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My Calendar of Deadlines and Doom...with Art! (Click to enlarge).

My Calendar of Deadlines and Doom…with Art! (Click to enlarge).

When I’m not making comics, I work at my day job, at a craft store.

Something I have noticed is that there are a LOT of people who buy seasonal crap. Halloween wreaths, Christmas decorations that leave waves of glitter at my register, and even the odd Thanksgiving table topper, are all sold to people who think buying these things will get them in the “spirit of the season” (whatever that means).

In case you can’t tell, I’m not a fan of seasonal things.

But I have started doing something that somehow gets me in a festive mood without feeling like I’ve sold my soul to kitschy trinkets.

I hang up posters.

Art (left to right) by J Peffer, the Grand Canyon, Chloe Rose, and an artist on Tumblr (Sorry I can't remember your name!). Click to enlarge.

Art (left to right) by J Peffer, the Grand Canyon, Chloe Rose, and an artist on Tumblr (Sorry I can’t remember your name!). Click to enlarge.

I hang up prints, postcards, and posters I’ve gathered from conventions and traveling.

A small selection of my postcards. Click to enlarge.

A small selection of my postcards. On the left is art done by Joseph Lawn from deviantart. Click to enlarge.

But I have so many of them I can’t hang them all.

So I only put up the ones that I feel fit the season.

Since it’s fall, I put up a bunch of prints of people in costumes, and prints and postcards with warm colors and dead trees and other related subjects depicted.

Greed and Lust were drawn by Chloe Rose. I can't remember the other artists for the other pieces. Sorry! (Click to enlarge).

Greed and Lust were drawn by Chloe Rose. I can’t remember the other artists for the other pieces. Sorry! (Click to enlarge).

It’s unusual, but it’s something I’m comfortable with.

More prints and postcards! (Click to enlarge).

More prints and postcards! (Click to enlarge).

Plus, I get to surround myself with things made by artists I know or have otherwise met at cons! That is WAY more personal to me than a tabletopper you can get at the craft store.

But that’s just me.

Have you been feeling festive this season? Or do you hate this kind of stuff? And why? Let me know in comments below!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on Friday.

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The Superhero Ladies Illustration Series (In Progress)

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So a while ago, I saw the “debate” that happened when Marvel let loose the famous variant cover of SpiderWoman.

And a part of me was like, “You know, it would be great to see superhero ladies in clothes that are actually great for combat and/or aren’t form-fitting.”

Because I am aware that not every superhero lady is in charge of her sexuality or is entirely comfortable with a skin-tight outfit. Have you read the new Ms. Marvel? They talk about that in the first two issues!

Anyway, I decided to make an illustration series showing superhero ladies in outfits that weren’t sexually revealing and/or were best suited for lots of physical activity.

Right now it’s still a work in progress, but it’s been fun to create new heroes and create costumes and superpowers!

Here are some sketches of the ladies I’ve drawn so far:

Number 1 in the series.

Number 1 in the series. Sojourner the Mage. She has powers over wind. (Click to enlarge.)

Name unknown. Has superstrength, flight, and super speed. Click to enlarge.

Name unknown. Has superstrength, flight, and super speed. (Click to enlarge.)

PowerPat. Age 10. Super strength. (Click to enlarge).

PowerPat. Age 10. Super strength. (Click to enlarge).

Agent Sinclaire. Magic user that can manipulate the environment and trap opponents. (Click to enlarge).

Agent Sinclaire. Magic user that can manipulate the environment and trap opponents. (Click to enlarge).

I have enough projects on my plate to keep me busy, so right now this is on hold (just like my other illustration series, The Women Warriors Project).

I might include redesigns of Marvel/DC/etc superheroes, but I want to do more original characters in this series. If you have any ideas or suggestions, though, please leave them in comments!

Thanks and I’ll see you on Tuesday.

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The Comics Train Keeps Chugging

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So I forgot to update this blog sooner. I’m very sorry! Things have been pretty manic in my studio.

I’ve been finishing up work on a new series of comic strips K. Ferrin asked me to make. Here’s a peek at one of them.

K Ferrin Comics

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Of course, Johnson & Sir and Validation are still updating regularly. I love the conversations my readers are having and the comments they’re leaving! Seriously, I read the comments. All of them. And I love you (but not in a creeper way).

Charlie & Clow will be up online soon! The goal is to have it online October 29! Here’s a peek at the cover:

charlie and clow cover for webcomic

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It’ll be available to read at www.charlieandclow.com (don’t try to go there yet. I’ll be building the site over the next week).

I’ve also been working on a short story penned by the fabulous Kristen Kellner. Here’s a peek at one of the panels in progress:

short story sneak peek for comics anthology

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I’m on my last few pages of this short story, and hopefully you can read it all online soon!

Also! There’s another new comic in the works. I’ve been keeping it relatively hush-hush because the writer is still writing it, but they want me to provide the art for it. We’ll be doing a KickStarter for the project in November. (Like, three-weeks-from-now November. Holy banana pants!) Here’s a color and style test I did for it…

color and style test for new comic

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And here’s a look at one of the possible designs of the logo (it’s still a work in progress)…

seeing him webcomic logo work in progress

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Like I said, the writer and I will be doing a KickStarter to fund this upcoming webcomic in November. I’ll hopefully post more art for it as I make it!

So…yeah. I’ve been making comics like a madwoman. Gotta’ remember to take a day off.

Be on the lookout for Charlie & Clow launching on October 29th! I talk more about the details of the story in this post.

Thank you so much for reading and putting up with my tardiness. I’ll see you on Friday when I talk about the Superhero Ladies series.

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