Today is Grace Hopper‘s birthday.
Today is Grace Hopper‘s birthday.
Sketch of a flashback scene that may or may not be included in future The Runaway books. ;)
I’ve applied for a table at WonderCon in Anaheim for April 2014. My hope is to have the next book out before then, two schedule willing. While it took me three weeks to finish the first, that was with brutal hours and no planning. Now that my 24 Hour Comic Book Day book has become a thing, I intend to script out the full arc before starting the next issue.
I had planned on doing an image of an antiquated train making its way along a precarious bridge through gorgeous clouded and forested mountain scenery, BUT.
My husband and I were watching SG-1 that night, and in the season 1 finale, Walter says that NASA is re-positioning Hubble so that they can get a closer look at the radar blips they just picked up passing Saturn and heading towards Earth (two Ha’tak vessels oh no!), and this conversation happened:
D: Oh man!
Me: He’s trying as hard as he can!
Me: He’s all, “I’m tuuuuuuuuuurning!” (Gir voice)
D: He’s like, “I was supposed to be decommissioned ten years ago!”
Me: “I’m too old for this shit!”
So yeah. Going with train of thought.
Black Phoenix Trading Post’s Naughty or Nice Yule Inquisition is LIVE! Have you been good or bad this year? Plead your case to the lab goblins, and they will decide your olfactory fate!. Featuring holiday goblin art by me. :)
I’ve been practicing doing cat-eel doodles with a Sharpie today, and it’s occurred to me just how much I rely on penciling beforehand. So I took a break to… draw a cat-eel. XD This one is from the wild north. Not sure if that’ll get included in the Runaway story. Penciled(!) then inked with a brush pen and a Tombow marker for shading.
MOON OF THE TERRIBLE 2013
On New Year’s Day
each thought a loneliness
as winter dusk descends
Desolation at the last moment in the gloaming on New Year’s Day: winter snow with white lavender, benzoin, lychee, white resins, and a cluster of melancholy, lachrymose lunar herbs.
Soon! I’ll have art prints as well as my 24HCBD book for sale.
In October, comic creators everywhere are invited to participate in an event called 24 Hour Comic Book Day, regardless of experience or skill level, to see what happens when given the Herculean task of writing and drawing a full comic book in one day. It all started when Scott McCloud dared Steve Bissette to complete a full comic book in 24 hours. It caught on, and is now an annual event worldwide.
I am so very fortunate to have a fantastic local comic shop that is active in promoting and hosting community events, from signings to screenings to this. The Comic Bug and friends did an amazing job of keeping every one motivated, fed, and caffeinated. Bringing in a huge crowd of people with a line that wouldn’t quit for two hours for a virtually store-wide sale in the wee hours also did wonders for the energy level.
The event was documented by That Hashtag Show (amazed at how coherent I was after working for 14 straight hours!)
Things I experienced/learned:
* I can pull a rough script out of my ass in an hour based on a loose image and concept.
* thumbnailing is always worth it, even with a time crunch.
* happy accidents!!!
* having people grill you for your elevator pitch is the perfect way to work out your elevator pitch.
* Bring. Your. Own. Chair. Not because there aren’t enough. Because your butt and back will appreciate it after the umpteenth hour.
* Having friends visit is a fantastic morale boost. Especially if they bring homemade pumpkin whoopie pies!
* That one pen that’s the only one you didn’t pack? You’ll be needing that around 1 am.
* Around 4 am shit gets really silly.
* keep going. Even when you think you’ve burnt out, you still have a lot of good panels in you.
* it’s brutal. and exhausting. and totally worth it.
I actually managed to get the entire thing penciled, art and lettering, within the time-frame. I spent the following month polishing it up with ink and a watercolor wash. And looks like I’ll need to continue the story next 24 Hour Comic Book Day. What happens next? Don’t know, won’t know until that clock starts ticking again. ;)
I’ll have copies of the book I made available at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con Nov. 23-24th at table #2402 in Artist Alley, as well as some art prints.