Oh Hi, Kurt!
Oh Hi, Kurt!
Ways in which you can help
Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008. It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there. It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them. A larger work gets talked about from time to time. It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories. Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
I’ve been reading these amazing comics and Kate Beaton drew and posted them. (Conveniently, they read really well on a phone, so I would stop wherever I was and just read the latest installment.)
These are the most subtle and nuanced comics I’ve read in a while, and I wanted to take a moment to analyze and learn from them.
There’s a danger that in analyzing something, you can ruin it, but I think it’s valuable. Still, you should read the comics before you read my post.
Here are my thoughts:
Reading and analyzing these comics makes me revisit my own work—which is very different, but there’s always something to learn. I could introduce a lot more subtlety.
TONY BREED is coming to TCAF!
"Tony Breed is the man behind the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched. The slice-of-life comic tells the story of married gay couple and their friends, and over the years has addressed such topics as sausage smuggling, teenage romance, and indie rock beards…” - Full Bio at TCAF site
Artist’s Website: hitchedcomic.com
TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place May 9-11, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. More at http://torontocomics.com/
That’s right! Come find me at TCAF, Canada! And I’ll be debuting my new book, Everyone is Someone’s Fetish. Woohoo!
Fun Things/Boring Things
Hi, folks. Here’s a five-page preview of a mini I hope to have on sale next week. (People ask me for advice on a weekly basis, anyway; might as well consolidate it all into one handy package.) Stuff I plan to include:
- What to ask the printer
- How to calculate your goal properly
- How to price and sell your books
- Good backer bonus ideas
- Your Frenemy The Post Office
And so on and soforth.
It’ll probably run 30 or so pages- it’s roughed out that far, anyway- And I’ll be selling it for $5.00.
I’ll drop you folks an update when it’s finished.
Spike is one of the people who gave me good advice for my own successful Kickstarter.
Get yer indie rock on
This was an odd little idea I got while trying to draw Gibli fan art. I liked the character I created so much I decided to work with it on its own instead.
For me this is slightly autobiographical. I was raised in a world very different than the one I live in now. It was a world of fundamentalist fanaticism. The outside world in general was a mysterious place that I had only really gotten glimpses of as an outsider.
Leaving my extremist birth family and making my way into the outside universe on my own was a bit like leaping off of a building into the sky, and I’m so glad I did.
IT’s funny I had started to make this comic in full color when I decided that simplicity in color, subject matter and style would all go together well. So here is a monochrome comic designed to be as simple as can be.
I love this!