Super Rabbit!

Wed 7/12/2017

Did you ever wonder what would happen if Roger Rabbit was secretly a super hero? WELL NOW YOU CAN FIND OUT!!!

In 5th grade, I drew a Roger Rabbit fan-fiction comic for my 5th grade English class, when I was 12. It's called Super Rabbit and I just posted the whole thing over in the comics section of this site.

This was the project that culminated from a debate with my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Shoemaker, about whether or not comics counted towards my class's reading requirements. You can read more about this struggle and my eventual victory on pages 8 and 9 of Phase 7 #010.

This comic went on to win a blue ribbon at a local art competition. For the event, my mother had the whole comic framed - all six pages mounted under a giant piece of glass. This was great, because they have been preserved these 25 years, but this week I figured out a better use for that frame, and so decided to carefully remove them so I could scan and post them here.

I hope you enjoy checking out one of my earliest cartooning efforts, and probably my first-ever finished comic!

East Coast Adventure!

Fri 7/7/2017

Well, last weekend I returned home after two weeks on the East Coast. Claire and Suzanne joined me for the first leg of the trip, which took us over to Portland, Maine to visit our old pal Liz Prince.

Then Claire and Suzanne drove with me over to White River Junction, Vermont so Suzanne could meet some of my friends there. I uploaded a bunch of photos from our trip into a new Flickr album.

After a few days in Vermont, Claire and Suzanne headed back to Maine to fly home to Santa Fe, while I stayed put to teach two weeks of summer workshops at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

I'm happy to report that I survived teaching my new animation course for the first time! There were a few hiccups, but I had an excellent group of students who stuck with me and they all ended up creating some amazing work during an intense week of drawing. You can see some of their projects on this Tumblr that I set up to showcase their work. I definitely learned a lot by teaching this material for the first time and I'm already excited to teach it again next year with a number of improvements.

I'm very thankful that I get to be home for the rest of the summer, spending time with Claire and Suzanne and chipping away at all my various projects.

After spending so much time amongst friends back East I was feeling kind of isolated out here in Santa Fe, so I... I set up an instagram account? My thought was that a lot of my friends are on there, and it might make me feel more connected to what is going on in their lives, but for now it's just causing me a lot of "social media stress." It's been a while since I had to join a new platform. Ugh...

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Stay cool, everybody!

2017 Summer Workshops at CCS!

Fri 5/12/2017

I recently finished up a big freelance project, the school year wrapped up and both of the MFA students I was advising this year (Sandy Bartholomew and Steve Thueson) both passed their thesis reviews!

I am now looking forward to the next few months and starting some new projects. In the mornings I am working on the illustrations for a picture book that my sister Galen wrote and the last 24 pages of the current Isle of Elsi storyline. I'm taking a break from Phase 7 until Galen's book is done, because the next issue kicks off a massive (10? 20? issue) arc that I'm going to be working on for the foreseeable future.

The rest of my work hours these days are being used to prepare for the CCS Summer Workshops that I will be teaching in Vermont this summer.

From June 19-23 my old pal Jon Chad and I will be teaching the Create Comics Workshop. This is our heavily-structuded comics course for beginners. If you've ever wanted to spend a week learning a whole ton of stuff about comics, join us!

Then from June 26-30 I will be teaching an all-new workshop, Beginning Animation. My teaching assistant Mary Shyne and I will be exploring the intersection of animation and comics all week, while drawing short experimental flip books and a few larger hand drawn 2D projects (with pencils! on paper!). It is going to be fun.

There's about a month to still sign up for these, so if you're interested, hop to it! If any CCS alumni are out there, you get 50% off!

 
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