Victus, Speculative Relationships, Engagement, AND Otomo

Things have been busy here.  Very busy.  Most exciting at the moment: I got  the proof for the Speculative Relationships anthology that we Kickstarted last month!

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INCREDIBLY excited!  The books printed and delivered en masse is the next step!

VICTUS #3

This issue is taking me a bit longer.  But… not to brag… but it’s because this is some of my best work yet.  I’m really excited about the new things happening in the book and new techniques I’m exploring.  Here are some peeks:

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OTOMO SCANS

I scanned in some stuff from the Katsuhiro Otomo special issue of Brutus Magazine, which my awesome friend from Japan (Rinko Endo) sent me.  Some really cool stuff in there:

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So amazing. Everything about Otomo mesmerizes me.

VACATION WEEKEND

I went to Starved Rock this weekend with my fiance’ (oh yeah, I GOT ENGAGED).  Here are a few pics:

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And I guess you probly wanna see the ring…

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I designed the ring in collaboration with the amazing custom jeweler Heather Oleari.  I’ll try to do a post about that design process at some point in the near future.

FAN ART & OTHER STUFF

As usual, I’ve been up to my ol’ fan-arti-ing

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Diehard from Prophet, Colors by Gerald Proctor

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No, from The Spread

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 The main character in Reid Psaltis’s Kingdom/Order

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And a Simon piece to promote the awesome Cupcake Award

And finally I’ll leave you with a moment of zen.  Barry Windsor-Smith’s beautiful colors, accompanied by a new Run The Jewels Track…

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Kickstarter, Conventions, Sketches, OH MY!

SPECULATIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Wow.  I must admit, I was nervous about this whole Kickstarter thing.  But we came, we saw, we GOT FUNDED!  Seriously, I couldn’t be happier and more humbled by the amazing support from family, friends, and fans.  We even overshot our goal by a bit, so I can actually pay the artists!  Thanks to everyone who contributed!

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If you missed it, we had tons of podcasts and video interviews we posted throughout the campaign.  Now would be a great time to catch up on those if you missed them.  I’m really proud of the artist interviews in particular:

Kickstarter Updates/Interviews

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I’ll probably do a longer post at some point about the whole process.  But right now I just think I need a nap.

CONVENTIONS

Man o’ man… so many conventions!  I just finished my last show for the season this last weekend.  It was a blast!  I picked up so much great work at both TCAF & CAKE.  Here is the lowdown:

TCAF:

1. Very Crowded!

2. Awesome excited attendees

3. Poutine

4. Easily accessible after-parties

5.  I was on a panel with Nick Bertozzi, Nick Abadzis, Diana Tamblyn, Meags Fitzgerald, AND NATE POWELL!!!

People whose comics rocked me:

- Peow Studio

Jillian Tamaki

- Keiler & Scott Roberts (my table-mates)

CAKE:

1. Now officially my favorite show

2. Tabled with the amazing Reid Psaltis, and we did awesome Jam Sketches

3. Best Exhibitor List EVARRRRR!!!

4. EVEN MORE accessible afterparty! SO WELL PLANNED!

5. So many good conversations with other artists I love!

People whose comics rocked me:

- Hellen Jo

- Jack Gross

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

- Scott Travis

- Georgia Webber

It was awesome to get to meet new people and talk to some of my heroes.  All in all, a great time!

SKETCHDUMP

Been posting stuff up in the twitters and tumblrs.  Here’s a snapshot of some things…

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And that’s all for now folks!

 

 


Writing Process, Podcast Interviews, & STUFF

Woooo!  Things have been busy.  They still are, so I’ll just get right to it!

WRITING PROCESS

I was tagged in a blog tour recently by the amazing Beth Hetland and tasked with doing a post for the “My Writing Process blog tour”, answering 4 questions.  Beth had been tagged by the talented Cara Bean before that.  Here we go!

 1) What am I working on? 

Oh man… Ok…

- Victus # 3:  This is the newest issue of my sci-fi, metaphysical, religious, relationship comic.  It’s almost all pencilled!

- Speculative Relationships: The sci-fi romance comics anthology featuring some of my good pals that we are trying to get funded on Kickstarter (see more on this below).  I am doing 2 stories for this, which I just finished yesterday! Oh and I’m co-editor with Scott Kroll.

- Upgrade Soul: I’m inking this amazing sci-fi iPad comic for Ezra Clayton Daniels. It’s a blast!


 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?  
 I’d like to think that my work is different in that it’s not tied to the conventions of any one genre.  With Victus, I’m attempting to create my own genre, which takes influence from theology, psychology, and theology, but also reflects aspects of sci-fi, action, and romance.  I also try to bring in experimental elements which will hopefully expand the restrictions of any genre I work within.  I hope that makes sense?

3) Why do I write what I do? 

When I start any new project, it is usually because I need a vehicle to explore thoughts, ideas, and feelings I’m having.  I usually say that I make comics so that I can understand something better.  With my comic Gary, I wanted to gain more insight into how and why a serial killer exists and how that relates to my own experience and place in society.  With Victus, I want to explore communication and connections to a larger universal nature.  I rarely start writing something with an answer in mind.  I write because I have questions.

