I think most of you know by now that in addition to the print version of Cleopatra in Space, that there is a digital device ready version available on The Illustrated Section. The Illustrated Section just started offering these rad Power Pack deals and right now you can get Cleo and a three other really good all-ages books for only 6.99. That is a pretty awesome deal guys.
Andrew Power, creator of the wonderful Aptitude Test webcomic, sent me this equally wonderful Cleo fan art!
Just love that pose, expression and limited color palette! But not nearly as much as those big fat red laser blasts. Way cool. Make sure to check out more of Andrew’s work on his deviantART account!
As I already mentioned this week, I’ll be in Seattle this weekend for Emerald City Comicon! I’ve never been to this show before (or Seattle for that matter) but I’m told it’s amazing. Also that it rains a lot. I’m really looking forward to it (the show, not the rain)!
Anyhow, I’ll be tabling in Artist Alley; table G-22. Here’s a map to help you find where that is (click for a larger view):
Also, don’t forget about ECCC’s exclusive hardcover Monsters & Dames book published to raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Here’s the piece I did for it:
There’s only going to be 1000 of these M&D books at the show, so if you want one better grab one early! The original line art for mine (and probably most of the others) will be part of ECCC’s annual charity auction.
And for those curious, here is what the rest of my convention schedule for 2011 is looking like:
march 25th – 27th, 2011
june 3rd – 5th, 2011
july 21st – 24th, 2011
san diego, ca
august 20th – 21st, 2011
Check out this super cute fan art Jamie Cosley sent me over the weekend!
Cleo sure seems reluctant about handing over that tuna…
Jamie draws a great single panel webcomic called Cody the Cavalier. Cody is a cat. And a Cavalier. I have no idea what more is necessary to get you to read it. He’s also been drawing some great superheroes on his newly formed deviantART page.
Wonderful piece of Cleo fan art sent to me by Tony Esteves!
Tony just started a new comic this year about a Woodsman. But not just any Woodsman- a Legendary Woodsman! You should check it out if you’re into mystery, intrigue and adventurey type stuff. You may already know about Tony’s other comic, Cigarro & Cerveja, which he’s been drawing for over ten years now.
My first convention of the year is this weekend! I’ll be at Wizard World’s Miami Comic Con this weekend at the the Miami Airport Convention Center sitting with my good friend and fellow Tampa cartoonist Dan Boyd at artist alley tables 1303 & 1305. Here’s a handy map so you know exactly where that is (click for the full map):
I’ll have all the usual books with me as well as a few new prints and other stuff. Maybe even some brand new Cleo and Khensu buttons. Should be a swell time. Hope to see you there!
The dapper Denver Brubaker sent me this excellent piece of Cleo fan art last night:
Denver’s got a great style which you can see twice a week on his webcomic serial, Tales of a Checkered Man. A comic I definetly recommend checking out if you like superheroes, pulp radio shows or girls who look like squids.
The Webcomics List Awards had their live illustrated ceremony last night and Cleo took home Best Character!
After seeing the other nominees, this came as quite a surprise. I honestly didn’t think she stood a chance. On top of that, my Spacedock 7 mate Eddie Pittman won the top award for Best Comic! So happy for him and couldn’t think it any more deserving. Red’s Planet is not only one of my favorite comics on the web but in comics as a whole.
As I’ve said before, it is very humbling to be depicting the stories of a character this well received. It makes it all the more worth it to bury myself in this comic knowing there are people out there truly enjoying it. Again, thank you to all of my readers and all of those involved at Web Comics List. I’ll do my best to keep Cleo’s adventures as entertaining as possible.
And while we’re on the subject of awards, the 2011 Harvey Awards nominations ballot is now online. If you are in some way involved in the comic industry, maybe nominate Cleopatra in Space?
Man, do I love this awesome pin-up of Cleo and Khensu that the ultra-talented Gene Gonzales surprised me with:
Seriously. Color that thing and it could be a poster. Although I’m particularly fond of how it looks in B&W.
Gene is one of those artists who makes me realize I’m not pushing myself as an artist as hard as I should be. His compositions, design and anatomy are spot on and he creates some of the most gorgeous pin-ups this side of the eastern seaboard. If any of you are looking for a commission of one of your favorite characters, particularly of the female variety, Gene is the guy to go to.
Thanks so much, Gene! I love this.
Jeff Ford sent me this ADORABLE fan art by his daughter Hannah:
Seriously- how cute is this? Only fifteen too. Hannah (or HannersRawr as she goes by on her deviantART site) has got one heck of a career in front of here. Can’t wait to see where she goes. Thanks so much, Hannah!
Today is a big day! For those of you who have been waiting for a better way to read Cleopatra in Space on your iPad/iPhone/digital device or simply didn’t want to spend five to six dollars on the print version, you can now download a digital version of Book 1 for only $1.99. That is super cheap! And includes everything (extra art, tutorials, pin-ups, Cleo kicking Xerx butt) as the print version.
