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Revenge of the Video Dead

So, I spent most of October making a comic…

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Legion of Super-Heroes vs. The Dark Judges

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Bob’s Burgers

A few weeks ago I drew this set of sketch cards as a birthday gift for someone, but I didn’t get a chance to scan them. so, a not great camera phone shot of them slightly tweaked in Photoshop is all I can provide.

Gene was the hardest to draw, I’m really proud of how Linda and Tina came out. Bob’s mustache and expression are pretty good. I’ll probably never draw anything more perfect than Louise, though.

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Jigsaw

I finished PUNISHER season 2. It was not bad, just disappointing. Jigsaw being the most disappointing aspect of it. Pretty boy Billy Russo was still kinda pretty. In fact, the scars gave him a rugged, handsome quality. Hell, when Frank was beat up, he looked worse than Jigsaw. So I drew a more comic accurate version.

Imma rewatch PUNISHER WAR ZONE soon to get a good Punisher in my eyes and brain.

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Spider-Man

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1469. Golden Age Brave and The Bold

1,469! Up top, my brotha!

So. This is it, this is the end of Sketch-a-Day version 3.0.

Some numbers:

S-a-D v1 started on February 1st, 2011. I did it for 1 year and 4 days. 369 days.

S-a-D v2 started on February 1st, 2013 and ended on December 1st, 2014. Two months shy of the 2 year mark. 669 days. This one has an asterisk on it though. The only time I ever missed a day. August 30th, 2014. Because I was drunk.

S-a-D v3 started on February 1st, 2015. 4 years and 8 days. 1,469 days.

Notice a pattern? Yes, I’m still 12.

Math time. 2,507 days of sketches over the last 8 years. Almost 7 full years of sketches. Adding in bonus or extra sketches, there are 2,703 drawings done over 7 years. These are just the ones I posted or counted. There are definitely more.

Guys, I’m tired.

Over the last few months, I’ve felt completely drained and uninspired. I need to refocus my energy and figure out what I want to do when I grow up.

The Sketch-a-Day, especially the last four years of it, has been my biggest accomplishment and the single most important thing that has consistently been a part of my life. At times, it has seemed like a chore or an albatross, it has also most certainly been the one thing that has literally saved my life. Struggling with severe depression, anxiety, stress, physical pain, mental illness, and battling suicidal thoughts and feelings… forcing myself to draw and post it here has sometimes been the only thing that pulled me through.

I certainly don’t want to disregard the people in my life who helped me through those times and issues, and I definitely appreciate their support and love. You know who you are. Even you, the people who abandoned me, you were a part of this too. You fueled this project just as much as anyone. In a way, I thank you.

Shortly before I decided to bail, I had an utterly ridiculous passing thought. “Hey” I said to myself, “you should go back to the original Sketch-a-Day and redraw that entire first year, but, y’know, better.” And for, like, 35 seconds that sounded like an amazing idea. When I did decide to shut it down, The Thought came again. But I tampered it down to “Hey, redraw your 1st daily sketch as your last one.”

And so here we are. Compare, contrast. The original post is here. The original drawing is below. I’m not sure if there’s improvement. Don’t blow air up my skirt and tell me you think there is. Keep it to yourself.

So what’s next? I dunno. I’m always battling ideas for comic books in my head. I know I need to at least write one I’ve been promising for years. This should definitely free up some time to do that and to maybe build up my own project. I’ve also been planning a book of sorts for a while. I also own a shit-ton of comics and books I’ve never read. I should try to read a little more often. Podcast is still going for now. Until Jason bails, which I am fully expecting.

I’ll still be drawing and making art. Just not posting as frequently. You can always follow the links at the bottom of this and every post. Join my Patreon. Buy stuff from my store. Get a commission (I owe 3 people commissions as is, I’ll have to come up with new excuses to procrastinate. Or just do them).

Also as it says below: I’m still here. Just a little quieter.

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1468. Ambush Bug

Margaret Cross was a big supporter of the Sketch-a-day in the early days of the 1st year I attempted it, and I’ll never forget that. I offered her a request, and she issued a challenge. Ambush Bug in a Mike Mignola-esque style.

Accepted. Achieved? Nope.

Now I’m just thinking about how Keith Giffen – creator of Ambush Bug – and Mike Mignola – creator of an entire style – both worship at the Altar of The King, and both came away with completely distinct and disparate styles at how they do comics.

It’s a lot to take in.

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1467. Usagi Yojimbo

I wanted to try a “realistic” approach to Usagi here. So, this is heavily referenced from a picture of a bunny.

This was requested by Ivan Martin. I don’t know him, but he has pretty much been the only person that keeps my artist page on Facebook afloat, and for that he deserves a request. Join him. https://facebook.com/shonborn

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1466. Moon Knight

I’ve always been fond of Moon Knight. I am definitely not fond of the dissociative disorder that writers have been forcing on the character. It really does not make him more interesting. Oh well.

This was requested by Chris Jones, whom I’ve known for a while. He is fond of saying that my work “rules earth”, and while I’d prefer not to rule over anything, I appreciate his enthusiasm and the compliment.

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1465. Xemnu

Back before Marvel Comics became what we know today, they published a lot of monster and sci-fi comics. One of those had a monster called The Hulk. This was he. Eventually they made another character named The Hulk, and so when someone decided to use this character, they called him Xemnu.

Neil Soblieski doesn’t exist on any social media or online, but he does exist in our hearts. He is an occasional employee at my local comic shop and he is frequently a good dude, and this is his request.

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