Friday, October 26, 2007

Back from the Dead



I know it's been a long time since I've posted here but be assured I've been hard at work making cool stuff.


Here's a couple images from my new comic "88"

Story, Pencils and Inks: Me

Colors: Chris Ng


More stuff soon...but than again I always say that..

k

Monday, August 06, 2007

IPhone Meets IComic


Everyone I know is getting an I-Phone.


I've had a chance to play with them and I have to admit they are as good at the commercial says they are. I didn't look for the best Calamari in the city but I did do something that might interest all the comic-heads out there.

I emailed my friend some cut up panels of two pages of my comic Deity.

He uploaded it to his phone through I-photo and created a gallery of each.

You bring the book up and at first it seems kinda funky. Than your fingers get involved and you zoom in on a page and turn the phone and pretty soon you are very involved in the action of the comic. Reading, moving from face to face within the panel and from panel to panel in general...

Well let's just say it's comics meets Minority Report in a good way.

At first you might be thinking the screen is so small and you have to turn it to get the correct view.

What it lacks in screen size it makes up for in clarity and color.

It's impressive...and

it's different.

It's not comics as we know them...

yet...



Soon there will be bigger screens.



Soon there will be screens the exact size of comics.


Some might say. "I wouldn't spend a thousand bucks on a large I-phone just to read comics"

Me neither...but I would spend a thousand bucks for a comic sized touch screen computer that was also a phone and could do all the things a lap top or an I-phone would do.


Print won't die...


people just won't want it anymore.



kk

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Things Ahm Feel'n

Just a few things that I'm dig'n right now



Digitalism-Idealism:
This album is really great for drawing. It's falls somewhere between Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem with a little The Good The Bad and The Queen tossed in.

It's sweet oldskool electro vibyness...


Might Six Ninety- Cheers to the Bitter End-Imagine if some DJ's went back in time and ganked Robert Smith out of a Cure concert circa 1988 and transported him to future and said. "Make songs like Depeche Mode or this monkey dies!!" if you can are now curious pick this album up and thank me later.



The Chemical Brothers-We Are The Night-It's not like Tom and Ed have reinvented the wheel here but they have added some rims to it and pimped their post Push the Button selves out. This album is really a very good head space album. Great for driving fast or running on a treadmill so fast that other people at the gym look at you and whisper "look at that show off jerk!" I mean you might even be able to hear them if you didn't have Das Spiegal pumping so loud in your Ipod. I mean fuck them if they can't run as fast as you. "The Pills Won't Help You Now" is the only electronic song that has ever made me want to cry. I mean...uh...feel emotional..and no I wasn't on something when I heard it. You are so cynical.




Tank Girl- Jamie Hewletts creation reimagined by Ashley Wood. It gets points for just trying so hard to be artsy. Some ugly some beautiful all interesting. A must see for his use of dot pattern and spot color. He's either a genius or he's just phoning it in. I don't know what impresses me more..that his phoned in work would look so good or that he's made a style that works either way.


World War Hulk- I know I know. Sooooo burnt out on all the crappy crossovers..but this works because it treats Hulk the way he should be treated. Like a force of nature. JR JR does his blocky best!



Modern Masters #12-Michael Golden-So many people have ripped this cat it's crazy. I don't know if there would be an Art Adams or J Scott Campbell or Joe Mad or Jason Pearson or Mike Mignola without Michael Golden. The interview is subpar this issue mostly because Golden seems to not like answering the questions. That being said you bought it for all the art. Great gallery in the back and rare pieces throughout. A must own.



Ok back to working on "88"

kk

Monday, July 09, 2007

WIP 88 Color Sneak Peek!!!


This blog has sort of transformed into the 88 WIP blog. Which is only right considering it's become my prime means of expressing myself.

I've been fuss'n and o' frett'n about the format of the book.

I want to do it as a full graphic novel but I still have a hard on for the monthly comic.

What can I say. I grew up on it and it's still very attractive to me.

It's like a one night stand. Not much to think about and it's over before you know it.


I've been all over the internet reading what peeps saying about format.

Graphic novels seem to be the only way an Indie cat can catch a break.

With all the World War Countdowns and death of Cap or Flash...there is barely any room or retailer money for a monthly indie book..that does not come from Image and is written by Robert Kirkman. Love that guy. I pimp him so fucking much he should kick me back some cash. I'm pretty sure I've sold at least 6 or 7 of those big ass Invincible hard covers.

