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Oh, hey, hi!!

Hi, hey, yeah, so... how the hell are ya?

Oh, you know, I'm okay. Geez, what've I been up to, let's see. Went to Greece? Greece was fun. Lots of cats there. I should put some photos online for y'all probably.

Went to Portland? Very cool, saw a bunch of people, did some stuff, y'know. (In fact, here's photographic proof that I not only attended the Stumptown comics fest but fashioned a hideous jackrabbit-o-lantern while in Portland as well...) More on that soon too, maybe.

Um, oh - ! They're running my "Jape" comics on Serializer! Yeah, I know, but they're back up now and it looks great, you should check it out.

What else... Well, as you can see, I got to draw Satan for the cover of Metro Times last week, just in time for Halloween.

Whew, there, a post! Good!


I've been helping lately, along with other local artists, to start a nascent arts collective here in Hamtramck called Hatch. We plan on sponsoring arts-related events and exhibits, educational projects for the community, and studio and communal space for local artists.

Last Thursday we held our first event, the launch of a series of "life drawing with a twist" sessions inspired by Molly Crabapple's Dr. Sketchy project in New York. This was the design for the postcard I handed out at the event. Check out the results of the first Dr. Sketchy: Motor City Division session - we had a really great time!

A few thoughts...

Yeah yeah, I know, "it's the web, add some color! It's free!" I like black-n-white, okay?

Possum Dearie

Okay, enough people have chuckled at this in my sketchbook that I decided to post it. I spotted this teeny-tiny possum, small enough to fit in your palm, at the arts festival at Wayne State University last month. He was happily chomping up something in the grass (bugs?) before he spotted me and waddled away into the bushes. (There! A post!)

When she reigns, it pours

Another Judith-like image, a sketch for a future print.

Hey, this is the first piece of art I've created with the express purpose of putting it online! How about that.

Hell is other papal

Okay, that's a lousy pun. It's just I found this jpeg I put together during the changing of the popes a while ago and thought I'd post it here. Well, I thought it was funny.

(And yeah, I know the sidebar is goofed up and the links are gone... not sure what happened, I'll fix it later. Bleah.)

Insert trite comics pun headline here

I'm finally getting back into writing about comics for the free paper I work for. Not sure why the article is in the summer guide - none of these seem like lite beach reading, but then I don't go to the beach too much so how would I know?

Apologies for the dumb headline, I didn't write it. I guess comics writing is still novel enough (or graphic novel enough, ah ha ha ha...) to call for silly punny headlines. Imagine if every article on the symphony had a headline like "Maestro orchestrates a classic," or every emotionally evocative film ever made was described as a "moving picture" (hyuk!).

Art above is from 676 Apparitions of Killoffer. I've already read one review of this book that had a very different take on it than I have. What do you think?

The write stuff

And just because I haven't posted anything in forever, here's another one, an illustration I did for the Metro Times' fiction contest issue a couple years ago. The poet in the center and the slash writer are based on friends.

Cartoonists + booze = monkeys

Whenever you get three or more small-press cartoonists in a room together for very long, a comics jam is likely to break out. Alcohol makes this even more likely, and when said cartoonists haven't seen each other in months and are all suffering from Chinese buffet food buzzes and the post-convention slap-happies, it's almost inevitable. Following the Motor City Comic Con on Saturday, a bunch of us gathered in Pam Bliss' hotel room with a few bottles of wine and discussed... oh, hell, I forget. Anyway, some of the wine bottles had, oddly, pictures of monkeys playing jazz instruments on them. This one had no monkeys, so naturally we had to remedy the situation. I think I have the contributors sorted out: clockwise from top left are Jim Ottaviani, Pam Bliss, Matt Feazell, Jane Irwin, Paul Sizer, Yers Trooly, Michelangelo Cicerone and Suzanne Baumann (center). (Looking at it, I might have Jane and Michelangelo switched. Anyone who was there know if that's so?)

In other jam…

More Gocco-y goodness

Uh oh, almost ten days without a post. Not good. Let's see now...

This was my contribution to Jeremy Onsmith and Ivan Brunetti's Gocco Box Set, a collection of work by 17 artists doing prints on the Print Gocco. I wonder if they didn't just find the nifty kraft paper boxes at a store somewhere first and come up with an idea for how to use them afterwards. In any case, it's a fantastic little set of prints, with a surprising variety of approaches to using the Gocco on display. If you can get a set through Jeremy or one of the contributors at a comics show like the Small Press Expo, grab it (but don't ask me, I'm fresh out of 'em).

