Tables and Angels

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Adam P. Knave at Jet City Comic Show. My very first half table, filled with books holding my stories inside them. It was all very exciting. The show was easy going and mellow. I got to talk to people about my books and it felt a little surreal signing my name and watching those books wander off with new owners. I want more of that. To that end I’m still trying to make time for more art and eventually will pick out one of my longer comic ideas to work on. From plotting to script to concept art and thumbnails to a final comic all drawn and written by me. So far, I’ve only really done one of those and I think I’m ready to do more.

Doodling around with the idea of creating more art, I took some time and fleshed out a strange angel image in my head. Originally, it was meant for something in a comic I wanted to explore. But this angel does not belong in that story. Too serene. Here’s how the progress went.

I drew it out with pencil first. Scanned it into CLIPStudio. Traced it with the pen tool and then started to experiment with the oil painting brush. From then on it was detail and fun. Though, those wings took FOREVER! Worth it, but jeesh that was a challenge.

And then the final!

I’m very pleased with how it all turned out. Here’s to more exploring and learning! I’ll post more as I go. If you’d like a print of this for your very own, I put it up in Teepublic.

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New Comics!

Hello! It has certainly been a while since my last update and I’m happy to say that it’s because I’ve been very busy with comics. First of all, this little beauty above is my return to drawing my own comics. I’ve missed the fun of doing it all. I’ll be creating more like  the one above, but also venturing into more mini stories like First Impressions. It’s going to be a interesting journey.

In other news, a few anthologies I’ve been lucky to be included in have been fully funded. My Kingdom for a Panel is now in the process of being shipped out to backers and I’ll have a few copies with me to sell in Tacoma for the October 26-27th Jet City Comic Show. The other anthology, The Dark Lady Returns, is currently in the fulfillment process. I’ll have more updates as I get them. Looking forward to seeing how that book turned out and to have more books in general to share.

Dark Lady Returns Cover by Jen Tracy

So, what’s next? Practice and then more practice. I’ll post up my progress shots of art and comic doodles. Plus more of these silly four panel comics. There’s a few stories I have sitting on the back burner that I’d like to plot out, but I need to build up some good art habits first. Wish me luck!

Oh, and I’m getting married to the amazing Valentine Barker. So WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (Also why the name on the first comic is Barker. Cause that’s gonna be mah naaaame!)


My Kingdom 4 a Panel Anthology

The Kickstarter has officially launched for My Kingdom 4 a Panel. I wrote an adaptation for Shakespeare’s Sonnet 19 and Andrea Rosales used her fantastic talents to make the story come to life. Please take a moment and check out the awesome reward tiers and consider backing and sharing the project:

There’s a few more stories brewing and I promise to update as soon as I have more information. For now, I just moved to a new place and have been working on getting it all sorted. It’s a welcome change and bodes well for the future. More comics will be on the way, soon… just as soon as this dang house is set!

Til next time!

It’s 2019 Already? What?

It’s surprising how long this past year has felt and yet how quickly the last few months of 2018 have flown by. Here we are, though. A brand new year and a new set of goals to look towards. I don’t usually do the resolution thing. Normally, I like to plan out some achievable things and set some high reaching goals and go from there. They are never hard and fast resolutions, though. So far, I’m looking to increase my social activity with my comics peers. There’s a lovely weekly meet up that happens at my favourite comic book shop, Books With Pictures. I’ve gone a couple of times now and while my work schedule runs over the start time, I’m still able to swing by for an hour to work on scripts and to hang out with fellow artists and writers. It’s been nice. I’m looking forward to building up more of a connection to my Portland comic folks.

Currently, I’m working on a couple of scripts for anthologies. I’m hoping to get into more and more of those as they come up. Plus, I’m digging the practice. There’s a few stories in the works and I hope to be able to share more with you soon. In the meantime here’s some things I’m totally into lately.

