MoCCA Fest was a whopping success this year. We were very impressed with the new set-up implemented by MoCCA’s new benevolent over-lords, The Society of Illustrators. There were many differences from previous years, mos tof them great. The curtain dividers between rows meant everyone automatically got some space to hang their banners and art, and less background noise (although I still lost my voice fora bit from talking over the crowd all day). The MoCCA Museum Gallery was a pleasant addition. Loved seeing all the original cartoon art (see the photo gallery below). The fancy aisle banners and full-color commemorative booklet were nice touches too. The booklet looked great and included a picture and blurb from every single exhibitor. One very excited little girl even asked me to sign our page in the booklet.
As for EyeHeartUs (aka Laura G + me), all the improvement by SOI must have helped since our sales practically doubled over last year. I dunno if it was the crowd the attracted or the presentation or just us , but most other tablers I talked to seamed to be doing better as well. We’re definitely looking forward to another year of SOI at the helm. Overall I had lots of fun. Seems like we comics festivals are the only time we get to see half our friends nowadays. It was great to see and meet so many creative people and discover their work.
Speaking of new work. Two of my comics debuted at MoCCA Fest: my new mini Who Wants Meat? and the comic I contributed to the second Three Armed Squid anthology. You can check out photos of both along with other snapshots from the weekend.
Another random drawing, that I drew last night. I was culling through my sketchbook for inspiration ad this little antlered fellow caught my fancy. I, however, can’t explain the disembodied old man, therefore… SURREALISM! That’s what it is.
Think I’m gonna continue on with a series of fruit and veggie illustrations. Here to kick things off is Mr. Pineapple.
New pieces I’ve been sitting on for a couple weeks. My wife’s old neighbor commissioned me to create this as a surprise holiday present for his friend. Well the squid’s out of the bag now (I’m told “She loved it.”), so now I’m free to share it with everyone.
His main request was to somehow incorporate squids or robots or both. Once I developed the giant robot concept and I had a whole city as bacdrop, I asked for more things his friend liked so i could sneak them into the scenery. Can you spot them all?
If you’re interested in commissioning me for a original piece, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Apparently it makes a great gift.
Happy holidays everyone! I hope you like it too.
Hazaa! The moment has finally arrived when I can share my contribution to Udon Entertainment’s Megaman Tribute book. So basically for this piece I thought it would be fun to see what ol’ Rock Man would do with different bosses’s head. I mean they all have these silly heads that resemble household objects anyway.
The Book is premiering at the San Diego Comic-con at the UDON booth (#5037), July 20-24. Or if yo can’t make it to Comic-con this year, like me :’(, then you can pre-order the hardcover or softcover version online. How novel, you can order things you desire from the internet for postal delivery to your door so that you may possess them!
What’s that you say, you wat to see a printed version of my piece but nothing else in the book? First off, what’s wrong with you, there are soem many talented artist in the book it will make you circuits melt. Secondly, I have a solution for you, prints of the piece are now available in the Eye Heart Us store.
Did anyone else ever wear a blue sweatshirt and pull the sleeve over your left arm to pretend you were Mega? Just wondering…
"9 Women" for Tim Burnham
Here’s a commissioned piece I finished recently for an independent exhibit and environmental planner, Tim Burnham. The artwork is part of a series of promotional postcards featuring illustrated versions of sayings that apply to his business. In this case it’s about being patient and accepting the fact that you can’t force something to happen that’s pretty much impossible.
I’m pleased to say that one of my pieces was selected to appear in Udon Entertainment’s Mega Man Tribute book coming out this July. This isn’t the pice that made, I’m not allowed ot share that until the book’s release. However, I think I’ll post a teaser of that image later this week. So stay tuned…
This is the only thing I’ve drawn ALL YEAR! I call it the instant hangover.
…and if he didn’t, then this array of pixels is your present. Happy holidays!