…is on the horizon. It’s the same quality as the first two and will be available first for $15 at the Emerald City Comicon. Stay Tuned~
In the last five years or so I’ve been watching more and more Asian films. A lot of it stems from the lack of contemporary quality film and honestly just a different world-view on storytelling. I grew up watching a lot of Hong Kong cinema but never really had the exposure to the serious dramas of japanese Samurai films. It’s like when you have a dream and you see things you’ve never seen before; a whole realized world just waiting for you to enjoy.
Anyway, a lot that love is also found in Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo character. A comic that has been around since the 80s. So why did I spend a bit of time painting him? As it goes, with many comic book colleagues, a sickness in the family can wipe out ones savings where insurance (if they’re lucky to have any) doesn’t cover cost. A trend lately is crowd-sourcing help in these matters. So, this is my submission for the STAN SAKAI PROJECT to help with his wife’s medical bills. I mean, let’s face it, comic book people who are lucky to be married, owe so much to those who prop them up it isn’t funny. Hopefully, this submission makes it into the final book and hopefully you buy it. I think Dark Horse is releasing it…so stay tuned.
And if you want some recommendations for killer Samurai films, check out my film blog.
Hey all. Back from my trip to Angouleme and I can say my wallet took a beating. But it was worth it. I had a great time, bought some great books, saw some great art with some great friends. We geeked out on everything the entire time. Haven’t had that much fun in a long time. Here’s a short video of my time over there. Click here if you want to see it in 1080p.
Also, I shot a bunch of photos of which I’ll only bore you with a few.
Here’s the original Sennelier art store that I managed to restrain from buying anything. I already have too many art supplies as it is and really had no idea what I would have wanted anyway.
A shot from within the Louvre as the sun was going down.
And various shots around Paris and Angouleme. Also bought a lot of books and if you follow me on Instagram you can see the play-by-play of the books I ended up getting.
Anyway, I’m pretty charged to get back to my own work! Just glad it was easy to get all these photos and videos processed and out of the way. Now to prepare for Emerald City Comicon. I’m thinking about doing another sketchbook…but I don’t know. That ship may have already sailed. :\
In other words: A Comics Festival in France.
A friend invited me along a few months back. I’d always wanted to go, so I threw myself into a regular schedule of learning French, if only to read the French comics I already have! Still, the retention of the language can be difficult as I don’t get to practice with someone everyday or to use it in context. Regardless, I think I’ve got enough to find a bathroom, not starve and to order a drink.
Still working on the colors for my next graphic novel. I’m almost done with the 2nd chapter. Three more to go. In the meantime here’s an early production piece I did to test out colors on.
Hopefully, I’ll have something of interest to report on my return.
Though not nearly as sexy as one of my illustration heroes, Albert Dorne , I couldn’t pass up the chance to rock the stripes for the lady…ladies…or anyone who gives a damn. Here’s a little tour of the studios, just before I cleaned them up. It’s about as close as it gets to looking like a “typical artists” working area.
Thanks for stopping by. Maybe next time I’ll be a better host and offer you tea.