Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Choose Comics

Sometimes life is overwhelming. I've been writing this blog for over ten years with over 200 posts. If you've followed this blog, which I don't blame you if you haven't, you'd see how my life has changed, how my art has changed, the things that I've wanted have changed. I've drawn comics off and on since I was a kid. I was constantly inspired by newspaper strips and then manga and then indie/alt/and autobio comics. But for some reason my idiot brain never realized that comics was my favorite way to express myself. I think for too long I thought that if I was going to make art, then I had to make it my career. And for most of my life comics didn't register as a career. In September 2008, in my seventh ever post, I talked about how I started taking a cartooning class and posted my first ever autobio comic. Ivan Brunetti taught that class. Everything I learned in that class and all of the cool comics I was exposed to was so inspiring. I continued to scribble comics in my sketchbooks and for fun even doodled a daily comic just as a drawing exercise. It wasn't until almost six years later, inspired by the awesome artists I met at NYC Comics Jam, that I finally realized that I could share my art with people through my comics. I printed my first ever No Pants Revolution and tabled at my first ever convention. This post is already getting too long. Long story, short: I'm so inspired by all of the artists and amazing people in my life. I love being able to share my art with people. If you factor in time and materials and table fees, I don't make any money from making comics. But sharing my comics and zines with people give me this weird human connection that I, as an awkward, anxious, depressed person, have a hard time doing in person. Last weekend was Chicago Zine Fest. And even though I've tabled at several cons and zine fests in the past, I still felt really nervous. Just as the show opened, the first person to walk past my table was Ivan Brunetti. He was the first person to buy my No Pants Revolution 4, eleven years after encouraging me to draw journal comics in the first place. 

There are so many people in my life who support me and inspire me and encourage me to continue. Thank you guys so much.  



Oh, so, Chicago Zine Fest was a great show, as always. I debuted my two new books: No Pants Revolution 4: Who Am I? and Mito and Me #3. If you didn't get the chance to see me at Zine Fest guess what?


I got into CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo)! I'm so excited and honored to be able to table at such a cool convention alongside so many amazing artists. 

Poster design by Marnie Galloway

So, I'm also tabling at Comicopolis and Grand Rapids Zine Fest and hopefully have a couple other shows for the last half of the year. I will keep yous guys posted. 


Thanks for reading.

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Year's Resolution: Come Up With a Title For This Post!


Last year was a crazy year. I produced so much fun artwork, put out a new No Pants Revolution zine, created comics for a couple anthologies and tabled at several comic conventions/zine fests (I think nine? Is that right? Something like that). I feel like I accomplished quite a bit and maybe actually might be proud of myself (Is that right? Something like that). Anyway, I've been setting some new goals for myself for the new year.  I'd like to have the new No Pants Revolution zine come out (should be done by April), there are a few conventions I'd like to table at, I'm currently finishing up another comic for a new anthology, and I'd like to get a whole book of my own published this year. New Year's always kind of sucks a little, because it's in the middle of the winter and it is hard for me to be optimistic when it's so dreary. I've had a lot of crappy days so far this year, but today I actually felt kind of good. So here is hoping for a good, positive, happy 2019!

Oh, and what is this? I'm already lined up to table at two events this Spring. I'll post more info on Facebook and Instagram when it gets closer, but I'd like to officially announce that I will be tabling at Milwaukee Zine Fest April 6th and Chicago Zine Fest May 18th! (pew, pew, pew, pew! *finger guns*).

Awesome poster design by Neil Brideau.


So all of that stuff is exciting. Welp, have a good day...

Oh shit, I almost forgot. Most of you have probably already seen this by now, but every January I usually take a second to show off last year's holiday card. This was a fun and simple one. I initially had this really cool idea for a more complex and sinister card but John nixed that idea. :/


I mean, I thought it would be cool. Anyway, we came up with a fun more simple card. Unfortunately, I did not take many pictures during the process of this one, but here are a couple that I shot and used as teasers for Instagram.



Here's a picture of the painted original before Photoshop, so you can see all the mistakes I made.

And finally, the final.


John didn't like how sinister my first idea was so I made him the devil. Anyway, I hope you guys had a pleasant holiday season, new year, etc. I hope to see some of you guys soon.

Oh, by the way, if you don't already know, I post so much more artwork on my Instagram account @Saturn2169. Go follow me if you don't already. I also have a Twitter if that is your thing, also @Saturn2169. Alright. That's it.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ace!


Hey everyone! I’ll be tabling at Ace Comic Con this weekend with Northside Comic Artists. If you’re at the show swing by our table and grab yourself a copy of “No Pants Revolution” or some of my cool new illustrations!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Like All Good Things, Another Sketchy Magee Comes to an End

I know you are all here to see the shit sketches that come out when no one is looking, but before that, I have a bit of business. As you may know, the Kickstarter for Northside Comic Artist's complete comic compendium "Northside Comics Volume 1" did not reach it's goal. sad face. However, the little money we make from conventions is going toward printing a small run for their fifth anthology "Memories". So the comic I drew for it, "Bound", will still have a home. happy face. Keep an eye on my Instagram, @Saturn2169 for more info about when to expect that. Hint: it should be sometime this fall. 
Now back to the reason why you are here! Actually, I have no idea why you are here. If you accidentally stumbled across this blog because you thought there were some boobs, don't leave yet! I promise there are some boobs. Just scroll down to see all the sketchyness that I've been up to for the past couple months. Enjoy!

Drew a couple of mermaids for MerMay this year.
Bang! Boobs right off the bat!




A lot of fan art. It's just so much fun to draw!
Kitty Pryde I drew for Terry at Third Coast Comics.

Sketchy Fiona and Marshall Lee.

Can't get enough of that Bubbline.

Not sure if there is a fun 'ship name for Blue Beetle and Booster Gold.

Bluebird sketch for a comission.

Another Bluebird sketch. She was fun to draw.

Drew some Seaman fanart for the Jackbox Games live stream.

Another one for Jackbox Games. It's for the best that you don't know the context.

 A few things from this sketchbook made it into No Pants 3!








A few things did not make it into No Pants 3.

A comic about the time John and I ate too much.

A comic about how I don't look good in joggers.

 As per usual, some embarrassing self portraits.


Couldn't decide whether to put this in the "mermaid" section or the "self portrait" section. I think I made the right choice.

Other miscellaneous sketchyness.






Some concept art for "Bound".

Drawing from a fun figure drawing session at Grotesque Burlesque.

Charles in charge!


Quick sketch of Zazie Beetz.




I've been having fun recently really trying to fill up my sketchbook pages. Here are some of my favorites.
Page of gestures from figure drawing.

I really like the look of drawings on top of drawings. I do this whenever I start drawing something I don't like. Instead of scratching it out or erasing it, I just draw on top of it.


More drawings on drawings.


Filling up the cracks.

Super secret concept art for a comic in a Halloween anthology.

Bonus sketchbook page! I finished up my sketchbook, but I'm still waiting for my new sketchbook to arrive in the mail, so I've been drawing in one of my side sketchbooks... sketchbook.

Have a good day!