JSB Versus The Great Lake State

Michigan...ites? Michiganers? Michiganians? Um...

PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN (that's the ticket), PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THINGS.

PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FROM MICHIGAN, GO TO MICHIGAN AND PREPARE FOR THE THINGS.

So the word "Michigan" has lost all meaning in my head now, but regardless I got a bunch of stuff going down, and it's all going down in Michigan. First off:

I will be at Grand Rapids Comic Con this weekend

This Friday I will be traveling with fellow Chicago comic goblin, band mate, and Overwatch team mate (we're like an obnoxiously cute couple at this point) Angel Onofre to Grand Rapids Comic Con. This is my first time doing GRCC, but I think this show's gonna be a little special for me. Not only is it probably my last convention of 2017, but it's also my first convention since my accident. My arms are still kinda just...wrong, but I'm jonesing to get back behind an artist alley table so I can officially say I'm back to my normal routine. So get your asses to Grand Rapids and treat yourself to a whole mess of spooky horror comics just in time for Halloween.

My art will be featured at the Damned Exhibition

Art galleries. They're like comic conventions, only with less people running around dressed as Deadpool. I made a piece that will be on display at Damned: An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness in Detroit. It looks like this:

 
"Burdened" 12x16 digital painting

"Burdened" 12x16 digital painting

 

Damned runs from October 26 till the 28th. So if you traveled to Michigan for Grand Rapids Comic Con, just plan on sticking around for an extra week.

Non-Michigan-specific news

The final chapter for N'Albany: The Silent Forest is up in the webcomics section. Go check it out along with the other comics I have up there. Then share the links with everyone you know. I've said this many times before, but I love doing these webcomics, so look forward to more of that - including more N'Albany stories - in the future.

Seriously though, keep sharing the links with your friends. That shit's awesome.

New comic - info coming soon

I'm working on a new print comic. It's not Nowhere #7. It's for a new series. I'm not quite ready to give the specifics quite yet, but I will soon. Stay tuned.

I painted a thing

"An Obligation" 9x12 digital painting

"An Obligation" 9x12 digital painting

This is one of those "trying to get an image out of my head" pieces. Just trying to capture a mood. I'm still debating whether or not I want to make prints available of this one. Hit me up if you're interested and I'll look into it.

Get your asses to Michigan. Can't wait to see you there.

The CREATURE that WOULDN'T DIE!!!

I'm back.

Hi.

Well, technically I've been back for a while, but I'm bad at communication. After my accident, I couldn't do much of anything, which included working on comics. Needless to say, I did not enjoy the hiatus. After recovery and a bunch of rehab to get my arms functioning again, I started drawing as soon as I was able to do so. So I went from not being able to draw to doing a deep dive to catch up on lost time. I kept thinking "I should make a blog post about my recovery", to which I'd reply, "I could do that OR I could spend that time working on my shit".

So not only am I back, but I've been back for a bit now, and I've been busy. So busy that y'all are getting a new free comic this week.

Albany DATE.jpg

N'Albany: The Silent Forest is the second story in this weird little town I've created. While it's not necessarily a sequel the the first story (The Garrets), there is still some connection, so if you haven't read the first N'Albany comic you should check it out. As usual, these comics are available to read absolutely free on my site.

I'll be posting the first part of this new story this Wednesday, the 30th. Follow me on my various social media things (links at the bottom) for live updates when they're up.

On top of the new comic, I've also got a convention coming up in October and I'm working on a piece for a gallery, but the details are still cooking on those. I'll post more info when it's available.

If there's any kind of lesson to be learned from the past few months, it's this: Don't break your arms kids. I know it sounds cool and sexy, but it's really no fun at all.

-jsb

unforeseen circumstances

this is gonna be short and annoying to read, apologies. typing is hard. 

almost two weeks ago, i was biking home from my day job when a lady cut me off causing me to fall off my bike. i bashed my head and landed weird on my arms. i initially refused medical treatment cause my brain was scrambled and i wasn't thinking right and wound up getting a ride home from the police. nicole eventually convinced me to go to the ER 'cause we thought i might be concussed. turns out my head was fine but i managed to break both my wrists, both my elbows, and my left shoulder. 

when the nurse at the ER first told me i broke all of my shit i just started laughing. hysterically. once i was able to compose myself, i had to explain to her that i'm an illustrator and a bassist with two broken arms. 

needless to say, this sucks. i can't do most of the creative things that basically define who i am as a person for at least a few more weeks. the pain is annoying but the hardest part of this whole recovery process is figuring out what to do with myself. i normally start the day with a goal, usually "i'm gonna finish inking the next page of whatever book I'm working on." and that becomes my focus for the day. but i can't do shit now, so i don't really know what to do every day.

anyway, I'm rambling. the point of all this is I'm on hiatus against my will for the next few weeks. also i won't be able to attend Heroes Con in NC this weekend, but most of my crews gonna be there so you should still go. 

typing hurts. gonna cut this short. be back soon. 
-jsb

I am going insane.

DISCLAIMER: I feel like this post isn't going to make much sense. If you find yourself getting confused, re-read the title and bear with me.

I feel like I'm stuck in some kind of artist-block. I also feel it's unintentionally self-imposed. I also feel like I'm about to contradict that in this post. Yeah, that disclaimer wasn't fucking around.

