Sunday, March 31, 2013

Electabuzz is one of the most interesting looking to me, he's built like an ape, but vaguely resembles the cartoon character "Bonkers," who was a bobcat.
Electabuzz are supposed to seek out lightning strikes in one of the descriptions I found about them.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sawsbuck is a newer pokemon, but I like the fact that the foliage on it's antlers changes with the seasons. In winter it's all white and tufty like snow, and in spring it had little punk buds on it.
Another example of the relationship between flora and fauna, which seems to be the major theme for the creators of the game.
I think the fact that humans capture and pit these things against each other totally negates the harmony that they seemed to be trying to stress when they designed the pokemon.

Friday, March 29, 2013

If Poliwhirl's stomach is a giant hypno-disc, how does it feed itself?
To what advantage might it serve in nature for an animal to have hypnotic powers?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Charmeleon has those big "Pop-eye" forearms.
Their heads seem to be modeled after the duck-billed species of dinosaurs.
If memory serves me right, supposedly when the fire goes out on their tail they die.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's a big, metal chicken.
Another biological mystery. I suppose metals being organic compounds, there is some validity to the idea that a creature could be forged under extreme heat and pressure. But why a chicken?

Oh and I almost forgot, it's tail appears to be a can-opener.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This is my favorite ghost pokemon, I think. It's one of the newer ones, from a more recent version of the game. They seem to be trying to get more creative with what they consider a "ghost." He is a candle.
What scent might it be? Is it made of real wax? These are important biological questions.

Monday, March 25, 2013

When I was young, I preferred caterpie. In my 24 years of living I have come to appreciate Weedle's simplicity.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day six is this odd looking thing called Shuckle. I'm not sure if it's supposed to resemble a turtle or a snail, but it looks quite sad.

Also, it's Egg-Man Sunday, so there's a real comic to look at.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cubone is my favorite of the original 150. I really like the simplicity of it's design, and it's seriously morbid that it supposedly wears the skull of it's mother on it's head. That's a bit dark for a mass-marketed children's video-game, isn't it?
Maybe you can psychoanalyze a person by their favorite Pokemon. For instance, what Cubone's face looks like is unknown - it hides it with that skull.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Grimer is a pretty straightforward pokemon. He is a sentient pile of toxic sludge, presumably created by the dumping of chemicals into the surrounding ecosystem by some heartless corporation.
Straightforward, right?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day Three - Farfetch'd has always been one of my favorites. It carries a leek with it wherever it goes - but in all of the games it's never explained why.

I'm starting to think of the motives behind the people who created these characters. This one seems to have been an attempt to reference the way certain species of animals use their habitats, but the fact that the supposed in-game scientists don't understand why Farfetch'd carries a leek is kind of strange to me.

Like some guy who didn't fully understand zoology in the creative department at Nintendo was just like "it should carry a leek, and they ran with it.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Maybe there is something interesting to be found here after all.

It’s fascinating to me that there is a pokemon that symbolizes the idea that discipline is the main focus of martial arts. The description reads: 

“Meditite undertakes rigorous mental training deep in the mountains. However, whenever it meditates, this Pok√©mon always loses its concentration and focus. As a result, its training never ends.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Embracing the 30-day Pokemon bandwagon

I’m going to embark on a 30-day drawing challenge that seemed to be all over tumblr in December.
I loved the original versions of the game as a kid. I even played the Gold and Silver versions up through high school. Now that I work in an afterschool program, I’ve found out so much about the subsequent Diamond,Pearl,Black,White,etc. versions. I’ll admit I still find it really fun to play. It’s like collecting things, you start to obsess about the hunt.
Not sure what I’ll do for the “draw a holiday scene” on the 25th day.
for the list of things look here.

And now it is day one.

I’ve always felt bad for Lickitung. it’s basically this big sweaty pink wang-thing. The only word that comes to mind to describe it is the oft-reviled “moist.”

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monster number 40. What should I do next?
I was thinking of attempting a 30-day tumblr-inspired challenge wherein I'd draw pokemon.
I have a day to decide, I guess.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The third comic this week! 
What a streak!

What if I did three a week?
Or maybe I'll just do what I can, when I can, and keep you in the loop.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

It's Monday, don't get confused.
But after the signing this weekend I realized that I miss the rhythm of a daily comic. I've already settled into a funk of "you made a book, but what have you done lately?"
I'm not going to promise a daily strip, but I will promise more frequent comics, which ill be posting here and on my tumblr, so check back at your leisure.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


I recently finished this painting based on this Gold Key "Rocky and His Fiendish Friends" cover. It was inspired by the Covered Blog project, which doesn't update anymore, but you can still see all of the work on the blog itself, which still exists.
I really enjoy painting as a creative break from comics. It's a little more interpretive, and I don't usually work with color. I think I let myself be sloppier, which is a nice vacation.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, I'd like to get a better quality picture eventually.

Obligatory Zinefest swag photo; Challengers Signing wrap up.

check out all the cool things I took home from Zinefest yesterday!
top left, to bottom right:

(Various business cards and stickers not included)

King-Cat No. 73 - by John Porcellino
Handout Comics Number 2 - various cartoonists 
Buzz #4 - Corinne Mucha
Ugly No. 1, Sepetmber and October 2012 - Matt Soria
Dirty Hands vol. 3 - David Alvarado
The Shit I found In My Bra - Brittany Walker

Zinefest was fantastic this year. It's always pretty overwhelming how many talented cartoonists, writers, and photocopiers there are to talk to.

I'd like to take a second to say thanks to everyone who came out last night to Challengers for the release party. It was the most surreal experience ever. It still hasn't really hit me how cool it is to have my first book printed.

On the inside of my head I was screaming the whole night - screams of unbridled joy.

A lot of the people there appear in the book, and it meant so much to have something physical to show them for all their support. 
The biggest thanks, also to Pat and Dal at Challengers for all their help, and to RJ for printing the book in the first place. I think he was as excited as I was.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ok! Okay! O.K!

Last reminder - TONIGHT FROM 5PM - 8PM I'm going to be signing books at Challengers Comics. Come celebrate a big step for Yeti Press and myself!

Refreshments courtesy of Challengers
Free pin with book purchase!
Kevin Budnik action figures!

Head down to Chicago Zine Fest before hand and check out my friends David Alvarado and Brittany Walker, Matt Soria and I'm not even sure who else is going to be there, but I can't wait to find out.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Morning. directly above this line of text is this week's journal comic, and above that is today's monster.
Directly below, is a reminder that this Saturday, March 9th, is the release party and signing for my book at Challengers Comics. 5pm - 8pm, be there! Refreshments will be served!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Challengers release party - March 9th

Hey gang, just a reminder. We're almost one week away from the Our Ever Improving Living Room release party at Challengers Comics.
I'll post again the day of or before, as yet another reminder.
Challengers is located at 1845 Western Ave. and the event is from 5pm - 8pm

That also happens to be the same day as Chicago Zine Fest, so if you're looking for a place to go after you've browsed copious zines and comics, bring your haul over to Challengers!