don't spend too much time on them. My apologies to the OP. Anyways without further ado here are some of my scribbles along with the original posted image. Enjoy!

This chick wanted to be drawn as an animal or mystical creature. I had a little fun with it.

See previous RedditGetsDrawn posts here and here.