As a way of keeping the art going, I’ve been doing some drawing for fun. Homages to some of my favourite films, interpreting them in my comic art style. It’s something that I had been thinking about ever since I did one of Sam Shakusky from the film Moonrise Kingdom. That piece was well received, and I wanted to do some more in the same vein.
I’m going to make them available for sale as digital prints. So if you’re a fan of the pieces, or of the films, and want some art representing on your wall, this might be a good way of doing it!
I’m going to have as many of these as I can done in time for the Chromacon show that I am attending. So if you’d like to buy one from me in person. Cool! If you are geographically challenged from Auckland, New Zealand, or you would like one straight away, well that is what the internet is for!
Since I started with Moonrise Kingdom, I’ll make that the first print available. You can purchase here.
Also, if you have any pieces you’d like to see my take on, leave the suggestion for me in the comments section. I won’t promise anything, but if it strikes me as something cool, I’ll give it a go!
Here is an update for you. I’ve been working hard. Not on comics for the site, not yet…but they’re coming.
Instead I have been getting some stuff sorted out for a new show that is happening here in Auckland spot lighting local artists, comic creators, illustrators – called Chromacon. The show is happening on the 12th of May, so make sure to mark that down in your calendars. Check out the Chromacon website, there is some amazing talent that has been organised for this show. It’s very exciting! It’s happening right in the middle of the city, at the Aotea Centre, so it’ll be nice and easy to get to. I’m truly excited to be a part of this show, and hopefully it is the first of many. Please come out and support what will be a fantastic showing of local talent!
On my side of things. I am trying to organise reprints of older comics. I’m creating some new digital prints that I will have for sale, both online and at the show. I’ll have some new stickers available. It is going to be fun. I’m excited to show off some of these prints I have been making. I’ll show some very soon right here on the site. On top of that, I’ve been enjoying the new digital prints thing so much, that I will be seeking suggestions for subject matter on what I might draw next for the next print. I’ll put the call out soon.
I recently got back from Christchurch. I did a quick day down there, and caught up on how the city was going. It was good to see where it currently is. It’s got me thinking about how I’ll interpret it next for the next batch of stories. I put some photos up on my Flickr, if you are interested in seeing some pics of where the city is at.
Finally, I uploaded a free ActionMan Adam Wallpaper for your computer. If you feel like you need some Canadian Kraft Dinner action representing on your desktop, notebook, tablet, whatever, you may download it.
Over the holidays I drew Batman on my iPad, you know because I wanted to. It was just a fun thing to throw down quickly. I can’t even remember what the situation was that I decided to draw this. I wish I had a better story to share. Ha ha.
Anyway, I thought I would share it.
So anyone who frequents the site will clearly see there has been no activity here for some time. I’m well over due for an explanation here. I’ve just been putting it off. I’m very sorry about that. So what happened?
Well I took a Christmas break to recharge. I starting planning out new ideas for where to take Adam. I’m still excited to tell these stories, so they’ll keep coming so long as I’m excited to draw them. Right after New Years I lost a close family member. It was unexpected. Threw everyone out. It was pretty tough, and I can honestly say the grieving/healing period is still ongoing. It basically really put me off my art game. I just didn’t feel like being very creative at all during this time.
The good news is, I have started drawing again. I’m drawing some fun things that I plan to offer at my online store soon and that I’ll have available at a show I’m doing later this year. I’m using these pieces to get myself back into it, and enjoy drawing again. It’s working too. I’m really starting to get excited about art again.
This weekend I’ll be in Christchurch to have a look around. I’m hoping that will help kick start some drawing ideas. As always I’ll be snapping lots of pictures, so I can accurately reflect the changes going on in the city. It should really help me tell some of the new stories coming up in the comic.
Things will resume as normal soon. I just wanted to explain why nothing has been happening here for a while.
Hope all is well in your world.
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I got around to making a custom card for my friend Richard’s Birthday.
It’s some Adventure Time fan art.
Just thought it would be fun to draw something custom to print on a card for him.
It is his birthday today.
Happy Birthday, dude!
Just a few short days after the Black Keys, we had another amazing concert lined up to go see. This one we’d been expecting since February – so it was a long wait. Completely worth it though. If the Black Keys was a bit more stripped back and rocking, then Radiohead was the opposite. It was conscious, and considered with an amazing lighting and visual display to aid the songs through the set list.
