One aspect of my freelance comic illustration life I am trying to focus on right now is doing more color work. I get immense joy out of helping to bring someone else’s lines to life. I’ll still be persuing and working on pen & ink pages as well as coloring my own stuff, but I am slowly building a color portfolio with new projects. Here’s a snippet of recent stuff.
ACME guest Jason “Gonzo” Gonzalez along with my old pal Negative Steve interviewed me last weekend. We covered my start in comics and how I got into them as a kid. Lots of Jack Kirby and Hero Initiative talk as well as the announcement of a new ACME project. EVOLVE. Vol.1 is coming at the start of 2015. Listen for the sound of me opening a beer at the 30 minute mark, and for the list of artists contributing to EVOLVE at the end of the interview. – https://soundcloud.com/propagandapodcasts/cult-of-popture-10-by-popular-demand-episode-nine
My most sincere thanks to everyone who shared a post or spread the word about Long Road Home. The Kickstarter was not successful, and for a variety of reasons that were of my own doing. I overestimated the interest in what is essentially a very personal project, and I should have done a better job on the kickstarter presentation itself. So for now, the project is not happening in the way it was intended, but that does not mean it won’t happen. It may just take a little longer, be a little smaller and ultimately more personal. Again, thanks to everyone who helped spread the word and especially to those that backed the project. The fact that you were willing to use your hard earned money to support an art project of mine is very humbling. I wish you all the best.
To keep up to date on the future of Long Road Home, as well as my other projects, please check me out on my social media pages.
Long post ahead. This is what I recently wrote for bleedingcool.com
Passion. It makes the world go round. Without it, explorers would have never set boots onto boats and astronauts would not have ventured towards the stars. Literature would be nonexistent and adolescence would be ten times harder than it already is. Artists of all stripes have it in spades, or else we would all be accountants, and trust me, being an accountant looks pretty good when you’re staring down bills and waiting for invoices to be paid. What many of us lack in a 401k, a nice car, or financial stability, we make up for in enthusiasm. Unfortunately my landlord doesn’t let me pay rent in enthusiasm and my family can’t buy groceries with passion. Luckily, we live in the future and in this future we can find others to share our passions, and that in turn, can pay bills and create something new and exciting.
Crowd funding, no matter your views on it, can be a very successful tool. Seasoned pros have turned to Kickstarter over traditional publishers. The financial reward is often better and it allows 100% creative control. I have run one failed campaign of my own, but I have also been a part of 3 successful ones as the main artist, and numerous others as a contributing artist. Kickstarter campaigns have paid my bills. Doc Unknown is an indie book I draw (written, created by and spearheaded by the dreamy Fabian Rangel Jr.), and has been very successful in fan reaction, critical reception and in providing me with work. In the past you had to have a few thousand or more copies of your book ordered to be able to make a profit. Today, a creator can make a profit with 10% of those orders. Passion drives crowd funding. Passion for the creators and passion for the project.
Reward passion. My passion is telling stories. I’ve always loved music, movies, comics and books for the same reason, for the stories they tell. I don’t draw comics because I love art, I draw comics because I love telling stories and entertaining people. I’m currently running a kickstarter, my second (and hopefully first to be funded) with that idea in mind. Telling stories, hearing people’s stories, and what they love, what their passion is. Long Road Home is a documentary following four friends on a return trip home after being away for 20 years. Okinawa, Japan is a place I grew up, a place that has affected me more that any other place, person, book, comic or movie ever has. I have a passion for that island, those people, and the family I found there, and I want to explore that. That’s why I need to make Long Road Home and I need help. From other story tellers, and people who love to hear stories.
I understand that not everyone can or wants to support every project, it’s impossible. Backers work hard for their money, and how they choose to spend it is no ones business. So if they do use it to support your passion, respect that. Supporting someone’s endeavors can be as big as a financial investment or as small and amazing as sharing their passion, promoting their campaign, sharing their posts. Promote what you love, support what you love. It’s important that stories are told. I draw comics, I tell stories visually and Long Road Home is just the next step in that. So I ask, whether it’s supporting my campaign or not, show your support for what you do love. Share, re-tweet, promote and invest. Reward passion.
Jason Gonzalez and I chat with the guys at Long Box Cast – http://foureyedradio.com/lbc013/
I just got back from Austin last night. 4-days & 2,000 miles in a rented Chevy Cruse, just me and my wife visiting Austin for the first time, so I could attend Staple! 2014.
The Good. Food. So much good food I wanted to try, sadly I only ate two dinners in town and one less than stellar breakfast. I highly recommend East Side King and Switch Stile BBQ. The Philly Cheesesteak food cart was awesome as well. The town also has some really great bars I wish my own town had. I also do love Texas beer. Staple! itself was a really great show as well. Very interested fans, lots of chatting and lots of selling, which is the most important part. I did very well on original art sales and sketch commissions. A really small show, in a great venue that was a lot of fun. Also, the the Motel 6 in Lubbock, TX, thanks for being warm, clean and right off the highway. I love driving, so the 30+ hours I spent behind the wheel over the four days I did not mind one bit. Great to see new parts of Texas & New Mexico.
The Bad. Our hotel in Austin. My wife and I decided to save money and stay in a budget hotel. It was a disaster, dirty, loud and zero feeling of security. Spend the extra money and stay somewhere you can relax is the lesson learned here.
Thanks again to Fabian Rangel Jr. for having me at his table, team Doc Unknown did pretty well at the show and we had a great time discussing the future of Doc Unknown. Also thanks to all the fans that supported me with a special shout out to Dusty & Andrew, really great guys.