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Ten Ton Studios

I met Khoi Pham at Wizard World Toronto last year. I was there promoting my web comic “I was a Hero” on comic book daily. I had the luck to sit with Khoi and got to chat alot. I never asked, but he eventually asked me to show him my portfolio. I was shitting bricks, I new my work was lacking as I had not been keeping up with my art that much. I had just started doing the web comic to give me a kick start.

He looked through my whole book and then flipped back to the first drawing, he then proceeded to rip me a new ass hole. I listened intently because as he was telling me all the things wrong with my work, he was giving great advice too. Since that day, I became friends with him on Face book and eventually found out about Ten Ton Studios weekly sketch challenge. Along with many other great artists, Khoi moderates and gives honest critiques to sequentials, and gives a budding artist hope they can progress! I started posting my entries almost two months ago, and I am loving it. There are so many great artists that participate, it keeps everyone on their game!! I have found I am able to produce faster with better results, I know one drawing a week isn’t much but when your working full-time and getting married (oh yeah, getting hitched August 11th!!!), it’s hard to jerk it let alone produce a page your proud enough to upload!

Since I have been absent for so long I’ll start posting away. I will try and keep it up to date!!

ENJOY!!

P.S- Bane (my fifth entry) was my first win! If you wanna see ’em big go here!

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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KIRBY Inspired Watercolours

 

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Black Bolt

Black Bolt

This is Jack’s coolest costume…in my opinion.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

PolkaROO

It seems like every time I’m around, the Polka ROO isn’t….arrgghh…Any fan of Polka Dot Door knows exactly what I am going on about, for the rest, the Polka Roo is this giant..dog..thing with a weird golfers hat. He would only ever talk to one host of this kids show when the second host had to take a dump, or catch up on their Donahue. The absent host returned to stories of Polka ROO and the wicked weed he scored…”you just missed him”…
Why am I going on about some early eighties kids show mascot? I have no clue. I do know I have been missing out on staying up to date with uploading artwork and long drawn out blogs that only my mom reads.
So prepare thyself, for artwork will be uploaded….been busy!

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Fan Expo 2010

Well, it’s been a while in between postings, with a new job and being to too tired to draw as much as I want to, I thought attending Fan Expo in Toronto would re-invigorate my drive. It did….and it didn’t.

I’ll be completely honest when I say that my prime directive for the show was a signature from the man him self, Stan Lee.  Stan is a legend in the world of comics, hell, my Mom even knows who he is, so getting to meet my all time hero was exciting enough. As long as I got Stan to sign my favorite issues of Journey in Mystery (issues 103, 109, 112) I would be a happy man…or so I thought.

Friday

This years show had a lot of people I wanted to meet, mostly artists, but I didn’t bring a shit ton of comics to get signed, I made that mistake last year, lugging around  that much weight all day gets tiring. Streamlined and prepared, I made may way down to Toronto fairly early. I arrived outside the Convention building around 9 a.m expecting to breeze through the gates with my pre-purchased deluxe pass… when will I learn. I do this to myself every year, I am convinced I’ll hit the line up before it gets too big, and every year it gets bigger and bigger, so I am left scanning the line for the one group of people that wouldn’t confront me when I bud in. I locate my opening and slide right in, the death stares are easy to deal with when they are coming from some of the most socially awkward people you will ever meet. I probably could of done it closer to the front of the line, but security seemed to be on the ball, so far.

The line, for those of us who have our tickets,  finally starts moving around 12:30 pm, that’s right, 3 hours to get in, and the line behind me was at least another hour and a half wait. We are herd, like geeky cattle,  in to the ticket area to receive our wrist bands,  eventually I make my way to the main floor.

It seems cramped, it’s in the smaller building this year but it felt like even the major exhibitors planned for this. DC’s booth looked like some one threw it together 10 mins before the door opened, but the huge Green Lantern was cool.

Marvels booth is the same as every year, which is great, but would have been nice to see something new. The signing areas were scaled down for the comic professionals, and more focused on the TV and screen stars this year.  G4’s booth was nice, open to everyone, so I made my way and introduced myself to Victor and Fubar. Victor was super nice, as was Fubar, but you could tell they really just wanted to walk around and check everything out. I wasn’t going to bother with any Star signatures this year, my first trip was to Stan Lee’s signing area to make sure I don’t miss out.

