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Status Update

Jan. 7th, 2011 | 02:28 am

So I'm making it official that this journal is no longer going to be active. I'll keep this account in order to continue commenting on the journals of other people on lj whose work I still enjoy following, and in order to maintain an archive of several years worth of blogging. All new posts, however, are going to be exclusively here from now on.

I still love you, livejournal. It's just time we both started to move on.

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Stuff! Things!

Dec. 1st, 2010 | 01:26 am

I'm being really bad about livejournal lately! I still really like reading other people's entries, but am increasingly feeling less inspired to post here than I am to my other blog. I guess a lot of people might be feeling like this about livejournal these days? I am not sure what this means for the future.

For now though, I blogged a blog on my other blog a couple days ago, and here it is: http://josh-is-drawing.blogspot.com/2010/11/super-fresh.html

Also the website for my old webcomic, Edwitch, is now back online! I am extremely excited about this, and will probably make a way more in-depth post about it some time soon! So yeah. That's neat.

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Public Domain Superheroes

Nov. 17th, 2010 | 11:54 pm

So I recently completed a series of illustrations for the upcoming issue of Panel to Panel magazine. The idea was to take Golden Age public domain superheroes and put your own spin on them, and all three of the ones I chose ended up being a total blast to draw.

Mr Satan

This first one is Mr. Satan. What I liked about him is that despite his ridiculous name, he has absolutely no super powers. He's just a rich dude who one day decided to go out, buy a devil costume, and start beating people up, just because he was bored! What kind of person would do that?! I figured he clearly has a flare for the dramatic with a name like Mr. Satan, so I decided to model him a bit after a modern stage magician, sort of a David Blane type. His mask wouldn't obscure his face very much, because clearly showing off is part of the point. At the same time I wanted to give him a bare-knuckled brawler, roll-up your sleeves, devil-may-care sort of feel. This guy has no issues getting his hands dirty - in fact that's the entire point!

Skywolf

Next up is Skywolf. His is probably the most radical departure from the original of the three. Golden Age Skywolf was a World War II flying ace who for some reason felt the urge to wear a wolf pelt on his head when flying into battle. For some reason the first thing that came to my mind when thinking of people wearing animal pelts was the lost boys from Disney's Peter Pan, so my Skywolf ended up being largely based on that. This Skywolf is just a kid, and his "flying team" is a gang of homeless street youth that guard the city rooftops. I tried to keep the flying ace theme, however, through the oversized flight jacket and the toy planes. Figured there's no reason he can't still be obsessed with flying, even if he isn't a pilot anymore.

The Magician from Mars

Jane Gem, The Magician from Mars is the one where I stuck closest to the original design. I might have liked to depart further, especially with a premise as wacky as hers, but there was just so much to love about the original I couldn't resist! The hat clearly had to stay, as well as the cape and the puffy sleeves. My main goal became just to simplify and maybe add a bit more of a retro 80s feel. I could easily imagine her going out disco dancing or hanging out at the roller rink. I honestly came this close to giving her legwarmers too, but ultimately decided I didn't want to overdo it. (PS: if you want the full effect for this one, click to view larger)

The magazine isn't scheduled to come out 'till January, but in the meanwhile you can find out more about it through the Panel to Panel facebook page, and about Panel to Panel in general through their website. And if the wait for the magazine to be released is still incredibly unbearable, then you can pass the time by checking out some further public domain superhero drawings that my friend Bryan posted on his blog as well!

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Halloween!

Oct. 31st, 2010 | 09:32 pm

Oh my god you guys, it's my favourite holidayyyy. And, you know, Halloween so... zombies, right?

Zombie Sketches

I don't know what it is, but Halloween always fills me with such excitement. Something about the atmosphere, and people dressing up. And just everything looking so playfully sinister.

I had all these ambitions to make a big thing of it this year too. But then I got sick. So now I'm sitting around blowing my nose and watching a butt-load of horror movies instead. One may perhaps ask if this in some way diminishes the awesomeness of Halloween? If it causes Halloween to be somehow lesser? To which I reply: No. In no way whatsoever. You goddamn fool.

Josh Halloween 2010

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Paw Prints

Oct. 29th, 2010 | 01:53 pm

Hey all, sorry for not updating in a couple of weeks! I've been caught up with a couple of different projects this last little while, and its been keeping me pretty busy. But rather than sitting around and whining about not having anything to update about, I thought I'd make a quick post about one of these projects instead!

Paw Prints Sample 1

"Paw Prints" is a series of strips I'm currently producing for Dartmouth College's Project GreenLite campaign, encouraging students living in residence to develop healthier energy consumption habits. The strip focuses on a lone polar bear, separated from his home, traveling the Arctic and witnessing the direct consequences that global warming is having on the environment around him. I don't want to post any full strips until they're up online, but in the meanwhile I figured I'd post a couple of panels from two of the most recent ones. The bear actually goes through some pretty serious stuff as the story goes on. But you know, that's all part of the fun.

