Saturday, October 12, 2019

Sketchy Magee Sketchdump and Stuff

Back in July I finished my previous sketchbook, but I forgot to post a little sketchdump. Now's as good a time as any to post it, right? Sure. There is some overlap with my instagram, but I tried to post a few fun things that have never been posted before. Enjoy!

Turns out John was featured quite a bit in this book... well as my boobies.

Lots of concept stuff for comics from the past year.

A little fanart.

Lots of silly self portraits.

Started playing Dungeon World this year. Here is my dwarf fighter, Christian Bale.

Some fancy sketchy stuff...

...but mostly just nonsense.

In other news, Hallowzine 2 is coming out soon! That's right, the second installment in Northside Comic Artists' horror anthology will be available at a handful of Chicago area comic shops in about a week. I don't have a full list of shops yet, but if you don't wanna miss getting a copy for yourself check us out at our upcoming signing at Challenger comics on October 26th and/or our release/Halloween party on Halloween night, October 31st. I along with 26 other Chicago local artists worked together on 22 spooky stories. It's great and I can't wait for you all to see it!

I also want to announce that I will be tabling at Pocket Con on November 16th. If you have never been to this show it is great. It's an all ages comics and pop culture event that highlights artists and creators of color, women and lgbtq+. It's a beautiful show and there is truly something for everyone.  

Lastly, don't forget that I now have an online store. That's right! You can now purchase all of my No Pants Revolution zines and pins and get them delivered right to your door!

Thanks for reading! 

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.