Submitted by Faith on July 1, 2009 - 13:36
Just came back from watching some Canada Day celebrations, and doing a little celebrating of my own. Four years ago exactly I packed everything in a U-Haul and moved to Halifax. Still here, still want to be here. It's nice.
Submitted by Faith on June 21, 2009 - 16:40
Ice is updated with five new pages in which Hunter wakes up someplace strange and Sex Pistol lyrics cameo. Five new pages seem like a lot, but I haven't had time to work on the comic since, oh, April. So yeah, enjoy. I've pencilled out a handful more pages, and I'd really like to try and get as many done as possible before plunging back into fulltime deadtree comic making, but we'll see ... But I hope you like the pages that I've done. I always love comments, y'know... :D
Submitted by Faith on June 16, 2009 - 14:58
I finished drawing The Fielding Course last Friday, and handed it in to First Second on Monday. Yay! Now I'm taking a week off to catch up on all the sleep I missed before diving back into revisions and other comic-related stuff. So with TFC done, that makes three graphic novels I've drawn in three years, in increasingly smaller time frames and fewer distractions from a day job. When I was working on Zombies Calling (2007), I drew 100 pages in nine months, while working a (more than) fulltime job in animation.
Submitted by Faith on June 3, 2009 - 19:34
First Second told me it was okay for me to post a few panels from the book I'm drawing (The Fielding Course, written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), to show the world what has been occupying my time since January ... and by "occupying" I mean, I went outdoors today and screamed "what the hell is that???" at the ball of fire in the sky. Oh right, it's called the sun.
Anyway. I'm EIGHT PAGES from the end of this book, which'll be somewhere around 150 pages when complete. It's been a really different experience drawing someone else's script rather than my own, and I found it really challenging psychologically. It was difficult to trust my art skills completely throughout this thing, mostly because I've never had to before. I've always relied on some other cleverness to distract readers from what I think is the weakest point of my comic-making: my artwork.
Submitted by Faith on May 24, 2009 - 12:14
I was thinking recently about that panel I was on at TCAF, which was about cartoonists who worked in both animation and comics. One of the questions that came up was how did animation/work/training in animation help your comic book work. Most of us said something like how animation trained you to do strong posing, but more natural posing than was typical of ... well, not to pick on superhero comics, but sometimes I don't quite know why so many characters in that genre have conversations with their chests thrust out at unnatural angles.
Submitted by Faith on May 13, 2009 - 18:18
So last weekend was the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and I was there. I tend to make myself pretty sick at conventions, either through not eating or not sleeping or whatever, so I was all impressed with myself that I managed to make it through this convention realitively unscathed ... until I had an allergic reaction to something on Sunday morning, and by late Monday my left eye had swelled up to enormous proportions. GROSS! Wanna see? Fortunately some drugs have helped things, but I've never had that happen before, so it was freaky.
Submitted by Faith on May 5, 2009 - 16:15
Just a note to say that if you didn't already know, I'll have half a table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend (May 9-10), so if you're in the Toronto area that time, come by and see the show. It's free, which is incredible for the kind of cartoonists you'll find there, so you don't have any excuse not to come!
Submitted by Faith on May 3, 2009 - 16:49
I had an amazing time at Strange Adventures' annual Free Comic Book Day. Cal (the owner of the store) and his crew have been doing it for nigh-on eight years, and every year it seems to get a little bigger and a little better. There're even more plans for next year, involving diagrams and world domination and such. Shh, you didn't hear it from me. I was on hand with a bunch of other artist folk, to do drawings for kids and sign books and just be a part of trying to spread the word about the fantastic art form known as comics.
Submitted by Faith on April 26, 2009 - 15:42
Hey, you know what next Saturday is? It's Free Comic Book Day! You don't know what Free Comic Book Day is? Why, it's the most wonderful day of all! It's a day when across the world the comic book community, in the form of artists, comic book stores and small groups of fairies and/or elves join forces to give free comic books to people who might not normally read them!
Submitted by Faith on April 7, 2009 - 11:53
Sometimes drawing comics is hilarious. Here I am crammed in my room (normally I draw in the living room, but I like to listen to things while I work, and don't have a laptop, so if I'm out of DVDs to work to, I have to be within earshot of my desktop computer), balancing a plate of spaghetti on my knees and trying to calculate how much caffeine I can consume before it'll affect my ability to sleep. My cat is also sneakily dipping her paws in my margarine cup of inking water, which she always does when my back is turned. And then she likes to throw up. It's awesome.