There are several reasons why I’m largely out of the comics inking game- none of which I’ll bore you with. But! I’ll bore you with the reasons why I dive back in from time to time: generally, it’s because I like the property and/or the artist. Fortunately for me, the last book I inked, Vincent Price Presents: Dead Air, is a delicious combination of the two. Inking Vincent Price? Yes, please. Inking over the fabulous Brent Schoonover‘s pencils? Yes, please.
My work on the book was completed months and months (and months) ago, but I think the issue may finally hit stands very soon. If it hasn’t already. There’s not much info about it out there- publisher Bluewater Productions is more interested in making waves with their weird biographical comics line (a Nancy Pelosi comic? Hmm. Alright then.)- but you may come across it if you’re the type to hit comic shops.
Not gonna lie, however: I saw a few preview pages and the colors made me want to curl up and die. No offense intended to the colorist, but they didn’t seem to fit the vibe of the story much at all…and frankly, in the pages I saw, much of the linework was obliterated. My heart, she broke!
I love inking Brent’s pencils not only because his pencils are, you know, really effing good, but also because I think our styles suit each other. I tend to lay a chunky, brushy line- I know this sometimes doesn’t work so well over the way kids draw nowadays. But Brent’s work is a bit retro, sort of Jack Kirby-meets-Bruce Timm. There’s an old-school animated look to it, and I can dig right in with thick contours and feathering galore. Looking back at Vincent Price Presents, I think it’s some of the best work I’ve done- not that I’ve been inking for 50 years and “best work I’ve done” is really saying something, but I’m proud of my brushwork. So there.
Here’s a page without the offending colors; there are a few more in the inks gallery if you want to take a peek. And check out the book if you can find it!
Okay, truth be told, this is probably My Personal Website v. 7864587634.o, but who’s counting? A couple of days ago I realized I hadn’t updated this place since March. MARCH. MAAARRRRRCH. I figured it was about time I did something about that since, you know, stuff has happened during those few months. MONTHS. Crap.
But my site was so hideous- well, maybe not hideous, but it was never anything close to what I wanted it to be- I could no longer stand it. So here we are. Streamlined, prettier, updated. As it should be.
- What’s been going on since we last spoke? Let’s see now. As always, Final Girl continues on apace.
- Most of my time and brain are taken up by Space Girls, my new webseries. I kind of love it. Actually, I really really really love it.
- I have a new weekly podcast/web radio show with Pretty/Scary‘s Heidi Martinuzzi, called The Scare-ening.
- Toosday Toons has been resurrected yet again; its new home is AfterEllen. New strips appear on…wait for it…Tuesdays.
- I just directed a short film called Itch. I’ll tell you more about it when the time is right, but here’s what I’ll tell you now: it’s the first film I’ve directed that I didn’t write. Working for other people! Working with a crew! How strange. You can read a bit more about it in this wee mention at Slammed & Damned. Meanwhile, I’m about to dig into editing it.
- “BUT WHAT THE FUCK ABOUT LUDLOW??” Dude, I know. I KNOW. I’m waiting on the score. Gotta get it, edit it in, and that movie will finally be done. I can’t wait. I have no idea what I’ll do with it once its finished, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.
- My short film Taste of Flesh, Taste of Fear has been making the rounds at a few festivals, which I find very exciting. It’ll be playing Los Angeles at the Viscera Film Festival on July 17. You should go if you can. Or you can always buy a copy and have a film festival in your living room.
I’m sure there’s lots more going on, but that’s all I can think of for now. I’m just trying to find the time to do all the things I want to do. Most of that is making stuff, yes, but then there’s also video games, reading, and playing with cats. As always, I need a damn haircut.
Meanwhile, take a look around the new digs. There’s probably some sketch cards or something you haven’t seen. I also posted a very small gallery of my inks. I’m not quite sure why, but they’re there. Sometimes I miss inking comics.
Anyway. I’ll be back soon.