Great collab with my DCC buddy. We came up with everything collectively: from the story to the dialogue to the page breakdowns. Caleb illustrated the panel layouts, characters, & foreground elements (everything in delicate inks); I came in after & drew the backgrounds/buildings you seen in pencil, plus the heavy-inked sound collages, & the watercolor tonal work.
This all jived well since Caleb hates doing backgrounds, & I get real anxious about my anatomy work. And I never have the middle section of a story figured out till I have to, so between us we dug a lot deeper than I think either of us would have alone.
Look for more from us two gents soon.
Art is conversation. So this is the next part of that conversation — having the thing out and letting it talk with the world. At the end of the day, I am content with that, and I feel I need to do this to feel truly alive, so that is why I do it.
Ales Kot, from a recent Newsarama interview
It’s a pretty straight-forward sentiment, & I’m guessing, the reason most artists do what they do – but he cuts to the heart of it. It’s a wonderfully liberating thing to find your voice & your medium(s), & resolve to doing what pulls at you, resolve to making your conversations with the wide world, regardless of money & strategies & all that business — making the conversation the central drive.
FOODEE in: AROUND THE WORLD
Foodee in: Around the World, which you can read here, will officially appear in the anthology, Steampunk Originals Vol. 5 from Arcana.
(I’ll write a little more indepth about this soon.)
So, it’s been announced now. My illustration is the wrap-around cover art for Gurukitty Studios’ 2014 sci-fi anthology, Gateways To Beyond. The ladies who run Gurukitty were also nice enough to allow me two extra pages for my story in the anthology, “Mills,” since I wasn’t quite happy with the pacing in those final pages. I can now say it’s not only my longest solo work to date (23 pages), but also my best, I think. Or at least, the closest to my intentions & ambitions for it. Which feels good, gives me confidence for the slate of work coming up. Next up, some collaborations with some mighty fine artists (& one fine artist), & another solo color comic for the latest in the Steampunk Originals series. Plenty on the horizon…
^ Drawn & colored just after the holidays. My photographer sister & videographer brother were back (from NYC & NOLA, respectively), & we hit up the Cincy Natural History Museum for a little textile|texture inspiration.
NEW COMICS ARE UP!
I’ve just uploaded the short comics I’ve been working on solo this past year, updating the library with some new complete stories, for your reading pleasure.
I did this same thing almost a year ago, in a need to share my stories a little more directly & globally. Those were my first comics as both writer & artist. Those were little experiments, educations, a misstep, an epiphany. Not the stories I ultimately wanted to tell; not the visual style I considered my own, fully realized.
These, though. These are the beginning of that. The style I’ll (hopefully) spend the rest of my life cultivating & evolving.
So, yeah. Enjoy some comix (just click here or the SHORT COMICS button up top). And I’ll see you soon with some more…
Jason, Nov. 2013
Mills | 7-page preview
My longest single work to date. A 21-page story that will appear in Gurukitty Studios’ Gateways To Beyond sci-fi anthology. Man, am I excited to share this one with people!