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Joe’s dead, baby. Joe’s dead.
Just the first of many reminders, but I’ll be up at the Emerald City Comic Con this weekend, somewhere in the J tables of Artist’s Alley. Looking forward to the show, may even get a chance to see some of it, as I’ll have tablemates to help watch things if I want to stretch my legs. The guys from BRAINS, Anthony Leano and Paul Allen, will be splitting the table with me, so you can wet your horror whistle in more ways than one. Should be a good show.
Hey, anyone know a good Mediterranean/Persian restaurant in Seattle? I could do with some koubideh. Or maybe a nice shawerma.
Back on Wednesday.
Uh-oh. That can’t be the way they planned all that.
See you all next week.
Back on track to two pages a week.
Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ll cut my pinky off or something…
Well, looks like someone has a bunch of new best friends.
Let’s see how that works out on Wednesday.
Back on track. Kinda.
Looks like someone wants to make a couple of real good friends. This oughta end well.
Back next week.
Ridiculously talented cartoonist Dan Hipp — he of The Amazing Joy Buzzards, Gyakushu! and Ben 10: Alien Force fame — has posted a couple of pages from a spaghetti Western comic (with “monsters and stuff”!) that I dearly hope will see the light of day sometime in the not-too-distant future.
“It’s not something I’m actively working on, as there isn’t much of a climate for westerns in comics these days,” Hipp writes. “Yeah, I know there are some good ones out there, and I love them, but getting a publisher to want to pay you for one is a different thing all together.”
If I say nothing, then people won’t notice. So I’m saying nothing.
Back next week!
No comments, no bon mots. Just me frantically trying to keep up. See you on Wednesday.
Kids before cowboys and vampires…or something like that. Apologies for the delay.
Back on Monday. If I make it that long.
Looks like 113 was pretty unlucky for the Engineer.
And might not be so healthy for Joachim, either.
Big things afoot at Strangeways central, some of them even involving cowboys and vampires. Some involving a bunch of stuff that’ll get me shot if I talk about, so there’s just stuff and we’ll leave it at that.
See you back here Wednesday for more cryptic proclamations. And vampires.
And for those of you who are concerned about the ethical treatment of comic book creators, please note that the artists are the first people to get paid on any of my projects. The writer and letterer? Well…eventually.
Wish I could afford a real letterer…
Back next week with what’s likely to be a big KABOOM.
Josh Alves’s all-ages comic Araknid Kid, started out on Zuda, built a following, and then, when it didn’t win, moved over to Sugary Serials, to complete the story. Araknid Kid is a cheery little comic about a superhero with spider-like powers—he walks on the ceiling and shoots webs out of guns—but it is set in the Old West and bears absolutely no resemblance to that other comic about a guy with spider powers. Araknid Kid is definitely a kids’ comic (the main character speaks in rebuses and someone gets punched out by a boxing glove on a spring), but the goofy humor and splashes of wit make it a good read for adults as well.
After wrapping up Araknid Kid, Alves launched a new comic, Heropotamus, last Christmas. When I saw that go up, I decided it would be interesting to talk to Alves about his work and the challenges of all-ages webcomics in general.
Week three of rain here at Strangeways Central. I’m beginning to tire of it. I know, folks from Portland and Seattle are mocking my weakness right now.
Anyways, here’s today’s page.
Another page going up Wednesday, assuming my house hasn’t floated away by then. Living at the bottom of a big hill in rainy season ain’t no fun.
Stay tuned for information about an upcoming STRANGEWAYS-related appearance. Or just read the page. Up to you.
Looks like someone went and rung the dinner bell, it does.
Okay, this Saturday, the 23rd, I’ll be appearing at the Grand Re-Opening of Bizarro World comics in Davis, CA. I’ll be signing books, and will have preview books for THE THIRSTY (which contain all of Chapter 1, some art pages from the upcoming “Red Hands” and MURDER MOON art as well) and trying to bedazzle anyone who’ll give me ten seconds to do so. Oh, and world famous Five Minute Stories, too. Here’s the info:
223 E St.
Davis CA 95616
Looks like things kick off at about 6:30. Plenty of time to drive in from out of town and enjoy the lovely weather we have in the Sacramento/Davis area this time of year.
That’s a joke, kids. It’s been 40 degrees and raining since Saturday, with no sign of abating. Hopefully it’ll cheer up by then.
See y’all next week.
Feels kinda out of place to be running such frivolity on MLK Day, but there you have it.
So, I guess they better get to that shed, huh? Wonder what’s in there. Maybe we get to find out on Wednesday.