Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Time is a Thief

Hey there sports fans, Al here with the latest-

Time is fluid.  Time is fleeting.  Time is a lyric.  Time is an Avenger.  Time is a thief.
Remember how I was talking about the two major foes I had to fight?  Well it seems this one is working against me strongly.  As we enter the month of September I have to really step up my work.  That would mean I have to finish up Aquanaut in the next couple days and bust out Another Richard Parker.   I may have to burn some midnight oil to make this happen on time for framing.
O.M.S. 2013 UPDATE:
BY THIS TIME I should have the last of the 16 pieces of artwork completed and curing for framing this last Sunday.  Everything is done and most of it is at the framer's.  But now comes the hard part of paying for it.  Art is a luxery that people have and just because you have talent doesn't mean you automaticly have a sale.  Presentation is the key to any sale.  A friend of mine yesterday said to me that as an artist you send as much time if not more so on the promotion of the work.  
He was right about that.  The postcards that I want to do are just not working for the kid which is a bummer because cost more than anything else.  

The BIG 400-  as if you didn't know.
AS of today Monday the 9th, I received a invite to the BIG 400 group show in December. 
As you might remember this show has done well for me in years past.   Selling at least 8 out of ten pieces.  It has always done well for me so well see what I can come up with this year.
You can always find out more here at the People's Art of Portland Gallery.

In works next week is 2nd annual Rose City Show.  Last year as I was partnered up with NEOtrash Comix that show was good.  It had the distinct advantage of Stumptown that it cut out a lot of people that look for free swag.
Faux Cover  for Corpse Cop #3
"Inhuman Torch"
That has always been a major bitch for me over the years people just picking up business cards 'cause happen to be on the table.
That stuff for a individual ain't cheap to print either.

The story that is and the story that will be.  Currently there is a story about a suburb that has been over ran by the plague of the undead and of course Corpse Cop is the only one who can stop it.  That particular story was started up at Stumptown this years as I sat with my good buddy Jason.  But as I found, Corpse Cop is a time jumper (all due to one mad, evil scientist- Doktor Plutarius).  
Plutarius is one of those kind guys you just can't kill.  Unless Jason and I decide to do away with him.  He is a nexus for a lot bad shit.
AND ON THAT FRONT : The next Corpse Cop outing will cover a much different terrain as far as  dealing with any outbreaks that he has to deal with. 

The N.W.I.P.A. HALLOWEEN TEE SHIRT design is done and printed and up for sale!  $15.00 bucks cheap!  I saw one last night (Tuesday evening) and it looked awesome.  The Marker design that I had come up with translated very, very well to the printing process.  Can't wait to get mine.
COMMISSION UPDATE:  As of Wednesday I received an email from Michael the gentleman, who had commissioned me at Cypticon earlier this year.
"I meant to email you a few months ago, but the busy summer came up, and it slipped my mind.
Just wanted to say thanks again for the commission from Crypticon.  Got the final piece in good shape and it looks really nice.  I'm very happy with is, especially since I'm always especially happy to see "physical" pieces rather than digital art.  There's something special about physical media, still.
So, take this as a very belated thanks again.
The Hops Zombie shamblin' pround!
To me, that was a huge boost to the ego as I have been feeling a little tuckered out by the drive to finish the One Man Art Show for Next Month .  Hopefully I can have others respond like that.
I should mention that I do commissions. It usually depends size, complexity of the piece, varnished and framed.  I.E. Gilrandree Commission 11"x14" varnished, one subject, no frame- $175.00  Usually half down and half on completion of project.  Easiest way for payments is through Paypal  using my email address
If you are curious about it please email me at

Do not procrastinate!  And don't let other's take advantage of you either.
I have had that happen before for years and I have seen the triggers that make it happen but I am not one for doing it again to myself.  That is called wisdom to some, being played for a sucker is another. 
I just don't want to have to deal with the repercussions of doing more than I can.  Listen to friends when they say "Hey man, your sounding a bit tired.  Are you okay?"  This simple question  is the sure way of knowing that you have reached you saturation point of personal stress.
Time to sit back -quietly and think about what you are going to do next.
Listen to your friends because you are to  close to the situation.

In talking to one my old buddies over some beer at a local watering hole, began talking about the old Johnny Vega comic and the other characters I had created over the years.  Dax and I had come up with over the years some pretty funny and very irreverent characters and story line ideas.  Just to people out a little saying "Knock it off with your political correctness".
In this, another character was created and using the Steampunk motif to help it along, Johan Veganado was born.
A man's man and world wide explorer.
And with that and deep sea exploration Richard Parker joined the crew.  Absolutely hilarious and fun.  So be watching for something with him in it.

Actual film work being done for webcast show called the Velvet Coffin.  Initally I had been brought into the production as story board artist but as continued my association with production I began to wear many different hats.- as story boardist, screenwriter, producer,  props, assassiant director, assassiant camra man and a zombie extra, second unit camera man, assistant director, producer guy.
More of this info can be found at

If your wanting to look at some of the older blog for Black Box Comix you can check them out here. Black Box Comix Blog.
There is also Twitter to follow and Tumbler The Other Scratchpad   as well 
Or if you're interested in purchasing something that catches your eye  check out here on the Big Cartel web site.  Big Cartel.
And of course is always the backlog of comics here at Indyplanet.
And the kid is out of here! 

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