There's been a healthy little boost in readership these past few weeks for whatever reason - which I'm super grateful for as always. (If you like my comics, please continue telling your friends!) Although my schedule has been a bit squirrelly, I hope you new readers out there stick around.
This past week I've managed to compile my (heavy, nightmarishly detailed and superfluous) notes from the Japan trip, which means I should be able to hammer out updates on that more easily.
Agh, who am I kidding? What could've been a
simple set of blog posts has grown into an untamable beast. My notes alone
are 20,000 words long, half the length of a short novel. Plus I've got to
photograph/scan notes, create sketches... >_< At the very least, I
hope it's an interesting read. I'll do my best to skip boring stuff and/or
keep it fun.
February 27, 2014 - Japan Trip Report (part 1 of ?)
Guess I can't delay it any longer... >_<
I keep revising, worrying. "Is this too boring?" "Will anyone care about this nonsense?" I can't say I've come to any conclusion on that question, but I've got to get the ball rolling or it'll clog the creative pipes and I won't be able to move on to anything else. Here is part one of... many(?) chronicling my magical trip to Japan. If you're bored, hey, it's definitely something to read.
February 21, 2014 - Yerp
Well, that was wonderful. After a good ol' fashion New York welcome (being treated like criminal scum by boorish customs officers in my own country, a shocking contrast to their hospitable counterparts from Tokyo) I've arrived back home. I've got tons of goodies, anecdotes, sketches and photos to share. First things first, though: I have to shower, do some laundry and catch up on some sleep. It's hard to say exactly, but I may have only gotten six solid hours in the past two days. Add the unavoidable airplane dehydration and I'm expecting my body's resignation letter anytime now. =\ (I may need to go through an emotional crash as well. No ETA on that though.)
Anyhow, I'm sure I'll get it together soon and
do a substantial, meaty write-up. I also did a bunch of work on Bite-Size
in my hotel room so we should look forward to a steady stream of updates
over the next few weeks.
February 8, 2014 - Paris: Digital Glory
As it so happens, the printed version of Paris has temporarily sold out - though I spent all morning at the grindstone putting a nice little PDF together for people to enjoy while more books are ordered. (Although I'm thinking of printing a new, smaller edition.) The digital edition should work on most eBook readers/tablets and is a faithful recreation of the original, including all the goodies in the back. For the time being, I'm going to upload it on the basis of the Honor System. I would ask that if you'd like to download a copy, please donate $5 (using the button to the left or in the store). This is all very experimental and new, but I've been interested between eBooks and their relationship to comics for a while. You can find a link to the PDF at the story's main page or via the store.
I have no idea if this'll work or not, but I'll be interested in the results. If all goes well, I might do this with all my books from now on, maybe even design projects specifically for eBook readers. If the PDF turns out to have too many downloads and people aren't honoring the honor system, I suppose I could put a password on it or something and e-mail codes out.
I'm betting that my readers are a classy
bunch, though, so I'm going to leave the plate of cookies open next to the
tip jar while I head out of town for a little while.
February 7, 2014 - Paris: Soon Available in Digital Pixeltrons (Maybe)
It was suggested that I offer a digital version of Paris, which is a fine idea. I'll look into it this weekend and see if it would be viable to upload it a
s a PDF. At the moment, I'm considering one of those "pay what you want" / honor system type of models - assuming everyone is willing to be honest. (While certain digital comic services have been named, I find a 50/50 profit split completely unacceptable.) I understand PDF's can have password protection and maybe I'll use that if the honor system gets totally abused. We shall see.
Anyhow, if anyone out there wants to read the
book I'm grateful for your interest! Please hang tight as I play with this
puzzle, and I'll update as soon as I have it figured out - ideally
tomorrow, definitely before Tuesday. If there are any comments, questions,
suggestions, etc., feel free to get in touch. I'd love to get my work into
as many hands as possible; I'd also like to draw comics full-time, too, so
we'll have to find a way to make this work. =P
February 5, 2014 - I'm a'Going to Japaaaan
Not sure how to best deliver the good news (I'm exhausted from shoveling snow this afternoon and I've been writing/revising this post for almost two hours.) I'll just spread it out: That comic I drew, Paris, has won a Silver Prize in the 7th International Manga Awards. Here is a link to the announcement. The ceremony itself will take place on February 14 in Tokyo. It seems I'll be the first solo American creator to win the honor, which is super cool. (Joe Kelly won Gold as the writer of "I Kill Giants" a couple of years ago.)
Aussie creator Madeline Rosca wrote a nice set of articles on her experience back in 2007, having won Silver in the 1st International Manga Awards. I think it'll be fun to do something similar. (Her and the other winners even met one of my heroes, Takehiko Inoue. After reading that, my heart jumped out of my chest and I did an Antonio Banderas on their behalf.) What will happen? Who could we meet? What shenanigans will I get into? I'll be certain to document as much as possible: Sketches, photos, write-ups, the works.
Some of my personal goals for the trip:
1. Keep it real.
January 26, 2014 - Howling Protest
What? News? I'm still tinkering with RPG Maker and daresay I might put something kinda nice together at some point. (As for distributing it, I have no idea.) It's a ton of work, but also super fun as I have a deep love for the genre. If nothing else, it might be a nice little novelty. (I could also tell more story in a video game than in a comic, which is kinda depressing if I think about it too much.)
