It’s my birthday today. I took the day off work so I can enjoy watching the Super Bowl with some friends. Last night I decided to draw Peyton Manning just for some fun. Just a quick sketch on the iPad.
For some reason I always imagine him saying his own name, not unlike Matt Damon would in the film “Team America”. Still makes me laugh.
Let’s hope it’s a good game!
I enjoyed drawing that last picture of Wolverine so much, I decided to draw another one. I’m thinking I should draw more pictures like this to post on the blog in between working on the comic. If anyone has any suggestions on who they’d like to see, please leave a comment!
This was drawn in Procreate for iPad, then coloured in Photoshop to speed the process up.
Happy New Year all!
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When I last updated I speculated that I would be busy, and I wasn’t sure when I’d next update the comic. Unknown to me was that it would be so very accurate and I wouldn’t even have the energy to draw at all for a good couple of months.
My vacation has just begun, and yesterday I drew a picture (the one accompanying this post). It’s been so long, that it took a little while to get into the groove of it. It felt good though. I don’t have much of an extended holiday break ahead of me, but I am going to try and do as much drawing as I can squeeze in there, because I miss it.
Hopefully everyone has a great holiday season. Enjoy yourselves. Be safe on the roads if you’re driving somewhere! I’m optimistic enough to think I should hopefully be able to get another Adam page up soon.
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As you are all probably aware, comic books kick ass. Hell there is even a comic book called “Kick Ass”. Well there are some new releases I thought I would quickly share some new books/comics that I think are worth spending some hard earned cash on.
First up, Toby Morris released a new book a couple of weeks ago called “Don’t Puke on your Dad”. In it Toby documents the roller coaster ride that is the first year of parenting after his son Max arrives into the world. It’s a beautifully put together book. Charming, thoughtful, and funny. In years to come I’m sure it’ll mean a lot to Max, to see what his Dad went through on a day to day basis raising him. “Dont puke on your Dad” is available now from Beatnik Publishing for $30.
Next, I should point your attention to Faction #2. A New Zealand comic anthology due to drop any day now. This is the second installment of Faction. The first comic was a beautifully produced full colour comic showcasing some of NZ finest artists. Issue number 2? Well more of the same, really! Sweet sweet comics from my fellow countrymen. Buy both issue 1 and 2 here.
Finally, my friend Adrian Kinnaird has officially announced his forthcoming book about NZ Comics “From Earth’s End”. Clocking in at 448 pages, this book is going to be a monster! I’m genuinely excited to see how this book turns out. Adrian’s been working on this for a while now, painstakingly putting together the first major book dedicated to New Zealand cartoonists. He announces the project over at his excellent blog here. You can find out more information about the book here. This book is coming soon. I’ll probably post again when it’s due to drop.
Some good ideas there if you need to add to your reading pile. Or if you’d like to get in early on Christmas presents!
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Are we seriously half way through the year already? Unbelieveable! The good news is, Auckland Zinefest is almost upon us again. I have a lot of love for the Auckland Zinefest. Everyone there is super cool. There are all sorts of new zines/comics/self published works worth picking up! What’s not to like?
As always I’ll be there with some comics, and some prints. If you’re in Auckland, or nearby, I’d highly recommend coming in to St Kevin’s Arcade in K’ Rd and saying hello. It’s fun.
I also did some Q&A related to the event for Presence Zine. Checkity check it!
Auckland Zinefest details:
Saturday July 27 2013
St Kevins Arcade, K’Rd, Auckland
From Midday until 5pm.
Don’t worry a new comic is on the way. I’m going to be working on it tomorrow. NBA finals permitting. Game 7 is on tomorrow, so who knows how productive I’ll really be. The intention is there though! That’s got to be worth something, surely.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of things I think I should mention. Firstly, the Sunshine Pledge Me running here. Jem Yoshioka is a talented illustrator from Wellington. She put out a story called Sunshine. It’s really very good. Now she is running a campaign to get a print version going. I think it’s worth your time, and your cash to get in on this one! Go check it out.
Next, my man Eddie is running a new Autobio comic called Sloths and Trolleys. Now we can all see what Eddie actually gets up to, as he is putting it down in the form of COMICS. Excellent. That is completely worth your time and attention. It updates more than my own comic too, so he is kicking my ass there.
Also worth mentioning. Mainstream comics. Here’s what I am reading and think everyone else should be reading to (if you’re so inclined). From Marvel, Hawkeye and Daredevil are both great books. Character driven, not event driven. Written well and beautifully drawn. From DC, the book I enjoy is Wonder Woman. Brian Azzarello has been doing cool things there.
I’ve also been spending some time at looking into how to collect and sell AMA digital editions for the iPad. Slowly making some progress on that one.
How’re things? Any comics you’d like to recommend? Let me know.
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A longtime reader/friend asked me to do a sketch for him to pick up at Chromacon. He wanted the Marvel Comics character Valkyrie. Even though I read a few Marvel books, I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about this character at all.
Seems like she is a female Thor or something? In any case, she is blonde, and likes swords. So I went ahead and drew this piece for him.
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(Above, the great swag I got from the show)
Aotea Centre was busy and full a couple of Sundays ago. It was Mother’s Day. The sun was shining outside, on a beautiful autumn Auckland day, and people were making the most of it by getting out and enjoying it. It was also the day of the inaugural Chromacon event. An Illustration and Comic Art festival being held in the centre of town at the Aotea Centre.
As an exhibitor, I had access to the space early for setup the day prior to the show. Walking through the floor where everyone was setting up, and getting a sneak peak at what was to come, I could already tell it was going to be a great show! There were several spaces that I walked past and my jaw was dropping to the floor. It was cool to see so much talent was being assembled in the same space.
