Friday, December 11, 2009

Die, Baby, Die! first two pages

Here are the first two pages of my longer work, tentatively titled, Die, Baby, Die! I'm not quite finished inking it, and am still getting used to the tools. I feel like the lettering is getting better. I especially like the panel on the second page where Miyuki is bleching her homework.

I'm struggling still with interiors of buildings and broke out the ruler because I can't draw a strait line to save my life. I'm hoping to get these pages to their final stages sometime before Christmas.

The Birth of a Nation

Here is a two page comic I did, the Birth of a Nation, which got printed in INBOUND #4: a comic history of Boston. The books are available for purchase at
I think this comic came out pretty well. I did a large amount of research on the group, the Sons of Liberty. I thought it was important that people get a glimpse of what they really were all about, instead of associating the name with the Metal Gear Solid on the PS2 that sucked.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Finding the Right Demon

I've been working hard on my newest comic, tentatively titled "Die, Baby, Die!", which is about a demon who is haunting the girl's restroom in a high school. I decided to set the story in Japan, because I love the demonology of the Japanese culture. Pictured below is Tatsuya Morino's rendition of the traditional Kappa monster. This image appears in the book YOKAI ATTACK! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide written by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt. The Kappa is a demon who is usually found in a pond, and he is always laying in wait to snatch and strangle the careless traveler. Many legends tell that an offering of a cucumber, the Kappa's favorite food, can grant you passage by their pond. The top of the Kappa's head is indented like a bowl, and it holds water. The water is the sorce of their power, so if you can prompt a Kappa to bow to you, it's head will tip out the water and you can save the cucumber for yourself.

Anyways, below are some of my attempts at making the demon in Die, Baby, Die! inspired by the Kappa...

I like how the one above looks, he kind of reminds me of Dr. Suess' the Grinch. Below are some more random sketches. I was trying to feel out the character in my sketch book.

Below is my attempt at capturing the Tengu, which is the mountain demon in Japan. They are remarkable swordsmen, but tend only to stick to the mountains.
The next one is a transformation drawing. For a while I was really hung up on him being a Bird Demon. The Konoha-Tengu, which is the less powerful of the Tengu family, was a prime option. I've done many sketches of that character, but in the end none of the traditional Japanese Yokai (demon, goblin, ghost, or spectre) seemed to fit my story. I think in part it was because if I used a traditional Yokai, I'd want to remain true to the legend of that certain Yokai. I needed something that was more my own, so that I could bend it, and stretch it, and fit it into my story.
Below is a sketch of the character, Hisashi, a sixteen year old who is possessed by the demon. Beside him is his ancestor from seven generations ago. His ancestor was killed in a horrible way and wanted to exact his revenge on his murderer by killing all of their blood line. I figure that it took Hisashi's ancestor about seven lifetimes, or generations, to perform enough evil deeds in hell to get a chance to wreak havoc on earth. So I kind of wanted the demon character to be a mix between the two, except he would be more demonic looking since he has been in hell doing terrible things for seven life times.
Below is a rough picture of Hisashi only transformed slightly by the demon. There is a chance for me to show stages of the possession, and if I go that route, this would be one of the earlier stages.
Okay, by this point I've been working on this character design on and off again for about two to three months. Nothing seemed to be fitting what I had in mind. The problem was that I didn't have anything very specific in mind. So, I tried the old Jason Lutesy technique: picture the demon inside you head and draw it with your eyes closed. The picture on the right is what I came up with, the inks on the left are me trying to clean that idea up.
I realized that what I found scary in a demon were: big teeth, horns, black eyes of nothingness, hair, and some kind of longish snout. I tried a bit more. With this next drawing I kept in mind that if Hisashi was being possessed by this demon, it would be trying to push itself out of his body. And if he were doing that there would be recognizable parts. And I thought what if Hisashi's eye sockets turned into the Demon's nose? That would be really messed up.
So I pushed it some more. Here is a mid-transformation picture.
I then thought to have this demon in a pose where he is mocking the Buddha statue (which is in a temple where the final fight scene takes place in the story). I also drew the face of one of his victims (Yumiko) in his palm. I thought he might use that to taunt the heroin of the story, Chiyoko. I penciled this.
And inked it.
I kept pushing this weird, horse looking, Hisashi-nosed demon with horns. This is what I came up with. I decided to give him two tails to tip the hat to Clive Barker's demon, Jakabok Botch, in Mister B. Gone (a scary as hell book which I'm too afraid to finish).
And finally, I did a picture of the Demon tormenting the heroin, Chiyoko. These are still all just rough ideas at this point. I think that I'll end up going in the direction of Hisashi's eyes and face being on the tip of the Demon's snout. I've gotten much feedback about this demon looking too cutesy. Well...

I guess I can see that. Jason Lutes said of the picture above that it looked like Alf. Which wasn't what I was going for at all. I'm going to work harder on the eyes of the demon, to make them less round and more scary-like. As always, any feedback will be much appreciated. I'm currently starting the pencils for the first chapter of Die, Baby, Die!. The Demon doesn't make his appearance until the sixth chapter, so I've got some time to figure it out.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Godman, the Complete Story

Well, here it is, the final version of my dream inspired comic I started over a month ago. It was suppose to be only four pages long, but I got a little carried away. Some parts were based on a weird dream I had, other parts are my attempt to explain the dream. Either way, I think I came up with a fun comic.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Horror Story Intro Thumbnails

This is the introduction to a horror story that I had plotted out. I sent the "script" to my thesis advisor, Stan Sakai. We sat down over breakfast at the Baltimore Comicon and he asked me politely how much feedback of his that I wanted. I told him, "everything." So Stan told me that the introduction to my Demon Horror Story was confusing. He didn't realize it was a horror story until he was about a third of the way through the story. He suggested an alternate intro, which is what I attempted to thumbnail below. I think it sets the correct mood for a horror story. You be the judge...

These are all rough thumbnails, I still have a bunch more research to do, as far as the building interior and finalizing the character design of the demon. But the two characters, Hisashi and Yuki, are pretty solid. Drop a comment and let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Metal Cognition: Firewall page 28

Here's the next page of Metal Cognition. I'll be focusing more on backgrounds and environments fo the rest of the book, and the rest of my works from now on. I'm pretty happy with the close up on SAL's face in the last panel.


This is the first page of a comic I'm doing for Jason Lutes' class. We had to keep dream journals and then use our dreams to come up with an image for the first page. This is mine, pretty creepy dream, huh? So, I've thumbnailed out the next four pages, and will post them sometime next week. I've finished penciling the next page, but I've been busy with other work, some of it homework, some of it janitorial work.

Do Robot Monkeys Dream of Electric Bananas?

Here's a drawing I did for a little project I'm doing just for fun, I'm trying to do a panel a day (I'm actually a little bit behind on that), and just see where it takes me.

Snake Man

Well, I finally got around to doing a picture of Snake Man. This isn't one of his special powers in the game, but it is how he gets his special powers. This was inked with a G-Nib and Crow Quill (a little) and colored with colored pencils that instead of color names have cat names, like hairball instead of brown, and lick instead of pink.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Metal Cognition pages 26 & 27

Here's the next two pages of Metal Cognition: Firewall. I just finished inking 27 today.


Here's another possible cover for my BULLET! anthology...