 4) How does your writing process work? 

I can’t write scripts.  I just can’t do it.  I feel that if you’re making comics, you really shouldn’t start with just words or just pictures.  So I find the process of writing a script counter-intuitive and out of place when making comics.  Generally, I start a comic with random notes and drawings.  These will be in sketchbooks, on my phone, on meeting agendas at work, etc.  After I have a pretty large log of these ideas, I try to organize them in a google spreadsheet (words/ideas) and folders (drawings).  I also start a project specific sketchbook at this point, where I will put all future content related to said project.  Then I start zero-ing in on key scenes/images/dialogue and organizing them into some kind of order.

Once I have a vague big-picture of the project, I’ll start the first issue/book.  I put together 8.5×11 sheets of paper folded in half and staple them, making a little blank book.  Then I start thumb-nailing.  As I thumb-nail, I write any words that I have figured out and plug in images from the sketchbook.  Once I have maybe… 80% of the book thumb-nailed/written, I’ll start in on the “big”/”final” drawings.  I guess what I’m trying to point out here is that I’ll start drawing the final comic with pretty significant gaps in the ‘story’.  Since I think of my process as a meditation on an idea, I like to leave room for certain questions to be answered as I work and bring about new content.  So I may not have certain lines of dialogue written until I’ve already drawn most of the first issue.  I think this helps in cutting down on unnecessary dialogue or images, and figuring out what’s actually important.  My writing process really doesn’t stop until I’ve filled in that final word balloon or inked that last line.

Wow… so my process is weird.  Now it’s my turn to tag some friends for next week!  I’m gonna go with Josh Shalek, Isabella Rotman, and Liam Cobb!

SPECULATIVE RELATIONSHIPS KICKSTARTER UPDATE

We have about two weeks left in the Kickstarter campaign for Speculative Relationships!  In promotion of the project, we’ve been doing artist interviews and podcast spots.  Here’s some o’that:

Rinko Endo Interview

Scott Kroll Interview

Isabella Rotman Interview

And we’ll have interviews with me, Daniel Warren Johnson, and Mike Manomivibul up next week!

Scott and I were both featured on a couple podcasts too:

 In This Issue Podcast (me & Scott)

The Womb Mates Podcasts (me)

We are a little over 60% now, so we still need your help to get this thing funded.  Check it OUT!

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THINGS FROM MY DRAWING TABLE:

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- that’s all for now!

 


S.P.A.C.E. Post-carnage, C2E2 this weekend!

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I feel like I’ve gone through a comics ‘right of passage’.  I exhibited at the legendary S.P.A.C.E.  One of the longest running indie comic conventions in the states.  It was one of the most welcoming shows I’ve ever attended and featured a very diverse collection of comics creators.  I was tabling with my buddy Scott Kroll.  Here’s a our table:

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We had a nice time meeting other folks and we even did a couple jam pieces.  Here is a Prophet that I pencilled and Scott inked:

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I also had the opportunity to do a fun Tools & Techniques panel discussion featuring Scott Kraynak, Matt Kish, and Pam Bliss.  We talked about their process’s and did some demos.  Check out their work!

One of the big bonus’s of the trip was seeing the Bill Watterson “Exploring Calvin & Hobbes” art exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library.  It was … almost like a religious experience.  I grew up on Calvin & Hobbes and still aspire to create work at the level of Mr. Watterson’s.  Here are some shots:

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It was amazing.  If you are even REMOTELY close to Columbus, OH, you NEED to go to this show.

On top of all that, we saw Nate Powell sing heavy metal at the after-party karaoke.

C2E2 THIS WEEKEND!

That’s right, Chicago’s best mainstream comics show is this weekend!  I’ll be there tabling with my buddies, Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Manomivibul.

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Along with our normal stock of awesome comics, we’ll have the new Speculative Relationships postcards and posters:

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And I’ll have 1 new print, which is the teaser image for Victus #3, along with the 2 previous Victus prints:

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I’ll try to add these to the online store after the show.  But C2E2 will be the first place you can get your hands on this new print!  Hope to see a lot of you there!  Mention the blog and get a special treat!

WHAT ELSE?

Well… I’ve been plugging away on Victus #3, inks on Upgrade Soul, and my two scifi romance short comics for Speculative Relationships.  And of course some Prophet fan art.  Here are some peeks:

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Get to C2E2 this weekend and say hi!

- Tyrell


What’s on your shelf, pt2

Hey hey!

Back again for a quick post.

SHELFIE

Here are a few more looks at my bookshelf (or ‘shelfie’ I guess it’s called?)

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Some of my proudest acquisitions on these shelves would have to be 2 of Katsuhiro Otomo’s short story collections (SOS and Memories), Visions of Arzach, Moebius’ 40 Days Dans Le Desert, In the Studio, the Hellshock collection, Stranger in a Strange Land… ugh.. honestly I love all this stuff!

What’s on YOUR shelf?

