new version of “Lounger”

lounger page 3

After saying that I was not going to go through with this story, I’ve been working on it. I thumbnailed the thing and started pages to see how it looked. I’m still kind of discovering the story and trying to find the right mood in it, a contrast between the dialogue and the environment. I also am playing with color, …

Arsène Schrauwen cover

Arsène Schrauwen

Arsène Schrauwen Olivier Schrauwen Arsène Schrauwen reminds me a bit of the work of Ben Katchor, with his blocky businessmen engaged in endeavors that seem just outside the real. The book also reminds me of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, in the sense that expectation is often thwarted and any sense of narrative tension is drained by the inanity and passivity …

Carnivale: a Kit Kaleidoscope story

Now the second edition of Carnivale is not only available in print, but also in pdf format. You can get either version through Gumroad. The print edition is nice (and I prefer print personally), but the pdf is cheaper. $9.99 versus $19.95. Now that Gumroad allows selling physical products, I’m doing everything through it to simplify things. I’ve added the …

square panel

Panels: shape, context, and content

Does the shape of a panel carry inherent meaning? A square panel seems to imply stability. Its four equal sides create a sense equilibrium. Rectangular panels imply movement, horizontal for wide panels, vertical for tall panels. From fine art we also learn that these shapes can infer content. Wide frames are for landscapes, tall are for portraits. Circular panels create …

Hannah Miodrag Comics and Language

Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form by Hannah Miodrag

The subtitle of this book is more accurate than it’s main title; Miodrag examines what she sees as common assumptions and mistakes that comics critics make. She points to lack of precision, sloppy reasoning, and confirmation bias. While at times the arguments are a bit belabored and redundant, her book is a needed amendment to the patterns of a lot …

scanning image

my current scanning process

It’s one thing to draw in pen-and-ink, but quite another to reproduce it. Back when I was photocopying everything, I had little control over what I got. I would go to the copy place, try a sample on each available machine, and then use the best one. But that was a long time ago. Since then, it’s all been about …