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Monday, March 30, 2009

Brilliantly Ham-fisted (New Edition)


I'm defying the downturn in the economy and it's effects on the comics industry by publishing a new comic book!

This is a collection of my comic strip poems. I previously had xeroxed minis of this book available at SDCC and APE, but this is a new official printing. Plus it has 4 new strips that were previously unavailable. That's 23 comic strip poems + a snazzy new cover for you to enjoy!

It will debut at the Stumptown Comics Festival in Portland, OR, later this month. After that, I will be offering it for sale in my webstore and through select distributors.

Read reviews of the mini-comic version by Geek Magazine, The Daily Cross Hatch, Rob Clough and Sean Collins.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Art For Sale... CHEAP!

The above image is a triptych of drawings I did for a group show last year. They didn't sell in the show, so I've decided to offer them for sale here. And CHEAP, too!

Title: Evolution
Ink on paper
approximately 8 x 10" inches each
wood frame and matte 12 x 15" each

They are $175 for the set + shipping. Includes frames.

E-mail me to find out payment information and shipping costs. My e-mail can be found on my homepage.

These drawings are smaller versions of the first 3 paintings in the Werewolf Fugue series from 2007. They are also part of my upcoming graphic novel, The Wolf:


Saturday, March 21, 2009


"One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life"
- Jean-Paul Sartre


Friday, March 20, 2009

"Hey man, is that Freedom Rock?"

This is way too funny not to post about...

"What sounds cooler than a blues-hard rock song full of guitar riffs?"

There are so many wasy to answer that question.
But this is not one of them:
"One with patriotic lyrics that benefit military families."

Apparently some dude with my name is in some shitty band.

But I have to post the article cause it's funny. Every time i see the words "Freedom's Stain" I think it has to be something like a Hot Richard.

What sounds cooler than a blues-hard rock song full of guitar riffs? One with patriotic lyrics that benefit military families.

The Los Angeles-based indie rock band Bridge Of Sighs recently partnered with Operation Homefront, the parent organization to OH Online, to donate proceeds from the tracks “Freedom’s Stain” and “The General Speaks” to the organization’s Wounded Warrior Program.
Band members Trent Stroh (bass/vocals), Tom Neely (guitar) and Mike Taylor (drums) wrote “Freedom’s Stain” following six concerts performed during two separate trips to the U.S. Naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
After a performance, the band befriended members of an Army Reserve unit. “We got to go back to their barracks. We were hanging out with them, and we started to write the song (“Freedom’s Stain”) that night,” Neely said.
Neely, whose father served in the Marine Corps, said that in that setting, the lyrics easily came to the trio:
“Where eagles fly
And Heroes die
This is freedom’s stain
While angels fly
And Mothers cry
Can you feel their pain?”
“We started playing it (“Freedom’s Stain”) live at our shows and it turned out to be our biggest hit,” Neely said.
Donating the proceeds was an obvious step, Neely said.“It seemed like a no-brainer to hook up with Operation Homefront,” he said.

The track “Angry Clouds” was also inspired by Bridge of Sigh’s interaction with the troops.
The album of the same name is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces, according to the band.

Prior to forming Bridge of Sighs, band members performed separately with numerous world-class musicians including Eddie Money, Robert Palmer, Nancy Sinatra and Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers. In 2004, Neely won the Los Angeles Indie Rock Guitarist of the Year award.
The album was produced and engineered by Grammy Award-winner Neil Citron, and features Grammy Award-winner and Hammond Organ player Bob Carpenter. It’s available now on Amazon.com and at iTunes.

I'm gonna have to use "Angry Clouds" as the name of my autobiography.

Supporting the troops is great. But anyway...
Reminds me of this old infomercial:

I love that "Freedom Rock" includes a song by the satanist-hippy band Coven.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Full of Pryde at Floating World Comics

(click for larger view)

Floating World Comics in Portland, OR, is hosting a charity art show and auction called Full of Pryde. The show's theme is the X-Men character Kitty Pryde. My Kitty Pryde (seen above) is sort of a mash-up of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy comic strips and issue #143 of X-men comics. For those of you unfamiliar with that comic, the basic plot is that Kitty Pryde, who has the power to "phase" through solid objects (like walk through walls), is left home alone on X-mas eve and is chased around the X-mansion by a monster called N'Garai.

All artwork will be available as 11 x 17 posters that will be sold for $5. Most original artwork (including mine) will be available as part of a charity auction. The show is a not-for-profit fundraiser, 100% of the proceeds will go to the hemophilia research department at OHSU.

