Friday, July 31, 2009

Lightning Roy Cleveland Sullivan Preview

As I've had to spend most of my time either a) drawing storyboards or b)writing manuscripts, so my itch to draw "new" comics is driving me bonkers. So I've decided since I haven't the time to write/draw three graphic novels at once(I'm writing two- well one manuscript is finished and at the publishers- made it to the final editor... pray for me!) I'm trying to put together a collection of short comics by next Stumptown. That collection will focused an all time favorite of mine- non-fiction comics. These are the first two pages of one of the longer stories in that collection, the truly strange and sad story of Roy Cleveland Sullivan.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

John Brown revisited

A couple of years ago I started a comic series based on the life of the pre-American Civil War Abolitionist John Brown. I finished the first chapter and put it together as a comic book so I could see if anyone was interested in publishing it. Well, I had a very good response from everyone I showed it to and the it literally was the source that lead me to writing and drawing "Gettysburg, the Graphic Novel". After Gettysburg I had intended in returning to it and completing another chapter-but- always a but, John Brown was a controversial figure, which some consider a hero and others a terrorist. In other words it is a hard sell, especially for an unknown artist to boot. So I wrote some other things- (which so far so good! keep your fingers crossed for me!) Currently I'm writing a graphic novel on Harriet Tubman- She and Brown were friends and fellow militiant abolitionists. John Brown was an important figure in Tubman's life and she equally in his- He referred to her as "General Tubman". In "Gettysburg" the townsfolk solemnly sing "John Brown's Body" outside of Lincoln's window the night before the address. Brown will be featured in my Tubamn book- eventually he'll appear in enough of my works to warrant his own graphic novel. Until then I'll just keep doing books that feature him. Since I've been writing so much it's been nice to revisit these old pages and massage the art work a bit and sharpen the script- and add some pages here and there. Presented here are the first three pages in which I've added grey tones to. Obviously these pages are not "action-packed" in fact they are a slow opening- I'll add more as I finish them.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

American Bob in French Sci-fi

This is my homage to great Moebius. I had drawn the original my sketchbook and it's gone through many subtle versions before it arrived at it's current state.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The work of David Mazzucchelli

Tonight I attended a discussion/talk of with comic creator David Mazzucchelli at MoCCA conducted by by Dan Nadel of Picturebox. It's no secret to anyone that I'm a huge fan of Mazzucchelli's work from his early superhero stuff to his most recent book, the incredible- jaw-dropping Asterios Polyp (I cannot recommend strongly enough getting this book). So much was I an enthusiast of his work that I was exceptionally lucky when he agreed to be my graduate thesis advisor at SVA. I was pretty lost in grad school- I had been a professional illustrator for years but really wanted to draw comics but I wasn't sure exactly how to do that (it's the reason I was there). David patiently and expertly guided me as I terribly stumbled both in style and storytelling. I still have much to learn about creating comics- but the the foundations He taught me have made all the difference.

I love creating comics- David has been a direct and important influence on my work.

If you're in New York- or near check out his his show at MOCCA!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I'll be attending- though not exhibiting this Saturday at the ASIAN AMERICAN COMICON. I'll be there with my pals and long time Rabid Rabbit collaborators Anuj Shrestha and S.Y.Choi. This is the first "asian" comic fest at least in NYC so I'm curious to say the least- I wonder if my Korean half is more so than my American half- I guess we'll see! There are very limited tickets so if you haven't purchased one yet better hop on it! The comics are from the "the Future of Rabid Rabbit" our sixth issue.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Teaching Nonfiction Graphic Novels- Gettysburg

Gettysburg the Graphic Novel was recently used by Dr. Katie Monnin of the University of North Florida in this article and will be featured in this book "Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom from Maupin House". Dr. Monnin has done some exceptional work on the methods and practical curriculum of reading and teaching Graphic Novels. So, don't take it from me- check out the article and buy the book when it comes out!