I feel like I need to up my print game. At conventions, my (and most other comic goblins) work comes in two categories: books and prints. Now there are some people only do prints, some who only do books, and some like me who do both; although I lean heavily towards books. And I'm generally happy with my book-favoring slant; I consider myself a writer first, an illustrator second. That being said, I feel like I'm well past due to update my print catalog.

Some people do stand-alone prints, but I prefer to do prints as a series (The Bishops, The Orphans, etc.). There isn't a right or wrong approach in that regard, my brain just seems to favor the series route. The last print series I did was The Bishops. Since then I've done a whole ton of books, both for print and web, hence the "it's time for some new prints" mindset I'm in.

It's probably illogical, but I have several book ideas lined up and at least one script written, laid out, and ready to illustrate; but I won't let myself work on another book until I get a print set done. So it's like I'm holding myself hostage, but I feel if I don't do this, I'll just keep putting it off. "I'll do it after this book. After this webcomic. After this book." etc.

Problem is, I have no idea what to do for the next print set and it's absolutely infuriating. I know I DON'T want to do fan art of other people's characters or property. A lot of illustrators do it and there's nothing wrong with it, but if I'm doing a print set, I want it to be something that is exclusively ME, if that makes sense. I also know it's gonna be horror, 'cause that's my thing, but the type of horror I'm interested in can't be easily expressed with a bad-ass monster.

So...new print series. Horror/dark/spooky stuff. No pre-existing stuff. No monsters or cliches. Something unique that sets a specific tone. Those are my parameters and I have no idea how to fulfill them yet. I've explored some threads and even made some stuff. Here's an example:

This was the first piece in a series I was cooking up called The Harbingers. I actually did a couple of these, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was forcing something that wasn't there. So I scrapped it.

Speaking of forcing ideas, there's another concept I'm struggling with. My previous print sets came very naturally, I came up with an idea for an image and a series just organically built off of it. I couldn't tell you where the ideas came from - I didn't sit down and go "I'm going to do a print set" - they just...came to me.

So not only do I not know what to do, I'm also having a constant argument in my head:
-Jamie, you need to relax. All your other ideas came to you naturally, you can't force inspiration.
-Jamie, fuck that. If you sit around waiting for something to happen naturally, nothing's going to happen. Think straight. Get to work.

I just looked back at all this text and it's possible I'm overthinking this. To sum it up: I'm in a hole. It sucks. It's a shitty, terrible hole to be in. However, I know I will get out. I'm just not out yet.

Contradictions! (fuck this post is falling apart)

So I just wrote waaaay too much about how I don't know what to draw. Now, check out some awesome stuff that I've been able to draw:

Damn, I'm finding I really like doing commissions. I think it's because I can shut the writer part of my brain off and focus on making a cool image. Oh, and I totally did a NES variant of the Jason Voorhees commission 'cause I'm a huge nerd:

SHAMELESS ADVERT INCOMING: If you want in on this, I've still got a few spots open. Jump on over here to commission your own art thing. (Making money's nice, but honestly, I just really like making these for people.)

I feel like there's more to cover in this post, but like the title says, things are kinda terrible right now. They'll get better, I know that. But for now...just terrible.

-jsb

Sneaky lil bastard

Get out your catching...gloves? mitts? nets? I don't think this analogy is working. The point is, I've got a lot of info to throw at you, so...prepare for that in some sort of way?

Fuck that fell apart quick.

N'Albany is done.

Yesterday, I released chapter 10, the final chapter of N'Albany. If you haven't already read it, you can read it right here for free. So do that and share it with the other humans you know.

This was a real fun project to work on. It was similar to how I usually make comics, but just different enough (the half-page size, greyscale, releasing in weekly installments) to keep me on my toes. Plus I feel I've created a town ripe with stories, so expect more N'Albany stories in the future. Actually I've already got the next script written. But for now that project is done, so I've gotta focus on what's next.

Nowhere #6 is in the works.

Nowhere's turning out to be a multi-part story. Already the longest comic I've ever made. Issue 6 is going to close out part one. Here's the cover:

 
 

Now that N'Albany's done, it's time for me to knuckle-down and start working on this one...

I lied, Nowhere #6 is done.

What what what!? While I was working on and releasing N'Albany over the past 10 weeks, I've also been working on Nowhere #6, so yeah. It's done. I just have to send it to the printer for a proof copy and...

I already did that.

Holy shit, I'm getting waaay ahead of myself here. Just got this in the mail this week. I have to make a few tweaks here and there, fix a typo, and send it off to the printer for stock. My goal is to have it in time for my next convention, but I can't absolutely guarantee that. I'll post updates as I get them.

I'm trying to figure out what to do next. I want to do another print set, but working on a print and web comic simultaneously kinda broke my brain. So I'm gonna take a few days and gather my thoughts, have a snack, then come out swinging. Until then:

I will be at Indiana Comic Con.

In something like two weeks, me and my fellow comic goblins will all load into the Debauchery Wagon and head off to Indiana (home to more wasp-related deaths than any other state in this great nation) for Indiana Comic Con. I did my first Indiana Comic Con last year, and the ruckus was BROUGHT, so I'm really excited to be coming back this year. See you there.

Commissions are back.

I can't remember if I mentioned it in my last post and I'm not about to go and check, so whatever. Commissions are back in a limited capacity, so if you've been wanting me to make a print specifically for you, click this link all quick-like and get yourself a commission. Spots are limited, so don't sleep on it.

I think that's everything. Gonna crash now. See you at Indy.
-jsb