246 – Ultra Boy

For Jim Purcell. Despite being a really quick sketch, I had fun drawing this, the first Legionnaire I’ve ever drawn. I definitely think I’ll tackle some more LOSH characters in the future (like they’re from, get it?).

245 – Gavriela

Going back to the 24 Hour Comic Day well one more time, this was the main character of that story, though due to the nature of the project, there was never a good shot of her full design.

Basically, I just wanted to create a female character to counter the recent DC Comics kerfuffle of Catwoman, Starfire and Voodoo, and I wanted to do a Kirby-inspired story and character.

244 – 24 Hour Comic Day Failure

So, I totally bombed 24 Hour Comic Day.

It’s a failure, but it’s not one I’m going to beat myself up over. I’m so out of practice on doing sequential pages, plus the time-crunch, and that I really decided last minute that I was going to try at all factored in to the outcome.

I had wanted to participate in 24 Hour Comic Day for years, but I never wanted to do it alone. I’d had friends who either expressed interest, but couldn’t schedule it, or friends with no interest at all. Or, I’d always find out that the official day was THAT day, or had completely passed by. But in the end, there was only one thing that was preventing me from trying, and that’s me.

I made it to 9 pages in 15 hours or so before I gave up. I was losing too much time with each page, my back, neck, and shoulder were starting to hurt, and my wrist and hand were seizing up on me. When that wasn’t happening, I was literally falling asleep with pen or pencil to page.

But, I tried, and in the grand scheme of my life, that’s more than I usually achieve.

If I do this again, I’m definitely taking a prep day to sleep and get my things in order. I’m also going to take a drastically different approach to how I do it. I’m gonna draw smaller, instead of the standard 10 x 15 comic size, and I’m definitely putting less panels per page. Seriously, why in the hell would I decide that 9-panel grids are a good idea for a timed project? I’m an idiot. Also, find the simplest, cartooniest approach to the artwork, and stop noodling. And finally, minimal dialogue. Or find a way to work digital so I don’t have to hand-letter anything. I’m not some sub-human beast. There’s a reason God made fonts and Adobe Illustrator.

So, yeah, it was an experience, and I still don’t feel fully recovered. I am so seriously out of shape, a project where I primarily sit in one place whipped my ass.

Anyhow, these were the only two good panels from all the pages.

243 – 24 Hour Comic Day, Page 1

It’s 24 Hour Comic Day, and I’m gonna give it a shot. I’m already about an hour behind schedule, but I had to run out to the art store before they closed, and there was a car blocking me in, plus I know I’m gonna need more caffeine.

Anyway, nothing other than this comic is gonna get drawn all day, so I’m making it my blog post. Page 1 is done, Page 2 has been sketched out. I started at 10am, it’s now 12:30pm.

Gotta get a move on.

242 – Northstar

I hope that all homosexuals come out of the closet as heroically ham-fisted as Northstar, with the over the top, screamed exclamation: “I AM GAY!” while in the most ridiculous Heisman trophy pose ever.

Hm. I just realized that I don’t personally know (or at least know of) any gay folks. This is most likely due to my increasingly reclusive lifestyle.

241 – Cyclops

Ridiculous ’90s Cyclops.

240 – Big Barda

Recorded an episode tonight of League Night that will go online in early December. It featured Big Barda. This sketch is terrible.

239 – Psycho Pirate

A sketch request from Joe Grunenwald, I decided to modify the costume a bit, to make it slightly less goofy. I this version, the mask would never morph into an emotion, the victim would see their own reflection and that would morph into whatever emotion The Pirate would want.

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Also, I am featured on the Repaneled Blog today! I drew this panel a year ago! And finally finished coloring this weekend. I am slow, lazy and unmotivated.

238 – Redneck

237 – Daredevil Portrait

The final piece of my contribution to the Christopher’s Restaurant art gallery that is on display from September 20th through October 31st. Jason Young and Jeff Potter, my fellow Ok, PANIC! artists, have each done five portraits of various superheroes, and they are all available for sale. If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area, go eat some delicious food and enjoy some great comic-related artwork.