My buddy Joel Carroll drew this adorable Cleo & Khensu for my birthday last week. Thanks, Joel!
This fan art I just received from Harry Myland is so adorable!
I love how Harry decided to draw young Cleo during her school “daze.” Haha. I think it’s the first one I’ve gotten! The widescreen effect and half-tone effect are nice touches too. Simply love this.
Harry draws an absolutely gorgeous b&w webcomic called Nomad Tofu. It’s now in its 6th chapter and 119th page! My recommendation is to pour a nice cup of hot tea and make your way through Tofu’s archive for your Saturday morning webcomics reading. :)
A couple week’s ago I did not one, but two podcast interviews and both just happen to have gone up today.
First up there is the interview I did with Tim Young of the Deconstructing Comics podcast. I talk about all sorts of stuff in this one and ramble a lot. Most of time I’m not even sure I’m answering the questions correctly and I’m pretty sure I mispronounce at least four people’s names during the whole of it all. But as far as I can remember, it was pretty comics/Cleo centric and I tried to be as interesting as possible. You can listen to it HERE.
And for a different change of pace, a more laid back interview with me can be heard over at Comics Coast to Coast, where Brian Dunaway and I chat about everything from comics to music to cats to Stargate Universe. I was kind of in a “mood” that day which I think benefited the evening. Lots of fun chatting with Brian. You might not learn a lot, but hopefully it’s still an entertaining hour or so of listing to us talk. That one can be heard over HERE.
Well, at least you love this comic (which is a little less creepy). I was just informed that Cleo in Space got the most “love” during The Illustrated Section‘s Share the Love Contest. Not only that, but a Cleo reader took home the grand prize! Seriously, you guys are the best readers in the world. You make working on this comic like the best weekend and after hours job ever.
Assuming you all have already bought the digital download of Cleo #1, I really recommended checking out all the other books on there. Why look at this great selection of sci-fi comics alone! If everyone just bought one extra book this week, you’d not only be supporting a great site, but a lot of excellent creators as well.
Again, thanks so much, everyone! I love you all. :)
Sean Ashby (aka: Ingvard the Terrible) sent me this gorgeous piece of Cleo fan art yesterday:
Thanks, Sean! I love it!
I LOVE this pinup I received from Chad Sell!
Cute as a button!
Chad draws a webcomic called Manta-Man which he describes as “strange and occasionally sexy stories.” So WARNING KIDS. Chad’s comic is only for the 17-years-old-and-up crowd due to harsh language and characters occasionally strutting around in their under garments. I don’t want want to recieve angry emails from your parents that I sent you there, okay?
But boy. Manta-Man is one heck of a well-drawn webcomic.
I met Kate Carlton just this past weekend at MegaCon and I’m not home more than one day and she sends me this excellent piece of Cleo fan art!
Now those are some eyes. And I adore Khensu in this pic.
Orlando MegaCon is this weekend! And I’ll be there. This is my most localest show. You should just assume as long as I’m living in Tampa and making comics, I’ll be at MegaCon. Here’s a map! :D
You’ll be able to find me same spot as always: white section; table 7. Looking forward to seeing both old and new faces. If you won’t be able to make it, here are the other places I plan on being at this year:
June 3rd – 5th, 2011
July 21st – 24th, 2011
San Diego, CA
August 20th – 21st, 2011
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!