Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holly Hobby

Loved the smock/caftan this older lady was sporting at Hobby Airport. Safe travels, everyone for the holiday weekend!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

This IS my first time at the rodeo!

My day job sent me to two back-to-back conferences in Houston. Among the planned activities was an excursion to the enormous Houston Rodeo.

The mutton busting was cute, but a lot of the other activities made me kind of sad for the animals...from the bull riding to calf roping to even the prize animals. 

But, I was reminded even the worst of these creatures are treated better than those headed for slaughter.

Nonetheless, nothing says 'Merica like a chesty woman in a sparkly evening gown riding around a sports arena with an American flag that spits our firecrackers that startle the horse into full gallop.

A Boston native turned Texan kept her eye on me the whole rodeo, explaining, "I love to see the reaction of people from home the first time at the rodeo! It's always the same look..."

Indeed, I had a look of awe, wonderment, and ridicule all rolled into a horrific glee. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Josie vs Alexandra and Alexander vs Alan M

Yesterday we saw Alexander shaggy-haired and Alan M short. And today, the reverse. Shocker, I am more into drawing Alexander and Alan M than I am the gals. In the live-action film, Alexander was gay (ish?) and I definitely think either he or Alan should end up gay if Archie ever relaunched Josie. Cute guys in ascots?—I can dream, can't I?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Josie at Open Studios!

Yikes, it's been a long time since I colored anything! But, today and tomorrow is my building's open studios. I hate opening up, as most attendees aren't really looking to buy books or talk about comics. But last year, I just posted a sign that said, "I can draw and talk at the same time. Feel free to ask me questions." It was a lot of fun! I inked 2 pages, and had really nice conversations.

This year, I decided to practice coloring, since it had been so long. Here is the first result. And the inks.   

Friday, November 20, 2015

Josie Weekend!

Are you excited for a Josie weekend? Here's a little preview of how thrilling it's going to be.

I hope I didn't post any of these earlier. When I was asked by Archie publishers to share some sketches, I only had this one on hand. So, I made a few more to share (which I did) and will share with you after I color them. FYI, that's how far it went with Archie.

As a lover of obscurity, I always liked the history of the comic before the animated series made it famous. The series started off as She's Josie, then shortened to Josie, and when the animation deal came along, revamped as Josie and the Pussycats. During the conversion, Pepper, Albert, and Sock were dropped, and Valerie was added. I definitely love the animated series, but am fond of the comics series and the live-action film as well.

My wish list for comics projects is pretty small...but a crack at Josie is one of them. Someday!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Strange Sports, Indeed!

In honor of Vertigo's Strange Sports Stories trade paperback release this week, I share with you thumbnails from pages 1-3.

This was a tough assignment. Greg was being really kind with deadline given my mom's passing, but suddenly I found myself in France with little progress, and a looming deadline. But fortunately, the story was coming together in my head and in the thumbs. And extra fortunately, Greg accepted pics of the thumbs via Whatsapp. He went on faith in large part.

It was awesome to have Mike DiMotta color my pages, too. I hadn't worked with Mike in years, so it felt a bit full circle. 

The comic looked great, the TPB looks great. If you missed the series, definitely pick up the trade.


There won't be any annotation of this story...I just double checked, there are no hidden bits in the background, and no inside jokes.