July 2012

Jeff Jensen Nabs an Eisner

Jeff Jensen Jonathan Case Eisner

Photo credited to Bleeding Cool.

Just for fun— here’s Jeff accepting our Eisner award for Green River Killer. That screen is huge!

Aaaaand, baby’s crying. Must attend. Bloggin’ is HARD!

Eisner Win + Unseen Artwork

Last night the powers that be honored Jeff Jensen and me with an Eisner award for Best Reality-Based Work on Green River Killer. Quite an honor. I’m especially happy for Jeff and his family— their story is heroic in a way you rarely find in comics.

To commemorate the occasion, here’s some (typically creepy) artwork I did for a part of the GRK promotional machine that just never saw the light of day.

Green River Killer Eisner Jonathan Case

Annnnnnnnd…. I’m sure Jeff did a great job of this already, but since I wasn’t at San Diego or the Eisners this time, I’ll make my acknowledgements here:

Thanks to our editor, Sierra Hahn, for bringing this project my way and for being tenacious. Terrific job, Sierra!

Jeff Jensen, for telling his father’s story with grace, and for entrusting me with the drawing.

Brendan Wright, our assistant editor, for never missing a beat.

The rest of the Dark Horse crew, especially the ones that cleaned up those speckled page scans.

The Jensen family, for their story, their warmth, and the delicious cookies from Mrs. Jensen.

My crew at Periscope Studio, for helping me through everything and keeping me from taking myself too seriously.

My family, for their support and encouragement.

Thanks, everyone!

Portland Monthly — Best of the City

Portland Monthly Jonathan Case Food

Here are two more pieces from this spring’s ‘Best of the City’ article in Portland Monthly. Every few years, Pomo runs one of these showcases on Portland’s food, shopping, family activities, etc., so it was a definite treat to collaborate with them and show off the city I love.

I did six illustrations for them in that issue, and these (Food and Shopping) were two of my favorites. The pieces all started from a notion of transforming everyday Portland moments into fantastical dreamscapes, ala Little Nemo in Slumberland. It was a lot of silly fun, and I enjoyed the chance to help formulate the overall concept.

Portland Monthly Jonathan Case Shopping

This Shopping piece was particularly fun, because I got to pick all these bits and bobs that say ‘Portland’ to me. If anyone disagrees, well, nyeh. It’s all about the squids and sock monkeys. One of my also-ran layouts for this piece had the woman dressed as a pirate lady (as people do here in our fair city, year-round, for their own reasons) but wearing regular sneakers— when LO, behind a shoe-store window, she sees the perfect pair of pirate wench boots. Yeah. Too far out… Perhaps TOO Portland for its own good. It was a fun doodle though. I’ll have to see if it’s still around somewhere.

Portland Monthly — Ink City Illustration

Portland Monthly Ink City Jonathan Case

Just added this Portland Monthly piece to my illustrations and paintings. This was an illustration for their Ink City article, talking about Portland’s thriving comics creators scene. Their article already had a superhero bent to it, but they liked my pitch for a Little Nemo in Slumberland riff well enough to roll that idea into their Best of the City article the next month. I’ll post some of those pieces soon.

New Painting, Step Four: Fleshing It Out

A lot of progress today on the overall painting (though a lot of that is unseen here). I’m getting close. I expect the next update will be the finished piece. Today’s focus was mostly the scene around her— the fruit, the hanging vines in the foreground, etc. I also did a little more work on her skin, though she’s looking pretty chiseled right now… I may ratchet that back some.

Tomorrow I’m back to work on The Creep, so I’ll have to do a little painting here and there in my off time, but hopefully I’ll get to post the completed work soon! Stay tuned.

Monday painting progress