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Halloweird

Wed Nov 1, 2006, 3:43 AM
  • Listening to: Ray Lamantagne
  • Reading: Appleseed
  • Watching: Lakers/Heroes
  • Eating: Bad Ramen
  • Drinking: Diet Pepsi with Lemon
I had two concerns this evening:

1.) Increase tooth decay amongst the children in the surrounding neighborhood.

2.) Watch the Kobe-less Lakers battle it out with the Suns.


That being said I came home and got ready for the siege of lil' "Treaters" as I like to call them.



Let the battle for candy begin!!!



just than...I heard a beat...


yes...


a beat


...in the distance...


In the words Jack Skellington


"What's This!!!"


I went outside and my neighbors kid had brought his set of turntables onto the porch and was dropping some Pharell and Snoop cuts..

you know..."for kids"



I rolled up on him just to see what was "crak'n".




The kid weighs a good 250ty and that's being kind...

but there he was cutting it up on the wheels of steel...like he wanted to win the Technics Dj contest...


he sort of hung over the turntables...like a willow tree...

a big fuck'n willow tree



I introduced myself and said what's up.


He seemed worried I was going to bust up his show...

He said

"Ahm jus out he-ah giv'n som canD' too da kids and play'n some tracks"

and yes that's a quote...and you can quote me on the quote...

I gave him a ok playa pound and I was back to the crib to settle in for the battle..


first off..I felt like I was in a cross between Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean ..because I have never seen so many tiny pirates in all my life...


I saw a kid in a Tigger suit..and yo this kid had a fuck'n goatee...WTF

There was another kid dressed up like the soda cup from Aqua Teen Hunger Force...

These two kids showed up one as Dash from Incredibles and the older one as the Flash...the little one was already tearing up the chocolate...

I swear the kid looked like he had taken a bath in Snickers bars...

he even had chocolate on his belly that was sticking out of from under the foam muscles...

their dad came as Diniro from Taxi Driver..he seemed really psyched when I guessed it..


...and of course he did the "are you talking to me" bit...

He might have been taxi driver...but he was no Diniro..I'll tell you that for nothing...


I saw some zombies and vampires and witches...

The best one of all was a mom who brought her four daughters (dressed as some strange princess/witch fusion) up and all at once they sang a really long Halloween song..


I actually clapped as they took their bows...

Strange indeed...


62 bags of candy later..

the Lakers beat the Suns!!!.



like I said..

Halloweird..

kk


kk

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Print on Demand

Sun Oct 29, 2006, 5:44 PM
  • Listening to: Chopin-Piano Concerto#1
  • Reading: The Complete Idiots Guide to CriminalInvestigation
  • Watching: nada
  • Eating: Nyqul-Snickers
  • Drinking: Green Tea
I've noticed a ton of different print on demand book/comic book sites. I'm wondering if any of you have tried any and how do you like them?

holla at me!!!

k
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Meanwhile..some interesting stuff from some interesting people:

black star army cover by bordon    water by kumimonster

Lasers in the jungle somewhere by foureyes    Roses And Tatoos by SABOGSINTIDO

Line Rider - beta by fsk    Pin Up by bw-inc

Pee Wee Herman Fantasy by katat0nik    :thumb39835433:

. blue floating wallpaper . by karincoma    dryer by JuliaDunin

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Comic Book Sales

Mon Oct 23, 2006, 10:03 AM
  • Listening to: Sure Side of Fame
  • Reading: The Complete Idiots Guide to CriminalInvestigation
  • Watching: The Prestige
  • Eating: A nice shiney apple
  • Drinking: Coffee
I was looking at the numbers for comics sales in Sep.

www.newsarama.com/marketreport…

and I was shocked that there were very few non Marvel or DC books in the top 100. There seems to be more books over the 100k mark but many books that are often talked about (Walking Dead, Invincibles) are locked into the barely 20k ghetto. Invincibles is an amazing book and it hits around 14k.

I was doing the math. At those numbers it would be very difficult to make any money off the books.

Maybe none of this is a newsflash but I still find it shocking that some of the best comics being made today are selling such low numbers.

I looked at the graphic novel sales and in the case of Walking Dead it sells exactly half what it sells in floppys in trades but at a higher price...So why not just make Walking Dead OGNs and skip the floppys.

