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, August 31, 2006

It begins...

First layout for CORA. The drawing is still rough, and the text is temp. I plan on spending a lot of time on this book since it's going to be another long story (250 + pages) with the idea of releasing it as one single book. We'll have to see how it goes...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Super 7 goes big

All the info you need to know!
501st! yeah!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Upcoming E-Ville Press signings!

Mark your calendars for September 8th and October 3 when members of E-Ville Press (yours truly included) will be selling and signing books at 2 venues in the Bay area.

First up is the grand re-opening of Super 7 in their new larger space on Post St on Friday, September 8th 7-10pm. Many of the contributors to Afterworks 1 and 2 will be there--more info on the signing coming soon.

Second will be Tuesday, October 3rd at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. We will be signing and selling books at the opening reception before the Neil Gaiman event the same night. Rose and Isabel, Afterworks 1 and 2, Noble Boy and other books will be on sale. Myself, Scott Morse, Derek Thompson, Bill Presing, Jennifer Chang, and Afterworks 2 designer and graphics guru Mark Holmes are confirmed so far.

Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
Tuesday, October 3

Hope to see you there!

-T

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Enigmatic Liz Caster



Another sketch of her... I'm writing a lot for her character right now & she will definitely be mysterious as well as have a connection to Rose.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

more drawing

Playing with color and stuff.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Another Study

This is Liz Caster.

Monday, August 14, 2006

CORA

...the main character from the new book. This is the closest I've gotten to a final design for her so far. I've got the basic story in place and now I'm trying to outline it, jotting down ideas for scenes, bits of dialogue, character names and descriptions. I'm really excited about it because it will expand the world of R&I a lot, with more information on the girls' past, and of course Lilith, who I can't wait to start drawing.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Best films of the last 20 years (1986-2005)

A few of us were in the story war room the other day and the "AFI's Best 100 Films of All Time" list happened to be on the table. Naturally, for a group of story folks, discussion ensued about the validity of some of the films on that list. Then I proposed that we make our own lists except to limit them to our 20 favorite/best films from the past 20 years (1986-2005). They must be films that we like but also qualify to be on a "best of" list (ie - no guilty pleasure films, "so bad it's good" films, or sentimental favorites).


The task proved to be a lot more difficult than we expected; off the top of my head I had listed 37 films and had the excruciating task of eliminating 17 of them. (Interestingly, there was a general consensus as we looked up release dates for certain films that a lot of our favorites were made in the early 80's, out of range of our 20 year cutoff point).

Here are mine (off the top of my head and subject to change at any moment) and in order by release date:

Aliens (1986)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Die Hard (1988)
Totoro (1988)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Goodfellas (1990)
Delicatessen (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Unforgiven (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Se7en (1995)
Toy Story (1995)
The English Patient (1996)
Slingblade (1996)
Trainspotting (1996)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Rushmore (1998)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
LOTR - Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

20 Notables/favorites (1986-2006):

Laputa (1986)
T2 (1991)
Red (1994)
Nixon (1995)
Fargo (1996)
King of the Hill (1997)
LA Confidential (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Iron Giant (1999)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Amores Perros (2000)
Amelie (2001)
Spirited Away (2001)
Y Tu Mama También (2001)
City of God (2002)
The Pianist (2002)
The Incredibles (2004)
Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
Grizzly Man (2005)

Check out more lists at CLOCKROOM

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

R&I by Bob MacNeil

Here is a very cool pin-up done by Venture Brothers artist Bob MacNeil. Check out his work at Taming Light and also on his blog. Thanks Bob!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Drawing writers

Here are some warmups I've been doing for a commisioned piece on literary figures.

Cintiq/Photoshop

Howard Zinn:




James Ellroy:


(Zinn and Ellroy based on photographs by Robert Birnbaum)
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

E3 is downsizing...and thoughts on SDCC

I thought this article from the SF guardian was particularly interesting as it relates to my thoughts about this year's Con.

Quote:

"E3 is not a place where product is sold anymore. The industry is recognized as a big part of mainstream culture, so the need for a big glittering event to validate the industry is not what it used to be," he said. "What is needed ... is to focus on the fact that E3 is much more about media-related opportunities. The question is what is the most efficient way to create those opportunities."

I realize that E3 and the Con are two entirely diffrerent beasts, but "media related opportunities" seems in my mind what the Con is slowly moving towards, and away from what started it all...comics. I've been reading a lot of post-Con wrap-ups and was not surprised to read how many of us were unable to meet up with fellow artits due to being pushed to the four corners of the floor or just not having the time or energy to navigate the crowds. Folks had to wait hours in the blisting heat only to be turned away. Manuevering through "the media gauntlet" was a particularly trying experience. The Con has simply gotten too big. Media Con and Swag Con were two alternate tiles that came to mind as I tried to make my way through the enormous corporate displays choked with throngs of folks clamoring for their free stuff.

A bunch of friends and I met Sunday night after the Con had ended to decompress, drink beer and catch up, and where last year the discussion was mainly of comics, movies and that kind of stuff, this year was mostly talk of dissatisfaction with the overall "feel" of the Con. I of course enjoyed talking to everyone that stopepd by to buy the books or just to talk, show their work, or talk about story, but something just didn't sit right this year.

Is it time for a change?