Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Hey there sports fans, Al here with the latest:
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Well like the title says Crypticon is not that far away.  About a month away and things are beginning to move forward as with movement of prints and post cards made from the images of the scratchboard. 
My main man George Leon of Custom Comic Shop  and I will be sharing another table this year.  So I am planing on having at least one new Corpse Cop comic out and some prints.  May 23-  25th  at Seatac.  George and I had a blast there last year and I would hope that it would happen again this year and maybe even better.
Here is to the possibility of more commissions and selling of prints.


Where's the next art show?
The show that was to have happened over two months ago at this place called" My Brother's Crawfish" has been pushed back again by the owners of Crawfish.  Their reasoning behind this move was a remodel of the business or better yet renovation.  
But of course I didn't find out about this a day before the show was to start.  
This is nothing new for the Kid as Artwork is an aesthetic not a necessity for a business to thrive.  As I found out recently with dealing with Know Lounge off of North East Alberta.  The reason why I hadn't been contacted by anyone from there after the One Man Show of last year (and at the urging of my friend Joey Maas) that the owners of that establishment had decided to was to much of a headache to coordinate with other artists and set up times and the like.   Also art work was stolen.  That doesn't belly well for any place.
At least they realized this but didn't bother to tell anybody about it - including my friend Joey.
 My only contact with the Crawfish people is through texting.  Hopefully there will more communication before the hanging time which still needs to be clarified who does what and what pieces they want there.  Still waiting on that.
But the artwork will go up.  And if I am lucky I'll be able to finish off a new piece that might work -like "The Last Kiss of Richard Parker".  That's the idea anyway

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 here.


Well it looks like" Arctic Wolf" Will be the only new comic at the table this year round.   Inhuman Torch is pretty close But I think that I would be rushing the job. And I don't wanta do that.
Besides that I was having some issues with the computer and the start up scratch disk.
Now having resolved that issue things begin to move forward.
But if you wanta play catch up check out this link for the one CC's first adventures here.


Now this has been on again off again project but there is always something moving forward with this story.
In this case a format change is being looked at in a panoramic setting while still focusing on a strong sense character at the center.  One of the biggest deals is that a lot of talented artists never really get the chance to show just how talented they are because their always under the gun with an editor and a company deadline.
After explaining my idea of the graphic novel to my girlfriend (who also happens to be a graphic designer) had suggested that as opposed to traditional page layouts (which I always been doing) swich the format. 

The book would have a much more panoramic look and view of not only the main characters but the surrounding area.  Much like a scope movie presentation.  
I loved the idea because it sets the book differently than traditional comics and graphic novels out there.  
Of course when I told her that I wanted to do it in scratchboard she thought I was crazy.  Of course this also makes the process very long but the over all look will be fantastic!
Perhaps I am, I really want this book to stand out from all the other work I have done over the years.


Now one thing I have noticed is that a lot of artists and creators at shows always seem to follow the same route, same theme.
What I mean by that is usually if something works for one of the creators others will follow suit.
This is not necessarily a bad thing But it does set a presidence for bad habits to happen.
In this case, prints.
Most if not all artists in either Artist's Alley or Where the Indipendants are, always end up trying to sell 11"x17" prints of their characters all the time.
Makes good sense right?  Your reinvesting your capital in one of your own properties.
The biggest issue that I have seen is that a lot (not all) vendors end up selling a lot prints with a backing board and all for the same cost- usually $10.00 bucks each.
I don't agree with this model. My biggest gripe really is the sizing issue for people who are looking to buy products.
Case in point; when I started making mini comics (kinda based upon the idea of the ashcan books I had seen years ago by Image) thought that this would be a great calling card for a introduction to the comic masses.   Artwork is the same.  I have made a moderate amount of money of the 5"x7" scratchboard originals but would like to be able to offer the the same size or just a little smaller as as a postcard.
The 11"x17" I have found to be to bulky and large for a potential customer to carry around comfortably.  So I am looking at shrinking down the size of the images for prints with the largest being 11"x14" and and a mainstay of 8 1/2"x11".
In this way the size and cost (I believe) will work better for the customer to purchase other items at the table and feel like they got a lot for their money) in this cast quantity of merch in a bag.
At least that's the idea anyway.


Fun stuff.  
More of this info can be found at here. 


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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