Early last week Ferguson – the chap in the Iron Man suit – emailed me with a really thoughtful gift idea for his girlfriend. He wanted a cartoon portrait of the two of them, with him dressed as her favorite comic hero, Iron Man. I was able to squeeze it in to my schedule before they left for college this weekend.
Back in February, Brian and I had a chance to talk with Daniel Lieske about his epic online adventure, The Wormworld Saga. Daniel is a fantastic artist and guest. We ran out of time on our first interview with him. So we immediately scheduled him back for another round to coincide with the release of chapter six The Smoldering Doom and the launch of his Kickstarter campaign to bring The Wormworld Saga to print for English readers. The stars and timezones aligned this past Saturday. Fast forward three days later and the book is funded, and my head is still spinning from the wonderful art discussion, the workflow knowledge bombs, and Daniel’s love for his craft. It’s an interview you just can’t miss.
Definitely go get a copy of The Wormworld Saga and help the book become an even larger success and help Daniel hit some cool stretch goals like a guest artist section in the book!
How to find Daniel and his gorgeous work:
It’s always fun having friends on Comics Coast To Coast. I first met Adrian Ropp through our first interview with him back in 2012. Since then we’ve become internet art pals. I adore his comic Chim Chum & The Portly Samurai and I just ordered a copy of his new book collection Crazy Like A Fox. By day, Adrian works as a lead story artist for Disney Interactive on the Infinity video game. Most recently Adrian headed up the story for the Marvel Avengers Play Set in the game. We get to talk to Adrian about his new book, his work at Disney, the effect that has had on his comic work, and his plans for Chim Chum’s future. Order a print copy of Adrian’s book through Amazon and get a free Kindle copy! You can also get artist editions through Etsy.
How to find Adrian and his work:
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival on Sunday! I had an absolute blast chatting with the folks that came by my table. I got to meet some new readers, see some familiar faces and introduce some brand new people to Starcrossed. Hearing what you guys think of Starcrossed in person is always a treat.
A big shout out to Cal and his crew from Strange Adventures Comics & Curiosities for organizing, inviting, and cultivating a great group of local artists and comic vendors for DCAF. I look forward to the festival every year, and every year I’m blown away by the turn out of artists and patrons alike.
I had a few last minute… We’ll call them “snafus” with T-shirts that didn’t make it in time for DCAF and prints that took longer to prep than anticipated. So, I’m behind on the new Starcrossed comic. I will update everyone with the Patreon Sneak Peek as soon as I can.
I do have the new Storm print up in my online store. The images started as a sketch response to a Sketch Dailies challenge. Before I knew it I had a half inked drawing in my sketchbook that was screaming for color. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
You can snag one for yourself here.
It’s DCAF time again! Thanks to Cal and the folks at Strange Adventures the Dartmouth Comic Art Festival will be descending on Alderney Landing on the Dartmouth waterfront on Sunday, August 17th from 11AM until 5PM. Admission is FREE and there are a ton of creators and exhibitors to check out.
I will be there doing sketches of your favorite characters and selling books, prints and original art. I will even have a handful of Splort Dragon T-shirts available. If you want to make sure I have time to do your sketch you can pre-order one here. For original comic strip art, email me and let me know which strip you want me to bring and arrange a pickup. As part of my Summer Sale, I will be sketching Starcrossed characters in all books too.
- Con-Sketches - Special DCAF Price!
- Books - Summer Sale!
- Original Starcrossed Comic Strip Art
Here are some links to plan your Sunday at DCAF
I have been following Piper Thibodeau’s work for several months. Her wonderful character illustrations will brighten up just about any dank dark mood you happen to be dragging around. We sat down to chat with Piper – still in animation school in Montreal – about her art, ambitions, and her incredible Daily Painting Journal which has surpassed 600 entries! Piper recently won a character design challenge put out by previous guest Tom Bancroft. She has a very popular deviantART page which is where she displays most of her daily painting, as well as concept and development art for her upcoming student film, Sidhe.
Grab a coffee, keep your finger over the “next” button in her gallery, and listen to our interview with Piper Thibodeau.
How to find Piper and her work: