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    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2010

    MWM seeks quarter bin comic.
    open to any country of origin.
    must have Good Sense Of Humour
    but know when to be serious.
    cyborgs a plus.
    no highschool manga please.

    for the Wood vs Kirby
    I'm reminded of that Crimson tide movie scene where the dudes getinto a fist fight over Kirby Vs Moebius.

    "Hunter:Why were you two fighting?
    Rivetti: I said, the Kirby Silver Surfer was the only real Silver Surfer. And that the Moebius Silver Surfer was shit. And Bennefield's
    a big Moebius fan. And it got of hand. I pushed him. He pushed me. I lost my head, Sir. "

    My vote for Kirby VS Wood would be for a Cyberdyne Systems Kirby.
    But if liquid metal Moebius showed up he'd get my vote.

    Typhooncutter---The dolphin stuff has been on my LJ before and I think Mr Dr Ellis put it up as well
    but not in print....yet.

    mmmmmm I think my stuff started to get out there when I did something with Tokyopop--before that all of my work was eithr
    really short jobs (like the TRANSMET pin up) or really small press or porn.

    As far as I can tell as far as getting my work out there porn might have been a waste of time--but it was good at teacing myself to draw difficult things.
    and it was the first time I was paying rent on comics alone. but yeah, the industry is an ever evolving beast.

    trends in comics that piss me off .mmmmmmmmmmm anything that seems produced with any goal other than just making the best comic possible is always annoying.
    I find lots of stuff stupid but not so much annoying as funny--like cutting down on characters smoking at Marvel or bringing in actors or musicians to put their cheesedick
    name on a book.But none of that feels like real comics to me so its just joke fodder.
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2010
    Hey, Brandon. Been a huge fan since I came across Elevator on Amazon. Your backgrounds are just sick with detail. How do you start a page? Do you photo reference and just go nuts from there, or does it just pop out of your head?
    • CommentAuthormoritwat
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2010

    i would like to ask what the best twink stores are in the country?
    I mean the best quarter boxes around? pre-80's shit!
    Are you partial to any part of the country?
    Is "what your daddy doesn't know" on 1726 Brooklyn Ave, at E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64127 the best twink store in the U.S.?

    You can't fool me king city is a anagram for:"ki ctying"
    and we all know what Ki sitting is!
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    All the pages get started a little different, I tend to base the settings off of places ive been .
    or sometimes I run into a photo that I think would be cool to base a drawing off of.
    a lot of times I'll rough out a drawing and then just flip through magazines for extra idea i might add
    billboards and motorcycles that i might not think up off th etop of my head.

    Mr Moritat--I will pretend this is a real question----My favorite quarter bin spots are RX comics where Im at in Vancover BC,
    The half priced books in seattle and rodgers time machine in NYC.
    and clearly "what your daddy doesnt know"

    and yes and yes.
    I did try to get a book called ATM published once.
    porn slang for ass to mouth.
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010 edited
    When I was typing about color on here I should have mentioned Tom Herpich.
    Tom is one of my pals from my Meathaus gang from when I lived in NYC
    I've learned so much from looking at how he uses color and just the new and
    exciting directions he takes storyteling. Tom is in California now working on that
    adventure time cartoon that looks to be amazing.

    I love this one page story he did about a werewolf's son with down syndrome
    from his Cusp book.

    and this is from a short he did in flight-i remember tom was asked to be in flight
    after he'd made a joke comic poking fun at that anthology.

    and this one is from the last meathaus anthology that me and my pal Chris McD edeied
    (mostly chris)

    Recently I got Tom to do a great back up in my Ming city book-it'll come out in issue 8.
    it is sooo good.
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    Jesus, thanks for all this stuff Brandon. That Stokoe stuff is insane.
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    annnnnnnnnnd my pal Coreeeeeeeeeey lewis.

    Corey is a dude who screams when he draws' "THIISSS IS AAWAEEEESOOMMMEEE!!!"
    he is like comic book excitement in the form of a man.

    I really like this Sharknife page. When he was drawing it we'd listen to KIss's God gave rock n roll to you on loop
    and talking about how rad the end of Bill and Ted is. Also you'll note the Steve irwin RIP.
    I used to say irwin was the only man I would ever vote into public office and I stick to that even if he returned from the grave.

    and lookie here the new soon to be done Sharknife ZZ--

    • CommentAuthorAdam K
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    What were the last three things you googled for artistic purposes? I just did "naked chicks," "awesome tits," and "The Undertaker."
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    If my bad photoshopery counts it was ninja, c.s. lewis and racoon.
    for comic pages, I think I was looking up some photos of tokyo this morning for a storyboarding job.

    I bet if you look up just chicks that they will be naked and I wonder of awesome tits really improves the quality of what you get.
    I will investigate.
    • CommentAuthorAdam K
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    To be honest, in my years of research, I've found that "tits" usually yields better results than "awesome tits." Weird, right?
    • CommentAuthorJoe Decie
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Do you structure your comic drawing time?

