In 2012, I left my job at a major think tank to pursue my dream of drawing comics. If you follow the blog, you have no doubt seen the progress I’ve made and the work I’ve put in to get better. Year after year, I built upon my skills.
For my Throwback Thursday tweet & Insta posts today, I talked about the amazing crossroad of luck and opportunity. In 2015, you may remember I had the chance to be on stage with the great Jim Lee, one of my comic idols growing up. I also lent the amazing Ed McGuinness my drawing pad. I received original artwork from both and was able to talk to them about drawing. I also got to meet Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos, 2 of the 3 artists whose work brought me back to comics (the third being Chris Bachalo whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting since). I geeked out pretty hard as a fan. I mean, how could you not?
However, I always wanted to be a creator. I kept drawing and learning. I’m thankful for an amazing support network that has kept me with jobs throughout the years. I’ve done commercial art, some graphic design and cartooning, commissions, concept art, and storyboards. I’ve made some web comics.
Here are the next two things I’ll be participating in:
This upcoming Saturday, July 14th at Southern California Comics in San Diego, I’ll be joining an amazing collection of talent as we share our wares and prepare for Comic-Con the week after. If you’re in San Diego, I hope you can make it!
And, yes, this year sees me as a creator at San Diego Comic-Con. If you’re there, my schedule is above. Drop by, say hi and tell me you read this post!
I have a lot of people to thank throughout the years for this: my wife, Brian Stelfreeze, Steve Epting, Frank Cho, Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Victor Glover from VZAAge. Nathaniel Osollo, Adriano DiBenedetto, Neal Yamamoto, Andy Nordvall, Matt Jackson, Mike Korpi, Suzanne Land, Ben Evans, Mike Korpi, Eric Wilder, Carree Michel, Christina Jordan, Maddie Gygli, the Comic Bug, Terry Mayo, Jose Cardenas, Will Van Stone Jr., Jorge Urbina, Jonathan London, Kevin Schmidt, Ry Rocklen, Bonnie Burton, Cory Doctorrow, Lucienne Silva, Kat Rocha, Josh Finney and anyone who ever purchased any merchandise or stopped by to check out my work. There are so many more people to thank, but I’ll stop here and get back to work.
Inked and ready to go!
Is the charm. This is my layout for the Jupiter the Space Pug mini comic.
I feel like I’m almost there.
Starting to sketch some cover ideas out for my Jupiter the Space Pug mini comic. Turns out I have enough strips to put out a comic. So, in addition to Siren’s Song, a sketchbook is coming soon as well as Jupiter the Space Pug in print!
Also, if you’re in Los Angeles, don’t forget to drop by and say hi at my signing with Andy Nordvall Wednesday June 27th at both Comic Bug locations.
This is the first Jupiter The Space Pug adventure of 2016. I was recently reminded of a funny story my friend Markus told me when a Roomba purchase was being contemplated. Markus could not stress enough how horrifying the Roomba was for his dog Peggy. This one’s for Markus, Jenny, Peggy and Oscar.
I thought I’d try to max out some panel space 🙂
Last night/this morning, I was at Comic Bug participating in their 24 page Comic in 24 hours event. Unbeknownst to me, it was to create your own comic in that amount of time. I thought I was dropping in to help someone else create a comic. Well, it did spur me to come up with today’s Jupiter The Space Pug page. I also wrote (what?!) a comic idea I’ve been sitting on for about a year. I thumbed five pages and hope to drop it soon. I’m at an event today so I actually couldn’t complete the challenge but I did type out my first full comic story!
Jupiter The Space Pug putting his powers of detection to use!
C’mon, this is the best comic about a pug that you don’t have to read, right? Share if you or someone you know loves or has pugs:)