Every tonal shift from song to song made the set list a giant mood ring. A slower more sombre track could transition to a more dance worthy number and giant visual display panels would re-arrange to a new layout throughout. Meaning you were always at risk or on the verge of an epileptic seizure. More importantly though, there was plenty to take in and digest along with the musical brilliance itself. It was astounding how this band could just keep adding layer upon layer upon layer – building this incredible wall of sound.
It was a fun concert and it went by too fast. We were privileged to get good seating, like we did with the Black Keys. I took some pictures. You can see them here.
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You know you’re in for a good show when all the band really want you to do is dance your ass off. It seems this was the only prerequisite to enjoying the Black Keys when they played a sold out gig at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Auckland obliged too. There was ass shaking going down at every corner of the building. Just when you thought your dance moves were tapped out, another sing along hit was pulled from the set list and you found your second wind. Ha ha!
To help things out, a disco ball was brought down in the encore. These guys know what they’re doing. They know how to get their audience going. Throw a couple of falsettos at us, and we all start swaying to the groove all over again.
If you were there, you know what I’m talking about.
If you weren’t, you’ll have to join the party next time.
There are some more pics to check out on my Flickr, if you’re interested.
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As you may have noticed. There haven’t been any comics for a while. I plan on getting back into it as soon as I can! With very short notice I found out from my employer that I would have to head over to Brisbane, Australia to help out with our office over there. That is where I was for about 2 weeks. I came back to New Zealand on the 14th, and I’ve been playing catch up with all aspects of my life ever since.
So how was Brisbane? Outside of being exhausted from the long days at work, I did at least get one weekend to have a look around the city. My wife flew over from Auckland, and we were able to have a good walk around in nice summery (for Auckland), warm temperatures. No clouds in the sky. The birds were out. The city was bustling. It was great. I like the city. It makes the most of it’s river based geography, and everyone seems to be well adjusted to the fact that it is warm and the sun shines there a lot. One morning I was waiting for my ride. I was in a tee shirt, this was about 7:30am. It was probably 15 or 16 degrees celcius. This dude is on his jogging run, he has a jacket on, a beanie on, like he was training in the cold. It was fascinating. I was thinking “Man, nice morning, it’s going to be warm. I can already feel it”. He was thinking…”Ohhh, cold morning. I’d better wrap up for the morning run today!”
There you go. It’s all about what you’re used to I guess?
In any case. I had fun. It was a privilege to travel to a new place, and have a look around. I’m happy to be home now, and I’ll get back into making comics. If you want to see more pics, I have uploaded some here.
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Well Thursday night I was one of the lucky stall holders at Auckland Zinefest / First Thursdays. As it has been previous years that I have attended this event, it was a lot of fun!
I arrived early, and had enough time to quickly set up my table and grab a bite to eat. My table mate was Sam from Rooster Tails Comics. Which was rad. Sam is a great guy, so it was nice to catch up with him.
It was a busy night. If you came out to same hello, thank you very much for braving the wet weather. I was fortunate, packing in, and packing out of the Zinefest I was able to get from the car and back dry, however during the Zinefest it really poured. Thankfully plenty of people were out for the Zinefest and the festivities on K Road for First Thursdays.
I met new people, and old friends and bought a heap of reading material. A lot of love and an all around positive vibe, what more could you ask for?
Thanks Auckland Zinefest / First Thursdays, for another great event.
If you are wanting to buy the new book, but we’re not able to get to the Zinefest, don’t worry, it will be available in my store very shortly.
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This post has been a long time coming, but I finally picked up my newest print comic from the printers on Wednesday. I’m really happy with the result of it. It came out great. A part of the reason updates have been taking a while has been because I’ve been putting extra time into compiling this new book. It’s a very time consuming process, so it goes without saying that I am happy to have it finally completed.
This new comic is titled “Things Change”. It’s most of last years content including all the earthquake stuff, hence the title of the book. It’s making it’s debut Thursday next week, at Auckland Zinefest / First Thursdays. You can find more information about that here. I’m looking forward to finally getting it into peoples hands!
After the Zinefest has finished I’ll make the book available for purchase in my online store. I’m looking at my options for a digital book, but that might be something different, as I never did a digital book for “First Impressions” either. Maybe I need to do a large digital book? Once I find a way of compiling the color pages, and what format might be best for iPads or things like that – then I’ll proceed with that. If you like physical books though, I’ll be able to add sketches with orders – which I can’t do digitally.
I’m excited to finally be able to get this new comic out in the world!
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