Saturday, January 19, 2019

Daisy

I have a new dog! Didn’t expect to adopt one this month, but the local shelter temporarily transferred some to a location just five minutes away. (Their locations are normally 30+ minutes away.) One of those dogs was a Corgi/Chihuahua mix like Brandy, and she was just so sweet in person.

So, yeah…meet Daisy!

January 15, 2019
Daisy's First Night Home

Daisy's three years old, and had some head trauma when they first found her, which is why her forehead’s partially shaved. But she’s such a happy and calm girl, and is already adjusting well here. You’d think this has been her home all along.

She also likes to channel memes sometimes, for some unfathomable reason. You do you, Daisy.

Not Sure If Cartoon...Or Just Dog

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Most Anticipated Comic Book Debuts of 2019

As should surprise no one at this point, whenever I’m not busy making comics, I can usually been found reading them. There are some new series debuting this year that I can’t help but look forward to. Below are the ones I’m currently most curious about, in order of release!




Blossoms 666

(January 23, 2019)

When I heard Archie Comics was releasing a new horror series with Cheryl and Jason Blossom, from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Laura Braga, I was intrigued. Those twins have been favorite characters of mine from a very young age. Learning they’d be competing for the title of Anti-Christ hooked me even further. Like, yessss. That sounds hella fun! GO F*** UP RIVERDALE, MY BABIES.



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The Shape of Elvira

(January 23, 2019)

Elvira gets the leading movie role for a human/gill monster romance! David Avallone’s writing for Elvira: Mistress of the Dark has been so campy and fun that this new mini-series of his is bound to be just as glorious. Bring on the Shape of Water satire!



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The Girl in the Bay

(February 6, 2019)

I’m unfamiliar with writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Corin Howell, but this mini-series won over my horror-loving heart with the premise alone. (A girl is left for dead in a bay, but survives! Except it’s somehow fifty years in the future now, and a doppelganger has lived out her life in her place.) Can’t resist seeing how this will play out in issue #1.



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Archie & Friends: Music Jam

(February 13, 2019)

In a world of reboots, I will always support an Archie comic that utilizes the classic style I grew up loving and being inspired by. ALWAYS. (I’m also not-too-secretly hoping that Josie and the Pussycats will make an appearance, due to the theme.)



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Sabrina the Teenage Witch

(March 27, 2019)

I’ve loved Sabrina for almost my entire life. (Was reading the comics before the 90s sitcom existed, and I was only seven when that show premiered.) Forever one of my favorite witches. Interested in seeing what kind of magic writer Kelly Thompson and artist Veronica Fish will conjure up for this series.



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Friday, January 11, 2019

Favorite Comics That Debuted in 2018

2018 was a fantastic year for comics. I even checked out brand new series more than normal. Of the ones that debuted, three, in particular, were stand-outs for me, so I’ve decided to highlight them below!

FAVORITE COMICS THAT DEBUTED IN 2018


As an Elvira fan since childhood, I couldn’t resist checking out a comic starring her. Happy I did, because much like Elvira herself, this series is gloriously campy and fun!

The series starts off with Elvira becoming unstuck in time, running into various horror greats in her quest to return to the present. Writer David Avallone has done an excellent job of capturing Elvira’s wit, filling each issue with double-entendres and broken fourth walls. The comedic elements are handled well by Dave Acosta, and his art especially shines when the action amps up. Elvira’s brand of humor is simply perfect for the comic medium!

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #3

(Three issues have been released for Elvira: Mistress of the Dark so far, with a fourth due out this month. Past issues can also be found in an upcoming omnibus edition. There’s even a four-issue mini-series from the same writer releasing soon, titled The Shape of Elvira.)


Exorsisters centers on Cate and Kate Harrow, twin sisters—or are they?—who’ve teamed up to save those menaced by hellish forces. (For a reasonable rate, of course.) A dark secret lies in their past that’s spurred them to battle all things infernal, and they do so with intellect and spunk, unafraid to also throw in some force when necessary.

Hilarity and heart abound in this series, without ever losing its dark edge. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Reaper to me in both premise and tone, which I very much enjoy. Gisèle Lagacé—a longtime favorite artist of mine—has outdone herself here. Her expressive art style breathes tremendous life into Ian Boothby’s spirited writing. Pete Pantazis’ coloring also leaves me in awe. If you’re a fan of supernatural dramedies, then Exorsisters is a must.

Exorsisters #2

Exorsisters #3

(Three issues have been released for Exorsisters so far. The fourth will be available later this month, with even more on the way!)


Labyrinth: Coronation is a 12-issue prequel to one of my all-time favorite movies—Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, of course!

Before Jareth was the Goblin King, he was an innocent baby just like Sarah’s brother, held hostage within the labyrinth. Only his mother, Maria, dares to go rescue him, joined by friends she makes along the way. (A chivalrous goblin aspiring to be a bandit, a hug-loving rosebush, and a worm who dreams of revolution.)

This mini-series fits in seamlessly with the world of Labyrinth. Never does it feel like a watered-down clone of the movie. Anything familiar in Maria’s journey to Sarah’s is given a fresh spin, allowing this series to craft its own identity. Artists Daniel Bayliss and Irene Flores capture the movie’s aesthetic wonderfully for the comic medium, and so much charm and humor is weaved throughout each issue by writers Simon Spurrier and Ryan Ferrier. I’ve come to adore these characters just as much as the ones from the movie, which I honestly didn’t expect. If you’re a Labyrinth fan like me, you definitely don’t want to miss this.

Labyrinth: Coronation #6

Labyrinth: Coronation #8

(Nine issues have been released for Labyrinth: Coronation so far. The final three are due out this year. Past issues have also been collected into omnibus editions.)


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Goodbye, 2018. Not Gonna Miss You.

I’ve decided to close down my art commissions indefinitely. The latter half of 2018 was pretty terrible for me, with all the curveballs life threw my way—my two-year-old computer breaking down, and my dog prematurely dying, etc—which has slowed me down a lot as an artist. Even though my commission guidelines emphasize a flexible schedule, I can’t help but feel like dirt whenever it takes me months to finish a piece. Focusing on the couple of clients I already have, and not taking on anything new, feels wisest right now.

2019 is proving to be just as hectic as 2018, too, especially with what I’m facing as a type-1 diabetic, which only further convinces me to step away from commissions. (The brand of insulin pump I use has gone away, and the supplies I need for it will no longer be produced by September. Can’t afford to get a new pump with my deductible, and I’m not too keen on the three pump brands still available, anyway, so I’ve decided to return to shots once my cartridges and infusion sets run out. Been an insulin pump user since 2005, so…this will be a bit of an adjustment, needless to say!)

Also…I just really miss The Undeath of Me. I still work on it when I can, but my commissions take priority, and life’s curveballs steal time from it, as well. I’m hoping not having to market my commissions or take on any new ones will make it easier to focus on my horror comedy. (Publishing the first volume this year is still a goal of mine, even though I feel like I’m going to have to fight to make that possible.)

Hope 2019 is starting off better for the rest of you!