Spooky Season is Here!

Hi everyone! And welcome to everyone who signed up for my newsletter at Rose Comic Con. It turned out to be the best Rose City Comic Con I’ve ever been to. 

If you’re new here I’m making these comics:

  • Blue Moon is a werewolf romance gn I’m writing and Meredith McClarren is going to draw. I’m late on its script.
  • The City Between is my webcomic about werewolves in the future. It updates Wednesdays. The current story is called Shards of Reflection.
  • You are the Chosen One is a fantasy comic about 23 kids who got the same prophecy dream. It was posting on Fridays on my Patreon. But my editorial work has been piling up/overwhelming me lately. So it’s on hold until I finish up some other stuff.

My day job is an editor at the manga company Seven Seas and the indie comic publisher Iron Circus Comics. I like folklore, fantasy, and especially like werewolves.

The big exciting thing this month is I’ve been helping my good friend and streaming cohost, Alina Pete, build and prep a backerkit campaign for the anthology they’ve been editing, Indiginerds.

Indiginerds wants to celebrate the ever evolving Indigenous culture. Organized by the ever talented editor Alina Pete, one of the co-editors on Iron Circus’s wildly successful anthology Woman in the Woods, this book collects work from several indigenous artists and writers. From gaming to social media, pirate radio to garage bands, Star Trek to D&D, and missed connections at the pow wow, Indigenous culture is so much more than how it’s usually portrayed.  Join this anthology as it examines balancing traditional ways of knowing and pop culture.

It will launch October 16th. If you want to be one of the first people to backer, you can sign up to be notified here. It’s a great book and I’m excited for the world to see Alina’s hard work. 

This month, I’m also gonna start making comics that answer reader questions. If you have one post it here!

Also on full moons, I host a werewolf movie watch parties in my discord. Next full moon is October 28th. And at noon PST, we will be watching the 70s Japanese werewolf movie, Wolf Guy! If you’d like to join click here.

I’ll also be doing my usual streaming

As always I’ll be streaming art on Twitch. My schedule is currently the following:

Stop by!

Last month I was mostly keeping my nose to the grindstone except for selling stuff at Rose City Comic Con. Thanks everyone who stopped by and grabbed a book. I mostly took pictures of cosplay when I wasn’t selling books. You can see them all here. But there are the highlights.

The leads of the Sabriel series by Garth Nix!

An excellent Claudia from Interview with a Vampire show

Nedry from Jurassic Park, complete with shaving cream dna holder.

And best for last, an older cosplay rocking a Granny Goodness from New Gods. 

This month I got several of the backgrounds done for the video game I’m working on for Iron Circus games. I have two or 3 more settings to draw. But I’m gonna spend next month focused The City Between and the manga I’m editing for Seven Seas. 

Speaking of manga, one of the favorite titles I’ve been editing for Seven Seas, Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout, is out now.

It’s about a guy who is transported into a fantasy world and is turned into a hot girl. His best friend is also transported and the two have to stop a demonlord to get home. It’s complicated by the fact that they are cursed to be attracted to each other. It’s a deconstruction of both romance and fantasy tropes while talking about gender identity. It’s a lot of fun!

This month I’ve mostly been watching Star Trek stuff. Particularly, Lower Decks. I appreciate that while Lower Decks is an adult comedy cartoon, it’s humor doesn’t come from one character being awful and abuse to other. That’s a refreshing break from all the adult cartoons trying to copy Rick and Morty. I think the characters are just a lot of fun. Also, this season the little monster Moopsy has captured my heart (and my bones.) They need plushies of this little guy.

I also reread one of my favorite mangas, Pluto. If you are unfamiliar, Pluto is a retelling and modernization of an Astroboy story. It is a murder mystery as a robot detective looks into someone murdering the worlds most advanced robots. I decided to reread it because there was a question going around bluesky about what scenes from comics have stuck with people/”live in their head.” For me it’s a scene between Astroboy (or Atom as he is called in this book) and the scientist who built him, Dr Tenma, having diner.

