progress report

Rowsdower saves us and saves all the world.

I've been watching a lot of MST3K during my nightly drawing sessions recently. Hence the poorly-shoehorned-in reference in the title. Moving on. Here's a random WIP from Nowhere #2:


Compared to the first issue, this one has been plagued by distractions all around - from school to other projects - but it's done now. Mostly. I mean, Nicole has to proofread it and check for any typos I've most definitely made, but the art and whatnot is done. So that's progress. My goal is to have Nowhere #1 and #2 ready in time for DanCon, which is coming up in March. This will essentially be Nowhere's official debut as - even though #1 has been done for a while now - odd scheduling has kept it from being available at the most recent shows I've done. Of course if you want to check out Nowhere #1 RIGHT NOW and don't want to wait for my next show, you're in luck because:

Nowhere #1 is now available on Comixology.


I submitted this book back in August, but it's just now becoming available today. (The process is pretty slow.) If you prefer your comics digital, click here and pick it up. If you like it, help an indie comic guy out and give it a good rating and (most importantly) tell your friends. I think this is the first time one of my books has released on digital before it showed up physically at a show. I personally don't have a preference in the physical/digital thing. Just thought it was an interesting factoid.

So yeah, that's some stuff. Two books are done, one now available on Comixology. The first show of 2015 only two months away. That's a lot of news, right? There couldn't possibly be any mor....

Holy shit there's more news. I'm working on an anthology.

Three new books. Good thing I don't sleep. I've hinted at this before, but since others have announced it, I think it's now safe to make my announcement. I've been working with Leo Perez, Jon Michael Lennon, and Angel Onofre on a collection of short horror comics called Scratches: A Horror Anthology.

Back in August, during the ill-fated Wizard World Chicago show, Leo approached me with the idea of contributing to a horror anthology he was thinking of putting together. I said yes because 1: I already had an idea for short story kicking around in my head, and 2: It's Leo. I'd curb-stomp an orphan if Leo needed me to. I told him to hit me up again when this idea started to become a thing and I'd draw up my pages and send them his way. He called me up a few weeks later and asked me to contribute my story AND write the other stories that him, Angel, and Jon would draw. I didn't exactly have a backlog of short stories cooked up and ready to go in my head, but I said yes anyway because I'm in deep, romantic love with Leo.

I then spent the next few weeks of studio time laying on my futon therapy-style grabbing ideas, developing them, and scrapping them until I had four scripts that I was proud of. It was honestly a pretty grueling but fun exercise, like a writer's marathon/boot camp/...thing. I'd love to do it again at some point. It's also been interesting because although comics are traditionally a collaborative writer/artist thing, this is the first time I've ever worked with other people on a comic.


I've seen some of their working pages and it's awesomely surreal to see a page I've scripted and laid out illustrated by another artist. Like "This is my brain as seen through the Jon Lennon filter". I suppose this is common for other comic creators, but this is a first for me, so I'm gonna enjoy it.

So, yeah. Scratches: A Horror Anthology. Four short horror stories written by me and illustrated by three of the coolest indie comics guys I know. And me. We don't have a cover or an official release date yet, but I'll post that info as soon as I get it.

That it? Yeah, I think that's it. I think.

-jsb

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

Something about plague rats.

Ignore the title. Has nothing to do with anything - just the first thing that came to my head. For convenience sake, ignore the ramifications of that. Moving on.

I got a bit of praise for how quickly I was able to knock out the first issue of Nowhere. I'd like to attribute that to a pretty steady workflow I've established. It negates sleep, but it's made productivity pretty routine. I'm fairly proud of it. Anyway, since I've started Nowhere #2, I'm hoping to tweak it a bit further, so I can work on #2 as well as another so-far-unannounced project at the same time with the same steady pace. Of course, when I start working on Nowhere #2 school starts and I get sick. Not "real" sick mind you, I'm not sure what it is. Nicole had a bit of a cough for a while, so I assumed I'd just get that, but instead I'm just real tired all the time. Maybe it's the weather.

The point is, I was really excited about getting shit done, and as I was starting to get even more shit done a bunch of hurdles pop up. As is my life. I'm still getting shit done, just not as fast as I'd like. Whatever.

By the way, in case it wasn't made obvious in the last two paragraphs: I'm working on Nowhere #2. Here's the cover:


I'm still very excited and very scared by this book. As I've said before, waaaaaaaaaay out of my comfort zone.

I think I may have alluded to it in a previous post, but I don't think I officially announced it. Either way, in a few weeks (on September 27th) I will be at Other Worlds Comic Con in Aurora, IL. Click the link for details. More info as I get it. Here's a poster:


And finally, while I'm already working on one super-secret-not-yet-announced project, I recently spoke to Cheeselord alum and fellow homeboy Leo Perez about yet another project. I think it's his baby so I'm not going to say much about it other than it's going to present a completely new set of challenges for me and I'm excited as hell about it. More info soon.

Until then, get to Aurora.
-jsb

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Couldn't think of a proper title for this post so I just smacked the keys indiscriminately for a second. That should suffice.

Here's a picture of Rod Sterling what I made one night:


This started off as me just messing around and then it became a thing. I'm debating whether or not to make it available as a print. Moving on...

Nowhere #1 is drawn, lettered, proofread, and sent off to the printer.

um...that's about it actually. I probably shouldn't have put all the details in the headline. As usual, I just ordered a single proof copy to make sure everything looks right in print. Wizard World Chicago is only a month away, which doesn't give me enough time to get the proof, review it, and order stock in time for the show. So Nowhere #1 won't be available at that show.

Nakama Toys is fully armed and operational.

and that was clever 'cause it was a Star Wars reference. After a long day of building furniture, putting up shelves, and bringing in stock, Bryan and Mary's little palace of pleasure and pain had a massively successful grand opening. I never want to install another set of shelves ever again.

I think that's everything. I don't have a clever outro so I'm just going to mash the keyboard again. That was fun. ;lkajsdf;oiasd;lknas;ldhfwe'as;d

-jsb

ArachnoLord

As I was unlocking my bike to head to work today, I noticed it had become a makeshift spider-town seemingly overnight. This is an absolute in my life; any mode of transportation I exclusively own, be it car, truck, van, or fucking bicycle, will inevitably be occupied by spiders.

I have come to the obvious conclusion that I am the Spider King. I didn't ask for this.


IT LOOKS BACK #4 is now on Comixology


CLICK HERE TO BE MAGICALLY TRANSPORTED ACROSS THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY AT THE SPEED OF YOUR LOCAL INTERNET PROVIDER and check it out. Be sure to rate, share, and whatnot because us indie comics guys need as much free marketing as possible.

If you are allergic to digibytes or are otherwise opposed to digital comics, you can get a print copy at Wizard World Chicago. I still don't have a table number yet, but I'll post it when it's available.

Nakama Toys is opening a store very soon


which will ultimately be destroyed by massive amounts of party during the grand opening. Here's a flyer:


Get your digital ass to nakamatoys.com for details. If you HAVE to get your hands on Nakama's wares and ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT until the 19th, you can hit them up at G-Fest this weekend, 'cause doing conventions while simultaneously building a store is just how they roll.

Nowhere #1 is almost done


And I'm pretty sure I just jinxed myself by writing that, but whatever. I've only got a few pages left to draw, then I gotta knock out the lettering, proof it, and get it to the printer. PROGRESS Y'ALL.

-jsb