Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Our Products Are Fine!

It's a sad, sorry state of affairs when this thing doesn't get updated for nearly two months!
Excuse: I've been somewhat busy pretending to be a entrepreneur, but that's another story. My wife is also 15 weeks pregnant with our first child, if that's of any help... ;)

What's new & notable? I've let everyone under the sun know about a new (to me) comic strip called Medium Large, available here: http://www.drinkatwork.com/mediumlarge.html

It's a current affairs / pop-culture take on the world, and I like it... a lot. In fact, I laughed out loud several times while perusing the archive... It's not too abrasive, but very sarcastic in a subtle way, and that makes for good art in my book.

Francesco Marciluiano, if you're out there, thanks for the inspiration to restart a "graphic novel" my brother and I did in the 80's, based very loosely on people we knew at the lake our cottage was on, and our own family.

If Kev gets to see this, maybe I'll have to actually sit down and start drawring (sp.) again. I'm the world's worst (or is it best?) procrastinator.

To the left is the proposed first frame of the revamped story, which revolves around shenanigans in the outboard motor industry; specifically a very highly fictionalized take on the Kiekhaefer family which started Mercury Marine many years ago. Mix heavily with composites of people we knew or were related to and you have the essence of it. It's absolutely ridiculous, and from what I recall, very funny. It worked well, 'cause we did a few panels each, then handed it off to the other. No getting bored or losing focus.

I hope I have more to talk about next time.


Ces said...

Thank you very, very much for the kind words about my strip! (Found your site during one of my "insecurity attacks/Google searches.")

For what it's worth, I really think you have a fantastic concept for a graphic novel. The idea of exploring a family and a community through a specific industry should allow for great character-driven, atmospheric stories. I say get cracking!

Once again, thank you and good luck with the novel!

K_R_Raven said...

Wow, I guess I should have tried a little harder to remove that outlining in pencil underneath the black pen since it looks blurry, or like I've been drinking! Well, okay I have been drinking. Coffee, though.

I'll need to improve the quality in the next panel. Since you seem to be stuck or too busy, I'll see what I can come up with for the next one.

Corvid said...

Well, I doodled a Gerhardt picture the other day - does that count? I have six months off when the baby is born in May. I will try to make some worthwhile use of the time he's asleep.

Although, truthfully, at nearly 40, I'll be doing as much napping as possible. Might even buy me a Clapper...