Monday, October 27, 2008

Haunted Hotrod

Drawn at bowling tonight. I've been watching a lot of America's Pyschic Challenge. Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Young Abe Lincoln's Log Fort

Here's a strip I've got in this month's (November) Nick Magazine, in the special presidential election comics section. If you find yourself in the magazine aisle of your local grocery look for it! I love drawing that log-typeface! When I cut down the dead trees in my backyard I think I'm going to spell out my full address on my front lawn with a real life version of that log-typeface.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Spooky Extravaganza

Here's a special post just in time for Halloween featuring some of my favorite things: homemade contraptions, heavy-metal logotypes, my dad's inventions, haunted houses, isometric perspective, punk rock, skeleton judges overstepping their judicial authority, the grisly lambasting of local celebrities, etc.
Pictured above is the first page of a comic of mine appearing in a prestigious new anthology from Yale University Press. The book is called AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS, AND TRUE STORIES VOLUME 2, was edited by the esteemed cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, and has a wrap-around cover by Dan Clowes.My story, which first saw print in KRAMERS ERGOT #6, tells of a church plant manager and her role in the church's haunted house, specifically one transformative attraction. A review in the The Comics Journal described the world created in my strip as "Butt-Rock Winesburg" and that remains one of my most cherished pieces of feedback. Here's half of the grand isometric cut-away spread:
Here are a couple of old chestnuts from the vault, some stuff I drew for the lovely local thrash band Cross Examination. Here's the cover to their first record, vinyl on Deep Six Records and CD on Organized Crime:
And a 2-color T-shirt. The front:The back: a classic case of art direction and editorial oversight (from lead singer Devil Dan) that really made the illustration come alive. And it allowed me to really hone my blood spatter technique. Thanks Devil Dan!
You should also be sure to check out Cross Exam's new record MENACE II SOBRIETY which, in addition to many more post-apocalyptic circle-pit inspiring jams, also includes amazing art and comics from fellow St. Louisan / USS Catastrophe/ Impossible Comics Group member Jeff Worm.
Oh, and one more thing. I drew a new pumpkin-themed Amazing Facts and Beyond this week. I love halloween! And eating/drinking pumpkin-flavored things. Make some suggestions to me! (I've already got the 'Great Pumpkin' from Ted Drewes covered, and then some).
(top and bottom: color gouache & ink tests for characters from Cross-Fader / citizens of Butt-rock Winesburg)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monster Mash

Show tomorrow night at the Bluebird! (Wednesday, October 15th). Crocodiles, MAR, and Black for a Second. Should be a good one. I only draw flyers for shows I'm going to, and I only go to good shows, and I only draw good flyers, etc.)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Mighty Mississipp, the Ole Miss, the Old Man

Inspired by my pal John Hendrix's drawings, an upcoming print project, and a beautiful St. Louis afternoon I went down to the riverfront to do some sketchbook drawin'. Here's one of the Eads Bridge. I wish I would've brought my fishing pole with me and joined the fellas underneath. I probably would've needed a 40 as well.
I am thinking of starting a St. Louis sketchbook club. Who is with me?!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Honeymoon Hot-Rod

Drawing I did at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Sunny San Diego last weekend on the inside of a wedding card for my pals Sarah and Chris. (They are both runners and that is why they are operating their hot-rod Flintstones style). It was a fun time! Thanks to DBD for the snapshot. Chances are if you are my friends and you get married and you will get a drawing sort of like this. Okay, almost exactly like this. Congrats Chris and Sarah!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Big Amazing Facts & Beyond News

In honor of tonight's Vice Presidential Debate (being held in our own backyard) here is a special Amazing Facts & Beyond EVENT! It's a full-page, full-color strip exposing some of the strangest strategies and toughest tactics used by vice presidential candidates during their second-tier debates going back over 200 years. As usual, get a copy of the RFT for a hard copy but in the meantime here it is:
In other exciting Leon news, we put together a little booklet containing all the AF&B strips thus far, debuting this weekend at SPX in Bethesda, Maryland.
It's 30 densely-stuffed strips (by me, Kevin H, and Ted May) wrapped up in a 2-color silkscreen wrap-around cover (white and brown ink on Mystic Orange paper). Oh, and it has an index (aka THE BEYONDEX) that is worth the cover price alone. Wait a minute, we forgot to put a cover price on there. I think it's $4 (American). Keep an eye on the catastrophe shoppe for ordering and payment info.