Octopus for the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hard to believe that another year has gone by. And in honor of the 18th year of this century, I have here and octopus. I realize that octopi have eight arms and not 18, but let’s  not worry about that.

I started with a pencil sketch that started out very loose, then I gradually tightened up a bit.

octopus sketch

I then inked it.


I was originally planning on leaving it black and white, but I eventually decided to apply a wash and some ink splatter.


The original piece is fairly large, and even with my large format printer, I had to stitch this together.


Cover of a Cover

My friend and writing partner is putting out the first chapter of his comic, and I have done the cover for him. He gave me a lot of artistic freedom (but not a lot of time), so I went with the cover of the classic EC cover that so enraged Frederic Wertham and other 1950s denizens.

classic comic

Crows and Halftone

In my continuing experience with midtowns and color, I have unlisted the aid of some crows. My uncle was kind enough to photograph these crows at the beach.

I used a grey brush pen for the crows on the right, which gives the midtown a watercolor-feel. The crows on the left use a red brush pen that I manipulated as a solid block of color.

Going forward, I plan on using halftone dots in conjunction with other colors. Stay tuned!


Here are the original crows.


Politics in Space

Greetings, friends! Today I would like to blame my lack of posts on several back to back projects that took most of my time in the last two months.

My first project is called Kentucky Killzone, and I am working on it with my friend and colleague Eric Wong. He’s a great writer and I’ve been having a ball working with him. The premise of Kentucky Killzone is very similar to Die Hard, but it tells the story behind the “Bowling Green Massacre”, which is a fictional terrorist attack fabricated by that news anchor Kellyanne Conway. The issue that we finished is like a pilot episode for more adventures! Here’s the cover and a sample page:


The other project that I’ve been working on is a non-fiction piece for the Project Censored 2017 Book, which I worked on with professor and author Adam Bessie. Ever since I assistant taught a class on comics journalism, I’ve been enthused about collaborating on an editorial or journalistic comic, and lo, my hopes were realized. Adam’s an incredible writer and I look forward to working with him in the future. Keep an eye out for Project Censored’s 2017 book.

The premise of this piece is the nature of alternative facts in the Trump administration and how they parallel certain SciFi tropes. Here is a sample page:

A Return to Donuts

My brother and his longtime girlfriend are getting married! To celebrate the occasion, they’re going to have boxes of fancy donuts rather than cake.  And decorating the boxes will be a donut logo. Who do you think will design those donuts?

I’ve made these donuts so far. I will add text to them and maybe some other decorative elements.