Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years: Its Our Ever Improving Living Room #99!

check it out - today's strip is #99, that means tomorrow -  January 1st, 2011 - will be strip number 100! In honor of this monumental occasion, I would like to announce that OEILR Vol 1 is finally available at Chicago Comics (ok, this isn't much of an announcement, because I was supposed to have it done a while ago) as of today you can go pick up a physical copy in the real world and enjoy the sensation of purchasing an object from a flesh and bones human being, all while supporting the local comics community! 

Thanks for reading! Have a good New Year! Try not to be disappointed when 2011 doesn't live up to your ridiculous expectations!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hello Again! Hello Again!

Welcome back - I hope everyone had a good holiday. Here are the comics from the last 9 days I've been away! I hope you enjoy them. Another one will be following tonight. 

for now, I'm going to go breathe a sign of relief as I have finished unpacking and finally scanned these. Also, maybe I'll eat a sandwich.  

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Goin' on a holiday.

I'm taking a short break for the next week or so - going home, and nowhere near a scanner, so I won't be able to upload any new comics. Don't worry though, I'll be back next week with a ton of new strips all at once. So have a good holiday...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

The comics are here!

yes they are! just 6 days late! Our Ever Improving Living Room - Volume 1 collects the first 30 days of my journal comic experience. Won't you please pick one up today and enjoy?

The books are now available in my online shop, just click the link on the right. I'll make sure to get them to Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave), Chicago Comics (3244 N. Clark) , and ShopColumbia (623 S. Wabash) as soon as possible, but it may not be until after the holidays. If you have live in the city, I'd suggest going to the store to pick up a copy. only you can help support the local comic book shops! Also, they're going to be 50 cents cheaper in stores, if that sweetens the deal.

I'll be following up with Volume 2 in the near future, so get excited.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hot Doug's, Comics, Gloves, and "It's a Wonderful Strife"

Today's comic is brought to you by Hot Doug's, one of my very favorite restaurants in the city! Try the Marty Allen with everything. Excellent. 

I was supposed to be picking up the copies of Volume 1 from minuteman press today... but unfortunately they weren't ready. I'll be getting them tomorrow though, fingers crossed. After that, I should be officially opening the shop. Just letting you know in advance that any orders might take a little time to fill, on account of the holidays.

Also, for those of you who saw the comic concerning my issue of only having one glove - you can rest easy. I bought a pair of gloves today, as it has been maddeningly cold as of late.

And finally, you should all check out "It's a Wonderful Strife," Nick Drnaso's new book. Nick is a friend of mine, and a student at Columbia. He's just recently self published Wonderful Strife with the help of the Columbia print lab.

Just a quick review: "It's a Wonderful Strife" is a re-imagining of Frank Capra's classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." However, this story puts a much darker twist on the original plot. The story follows Leslie Morton, the anti-everyman of Bedford Falls, as he lives his life in the shadow of the smooth skinned, smoother talking George Bailey. Morton is an incredibly unsavory character, and the artist's intricate linework enhances his ugliness. Nick's rendering of the scenery and townspeople of Bedford Falls, as well as every fold and wart on his protagonist is damn masterful. The story is great too. The reader really has to decide wether to find this character sympathetic or not, as he seems like a very real person in what is actually a totally hollywood-ized world. Nick has a style that is as much dark comedy as it is tragedy - you should trust him to sufficiently corrupt this timeless classic.

To check out more of Nick's work, follow the link in the righthand column of this site marked "friends and acquaintances"

for samples of "It's a Wonderful Strife," go here

and here is a picture of me reading "It's a Wonderful Strife" while wearing the aforementioned new gloves.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for all the kind words about my work. The show was excellent. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dazed in December

I'm going to be in a show tomorrow night - three paintings - come check them out.
I'm lucky to be among several young artists showing, including music by my good friends Life Long Laser
If you're interested, call me, text, email, or facebook for details. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shop Opening Soon!

If you'll kindly direct your eyes to the righthand sidebar, you'll notice a new section labeled "SHOP." Well, I'm happy to announce that soon you'll be able to purchase physical printed copies of Our Ever Improving Living Room!

Volume One, spanning from September 24th to October 23rd, is being printed and will be available soon - Just in time for the holidays!

Volume Two will be following shortly after. I'll have more news on all of this soon, once I get it all set up.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

just to be clear, i'm trimming the hair on my nipples. I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.

Hello again, hope everyone had a nice thanksgiving. Enjoy the freshly picked batch of comics from this weekend, and I'll have another one for you later tonight.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'll have updates this weekend, but there won't be any for the next few days - going home. turkey and pie. oh my.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

coming soon! - Volume One

You're hearing it here first. in the near future I'm going to be releasing Volume 1 of Our Ever Improving Living Room! Volume 1 will be a  32 page booklet containing the strips from September 24th 2010 to October 23rd 2010. I'm having it printed by the fine folks at minuteman press. Copies are going to be about 5 dollars each, so if you wanted to own a hard copy of Our Ever Improving Living Room, now is your chance to start the collection. More news on how you can get your hands on them later.

- quick note, for those of you who got minicomics from me at the Draperies show, even though those say "Volume One" on them, they're only 16 pages long, so if you're interested, you can get another expanded copy.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kevin Answer's his first fan question.

On the previous post I got a comment that I thought might be fun to answer with a proper post, because it has some cool info, also I'm opening the floor to anyone who want's to ask any other questions. My feeble knowledge is yours to enjoy.
Here's what Zoraida wrote:

I love seeing the process!

I recently got a copy of "Process How I make my comics" by Jeffrey Brown and it was an instant favorite. It helps that he includes script excerpts, sketches and other miscellany in the envelope it comes in. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these posts.

Fan Questions:
What kind of paper are your finished strips on? I'm curious, why a nib as opposed to a micron or a regular ball point?

Keep them coming,

And here's my answer:
Thanks! I'm a fan of Jeffrey Brown! I heard he was putting out a process mini, I really want to read it. Any Easy Intimacy was a really influential book for me.

I use Strathmore smooth Bristol. I draw on the 300 series, but a lot of artists recommend the 400 or 500 series, which doesn't bleed as much. I don't really mind the 300 series because i think my work is already kind of rough looking

The nib pen is really the traditional cartooning tool. It can get a lot of different line qualities depending on the way you make marks, how much pressure you apply, etc. Also, the ink from Micron pens tends to brown or fade after time. There are some good "pen" pens out there, and a lot of artists like "brush" pens which sometimes come with cartridges. I've just never really gotten into using those. Once I picked up the dip pen I sorta got attached to it. 

Thanks for your questions! Answering fan mail is totally living the dream!


I thought it would be cool to show you guys how I work (sort of)
A lot of the strips have ben done here at my desk, and as you can see it's pretty cramped.
It suits me though.

I've kept most of the ideas and rough sketches in this little flip notebook.
The ruler next to it is the one i use for laying out the strip every day. I draw on a 5X5 grid, so I don't need a full sized ruler. What's nice about that is I can sort of pack up my tools and bring them anywhere. Sometimes I do the comic on location.

this is the strip after it's inked. I use a #107 nib and Bombay black ink, of which I am almost out.

Finished originals, these are from the first week. I do two days to a page. I should have included a picture of how thick the stack is now.

I hope you guys enjoy the glimpse into my process, I'll try to include more stuff like this in the future.