These kinds of posts probably aren’t very interesting, but every time I make some new additions to my office I get really stoked about posting about it. I try to spruce it up as much as I can, as it’s where I spend my days and most nights during the week. I finally got an old drawing desk out of storage and set it up to get back to drawing by hand more. And soon I’m going to add a swanky couch to put in near the bike tire you see in that first picture to have a place to read/think/nap. Mostly nap. My favoooorite part of the whole room is this tall bookshelf. It’s got an ever-growing collection of graphic novels and fiction, my most prized possessions. But I’ve run of out room, so take a look over to the left and you can see my currently reading stack. That incredible, incredible Walter White drawing above is courtesy of Connor McCann, whose first graphic novel Bitter Liquid I just got in the mail the other day. Currently reading that, as well as Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and Moby Dick every now and then. And what else… let’s see.. Well… I guess I should stop working on the office and actually work on work.
Woah, hey! That is totally my art on someone’s wall. I am very excited about this, for no apparent reason.
7:57 pm • 20 November 2011 • 32 notes
A page from Boy Division.
I’ve been reading very few comics as of the last month of so. Don’t know why. I still haven’t managed to get past the first ten pages or so of Habibi, either. Not the book (or anything else I’ve attempted to read) is bad or anything, something just makes me want to stop reading in general. Strange times.
12:59 am • 20 November 2011 • 3 notes
Rosalie Lightning, daughter of graphic novelists Leela Corman and Tom Hart, passed away suddenly in her sleep last night. She was almost two years old.
Lauren Weinstein has started a PayPal account (firstname.lastname@example.org) for donations to help Tom and Leela with expenses from this heartbreaking event. You can send other condolences to email@example.com
(Source: ladiesmakingcomics, via unleashthebatsss-deactivated201)
9:37 am • 19 November 2011 • 110 notes
Woke up wanting to draw something vietnam related, so I did. Based on this photo.
7:06 pm • 5 November 2011 • 14 notes
Page five of Boy Division. All of the orders of BL were shipped out on Monday!
5:34 pm • 5 November 2011 • 6 notes
Here are the other few, all characters from the Umbrella Academy. I drew Rumor too, but didn’t like how it came out.
UA is probably one of the most influential books to me, along with Goon and King City.
7:01 pm • 30 October 2011 • 13 notes
Some of the sketches that are going out with copies tomorrow. I’ll post another smaller batch tonight.
the top left one was based on a R. Crumb ad from the back of Sinner.
4:21 pm • 30 October 2011 • 6 notes
It was really great to wake up this morning and see that Michael De Forge tweeted about my stuff. I gained a bunch of followers/got a bunch more orders, so I’m going to do a second printing sometime soon, probably.
Here’s the sketch that’s going with his copy. Fan art of that dead horse/spider thing from Lose 2.
3:16 pm • 28 October 2011 • 6 notes
Connor McCann ’14 Publishes Graphic Novel
Ryder Chasin, Sports Editor
October 27, 2011
Filed under A&E, Arts & Entertainment
A single lamp lights the at-home studio of Connor McCann ’14. It’s curved towards his slanted desk, casting shadows behind the opened bottles of ink and stray graphite tips that have fallen off of broken pencils.
Posters blanket the wall from floor to ceiling—Friday the 13th, Dexter, some Batman. All the classics of the horror and comic book worlds line up to coat the walls of a 15-year-old student who may have just created the next Marvel great.
Earlier this month, McCann published his first graphic novel titled Bitter Liquid. This 119-page, “pop-culture infused mystery adventure,” as McCann proclaims, has taken more than nine months to produce and, according to McCann, roughly 650 hours of work.
“I went through a three or four month art slump before I started on the book,” McCann said. “But then I thought to myself, if I didn’t put the work in now I would just be another awful teenage artist. I really strove for professionalism.”
In trying to reach that professional level, McCann created a Tumblr where throughout the process of the book he posted progress updates and scanned a number of different illustrations—from a new page he had inked, to warm-up sketches.
“Once you get past the super emotional teenagers on Tumblr, it is a great way to network,” McCann said. “I’ve even gotten some positive feedback from actual industry professionals on there.”
Although Bitter Liquid is his first published work, comics to McCann are nothing new. He recalls drawing his first comic, “Spidey and Connor,” when he was just seven-years-old and since then he hasn’t lost any steam. Between creating thousands of original sketches and compiling an archive of graphic novels by the hundreds, McCann seems to have only strengthened his passion.
“I got into it because my sister planned on making comics and abandoned it. I guess I wanted to be involved with something she did,” McCann said. “Now I’d call it a full blown obsession.”
By the end of high school, McCann plans to publish a series of five or six books—Bitter Liquid is just the first. But for now he will turn off the desk lamp after each long night of work and crawl under his sheets, watching as the posters on his wall become too dark to see.
Bitter Liquid is on sale now for $12.00 at www.deliciousbrains.bigcartel.com, and McCann’s Tumblr can be found at www.deliciousbrains.tumblr.com.
Got written about by my school paper. The thing won’t link for some reason, so here it is.
And just as an added fun fact, the mother of my interviewer went to RISD with David Mazzuchelli, and shared a studio with him for a few years afterwards.
There’s four or five copies of Bitter Liquid left. Sold about thirty five copies in five days, which is pretty cool. You can still buy it
10:22 pm • 27 October 2011 • 11 notes
HERE IT IS!
That’s the end of this beast. The response from people who have bought/read a copy so far has been enthusiastic, so I guess that’s good. I’m very excited to start the next book, which should be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, if I work hard enough.
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5:56 pm • 24 October 2011 • 8 notes