Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Image Dump

So, I've run out of finished, scanned comics to post and since my lab fee at CCS expired, I won't have more comics to post until I either cough up another lab fee, or cough up some moola for my own equipment to scan and edit my comics (which is actually my long-term plan). So for the time being, here's some stuff that I already scanned in my school's wonderful computer lab.

First up: some random sketches of random characters that are random.

Next up: my buddy Matt Aucoin and I had an idea to make a twisted pinup calendar featuring scantily-clad psychopaths in what are hopefully somewhat humorous, if grim, situations. I did pencils, which he made look good with his mad inking skills (check out his webcomic Percy and Grimm). The project has been back-burner-ed for the moment, but I look forward to picking it up again because it was a lot of fun! It also afforded me the opportunity to practice coloring in the computer. It's not perfect, but here's the most finished image of the bunch:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I'm still aliiiiive!

Okay, I've been a total tool and not updated in, like, three decades, with no good excuse. (Plenty of bad excuses, of course, but no good ones) Anyway, a COMIC!

The misadventures of the well-intentioned matchmaking novice:

And, hey, here's a portrait my mom asked me to do for her co-worker's birthday (it's a portrait of the co-worker, not my mom...)

...And there was much rejoicing.

*key unenthusiastic Monty Python and the Holy Grail cheer*


Monday, July 11, 2011


Well, I meant to post this comic on the fourth of July, but what with visiting D.C. (the capitol building is freakin' HUGE!) and working, it completely slipped my mind. But hey, July isn't over yet, and the flags are still out in Norwich, so here's my "American Pride" comic:

This is what America means to me.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


It's summer, which means one very important thing: finding out what you can and can't do in flip-flops:

Below is a colored sketch of Esperanza and Lord Zoloft from "Unpleasant People." I'm toying with the idea of giving "Unpleasant People" its own website. Then I'll have some place to dump all my sketches of the characters! In the meantime:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Congratulations, graduations!

I feel like "Congraduations" should be a real word. Or "Congraduates". It just sums it all up this time of year. What I mean to say is, congrats to all the graduates from our beloved Center for Cartoon Studies! There's some crazy-good talent being unleashed upon the world, so look out!

In honor of the occasion, I'd like to present a comic today about the grace with which one accepts one's own diploma and the dignity that goes along with such a great accomplishment:
In other news, I've got all the material together for Brain Parts #3. I still need to do the layout and print, but here's the cover:

I discovered that drawing rotting flesh and exposed bone-parts is super fun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mouser Power!

So I had a totally Ninja Turtles moment at work at the restaurant a little while ago.

Unfortunately, denial didn't turn the dude into Baxter, or his wife into an army of Mousers, but it was a nice little daydream while it lasted.

Many continuing thanks to Jim Lawson for being my super-awesome thesis advisor!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More things at work...

Something else at work that makes me want to punch babies...

... over-sharing.

Also, here's a picture of some assassin-dude with a sniper rifle. It looked better before I inked and colored it, but I'm still practising.

Colored with markers and colored pencils.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dracula has had enough.

Remember the good old days when vampires slept in coffins and sucked blood and were considered monsters? Me too.

I was going to sell prints of this at Boston Comic Con, but realized it looked a little sloppy in areas and didn't want to charge money for it without some digital touch-ups. So here's the un-pretty-fied version.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Boston Comic Con!

At left: me chillin' with some Ghostbusters from New Hampshire.

Got back from Boston yesterday! Matt Aucoin and I had a GREAT time at Boston Comic Con! Saw some familiar faces, saw a ton of new ones, and totally geeked out over some of my favorite artists. Matt and I stayed with our friend and classmate, the incomparable Jose Olivares, who even had a couple hours to table with us on Sunday morning! I feel his presence lent some much-needed credibility to our table!

Below: Matt Aucoin Chillin' with a couple girls I'm convinced represent the future of white-female-gangster-rappers

Matt and I were tabling nearby a couple artists that I've seen at MoCCA and SPX: Cathy Leamy and Joel Gill. I've traded with Cathy before and picked up her very informative guide to eco-friendly feminine hygiene.

I also picked up a pack of Joel's "Black Conservatives Trading Cards" (series 1). Included in each pack is four printed cards and a beautifully screen-printed card. I always kicked myself for not buying these at a previous convention, so I was thrilled to see them there! Can't wait to get the second series!

I got Darwyn Cooke and Frank Cho to sign some of their work for me. I was concerned that I might completely lose it and throw a bra at one of their heads, but thankfully, I kept my underwear and my composure. Well, maybe not my composure. I even got to see Frank Cho do a beautiful pencil drawing of Tigra battling ninjas in a train (done in less than 45 minutes!).

I picked up a sketchbook from Stan Sakai. He had about four or five different booklets he was selling for $10, with his autograph and a cool sketch of Usagi inside!

Also met Michael Dooney, of TMNT fame. He asked me how classmate and former Mirage Publishing intern Melissa Mendes was doing (she's good). I picked up his "Girls I Like" booklet with both black and white and full-color drawings, as well as his "TMNT Sketch Cards" book. He even sketched a couple turtles for me! He was incredibly nice and probably used to pacifying turtles geeks! He even told me I looked like a pinup lady!

I know it's an expectation at these big conventions to see a lot of people in badly-fitting costumes who clearly sleep in them, but for every one of those, there was one really great-looking, well-put-together costume. I thought I would find it a little intimidating, but it was a lot of fun to see all the different costumes and what people did with them. It added a lot of interest and color to the crowd! Plus, how often do I get to meet Sailor Mercury?

Update: Donald Jin, a nice fellow snapping photos at the convention, included a picture of me on his "Project 365" blog. I recommend you hop over there and check out his work, he takes amazing pictures!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Another hostess comic!

More adventures in restaurant-seating-and-greeting. I should state, for the record, that the events in this comic may have been slightly embellished.

And because I happened to scan it:

Kinda like how the perspective on this one came out.

Plus, cleavage!

In other news: I'll be going to the Boston Comic Con this weekend with my buddy Matt Aucoin, so brace yourself, Bean-Town, because...


I'm going to...
to be there...

for the weekend.

Okay, then.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paneled at the Nisus Gallery

This news isn't exactly new anymore, but it's worth mentioning that the Nisus Gallery in Portland, Oregon is showing the original work of Center for Cartoon Studies students and selling their comics! I don't have any original art on display, but Brain Parts #1 and #2, as well as Unpleasant People #1 and #2 are on sale there for the duration of the show!

You can follow the event on Facebook as well.

If you're in the area, please check it out! There are works from some incredible artists on display!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm so lazy...

Okay, so, it's not like I haven't actually been working, I just haven't been responsible. Which is why it's always, like, six months between blog postings. Well, now instead of posting some crappy sketch, I've also got an actual, real, black-and-white, multi-paneled, word-ballooned COMIC to post! Whoa!

And also a couple crappy sketches...

But first, my first comic from Job #2 (so far, Job #2, hostessing at a restaurant, has not made me want to punch babies) and is an actual conversation.

On to the crappy sketches! Robot folks!

ALL male-type steampunk robots have birthing hips, you should KNOW that...

She wears high-heels because she feels it makes her butt look nice.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Empty Spaces

So, I was watching "Life After People" and looking at photos of abandoned buildings and such, and found myself inspired. There's something oddly reassuring about the knowledge that no matter what we do to this planet, even if we make it uninhabitable for ourselves, nature will always reclaim what we've built. Even the thickest of walls we've put between ourselves and the outside world will eventually be overgrown, crumbled and reclaimed by plant life.

So I made a couple crappy sketches.

So there's that.