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Updated: 2018-04-26T04:38:11.944-05:00

 



Adventure Time!

2018-02-16T15:36:24.464-06:00


The Hero Initiative has been doing their 100 Cover projects for a while, where they have artists sketch on the blank cover variants of comics, then auction them off as well as collecting the covers in a book to raise funds. I've done several, including Adventure Time - and my cover made the cover! This comes out in May, and hopefully I'll make it to the release party here in Chicago at Challengers.



DemocraTee

2018-01-23T11:57:18.588-06:00

Not too long ago, I went down to the Threadless HQ here in Chicago to be part of DemocraTee, where a bunch of local artists collaborated on drawings to be used as designs for shirts and other items. It was fun, lots of random silliness like adding this little cowboy to a larger drawing. The items are now up for sale on Threadless, with proceeds going to local arts charities.



Reading Materials

2017-12-02T17:08:34.547-06:00

Here's just about every book I read the last few years while working on my Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series.



My First Paying Gig!

2017-10-22T20:06:02.772-05:00


Way back in 1991, I had my first paying illustration job - images for a book by the father of one of my high school classmates. The book is unavailable (though you can see Mr. Murray's current work online at the Digital Couch) and the original art is lost, but after school visits in my home state of Michigan this week, I finally have a PDF of the book with my drawings! I'd pretty much forgotten what they were like. Here are a couple of my favorites, which are pretty typical of how I drew in high school.





Certain Points Of View

2017-10-10T13:20:57.429-05:00


I'm deep into working on the final art for Lucy & Andy Neanderthal book 3, but found time to contribute to the From A Certain Point Of View Star Wars anthology.
Head over to starwars.com to get a complete step-by-step look into the process behind making the piece!
*UPDATE*
And this just in, I was interviewed over at the Threadless blog for their podcast, which focuses on process and creativity. So you can listen to that, too!



Research and Inspiration

2017-09-12T10:57:16.706-05:00

Here's a few bits of research and inspiration for my Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series. The Geno 2.0 box is from National Geographic's Genographic project, which I used to learn that I have 2.2% Neanderthal DNA. The Neanderthals Art & Science Kit included a skeleton (which I assembled and set on the bookshelf in my studio office) and a plaster mold to cast a Neanderthal face (which is still in the box). There's a fossil of an echinoderm - which is a plant - but I like to think of it as some kind of strange, alien being. I got the souvenir woolly mammoth tusk and hair set, but also have a woolly mammoth card (with an actual piece of  mammoth tusk) from Upper Deck's Champs Hockey Cards. From the same set I got the Neanderthal base card and a Neanderthal flint stone knife artifact. From Gibraltar, a one pound coin that commemorated the discovery of Neanderthal bones. A birthday card I got last year, and the prehistoric themed story cubes. And of course, an actual stone knife found in France (not by me) from circa 25,000-30,000 years ago. At that age it may have been used by early humans and not Neanderthals, but still makes for a great connection to the past.



Wake Up And Draw Day

2017-09-05T15:12:43.554-05:00

To celebrate Jack Kirby's birthday, the Hero Initiative has artists draw today and then will auction the artwork off later. I drew Andy from my Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series, since book two - The Stone Cold Age - comes out tomorrow. And if you're in Chicago, you can come to the official release party at the Book Cellar tomorrow night (Tuesday August 29, at 6PM).
*UPDATE* My piece is up for auction to benefit Hero Initiative now!



Pre-Order now!

2017-03-16T17:02:00.710-05:00

The Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book is available for pre-order now from Chronicle Books - and if you're quick you can get the limited edition pencil case with it. The book will be out March 28. Now it's back to drawing Neanderthals for me!



Coloring Wars!

2016-12-14T08:52:05.674-06:00

If you're like me, you've enjoyed making hundreds of Star Wars drawings and coloring them in over the years. But what if you don't like drawing Star Wars, and you just want to do the coloring? You'll finally be able to with the Darth Vader and Family Coloring book, coming out March 28! Available from places like Amazon.comBarnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore for $14.95. There are pages from the Vader and Son series of books to color along with brand new images. And no, this is not one of those "adult" coloring books, but it's not a kids coloring book either, so everyone in the family can enjoy! Except maybe your pet Loth-Cats. 