    I personally find my family, work and the damn internet distract me from knuckling down and drawing. I guess it's all about discipline and balance.
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    What's the art scene like in Vancouver?
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Joe-- in order to get anything done i make a lot of lists and minor personal deadlines.
    The idea is that even if I don't meet them all just aiming for something gets better results than not.

    and on the subject of photo reference, this is one of the more severe examples of me basing a drawing off of a photo.
    I usually try to change them up more than this--but when I saw this photo I was really excited about the idea of having something
    that looked like it in KIng city.
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Orikae-- Vancouver seems really laid back from what I was used to before in NYC or Seattle.
    where it seemed like video game jobs or need to make high rent was stressing too many people out.
    There's some cool local gatherings here-- a drink and draw every month and some Burlesque life drawing (that I've never actually been to.)
    and a small local comic show. Lots of good comic book and book stores even a french one a japanese book off and a cool science fiction and fantasy book shop.
    The graffitti here is pretty good too, lots of murals.

    I don't know too much about the gallery stuff here, I went to an art show last week and felt a little out of place ,but the art was good.

    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Is gallery art even still a thing? I'm trained as a fine artist and it just seems a complete waste of time. Drink and draw sounds cool, I'll have to hit that up. Seems like a nice change in all from Windsor - looking forward to it. Surprised about your comment re: high rent, as I'm led to believe Vancouver cost of living is pretty goddamn high.
    • CommentAuthorbriantm
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    >>I usually try to change them up more than this

    My God, it's almost exactly the same! ;) Even down to that floating guy with no pants.

    I really love your Kingcityscapes. Never read the original Tokyopop volumes but the format Image is putting it out in is lovely.

    If you were just starting out now, would you do anything differently?

    Do you have any advice for aspiring creators (aside from the obvious work every day, draw from life etc.), esp. with regard to web presence or web comics?


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    I've told you this before, Brandon, but I really dig your LJ. I recently bought the entire series of Cobra, all 4 volumes of Appleseed, and both series of Cyber 7 on eBay because of your recommendations. Finished Cobra, which was kind of dumb, but vastly enjoyable because of how simple and silly it is. It felt like Buichi Terasawa made up each new plot twist on the spot, which is great. Just started Cyber 7, which is quite fun so far.

    The only manga I'd really ever read before was Akira and Adam Warren's Dirty Pair, and I've really been having fun discovering these books that I'd never given the time of day before.
    • CommentAuthorEMagee
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Hey, Brandon

    I've become a huge fan of your LJ over the last year, its the perfect thing for some inspiration before drawing. It also made me more aware of Shirow, who's now one of my favourite artists.

    Couple of questions, how do you approach scripting? Are your stories fully planned out or do you have a basic idea of what you want to do and then connect the dots as you go?

    Any tips on world building? Your worlds feel very deep and fleshed out. I feel with my own comics I have trouble getting across the tone and feel of the world the story is taking place in.

    Also, a group of us from Gingerbox have just started a webcomics site and I'd also be interested in hearing your thoughts on increasing web presence and basically just getting the word out.

    Thanks for your time
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Brian-- thank you.

    >>If you were just starting out now, would you do anything differently?
    maannnnn, Early on I let publishers interest in projects decide if I was going to finish them.
    I wish I'd made more full comics early on regardless of where they were going.

    I think about how aside from just having favotte creators I have favoraie eras that those guys worked in.
    like moebius in the mid 80's or whatnot.
    And I'd like to have more kind of personal comic records of my early 20's that werent pitches to shit I didnt care about.
    I found 3 pages of a gen 13 pitch id done the other day--that could have been 3 pages of space werewolves!--wasted youth.

    I think its's really important to learn to get used to makeing art for yourself. without thinking about money or publishing. It makes it nice
    to get into it as your entertainment and art therapy and then if money or whatever comes from it it's kind of a cool suprize.

    I do like getting other people into stuff that I'm excited about.
    It's important to me becuse what I grew up on and some of the main reasons I even care about comics are creators
    that are a lot of times go unread or are hard to find.

    anyway, EMagee, scripting--- yeah, I start really rough and kind of figure out what scenes I want to show. I'll make lists like:
    --characters meet
    --see monsters on roof
    --break into bulding--
    I'll try to guess how many pages each one might be and then worry about the details once it's time to work on that scene--all the time making
    notes along the sides of the list for dialog ideas or whatever. I have a rule in King city that is anything I come up with is fun but doesnt advance the plot
    then I try to give it more priority and pages than something that does advence the plot.
    The goal being that I have as much fun drawing what I want as possible.

    And I guess that works for world building--just focusing on what interests you even if it's not important.

    It's cool that you're doing GBXcomics--I'd be into seeing the site. When I started getting more into putting my stuff on the internet I would watch what mr Corey Lewis
    did--top the point of putting up a new LJ whenever i saw that he put one up. That guy is so good at getting his excitement across. and hopefully if you are having a shit ton of
    fun and making good stuff people will tell their friends and whatnot.
    • CommentAuthorBrandon
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Marian Churchland is my girlfriend and she draws better than me and is wayy too classy for me
    makes her own weapons and reads high end poetry while I sit in the next room looking up "awesome tits" on
    the internet.

    Here's some of Marian's stuff.

    A cover for Elaphantmen--she's writing and drawing a future issue right now.

    and here's a whole comic about mice we live with--(to awnser Orikae's earlier questions about expensive rent)

    And here's a comic I made about her--