The disassembled airplane in the picture is part of an old A-6 Intruder Navy jet, waiting to get put back together at the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport near Ann Arbor. I drew this at an air show only a few weeks before fire destroyed the museum's main hangar. Their historic airplanes were rescued but a lot of donated av…

Mein Fuhrer! I can WALK!!

Another movie review illustration, this time, obviously, for "Dr. Strangelove." I saw this film again a few years ago at the Detroit Art Institute's film theater with Matt Feazell, and I swear to God we were the only ones in the theater who were aware that it was a comedy! The people around me were so stone-quiet I started feeling self-conscious about laughing... almost.

The Detroit Film Theater, though, is the place to go for art films here in the 313, so if you're ever in town with nothing else to do, check 'em out.

Born Again to be Wild!

Here's a cover illustration I did for an article about Christian motorcycle gangs (or, er, clubs). Happy Easter!

Star Wars Quiz

I really only did this as an excuse to draw Aayla Secura. And saag paneer.

Gabba Gabba Hey!

Here's an illustration I did for the free paper I work for, to go with a review of the recent Ramones documentary. I sold the original after a show at Hamtramck city hall, where I, Matt Feazell and Suzanne Baumann had cartoons and other work on display. (This blog is a good repository for rarities and stuff I no longer have around. Gone-but-not-forgotten art, excellent!)

Hm, that guy on the left might actually be Zook & Max cartoonist Tim Kelly...

The Book of Judith

I first created this mini-comic version of the story of the apocryphal/Biblical heroine Judith a few years ago using the Print Gocco screenprinter. I printed 150 copies or so and hand-stitched the binding.

Judith was a favorite subject of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose Judiths, unlike those of her male contemporaries, actually looked capable of and predisposed to sawing a man's head off his shoulders. One of Artemisia's masterpieces is here in the Detroit Institute of Arts, a suspensful post-beheading Judith scene.

Vee Dubya

This pristine turquoise Beetle sat on the side of a busy street here in town for months before some lucky guy bought it. I kept expecting to walk by one morning and find it sideswiped or rear-ended. I can't afford to buy a car that would amount to an expensive new hobby - I'm strictly a "reliable beater" owner, unfortunately - but I can lust after them and tuck them away in my sketchbook.

I've noticed that surprisingly few comics artists are any good at drawing cars. Seems like most of the car drawings I see in comics tend to range from merely serviceable to downright awkward. They're such familiar machines, you'd think they'd be easier to draw but I think maybe the familiarity somehow actually makes them harder to get right. I think you have to approach drawing a car the way you would a human body - they need to look alive somehow. (Someday I'll put together a coherent rap on this and write a proper essay, maybe.) And as distinctive as these old V…

Print Gocco

This is one of several prints I've made with my wonderful little Print Gocco. The Gocco is this shoebox-sized Japanese gizmo that's designed to make miniature screenprints, using a thermal process to burn the screens from photocopies. It's handy and lots of fun to use, and apparently going extinct, at least in the US, much to my chagrin. I wrote a short article about its demise for the Detroit free paper, Metro Times, and you can get more info at the Save Gocco site

I've been in love with the Gocco and have evangelized on its behalf for years now, and everyone who touches one seems to fall in love with it too, especially DIY craftsy-types and mini-comics makers. In a desert of electronic reproduction and graphic design processes, the Gocco is an oasis of old-fashioned hands-on art making. If the supplies for the thing dry up and it becomes impossible to use, it's really going to be a sad thing. I'll post more of my Gocco images in coming days.

"Hey, you're that Popeye-Jesus guy!"

Yeah, that's me. A few years back I did a six-page comic in one of my minis that channeled gospel passages via E.C. Segar's Popeye characters, and it's pretty much my Greatest Hit, the one most people who know my stuff remeber most fondly. It was one of those things where once you have the equation Popeye=Jesus in your head, all the other characters and situations kinda fell into place.

"He undermined their world with mockery!"

Welcome, y'all, to my electronic junk drawer, my online scrapbook of art, comics, beard-strokingly brilliant personal insights and/or wise-ass remarks. I have a similar pile of miscellaneous creativity here at my house, but it comes in a dull, battered cardboard box instead of a shiny, glowing plastic one like you have, so consider yourself lucky!