SO. I said I was going to be doing this…awhile ago and then I got distracted with scripting and inking and various other comic things. However, I need money to fund webhosting and supplies for the San Hannibal project and this is the best way to do it.
For a 15 dollar preorder (shipping included) you will get a small trade paperback containing Acrobat issues 29 and 30 complete with bonus pinups, a free quick sketch from the artist (me), and the short Christmas story illustrated by Jon Cairns of Alpha Flag.com. This comes out to about 60 pages, which I think is a decent deal for an indie comic. Let me know if you want anything specific for your sketch and I’ll try to include it with your copy.
Payment can go to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll need your address if paypal doesn’t already have it. Ka-Blam takes a long time to print, so it’ll probably be a bit…but you will get it.
The comic in question can be viewed up in here: http://www.crankyoctopus.com/acrobat
Reblog and help me out if you can.
I don’t normally reblog anything, but JD is doing some really great work, and this needs some more attention. Help him out (and do yourself a favor) by ordering his book.
9:36 am • 15 October 2011 • 31 notes
Walter White, from photo reference. Breaking Bad is probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, right up there with Oz.
Also, everything that could have gone wrong technically with Bitter Liquid has. My hard drive was wiped out by some Akira volume three level virus, so I’ve been playing musical chairs with computers to get the production done. Scanned all 108 pages today, and I’m going to go change the contrast levels and letter the thing before I go to sleep.
You don’t know pain until you’ve had to scan 108 pages in one sitting.
3:19 pm • 8 October 2011 • 13 notes
Finished the book, mere moments ago. I was planning on posting a part of the last page, but, of course, the computer I use to scan is infected with a virus. So here’s a photo taken with an ipad, of the fat stack of pages I’ve accumulated over the last ten months.
Feels weird to finally have the hardest part of the book done. I don’t think my brain has processed it yet..I go from random moments of “Holy shit, this book is done” to feeling like I just completed another page of the book, with many more to come. I don’t know what I’m getting at. ANYWAYS.
Bitter Liquid is the first in a series of five or six books, the majority of which I’ll be doing in high school. It’s a training ground to get to a professional level of comic bookery, while creating a love letter to all my favorite movies, bands, and art. For the next week I’ll be doing spot illustrations for the cover and such, along with preparing all the files for print. Physical copies should be available to purchase by the end of october.
I figure I should probably mention what’s up next after Bitter Liquid. Through October and November, I’ll be making the majority of the comics that’ll end up in Broken Nose, a magazine sized anthology of shorter comics, similar to the way Michael Deforge does Lose. In December, I’ll be starting my second book in the series, Mother Wolf. I’ve already made a list of everything I hate about the first book..and I think it’ll be leaps and bounds better than this one.
I hope you’ll all buy a copy, enjoy it, and watch me grow as an artist.
Thank you and goodnight.
11:15 pm • 2 October 2011 • 13 notes
Tonight’s warm up. Frankenstein from the reboot, and Klarion the witch boy.
I’ve never read any comic with Klarion the Witch boy in it. I just like that there’s a character called Klarion the witch boy. Nice design, too.
10:40 pm • 23 September 2011 • 3 notes
Snippet! The book’ll be done soon. Within two to three weeks, at my current pace.
Habibi comes out in two days! So excited. Blankets and Carnet de Voyage are some of my favorite books.
6:09 pm • 18 September 2011 • 6 notes
One last full page. I figure I’ll just post little snippets of the fifteen or so pages that’ll follow after this.
Picked up the new Justice League book, I figured it’s kinda important. The Jim Lee art was pretty nice, I always like seeing him work on a book. I used to be really into Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld (I know, I know) when I was ten or eleven. It’s kind of funny, considering all my artistic heroes now are the exact opposite of those two in terms of line work.
6:42 pm • 4 September 2011 • 7 notes
Back from the dead. Here’s a little Tyler warm up I decided to color.
Got really busy during the power outage. I outlined my next book and thumbnailed a twelve page story for Broken Nose. ALSO, I’ve only got fourteen pages left to ink from Bitter Liquid! I won’t be posting much more from it, to avoid spoiling the ending. I’m guessing it’ll come out in early to mid october, hopefully.
9:32 pm • 2 September 2011 • 6 notes
shatterblonde asked: I really want you to be a 43 year old bookseller and I hope that was true. You have no idea how disappointing it would be to hear that you're a teenage wunderkind with a life of endless opportunity ahead of them.
I lied, I’m actually a twenty seven year old meth-head with multiple personality disorder named Tyler. This blog is a result of one of my personalities, “Connor”. Here, I have delusions of being an upcoming sophomore student, who shuns all offered social activity to draw sequential art about a strange zombie detective.
Another one of my personalities is Hugo, in which I engage in hours of primal gazelle scream therapy.
1:35 am • 28 August 2011 • 3 notes
thetinyhoboart asked: Wow! You're really only 15? Your art is kind of awesome! Rock on!
I lied, I’m actually a forty three year old man living in his mother’s basement who works part time at a used book store. Most of the the time when I’m not drawing comics, I sit by myself and gently weep, whilst my mother mutters to herself in the room next to mine, “I should have drowned him at birth.”
Thanks for your (kind of) compliment.
12:05 am • 28 August 2011 • 4 notes
Another lady warm up.
I’ve got fourteen pages of my book left to draw. Rad.
11:17 pm • 27 August 2011 • 1 note