What I’m Reading

I generally don’t read a lot of Manga but I will from time to time pick up something based on a recommendation. Such was the case with Death Note. This book is fantastic–it’s a cat-and-mouse supernatural thriller but at it’s heart there are some very big morality questions. Without ruining the story I can tell you it’s about a Shinigami (Japanese death god) that intentionally leaves his Death Note (a notebook) in the mortal world. This notebook is found by a highly intelligent and motivated teen (Light Yagami) who with the help of the Shinigami learns of the book’s power to kill anyone whose name he writes in it while picturing that persons face(all of this happens in the first 20 pages or so). Over the course of this comic Light experiments and learns the extent of the power the book possesses. In the process he also innovates new ways to use the book. It’s all very clever, really.
Death Note is put out by Viz and there are currently 3 volumes available.

Idea #09

Now, this isn’t brand new, but I wanted to share it with you just the same. It’s a compilation of sketches centered around a concept of mine called “The Betweener”. I did these sketches for my con sketchbook from last summer. The story is something that I’ve been playing around with off and on for a few years now. Without going into great detail it’s a story centered around a rogue agent from a gov’t intel agency that specializes in the psychic phenomenon and the paranormal–in this guy’s case it’s remote viewing/astral projection. It’s a fun idea and a story I keep coming back to–I really do hope to develop it someday…along with at least a dozen others… right after I watch ER of course. And maybe take a nap.

Bad guys are more fun to draw

My apologies for my absence. It’s been a topsy-turvy couple of weeks. I’ve done almost no sketching lately as everything has been geared toward work and it’s all stuff I can’t share with you all yet. But these images I can. This pencil sketch and inked image are from a pitch I’m putting together with my good friend Matt Kindt. It’s called “The Transplants” and it’s a sort of ensemble, time-travel, survivalist story…with robots and hallucinations. A little Twin Peaks with some Philip K. Dick thrown in. So yeah, it’s a little weird. But it’s that good kind of weird. Anyway, this image is the “rogues gallery” from the pitch. Hopefully, I’ll have some more in the upcoming days that I can show you. Enjoy!

A Friendly Reminder


Help keep me employed–go out and pick up Hard Time:Season Two #2!! Out today! Buy five extra copies and give them to five different people. Each of those people will have to give it to five new people. If the chain is broken then Jesus stops loving you!!

I’ll have some pencils from issue #2 to share with you in the next day or two.

Sorry I haven’t put much up lately. I’ve been slowed down by a cold and I’m dragging my feet across the finish line for issue 6 of Hard Time. This ish is a doozy!