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

Speculative Relationships youtube playlist

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:

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– 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!

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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!

 

 

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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 philosophy, 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!

YO YO!

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


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


Brain Frame & Conventions 2014 pt. 1

Hey ladies and gents!

Some announcements and the like:

First up, I am stoked to be performing next Saturday in the world-famous Brain Frame series! I’ll be debuting a brand new Simon comic titled “Piece”, which will only exist as a performance.

simon-piece_promo1I’ll have musical accompaniment by the amazing Chad Nannenga, adding another layer to the story.  Your only chance to see this piece is to come to one of the two shows.  Here are the details:

Brain Frame

Saturday, January 25th

7pm (all ages) & 10pm (cash bar)

at Constellation

3111 N Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

Tickets are available HERE and I strongly recommend purchasing in advance, as Brain Frame tends to sell out.  Hope to see you all there!

CONVENTIONS 2014, part 1

It’s that time again… the time when comic artists apply for conventions far and wide.  It’s nerve-racking and filled with crossed fingers and budgeting.  Although I haven’t heard back from all the shows applied to, I wanted to let folks know places I’m already confirmed for:

Chicago Zinefest

March 15th

Conaway Center at Columbia College

1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL

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Always an awesome show, made even awesome-er by the fact that it’s FREE to attend!  My Chicago peeps have no excuse to miss this show.

S.P.A.C.E

April 12-13th

Ramada Hotel & Conference Center

4900 Sinclair Rd, Columbus, OH

This is my first time doing SPACE and I hope some of ya’ll can make it out to Columbus, OH to say hi!  I may be presenting a couple panels as well (more on that later)

C2E2 

April 25-27th

South Building at McCormick Place

Chicago,IL

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I’ll be tabling with rising star Daniel Warren Johnson in artist alley.  This show is always crazy big big and fun.

TCAF

May 10-11th

Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge St, Toronto, Canada

I’ve heard amazing things about TCAF, and this is my first time exhibiting there.  The show already has a who’s-who list of artists, so this could be one of the best of the year!

…  That’s all for the conventions for now.  Hopefully I’ll have one or two more to announce soon.  It’d be great to see you all at one or two of these shows!

Stuff I’m looking at lately..

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I re-read Jan’s Atomic Heart by the always interesting Simon Roy.  This is finally getting a bigger release from Image as part of a collection  of Roy’s short stories.  Highly recommended for fan’s of sci-fi.

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Also re-read Paul Pope’s Batman Year 100, as a study in portraying action and chase scenes in comics.  Good stuff.

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Along with Pope’s work, I’ve been spending some time with Blade of the Immortal.  Samura’s action sequences are at times non-sensical, but give a visceral impression of the action that almost transcends the actual geography of the fight.

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Finally got my Riddick blu-ray.  Man this is just a super-fun sci-fi movie with lots of fun ideas and characters.

gojira01-04-05Also finally picked up Godzilla: Half Century War.  Stokoe is a madman with his detail and drawings of chaos.  I’m most struck by how smart/funny the book is though.

More to come folks!

– Tyrell


SPX 2013 Post-Carnage Report (and new interview!)

Hello out there!

Well SPX 2013 has come and gone.  I’m very glad to have finally participated in this show, after years of hearing about it.

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my table!

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A commission I did for a Hellboy sketchbook (I cheated and did Amazing Screw-On Head)

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Original Pancake House w/Josh Shalek (nicest guy in comics)

SPX13food2Some delicious vegetarian ‘duck’ with pumpkin hot pot.  w/Kenan, Cate, Neil, & Josh

Everyone was extremely kind in Bathesda, MD.  Thanks to everyone who came by the table to say hi and bought some comics!

INTERVIEW

So… I had the chance to do a nice interview with the folks over at IndieReader.com.  We talked a bit about my process, why I make comics, stuff I’m reading, etc.  Take a gander:

Firing On All Cylinders

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Thanks to Steve Urena for the fantastic interview questions!

SOCIAL MEDIA

So hey.  I finally broke down and did it.  I got a Twitter.  And a Tumblr.  If you are someone who follows those things, please follow me.  Be gentle though… I’m new at this.

@TCannonComics

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And some links should be showing up at the bottom of this page now… I think?

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Thanks ya’ll for reading!

– Tyrell


SPX 2013!

Hey ya’ll!

Quick post here to let everyone know I’ll be at Small Press eXpo this weekend in Bathseda, Maryland!  I’m very excited, as I’ve heard great things about this show ever since I started exhibiting at cons.  It also helps that it’ll be a room full of amazing artists whose work I love and respect.  It’s especially good to see some of the Panel Savants there:

Neil Brideau

Kenan Rubenstein

Josh Shalek

Along with my good pals:

Marnie Galloway

Beth Hetland!

Here is a map of where to find us this weekend:

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Please come by and say hi!  If you mention the blog, I’ll have some free swag for you!

BACK ISSUES

New episode of Back Issues is up!  Justin and I put a bullet in the head of Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt.  Well worth a listen, as it’s the first book we didn’t gush over:

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VICTUS #2

Yeah, still plugging away.  Here is today’s snippet:

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OTHER STUFF

A new pal, Scott Kroll, posted a very cool short sci fi story.  Please take a look:

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I really like this:

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Hope to see some of you this weekend!  A full report will follow after the show!

– Tyrell