kaiju big battel

A Bright and Terrible Tomorrow

Finished another semester of school. It was more involved than before, so I've been pretty busy. Here's some assignment pieces:


ASSIGNMENT: Do an editorial piece. I picked some random @FloridaMan tweets.


ASSIGNMENT: Illustrate a song. I tried to run Lana Del Rey's Kill Kill through the Cannibal Corpse filter.


 ASSIGNMENT: Research and illustrate a food. I picked ghost peppers.

I also did some comic work for the class, but I can't show that off yet because reasons.

So that was this semester. It's over now, so I've got about a month to work on my shit uninterrupted until it starts back up next semester. Enough about that. Here's some news:

I will be at C2E2 2015

YEAR FOUR BABY! Here's a poster:


I just got the email yesterday. I've probably said it before, but I cannot stress how much I love C2E2. Every year somehow manages to top the last. For this show I suspect I'll be driven into a savage murderous frenzy, tearing limbs indiscriminately from the torsos of passersby, eyes bloody and glazed, mouth frothing with pure unfiltered joy...

This show makes me happy, and I go on psychotic murder fits when I get too happy is what I'm trying to say here. I won't get the map or my table number for a while, but I'll post it when I get it.

Progress Report

Nowhere #1 has been done for a while, it just hasn't debuted at a show yet because of unfortunate printer timing. But it will be at my next appearance (DanCon 2015). I've only got a few more pages left to draw for Nowhere #2. (I should be done with it already but blah blah school excuses blah blah). I hate absolutes, but I'm pretty sure it'll be done by then as well. So that's something, yeah? Next time I wander out into public I'll have at least two new books available. I may have a third, not-Nowhere book as well, but I can't talk about that yet.

Danger happened

Remember that poster I did for the Nakama Toys / Kaiju Big Battel show a while back? Well, they filmed that show and, using forbidden arcane technology, put it on a DVD! And what's on the cover of that DVD? My poster art!

Photo by Nakama Toys.

I remember when I was a kid and adults would ask what I wanted to do with my life. I'd always respond, "I want to do the cover art for a Kaiju Big Battel DVD." and the adults would freak out and call me a vessel of Satan because it was the '80's and neither Kaiju Big Battel nor DVDs had been invented yet. So I can cross off one more thing from my childhood dream list:

beat Ninja Gaiden for the NES
do a KBB DVD cover
touch a boobie
become Egon from Ghostbusters

You can get the poster here. 

You can get the DVD here.

I think that's everything for now.
-jsb

Rumors of My Demise Have Been Very Fucking Accurate

One of the weird balances I'm constantly fighting to maintain falls between doing shit and writing about the shit I'm doing. Often I find myself without time to write about the shit I'm doing because I've been busy doing so much shit. The point I'm trying to make here is: shit.

Nakama Toys successfully brought Kaiju Big Battel to Chicago and now we're dead. I'm not part of Nakama Toys in any official capacity; I'm more of a third-party, a friend of the crew. My job description mostly involves asking Bryan, "What do you need me to do?" and then doing that. That may involve taking tickets and sweeping up, it may involve designing the poster for the event, or it may involve partying as hard as one can while wearing a giant squid monster costume that affords zero visibility. What I'm trying to say is it was an honor to be involved.

Here's a photo (credit: Trish Feldkamp). If you want to see more, our homegirl and secret assassin J-Net Castro has been uploading videos of the show to the Nakama Toys Facebook page. Check 'em out.

Oh yeah, when he's not running Nakama Toys, Bryan moonlights as a giant monster referee.


In non-Kaiju-related Nakama news, the Nakama Toys crew have officially found a physical storefront location and are currently prepping for the grand opening. I'm helping with some basic construction, (flooring, painting, etc.), designing the signage, and drinking hard liquor. The goal is to be fully operational by mid-July-ish and then you can bring your (actual) ass to an (actual) store and get (figuratively) punched in your (actual) face by a (figurative) fist of pure awesome. And then you can buy some toys.

Elsewhere...

SpringCon was great. I'm normally used to doing much larger shows, so to be able to do something a bit more intimate and chill was a nice change of pace. Plus they gave us free food and I got to spend two 6-hour drives bullshitting with Jon Lennon about indie comics.

My next show is Wizard World Chicago in August, which just happens to be my birthday. Here's a poster:


Truth be told, I was unsure about doing Wizard again this year. Last year's show wasn't exactly run well and all the artists suffered for it. Since then, every time I've met up with anyone from the indie comic crew there's been a lot of, "Soooo are we really gonna do this again?" We've all decided to give it another shot and hope some changes have taken place on the convention's end. This year, I'll be sharing a table with my boy Angel Onofre; so on top of coming by and checking out our collective works, you can also watch in silent horror as Angel and I - over the course of the weekend - slowly merge into a single, terrible life form.

