Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
By 2002, I was a college graduate with a “real” job (some might argue career) and fiancé and three actual comic books under my bed collecting dust (where they remain to this day!) Maybe this comic book thing wasn’t going to happen.
And then I figured: what the hell?
I started plotting and sketching Flash Trotter #1.
I had written little/short movies with friends before, but committing words to paper that other people would read and have an opinion about felt like “real” writing. This was the first comic-book that I wrote for myself.
Flash Trotter was a character that I had first come with daydreaming in high school chemistry back in 1996. I hated chemistry (and scientists of course!) and was devastated one weekend when I heard Indiana Jones confess to Willie Scott in “Temple of Doom” that he was a SCIENTIST!
So I day-dreamed/brainstormed: What’s the ARTISTIC equivalent of a globe-trotting, adventuring Young-Indiana-Jones-type?
I came up with Flash Trotter. There’s a little more to it than that, but I gotta leave somethin’ for interviewers/biographer, right?
The writing style is “barrowed” from old E.C. comics and is deliberately being produced for a younger audience in mind. So, yeah, it isn’t exactly Eisner-winning material, but it had a beginning, a middle, and an end, it set up a conflict and a resolution, it properly introduced the characters, and it has a good hook (in my opinion). It is what it is on a beginning-craft level, but even if the story’s goofy and full of adventure comic-book logic, the structure’s solid (solid-enough?) At least I got that much right straight out of the gate, and understanding the craft of structure has served me well since. I’m not claiming to be a master storyteller, but the hope is that some solid artwork can elevate/distract/misdirect a truly discerning reader. (Shit. Did I just say that out loud?)
So why am I posting these now?
(coming up with a year’s worth of content is tough!)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
So it eventually took 13 weeks to finish a nine week exercise regimen (after all the strep throats and vacations). The coolest thing happened: I was listening to Nirvana's Unplugged in new York album as a finished my last thirty minute push. The last track and the run finished AT THE EXACT SAME TIME!
For anyone who knows that CD, I ended my Couch to 5K to a resounding applause.
Friday, February 18, 2011
experienced a sad pang in the center of my stomach this afternoon as I watched my two little topless boys playing with each other on the slide. Big Bro (Little P) continuously climbed up the slide with his baby bro (Big D) rolled inflated balls down to him. Little P feigned injury while Big D just giggled through the biggest grin.
On their own.
I just watched.
I knew that a year form now, they would be two different people.
Enjoy it while you can, people!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Barely eeked out any time for me lately.
There is NO balancing act.
Do I sound like a whiny prick when I say that I've got to remind myself that I'm the Main Character in my life's story?
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
It’s my time of the month again.
Time to reflect, reassess, and reevaluate my monthly “To-Do” list. Here is everything that I got done in January:
Make Famous Floridians Display/Didactic
Make Cityscape/Community Display/Didactic
Sort the boys clothes/hand-me-downs
Comic book front:
Finish coloring bacon and Eggs spreads
Convert to comic book format
Make inside front cover
Make "About the Authors" page
Get Voodoo Chyl' to the printers in Orlando
Here’s all the things that I didn’t complete and get carried over into February. I’ve also added a few new projects to prepare for MegaCon 2011.
Make 50 States Display/Didactic
Organize/Post 2nd Semester Lesson Plans
Paint ROYGBV Buses/Bus Mural @ the school bus loop
Fix towel rack
Fix/Clean Windows (replace windows is more of a $ummer project)
Cut down trees ($ummer project)
Lay sod ($ummer project)
Garbage disposal ($ummer project)
Comic book front:
Sketch "Champions" character sketches for my boy J. Torres
Ink and color Grappler pin-up for MegaCon 2011
Ink and color West pages for MegaCon 2011
Get Bacon and Eggs to the printers in Orlando for MegaCon 2011
Update blog posts!
Stay tuned to see what gets carried over to February.
I also figure that it's time to post my very first self-published comic: Flash Trotter!