I know Marvel and DC will always be around with their crossovers and events..but where will the indie books go?

The Web or graphic novels?

Indies used to be the minor league for Marvel and DC but as the indies get squeezed out where will new talent get a chance to shine? DA?

Any thoughts on sales trends?

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The Departed

Sun Oct 15, 2006, 11:55 AM
  • Listening to: Otis Redding-These Arms of Mine.
  • Reading: Metrophage
  • Watching: The Departed
  • Eating: French Toast
  • Drinking: Coffee-Diet Mt Dew
I checked out the movie "The Departed" the other night. It was Scoresese's best movie since Good Fellas in my opinion. Lot's of twists and turns and for a jaded viewer like myself..it had me guessing the whole time.

Finally making some real progress on my OGN..taking longer than I expected but I'm pulling out all the stops on this one..


I will be posting  the sketch I made for the 5k winner David sometime tomorrow. David asked for a picture of the Red Power Ranger for his some...so after a bit of research and deciding between Mystic and Generic styled Rangers..I found the look I wanted...it was fun..never drew a Power Ranger before..


After many request's I'm making the last of my Lost Treasures sketchbook available for sale. They are in short supply so you can either note me to purchase a copy. Or take your chances on Ebay.


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Each sketchbook comes with a free sketch of your choice..just in time for X-mas!!!

that's it for now..

more soon

kk

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  • Listening to: Basement Jaxx- Crazy Itch Radio
  • Watching: Who watches movies..I read fucking comics!!!
Wow!!!

That was fast...

So I received an email from David Rudell. Congratulations David!!!

You are the winner of the 5k giveaway!!!

pick a character and I'll draw it for you!

best
kk
  • Listening to: Basement Jaxx- Crazy Itch Radio
  • Watching: Who watches movies..I read fucking comics!!!
What happened..

My page view...was at 4700 earlier today..so I guess someone power viewed....???

So word is bond...the first person to send me a screen shot of the 5k mark will get a free sketchbook and postcard sized original drawing...

The deadline is midnight PST...on Weds...If I don't receive an exact 5k screen shot..I will accept anything between 5000 and 5020. So kick it over and I will sort out the winners and announce is post haste..

good luck
kk
I'm closing in on the big 5k page views. I'm going to hold some sort of "art giveaway" contest for the first person to send me an email of a screen shot of the 5K on my homepage...

Any suggestions for what the "giveaway" should be?

kk
  • Listening to: Basement Jaxx- Crazy Itch Radio
  • Watching: Who watches movies..I read fucking comics!!!
There is this site from this cat in Portugal.

www.mainada.net/

You can draw and post your own comics right there on the site. It's in Beta..but what an interesting idea. i know they have oekaki out there..but I think this takes it to a whole other level.


What if rather than print or do comics in a traditional way..


you just log on..draw your panels


...post them


...move on...

It could be to comics what MYSPACE and DA have been to Web pages and portfolios..


Dig it

k
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  • Watching: Who watches movies..I read fucking comics!!!
I uploaded two "Sneak Peek" images from my new graphic novel 88.

I've been keeping it under wraps because I want all the images to be fresh when they come out.

I've been asked a lot about it lately

...I think maybe people don't believe me when I say I'm working on something new...hehehe

so here's the proof!!!


Check out the links below

More info soon!!!


k
k

Pencils for the cover

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Dream Sequence!!!

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  • Mood: Promiscuous
  • Listening to: John Legend-Ordinary People
  • Watching: Naruto
Like most artists I like to work to music.

I've found that when I get the right set of tunes it helps me to focus and even work longer. It makes the work easier some how.

I think there is a deep connection between visual art and music. (music videos...used to work like this..)

I'm going to release an Ep with my new graphic novel. It will have songs I've created to go along with my story and setting. I'm trying to change the comic experience...bring a different layer of depth to it..

Does the type of music influence what you draw?

The more aggressive the music the more aggressive the artwork?

What are you favorites songs from creating artwork?

Thoughts?

kk
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  • Listening to: Junior Boys-First Time
  • Watching: Raiders of the Lost Ark-Widescreen
With all the coverage of 5th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks everywhere it got me thinking about it..


here are my thoughts...random and from the gut.

