Jane’s World, the novel!

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The release date for the Jane’s World novel is June 1st! There are several ways to get the book. The best way is to pre-order from the publisher and it’s available now. (Support indie publishers any chance you get!)

You can pre-order the novel here: Bold Strokes Books

Pure comic fun

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I attended LumaCon this past weekend. It’s an event hosted by the Sonoma County Library and if I have my history right, was started to encourage kids to read. This is the only comic convention that I’ve attended that is truly kid-friendly and kid-focused. And in addition to kids, there were also lots of teens creating art, comics and other handmade goods. I left the event feeling very inspired and rejuvenated mostly because the crowd seemed so happy just to be celebrating comics.

Driving in to work this morning it struck me that comics may be the last pure art form. One person with a pen, paper and story to tell can make a comic. And what the reader gets is that creator’s pure, unfiltered “voice.” That’s pretty amazing if you stop and really think about it.

Let’s go make comics!

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Haven, the comic

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I just finished a short story for the Alphabet Anthology, from Tara Avery and Stacked Deck Press. This is a small excerpt of a longer story that I’ve been thinking about and sketching for the better part of 2015. It was really fun to finally get to submit at least part of it for publication. I’ll keep you posted about when the book is out.

It’s quite satisfying to see a story go from thumbnails… To finished panels. And really fun to start a new series that brings two great new characters to life: Alex and Emma

 

Den of Geek: Nib envy

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Excerpt from “Den of Geek:”

On a desk in a Santa Rosa office sits a red and gold box measuring 10×8 cm. It dates from the 1940s, is one of only three such boxes in existence, and contains around a hundred of what comic book artist and creative director of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, Paige Braddock, calls “the holy grail of pen nibs.” These are the nibs used by Charles “Sparky” Schulz to draw over 17,000 Peanuts comic strips.

When the R. Esterbrook Company stopped manufacturing Charles Schulz’s preferred 914 pen nibs, he bought up the remaining stock. Three boxes are all that remain—one on display at the Schulz Museum adjacent to his former studio, one kept in the studio safe, and the one we’re shown by Braddock, a gift from Sparky on her first day at the company.

As Braddock tells it, there’s nothing quite like them. “Other cartoonists have asked,” she tells us, “and we’ve all tried to find similar nibs but no, can’t find anything as good.” What makes them unique? “It’s a very versatile quill,” she explains, “it’s what I ink with because it gives you closest to his line.”

Getting closest to Sparky’s line isn’t only Braddock’s goal. It’s also the task the artists at Blue Sky Studios set themselves when they began work on The Peanuts Movie, a project that many of them had been unwittingly preparing for since childhood.

“I think Peanuts characters were some of the first characters I tried to draw myself, they seemed so simple!” remembers The Peanuts Movie director Steve Martino. “Paige actually gave me one of the pen nibs and I spent an entire weekend trying to draw Charlie Brown with India Ink and pen. That Charlie Brown head is one continuous pen-stroke—it is so hard to get it right!”

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