I have to apologize for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been busy preparing to table at Salt Lake Comic Con this week. The majority of my free time for the past month has been devoted to creating a print of almost 40 Marvel characters from the Marvel Studios movies, as well as a bit of freelance work, and Cooties unfortunately took a backseat. I thought I’d be able to have a comic up for tomorrow; however, there are a lot of little things I still need to do to prepare. And frankly, I’m just exhausted.
After this next week, though, Cooties will be the only thing on my plate. I’ve got just about 20 pages left to finish Infestation, and I want to have the whole thing done and posted before the holidays. I will therefore be updating the comic twice a week in order to do this, starting a week from tomorrow! A nine-year effort will finally be coming to fruition for me.
This started out as a silly experiment in creating comics for the web, and the scope of the story ended up being a lot more than I thought it would. I have learned a lot from the many, many mistakes I have made through the process of creating this, and I plan to make some changes. But that’s a topic I will come back to at the end of the year.
In the meantime, if any of you are in the Salt Lake area, I hope to see you this Thursday, Friday or Saturday! I will be selling print editions of issues 1 & 2 of Cooties; these are re-colored, re-lettered versions from what you see on the site, along with a few reworked punchlines and such! I will be doing original art commissions, and selling 11″ x 17″ prints of my Marvel Cinematic Universe pic, seen below. I’ll be at booth Light Blue 28 in Artist Alley!
A recent update called for a stampede of alien creatures:
I contemplated a few options for the double-page spread; did I want to borrow from some science fiction movies and have some Easter Eggs? Use characters from other webcomics as shout-outs to my friends? I decided the best option would be to take a look through my 15-year-old son Nate’s drawings, and pick some from his artwork. He is definitely my son; he draws constantly, and I am always amazed at his creativity. I thought this would also be a good opportunity to share his work with you all as well! Here are his original drawings from which I
stole was inspired, along with some others that gave me a chuckle. Enjoy!
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!