Stan was signing today but the line up already consisted of the hundreds of people who made it in first,  so I planned on the Saturday signing. The crowd this year seemed ruder, due to the large amount of  “normal” people. I noticed a lot of people walking around with their nose in the air, elitist boyfriends/girlfriends who were being dragged along and making sure us geeks knew we were in the presence of “cool” people, if you don’t want to be there, don’t come. Yes, some of us are fully functioning normal people, we just love our comics, games and movies more openly then those who crave acceptance and follow the crowd. I wandered along and began my hunt for missing issues of Journey into Mystery to fill the gaping holes in my collection. Prices for Silver age comics were surprisingly cheap this year! I found some lower grade books for 30-50% off guide prices, and obtained some newer books I had missed out on. I love Thor, old and new, Coipel was at the show as well, his art on the new Thor book really breathed life into Straczynski’s refreshing take on the characters, so making sure I meet him was priority two.

Usually Fridays are not as heavily attended as the Saturday or Sunday show, but this year showed a glaring increase in bodies. The venue was beginning to show it’s lack of square footage, and would only get worse on Saturday. I never had to push my way through the crowd on Fridays, my game plan changed to fit in more workshops then I intended, there was just too many people on the convention floor. I waited in Marvels line to meet Steve McNiven..again. This guys art blows me away, if you haven’t read the OLD MAN LOGAN run in Wolverine, you should poke yourself in the eye..go read it. I ran in to my friend Pete from ComicBookDaily, he was there reporting for the site, and we spoke briefly, and made plans to meet on Saturday.  I made my way to the table, and got to talk with Steve for a pretty long time.  Ian Churchill was signing beside him and everyone was crowded on his side of the table (don’t ask me why), so I had time to ask a lot of questions. He recognized me from the previous year and asked how my art was coming along…I was flabbergasted.  I was so impressed and honored he remembered one guy out of thousands, or it could have been a shot in the dark, I mean most of his fans are artists and E Bay signature trollers anyways. After a lengthy conversation, I stopped annoying him and pushed myself down the escalator to eat some street meat. If you are going to eat at the show, DO NOT buy inside the building, their prices are ridiculous and there is no where to sit anyways. When I opened the doors to the Front street,  I was greeted with a wall of people still trying to get in,  the show closes at 9pm and there was people lined up at 7pm… I became a little worried at this point. I was hungry and took my chances that I may not make it back inside.

Steve McNiven

I was lucky…or smart, after I ate, I sat outside one of the exit doors and waited for my time to pounce. I snuck my way back in through the exit, back to the ground floor. It was packed. I didn’t bother to wait to go back upstairs so I sat in line for Bob Layton’s artist workshop starting at 8PM. Layton was the definitive artist for Iron Man in the seventies and eighties, so getting some much needed anatomy tips from a long time pro was a real treat.

He arrived on time and was funny as hell. He hasn’t drawn comics for a while, but has been working in the film industry, most recently a consultant on Iron Man 2. He had some funny stories about Robert Downey, and seemed a little bitter towards working in comics. He informed all off us who wanted to work in comics, not to. I was a little surprised, but I hear this a lot from working artists, it takes it’s toll on you I’m sure, the countless hours spent hunched over the drawing table, and tight deadlines. Even still, if  I ever have the chance to work in the industry, I’ll take the bad back and the dark circles under my eyes…I know, there is something wrong with me.

Bob pointed out the basics to body structure, but really got into establishing shots and light/dark- balance/focus.  He makes a funny presenter, and didn’t mind swearing like a sailor.

Saturday

I was still pretty tired from Friday and waiting in another line was not fun. IF you bought a Deluxe or better pass to FanExpo it should be easier to get in the next day( due to the fact you pre bought), but I arrived to a line as long as the line to purchase tickets. It was nothing but confusion. The security guards were never on the same page, people would ask, “What is this line for?”, and the answer would be different every time. I witnessed people make it to the front of the re-entry line only to find out they were told to go to the wrong line. I sensed distaste for the way we were being treated from people around me. Would there be a geek revolution? No. We sat there, and quietly waited our turn.