..just a few thoughts and opinions..


I enjoy talking politics...but nothing get's people more upset than politics and religion...hopefully my opinions won't offend..

that being said...

I don't think I'll ever forget what happened on 911...I think anybody that needs to be reminded of what happened because it's fallen off their radar somehow.... does not have their head in the game in the first place and do we really care what they are thinking anyway...

The thing I don't like is when something so real..yet surreal is made to be entertainmet..like the movies that have come out about it...I know there were heroes..I've seen the footage ..I've read the interviews..it's like making a movie of the week of a funeral...when the attack happened..it was a very personal attack on each and every American..and it should be honored in that fashion..I'm just not into a tear jerking spectacle when it comes to something so..important and so tragic...it trivializes the importance of the whole issue. If you ever wonder why people in Europe think we are a bunch of yippy kay yah motherfuckers...look at how we deal with our tragedies...it shows a lack of understanding...and I think that coupled with the power we have..scares the shit out of people. As Amercians we have to be better and live up to a higher ideal. Torture..imprisonment without a trial..I can only speak for myself..but that's not my idea of what America is all about. Part of the plot of terrorists was not to just kill as many people as possible..it was to change our way of life and change our ideals as people..and in turn lower the worlds opinion of us..that is where the battle is really raging...not on some roadside in Iraq..but in the hearts and minds of the world..and in our souls as Americans. It is often said we are in a battle of cultures..East vs. West and Islam vs. Christian...but we are really in a moral battle between living up to the standards we have set or lowering ourselves to the level of our enemy and than using their behavior as justification. We have already fallen into the trap..it will take a deep search of our moral center to find the courage to pull out of it..


The question I ask people who support our current course...what is more important invading Iraq..where almost as many Americans have now died as did during the 911 attack...or capturing Bin Laden...who is still at large?

If a week or a month after 911 the world had seen Bin Laden in chains or dead that would have sent a message that if you attack Americans there will be consequences. Right now terrorists act with impunity because our resources are tied up in Iraq...As much as I like the idea of a "free" Iraq...was it really our job to make it happen? How did it go from searching for WMD's to building a Democratic republic in Iraq? Am I the only one who saw our mission change...and yet what does any of this have to do with capturing the people responsible for 9-11? We should have honored them by bringing their killer to justice...not making a movie out of their/our tragedy..






k
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I was lucky enough to meet special effects guru Stan Winston this week. I had the pleasure of visiting his office/work shop and seeing all the mind blowing stuff he has there. Everything from life size Raptors from Jurrassic Park. To full scale Aliens and Face-huggers. Giant Predators and a full scale T-Rex head that freaked me out. Every version of the Terminators as well as an endless amounts of creatures and monsters from almost every movie you can think of. Being the geek I am I was overwhelmed by all the cool things there. Stan is a great person and an amazing creative talent. The man has an original Frazetta painting in his office. The man knows and appreciates quality and detail. Simply put. Awesome!!!
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  • Listening to: Mew-The Zookeeper's Boy
  • Reading: Wired
  • Watching: Layer Cake
I've been asked a few times on DA what I do for a living and if I drew this or that.

Here's a brief overview of artistic exploits.

I started our working for four different artists. Scott Williams,Whilce Portacio, Jim Lee and Joe Chiodo.

I did various jobs for them including backgrounds, story development and designs.

I've worked for Marvel on various projects. Most of them pretty ill-fated.

I've been an inker for DC.

I created the comic Q- Unit

I drew the comic Blood Strike and chipped in on many other Extreme titles. I also did the designs and layouts for the Battlestar Galactica comic.

Drew the Perry Rhodan comic that was published in Germany.

I created and published the comic Deity, Saint Angel and Catseye.


I freelanced for the Disney Imagineering on a theme park they built in Japan as well as one they are planning to build in China and a series of high-end arcades they built here in the US.

That's just to name a few...

I currently work for a toy company. We create toys for Spiderman 3 and many other Marvel related properties. We are also creating toys for the next Shrek movie and for Jessie James of Monster Garage fame.

My heart is always with comics and I am in the midst of creating my next graphic novel.