Basically, this scene sticks with me because Atom was built to replace Dr. Tenma’s dead son. This starts with Atom talking about his interests and how he happily did his chores. Everything Atom cares about isn’t what Dr. Tenma’s son cared about. Both of them realize over the meal that Atom is his own person and he can’t replace Dr. Tenma’s son. So even though Atom is the most humanlike robot ever made and is a grade scientific achievement, Dr. Tenma failed in his goal to bring back his son. And Atom is left is an impossible task. I think it’s just such a well paced and laid out scene. In context, I think it’s heartbreaking. 

That’s it for this month! Have a good one everyone.

Last Con Stop Rose City

I’m going to be at Rose City Comic this month. It’s September 22-24 and will be in Artist Alley table Y-1. Stop by and say hello!

Slow tweaks are still happening to my site. Last week I updated all the photos of stuff in the store. My bud Kevin is gonna change the design of the store soon. 

On full moons we watch werewolf movies in my fan discord. So September 28th we are gonna watch When Animals Dream, a personal favorite werewolf movie of mine. If you want to join, click here and hang out at 4pm PST

As always I’ll be streaming art on Twitch. My schedule is currently the following:

Stop by!

Speaking of streaming, on the most recent stream I went on a bit of a rant about the musical Rent. Feel free to give it a listen.

Otherwise, things have been pretty quiet online for me.

I’ve had a lot on my plate for while, hense why You are the Chosen One is on pause until I finish sometimes up.

One of those things has been under NDA until now. I’m doing art for a small videogame. It’s a time management puzzle. The plot is you are a single parent of a werewolf child (pictured above). You have to prep the basement and backyard for the full moon. It’s about 30% of the way done. I should be done by the end of the year. 

I want to give Patreon backers something to make up for not getting You are the Chosen One pages. So I’m going to do quick sketch comics to answer reader questions. So if you have any questions for me about any of my comics drop em here. The answers will start getting posted in October.  

While working I’ve been relistening to the October Daye series which is one of my favorites. There is a new volume in the series coming out on September 5th. I always like revisiting it before a new volume drops. 

Otherwise this month I’ll mostly be doing editorial work and getting as much done of Blue Moon. 

That’s it for this month! Have a good one everyone.

Back from Comic Con

Hi everyone! And welcome to everyone who signed up for my newsletter at San Diego Comic Con. It was fun to see a San Diego Comic Con where comics were the focus again. 

If you’re new here I’m making these comics:

  • Blue Moon is a werewolf romance gn I’m writing and Meredith McClarren is going to draw. I’m late on its script. 
  • The City Between is my webcomic about werewolves in the future. It updates Wednesdays. The current story is called Shards of Reflection. 
  • You are the Chosen One is a fantasy comic about 23 kids who got the same prophecy dream. It was posting on Fridays on my Patreon. But my editorial work has been piling up/overwhelming me lately. So it’s on hold until I finish up some other stuff. 

My day job is an editor at the manga company Seven Seas and the indie comic publisher Iron Circus Comics. I like folklore, fantasy, and especially like werewolves. 

This month I’m making tweaks to my website. So we finished some more minor switches like adding more social media buttons to the top bar. But this month we are gonna revamp the store section. Speaking of the store, Misfits of Avalon volume 1 is out of print. I just sent the last ten copies to White Squirrel who handles my store fulfillment. I’m not gonna sell it at cons anymore. In about a year or so, I’ll probably talk to Darkhorse about putting it back online and printing an omnibus. 

This month’s werewolf movie is The Howling 2. I’m showing it in my discord server August 30th at 5pm PST. Pop in to join if you like! 

As always I’ll be streaming art on Twitch. My schedule is currently the following:

On August 24th, we’ll have Tracy Butler of Lackadaisy Cats on Iron Circus Geekshow as a guest to close out the wildly successful Iron Circus crowdfund for Lackadaisy Season 1.

