Finally hit 50K on my novel project!
Finally hit 50K on my novel project!
Some art from a SUPER SECRET PROJECT I’m working on with Mariah Huehner.
The artwork for “The Vesta” is finished! After making a few last minute tweaks, I uploaded the final pages to the IDW server last night. Right now I’m in a state of shock. I can…leave the house this weekend! I can go outside! I don’t have to stay up until 2am painting!
What a concept.
That said, I’d like to take a moment to share out a thing I did I’m proud of. This is a panel from page 7 – I spent a lot of time angsting over the “SEAL” display on Shriya’s suit. I wanted it to look like it was part of the fabric, not a hard-plastic add-on sewn into the clothing. My first attempt just didn’t look right. So I spent some time digging up reference on Google (keywords: wearable technology, thank you Richard!!!). I’m happy with how it came out. That said, no one is going to be able to see that detail on the finished page, it’s going to be way too small. So here’s a close-up:
Over the weekend, Gordon and I went to our local feedstore to pick up some chicken supplies. The cashier must have seen the giant “SUCKER” sign flashing directly above my head, because she started telling me about ten little kittens that had been abandoned at the store that morning. That’s right. Ten. Like an idiot, I followed her into the back and saw a pen full of tiny sleeping kittens. The feedstore employees didn’t really know what to do with all of them. So…now they’re in my house. All ten of them. Luckily Happytails, the no-kill shelter I volunteer with, agreed to allow all ten kittens to become Happytails kittens, as long as I could step up and foster them. So…now we’re fostering them. I’ll be blogging about them as they get bigger and start demolishing my house.
If you can, consider making a small donation to Happytails. They’re the ones who will be footing the bill for everyone’s spays and neuters.
Now, without further ado, I present…THE KITTENS!!!*
(We haven’t picked names since we don’t really have a solid bead on their personalities yet.)
*I’m wearing gloves because at this point we thought they had ringworm. Fortunately I was wrong! Also, NOT STRANGLING THE KITTENS, holding their heads still so we could take the pics. Kittens are SQUIRMY!
The fourth volume of Paul Genesse’s Crimson Pact anthology series, featuring my short story “Return to Sender”, has hit the shelves. “Return to Sender” caps off my friend Gloria Weber’s inter-connected shorts, “Crimson Mail” and “No Mail”, which were published in the first two Crimson Pact anthologies. When a scheduling conflict prevented her from completing the trilogy, she passed the torch on to me. Many thanks to Gloria for letting me take her characters and spew my own issues all over them.
Here’s a brief excerpt,which I hope you enjoy. “Return to Sender” was a lot of fun to write.
Oooo, will Matt get a bittersweet come-uppance? Will Veronica crack, take him back, and make him waffles?! Buy it and find out what happens next!!!! (Seriously, buy it, I get royalties on this one) ;)
A page from a project I’m preparing for the Persephone’s Kiss anthology, which is being edited by Shirl Sazynski:
This is for a 10-12 page story written and drawn by me. I’m juggling a lot right now, so I’m hoping I can get this short finished in the fall.
Here’s a sample panel from my one-page submission to TGT Media’s Cookbook Project:
What started out as a simple idea of doing a cookbook based around webcomic characters has blossomed into a full fledged campaign to help raise money for the hungry in North America. “Webcomics: What’s Cooking?” is that cookbook that will feature dozens and dozens of recipes from popular webcomic creators showcasing a variety of recipes from Breakfast to Dinner and a few things in between!
They’re currently open for pre-orders and they have quite the line-up of creators, including my fellow Gammers Karen Luk and John Peters. I’m excited to be a part of this, so I hope you order a book and let me know what you think of my recipe.
The website promoting the Twisted Fairy Tale Anthology is online!
I painted the illustration. The anthology will also contain one of my short stories, a twisted retelling of Cinderella. I’ll let everyone know when the book is actually released.