Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Flash Trotter #1

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?

Why not?

(coming up with a year’s worth of content is tough!)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Finally Finished C5K!

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

These Days Are Numbered...

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!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Here's a gift form me to you! Flash Trotter #1, Page 10

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Having a Hard Time Adjusting to Adulthood This Weekend

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?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Jupiter..

The missus and I had a bit of a fight tonight (thank You Bacon and Eggs!). Nothing against her, but the logic of women confounds me sometimes.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I've decided to dust off an old pin-up I drew for a friend. It still needs ink and color. I'll post it when it's ready.


But don't hold yer breath, either.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Anniversary

I made my fiancee the happiest woman in the world 8 years ago today!

Monday, February 7, 2011

work in progress

Still chipping away at "Bacon and Eggs." I should be able to y'all stuff next month.

In the mean time, enjoy some Flash Trotter...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February's "To Do" List

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:
School Stuff:
Make Famous Floridians Display/Didactic
Make Cityscape/Community Display/Didactic
Home Stuff:
Clean Toilets
Wash/Mop floors
Organize garage
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.

School Stuff:
Make 50 States Display/Didactic
Organize/Post 2nd Semester Lesson Plans
Paint ROYGBV Buses/Bus Mural @ the school bus loop

Home Stuff:
Rake Yard
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)
Steam-clean carpets

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!