So last month I was too wiped to post photos of going to the Del Tor that I went to in June. But I sat down and put them in a drive that anyone can browse. So have a look if you wanna see some of the puppets used in the Pinnocino movie. 

While I was at San Diego Comic Con, I went to a Junji Ito exhibit. It was very cool seeing his originals. I always think its cool to see how different artists end up using white out or what needs correcting. All the photos I took during SDCC are also in a drive for you to browse. 

If you just want to see cosplayers though and not horror art I posted cosplay photos on my instagram.

As for what I’m working on, I’m still playing catch up on stuff from shake ups at Iron Circus Comics. So I’m officially putting You are the Chosen One on hold until I have Blue Moon scripted. I might put it on hold longer because I realize I’m almost half way through Shards of Reflection and haven’t finished the next City Between stories’s script. I’m pretty sure more people read/are interested in The City Between than You are the Chosen One. So it’s got to take priority. 

Some time this month I need to find time to clean up Murky Water. It got it’s first proofreading pass and I need to fix text. Then I need to start building a crowdfund for it and decide when and where to run it. Iron Circus has been having good luck with Backerkit, but it’s back end is overly complicated in my opinion. Meanwhile, I said last year that I probably wasn’t gonna use Kickstarter again because of them moving to the blockchain. They have kinda walked that back, but not 100%. Either this month or next, I’ll type something up and ask what you all think of both platforms. 

With all this on my plate, I haven’t had much time to check out new stuff. Plus with the writers/actor strike, I don’t want to promo any TV or Movies I’ve been watching. The makes my what I’ve been checking out section pretty focused/brief. 

I started reading Berserk. 

And it’s really really good.

If you are unfamiliar with Berserk, it’s a classic manga/anime. And about a year ago it’s creator, Kentaro Miura, died. Since then more and more people online have been giving it new attention and encouraged people to sit down and read it. The youtuber Super Eyepatch Wolf had a video that got me interested, Then FD Signifier brought it up in his videoessay about masculinity and anime. And then War Rocket Ajax reviewed it on Comic Catch up. So I pulled the trigger and read a big chunk of it. 

And like I said, it’s really really. It’s extremely violent and frequently indulges in edge lord levels of grim dark. So skip it if you don’t like extreme violence. But there is some beautiful character moments that are all the more touching because they contrast the violence. 

It’s just some really good comic storytelling. 

That’s it for this month. Thanks everyone for your support!

See You at VanCAF

This is copy pasted from my newletter. 

Hey all! My main thing is I’ll be at VanCAF which is in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 20&21. They haven’t posted con maps yet, so I don’t know what my table number is. But I’ll be there and it’s free to get into. So stop by!

Like I said the big thing this month is going to VanCAF. The rest of the month is mostly keeping my nose to the grindstone. 

This month’s full moon movie is The Wolfman again. This time the remake. While watching the original Wolf Man, myself and other folks in the discord talked about some of the stuff that was changed in the remake (stuff like the remake is twice as long.) So I figured doing a back to back would be kinda fun. So if you wanna join, we’ll be watching it May 5th at 6pm PST. Join the discord if you want.

As always I’ll be streaming art on Twitch. My schedule is currently the following:

I mentioned last month that I was redoing the live reading of Fame and Misfortune. My mic worked this time so I’ve saved it and posted it on my youtube. We go over through the whole story in about 30 mins. Then I answer some questions from fans.

I’ll definitely doing something like this for The Better to Find You With. As I’ll get to in the next section, I got a lot of stuff on my plate. It will probably be some time in the fall.

I spent a lot of April still playing catching up on things. I was really backed up on my work for Seven Seas. I think I got it handled now, but Blue Moon is still not done. I think that has to be my primary focus this month. I was hoping to get the current chapter of You are the Chosen One last month, but that didn’t happen. It’s penciled so for the next few Fridays I’ll post the pencils of the rest of chapter.

By the time those go up, I’ll hopefully be done with Blue Moon and can give You are the Chosen One more attention. I hate to do it, but I have to put something on hold. The City Between being free means it gets me more new readers/attention and You are the Chosen One takes longer. And after I write Blue Moon, I should probably make sure the next batch of You are the Chosen One script are ready for drawing.

