Anonymous asked: where do you gather inspiration for your pieces?
Typically, making art is just me trying to recreate a feeling I got from a song, book, or something that happened to me. The latter half of my last graphic novel was mostly inspired by listening to a lot of Sam Ray’s musical projects (teen suicide, julia brown, and heroin party in particular) and this dark foreboding feeling I got from being out late at night right before Hurricane Sandy hit, for example.
You can read and/or download the first 93 pages of I am a Graveyard by clicking here. Most of this was drawn in 2012, and I was really into Hugo Pratt, Al Columbia’s early work, The Pixies, and Sonny Rollins’ Saxophone Colossus at the time. Enjoy.
More comics in the mail. Big month for me and getting comics in the mail. This time it’s I Am A Graveyard by Connor McCann. Turns out I won his tumblr reblog contest and got a free copy and an awesome little ink drawing to go with it. I wasn’t really aware of Connor until I saw posts about this book floating around, but it seems he’s some kind of 17 year old comic prodigy. I haven’t gotten a chance to read much of it, but the art is excellent for an artist of any age or experience level, and what I’ve read was very creepy and funny, full of references boasting cool influences (I’m really jealous of what cool shit kids can find out about these days. When I was 17 the coolest comics I knew about were CLAMP comics and whatever else they had at barnes and noble. The internet wasn’t cool enough yet.). Also this is a full graphic novel. Nearly 200 pages. Makes me feel like a dope, I don’t think the combined work of my entire career amounts to that many pages and this kid did it before finishing high school. I definitely recommend getting a copy if you can. I have a feeling this is only the beginning in a long line of great work from McCann.
Wow. Was not expecting such a flattering write up. Thanks Zach!
Suffervacation and spreadconfusion won copies of the book and a piece of original art!
Everyone else: there’s still a handful of copies left from the first printing available to buy here.
Anonymous asked: Hello! I saw you got accepted into RISD, and I have to ask was doing the portfolio part hard? I want to apply, but I don't know how to exactly send off the two drawings (the bicycle, and the 11 day calender thing). Isn't it on 16 x 20 sheet? How the hell do you send that off? Thank you!
Fold them up so they fit into an 8.5x11 envelope. Good luck!