The morning finally arrived, and the early birds were in completing their booth set ups. Soon enough 9am rolled around and the show was officially under way. It probably took about an hour for some real crowds of people to start flowing through, but once the floodgates were opened, that was it. It was busy all day.
I had a great time. People were mentioning to me things like “we had no idea there was all this talent in our own country”. Which I guess just re-enforces the reason why putting on a show like Chromacon was absolutely worth doing. The public were great. I talked to a lot of really nice people. The artists were equally as great. I didn’t get as much time as I had hoped seeing all the different exhibitors, as I was basically stuck manning my own table the whole time. I did manage some quick trips as the show was coming to a close however and some good folks that were there were kind enough to stop by my table as well.
Outside of my comics, by far and away the favourite item I had for sale was my Anchorman print. I’ll throw an image of that up above this blog post. It’s available in my store if you’d like one. As are a couple of the other prints I had available.
Everyone who came through and stopped by my table. Thank you. It was wonderful to talk to everyone. All the artists who I know through social media, and met on the day, it was really great meeting you. Big thanks to Michel, who saved my butt when it came to setting up the booth, and last but not least to Allan and his team for putting on a great show! Apologies to all the artists whom I just didn’t get a chance to go see in person. Hopefully it’s an event I can add to calendar every year!
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Here’s a summary of the Tool concert I attended last Thursday. Above is a photo I took of them from the BDO 2011, since no one was allowed to take pics at this event.
The night started off with a walk to the venue as it always does. I was surprised that no one else was making the same commute by foot as me. I wondered if the concert the previous night had satisfied most of the fans and if this following show wasn’t going to be anywhere near capacity. I was thankful however that the rain had subsided. The previous night it was still hosing down, which would have made for a miserable walk to the show.
Upon arriving at the venue my thoughts of a half full concert quickly subsided as I saw the mass of bogans decending upon Vector Arena. As always, there was plenty of interest at the merch stall, and people were adding their new tee shirt purchases to the rest of the wardrobe they had on. The easiest way they knew how. Right over the top of the existing clothes.
Seeing as I was venturing to this show alone, I was able to do a fair amount of people watching before, during and after the show. As always, the amount of creativity with facial hair is always surprising at metal shows. Dr Marten boots were in plentiful supply, and you always wonder about how the one girl who wears basic canvas shoes is going to fare in the mosh pit amongst the hundreds of shit kicking boots destined to crush her toes.
Also active were the security for the venue. Who were under advisement that by no means was there to be video recording during the show. They took the rules a little too far however, before the first act had even come on I was being warned about using my phone for just sending a text message. Still, I get the policy, and it was nice to see people actually experiencing the band rather than just focusing on recording a shitty movie version to watch later at home.
First on were Jakob. There were a good pick to warm the crowd up. Heavy enough, and they had a great flow as always. I think I have seen them about two or three times before this evening. Entertaining as always.
Before too long it was time for Tool to take the stage. One by one the band members filter out from backstage to a crowd hungry for some rocking. They open with the song “Hooker with a Penis” which is a good one to kick things off. Straight into it is a good policy for those who want some hard and heavy tracks for the evening. I guess everyone knew they’d be in for some fan favourite tracks when they quickly followed up with the song “Sober”. Perhaps one of Tool’s most well known tracks.
The band were on point. Tight as fuck. It’s always fun to just pick a band member and watch them for a sustained amount of time. There is so much going on to distract you from the band themselves, it’s cool to give them some real focus here and there. As usual, the music was accompanied by strange but compelling visuals. The crowd were well into it too. With the rocking out I was doing, I was quickly reminded that I’m a battered and bruised old man these days. My hips were fucked, and by the time we reached the intermission part of the show, I was ready to escape to the side of the floor and watch while supporting myself against the guard rail.
Before we reached the intermission point the band played their song Lateralus. I’m always impressed with how that song works live. It’s truly something special. Probably my favourite track from the night. It has this big rolling effect where it keeps escalating. Eventually by the end of the song, people are in their zone. Setting up the second half of the concert perfectly.
The Intermission gave me time to do some more people watching. Particularly impressive was a pretty young girl who fearlessly flirted and talked to just about every metal guy in the vicinity. I don’t think she was at the show with anyone, so she casually was just involving everyone around her in her experience. These singles males were happy to appease her attention deficit disorder for a time. She even got away with pulling a dude’s dreads, he pulled around kinda half pissed before she exclaimed “I LOVE YOUR DREADS DUDE!”. Ahh to be young and good looking. You can get away with everything. Later during the show the had mounted the shoulders of some dude and head banging during the end of another killer track. She was entertaining to say the least.
Before Tool finished up the show. Maynard made mention of the fact that if any of us had a “Time Machine” we might be able to travel forward a few hours to wish Drummer Danny Carey a happy birthday. He eventually admitted we’d might as well sing the song there now. A lot of the crowd kinda coughed and bumbled through his name though, and Maynard rhetorically asks after “You don’t even know his fucking name do you?”
Stinkfist finishes off the concert in fine form. Eventually the band bows out, and we’re left to slowly slumber out of Vector Arena listening to Katy Perry (what the fuck?) while we slide across the floor occasionally banging into the sweaty guy wiped out from the mosh pit. As always I leave slightly worse for wear and smelling of Bourbon and Cola. However everyone had a great time. Band put on a great show, What more could you ask for?
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Yo! A reminder, today Chromacon is being held in Auckland’s Aotea Centre from 9am until 5pm. Yesterday was a lovely Autumnal day, so we’re hoping for the same today. If you’re in Auckland and looking for something to do, come swing by. Here’s the best part, Admission to this event is FREE.
After I set up my stall I had a quick look around at some of the other exhibitors. There are some amazing artists who are in this event. It’s very cool to see.
If you do come by, make sure you come by my booth (F4) and say “hello” to me.
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