One of the best things about social media for online artists like myself is the chance to meet and network with other creators. Finding work that inspires me is half the fun of what I do, so if I can give back a little by sharing their work with others, I want to make time do do so.
I’ve followed Tom Dell’Aringa’s work for a while; his comic Marooned was a fun take on a Mission to Mars adventure, and his new comic Rock & Tin is a great mix of science fiction and fantasy. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about robot wizards before!
The main characters are Mechmagus, leader of a band of robots on an abandoned mining planet, and Peto, a stone golem trying to overcome his programmed nature. Mechmagus’ evil brother wants to use the remaining robots on the planet for his own selfish purposes, and he is winning the war. It deals with themes of free will and ego, and is quite different from most other comics out there.
The artwork is simple at first glance, but Tom is great at doing a lot with a little. The characters are distinctive, he can put a page together with great flow and pacing, and Rock & Tin has some of the prettiest grayscale landscapes I’ve seen in any comic! I think Tom is creating something pretty special with it. Give it a look!
Patreon is a great way for fans to support artists and creators that they like. You can find out more on my own Patreon page, but in short, you can make a donation per comic that I create, and even set a monthly cap. If you enjoy my work, I’d ask that you consider donating, even if it’s just $1 a month. There will be patron-exclusive content, and you’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling for helping to fund the creation of Cooties. Go take a look!
I will be tabling at Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience this week from Thursday, Jan 29 through Saturday, Jan 31. I’ll have Cooties books and original art for sale! Come by and say Hi, I’ll be at booth Red 19 in Artist Alley.
I used to make a family calendar to give away as Christmas gifts to friends and family every year. I drew this up in 2013 before my ex-wife and I decided to split up; there was no calendar for 2014. I debated posting this because it almost seems to be making fun of her, but I actually found the fact that she was cold all the time kind of endearing. When I asked the kids this last Christmas what they wanted to get for their mom, the unanimous answer was an electric blanket.
Anyway, 2015 is looking to be a good year for all involved. Hope yours is, too!