10:31pm. He’s thirty-one
minutes late. Grundy was never good about keeping time, but he’s never left me to
wait this long. Something’s happened. The dishes clatter
in the back as broken Spanish curse noodle-fingers and aching backs. I finish
up the cold coffee and place a five on the counter. I smile at the waitress and
she nodded a wink. The February chill
cut me to the bone. It hadn’t snowed all season; the drought saw to that. I turned the
corner and slipped on wet cement, catching myself against the wall. Warm and sticky- with a heavy whiff of iron
and alcohol… I nearly heave at the sight of Grundy’s headless form prostrate
on the ground, arms and hands frozen defensively in front of him. Giant teeth marks
where his collarbone should have been said it all- the beast is awake, here,
and on the prowl.
--- Yep. I'm starting these up again. I find my best creative flow when I write. Let me know what you think!
I had met Todd McFarlane briefly at the 1994 San Diego Comic Con. "Met" probably isn't really the most accurate word- he signed my copy of Spawn #9 (first appearance of Angela). At the time, I was more interested in meeting Greg Capullo, who was Todd's first penciller other than himself who worked on Spawn.
I came across this interview of him on Youtube by Complex, and have realized a number of very strong points that are helping me bring my focus ever sharper. I am dropping my games for now- I need to focus on the sequentials, and I am going to concentrate on ONE property... and I know which one.
Things have been rocky this month- my father-in-law has passed away and that's been rough. We are laying him to rest next week. Some other family items have come up, but life happens while you make other plans. The trick is to stay on course, and this video helped solidify my goals.
It’s been an interesting few months since I’ve updated last. I have been working diligently in my sketchbook—which I will share with you right now (most of these lifted from my Instagram).
You can see I’ve been working hard at inking with traditional tools instead of the India Ink Pilot pens- which I love, but are inflexible when it comes to line thickness.
I’ve also been experimenting with style. Here are some cartoony ones that I had done a number of months ago, as well as an homage to G.I. JOE fan art. It is what it is… nothing is really refined. I also took some time to work on some pages from Brian K. Morris’ Masked Pilot story.
My largest project is an 88-page graphic novel. Accountability to myself is difficult; I have a wife and family, and a very demanding full-time job, and other responsibilities- I have precious little time to myself.
From time-to-time I get inquiries about working for a project. I’m humbled that people find my work valuable and appealing. However, wh…