Paw Prints Sample 2

Also doing work for the project are two other CCS alumni, the incredibly talented Bryan Stone and Jason Week. They've posted a few samples from their strips on their respective blogs as well, so you should totally check those out too!

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Music Music

Oct. 20th, 2010 | 07:54 pm

Hey, so guess what? I'm super obsessed with the band Man Man these days.


#95.2 Man Man - Warmup 2 - The DealUploaded by lablogotheque. - Explore more music videos.

I can't help but think of music and drawing as things that relate closely, artistically, and listening to these guys sometimes makes me want to draw a frickin' mountain. Anyway, you can see the rest of the songs from their epic Takeaway Show here.

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Monstros and Grills

Oct. 8th, 2010 | 02:52 am

This is a pin-up I did for Denis St. John's recently released "Monsters and Girls: Amelia" volume 3.

Amelia

Click the image for a larger version. "Amelia" itself is such a weird mix of horror and humor and sexuality, and I tried to run with that as much as I could while making this. Playing with the sort of "cheesecake" aspect, while trying to keep it somewhat unsettling at the same time. It was actually really fun. And all of this was, of course, inspired by... Denis St. John.

Okay, so I am a dude that really enjoys horror movies. Because of this, Denis St. John is one of my favorite cartoonists ever. He understands horror better than most of us probably ever will, with a knack not just for conveying the terrifying and the grotesque, but also for knowing how to make it fun. His comics are ridiculous, expressive, and over the top, and - most importantly - frickin' scary. And especially around this time of year, what more could you ask for? The third volume of his current comic, just came out, and the first two are available to purchase through his website. You should give them a look! http://denisstjohn.blogspot.com/

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Smoking is Bad

Oct. 7th, 2010 | 02:06 am
music: Cary Ann Hearst - Hells Bells

Just a quick warm-up drawing, before getting down to inking some comics pages. It's a young hipster girl smoking, as they sometimes do.

Smoking Girl

Some days I love using brush so, so much.

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In Other News...

Oct. 1st, 2010 | 03:21 pm

You know what I love? This guy...

Gamera



I think one of my all time favorite Gamera scenes is at the end of Gamera: Advent of Legion, after Gamera has defeated the evil alien threat and everything is safe again. Everyone's relieved, and the main characters are all walking and laughing and talking about how great Gamera is, when the main scientist lady is suddenly like: "Gamera's job is to protect the planet! And if humans continue to pollute the earth then Gamera will be very angry!" Then she just stares straight into the camera for an uncomfortable period of time. Then Gamera roars. Then the movie ends.

In other news, the White River Pirates comic I did awhile back is currently appearing in this week's Seven Days Magazine! The comic is a jam between me and my good friend Nick Patten, and was reformatted and colored by the amazingly talented Joseph Lambert. If you're in Vermont you should be able to pick it up anywhere that fun alternative weeklies are to be found, and if you're not then you can just read it online over here.

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Werewolf!!! Cover

Sep. 22nd, 2010 | 10:21 pm

So as promised, here is the cover I did for Werewolf!!! volume three, coming out this weekend at MICE!

Werewolf 3 Cover Wrap-Around

This particular cover was one of those fortunate examples of an illustration that more or less came to life fully formed. I knew I wanted to do a more detailed closeup of a werewolf, since the previous two covers had only featured werewolves at a distance or as a silhouette. This time, I wanted the cover to get in your FACE! I liked the idea of having this cover be an interior scene as well, since that was something we hadn't done yet. The whole concept just sort of flowed from there.

Werewolf 3 Cover Concept

As you can see, I didn't change much of the original thumbnail concept once I moved on to pencils. If it works then why change it, right? Even from this stage of the pencils to the final inks, the only real additions were my decision to enlarge the window slightly and the smaller detail work on the walls and floor (though of course, the devil's in the detail ain't he? Or, you know, werewolf, as the case may be.)

Werewolf 3 Cover In-Progress

And voila, the finished design, as it will appear at MICE (complete with hand painted glow-in-the-dark moon!)

Werewolf 3 Cover Final

Of course if you aren't going to be in Boston this weekend, keep an eye on the Werewolf blog where we'll be posting info on how and where you can purchase copies of Werewolf!!! once MICE is over. And you know, while you're all busy clicking on links and stuff, you might also want to check out the work of Penina Gal

Penina is a lovely lady, and has probably been the main driving force in putting the latest issue of Werewolf!!! together. Her story "Cubs" is going to be one of the main features of the book, and it looks beautiful. You don't have to take my word for it though. You can get a sneak peek by looking at the preview pages she currently has posted on her blog!

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