Comics Are Great! 84 – Should You do Free Work “for Exposure?”

November 7, 2013 by  
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Working for money vs. working on spec, Ryan Estrada, and more! Is there anything wrong with agreeing to do some work for free? After all, it might catch on with the Internet, and you can cash in later. And this is the webcomics model, after all! You put out consistent and professional-quality work for free, […]

Comics Are Great! 71 – Spongebob and Podcasting with Gregg Schigiel

February 21, 2013 by  
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Spongebob, work-for-hire, the importance of comics podcasting, and more! We’re thrilled to have Gregg Schigiel, the artist behind many of the ever-present images of Spongebob Squarepants in comics and on products, for a talk on working on a beloved children’s character. Is it all fame and candy-eating, or is there a certain work ethic that […]

Thunder Punch Daily 118 – Nothing to Fear but…

April 30, 2011 by  
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Today I share a few thoughts in response to a thread in the Art & Story forum about the dreary state of Direct Market publishing. Is it a sign of stormy weather for comics, or is it an opportunity for a brighter world? Bet you can guess what I think! Subscribe through iTunes RSS […]


April 28, 2011 by  
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I recently completed work on a project for SRSLY, a community organization in Chelsea, Michigan, that creates programs to promote positive learning and values for kids. They contracted me to create an entire super-hero universe around their mascot, CPTN SRSLY (whose name is based on texting language). My first job for them was to create […]

Giant Man – Marvel Super Hero Squad

March 2, 2011 by  
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So last year I worked on some art for Marvel’s Super Hero Squad online card game (review on IGN here). It was a lot of fun to do, though challenging to keep to the models. I wound up penciling a whole bunch of them, though I got to do all of the art on three […]

Character design color tests: The Big Bad Gal!

January 10, 2011 by  
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Here’s the second in command of the team of bad guys in a comic project I’m working on for a client: The working idea for the color scheme was “evil 80s Barbie”. And like the big bad for the story, I wanted her color scheme to be punctuated by a contrasting highlight color in the […]

Character design color tests: The Big Bad!

January 8, 2011 by  
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Here is the main bad guy for a comics project I’m developing for a client. The guiding thread for the visuals was “Power Rangers villain meets Jack Palance“. Tools used: pencil, brush pen, and Photoshop. I streamed the inking phase of this character and shared some thoughts about him while I worked, if you care […]

More character design color tests

January 8, 2011 by  
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Working on some villain designs for a client. Inspired to riff off of the Gonzo the Great’s 1970s suit color scheme for his outfit. As for the skin color, he’s supposed to epitomize sickness and germs, so I went with a gimme and made him yellowish green, the color of grody mucus. When this job […]

Testing Colors for a Character Design

January 6, 2011 by  
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Finishing the colors on a comic character design project. Sent off the first couple of characters for client approval, and sharing the first draft here. Pencil, brush pen, and photoshop.

Thunder Punch Daily 78 – Mailing Lists

November 4, 2010 by  
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Today I share some thoughts I’ve been kicking around in regards to using mailing lists in your promotional engine. I can honestly say that until now, I never saw the value in them. But after a recent episode of the Spark podcast, as well as a few other news sources, I’m beginning to see how […]

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