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Thursday, March 09, 2006

What's everyone working on out there in TV land?

So, I figure by eerie silences floating around it means that everyone is wicked busy out there. What's everyone working on, creatively? Not just comics specifically, but also other projects where you're learning things that can be applied to comics?

I'll go first:

- I'm behind on March's Part Time Story, but I'm working away on it. It might be a day or two late, but it'll be up that week at least. April's is going to be a series of short jokes, and May's is all set, so it looks like I'll be able to take a breather for a little while.

- I've beeng getting some really great illustration work with a new magazine in the Northern Virgina area (Northern Virginia Magazine, on stands now) that is letting me do color work and forcing me to edit myself and work within tight deadlines. Both of these things are great, because my next print project I want to do in a monthly and in color.

Your turn!


At 3:46 PM, Blogger CamChes said...

Recently I quit my job, so that I could be a stay at home Dad while my wife goes back to her job. I figure if Chris Ware can do it so can I. Its been pretty good except for a bit of a poo explosion around noon today... I work in a very adaptable schedule. Very adaptable.
Comics-- I've been working on adapting my play Daphne into a comics album. The process has been interesting, in that it has made me retool the story and make a lot of adjustments to the entire structure. I'm about 70% finished inking the first page, and working fairly large-19 X 27.
I just got a call this morning to do a freelance illustration assignment for a magazine called Digit-All, so I put the comics away and now I'm doing thumbnails. Final is due Thursday of next week, so I'll get back to my comics work then...

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Kurt Ankeny-Beauchamp said...

Hey Mal, I didn't even realize you had illustrations in NVM. I had the illustration job for the cover article in the first issue (Best Romantic Dining.) I gotta say, I wasn't too pleased with my experience there. I spent over a month working on that project, but only two weeks were actually "paid" time, and ended up with $750 for 7 illustrations I had to complete in 2 weeks, full color, yadda yadda.

Don't mean to gripe, but y'know...

I put my wife through grad school, so now she's returning the favor while I take a year or so to create my first OGN. I'm working on the script now, so far I have probably 50+ comic book pages worth, even though the script is only 15 pages long. (Writing for your own art is a pretty condensed process.)

Since the NVM job and another graphic design job where the guy wouldn't return my phone calls or e-mails were my first two experiences with the freelance artworld, either I'm too much of a prima donna to do freelance work, or something is trying to tell me to stick to comics for now...


At 1:33 PM, Blogger Liz (Baillie) said...

I'm working on the third issue of my comic, "My Brain Hurts". I'm getting close to done, should be finished by the end of March. I am working like some kind of beaver on speed to get it done. Later today I'm-a post everything I have so far at

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Aaron said...

i'm hard at work inking my first book to be sent out to the printers by mid april.

This is crunch time. :)

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Colin Tedford said...

This coming weekend (3/18-19) I'll be tabling at the Boston Zine Fair, so I'm trying to get some new things ready.

I have Before Sleep #2 laid out & will print it up Monday and assemble it over the week. I'll also be reprinting some stuff. Normally this would be the time to put out another Keene Free Comics, and I'd really like to, but I don't think I have the time.

I'm also trying to finish up Square Dance #2, which is the biggest challenge - I still have 14 pages plus covers to draw! But I can do it (or so I keep telling myself)! It's all thumbnailed out, and one page is half-done. Tomorrow I attempt my first Longstreth-style scheduled day; because it is an "emergency", I plan to spend 11 hours working, and though it may sound mad I hope to finish 9 pages. I've finished unscripted 24-hour comics after wasting oodles of time, so I know I can do it in principle.

Then that'll leave me 5 pages (one of 'em real easy) plus covers, and a ton of copying, cutting, folding & stapling for the rest of the week. Whoo!

I have stuff lined up for after that, but now is not the time to think about it.

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Glennn Manders said...

I just quit my job 2 weeks ago... I was fed up with wasting my days at a regular job (even though it was an awesome job being manager of a cds/dvd store). I just didnt want to answer to anyone above or below me... Anyways I lined up a couple of non-paying and paying jobs and here I am sleepin in everyday.. But when I am awake I haveto:

- finish a weekly 9 panel strip for a music newspaper

- finish a set of skate decks to be manufactured

- draw up ads and promo artwork for a comic store

- finish a few band t-shirts

- organise a comics/hardcore show in about a month

- sort out a newly formed clothing label

- start the third issue of my comic/zine

... and they are the primary PAID jobs!! auugghhh what am i even doing on this computer!!

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Mal Jones said...

Kurt: The color on those pieces was sharp! I've been doing spot illustrations for them (in the same issue you were in I did the illustrations for the article on stargazing and the jazz clubs). The deadlines are tight, but they've been good to work with from my end. My style isn't exactly magazine/normal and they are really open to it, which I appreciate.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Alex "Toon" Deligiannis said...

I work full time in animation, which makes for long days. In addition to that, and on my own time outside of work hours, I do a lot of album cover work for some big-name hip hop acts. Both of those are fun, but my heart is in drawing my comic, and yet sadly, that's where I get to spend the least of my time. I still try to get some work done on my pages nightly (right now I'm working on my part of a group project debuting at comic-con in July). It's extremely difficult and I do feel burnt out lately... I've had this blog linked to my website for some time, and I decided I need to come by more often to get some helpful tips, or just some inspiration from folks who are doing the same thing. Thanks for all the great info on here!


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