Monday, August 31, 2009

These Are my roommates.


The stage is set, dear Internet, and these are our players.

What will become of them?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Giga Beef

First update in a while. Fear not though, dear Internet! I haven't forgotten you. I've just been moving in to my new (first!) apartment. It's been a tedious process and we don't have our interwebs set up. Before I moved in though, I went to visit Samantha and her family. This is a chronicling of one of the adventures we had.

It turns out Samantha's dad went to high school with the man who owns the most expensive longhorns in the U.S. And yes, he really was that shirtless and hairy when we met him. The longhorns are actually very impressive looking and not at all how I drew this one. I didn't know that they really are burnt orange and white. I now understand the logic behind my school's colors. The only thing that was kind of unappealing about these huge cows was the fact that they drool. A lot. And their drool kept managing to find Samantha's mom no matter where she moved.

Anyhow, this comic doesn't focus on the cows themselves. Instead, I chose to tell you about a rather awkward moment that happened right in the middle of conversation. The longhorn owner was telling me about his own time at UT and how he was forced to drop out. He said this in a very upbeat kind of way and I took it to mean that his grades must have sucked. I thought we were joking about it, so I laughed. Then in a sudden and very grave tone he informed me that it was because his dad died.

Needless to say, it was awkward.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bear with me here, folks.

I know some of you are wondering what happened to me between the last update and now, and have been asking questions like "What happened to updating MWF?"

The answer is: Nothing happened to the Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Things will continue as planned, but we don't have internet in the new apartment (yet). So I have to do my blog posts using the free WiFi on campus for now. That's why it has been over a week since the last update. I was just moving in. Rest assured, there will be a the Wierdest City update for this Friday (Aug 28).

In the meantime, enjoy this Hi-Res reposting of The Bound pages 1-7.

Sorry about the wait!


The Bound 1-7

Sunday, August 16, 2009

As You Were.

Today's post is a day early since I'm not gonna be around on Monday. I'm catching a bus up to go visit Samantha one more time before we go back to our respective universities. I'm sure you guys understand when I say that I'm really not working on any comic stuff while I'm with her. I'll be back Tuesday though, so Wednesday's update should be on time!

Anyhow, the character you see up there looks a lot like Mando, but it is actually someone totally different. This is a guy I work with named Leo. As it turns out, we both share a particular fondness for The Lion King (blatant rip-off though it may be). On Friday, I could hear from Leo's headphones that he was listening to I Just Can't Wait To Be King over his headphones. We pretty much spent the next few hours tossing quotes and lyrics back and forth. I thought it would make a great comic.

Friday, August 14, 2009

As Promised.

Smash it up.
In my household, this is the call that rings out whenever one of my friends wants to let us know that a battle of heroes is about to take place in the form of Super Smash Brothers. The two gentlemen featured alongside myself in this comic are Bobby and Mando. Bobby is the kind of person who becomes infused with unholy gaming skill via objects that don't make sense. For example, he believes being 1st player makes him better. He has claimed the 1st Player control in pretty much every round of any game we've ever played EVER. Is this superstitious? Probably, but he's really, really good. He has no problem telling you that he'll beat you with or without it, even if his control is broken. Still, he never plays 2nd. Also, he's got this terrible habit of staring at people impatiently when he wants them to do something instead of, you know, just saying what he wants.

I know the Wierdest City is supposed to be about living in Austin and "Keeping It Weird" and everything, but I don't move into my apartment for another week, so these first few focus on my friends from home. You'll see a lot more of the CA members once I get back.
Anyhow, this is the update for today! You can find them here on the blog until Alon returns from saving the world. Next one might go up early because I'll be out of town. Take care, Internet!

Not Today, Heatwave.

Here in South Texas, we're going through a record-breaking heat wave. We have had triple digit weather every single day since summer "vacation" started. Sometimes the sun looks really friendly in drawings, but this behavior on Mr. Sun's part has convinced me that he is nothing short of a villain. I thought it would be an appropriate introduction to our time together, internet. While you can never go wrong with super powerful coconut-scented SPF 50+, this obviously is not exactly how my morning started. In truth, I don't know how to whistle.

This is the beginning of the Wierdest City. As you can see, it is not as colorful or detailed as my other comic The Bound, but it isn't supposed to be. This comic is just for fun, and is based on random ideas I have on random days. I wanted to do something nice for you all, since The Bound takes a much, much longer time to create since I've gotta write the chapters, organize the script, and color the pages. This way, you get some cool in-between stuff while you wait. And the Wierdest City will update on a MWF schedule, so be sure to check back every other day!
On a final note, Although tWC was my idea, I have roped several of the other Closet Artists into joining forces with me (namely Jorge and Cesar) which means that once we get our rhythm down we will probably alternate artists every time we update. It's kind of an experiment on our part, for the sake of practicing and learning. For the meantime though, the first few updates will be my doing while Jorge works on his pages. We hope you guys enjoy.

Plan B

Okay, I created this blog to be a sort of hub for the stuff that I work on, and it is quickly becoming that. 

I had hoped to launch the Wierdest City (misspelled purposely) by now, but I totally forgot that it wasn't possible yet. Alon, the master of the web over at the CA site, is out for another week. He's currently in Honduras helping people that need help and doing other generally good things. That's awesome and I can't hold it against him, so the comic uploads won't happen on the site until he gets back. However, the comic pages are written for specific days so I'm thinking I'll post them here on the blog in the meantime, and then when Alon gets back we move our shenanigans to the comics page.

Sound good?

Thursday, August 13, 2009


It could not have been more than a month ago that I was telling my girlfriend Samantha that I didn't see myself as a blogger and would probably never have my own little slice of space on the web. It wasn't because I had anything against bloggers or blogging. Not at all. It's just that I personally never really thought I had anything to say that you, dear Internet, would want to hear about. The things I do on a daily basis can be pretty mundane.

Over the course of the last few weeks though, things have changed pretty drastically. I'm involved in multiple forms of internet babbling, I'm helping develop a game, I write and illustrate a web comic and I've got another one on the way. The first one is about super heroes. Can you guess what the second is about?

My life. As a college student. In Austin. Surprise, surprise. 

Now then, it would be quite hypocritical of me to think that my life is cool enough to write comic strips about but not blog on. So here we go. =]

Just so I don't leave you hanging, here's a REALLY fast sketch I did. It contains three of my characters from The Bound: Amber Price, Wei Li Yang, and Jeremiah Clay. Wei Li is the fully colored one in the middle there. She won't come out until way down the line. Amber and Clay will be introduced in the next few pages though. If I ever get around to drawing them.