Sunday, February 24, 2019

New story! The Rain is Slow Coming

Been awhile since I posted anything of relevance here, so I decided to share this story I worked on throughout 2017-2018. It's called 'The Rain is Slow Coming'. Did you know Peter Pan's first appearance was in a book called 'The Little White Bird' (1902) and in it, he lives in Kensington Gardens in London and digs graves for the dead children that die there in the nighttime? I sure didn't!

I'm hoping to work on a few more short stories that aren't focused on my teaching jobs. It's always nice to take a departure from what I"m used to doing. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Juan and John- a comic collaboration by Clinton and me

Been awhile since I posted here. I wanted to share some comics that my student, Clinton and I made last year. Juan and John are two characters that Clinton came up with over the summer of 2018. Clinton would usually come up with the ideas for the stories, I would pencil them, and then he would ink. Sometimes we would switch: he would make the rough script in pencil and then I would ink over his drawings. I really enjoy making this series with Clinton and always look forward to when he has a new idea for a story!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Writers on Cardboard

I had some drawings featured in the 16th Annual Cardboard Art Show at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, a gallery/event space right around the corner from where I live in Bridgeport. The show's theme is that all the art is made using or on cardboard. It's one of my favorite shows as it's open to all submissions and all the art is priced under $100.

Here are some of my leftovers from the show. They're all portraits of some writers I admire and have read this past year. Each portrait is roughly 4x4 inches and are priced at $15 a piece. E-mail if you're interested in purchasing one.

Toni Morrison, author of 'Beloved', 'Sula', 'The Bluest Eye'

Robert B. Parker, the Spenser series

Etgar Keran, author of 'The Seven Good Years', 'The Nimrod Flipout' 'Suddenly, a Knock on the Door'

Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

John Irving, 'The World According to Garp', 'A Prayer for Owen Meany', 'The Cider House Rules'

Lorrie Moore, 'Self-Help', 'Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?' 'Anagrams'

Han Kang 'The Vegetarian'

Richard Russo, 'Empire Falls', 'Nobody's Fool', 'Mohawk'

Linda Sue Park, 'A Long Walk to Water', 'A Single Shard'

Friday, August 24, 2018

Teaching Comics- Polar Bears

Here's another Teaching Comics strip. Kids do know things and are willing to tell you that they know them, just as long as it proves whatever you said is wrong.

I'm thinking I may go back and put some gray ink tone on the background of this one- looks a bit bare with just the black and white. Also it's coming straight from my scanner, so I'll need to clean it up a bit as well.

Also, I'm down to only the last few copies of my first book 'Teaching Comics: Volume One'. If you want to order a copy- or get a copy for your teacher friend who just started school this week and is already counting down the days till winter break, you can order a copy here. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Frank's Repairs

 I have started working on a new project called 'Frank's Repairs'. It's another small-town story in the vein of 'Lawns', but perhaps a bit darker. The story centers around three characters, a twelve-year old boy, Steve, his father, "Mack", and their friend, Joe. They all work at a repair store/ junk museum, and will have their own storylines in the book. I'm not sure how long the book will be or how I'll divide the narratives, but I figured sharing some of the work on here might give me a place to dump some ideas. Anyway, here's an excerpt from what I'm thinking will be the prologue and opening chapter.