This issue is a surprising delight. “Ricardio Arrythmia” turns a simple concept into something simultaneously unusual and slightly moving. McConnell’s art and lettering is a unique twist for Adventure Time, and while some panels almost look like something out of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, that only adds to the charm.
— Jenna Anderson (for Comic Book Reviews at Comicbook.com)
Adventure Time Comics #21 has been available at comic shops for a couple weeks now. This is the first comic work for a licensed property that I’ve written and illustrated. I wasn’t too familiar with the expansive universe of Adventure Time a year ago, but my son and I watched many episodes and had a good time following Finn and Jake through the rich tapestry of the world and its various dimensions. The Adventure Time Comics series, for those not familiar, is a monthly comic book anthology that allows contributing creators to play with the source material and interpret it in any manner they prefer. Once my pitch concept was approved, I was given cart blanche with very little editorial interference. I’m grateful to Matt Levine the assistant editor at BOOM! who thought I’d be a good candidate for the book. I’m also thankful for my sounding boards during the writing process, Jim Berry and Dan McConnell, both of whom contributed ideas to the story.
Now for some preview pages from the 12 page story, and below the color art are some of the original pages for those interested in the process. Further below are some sketchbook drawings that were done in the early stages of development along with rough layouts and miscellaneous scribblings. Cue the intro song to Adventure Time and “come along with me…”
Day 17 of 13th Age at bundleofholding.com. The Island of Omen original charcoal drawing and the final art found on page 276 of the 13th Age Core Book (with some unusual yellow streaking in the photo…I can’t explain it other than to say strange things happen when you’re dealing with the Island of Omen).
13th Age products are going on sale for 20 days at bundleofholding.com, and for the occasion I’m posting 20 pieces daily that were drawn mainly for the core book or 13 True Ways. Most will include the original pencil or charcoal art, but I plan to sneak in some other unpublished drawings along the way. The sale started yesterday, so here’s No. 20 (a victorious half-orc gladiator) and No. 19 (a levitating, meditating monk), both from the core book.
If you’re in New York and headed for the Comic Con, you can find me in the Artist Alley at Booth A4. I plan to be at the booth all 4 days interrupted only by a few events scheduled (see below). Mike Smith, the co-author/brewer of The Comic Book Story of Beer will be joining me Saturday and Sunday. Come talk drawing and beer with us!
I will be signing The Comic Book Story of Beer with Mike Smith at the PRH/Crown Booth #2210, Time: 3:30 pm
Comics in Real Life
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: BookCon @ NYCC – 500 W 36th Street
Post-NYCC Author Coffee Klatsch
Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM (revolving door event)
Location: Random House offices—1745 Broadway, NYC 10019(between 55th and 56th streets)
The original ink drawing of this image of Dr Strange, the Home Brewer, will be included in the NYCC Charity Art Auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The details are available at this link along with images of all the other contributions:http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Events/NYCC-Charity-Art-Auction/
The Charity Auction is Saturday night (10/8) at 6:45pm in room 1A18. Below is the B/W original:
In addition to selling books and original artwork at my Booth (A4), I also look forward to the opportunity to draw commissions. Below are some examples of 13th Age drawings. Thanks for your time and attention. Hope to see you at NYCC!
The latest issue of Pallet, a journal for people who like to think and drink, is available now. I’m very impressed with the quality of this magazine, and it features articles about everything from science to art to beer..well, mostly beer! And no surprise that’s where I come in. I was invited to contribute a beer label for this issue’s themed feature “Shakesbeer.” To quote the magazine:
He’s the greatest writer in the English language, but one honor yet to be bestowed upon William Shakespeare was for us to invite four breweries and artists from around the world to create an original recipe and label artwork inspired by one of his plays.
I was paired with Ommegang Brewery, but I’ll let the label tell you the rest…Cheers!