“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Rick Remender is a vicious taskmaster. Blame him for the lack of updates. I believe his exact words were, "Hunker down, finish my books or I swear, I'll kill you dead!"

Heh. I'm joking, of course. Rick has been more than supportive of me and my work, and he's been a great collaborator through this entire process. It's just that when I'm trying to do a monthly book, it's all I can do to stay on task (don't let anyone kid you folks: a page a day ain't no joke), maintain some semblance of a social life, and still manage to watch a little NFL football. So, no extra time to do 90 minute stuff, or commission stuff or freelance stuff. Just.... no STUFF. But I thought considering my updates and input these days are shaping up to be around once a month, I might as well give it a little color. Yeah, it's all work related material, but at least you know I'm not slacking off playing MGS4. Which I'm not. I swear. I'm playing Metal Gear Portable Ops. Completely different.

Anyhoo... TEL#4 came out a few weeks back. My part (about 8 pages, I think) printed dark. It's just part of the growing pains of learning screen resolution vs. print resolution. It was my first time having to deal with art from start to finish and color calibration is a foreign thing to me.

TEL#5 should be out soon, but if you were to ask me for an exact date my answer would be, "Um... I dunno. Go look it up on the internets." Here are the first two pages, all color corrected for print with Rick's help and insight. Thanks, man.

TEL#6 is well on its way to being finished. Naomi Baker has moved on to other projects, so Matt Wilson is coming in to pull my fat out of the proverbial fryer. Thanks, Matt - great looking stuff thus far.

Last but not least, I'm reading comic books, again! Sweet! I went to the local place in Long Beach and just randomly picked out stuff that I think I'd enjoy and here's what I liked: UNCANNY X-MEN by Fraction, Brubaker and Land. The stuff starting with #500 is shaping up to be pretty cool. It's odd to think that after a long, LONG time away, an X-Men title is starting to interest me again. I'm excited! INVINCIBLE IRON MAN reads like a dream. Fraction (I think I'm going to end up giving this fellow all of my comic book reading money) and Larroca are kicking serious tail. Too bad the armor design still looks like a Pasadena Art Center/ Trans Dept. rookie graduate's wet dream (Toes? Really? They put toes on the armor?), but it's so much fun to read and look at that I'm gonna have to get over it. And finally the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN HC. Man, that's some cool sh*t that's happening in that AS:S (heh) series. It's so much FUN to read. Um... I got THOR (is it adjectiveless now? No 'Mighty' or 'Thunderous'?) by Straczynski and Copiel. Fun, fun, FUN! As an aside, I'm seriously jealous of Oliver's pared down style. So simple and succinct that I wish I could do it. The common factor for all the stuff I've gone through thus far is this: they're all fun to 'read' - in both story and storytelling. How awesome are those combos?!

Oh, I also went back and borrowed all the big cross-over books that's either coming out of or have come out of Marvel the past couple of years just so I can get caught up on what's hot on the Marvel Comics scene right now. There was SECRET INVASION, CIVIL WAR and... another one that I can't remember right now. AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED? Maybe.

So here's a question of the first two I mentioned above: The idea of Civil War is to pit Marvel's top-tier and some not-so-top-tier characters against each other, yeah? Then with Secret Invasion they... did it... uummm... again? I know they're Skrulls, but essentially that's what's happening, yeah?

That's a whole lotta Marvel this month so I'm gonna switch it up by reading a gluttonous amount of DC stuff next month. What's good on the DC Comics front? I didn't buy too much DC stuff last week, but I recognized that they just have numbers on their covers now. It's all 52 and Trinity #whatever and Countdown to something-rather, yeah? I have so much catching up to do.

There: an actual update. Hope that works for you Dwight and/or Swain. Now stop with the e-mails already. Haha! Talk to you all soon (maybe in another month) and have a great weekend.