Friday, March 24, 2006

Boomer and Bucket

Well, this month I've officially begun an alternate life as a comic artist, having just completed the second of two short collaborations with Chris Reilly and Steve Ahlquist. The former is a two-pager called "Boomer Brushes His Teeth" and will appear in Reilly's surreal tale, "The Trouble with Igor." The second will be part of the anthology "More Strange Eggs," and is a short history of the Boxing Bucket character--I call it "Raging Bucket."

Friday, March 03, 2006

Almost killed myself getting to Nate Kenyon's book release party (Bloodstone) last night at Boston College. It was rush hour and snowing like a bastard just as I was leaving (I gave myself over two hours to get there, for what would normally be an hour drive, and was still late). Weirdly, it wasn't snowing at all in Boston--they looked at me like I was crazy when I babbled about a raging blizzard. Otherwise, the party was fine. Ate a few snacks, drank a Guinness (thanks, Nate!), chatted about books, and then had to drive back into Hell. Naw, the snow was over--all that was left was the shoveling.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Just illustrated a couple of pages for a graphic project by Steve Ahlquist and Chris Reilly: a creepy/funny little vignette about one of the characters from their Tim Burton-esque Igor storyline. So theoretically I have two comic projects in the pipeline: this, and Atomic Cockatrice for the back cover of the upcoming More Strange Eggs (SLG). Plus I'm working on my own, longer comic, the first 24-page installment of which I hope to have done soon. I've always wanted to combine my love of drawing with my love of writing, so if this works out, it'll be my ultimate dream come true. Not to mention a hedge against the vissitudes of the publishing world.