Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Here are the first few pages of the Melvins comic book I'm working on for Hydra Head Records. (click for larger view)
As some may notice, the first page is influenced by several of George Grosz's street scene drawings. There are other pages in the story that are similarly homaged to Grosz and Daumier.
The words that the Talking Horse are speaking are what I have deciphered as some of the lyrics to songs from the album. Though, forgive me if some of them aren't completely accurate- I couldn't get the lyrics from Buzz because he said they were never "typed out." So, they are what I think I heard in some of the songs. The character who pulls the horse's head off is supposed to be the Blood Witch (track 2 of the album). And in the last couple of panels of page 6, you can see The Civilized Worm (track 3), an armless legless man creeping into the picture.
These are all the preview pages that I'll be posting. You'll have to get the book for the rest of the story.
The full book should be right around 22 pages. I'm not sure when it will be released yet- some of that depends on how fast I can finish the book. The book is for a limited edition box set from Hydra Head Records. I will also probably do some mini-comics versions to take to comic conventions this summer.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Over at The Comics Journal website, The Blot made it to #9 in Dirk Deppey's Top 50 comics of 2007 list.
The Blot has made it onto several "best of '07" lists this year. I haven't been able to keep track of all of them. But thanks to everyone who put it on their list. I'm really awed by how well the book has done in it's first 6 months.
I've begun writing a new book that I hope to complete by '09. I hope it can live up to all the expectations of everyone talking about my "promising new talent."
Friday, January 18, 2008
My pals over at Hydra Head Records are putting out a fancy, limited edition vinyl version of "(a) senile animal" by The Melvins. They had the bright idea of asking me to do a comic book inspired by the album. Having been a HUGE and LONGTIME fan of The Melvins, I of course said "Hell Yeah!"
Above is the first page that I inked today. The whole comic will be 22 pages long. In keeping with the surreal nature of the band, the story is quite strange. Instead of trying to interpret the album, I used the song titles as inspiration for the characters (such as: A Talking Horse, The Civilized Worm, and Blood Witch) and then wrote a story around them.
I'll post some more updates as I go along with this project.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
There's a film festival and art show going on up in Portland next month. It's sponsored by Night Gallery, Floating World Comics and Fantagraphics.
The artists were asked to do their own interpretation of a movie poster from a real sci-fi/horror/xploitation film.
I chose Lifeforce the 1985 Tobe Hooper movie about space vampires that suck electricity out of you.
Here's my interpretation of that (click for larger view):
That movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, but I think it left a pretty deep impression in my brain. I recently re-watched it and it's still a great, weird, sci-fi-horror movie.
The festival info is here:
72 HR FEST OF MOVIES / MERCHANDISE / LIVE PERFORMANCE / ART EXHIBITION
WHO: Night Gallery, Floating World Comics, Tease-O-Rama, Famous Mysterious Actor Show
WHAT: 72 hr Fest of Movies / Merchandise / Live Performance / Art Exhibition
WHEN: Friday, Feb 1st - Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 2008
WHERE: Bagdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Monday, January 07, 2008
For those of you that missed my solo show at Black Maria last September, you can now get the soundtrack album over at the Hydra Head Records online store
Though, I must warn that the name "self indulgent" definitely applies here. I'm not really a musician, but I've been playing guitar for about 16 years now, and banjo for 2 years. I've always enjoyed messing around with music, and was even in a couple of bands in high school. When I was trying to think of what music I'd like to listen to at the opening of my show, I had the idea of making my own music and releasing an album. So, I started experimenting with recording various ideas in protools and editing them together. Most of the music started as improvised bits of music that were then edited together. My brother is an awesome composer and he helped to produce the final product of the album- helping me turn my improvised sound messes into somewhat coherent pieces. The result is a mixture of experimental, abstract, ambience, folk and metal styles and I'm pretty proud of it
The album is available on vinyl only, and comes with a silkscreened cover on both silver and gold metallic paper. Limited edition of 130 signed and numbered copies. I won't be making any more of these when they are gone.
So, if you're interested, go buy a copy. And while you're over at the Hydra Head store, check them out because they put out a lot of good music including some of my favorite current bands like ISIS, Jesu, Big Business, Pelican, Xasthur and more... Having been a long time fan of this label and a lot of these bands I'm honored that they were generous enough to help me sell my records through their store.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Wow- this past year has been amazing. I finished and published my first graphic novel, had an awesome solo show, recorded an album, won my first Ignatz Award, got several amazing reviews, and was a part of a few great group shows.
But the best part of 2007 was going to Hawaii and getting engaged to the best girl in the world!
Thanks to everyone who's been a part of an amazing 2007. I couldn't have done it without all the help and support I've gotten from all my great friends and family. Thank you to everyone who bought my book, let me sleep on their floor while touring, gave me a show, shared a convention table, came to my art shows, wrote a review, interviewed me, hung out with me, etc, etc, etc...
2008 should be even bigger and better. I've already got another art show with the Igloo Tornado lined up, I'm working on some new comics, and I'll be taking The Blot to several new comic conventions around the country. And, of course, me and Anna are gettin' hitched!
Last night we quietly toasted the new year together at home with our dog- just some champaigne, a movie and board games. A perfect way to start the year that we'll be getting married.
The first song we listened to in 2008 was "This Will Be Our Year" by the Zombies.