I'll let you decide who's who in this analogy.

I should have a few other shows coming up as well, but nothing's official. Stay tuned.

IT LOOKS BACK is done. The first print run of the final issue is in the mail and now I'm working on a new book. The script is done and I've got a couple of pages drawn, but I'm not ready to make an official announcement yet. I don't know why, but I don't like to announce books until I have at least several pages and a cover complete, and I still haven't figured out the cover yet. Once that's done, I'll make a more formal post.

I'm trying something a little different visually in this book. While Wayward and IT LOOKS BACK was a lot of black on rust textures, I'm trying to do something a bit cleaner for this new book. It's still horror, but just a more colorful horror. But that's all I can say for now. Here's some pages:

-jsb

Crotchpocalypse

C2E2 is this weekend. Just a few days away. I'm stoked. You're all stoked. We're all so stoked that the word "stoked" has lost all meaning and doesn't really sound like a word anymore. What more can be said about C2E2 that I haven't already said on Facebook?

It's depressing how proud I am of this post.

I'll be there (artist alley table #D7). Nakama Toys will be there. Jon, Leo, Kyle, Donovan, Angel, and a whole bunch of other awesome people will be there. And a lot of us will probably be drunk.

Aside from my usual swill, you can pick up a copy of my newest release, IT LOOKS BACK #3 and check out my experimental short run of IT LOOKS BACK posters. I've had a lot of people say they wanted posters of the ILB covers, so I'm gonna try it out.

Speaking of posters, you can also get your hands on my Kaiju Big Battel poster I designed for Nakama Toys, but you can't get it at my booth. For that one, ya gotta swing by the Nakama Toys booth (in the Block #663) and get it there. While you're there, you should probably go ahead and pick up a ticket for Kaiju Big Battel: Triskaidekaphobia along with five of everything else they have for sale. After you've successfully procured a poster, bring it over to my table and I'll sign it. To summarize:

Go here:



Get this (and a ticket):

Bring it here:
And I'll write my name on it.

Elsewhere

IT LOOKS BACK is done. I just got the proof copy for issue 4:

Unfortunately, I have to make some minor edits to it, and there's no way I can get stock from the printer in time for C2E2. But I will be submitting it to Comixology soon and it should be ready in time for my next convention.

Finishing ILB had me stuck in the weirdest mindset for a while concerning C2E2. Because I wasn't actively drawing a book as the con started, I didn't feel like I should be there. That's right: even though I've got nine books and two runs under my belt, I felt like I was going to the show empty handed because I'm not drawing a book RIGHT NOW. Yes, I am aware that this is ridiculously stupid and highly illogical, but it was happening. I'm working on some new stuff now, so that illogical mental loophole is gone.

I've got three main ideas bouncing around in my head: a quick little short story comic that I would just stick up on this site, a new mini-series that'll be slightly larger than Wayward and IT LOOKS BACK, and a possible webcomic idea. At this moment they're all in the scripting phase and nothing is concrete so I don't want to say anymore until I actually have something to show. 

TL;DR: I am working on stuff and I'll show you soon.

See you at C2E2!
-jsb

Ectoplasm

The title of this post has absolutely nothing to do with the content of this post. Nothing. I was trying to think of a clever title and the word "ectoplasm" randomly popped in my head out of nowhere. So that's that. Moving on...

First off, this thing:


In case you didn't already know, Kaiju Big Battel is one of the greatest things ever. Pro wrestling + giant monsters. They're based out of New York and the Nakama Toys crew have been working with them to bring their show to Chicago. That'll be in June. Let me restate that last bit for emphasis:

Nakama Toys is bringing giant monster pro wrestling to Chicago. 

To celebrate, they're throwing a launch party this Wednesday, March 12th at The Squared Circle, a wrestling-centered restaurant owned by WWE-and-TNA-alumn Lisa Marie Varon. They'll be selling tickets to the show, giving away prizes and Kaiju Big Battel merch, and possibly getting destroyed by giant monsters. They also commissioned me to do a poster for the show, which you'll be able to check out at the party. I'm not going to be posting it here for a while, so if you're in Chicago and you just HAVE to see a thing I drew, get your ass down there. Click on the minefield of links back there for more info.

This next bit doesn't concern giant pro wrestling monsters, so it's completely unimportant to me; but I recently did a brief interview with CNBC about Comixology and digital comics as an indie creator. You can read it here. BE WARNED though, it doesn't concern giant monsters.

Speaking of Comixology, I'll just go ahead and shamelessly remind you all that IT LOOKS BACK #1 and #2 are both available here. #3 has recently been approved as well, but it's not available yet. Of course I'll let you know when it goes up.

-jsb