A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Thursday, September 29, 2005

E-Ville Press Super7 signing is this Saturday 10/1!

The SF Bay Guardian had printed a time of 7-9pm on Saturday but the official time was from 5-7pm. Regardless, we'll be there, with 6-8pm as the improvised new time. Hope to see you there.

1630 Post St
San Francisco, CA

Monday, September 26, 2005

Meet the E-ville Press Gang and Official Website

Our interview with Benjamin Ong Pang Kean from Newsarama is up. Read it here.

Also, the official E-ville Press website is now running as well! Check it out here.
Thanks to Louis Gonzales for putting up a great looking site!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Actual media

This isn't comic-related, but I dug up some work from a few years ago that is actually not made of ones and zeros; a couple of acrylic studies I did back in 2000, based on photographs by Jeanloup Sieff and William Gottlieb. These canvases are sitting out on my dining table as a reminder that I need to get back to some traditional media. I hope to begin painting again soon, as I'm part of a gallery show and upcoming book planned for April 2006.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Work work

After showing my personal workspace at home, I thought it might be of interest to show the work workspace. Y'know, not home work, but...well, work work. (Screensaver imagery by the great Tadahiro Uesugi).

That's the Wacom Cintiq that we use pretty much exclusively at the studio. It works great with the Kinesis Savant (at left, next to
the Cintiq), which has most of my favorite Photoshop actions and hotkeys programmed into it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Setting the Mood

I'm trying to branch out a bit by using more black in RI2. I've always been a bit reticent to it, because of my unfamiliarity with drawing comics. But with several of my favorite artists on hand for reference, I'm getting a wee bit more comfortable with it. Above is an image from the new book, which takes place during a time of very inclement weather in mid-May, 1864.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Monday doodle

Sketch for today...as those who saw the RI2 preview pages know, Rose acquires a gun from a dead soldier. I'm in the process of learning how to draw the thing, so here's a (very) rough sketch of a gun-wielding Rose.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Rose and Isabel 2 - Workspace

Here is the current base of operations for R&I 2, the dining room table. It's fairly neat as it's still early in the process. I'm about 30 pages into the new book with a planned total of 128 pages. I've been reading a lot and below are two books I found that focus very specifically on a part of the war that the gals become involved with: Grant's Overland campaign, including the battles at the North Anna River and the battle of Cold Harbor. What's amazing to me is that To the North Anna River focuses on just 13 days of the war, and is also a time that is not given much attention compared to other battles. There is more detail in this volume than I could ever hope to convey in a graphic novel. I just hope that I can get across some of what I picture in my mind when I read this. Next up will be Not War but Murder about the battle at Cold Harbor, which was extremely savage and brutal. Rose and Isabel will be involved here as well. Expect lots of action! (sorry about the crappy photos).

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

R&I Pin-ups

Here are some more tributes from some talented folks; this one is by Nicolas Seigneret (aka bannister), who has done great work for the Flight 2 anthology. Go to bannister.fr to see more of his work in comics, illustration and design.

This one is by the talented Louie del Carmen (you may recognize the last name-- Louie is a member of the power trio of brothers del Carmen). Be sure to check out his blog and website for lotsa inspiring stuff.

Thanks to both of these fine individuals for your interpretations. They rock!

Friday, September 02, 2005

R&I at Meltdown in LA

I'm pleased to announce that R&I Part 1 is now available at Meltdown comics in Hollywood. R&I are in very good company up there on the counter!
Thanks to Gaston and the folks at Meltdown for stocking the book!

7522 Sunset Blvd