Have you told your kind retailer to order Burn the Orphanage: Born to Lose #3 for you yet?
It’s the epic and unexpected finale of the Born to Lose trilogy. If you have enjoyed the series thus far, trust me: you’ll want this issue. Details for the future of BtO will be announced in coming weeks (wink).
The book is out March 5th from Image Comics. It’s $4.99 and has 42 pages of my best art yet. The diamond codes are below so your local comic shop has no excuses. You can pick between my cover or Tomm Coker’s cover (which Daniel beautifully colored):
I was lucky enough to do a cover for Riley Rossmo’s new book, DRUMHELLAR, out next week from Image Comics’ Shadowline imprint. If you love rural America, the supernatural, and witty characters, you’re going to love this absolute delight of a book.
Colors by the lovely Shaun Steven Struble.
This is another Hastings exclusive, so you’ll either have to visit one of their shops, or go to their website to order one.
What is this and what does it have to do with me and Amber Benson??? Tomorrow at Central Coast Comic Con in Ventura we will be letting fans and friends know!!! We’ll be signing from like 11A-5:30PM stop by and get excited. We will have a little something to share during the con.
Amber and I did a kids book together a few years back called, Among the Ghosts. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s some of her most fun and whimsical writing, and it’s some of my most fun and whimsical art.
Last winter, I auditioned for the role of Regular Show series artist.
It was pretty exciting, to get a call from an editor saying “I think you’d be great for this project, can you do some sample drawings?”
In my months as the freelancing guy that I have become, this was the first time that a professional acquaintance (Note: not a longtime friend) approached me about a longterm art commitment. For money.
I did my best- sample drawings, a sample page, all on time. Boom Studios was receptive about what I was turning in, and I consistently offered to tweak if necessary. I excitedly told like two people in secret, and felt as though I’d finally made it- that the struggle was over, I had finally found a gig that would more than cover my rent and coffee house bills.
And then: I got the news that they went with someone else.
Separately: I like the word “crestfallen.”
I looked at the positive aspects of this: I was on the short list for a gig, I was on an editor’s mind, and I was good enough to get that far. It’s not Cartoon Network’s or Boom Studio’s job to tell me why somebody else got the job, I just had to take it as a learning experience and an opportunity to see how I could improve my art and storytelling.
With Boom’s permission, I’m sharing the sample page. I want you all to know that not every audition lands you the gig, and while it’s easy to lose steam and get depressed, you can always always always take these lemons and make more lemonade. Even if you don’t like lemonade, you can give it to your friends. Do you get what I’m saying?
Enjoy the doodles. I was gracious about not landing the art duties on Regular Show, and I’ve managed to keep a good relationship with that editor, so there may still be work coming from that avenue yet.
I wanted to take a second and write in more detail about the Rogue Screen Print shirt I made. Those pleasant guys in the UK convinced me to work with them for two reasons: complete creative control, and great track record. Their website boasts some fantastic designs, a collaboration with Riley Rossmo (squeal), and ethical production with fair trade materials. Win, win, win.
The guys over at Rogue let me pick the cut + color of the shirt, placement of design, and allowed me to do a custom hang tag. They even took a risk and allowed me to roll forward with the dark and sexual piece, aptly named Pussy Vapour. The shirt’s been in constant rotation in my wardrobe, and I love love love the scoop neck, light cotton, and just-right fit. I aimed for a more unisex/ american apparel feel.
We only made about 30 pieces, and I’m told that they’re already running down to a handful altogether.