So here’s my to do list/priority:

  • Write Blue Moon
  • Keep up with The City Between
  • Freelance thing that is NDA
  • Clean up Murky Water to make a book
  • Finish Chapter 3 of You are the Chosen One
  • Review next few chapters of You are the Chosen One

Anyway, that’s quite a lot. 

I barely had time to read or watch new stuff this month. So kinda a short list this month.

  • Darling by Olivia Stephens – Darling is a Western Horror about a black woman who’s living as a werewolf to escape the racism of 1800s America. She meets a black man on the run and the two have an instant connection Olivia art is excellent and rendering makes every page look both beautiful and haunting. It’s one of the best werewolf comics I’ve read. You should all go back it here.
  • Love is Hard for Otaku – This is one checked out because Mangasplaining did an episode on it. They had a kinda mixed opinion of it, but I was curious to look into it myself. It’s about a gal who’s a big nerd but is hiding it from her day job because her last boyfriend dumped her for being too nerdy. A nerdy guy friend proposes they date each other because since they are both nerds she won’t have to worry about him dumping her for it. There is a manga and an anime. The manga is a little rough. The pacing seems to be kinda wonky. The anime does a better job landing the jokes, mostly because a lot of the jokes involved references to anime. So the joke works better when they can copy the scene from Evangelion shot for shot, rather than translation the animation into a comic. I don’t 100% buy the characters as a couple so I’m on the fence about continuing to watch it. 
  • Nope – This was something that was on my I should get around to seeing this movie since it came out. It was streaming so I made a point to watch it. It’s less than a year old so I won’t go into details about the plot. But I really liked the point it makes about random chance and nature. I also really liked the relationship between the two main siblings. It was a good mix for conflict, frustration, and affection.

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me through the big workload that’s going on. Please back my Patreon if you can. Every little bit helps!

How is it already April?

crossposted from my newsletter.

Thanks to everyone who came to Emerald City and stopped by! While I did recover from my sinus infection before going, my throat/voice didn’t come back until like a week or 2 ago.

This month I’m redoing the Fame and Misfortune live reading. If you don’t remember, when I did it in February my mic was broken. I have a new mic! So take two of the live reading is happening! Tune into my twitch on April 22nd at noon PST.

This month is also the release month of The Lizard Prince and Other South American Stories. This is the last Cautionary Fables and Fairytales volume. Iron Circus told me they will get the warehouse at the end of the month. Then it can start going out to backers and stores!  Also, I want to give a shout out to my pal Matt Wilson’s Zoop campaign, Imposter Syndicate. It’s about folks who are hired to take over supervillian mantles after a supervillian dies or goes to jail. It has 11 days left to fund.  Also this month’s full moon movie is The Wolf Man, the one for the 40s. If you’d like to join we’ll be watching it on April 6th at 4pm PST. Just click here to join the discord.

As always I’ll be streaming art on Twitch. My schedule is currently the following:

March kicked my ass. Between Emerald City and being sick, I had a lot to catch up on. Both from Seven Seas, Iron Circus, and my comics all had a stack of work to finish up. Honestly, I’m kinda depressed about the fact that I still haven’t been able to finish Blue Moon. While Spike is understanding about the delays (given that organizing crowdfunds for her is part of the delay), I’m frustrated at the lack of progress.  I’m also kinda frustrated with my art lately. Last month I mentioned I might have to put You are the Chosen One on hiatus after the current chapter, but I think I might switch to every other week. It’s only way I’m gonna have time to push myself on it the way I want. Regardless, I’d rather wait for Chapter 3 to wrap up before making that schedule change. Until then. I’ll just be tired I guess.

