SpongeBob Comics #48
Coming out tomorrow on September 9th in finer comic shops everywhere, the latest and greatest issue of SpongeBob Comics. Yours truly has a one pager written and drawn by me in the All Gary Issue! Check me out on the inside front cover. Other work by the great Mark Martin, David Lewman, Jacob Chabot, Tony Millionaire, Jen Wang, James Kochalka, and Maris Wicks! Pretty amazing company!
This is the first SpongeBob story I did the art for myself. I’ve only contributed as a writer in the past, so I can’t wait to pick it up and check it out. Also, one of my mentors, the awesome R. Sikoryak, was a regular contributor to the inside front cover spot in SpongeBob Comics, so it feels extra special to me to have done one also. Find a local comic shop via the Comic Shop Locator!
Me in the office chatting with the writers. And a dog.
I started blogging way back in 2000, when I was working on my first graphic novel, Golden Boy. My blog was like most blogs back then: embarrassing. I wrote a great deal about my life, and what project I was working on. I ended up not working on said projects and writing about them instead. Around 2007, I stopped. Twitter launched online, and I soon found that format more appealing. And easy. I could be in the middle of a looming deadline but I could still write a quick tweet. From the first iPhone, no less.
After I moved back home from Vermont in 2013, I got a job at a new digital marketing firm in my home town. B² Interactive made me their creative director, and my love for blogging was renewed. The team was passionate about sharing their knowledge online, and they were great writers. Are, I should say.
I started blogging again on the company website. I thought I had something to share once I realized how long I’d been doing this. I got my first web design job in 1996 (and print design as early as 1995), but I was trained to do paste-up. I’ve had a great career through some seismic changes in my industry. And while I made a living from design, I also had been doing well with my chosen art: cartooning. A few months after I arrived at the Center for Cartoon Studies, a young
man queen approached me. She shared that she had learned about drawing comics in Illustrator from one of my posts.
Basically, I have a lot of thoughts in my head. Everything I’ve experienced in several different fields. It’s time to start sharing. My old blog had maybe a handful of helpful posts. It’s time to change that.
I have wiped out my old site completely. It had its time and its purpose, but its time has past. Time to start sharing things that could help others.
Note: The “young man” who approached me was a young Sasha Velour, who has gone on to redefine her identity and kick all sorts of ass on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9. I struck out the previous pronoun in respect of that.