Lucy & Andy Neanderthal

2016-08-30T09:08:49.401-05:00



Back in 2010 I had the idea of doing a fun caveman series that was grounded in all the exciting new research about Neanderthals I was seeing. The idea got shelved at the time, but when I was wrapping up my last Jedi Academy book, I thought it would be the perfect series to work on next. It took a couple years, a ton of reading, three rough drafts plus the final artwork - and the first book finally comes out today. Here's a look at some of the first sample pages and sketches I did for the project while figuring out exactly how to make the characters look and ways to include a little information along with the humor of the story.





One year later, everything has Incredible Changed! *UPDATED*

2016-07-06T08:23:57.515-05:00

UPDATE! So, the initial Kickstarter wasn't going to meet its goal, so Chris and Drawn Word have re-launched with a more modest campaign - it's a smaller base card set but you can still get the extra-cool cards on the new Change-Bots cards Kickstarter. See, this is where ambition will get you: somewhere almost as cool as you wanted to get in the first place. Pretty much indistinguishably cool in the grand scheme of things.

So it seems fitting that this post comes almost a year to the day since my last post. I think I've established myself as not a blogger, just someone who has a blog. I'm coming out of an intense work year, which I'll hopefully be posting more about in the coming months, but for now I'd like to direct your attention to the Incredible Change-Bots trading card kickstarter. I've always loved trading cards, from the old Topps Star Wars sets to the digital trading card apps like Kitten Cards, so when my friend Christopher Irving invited me to maybe draw something for the Madman card set he was working, I said "no, I've got an intense work year I'm dealing with." Then he asked me how I felt about maybe doing some Incredible Change-Bots cards sometime, and I said "awesome(bots)! "There's not much time left, and I'm sure we'll make this happen in some form, but check out these incredible prototype fancy cards! The pictures don't do them justice, so you'll have to pledge to get the full effect, unfortunately...


Okay, back to work, everyone.




The Phantom Bully!

2015-06-30T19:33:12.604-05:00

Today marks the release of Jedi Academy 3: The Phantom Bully! Here's a look at the sketches I drew when I started thinking about the cover. For book covers, I usually try to come up with 10-12 ideas to choose from.

My editors at Scholastic and Lucasfilm look over the ideas, giving suggestions about what parts they like and which idea they like best overall. Then I draw a rough color sketch at actual print size based on their feedback.

Everyone gives additional feedback after that sketch - in this case, there was too much green and so the suggestion was to make the chalkboard blue instead. A few other tweaks, and the final cover art comes together.

The title text is printed green even though I draw it in black, and the other cover elements like the Jedi Academy logo are added from the previous books.



Darth Vader and Friends and happening and stuff

2015-04-28T21:05:32.108-05:00

Darth Vader and Friends came out today, and over at the Chronicle Books blog you can read a bit about how I pitched that and Goodnight Darth Vader. The new issue of Star Wars Insider magazine also has a feature with some behind the scenes and unused sketches. This Saturday (May 2) is Free Comic Book Day, so I'll be at Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie, IL from 11am to 1 pm, and Monday  is May The 4th (Star Wars Day) and I'll be at The Book Cellar in Chicago from 4pm to 530ish. That means I won't be at the Cartoon Art Museum for the opening of a huge exhibition of art from Goodnight Vader and Vader and Friends, but stay tuned for details on the reception when I will be there in June. Finally, I was one of the judges for the UNIQLO Star Wars themed T-Shirt contest, but also got to design two new Star Wars shirts - one for men and one for kids.



Darth Vader and Friends!

2015-04-23T12:06:51.056-05:00

Darth Vader and Friends will be out later this month, and if you pre-order now from Chronicle Books, you can get this free tote bag. I'll also be making some appearances starting this month. First up, I'll be at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, with a panel on the University stage at 12:30pm on Friday (4/17) followed by a signing at Mysterious Galaxy (Booth #960) from 2-2:45pm. Then back in Chicago the following Friday (4/24), I'll be at C2E2, signing at Autographing Table #17 from 12-1pm. I'll also have a few of my Process Packs available for sale at C2E2, at the Scott Eder Gallery (booth 1760), which will also have other art of mine available for sale. The following night you can head to the CAKE BAKE fundraiser and bid on some of my hand-drawn trading cards. Finally, today is CCS shout out day - so go learn more about The Center For Cartoon Studies, where I'll be giving the commencement address in May.

UPDATE! Now with corrected times!
Saturday (4/18) at Celebration at 11am(PST), I'll be doing a short drawing demo at the starwars.com Cantina booth, which will also stream live on their site. And from 2-2:45pm, I'll be signing again at the Mysterious Galaxy booth.