But because I don’t know any better, I started learning Japanese from Duolingo and Rosetta Stone. I appreciate that they are small enough lessons that I can do them little bit by little bit.  Anyway, while working this is what I’ve been watching and reading:

  • History of the World Part 2 – I basically grew up on Mel Brooks movies. I’ve seen all his movies before graduating high school. So when Hulu said it was making a History of the World Part 2 series, I had to watch it. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but had to check it out. Like many sketch shows, the sketches are hit or miss. But when it’s funny it’s REALLY funny. Johny Knoxvill plays Rasputin in a jackass parody that shows all the way Rasputin is killed and it’s so much funnier than it has any right to be. It’s definitely worth a watch if you like Mel Brooks.
  • Palm Springs – This is another comedy where I didn’t know what to expect. Groundhog Day but starring Andy Samberg didn’t strike me as super original but the trailer looked funny, so I put it on while drawing. It was not only funny but much more heartfelt than I expected. Andy Samberg’s characters starts the movie as having already been in the time loop for a long time. He has to relive a wedding he’s a guest at over and over. The movies starts when the sister of the bride gets trapped in the timeloop with him. Having two people in the time loop gives it more interesting dynamic than the usual timeloop story. Both characters’ different approach to the timeloop adds push and pull to the relationship. And it is just really funny. 
  • Tár – Right before Emerald City Comic Con a youtuber I like, Maggie Mae Fish, made a video about this movie. And how it examines how people abuse power. The basic summary of the movie is Tár is a conductor at the top of her field and she keep abusing her power, mostly to sleep with/date/groom young attractive women that work for her. It’s an interesting movie because if it was about a man it would be a cliche. But because Tár is a woman, the movie can focus on the details and specifics of her abuse of power. There is a lot of attention to detail that helps the movie work on another level. I think if I say anything more, then I’d end up getting into spoilers/would basically be writing an essay about it.
  • Wolf Pack – I thought this was a sequel to MTV’s Teen Wolf. And it is not. It has the same show runner and effects team, so it LOOKS like it should be connected to Teen Wolf, but instead it’s much more serious. Which is kinda a shame. The show is kinda stiff in its seriousness. There are interesting bits here and there, like all the werewolves only get one werewolf power unless they are all together. But in its attempt to be series, it also tries to throw in one too many twists and then ends the show by taking a sharp turn into ableist messaging. 
  • Witch Hat Atelier Volume 1 by Kamome Shirahama – Last month I mentioned I’ve been listening to the podcast Mangasplaining. This and the next pick are the first of what will probably be several manga I check out based on that podcast. I had been recommended Witch Hat Atelier before and just put it off because time. Mangasplaining reviewing it was the final push I needed. They basically mentioned that magic in this series is 100% a metaphor for art. And appropriately, the art is just so beautiful that it’s inspiring. I think it and Ghost Cage were part of what made me think I need to take the time to level up my art.
  • Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui – This series I read a bunch of before the pandemic and then the library stopped being up to date on it/interrupted me checking em out regularly. If you aren’t familiar, it’s about dnd style adventurers exploring a dungeon and experimenting with cooking the monsters they kill (so they don’t have to go back for supplies). It’s almost over so I went and grabbed the books I hadn’t read yet (like 5 I think). This one is really cute and I’ve liked how the plot has developed from the original premise to something with more complicated.
  • Ghost Cage by Nick Dragotta and Caleb Goellner – I picked this up because I know both Nick and Caleb. They had the first few issues at SDCC and I made a note to grab the trade when it’s out. The premiss is this little robot guy has to fight personifications of what humans use for power (above is Fossil Fuel). The art is the real star of the show. It looks cool as hell and it is the star of the show. The paneling is really rad and interesting. Like I said with Witch Hat Atelier, it left me inspired to try and up my art.
  • Backpacking through Bedlam (Book 12 in Incryptid series) by Seanan McGuire – The Incryptid series is about a family of Cryptozoologists. This books picks up right after a semi cliffhanger from the last book. It’s kinda hard to talk about it on its own. I liked it but I kinda wish it and the book right before it were one book.

That’s everything I’ve been from me this month. I hope I can get a little more time to focus on stuff.