Comics I’m Reading:

Bitter Root by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene
Errand Boys by D.J. Kirkbride and Nikos Koutsis
Domino by Gail Simone and David Baldeon
Mr. and Mrs. X by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua

Some Fun Stuff:

Lookit the amazing commissions I received from Valentine Barker! I love Carnage and Venom, so these are absolutely perfect!

Queer Werewolves and Finished Cons

Oof. It’s been a very busy few months. Rose City Comic Con and Geek Girl Con are both in the bag, so that means my convention scene is now over for the year. Whew! Helping Valentine Barker table is the most fun and rewarding experience I’ve ever had at cons. If you haven’t had a chance to check out his work, please do. He brings a much needed breath of fresh air to the comic and art scene by celebrating humanity’s diversity and challenging female stereotypes with his Like a Girl collection.

At Rose City Comic Con, I got to debut the comic Andrea Rosales and I worked so very hard on, A Worthy Distortion. I really was pleased with the outpouring of support for the comic and how quickly it sold out. I have to say, sharing a comic that personal was definitely one of the more nerve wracking things I’ve ever done, but to see how well it connected with those who picked it up and read it. Wow. That’s a feeling I won’t soon forget.

So, what’s next? Currently, I have a pitch out for a Queer Werewolf anthology with Harrison Webb. It’s a cute little story about finding love where you least expect it with a little nudge from your friends. Fingers crossed we get accepted. In the meantime, the Shakespeare anthology, My Kingdom for a Panel, is well on it’s way. Andrea has shown me some spectacular thumbnails and the pencils should be  about done. Here’s a sneak peak at one of my favourite panels:

The Time character looks so menacing! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as the projects progress. Here’s to more comics and more wonderful stories. Cheers!

A Worthy Distortion Comic

After a year plus in the making, I’m happy to announce that my mini mental health comic, A Worthy Distortion has been completed! With art by the wonderful Andrea Rosales, this 8-page comic gives you a glimpse into the life of Quinn Slater as she deals with the distorted self image she sees in the mirror. One day she makes a choice to confront her fears and break free. It’s an ongoing fight, but one that I hope will resonate with many people.

To say this project has been difficult to bring to life is an understatement. The story is very personal and summing up the courage to share it with others has been terrifying.  But here it is! Hopefully, the message will encourage you to push forward and bring the things you are passionate about to fruition as well. Low self-esteem doesn’t just disappear, it’s a constant voice in the back of your head. Not giving in to that voice, that’s the important part. It’s difficult, it’s painful, but it’s worth it. YOU are WORTH it.

You can purchase the digital copy of A Worthy Distortion here or pick up a copy at Rose City Comic Con September 7th-9th. Andrea and I will be available to sign it for you. You can find Andrea at table GG-07 and I’ll be helping my good friends Adam Knave, DJ Kirkbride, and Valentine Barker table at O-05.

Next up on my list is putting together a comic adaptation of a Shakespeare sonnet for an amazingly fun Shakespeare Anthology by Jenn Arledge and Natalie Cooper. I look forward to updating the site with progress shots!

New Pitch and Doodle

I’ve finally finished putting together a pitch for the Shout Out Anthology. They specialize in queer stories for teenagers and I’m all about giving young people stories that they can see themselves in. So fingers crossed that they like the concept and Andrea and I can move forward after that.

In the meantime, I’m doodling weird unrelated stuff. Case in point:

So hope you all are having a good lazy weekend and here’s to filling the world with more queer stories!

Happy Pride month!

New Comics and Stories!

Hello everyone! I’ve been working on a fair amount of projects which have kept me busy. I’m happy to announce that two of those endeavors are available now!

A new short story: A Perfect Cut hosted by the lovely folks at Gender Terror.

A new comic: First Impressions.

I’m diving head first into the next thing which is a hand guide for those who like to table at conventions. Preliminary stages are done  and I  need to work on layouts. A lot of thought is going into how much art to include to make it as fun and engaging as possible. This project makes me all giddy inside. Especially, as working conventions is something I’ve come to absolutely adore doing. I hope imparting what I’ve learned will help others looking to get in on the convention scene.

Meanwhile, I’ve been practicing art . Here are a few examples:


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