Meanwhile, the script for "Cloud World" has passed its final stretch. All I have to do is wrap it up and do a few revisions, then... production? Do I dare attempt this potentially Sisyphean task? Do I put the script among the others on The Shelf of Darkness? I don't know about that, either. At this point I have hundreds of pages written for several "graphic novels" which may never see the light of day. >_<
Also, maybe, conventions?
Fer heaven's sakes, I'll do something concrete
one of these days. The last major comic I drew was three years ago!
like a million years ago.
January 8, 2014 - Whup
Seems there's also been a "delay" regarding
that special event this month, so um. Guess that'll happen when it
happens. Still looking forward to it (and sharing it).
December 21, 2013 - Hay Hay Holiday
I confess I'm embarrassed to leave the "George Drive" thing over there, empty - but I've always considered it a point of integrity to be honest about how I run things here. If any of you are aspiring artists, for example, I don't want to give you illusions about being an independent creator. It's difficult to the point of soul-crushing and the rewards are miniscule. But we do it anyway. (That's how you can recognize a true believer.)
On a happier/related note, next month looks like it's going to be a big deal for me. I can't be specific about details yet, but one of my comics has been given a certain honor and it would be my pleasure to do a write-up about the experience. Until then, it's business as usual. I'll have more time on my hands to draw Bite-Size over winter break, so we press ever-onward towards publishing volume 2.
Those of you who may
be in the Chicago area, I'm also planning to grab half an Artist's Alley
table at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (aka "C2E2") in late April.
I'm not a seasoned con exhibitor but it should prove to be an interesting
weekend. It would be fun to meet some readers, so feel free to stop by if
you plan on going.
December 12, 2013 - Winter Fun
I bought a version of "RPG Maker" a while ago and felt inclined to explore it tonight, in a big way. (I was watching some video about retro gaming or something? I can't remember what sparked it.) Anyhow, since I've always wanted to make video games, I figured this would be an ideal opportunity. Having played around with the software for a while, I feel like something good can come from it. I'm no programmer, but who knows?
If nothing else it'd be something fun to do over winter break. After some hardcore programming (pressing buttons and creating a world of nightmares) I decided to relax with some pixel art. Very refreshing! My dream is to create a whole game with 100% original art and a fun story. Maybe this is something that could be shared? We shall see.
Oh and hey yeah by the way the
donation drive is still on. XD
December 5, 2013 - George Drive 2014
It's that time again! o_o
Every December for the past few years, I've reached out to all of you for totally optional (but totally appreciated) help with keeping this website up and running. All the content here is free, but of course there are a bunch of expenses involved for hosting, art materials, etc. I don't believe in being "fluffy" or "hamming it up" to make it sound like a desperate life or death situation - it certainly isn't. That said, though, every dollar does count and it would be a huge boon to have support this upcoming year.
I've organized the drive into a "Level" system, depending on how much we can raise. Level 1 is for baseline expenses (see the bar on the left). Level 2 would be toward the initial print run of the upcoming Bite-Size volume 2 which, barring some freak accident, will certainly be released in 2014. (There is a Level 3, but it would be shooting for the moon. Hint: It involves my white whale - that of quitting my job and drawing comics full time.) One thing at a time...
We're also doing something different this year: A "reward" system. I've compiled a small list below.
I'm open to other ideas for rewards, so feel free to shoot me an e-mail with any suggestions.
Alternatively, if you would rather buy or commission something from the store, please do so. As mentioned before, I have a no-guilt policy with George Drive and the content here. Free means free! If you aren't able to help financially, you can still help by telling your friends about this site! I've always believed word of mouth is the worthiest form of advertisement. Feel free to link to pages, post a few favorite comics on forums, whatever works. Even clicking on the FB or Twitter links above and Subscribing/Liking would, as they say, "help me out." (At least in theory.)
Welp... that should do it for
now. Stay tuned for updates!
November 29, 2013 - Summon!
It's been a while since I've done a "One-Shot" comic. (Although I might count Action Games vs. Dark Souls among these as well.) Here, we examine the secret truths behind the practice of summoning. Next time you're out on an adventure, it would be wise to consider where that power is coming from - and indeed, at what price:
In unrelated news, as we're wrapping up 2013
that also means my hosts have sent me the ol' bill for next year. That
being the case I'll be continuing my annual tradition of "George Drive" in
which I basically ask for help with keeping this website and its content
going. If any of you would like to participate, I'll have more details on
November 26, 2013 - More... Always More
Uploading a new set of characters. I wish I had time to sit down and write out their descriptions. =\
October 18, 2013 - Spooooky Adventures
Today we're adding another set of tabletop characters: Players, NPC's, and enemies. I like drawing them in "squads", so they could theoretically form balanced teams. (Plus they look cool when I pose them together on top of my TV.) We've got a jack-of-all-trades Hero with support capabilities, two semi-magic users - one offense and one defense - and one front-liner. As for the enemies, well... Halloween is coming up I guess, so I was in the mood to draw enemies which would add some flavor to the season.
October 16, 2013 - Minor Store Update
I've added a table for
commissioning digital portraits in the
Store. (Though certainly not limited to digital.) Perhaps you'd like a
personalized drawing of yourself for your Facebook profile, or Twitter, or
for forums, or your iPhone background (or whatever). I can provide that.
=) Examples can be found in the gallery