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This is your brain. This is your brain on no sleep.

30 Mar

Ugh…I need to stop pulling all-nighters on blog update nights, you guys. I forgot to update because I spent all of Monday and Tuesday feeling like this:

guhhhhhhhh

CCS Industry Day is tomorrow, and I was determined to go all-out. I spent most of Monday making Leftovers Are Good Luck, a collection of my short comics that’ll be replacing Eat Up, Cat in my MoCCA debut lineup, and most of Tuesday fighting to stay awake and failing.

But hey, speaking of MoCCA, we finally received our table number! Bailey Sharp, Ben Juers, Max Mose, Paul Swartz, and I will be at table M10. We’ll have Em Sauter, Ryland Ianelli, and Jesse Mead on one side, and Beth Hetland, Ben Horak, Pat Barrett, and Josh Kramer on the other. (What an awesome sandwich!) We’ll also be in the same row as many other lovely CCSers, such as CJ Joughin, Canto, Billage, Andy Warner, Melanie Gillman, Nate Wooters, Dakota McFadzean, Holly Foltz, Denis St. John, Nomi Kane, and many more! If you’re going to be there, please come say hello!

I also mentioned in my previous entry that I’ll be teaching two comics workshops in Springfield, VT this summer. Some of the details have changed since the last time I mentioned it, so here are the final details:Let's Draw Comics with Lena!

Making Comics with Lena!

Come learn all the basics of making comics! We’ll pencil, ink, and letter our own comics starring our very own characters, and at the end of the week we’ll put it all together into a finished book. No experience necessary– if you like to draw, we’d love to have you!

The first session is for students 10-12 years old and will take place July 11-15 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’m going to be covering the basic terms, materials, and methods of making your own comics, including character design, backgrounds, and lettering. Plus, we’ll doing some really fun drawing activities, and at the end of the camp I’ll put the students’ work together into anthologies for everyone to take home. I’m so excited about teaching this!

The second session is for teens and older students and will take place July 25-29 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’ll cover the same basics as in the first session, since they can be beneficial for students of all ages, but I’ll be going into more detail and doing some extra activities. I’ll also put the students’ work from this camp into its own anthology for students to take home.

If you or someone you know is interested in either camp, you can find out more on the Vault Gallery’s website or at the gallery itself at 68 Main St., Springfield, VT. :)

All right, I figure I’ve talked your ears off enough for now. I’m off to Dr. Sketchy’s to draw some clowns in corsets! It’s gonna be tons of fun, so if you’re in the WRJ area, you should definitely stop by! :)

Time to break out the Mr. Freeze puns.

24 Jan

Not very nice, I snow, but it is -12 degrees out right now. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COPE WITH THIS WITHOUT TERRIBLE PUNS.

In other news, here’s the next batch of CCS visiting artist drawings. I think they’re pretty cool:

Jesse DuronaJesse Durona will finish a 72-page graphic novel called Capek, a sci-fi story about a robot that finds a human baby in space and makes it his mission to reunite the child with its family.

Ben JuersBen Juers is hard at work on a 24-page silent comic about bower birds engaging in all kinds of Buster-Keaton-like slapstick antics.

Kevin UehleinKevin Uehlein will be working on two projects this year: Life Skills, an autobiographical piece based on his time spent working as a life skills teacher, and Visions of the Aporkolypse, an anthology about the inevitable pig-related death of human society and tyranny.

All right, that’s it–I’m gonna go chill out, cocoon myself in a blanket, and draw morbidly obese cats until spring comes. Get my drift?

…….ICE!

Happy Día de los Muertos!

1 Nov

I hope you all had a fun Halloween! I had a pretty good one, even though this was, sadly, the first year in a looooong time that I didn’t dress up. The Comic Boom! event was super awesome. The store itself is great–lots of selection, including a really fantastic 50-cent bin–and everyone was really friendly and fun to talk to. Corey, the owner, opened up part of the back room for us so that we could table during their normal business/Magic tournament time. Paul, Max, Canto, Bryan Stone, Denis St. John, Steve Bissette, and I were all there selling our work, and Ben came along for moral support. I finished the Día de los Muertos print I was talking about in the last post–it took me until 6:30 in the morning, but goldurnit, I finished it! I’ll post that (along with that visiting artist sketch I keep promising) on Wednesday.

On the subject of skeletons, though, I did some Día de los Muertos portraits of people on demand at the event as well. (Gee, can you tell I think it’s a really cool holiday?) They looked something like this:

Dia de los Muertos portrait

That’s skele-me in my dapper red hat, trying to convince people to spend a dollar on those portraits. I’m not sure if it came through in the scan, but the markings on the face were done in gold gel pen. Clearly, no expense was spared.

Steve and I drew each other as skeletons at the beginning of the event while things were slow, which was fun! You can see my portrait of him here, and his portrait of me just below:

Steve's Portrait

D’awww….lookit that face.

Welp, I’m about to pass out from lack of sleep and I’ve got to wake up at 5:30 in order to help teach a workshop tomorrow, so that’s it for me tonight. I’ll be back on Wednesday with lots more sketches and an exciting update on the calendar situation!

Muévete! Muévete!

29 Oct

Busy, busy busy! We’re all back to full health over here, which is great, but now we’re scrambling to get ready for Halloween festivities. That means lots of costume planning (I had a last-minute change of heart) and also illustration work for this excellent event:pew pew pew

Comic Boom is graciously hosting several CCS students tomorrow in order to let us sell our work and watch horror movies with them. I’ll be there along with Paul, Ben, and Max…but I’m a huge scaredy-cat, as I’ve mentioned before, so I’m only participating in the former. I’d still like to have something new and seasonal to bring with me, though, so I’ve been working on some Día-de-los-Muertos-inspired prints to sell. Unfortunately, that means I’ve got a lot left to do, so this blog post is going to be on the short side. Don’t worry, though–I’ll post the finished products here. In the meantime, here’s a quick visiting artist doodle I did yesterday of Laura Park:

letterin' up a storm

I’ll post my usual picture with quotes (plus a little bit about her talk and watercolor demo) on Monday, but right now I have to get back to drawin’ skeletons!

Nurse! I need 100 ccs of whimsy, STAT!

8 Oct

As we get into the final days before our deadline (what we in the biz call “siege conditions”), my studio-mates and I have been daydreaming about the other jobs we could potentially hold.

Max: I wish I could just be a nightclub promoter…or maybe an avant-garde jazz musician.

Lawrence: Sometimes I think I could own a little bookshop on a boardwalk. But then I’m like, how impractical is that? Your books would be horribly damaged!

Ben: …Convict.

As for me, I’m ready to embrace any career that lets me take a break from InDesign for a while. I’ve spent the last few weeks working on this:

This is Peep Show 2011, a calendar edited by Nomi Kane and myself. It features 12 of the talented female cartoonists at CCS drawing pin-ups of each other in all our nerdy, artsy glory. They’re full-color, $7 including shipping, and tons of fun (if I do say so myself)! Email me if you’d like to reserve a copy (or copies, if you’re feeling decadent!), or come pick one up in person if you’re coming to PIX! We all worked really hard on this (my contributions included drawing the lovely Colleen Frakes and the front cover, plus designing and laying out the interior), so I highly recommend checking it out. :)

All right…it’s back to work for me, so I’ll catch you guys on Monday!

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