More on that very soon.

best,

k
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  • Listening to: Quantic-blow your horn
  • Reading: Wired
  • Watching: V4Vendetta
I received a note from a fellow dA'er about digital inking and coloring. I know lot's of the artists on here know these ideas but I thought I would post my reply to him because there are a lot of beginners on here that need info. I might do a tutorial on inking in the near future..it's a very misunderstood aspect of comics...(thanks f$%king Kevin Smith!!!)

If anyone has anything to add...feel free to drop your two cents


uh- here goes..


I use Photoshop mostly and sometimes Painter. I think Photoshop is easier to use and a more powerful/versatile tool. As for digital inking..there are two ways to think of it...you can scan in your pencils and use various tools in Photoshop to clean the lines up or make them darker. I use the levels adjustment layer to make my pencils darker and than clean up the smudges and dust that the scanner catches with the pencil tool. I than copy the layer and set the new layer to Multiply and color under that layer as to preserve the iine art. It's similar to animation style coloring or the old school blue line style of comic coloring from back in the day. If you have either a clean pencil stlye or a strong color style this works. You have to sort of decide that's the style you want and create your art with that in mind. You can also vector your artwork in either Photoshop or Illustrator. This is very similar to inking your work with a french curve and ruler just in a digital manner. You take your pencil scan into Illustrator and trace and embellish it. From there you have a clean line and you can color in either Photoshop or Illustrator.
Painter is similar to Photoshop but you have a built in variety of brushes and paint-like effects. Some artist use the pen and ink to tool in Painter with a Wacom tablet and do a black line clean up of their work. You can get a thick to thin effect with it that can simulate hand inking to a certain extent...but in that case I would say. Just ink it in a non-digital way and go from there.


The key ideas of inking are:
Clarity of image.(this comes from print limitations in the past but now inking is done more aesthetic reasons)
Showing the light source by using line weights.
Creating depth through the used of spotted blacks and line weights.
Creating surface texture.
All of these ideas should serve either the concept of the piece or in the case of comic art should help to clarify or enhance the story.



That's an overview. If you have specific questions let me know.
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  • Listening to: Quantic-blow your horn
  • Reading: Wired
  • Watching: V4Vendetta
Everyone and their momma has been commenting on the new DA interface and not wanting to feel left out I've decided to throw my 2 cents into the mix.

When I first saw it I thought it was kinda cool...

but after further review It's sort of organized all fucked up...why are all the tools on the right of the screen..and for fucksake can we get a different color.....

Also the whole site seems to have slowed down...

ok I'm in a bitch'n type of mood today..(everyday?)

but seriously...how about a soft launch and get some feedback..I'm sure they must have beta tested it...but although I don't expect too much from DA..with myspace and all the other BS out there..they have a chance to corner the market on the internet artist types.


get it together peeps..


Also if you have not checked out my wannabe tutorial on depth and color..give me some feedback and some ideas for other tutorials..

best
k
k
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  • Listening to: Dj Shadow-backstagegirl
  • Reading: Wired
  • Watching: V4Vendetta
Went to the comic con on Friday and although it was packed..

I got in and out with relative ease...


said what's up to my comic peep friends..


and checked out lots of new stuff...


got a pic of a saucy Princess Leia...


and managed to get a few interesting art books..


had a swell dinner



...all and all...good times



...maybe I was being cynical



..it was fun...




oh yeah..uploading the next two installments of Postal tomorrow..

k
k
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  • Listening to: All You Need is Love-The Beatles
  • Reading: Supermarket
  • Watching: Pirates
I'm going to the SD Con for one day this year.

Thank Baby Jesus for that...

The show has become a real out of control media chop suey dumping ground...

If I didn't have to go for work..I'd be sleeping in and skipping the freak show...

I 've been involved in pro comics since I was 17 and as you can imagine I've meet just about every artist and writer and editor over the years...so now when I go..I spend more time doing the "con dance"..

walk up look surprised to see them

(where else would they be???)


Ask them how they've been and than ask my fave question

"what are you working on?"

They will tell me how there latest idea has been optioned for

a video game
a tv show
a movie staring Tom Cruise

Than they will tell me how bad the show sucks...followed by

"The Industry Sucks Monologue"


I will repeat this little dance maybe 50-100 times over the course of the show..

and hey won't that be fun..



hehehe



that being said..I'm going to be trolling the isles for sketchbooks and art books...and few select comic books...

