Thursday, January 26, 2006

Sketch Madness



I've been on a sketching terror lately. I've been drawing on napkins, old copy paper, notebook paper...plots...


You name it..I've been sketching on it...

so here's a couple I scanned..more on the way..

k

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Highly Detailed Street Artist

Almost done with the layouts to my OGN. Thank baby Jesus for that. Now comes the hard part..doing all the real work...why have I brought this on myself you ask.

It's because I have something to prove.

Ok I finally said it.

I don't feel like I've ever really realized my potential as a comic artist.


And chances are not given they are made...

so this is my chance to push myself to another level and do something I'm truely proud of...


than I will have to go back to my drawing board and do the next volume of it..and I will keep going until I've created 6 volumes....


Cut to four years later.....

,,,,,,than I will pack up all my worldly possesions in my car...


drive it off the pier...


and fake my own death...



than I will move to Europe where I will become one of those street artists and do highly detailed drawings on the sidewalk and than watch as the rain washes them away...

such will be my fate..

Time to get back to work...



k

Friday, January 06, 2006

Father Hero.

I hear a lot of squaking about the prices of American comics. There’s debate about floppys vs. graphic novels and what is the future format of the industry...I'm intrigued by the Manga vs Superhero debate...People either love Anime/Manga style or hate it..there are many questions as to why...but the answers are all around us..you just have to be willing to look outside the comic store...

The thing about pricing is that manga has shown that it's content over production value. I've been in mainstream bookstores and seen kids buying three or four Mangas at a pop. With an average price of $9.99 that's a cool $30.00 bucks. Imagine if kids were dropping that much at the local comic shop.

All this on black and white some times soso paper...smaller images/pages and not to mention some of the scans on them are pretty blurry...still the content/format is what sells it...If American comics put more time into creating stories that kids dig and finding a price point kids were down with...well ok..that's asking too much...

I think the average kid nowadays is more of a Hello Kitty/Yu Gi Oh/ post Pokimon type kid...


thin Anime guys with big hair and ninja moves is his bag...


I grew up on the Indiana Jones/ Batman/ Wolverine type characters...


My generation wanted to be like our fathers


older..


and worldly...



we were attracted to characters that represented that archetype.



Kid's today want to see themselves..Teen Titans...Harry Potter...most popular Anime has a kid or teen characters as the main characters....as does most Manga..


....what kid today wants to read about a maladjusted guy who dresses like a Bat and complains about the death of his mom and dad...

but yet...
give his side kick a Manga/ Anime twist..and voila..instant fan fave..

Robin in the Teen Titans resonates with kids because he is cool and young..which is what kids nowadays want to be.
Maybe it speaks to some deeper issue about how this generation sees it’s self. Media in general is geared so much to the individual..first person shooters..Ipods and PSPs all cater to the mindset of “me”...

In the end ...


...it's not the ideas that our turning the readers away it's the telling of the stories...


It’s all about how you frame the story and the tone in which you tell it..


..just make sure the characters have big eyes and speed lines and you should do just fine...



k

Must reads:
Walking Dead...it’s a Zombie comic that has nothing to do with Zombies..it’s all about people and character..run don’t walk..read it today...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Infinite Endless

Most people I know get the “New Years Eve Blues”



They get caught in their own reflection.



Past loves...



missed opportunities



Left instead of right



yes instead of no.



the past is not what it seems it’s not the one choice we made.



it’s the tiny choices we made before the one we remember...



Trust me if you could have done better at the time..you would have..the stars were not aligned or your sox were too tight or you got up on the left side of the bed not the right...



what was .....”is”




Most get so busy sifting through the “endless, infinite, endless”...looking back with such a critical eye that they forget the most important thing....




..to look forward...




...because that’s all you really have.




Although the past teaches us lessons it’s not a place where you want to live




...nice place to visit..yadda yadda..





You can’t stop being you




...as much as a new hair cut or new clothes may speak other wise..



you my friend..


are you.




You can’t just stop “being” you...





but you can be a “better you”...




and the only place where that “you” exists is in the future.



...so when the “New Years Blues” hits you...



remember...



you are moving forward



...to a better place



..where sooner or later



..you will be face to face




with a smarter,




wiser...



better you....



Happy New Year!!!



KA-lifornia