Thing Fall Apart
The latest Batman ’66 #6 is out today, and even though it’s not digitally super-enhanced and sort of bears the mark of the beast, it does have some of my best work on the series. I hand-painted a few pages where things get really trippy, and writer Jeff Parker really outdid himself in giving me craaaaaaazy fun stuff to draw this time. It’s my personal favorite so far.
At Comixology for 99 cents.
Every once in a while, you get to do a commission that satisfies all your geek requirements. This one may be hard to top. It has it all: Romance, awesome creatures, a Dracula cape… A land-squid.
I couldn’t ask for more! It’s projects like this where I’m keenly aware that it’s not everyone who gets an all-expenses-paid trip to the Slothlands. I’m grateful.
Also, here’s a link to a hi-res version, in case you want some sloth-love wallpaper.
This weekend, I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con, taking commissions (you can totally commission something like this, and I’ll mail it to you) and peddling my wares. I may even see if I can get some prints made of this piece.
See you in Seattle!
Here’s a few process shots from my latest painting for Portland’s Modern Man Barbershop. This place is one of my favorite businesses in Portland, and they just opened a new location on Hawthorne (where this piece is going up).
Over the last few months, I’ve become a regular, and I’m just really enthusiastic about the whole business and their aesthetic. Shot of whiskey on your way in, fantastic haircuts, shoe shines, straight razor shaves, etc., and a cigar on your way out. It’s a wonderful model, and really affordable (important for the likes of me, who typically goes way too long between cuts). One day I asked the owner, Chris, if he’d be interested in commissioning a painting for their space, and happily, he dug the idea.
I’m not sure when this is going up (above the barbershop’s fireplace!) , but regardless, you should head down and get yourself a haircut from these people. It’s a lot of fun.
Oh dear. Better late than never… I’ve been under a self-imposed writing rock since October, and a lot of things, like having another two issues of The Creep coming out, slipped by. They both have absolutely terrific covers from Ryan Sook and Tonci Zonjic, respectively. Check them out!
There’s also a hardcover collection of this series set for release next year (April, to be exact), using that lovely cover from Tonci. Looks like you can pre-order it through TFAW.
In addition to writing, I also completed my largest painting yet, for the Hawthorne Modern Man Barbershop here in PDX. I couldn’t be more excited about this, as it’s one of my favorite businesses in Portland. More on that, and other bits from under the rock, soon.
It’s done! I set Sarah’s painting aside while I finished my work on The Creep, but I just got a chance to lay down the finishing touches. Since it’s going up in the living room, it’s going to be hard not to take it down and tweak the things that will inevitably start to bug me.
The final pass over the background was mostly about balancing colors, adding in a little more depth, and covering over the underdrawing. I pretty much decided to wrap things up when Jeff Parker’s kid was over for a visit and said, “Why are you still working on that? It looks done.”
What can you do? Kid says it’s done, it must be done.