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Monday, November 03, 2008

· Isotope Award winner

Ochre Ellipse #2 is the proud recipient of Isotope Comics' annual minicomics award. Much thanks to James Sime and everyone at Isotope!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

· Deleted scene

Bonus material from Ochre Ellipse 2, this page ended up on the cutting room floor.

Monday, May 05, 2008

· Finally finished

The second issue of Ochre Ellipse is done! It took me long enough! Roughly two years of work, including the long bouts of procrastination and self-doubt which might befall any man. The cover is below.

Yes, I seem to have ripped off The White Album. Inadvertently, I might add—various circumstances of trying to print cheaply led me to this, and I didn't realize the likeness until it was back from the printer.

This issue is a far more formalist work than my first (humanist?) issue, or anything else I've attempted previously. Various cartooning conceits were tried, some more successfully than others. Isometric perspective, for example, was a frustrating beast to grapple with, often leading to less-than-satisfactory compositions and stale page layouts. It did not work on a page of talking heads (and how!)--those are difficult enough to begin with, let alone when the cartoonist has hamstrung himself. But other cartoonists I've talked to were particularly taken with the isometric word balloons, and told me they were stealing the idea (the book is released under Creative Commons, so go nuts, guys).

The page below is sort of my favorite. I originally had an idea also for a short comic (which I still might do) which would be an entire relationship told through "talking" graphic design as shown here. It would start with receipts for romantic dinners, champagne labels, etc., and end, divorce papers? Not sure. Actually, I don't know if I can really improve on products talking to a receipt. (Patting myself on the back here. I'm allowed some small immodesty.)

Of course, I'm not a total pioneer, though. Off the top of my head, I ripped off an issue of Concrete by Paul Chadwick (but moreso, Nude Descending a Staircase); as well as one of my favorite movies, The Taste of Tea. I'm sure I'm guilty of more, besides.

Oh, also! It's $4.00, and should be added to the Family Style catalog this week.

Friday, March 07, 2008

· Eddie Campbell's rules

There is a wealth of "how to" comics information over at Eddie Campbell's blog (he of From Hell and Bacchus fame). Topics range from the high-level and abstract to the mundane nitty-gritty of which paper to use. My favorites (so far—I've been working my way through) have been on word balloon placement and on the holdover of filmic notions in comics.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

· What's he building in there?

Kevin Huizenga has been posting some tantalizing bits and pieces of what he explains is "a top secret project" over at his blog The Balloonist. Something post-apocalyptic? Looks great, can't wait.

Links here, here and here.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


I was lucky enough to score an invite to the sincerely awesome image bookmarking site FFFFOUND! I've since spent too many hours browsing the stuff other users have saved and forming my own scrapbook of internet flotsam, which, looking it over, seems to show a pretty well-unified sensibility. My page is here. The site seems to be in an interminable private beta, and I wish I had more invites to give away, but I don't. For those less fortunate, there is the somehow less cool