It’s part of Dani Jones’ new initiative- The Illustrated Section. A brand new online store that opened today specializing in the the digital distribution of illustrated works such as comics and picture books. I’ll most likely be contributing more material to the site over the course of the year. We independent cartoonists have been needing something like this for a long time so a huge thanks to Dani for setting it up.
Of course, if you are interested in the print version, that is still available. But this digital version offers a less expensive alternative. Or an iPad compatible addition for those that already own the print version. Or simply a way to support this comic.
My guest comic week continues (or concludes I suppose) with the Gronk guest strip I drew for my SD7 crewmate, Katie Cook! Click HERE to read the full strip.
I love Katie Cook’s Gronk. It’s the cutest comic on the web made all the better with a plenitude of pop culture references. I was delighted that Katie asked me to help keep the comic on schedule while she took some time off to enjoy her first couple months with her brand new baby. Hope you guys like it!
Another guest strip! On the same day! Maybe this makes up for Cleo only posting once a week (probably not).
At any rate, this is a comic I drew late last year for Panels For Primates (a webcomic charity anthology for the Primate Rescue Center). If you like the comic, and you like monkeys, consider donating. It’s a good cause.
Read the full strip HERE.
I’ve talked about Tom Dell’Aringa’s great sci-fi webcomic, Marooned before. What you may not know is that Tom just put out a new book. And what you also may not know is that I drew a guest strip for said book (along with a ton of other great artists). Tom gave me permission to post the comic I did so here it is below (click to enlarge):
It was fun slightly returning to my Cow & Buffalo roots for this one. I’ve done a couple other guest strips recently in the same vein that I also hope to post soon.
Anyhow- go buy Marrooned’s new book, Mars Wars and support good webcomics!
The 2010 Webcomic List Awards nominations have been released, and Cleo is one of the nominees for best character! Yay! Click HERE to see the full list. The winners will be announced in an online illustrated ceremony on January 31st.
The webcomics are nominated by other comic creators, so it means a lot that a few of you out there thought Cleo was worth mentioning. Especially since I din’t even ask anyone to do so. Support like this is what keeps me going and pushes me to get better.
This was a wonderful Christmas present! My pal and one of my favorite living artists, Mike Laughead surprised me with his super rad take on Cleo:
Dagnab that’s some hot pink awesomeness. I could go on for days about how much I love Mike’s illustration skills, concepts and unique style, but it’d be easier if you just visit his blog and see for yourself. Tons of amazing stuff in there. Thanks so much, Mike!
Last night was the first lunar eclipse occurring on a winter solstice in 500 years! Not that it looked much different than any other lunar eclipse but still… pretty cool. It was a clear sky here in Tampa, FL though, so here are some pics Jen nabbed after we woke up in the middle of the night to make sure the world was still in one piece.
My buddy (and ex-neighbor) Keath sent me this fun Cleo fan art:
Love the expression on her face. Chance are, whatever’s on the other end of that slime trail is going to be in for one heck of a fight. Thanks, dude!
You can check out Keath’s drawings, photos, music preferences and thoughts over on his tumblr blog.
Those of you that have been following me for a while now know that a few years ago I started organizing a Christian comic anthology called Parable. The book was supposed to be available back in 2008 but due to unforeseen circumstances (that I’ll likely address in a later post), its publication was delayed. Well, I’m excited to say it is NOW AVAILABLE under a new publisher and at a special introductory price. Here is all the info:
PARABLE is a collection of modern parables from some of the world’s best independent animators, web artists and comic creators. From personal introspectives to fantastic fictions, each short tale provides its own unique glimpse of the elusive (and eternal) truths of life. The result is a rich volume full of faith, love, grace and beautiful sequential art.
Featuring a foreword by Doug TenNapel and stories by: Ben Avery, Bryan Ballinger, Tim Baron, Tor Harald Blom, Monika Brozda, Paul Conrad, Rob Corley, Michelle Gorski, Ben Hatke, C Hill, Mike Laughead, Mike Maihack, James Mar, Stephen McCranie, Sarah Mensinga, Caleb Monroe, Caroline Parkinson, Dean Rankine, Jeremy Vanhoozer, and Rob Woodrum.
All orders placed before Jan 31st are 30% off and include a free digital download. Orders taken by Dec 9th will get their books in time for Christmas. Parable will also be available on Amazon and a few other places later this month, but the Lamp Post store is the only place to order the discounted bundled package. The ebook is also available separately.
I’ve also uploaded a 70 page preview of the book HERE. Please help us spread the word. This book has been both a labor of love and a tremendousness undertaking, so it fills me with so much peace to know it is finally available for people to read.