Merry Change-Bots

2014-12-02T16:05:08.342-06:00

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Just in time for the holidays, there's a new Incredible Change-Bots book - Incredible Change-Bots Two Point Something Something, which is full of previously published shorts, hard to find mini-comic stories, and more. And the video above is for the Change-Bots FlipBooKit, which is on display and available now at Grumpy Bert in Brooklyn. 



Ask me anything!

2018-01-17T08:53:40.626-06:00

I'm answering anything you want to ask over on Reddit. Also, today is the day Jedi Academy 2: Return of the Padawan comes out in stores. There are two exclusive editions - the Target edition has an extra whole issue of the Padawan Observer, while the Barnes & Noble edition has extra Ewok Pilot comics.

*UPDATE* A lot of readers ask if there will be more Roan stories, or if I'll be doing more Jedi Academy books. I don't have any plans for more at this time...I would love to explore the world of Jedi Academy with Roan and his friends more in an animated show (hint, hint, Disney!), and I'm also hoping to do more Star Wars books in the vein of the Vader series, once there's more material with the new characters like Rey, Finn, and Kylo. For now, I'm finishing up the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series, writing and drawing my first (proper) picture book, and starting work on my new middle grade science fiction series. Stay tuned!



San Diego Comic-Con!

2014-07-18T09:09:04.279-05:00

Here's my annual San Diego Comic-Con schedule! Goodnight Darth Vader will be making its debut, as well as the first copies of Jedi Academy 2. Goodnight Darth Vader comes out next Tuesday, but I'll be signing copies at the Old Orchard Barnes & Noble on Saturday at 2pm. On Tuesday, I'll be doing a Goodreads author Q&A from 10am to 3pm CT.



The Shadow Hero

2014-07-14T09:05:20.098-05:00

So far this year I've been hard at work on the third Jedi Academy book, the next Darth Vader book, and the first book in my middle grade series Lucy & Andy Neanderthal. I haven't had much time to draw anything else, but managed to take a break and join in with some other cartoonists to celebrate Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew's great new book The Shadow Hero, which will be released tomorrow!



Goodnight Darth Vader

2014-06-06T15:29:57.068-05:00

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Coming July 22!



May the 4th Be With You

2014-05-01T21:35:08.218-05:00

Once again, it's time for May the 4th - Star Wars day! This year it falls on the day after Free Comic Book Day, so I'm posting this drawing of me in Mandalorian armor from my 2012 FCBD minicomic.
On Sunday I'll be signing at Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie, IL, and I'll be bringing a bunch of buttons, bookmarks, Star Wars figures and Star Wars cards to give away. If you're in the Chicago area, stop by and say hello!



Ask Me Anything?

2014-03-17T13:48:13.008-05:00

I'm going to try and do a "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit on March 18, the day Kids Are Weird comes out in stores.
Update: I'm sure I'm doing this wrong, but I'm planning on trying this whole AMA thing tomorrow starting at 1pm EST. I suppose I'll try and post a link when/if it goes up online.
Updated update: Still pretty sure I'm doing this wrong, but I posted my Reddit AMA although I guess I'm supposed to wait to post until just before I'm ready to answer questions. Or something like that. So I'm just going to start answering questions now. Sorry, this is why they don't let me near the computers much...



New Books Coming Soon!

2014-02-14T17:41:40.641-06:00

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Coming out next month is Kids Are Weird, which you can get a feel for in the trailer posted above. Also coming out soon is Goodnight Darth Vader, which should debut at San Diego Comic-Con this July.



UK tour begins this weekend

2013-11-18T08:52:59.749-06:00



I'm really excited to head to England later this week for the Thought Bubble Comics Festival in Leeds, as well as signings in Manchester and York, plus a slew of London events. The Orbital Comics event on November 30 will be followed by a signing and times may change on that, so stay tuned with Orbital for details.



Star Wars Weekend!

2013-10-03T14:54:51.348-05:00

This weekend is Star Wars Reads Day, and Saturday I'll be in New York signing at the Scholastic Bookstore. Friday night, though, I'll be in Brooklyn at The Scott Eder Gallery for the opening of the Vader's Little Princess and Jedi Academy art show. If you can't make it to New York, though, you can still go to ebay and bid on this signed Star Wars books package to support Reading With Pictures.




San Diego Comic-Con!

2013-07-11T08:40:06.543-05:00

Next week is San Diego Comic-Con, and as usual you'll find me at the Top Shelf booth (#1721) most of the time. Below is my schedule of where you'll find me when, except for one late addition - Sunday morning from 10am to 11am, I'll be at the Kids: Comics In Action panel in Room 7AB.