2 hours. Yes, I waited 2 hours after the doors had opened to get in the re-entry gate. Whatever. I bolted to Stan Lee’s autographing area, but since I waited so long to get in, the line was already backed up. I wouldn’t dare bud in at a Stan Lee line, hey,  just ’cause a guy reads some comics, doesn’t mean he can’t start some shit!

2 hours. Another hurry up and wait scenario, but it was worth it for Stan. When he walked in the room,  people lit up. There was a smile on everyone’s face. You could feel the electricity this mans presence causes,  I was in fan boy heaven. My section of the line was directly behind the signing desk, I kept poking my head through the drapes, and security was telling me over an over not to look through them. Yeah right. Tons of people just plain ignored security when they were telling us not to take pictures of Stan, we were already fed up for waiting basically 5 hours to get here, back up, just mind ya business, just mind ya business.

Waiting in line to the Stan the Man's autograph.

It was great. He was great. I had been waiting to meet this guy my whole life. I had so many things I wanted to ask him, I was trying to boil it down to one or two questions, due to the short time I would get with him. I paid my $40 a signature, I got three, and was next in line. I shut down. All I could get out was ,”How are you Sir?”, and, “You’re the MAN Stan!!”. Oh well. I got to meet the pioneer of modern mythology.

After I finished geeking out, I made my way to artists alley, and finally met Andy Belanger. He has web comics on Transmisson X and DC ( check out Bottle of Awsome on Comixology ).  He was such a great guy, very down to earth and real. I spoke briefly with him regarding my failed attempt with Zuda, and what I was working on now. He was very encouraging, and gave me his email to send along some samples he would forward to the right people…which I have yet to do. I am so busy lately.

I bought some comics, checked out the Tron booth, and The Alien Special Edition set. It was still packed. I was stupid again and went outside to eat. I won’t even get in to how pissed I was waiting to get back in, I have already vented in my letter to them. I made it back in for The Steve McNiven Q&A/workshop. He was of course very informative, and gave some good tips. The crowd was full of fanboys and girls with so many people had questions,  Steve was still answering them (mine included) a half hour after the workshop was done. Good guy that Steve McNiven.

I met up with friends at a bar near by, and we all vented on each other on how badly run the show was this year. We all had our horror stories as did everyone on the unofficial hash tag for FanExpo on Twitter. We all laughed at the posts through out the day, and drowned our sorrows in a couple of pints, well, I did anyways.

Sunday

Sunday, well, was…I wouldn’t know. I didn’t go. I was holding a grudge. I was very disappointed in the show this year and chose not to involve myself in the clusterfu@k that was waiting for me on Sunday. I got everything I needed, Stan Lee’s signature. I will forever be able to tell people I met Stan the Man. So I didn’t go the last day, even though I paid for it. I hope they fix their issues for next year.

Check out some random pics from the show.

Olivier Coipel drawing Thor's helmet for me!

See ya next year….maybe.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Just a little fun distraction

I was recently hanging out at the local comic book store, and a friend of mine mentioned how it would be cool to have a pic of him riding Devil Dinosaur. Every now and then I get to a point where I can’t work on the same thing for too long, or I begin to lose interest, and my work suffers. So what better way to take a break then by drawing Devil Dinosaur for my friend. I used to read the series ( I bought a stack of them at a garage sale) way back,  so it was fun. Marvel was kinda wacky in the 70’s, thank god for that!

So here you go Pete…dreams do come true! LOL

A reminder to those who are not familiar.

A reminder to those who are not familiar.

Pete rides the DEVIL copy

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2009 in 1

 

All moved and settled…sort of.

Moving is never fun. I have a feeling I lost some things , but all said and done, if it didn’t make it through the move, than it probably wasn’t ment to be mine.  This post isn’t of any importance, just to reassure myself I am still relevant…lol, which I fear I am not. I did want to chime in about the whole Disney/Marvel thing, but I am going to devote a nice long rant to it later. For now I am happy to be able to update..finally. A word of advice to those who will be moving for the first time…don’t leave all your packing till the day before, and never expect you can do it in one trip.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2009 in 1