SPECULATIVE RELATIONSHIPS

So it’s official, I’ve announced the anthology I’ve been putting together with Scott Kroll. It’s is a science fiction romance comics anthology called Speculative Relationships (get it?).  We are really excited about it!  Here is the cover image:

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by the amazing Mike Manomivibul.

It will feature new stories by:

Isabella Rotman

Michael Manomivibul

Scott Kroll

Rinko Endo

Daniel Warren Johnson

and of course ME.

We are planning to gain funds for printing via Kickstarter!  So please keep up with the project on tumblr and twitter:

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twitter @SciFiRomanceCom

I’m sure I’ll bug ya’ll about it more as the Kickstarter approaches!

Work work work all the time

So here is what I’ve been up to…

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You know I can’t get enough Prophet/Yilala.  What I wouldn’t give to just get ONE PAGE in that Prophet: Strikefile book.

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Work has been excessively sucky lately.  So I put my feet up and watched the Thundercats intro.  It helped.  A little.
4-5_raid2The Raid 2 is one of the best things ever on the planet.  Do anything you can to go see it NOW.  I’ve been twice so far and count on at least one viewing in the theatre.

Thanks for playing along at home!  Is anyone keeping score?

- Tyrell


What’s on your bookshelf, part 1

Or more appropriately, what’s on MY bookshelf.  Recently I’ve been doing some interviews with some of my favorite artist pals (like Scott Kroll, Daniel Warren Johnson, & Isabella Rotman) and it’s always fun to see what’s on people’s bookshelves.  They are a little window into a person’s influences and loves.  So I thought I’d post a little look at my bookshelf over the next few posts.

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Lotta special books for me up there.  Some Chris Ware, H.R. Giger, Paul Pope, Bernie Wrightson.  A little Frank Miller, Karl Wirsum, Geof Darrow, and Vania.  And of course, my top shelf HAS to include some Katsuhiro Otomo (he’ll make appearances on every shelf) and Bill Watterson.  So happy to have these books!

What’s on YOUR bookshelf?  I’d love to know.

 

BACK ISSUES PODCAST: CABLE

Justin and I recorded a new episode of Back Issues, where we discuss everyone’s favorite time-traveling, gun-toting, metal arm-having, telekenisis spittin mutant… CABLE.  We took a look at 3 different era’s of Cable (Liefeld’s X-force, Soldier X, and Cable & the X-Force), to try and make sense of Justin’s favorite marvel character.  We had a great discussion for your listening pleasure:

Listen now on iTunes

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And here’s a peak behind the secret passageway into the In This Issue Podcast studios!

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That’s all for now folks!

- Tyrell

 

 


Chicago Zine Fest 2014 Post-Mortem!

Dude… Chicago Zine Fest was awesome!

Thank you to everyone that stopped by!  Here is my table:

zinefest14tableI was lucky to have awesome tablemates in Violet & Jay.  They did zines and comics about METAL.  So we got along great.  They were even keeping the mix tape alive:

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That’s right… that’s a CASSETTE MIX TAPE!  Flipping awesome.  This one was a mix of doom metal, which happens to be my music obsession at the moment.

As usual, there were tons of great artists exhibiting.  Here is my bounty from a day of tabling and meeting artists:

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There is some really good stuff in there:

- Stranger to Stranger and Depictions from the always kind R. Hendricks

- Beth Hetland’s Fugue series COLLECTED.  Man I can’t wait to re-read that series in one book!

- Kuwai Shen’s Suburban Mystic had gorgeous drawings accompanied by intense and soulful prose.

- Jason Walz’s Homesick is an masterful meditation on loss in life.

- Someone Please Have Sex With Me is the newest in black comedy from one of my favorite’s, Gyna Wynbrandt

- The green pumpkin-y one there is a filled with delicate ink drawings by Nick Straight

- I traded Mr. Steve Keiser for his mini comic You text your mama with that font?

- Another trade acquisition was Drew Damron’s Comics for Something

Not a bad haul.  To be honest though, I was most excited to get 3 new comics from the amazing young comicker, Henry Comerford.  Henry can’t be more than 6 years old, but I’ve seen him at the last two Zinefests and traded with him.  His work continues to get better every year.  This year, one of his newest comics was a profound meta-comic.  It’s simply called ‘The Comic’:

zinefest14henry1In The Comic, Henry shows a sequence of inanimate objects making statements of what they can do in a comic.  A crab saying how this comic is “where crabs have two legs” or an egg salad with a gun saying that “egg salad is evil”.  Even The Comic makes an appearance IN the comic:

zinefest14henry2It’s pretty much the most amazing comic I’ve read in years.  It ends with this perfect image on the back cover:

zinefest14henry3Inspiring stuff.  Can’t wait to see what Henry cooks up next.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi!  Special shout out to those who recognized me from Brain Frame, even sans beard!

I’ve been VERY busy.  Here are some sneaky peeks into what I’ve been working on…

Here is the cover of the next Chapter of UPGRADE SOUL, which will feature my INKING!

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It comes out later this month, so go get caught up on the story NOW: Upgrade Soul for iPad

And here is the Simon piece I recently had featured in the Chicago Reader Comics Issue:

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And…

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That’s all I have time for at the moment.  Thanks!

- Tyrell


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