I made a self-introduction poster for school, and while it was under construction my Z and Nyao cutout decorated my desk. Now they frame the comics section of my poster, and while I was posting it, I overheard some girls passing by who were sounding out Zero's name, which was written on the poster. Super neat!
Also, I forgot to post the rough sketch for the recent Buu piece. I roughed it out on these half sheets of paper (they were the only paper in grabbing distance from my seat). I drew too big so I needed a second sheet, which already had a rejected sketch on it. Combined, the winning sketch looks like this and of course the finished thing looks like this.
The scribbled notes were for a fleeting idea I had about who would be the stand up comedy equivalents of DBZ? Frieza would be Dane Cook (super powerful but ultimately an overrated chump and a nuisance to real fighters). Pryor and Carlin are Bardock and Brolly cuz they are basically the uncontested forefathers of modern US stand up. Joe Rogan is Goku cuz he's a fighter. Majin Buu is Ralphie Mae...um... King Kai is Jeffrey Ross because he's a jokester, but he can also kick butt (Jeff Ross is a blackbelt!) Vegeta is Greg Giraldo an under-appreciated anti-hero. Gregory is Bill Burr, cuz he's not quite a huge mainstream name but he's a heck of a heckler. Bubbles is played by Joe DeRosa cuz he's Bill Burr's right hand chimp and is lower on the totem pole. Gohan and Trunks are the Sklar Brothers because they are inseparable.
This was just a little thought experiment to see how far I could go with it before class. No offense intended to the artists mentioned...except kinda Dane Cook, but I mean it's kinda accurate. Plus he apparently steals material, so it's hard to feel bad for him. Speaking of which, Carlos Mencia is Captain Ginyu. Natch.
Easter Eggs: "Yale" in panel 1. Brom (one of the eerie-coolest Magic artists), a Scars of Mirrodin Angel (based on a real poster at Sky High Comics), Royal Assassin (one of my favorite cards), a card that is actually made into a poster if I recall correctly, and a somewhat abrasive Yoda painting they actually have hanging up at Sky High. Plus Boston Red Sox. Today's setting is loosely based on Sky High Comics, my old comics shop, and the punchline is inspired by Bill Burr.
Fun Facts: Today's the first fresh comic in a while, but it's also my first one without hand-lettering or hand-bubbling. It's a frightening change...we'll see how it goes. By the way, if this comic's script sounds familiar, it's cuz maybe it is. Suck it, jack kelly (this comic was commissioned by the new Yale Record alumni initiative).
Continuity wise, we're jumping ahead about a year after Z graduated. It'll become clearer in the next comic. Granted these details are more for my own benefit than anything, but there it is for the record.
Baa: This'll always be a special comic to me cuz I started working on it in the USA, and finished it in Japan. On my last night in California I just worked on this after all the packing ceased. Apparently I was supposed to be soaking in my last bits of Americana, but all I could think or want to do was just to sit in my room and work on my art. What else is there? Reality shows? Discordant humans in petty squabbles that refresh daily if not more frequently? Art is the best friend you could have. I don't know how you normal people do it. Art is an excellent time sink, but also an excellent security blanket, and an excellent secret bunker.
Actually, the chillun are kinda totally into drawings popping up on their homework, proudly showing off their red-soaked errors to their friends so that the uninitiated may glance upon the curious collection of red scarring in the vague shape of a familiar face, character, or symbol.
I feel like Santa Claus. Except darker. And fatter.
Three of the last grubby buddies. I blew it on the ice cream and the ice, but the chicken came out pretty all right.
Gosh, I love food but I hate paying for it. I'd rather scrape by on sandwiches and water than shell out money for food. I prefer to save money for stuff I can actually use. Like comics or music or bill-killing.
I am fat. But becoming less so thanks to my stinginess!
How to tell I can't think of anything to draw for a homework sketch: I draw Chopper.
I got the new RADWIMPS CD after feeling guilty for asking if they had a copy in stock. Wasn't sure what was on the disk, but I knew it had DA DA, this song, and G[something] but I was thrilled to find one of my favorite slow songs on it, too, particularly since I'm not too into RADWIMPS' slower songs.
One of my students is really into DBZ, but then again, everyone loves Dragon Ball Z! These kids weren't even alive when DBZ fever was strong in the US, let alone that DBZ came out in the late 80s in Japan! That's like a bunch of today's US kids (and US society at large) still being way into Quantum Leap or something.
So I did a big drawing of Goku that also happens to help in our language study: Do you like Goku? What color is Goku's shirt? What color is Goku's hair? What color is the Dragon Ball? Does Goku like to fight? Does Goku like to eat?
Does Goku like to draw with traditional pencils and inks still? Sure!
The thing about Japanese food is that everything is so freaking bite sized. There is often nothing to really sink your teeth into. I guess the affinity for chopsticks is a bit to blame. Everything has to be pretty near bite size otherwise you're gonna have trouble chopsticking it into your fat face. I mean, I don't even like steak that much. But I do miss really chomping into food.
This is my favorite markerfood...looks really solid in person.
As I was grading a kid's handwriting homework (wherein they endlessly rewrite their vocab words/phrases) I noticed s/he had just filled up his/her last page in his/her notebook. So I thought I'd draw a quick little sketch in the back cover.
There's an incredible story we read at Tokyo University called "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning." Wonderful read. I love that nomenclature: the 100% girl. No relation to the art besides that.
Granted I'm literally starving over here, but even so, this food series was a treat to do.
I love how the Japanese draw food. Wish I could grind like them. I only had about five colors to work with, so this is what we ended up with for my little presentation entitled, "Dear Japan, this is what real food looks like."