The bad news is that it looks like I won’t be able to do NY Comic Con this year, but the good news is that I’ll be doing some smaller conventions/trade shows around the New York area instead.
First on my list is Eternal Con, a comic book and collectibles convention that will be held on Saturday, June 15 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York. This is the first year they’re holding Eternal Con, so I don’t know exactly what to expect, but it looks like they’ve got a lot of interesting guests attending. Suburban Fairy Tales will have its own booth and yours truly will be signing books and giving away free sketches.
If you live in the New York/Long Island area come give a look-see. For more information check out EternalCon.com.
Since Suburban Fairy Tales came off hiatus I started to ink the strip differently. It’s very subtle, so I doubt anyone has really taken notice, but I personally really like the new look and it makes inking more fun!
In the past I would ink my work mainly with a Micron felt tip pen and then I would touch it up with a Pentel brush pen. I decided to move almost exclusively to the Pentel brush pen. Sure, it smudges more easily and I have to keep a more steady hand, but I’m really liking the payoff and the added fluidity to the strip. I still keep the Micron pens around for really small things here and there, but they’ve taken a major backseat to the brush pens.
Everyone has their own way of inking and I thought I would share mine. If you’re planning to draw a comic (or are already drawing one) give a brush pen a try and see what you think. You might like the look it gives your work.
Well that was quick!
Due to the overwhelming number of negative emails on both my own website and GoComics/Comics Sherpa, I will be taking Suburban Fairy Tales off hiatus effective immediately. Suburban Fairy Tales will resume with new comics starting this Wednesday and will update every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as usual.
For those of you who enjoyed Insane Forest, I will still continue to run it exclusively on InsaneForest.com once a week, so please check there for updates.
See you all on Wednesday!
(P.S. This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke)!
I have a response to the comments I received from some readers via email:
Insane Forest is an experiment in tastelessness.
I always wanted to try my hand at something that is purposefully crude to see how well I could pull it off. There are many cartoons and comics that are able to find a huge audience despite (or because of) crude humor and violence. Would my attempt at such humor be better or worse than my past work? Would it be a huge success or would it be a complete failure? Can I keep it fresh or will I start to rely on violence as a crutch? You never know unless you try. Insane Forest is something I needed to draw, experiment with, and ultimately get out of my system.
That said, I believe Insane Forest is funny. It won’t rely on violence for everything, nor will every strip be filled with potty humor. As the series continues, scenarios will evolve and characters will grow — it’s inevitable. I would rather not continue to hemorrhage readers as the series finds its footing, but I understand if such humor doesn’t appeal to everyone. Stick with it for a few weeks until it reaches its stride. With any luck a majority of you might start to really enjoy it just in time for it to end and Suburban Fairy Tales to return.
I heard some sad news over the weekend that cartoonist Luisa Felix, creator of comic strip Candy Blondell, had passed away. Luisa was a big fan of my work and I was a big fan of hers. Although I never met her in person, we had frequent email correspondence critiquing each other’s work and conversing about cartoons in general. It’s a shame that she passed away before having a real chance to be recognized and I wanted to take some time to honor her memory.
Most of you probably never heard of Luisa’s comic, Candy Blondell. It was a nostalgia web comic about the golden days of Hollywood. The main character, Candy, was a waitress turned famous Hollywood actress. The character of Candy was inspired by real actress Jean Harlow and cartoon character Betty Boop. In fact, Candy Blondell was created specifically to be Betty Boop’s competition.
Luisa Felix drew the strip for many years, but was unable to do regular updates because of ongoing health issues. Luisa’s work had a very classic 1930s style of art, which is very unique among the current crop of web comics available today. Her stories were funny and creative and her characters were quirky and classical – Candy Blondell was a throwback to a more simpler time in comics. It’s a shame Luisa wasn’t more successful because her talent is as good — if not better — than any professional comic strip that you can read in bookstores or in newspapers.
Luisa’s work is still available to read online and is definitely worth a look.
Click Here to see some Candy Blondell artwork and stories from 2010 and earlier on ComicSpace
Click Here to see more recent stories and artwork of Candy Blondell on GoComics
Click Here for an in depth article of Candy Blondell on Comic Creators United