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Creating comics with Procreate

This weekend I stumbled upon Procreate for the iPad.  If you haven’t heard of it before, imagine Photoshop’s basic features in a program that goes for only $6.00.  It has layers (though you are limited to about 3 total) with the same adjustments available (multiply, darken, etc.).  You also have the outline tool, transform capability, opacity, undo, and much more.  Add in the fact you draw with your hands or a stylus instead of clicking a mouse- mind-blowing.  Unfortunately I have the iPad 2 and as far as I am aware, it doesn’t allow pressure sensitive tools which would be

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Malaysian Plane Found!

  The headline we are all waiting to hear.   But as of today, the where and how of the plane’s discovery is still a mystery.  It’s been one month since flight 370 disappeared and with that question mark ever floating, the deliberation has prompted a treatment reserved for school shootings.   One where a rumor mill/media circus props up its tents inviting every wacko they can muster together to present their sideshow of predictions. A few potential exhibits already in town:   a)  A Bermuda Triangle/Blackhole/ Alien Abduction type scenario.   b) Pilot suicide.   c) Terrorists.   d) Russia

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Epithet for a King

It’s not every day that we are needed.   This is the quote by Samuel Beckett that precedes the novel “Hologram for a King” written by Dave Eggers.  If he had chosen to omit it and let the reader wander unfocused through the story I don’t think the desired effect would have been achieved.  Hologram for a King is about Alan Clay, a man that used to run a bike manufacturing company in the Midwest that closed its doors after outsourcing.  He lives in an empty house and watches old Red Sox DVDs.  His neighbor after discovering transcendentalism walks into

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Reference Material

When I was four I was immensely into tracing paper.  So much so my parents would perform this song-and-dance routine treating it as a big-ticket item burning a hole in their pocket.  But I knew it wasn’t costing them an arm and a leg as they purported it to be.  Tracing paper was cheap.  Still is.  But to their point, I’ll admit moderation wasn’t in my vocabulary.  I use to chain-trace images with barely a breath in between.  At my worst I was probably tracing two to three packs a day.  My composure towards tracing paper was that of a

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Spare Arms Needed

    I wish I had more time.   Or more arms.   And here’s why:  I want to draw a short story where I’m on a plane flying to China when it hits me- I forgot to learn how to speak Mandarin.  It probably happens to many people.  It’s one of those things like forgetting to turn off the oven.   Luckily the guy in the seat parallel to mine tells me not to worry.  He proclaims that with a little bit of guidance, his guidance, I can speak perfect Chinese.  Wonderful!  Perfect! Problem solved.  Not with standing, this

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Snow, Snow, Snow

Every few days it dumps snow all over New York and it seems never ending. The snow is okay.  The part I hate are the pedestrians.  They turn into idiots when that sidewalk gets slick.  Plus their cellphones are still glued to their eyes.  Personal safety, schmersonal safety.   I’m still tinkering with elements of this site.  I am having trouble making images larger so I haven’t posted any more pages for Sacco.  But soon……   I’m currently  re-drawing certain pages from chapter one and two.  I’d like to focus strictly on the next chapter but when asked to see

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Chapter 4 -back on the horse

This past weekend I began drawing chapter four.   If I have calculated it right- I should finish it next December.   However during the down time between chapter three and four I’ve been prepping documents to send to publishers.  I found Ka-Blam.com, an online printer, and had them print the first twenty pages of the book for me as a test run. What they produced far surpassed my expectations.   In addition I’ve been attempting to build this website (the one you’re on now) which has been one huge headache.  I do not know why the wordpress program would be

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Winter Break

Had some time to draw without purpose and let my mind run.   I drew this image and decided to give it to my brother-in-law.  Working right now on edits for the first three chapters and setting up chapter four while preparing submissions to publishers.  Learning a lot of new processes which bring many headaches.  When I return to drawing it will feel like a relief.    

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End of Year edits

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been busy with the holidays and processing edits on the first 20 pages.  Getting ready to start chapter 4 after the New Year.

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P 190- meet up with aspiring comic book creators

I decided to go to a meeting for aspiring comic book creators in NYC.  I agreed to it and then forced myself not to think about it.  Meeting new people is difficult.  Throw in the fact you’re opening up about something close to you, something you’ve placed a lot of work into and it can be a bit nerve-racking.  If I pulled anything away from my art school critique experiences its that  the usual annoying personalities will be there-but hoped a few good eggs show up too.   I was not disappointed to see both groups well represented.   One

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