How To Create Your Own Comic Art Template

How To Create Your Own Comic Art Template

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in Tools

I make my own comic art template, complete with a lettering guide. It’s easy to do. You can buy bristol board that have panel guidelines built into them, but they are usually on inferior bristol. I like to use 300 Strathmore smooth. And I have a printer that will take that through the manual feed. Here’s […]

In The Weeds

In The Weeds

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 in Storytelling

This is going to be a different type of post. I’m “in the weeds” right now. One of my favorite sayings. I’m too focused on some big projects, so I’m going to write about what I’m thinking about, especially in regards to storytelling. It all connects. But this represents how I think. This is a […]

Why Webcomics Are Content Marketing

Why Webcomics Are Content Marketing

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 in Business

The two biggest issues facing a cartoonist today are finding an audience and making a living. It’s hard to find either in today’s marketplace. In every other industry, the way to seperate your business from your competitors1 is through marketing. And cartoonists are horrible at marketing themselves. But there is a way to help themselves […]

A Designer’s Most Underrated Tool: The Highlighter

A Designer’s Most Underrated Tool: The Highlighter

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 in Design

Designers use a lot of different tools in their day-to-day life. But the one that I don’t see many using is the simple and unassuming highlighter. Yes, you read that right. Not the latest prototyping software du jour, or the Macbook Pro. The highlighter. It’s the tool I miss the most when I don’t have […]

Diary Comic – February 27, 2016

Diary Comic – February 27, 2016

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 in Diary Comics

I tried my hand at creating a diary comic with Procreate on the iPad Pro this morning. It was a good way to start the day. I’ve started doing roughs within the Procreate environment. I found I enjoyed working that way. So today, I thought I’d try to make a comic about all the work […]

Wrestling Comics and The Crippler’s Son

Wrestling Comics and The Crippler’s Son

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 in Storytelling

Wrestling comics have always been sort of a mixed bag. Historically, they have been terrible. My theory is that “kayfabe” kept wrestling comics from being great stories. I know what you’re thinking (unless you are already a wrestling fan). What on earth is “kayfabe?” Let me give you a brief history of wrestling. The origins […]

The iPad Pro Has Changed My Mobile Life

The iPad Pro Has Changed My Mobile Life

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 in Tools

I’m never going to buy another laptop again. The iPad Pro is the mobile computer I’ve been looking for my whole life. It’s changed my mobile creation kit in a big way. Back in August 2015, I wrote about the tools I use on the go. Since the iPad Pro replaces a good majority of […]

I Don’t Hate Mainstream Comics

I Don’t Hate Mainstream Comics

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 in Advice

Something that sticks in my craw is the idea that I hate mainstream comics. Let me back up. I have an indy comic pedigree. I have an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies. I won the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini Comics. Fantagraphics has released my work. I do work for SpongeBob Comics, […]

Six Creative Goals Instead Of Resolutions for 2016

Six Creative Goals Instead Of Resolutions for 2016

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 in Process

I like setting creative goals instead of making New Year’s resolutions. I feel I’m less likely to accomplish “resolutions.” But I do think it is a good time to take stock of the previous year. And rather than set resolutions, I like creating goals. Lots of goals. Sometimes creative goals change mid-year, and I can […]

Is This Funny?

Is This Funny?

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Process

A funny thing happened last week. It’s been quiet here on the blog. I’m slogging my way through drawing The Walk. And I have been slogging my way through a new post about how I’m producing the art for the book (you can read part 1 and part 2 of that particular journey). But I was invited […]