It’s been a little over two years since I started doing Jumbo deLuxe comics in the form that they are here.* I’ve been having lots of fun and I hope that you, dear readers, have enjoyed it as much as I have. I’ve learned a lot about cartooning, both in my storytelling and drawing abilities in the last two years, plus I’ve met many amazing and talented new friends, both online and in person, who have provided so much invaluable advice, encouragement, support, and good times. To me this is the greatest reward for making a webcomic. I’m certainly not in it for fame or money, or even trying to get cheap laughs.
What does the future hold for Jumbo deLuxe comics? More of the same, I hope. I just want to keep on drawing these and getting better with my craft so that I can see the ideas in my head looking the way they should on our computer screens. I eventually want to make some sort of book collecting the stories in this webcomic, but that may be quite a while from now. Maybe this time next year, who knows.
I’d like to open up the floor to you, dear readers. Ask me anything about Jumbo deLuxe comics. I have very definite ideas about where things are going with the story, but I’d love to hear your suggestions, comments or ideas on how I could make it better. Are there certain strips which you especially like and would like to see more of their kind? Maybe there are characters you’d like to see more of or less of. Or perhaps you want to know why Emily can talk to with her dog but not the monkey. Whatever, go ahead and use the comments section of this post, or use the contact form elsewhere on this site. I’d love to hear from you.
*Back in the early 2000′s, Jumbo deLuxe was a weird assortment of my half-baked sketchbook doodles which resembled comics, presented through hand-cranked HTML. We’re lucky those days are over, believe me.
Meet Modest Medusa! My pal Jake draws this wonderful comic strip about his troublesome friendship with a young Medusa. (Yes, that’s her name, and the sort of creature she is.) I recently did this little guest strip for him where they get together for an afternoon at the movies. Modest Medusa updates three times a week when Jake’s not too busy attending conventions, designing games, or doing color for other cartoonists.
It’s a great all-ages comic filled with fun, innocence, adventure, and more than a few hints of naughtiness. Highly recommended.
Earlier this week, the folks at Portland Opera invited a bunch of cartoonists and bloggers to attend dress rehearsal for their newest production, with complimentary drinks and food beforehand. I’ve had the pleasure doing this twice before* and each time it’s been great fun. Due to some bad planning on my part and a few mishaps at the hands of Tri-Met, I completely missed the eating and drinking portion of the evening and snuck into the backstage tour at the last minute. I was beginning to feel a lot like Candide myself.
I scribbled like crazy during the rehearsal and returned home with about 9 pages of wildly incoherent pages. On the train ride I came up with a sort of synopsis image of the entire show and added this to my sketchbook. The next day a combed through my favorite doodles, traced them and added a bit of color. I probably would have done more if I had the time. I posted my favorite drawings to my flickr page.
The Portland Opera’s production makes for lively fast-paced entertainment. Anyone who is familiar with Voltaire’s Story and Bernstein’s music will not be disappointed. A bit of background to the story may be necessary if you don’t know it. It’s very fast and wickedly funny. Since the action takes place in many locations around the world, the scenery directors have employed some ingenious techniques with projected images, and a stage made of surface like Lego .
Portland Opera have a page which collects all the artists’ work. There were many talented people involved and they have produced some really beautiful work. I’m told a lot of it will be on display in the lobby during the show. Writers / bloggers in attendance posted some delightful and hilarious tweets; you can read them on twitter, tagged #pdxcandide
*Since 2010 I have attended comic artists’ nights for Hansel and Gretel and Turandot. In addition, I’ve colored some drawings made by my pal S.W. “Conch” Conser who attended an event which I missed.
This remarkable 3-D clay sculpture of Emily was made by my good friend Laura Laine 10 or more years ago. She’s using a monochromatic and taller character design based on Emily’s appearances in a student newspaper comic strip that pre-dated the full color webcomics we all know today.
Neal Skorpen is a webcomics veteran, mentor and longtime pal. He’s probably best known for his comic strips Introvert Manifesto, Muddlemarch, and graphic novels Island of the Moths, and his latest project, Æthernaut. Here he’s drawn the usual suspects having tea and getting all ladylike.
Another longtime pal S.W. “Conch” Conser apparently likes the Yogurt Cultures. I haven’t got the heart to tell him that I have no plans to use them in any future comic strips. You can hear S.W. “Conch” Conser on KBOO radio where he interviews the hell out of the world’s finest cartoonists and animators.
In an earlier post, I shared this lovely fan art made by Ken Koral.
Drawing can be lonely work, that’s why many cartoonists like to listen to music or some background chatter while they work. Podcasts provide laughs and learning better than any new media, and since they’re usually offered to the internet for free, I feel obliged to pay them back with a silly drawing or two.
Give any of these a listen because they’re great fun, though be warned that this is the internet and you might hear some swearing or bathroom humor once in awhile. If you like them, do them a favor by subscribing to their itunes feed, buy their swag, simply telling your friends, or make some fan art for them.
I haven’t made a sketch for HP Podcraft yet, though they’re another favorite.