what’s up with rabbit’s computer?

Part of my graduate work with fairy and folk tales led me to make this comic adaptation of the Masai folk tale, “Who’s in Rabbit’s House?” (for those who keep up with children’s illustrated books, you’ll notice references to the previous adaptation by Verna Aardema). The comic follows a performative format like you’d see in Carousel Comics; in other words, each panel has its own page to better control the story’s rhythm.

Update: The comic is now published and available for sale!

PayPalWhat’s Up with Rabbit’s Computer?
$5.00 + tax and shipping
6.5′ x 4.5′
40 pages
BW w/ C cover
2014

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watterson, crumb, and conversations of 1

This comics essay recaps reflections I made during my graduate program about cartoonists and audience, including an unexpected connection between cartoonists I had never held in the same light. I chose a straightforward layout, partly to account for the essay format’s consistent narration, but also as an additional reference to the work of R. Crumb.

Update: The comic is now published and available for sale!

Square MarketWatterson, Crumb, and Conversations of 1
$2.00 + tax and shipping
8.875′ x 8.5′
8 pages
Grayscale
2014

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dr. fox and the old man’s cabbage

After a bit of a hiatus to move from one home to the next, I returned to comics with an adaptation of “The Fox Physician” from Aleksandr Afanasyev’s Russian Fairy Tales. The format echoes that of Rodolphe Töpffer, one of the first documented comic strip artists. I chose a loose, quick style so that I could create and release the complete comic ongoing within a relatively small time frame (nine days). My adaptation of the story itself is, for the most part, direct; I adjusted a few words here and there for clarity, and I added the final line to help tie the tale together. The visuals, of course, are all my own.

Update: The comic is now published and available for sale!

Square MarketDr. Fox and the Old Man’s Cabbage
$3.00 + tax and shipping
8.5′ x 11′
16 pages
Grayscale
2014

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sketchbook: silhouette-style samples

Flat / Color Samples: Etoch, Gren-Louis, Kiddig
Ink + Digital, 2014

Such a busy, busy time! But I couldn’t help myself – I miss these characters and haven’t done anything with them in months!

I love silhouettes and wanted to try something rooted in that aesthetic. Once I did, it just seemed right to color them, which I tried with a similar silhouette-like sensibility.

I’m sure someone else has already figured out how to do this better than I have (and I’d love to see their work), but it’s great fun to experiment with!

mecaf comics covers

Feels like it’s been forever since I posted here last! Spring is such a busy, busy time.

To help make up for it, here are the covers of my first three self-published comics! They’ll be available for the first time at this year’s Maine Comic Arts Festival (MeCAF) in May. They’re off at the printer’s for now — I can’t wait to see how they come out!Continue reading “mecaf comics covers”