Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Don't Walk, Run!!!

Yes, run to the Stumptown Comics Fest!!! This weekend!

I'll be in Portland, but pictures will ensue after the madness. Come visit me at booth 104, right next to Robert Goodin, Jeff Trout and The Perry Bible Fellowship! How can you lose?

Yes, run to the Stumptown Comics Fest!!! This weekend!

I'll be in Portland, but pictures will ensue after the madness. Come visit me at booth 104, right next to Robert Goodin, Jeff Trout and The Perry Bible Fellowship! How can you lose?

Sooooo... I was supposed to bring my final page to work on on my lunch break and in my uncaffeinated state left it at home. So I sketched out the window while cursing under my breath.

Stumptown!!! Portland!!! Comics!!!

April 26th and 27th at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Exhibition Hall. 10 - 6 each day. $6.00 gets you in the door.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Creepy or Cute

I like when the line between creepy and cute gets blurry. Like an octopus that looks like a ski mask...

Monday, 21 April 2008

Suzi Quatro - Your Mama Won't Like Me

Hey, be yourself. No matter what. Fuck what anyone else thinks. LOVE RULES!

If anyone puts you down, call me. I'll kick their ass. Along with Suzi.

Skeletor? Day of the Dead? Heavy Metal?

Skulls are almost ubiquitous in pop culture. They occupy my conscious as well. Maybe it was an early obsession with Skeletor on He-Man (although She-Ra's villain, Hordak is a million times cooler) or seeing sugar skulls around the day of the dead. Add an unhealthy dose of metal and you end up with skulls everywhere.

This was just a sketch I didn't really think about but upon examining it I think it has elements of all these. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but whatever the reason, my obsession with skulls and their prominence in pop culture are stronger than ever!

Friday, 18 April 2008

The Cover c'est fini!

The cover's done!!! I made 50 this morning, I'm gonna' make more on Monday plus the old one.

I'm almost DONE!!! Now off to KOMIK KONG!!! Kalamazoo!!!!

New York Comic Con!!!

Yes, I'll be there today (Friday). Hit me up if you can find me.

I got this idea from Julia Wertz's Fart Party, which if you haven't seen, please check out... It's silly and heartfelt at the same time.

Any way, it's a list of phrases that brought people to toppled idols... yes, the search engine gumbo:

"how to draw boobs"
"french big nose"
"how dinosaurs died"
"family guy cartoon fucking"
"the character of eggs"
"fuck nose cartoons and drawings"
"ways to make your nose look smaller in pictures"

Sorry to disappoint, searchers!!!

One things for sure, though: PEOPLE LOVE NOSES! and changing them!

Monday, 14 April 2008

Hey, Kid, Wanna' Buy A Button?

New Pins... they'll be on sale at Stumptown! Along with the previous design (I reordered!)

They come in Gray, Paper Bag-colored and HOT PINK!!!

And check out my bitchin' GARY NUMAN T-SHIRT while yr at it! That's not for sale. Unless you want to publish my book...

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Step Back!

I just wanted to point out...


What? You don't know me like that!

Friday, 11 April 2008

Underground is Tits!

I really love cartoony zaniness. It has a magic that will never come across in anything other than cartoons or comics. The wacky, funny characters that everyone loves... like Bugs Bunny or Fred Flintstone. Characters that are zany but real in their intentions.

But I also love realism in drawing. In comics, you can merge the two. They can coexist in the same world without a second thought. It works in cartoons too, but is usually done poorly. Roger Rabbit is the best melding of the serious and the zany but many imitators have followed its shadow.

Ralph Bakshi was really key to melding the wacky and the serious. And the underground comic artists of the 60s and 70s. They are so weird, extremely trippy, and "poorly" drawn by industry standards, but they are more real than Spiderman could ever be.

So here's a salute to the real, the zany, THE UNDERGROUND COMICS. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them. I won't name names, just poke around and discover some treasures you'll love for the rest of your life.
I'm really nervous about using brushes, so the above is one such attempt. BUT I think I'm getting more confidant and less heavy handed (slowly!). I got my first Sable today! Yes, I'm in LOVE!

A Peak Inside the Toppled Idols Studio

Well, kids, I've been hard at work makin' comics and designing records and flyers and stuff. Art, folks, we like to call it art. Yes, this stuff doesn't materialize out of thin air. It's borne of blood, tears, grease and pain.

I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you this little video that I put together documenting what it's actually like in my studio. It's not all fun and games, as you can see. But when I hit the gallery, as you'll see in the end, it all has a happy ending.

Thursday, 10 April 2008


Hey, I'm really excited about going to Stumptown!!! I will have a table next to Robert Goodin, whose work is so beautiful and amazing. If you haven't seen his stuff, look here.

Also, Jeff Trout, who I don't know that well, but is awesome. Liz Baillie will be there, although across the room with her friend Robin Enrico. There's a bunch of other cool people, too.

Basically, the bottom line is come to Stumptown Comics Fest if at all possible. AND I can't wait to see Portland! There's gonna' be a lot of balls rocked at the end of the month!
Working like a dog, lookin' like a slob. That's my song these days!

Roots 'R Ruckus

I'd say a good 90% of New York is bullshit hype. You know, there's so much to do that you just hear how great things are, how delicious something is, how somewhere is the best or etc. etc. etc. It's all bullshit. SO forget the hype, do yourself a favor and go to Roots N' Ruckus at Jalopy. It's good ol' fashioned music. Fuck digital, fuck analogue, go live, my friend, go live and prosper.

I had a blast!

I Don't Know Crust-Punk, But I Know Pie!

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

I Have Seen the Face of God, Yet I Dare Not Touch His Face

Hello, Ruby Tuesday

So when I started doing Toppled Idols, it was for three reasons. The first was losing my sketchbook I'd had forever and never wanting that to happen again. Unless this host dies, I'm safe.

But the other two reasons were to get better at drawing and to draw every day.

And when I look at how much of my comic I've done so far, and how it's looking, I think that I'm achieving both those goals. I'm drawing every day, but way more hardcore than before. And I look at the picture above and smile. It's one of my favorites so far.

So enjoy... and you'll have to imagine what he's sayin'! I haven't broken out the Ames guide and I don't want any spoilers!

Friday, 4 April 2008

I Mean Business!

Hey, what do you kids think about this as a business card. Nothing official, just something to hand out at the convention?

Lady In Red

Well, here's a snack for now!

Thanks for checking it out!

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