Anyone else braving the Con?
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  • Reading: Supermarket
  • Watching: Pirates
Like most artsy/writer types..I'll be driving in the car or in the shower...about to fall asleep and I'll get an idea for a story..

Of course I think it's the next best thing since sliced bread and I will want to drop everything and start working on it...






Stirke while the iron is hot....so to speak...







but than reality sets in....







Don't I have a full time job?







Don't I want a bit of a social life






Don't I already have a ton of other ideas that are in various stages of development..and like starving kids with big Anime quivering eyes..beg for my attention???






yes


yes


and hell yes...



So most of the time these ideas get kicked to the back burner..





well I got to thinking the other day..why don't I just do something down and dirty?






so I've decided to do a series of short comic stories that will be "web only" and will be done in a 1-2 days time..


Fast...


Sketchy...


Free...


yes free...



free for anyone to read...email...post....upload..download..print...

Sounds like that F*&ked up Daft Punk song..






as long as I am given credit...


do what you will with them...




The first story is called:


"Postal-A Homicidal Love Story"




I'm hoping to post it tonight...but it could be tomorrow.


stay tuned...


k
k
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  • Listening to: Atoms For Peace-Thom Yorke
  • Reading: Supermarket
  • Watching: Pirates
I went to the Anime Expo in Anaheim today...

The show has really grown and there were lots of peeps in interesting Anime costumes...tons of Narutos and surprisingly still lot's of Sailer Moon's..

Final Fantasy still get's some costumes..but not as much as in years past.


The show has become more of an Anime fan swap meet.


Pokey

Swords

Books

DVD's

Plush Animals

Robots

Robots

Robots!!!

Tons of School Girls...and the Gothic Lolita fashion style seems to still be in full effect

There was even a Hard Gay sighting UUUUFFFFFFFFFFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


as well as the now legendary Man Faye..and yes his hairy butt@@ is still impresive/gross.

There was also all the Mario Brothers...including Wario..they did a little skit using a boom box and some Mario Brothers Rap from the 80's..

Impressive...most impressive....




I must mention that the dealers room was very hot..and some of these kids need to learn about Right Guard.

It' was an Otaku smell O' Rama!!

Got a chance to watch Howls Moving Castle..and although I am a Miyazaki fan even I was impressed by this movie.

I highly recommend it...very clever and a great love story...and of course..well animated..



is it me...or have you noticed a drop in Anime posts this weekend...hmmm maybe they are all at the Expo....eatting Cup O Noodles...drinking Red Bull and watching Ranma 1/2 all night long!!!!

Party on Otaku...


...party on...





kk-san


Ii tenki desu ne?
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  • Listening to: Black Swan-Thom Yorke
  • Reading: Optic Nerve
  • Watching: Howls Moving Castle
I just got back from seeing Radiohead in Berkeley...

I'd seen the band during the Ok Computer tour and to say they have improved would be a gross understatment.

they have done the unique feat of not only improving as a band but taking their work to another artistic level.

They played some great tracks from Ok Computer..Kid A and Hail to Thief and Amnesiac as well 6 new songs!!!

The new music they are playing is a progression of their past music but very different...dare I say...more "funky"...

I've been lucky enough to see many great bands live but this show with it's perfect set list and an encore of "Fake Plastic Trees" pushes it into my top three of all time fave shows...

In the words of Ferris Bueller.."if you have the means I highly recommend it"..


kk



Set List courtesy of the wonderful site Green Plastic. www.greenplastic.com/

01 Airbag
02 2+2=5
03 Where I End And You Begin
04 15 Step
05 Kid A
06 Dollars And Cents
07 Down Is The New Up
08 Nude
09 Paranoid Android
10 No Surprises
11 The Gloaming
12 All I Need
13 Climbing Up The Walls
14 Go Slowly
15 Myxomatosis
16 Bangers 'N Mash
17 How To Disappear Completely

Encore 1
18 Fake Plastic Trees
19 Arpeggi
20 Black Star
21 True Love Waits (Thom only on Rhodes, intro to EIIRP)
22 Everything In Its Right Place

Encore 2
23 Bodysnatchers
24 The Tourist
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  • Reading: Optic Nerve
  • Watching: Nacho Libre