The show is curated by Jason Leivian and Douglas Sherwood and will include Kitty Pryde art by a lot of cartoonists working in the comics industry today: Rob G, Brandon Graham, Michael Deforge, Ross Campbell, Nikki Cook, Zachary Baldus, Zack Soto, Corey Lewis, Vasilis Lolos, Becky Cloonan, Chuck BB, Bryan O'Malley, Hope Larson, Farel Dalrymple, Joelle Jones, Brian Hurtt, Steve Rolston, Robbi Rodriguez, and many more!

The event opens either May 7th, or May 9th. I'm unclear on that, but will post more info when it's closer to that time.

Here's a page from the original X-Men #143 by John Byrne and Chris Claremont:

Tom says it's "adorable!"


Saturday, March 14, 2009


"Integrity has no need of rules." - Albert Camus


Monday, March 09, 2009

Year of the OX

Giant Robot has put together a "Year of the Ox" group show for their GR2 gallery in L.A. Here's my ox:

"The Death of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox at the Hands of the Royal Canadian Mounted Giant Killers." It's watercolor and ink on paper. 19 by 50 inches. (click for larger view)

The show includes many great artists and friends: Andrice Arp, Shawn Cheng, Levon Jihanian, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, John Pham, Jesse Reklaw, Daria Tessler, and many more.

Come see our Oxes! The show opens this Saturday, March 14th at GR2. GR2 is at 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Click the flier below for more info:


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Creepy #46

Robert Goodin has a blog where he asks cartoonists to do their own versions of classic comic covers. It's called Covered. The site has great contributions from Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Sarah Glidden, Dash Shaw, Renee French and many more. It's updated daily, so go bookmark it.

Go to the Covered site to see my version of Creepy #46 alongside the original cover by Spanish artist Sanjulian.

I spent a while trying to figure out what classic cover I wanted to "cover." I was looking at some of my favorite Spider-man and X-men covers that inspired me as a child. But nothing seemed to really click. Recently, I've been collecting a lot of old horror comics, especially Warren's Creepy and Eerie. The original cover for Creepy #46 by Sanjulian jumped out at me immediately as something that I would like to do. It has the kind of strange, dramatic composition that I'm interested in. The background is so minimal and abstract. And I love drawing creepy hands, so those weird creepy zombie/vampire hands appealed to me instantly.

Check out Sanjulian's site- lots of great barbarian and fantasy illustrations. I wrote to him to tell him about my cover. He said he'll be at San Diego Comic Con this summer.

If you were wondering what I was drawing on my birthday morning, this is it.

If anyone's interested in purchasing the original art for my Creepy #46, please e-mail me. The original art is 18 x 24 inches. It is just the image. The "Creepy #46" lettering is separate. The original is ink and watercolor on paper.


Joder, me has fallen the red boat.!

My first Spanish review of El Borrón arrived today. If you can read Spanish, go here.

Here's avery broken Yahoo Babel Fish translation that doesn't make a lot of sense:

Joder, me has fallen the red boat.! This exclamation must of have loosen almost any sketcher to it of cómics, and I also suppose that Tom Neely, the creator of ' The Borrón'. And I dare to venture that the idea of this cómic was born when had a mishap of this type. Perhaps, in one of those moments, it said " we canalize the wrath that this causes and we remove to him something to me of benefit, I will make a tebeo… " TO EXTEND PHOTO ' The Borrón' he is cómic very complex, where Tom Neely has decided, mainly, to play and to undergo with all the mechanisms and techniques that the means allow him, using like protagonist to the red. Is pure metalanguage, in volume where love demonstrates his by cómic at the same time as reference can to serve as for all those sketchers that wants to see what can be done, until where can to arrive in some aspects, where it is the border… and that Neely is young, was born in 1975. History is practically dumb and narrates the life of an anonymous personage, in a city whatever it suddenly begins to see itself persecuted by the Red (the Nothing of ' Interminable' History;). Chapter to chapter, is surrounded in the rocambolescas situations, and every time it is seen more surpassed by the situation until he appears his rescuing angel in the form of woman who will take to him by the correct way, it calms, it cures and it alleviates to him. But everything is not what it seems, and the angel can become demon… In the end, in which the author tries is a happy end, it appears the color in the tebeo, like a metaphor. Between the strongpoints of this work they are all that we have mentioned of dominion of the technique and to experiment with means and to show its possibilities. In it must, is the fact that it needs a little spark, of feeling, although it can be compensated from the above. by Ricardo Mena

If anyone wants to give me a better translation, that would be nice.