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
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Thursday, October 27, 2005

R & I in the SF Bay Guardian

A short while ago, members of E-Ville Press were interviewed for an article in the SFBG about the state of the comics industry in the Bay Area. The article is online today and you can read it here. Max Brace and I were quoted along with a number of Bay Area comics artists, sellers, and publishers.

Thanks to Rory Root and to Heather Smith for including us in her roundup of comics folks.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Indispensable

The Encyclopedia of Amazons by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Some of you may have noticed this book written up in the Sources section of Rose and Isabel. It's one of the coolest books I've come across in a while; packed with a thousand female warriors, both mythical and real, with descriptions of all of them. This book was the main source material for the Prologue of R&I. It's out of print, but shouldn't be too hard to track down. Below are two versions of the cover.



An excerpt:

Hangaku

"Hangaku-jo was an especially famed Amazon in the battle between Yoshinaka and Taira in norhtern Echizen province. When Moritzuna's stockade was attacked in 1201, his dutiful daughter held one gate single-handedly against a horde, fully armored and armed with swords. She was a noted archer, able to hit a target one hundred times in succession, exceeding in skill both her brother and father. She hurried atop the stockade from whence she fired arrows at the attacking army, piercing their heads and chests and killing their horses."

My rendition, from an earlier version of Rose and Isabel:
(Here she is wielding a naginata, a Japanese weapon used primarily by women.)



Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This day in the Civil War

Tuesday Oct. 25 1864
PURSUING PLEASANTON PUMMELS PRICE

It had taken more than a day to get in gear, but once the Federal armies who had broken Sterling Price’s Confederate army in the Battle of Westport got serious about pursuit, things rapidly got fierce again. Today Gen. Alfred Pleasanton’s cavalry lined up for a charge and hit the fleeing wagon trains near the confluence of the Marais des Cygnes and Mine Creeks. Two defending divisions broke, but soon Shelby’s men came up in support. They held for awhile on a line at the Little Osage River, allowing more of the wagons to escape, but the forces opposing them were just too strong. Price bitterly burned about a third of the wagons, and pressed the remainder south at as fast a pace as could be managed.

(from Civil War Interactive)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A Work in Progress

This is a first pass rough after the initial layout with some basic tones. Dialogue withheld to prevent spoilage.

Quality of light


"Quality of light"...A topic we used to discuss with our drawing teachers back at school. There was one life drawing teacher who insisted on having a particular room on the third floor because its skylights allowed natural light to come in and illuminate the models. Every morning when I enter my garage space, I see this car and think of that classroom with its natural light filtering in.
This particular day was more overcast than most, so there is a bit less illuminaton than usual.

Monday, October 17, 2005

RI2 Update

Hi folks, Rose and Isabel 2 has been moving along at a slow, yet steady pace. Things at the day gig have been getting considerably busier (as well as preproduction on the Afterworks Two anthology), thus limiting my time on the new book. I had been planning for part two to debut at APE 2006 in SF, but that deadline appears to be slipping through my fingers. I want the book to deliver what everyone is hoping for, so it will still be twice the size of book one (128 pages) and will be mostly story, with a small sketchbook section and a gallery section. I don't want to rush the book or make it shorter in order to hit the deadline, so most likely it will be released later than expected. I'll continue to post updates as I make my way towards what I hope to be a very satisfying conclusion to the Rose and Isabel story.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Comics and Wine

This is from a while back...a trip I made to Italy earlier this year. During a late afternoon in Bologna, we stumbled upon a cool little bar while looking for a snack and drink to tide us over until dinner. We walked in and lo and behold, there were shelves of comics to read while snacking on prosciutto and drinking wine. i picked up a book of Torpedo, which had some really great work by Mr. Bernet as well as an artist I had not heard of, Alfonso Font. Our bartender was exceedingly cool as well. Ah, serendipity.



Comics and Wine

This is from a while back...a trip I made to Italy earlier this year. During a late afternoon in Bologna, we stumbled upon a cool little bar while looking for a snack and drink to tide us over until dinner. We walked in and lo and behold, there were shelves of comics to read while snacking on prosciutto and drinking wine. i picked up a book of Torpedo, which had some really great work by Mr. Bernet as well as an artist I had not heard of, Alfonso Font. Our bartender was exceedingly cool as well. Ah, serendipity.



Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Current Flavor

Hey folks, Current Flavor is a new blog I started for art and comics stuff that is not directly related to Rose and Isabel. Check it out for info on current and upcoming projects, as well as news.

Afterworks 2

Here is some early stuff for the planned Afterworks Two anthology. The first is a rough cover idea and below that is a character from a short story I'm planning for said anthology. The Sag-Dig is a mythical creature I had read about years ago in a book on symbols. The description was "a white dog with yellow eyes represents the unexplained". So the story will be based on that.

Afterworks Two will be a full-color book featuring E-Ville press artists as well as some new contributors. Its debut will be at the 2006 SDCC.

Some of our planned contributors are:

Jeff Pidgeon
Mark Andrews
Nate Stanton
Ted Mathot
Josh Cooley
Louis Gonzales
Sanjay Patel
Rob Gibbs
Kevin O'Brien
Derek Thompson




Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Super7 signing

The event was a lot of fun...thanks to everyone who came out to support Eville. Here's some documentation courtesy of Mr. Ronnie del Carmen.





Saturday, October 01, 2005

sketchbook

Some random stuff from a year or two ago...(yikes, time to start drawing on paper again). Most of these are exploratory studies for Rose and Isabel (which back then went under the working title of CWP...civil war project)