It must suck to have written the best Zombie comic ever and have it come out at the same time as the best fucking Zombie novel of all time. World War Z rocks so much harder than Walking Dead.

It begs the question...Can you really have enough Zombie media?..


I say thee nay...


but I read the last Walking Dead and I do believe the Shark has jumped the building...it's finally made that ugly genre leap between Zombie and Post Apocalyptic.


You usually never see what happens in a Zombie story beyond a week or so...and I guess that's where they lost me. Once the ex cop got his...oh maybe I shouldn't spoil it for those who have not read it...




Next blog I'll bitch about something else related to 88...Or perhaps I'll just have a nervous breakdown. Either or I hope it's entertaining.

Until than enjoy this image. I had fun making it..and I hope you have fun looking at it.

Image info: Color WIP. Dialog is from an earlier page but I felt it captured one aspect of the story so I cut and pasted it on there in typical mash up fashion.


KA-lifornia

Cry On My Shoulder.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Inks and Colors/88 thoughts



I went a little bit nuts on the inks on this piece. I was going for a modern stab at the old Terry Austin look. I always loved his inks back in the day.

I'm also playing around with some color schemes for the main character Detective Drake. If you notice he is wearing red shoes. They are meant to be Air Jordan I's so don't be alarmed.

This book is either going to make me or break me I think. Not in terms of how people react to it. I'm thinking more about how I come through it as a person. So far this book has been the biggest challenge I've ever faced artistically. I'm a bit concerned that I've bitten off more than I can chew. I guess you never really know until the plane is on fire and you are speeding towards the ground and the ejection seat won't work!



ouch



KA-lifornia.

Friday, June 01, 2007

What has Detective Drake gotten himself into?


Another sneak peek at my new OGN 88.

What has Detective Drake gotten himself into?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

88 Sneak Peek Part 06



New art work from my new OGN "88"

Hope you dig it!

k

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

LA Home Sweet Home



Most everyone I know is from some where else.

I was born and grew up in LA. It's not perfect but it's the place I will always call home.

You can keep those other towns with their awesome mass transit and so called big time culture..hehehe...


Here's a couple pics from my new photo series on Los Angeles.

I hope you dig it.

Best,
Karl

Friday, March 30, 2007

Back to Learning



Finally made it back to drawing class. I was not pitching the heat tonight but I got a few pics worth sharing. I keep telling myself that I'm going to go to class more often but with work and all my other commitments it's tough. It's much like going to the gym. You know it's good for you but it's not always easy to make time for it.

The run down:
70's Battlestar Galactica theme 5-15 minute poses.

ka-lifornia

Thursday, March 15, 2007

88 Characters



New art from my OGN "88"...

Caution subliminals

best.

Karl

Friday, January 19, 2007

Prince at 3121 Las Vegas


I got a chance to see Prince at his new club at the Rio in Vegas. The venue is really high-tech. Large video screens surround the entire club. The graphics were cool. Images from 1970's Soul Train and vintage James Brown footage. The female Dj played a mix of old school funk as well as new school stuff (Jay Z and Pharell). Lots of Prince tracks (Hot Thing Extended, Love Bizarre, DMSR) as well as select drum and bass cuts. It was general seating so you could get as close as you wanted. That meant I was about 5 feet away from the stage

Prince came on around midnight. The guy does not look like he has aged a day. He was wearing a peach(orange?) colored suit with black accents. He played lot's of new stuff from his current album (3121). Amazing guitar work. The special guest was Maceo Parker (sax player for James Brown). He put on a jazz funk rock jam that I think put off some of the audience that were expecting a greatest hits set list. I was blown away. Prince has sort of unified his personas. Part Morris Day a little bit of Christopher Tracy with a dash of "Kid" in him smoothed out on the Camille tip.

A rough set list (don't hold me to the order I was jamming too
hard to keep an exact track list):

3121
Girls and Boys
Johnny B Good
Satisfied
Sexuality
Black Sweat/Kiss medley
Lolita
Musicology
Seven
Extended Band Jam lead by Maceo (Pass the Peas)

When Prince came back on stage he was wearing a Red Coat and White pants. The coat seemed to have a musical theme to the design

Purple Rain (The woman in front of me started crying)
Let's Go Crazy(Elements of the extended movie version)

The music was vital and real.

He has these two British twins as his back up singers and dancers. For a guy who is known for his hottie sidekicks..these two take the cake in terms of hotness.


The best $125 bucks I've ever spent. I may have to go see him again.

KA-lifornia

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