ABSTRACT STUDIO COMICS – JOURNAL
The new issue of Motor Girl hits the stands nextWednesday. I don’t know what to say about it without risking spoilers, but this is a moving look at a war veteran with PTSD… with some UFO’s and a gorilla thrown into the mix. I’ve devoted myself to Samantha’s story this year and it’s been an honor. Hope you enjoy it!
The Motor Girl book is here at last! Collecting the first 5 issues of my new series, Real Life introduces you to Samantha Locklear, a war veteran who has come home to work in a desert junkyard with Mike, her constant companion, who also happens to be a gorilla. Whether or not Mike is real is up for you to decide, but that’s just page one, before the UFO crashes into their yard one night. Click here to buy your copy and find out what happens next in this new collection of Motor Girl!
We had a great time in Chicago this weekend. C2E2 is a real comic book show, at least in Artist Alley where we were. Take a look at all the tables in this photo I managed to get from the top of the stairs—there’s no telling how many artists tables are set up down there. More than 3, right? And we were right there in the middle of them on Aisle U, selling books, art, sketches and t-shirts.
My only panel at the show was a fun one: Storytelling on the Page for Artists & Writers, moderated by my friend Buddy Scalera. This was the second time I’ve done such a panel with Buddy and the structure was the same. Another artist and I, in this case Ken Lashley, are given the script for a page in a comic book and asked to rough out the page according to our design sense. Ken does it his way, I do it mine. Then we explain our layout decisions to the room and, in this case, Ken and I also analyzed each other’s version. The class was 90 minutes but it felt like 20 to me. I really enjoyed it. Below you see me explaining away my mistakes. Then you see Ken pointing out my mistakes again——Thank you, Kennnnnnnn. LOL. And finally you see the page I roughed out from the script. It’s a challenge drawing before a room full of creators, let me tell you!
I took a lot of studio sketches to the show and they all found happy homes, so that was nice. It’s like finding homes for a basket of kittens. Now we’re back home safe and sound and tired, but very happy we went to C2E2. I highly recommended this show to all comic artists and I will definitely go back!