New beginning

Now that things are starting to settle down in the household with Zoey (our 3 month old), I am starting to think of some ways that I can start up my drawing habit again. I have a few projects that I would like to get up and running again, the most pressing being the third installment of my four issue subscription series. The break has been a good time to reflect of new directions and thoughts on my comic work. There are two new developments I am looking forward to getting started on, My composition writing book I made a decision to keep a separate book for writing, which includes both my notes and comics. I used to have a Mead composition book that I picked up in Canada on my first trip in 2001! The thing I like about these books (other than their pop culture significance) is the they have a hard card cover and the binding is sewn which make them durable. I also like anything that you know will remain consistent. If I start using these books for writing I can line them up evenl

Improving my outlook

Lately as I may have mentioned I have been a little depressed from not drawing as much as I would like to be. Even though I have vaild reasons, I also want to come out of this experience energized with a new sense of purpose with my drawing and writing. Here are some interesting tips I have come across recently about noty getting stuck in metal traps with your art List from here, And this from here , 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success “The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts the moment you get up and doesn’t stop until you get into the office.” — Robert Frost It’s a myth that only highly intelligent people are creative. In fact, research shows that once you get beyond an I.Q. of about 120, which is just a little above average, intelligence and creativity are not at all related. That means that even if you’re no smarter than most people, you still have the potential to


It has been a crazy couple of months as expected. The day Zoey was born I had an overwhelming feeling come over me that I had to give up drawing comics. It freaked me out in a way, but really I think it was just my mind preparing the mental space for a new baby in the house. Coming down of my comic drawing addiction has been tough and has put me through the wringer of self doubt. Notice how I smudged the wet ink when erasing Luckily more recently things at home are starting to settle into a more normal routine. I even drew two panels today (part of which pictured above), my comic muscles were very weak and sore. I also wanted to let subscribers know that I am working on the third instalment of the four issue subscription. I do not want to say when it will be done other than I am working on it. If it takes any longer than a month or two then I will be contacting subscribers to ask if they are happy to wait, if not we can work something out. If you had not guessed I am workin

Looking back

It is almost two years ago today that Heather and I moved back to Australia from Canada. Lately we have had an increasing yearning to be back in Canada and if we had the money we would most likely do just that. It was with much sadness that we left Canada in the first place. We just felt we got the timing wrong and could not support ourselves financially in lifestyle we wanted. We made the decision to move back to Australia for a few years and retrain so that we could return to Canada one day and get work to support ourselves. Fast forward two years to the present day and so far the plan is working out ok. I completed my Graduate Diploma in Library studies in 2009 and all going well I will commence Masters studies in Libraries next year; researching comics collections in libraries hopefully! We were also able to have a second child, which we felt we would not be able to do in Canada, which fulfilled our second goal of coming back.

eBook formats

ePub ePub an open format that is supported by most eInk devices and Apple’s iBooks. However the format has been designed for text and not necessarily images. At first I was excited about this format and the fact you could create the file straight from Adobe Indesign. Although after trying it I found image support lacking, and using Indesign to create an epub with images created poor quality reproductions of those images. Good- Widely supported and known format Bad- Not created for images AZW AZW is the format for Amazon's kindle. you can find advice on this on the web. This is not an open format and can only be read on a kindle or an Apple touch device that has a Kindle app installed. There seems to be comics available in this format, however if you wish to use Amazon to list your book you will need to charge a minimum of .99c Good- Allows you to have your comic read on a Kindle and sold through Amazon Bad- Limiting format with inherent DRM, cannot offer your book for free or

Digital comics

Over the past week I have been experimenting with putting together some packages of digital comics. I have been talking about the possibilities with digital comics ever since I saw the first iPods with little colour screens in 2005 . The problems was then and still is now that the technology changes so fast that there is no time for any culture to build up around any of it. You could format a bunch of comics for an iPad and then the next year they bring out a new iPad with different dimensions and features etc; and if not that year the next! I have been lucky enough to have borrowed a Kobo ereader and an iPad from my work, and with both I would have to say that I am not fully satisfied with the screen resolution for hi-res comics. Do not get me wrong, comics look pretty cool on an eInk screen (albeit small) and it's great swiping and zooming on comics in an iPad, but both devices seem to downsample images. After having the iPad for the week it has changed how I read things li

Redbubble stickers

I just ordered myself a whole bunch of Redbubble stickers which was heaps of fun. Kind of like going on an art shopping spree where the art only costs 1.50 each! The deal is that if you get over 6 stickers (they can be all different) they are half price which makes them anywhere between $1.25-1.50 each. I collect stickers to put on my sketchbooks, otherwise I end up with a pile of black cover sketchbooks and I do not know which is which. The problem is that my sketchbooks only cost around $5 each, so I do not want to buy some fancy limited edition $5 sticker. My usual price is to try and not exceed $2. Two of my favourite stickers I have got so far are Chris Downes Cactapuss (FREE!) and a gamma go sticker of a red dragon character ($1.50) When choosing these new RB stickers I was looking for something iconic, inspiring and colourful. I will be sure to post some pictures when I get them in the mail; I will also have to make some more colourful design on RB myself, as most of my de

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