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Oh hello,

I just sent off the 2nd Multiple warheads issue to Oni.
done done done (I still have to do the cover...)
Here's that 2 page spread I'd put up now all finished.
It's funny to be 80's pages into something and feel like I'm just getting started.

This hotel they're staying in runs off of ghosts and is built into a cliff and connects to an underground mole men kingdom. and it's staffed by bird dudes in fezes. and there's a wizard war going on.


I ganked the layout of the top panel from an ad in the new york times style magazine--
Homie lemme snatch that.

I wanted to put the turben gentelman and car in but I dont think he'd fit with what I wanted to do.
I like that anything visual can be cannibalized for your comic book needs.

And here's the hotel menu:

As far as I can tell Stokoes goal in life is to get me to draw buttholes on all my pages. so that poop steak Girk is me sacrificing a butthole virgin to him.
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I've been kicking around the idea of doing coloring as my only freelance work. I think it might be less artisticly taxing than drawing something that I don't want to.

I'm trying out a test job in the next couple weeks. If all goes well I
could see it makeing it possible for me and dear sweet Marian to make more of our own work.

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King city 12 and James Orc collection are both in stores.


Here's a 2 page scene I cut from that last issue.
After I drew it I thought it was setting up too much of something I
wasn't planning on showing.



There was lots of last battle stuff I'd planned that didn't make it in.
There were going to be more catmasters and the demon king dudes were going to
bring in wolf masters to fight them. and a guy who just used his shoes as weapons named
-shoes your weapons. There was going to be an old lady who in the middle of the most dramatic part of the fight yells out her window "Stop this Kungfoolery!"

Sometimes I feel like I've thought out ideas enough and when I get to them it's like I've already done it and I want to come up with something new.

Here's unused layouts from the first KC book. With Pete and the Alien girl
on their way to the Rainbow womb and running into a fight,
dudes who cook food on their heads VS the Owls.


I think there was a 2 page explosion here. (BOOM!)



I did these quick drawings of Stix from my old porn comic Perverts and Sexica with Earthling.

oh really?

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I turned 34 last week and got fat larders of drawings.

Comic book hero Darryl Ayo did up a whole 2 page King city scene.
Everyone's here:

I like how this works as a nice extra you could tack onto the end of KC.
Ayo's site:
http://www.littlegardencomics.com/

And John Kantz did up the Illedovian girl with strawberrys.
It's so cool to see that mask drawn by him.

Johhnnns da
http://inkmo.deviantart.com/

And last time I put up an old drawing D-pi had given me so he did this
new Sexica.and he also did a drawing of Coreys Layed jacked dude:

The ankles on the LJ dude are doing that black on black trick. That's like seeing magic.
D-pi's site:
http://d-pi.com/dtv/
On his site he's got his and Coreys take on that redrawing of Moebius drawing.
There were so many good ones done all over this internet.

And Jhosephine Tanuwidjaya did up this rad Sexica:

I like seeing the process like this. How she inked less sword lines than she drew.

NEXT: Vincent Kukua on the left, who does production art at Image.
I don't know if I've said enough about how good the Image production dudes are.-- Between King city, James Orc stain and Marian's Beast they've won me over. And seeing how well Vincent draws, It's like finding out that an astronaut also knows kung foo.-- no kungfooling dawg. I really like how he drew Nikolis feet.
and that toothy dude with the jetpack.

and Mia schwartz on the right, who is an NYC SVA student who I want to be when I grow up. Everything she does has this cool to it. I really like the stomoach and hips on her Sexica.

Vincents DA:
http://hawaiianpunch.deviantart.com/

Mia schwartzzzzzz site:
http://dangerschwartz.tumblr.com/

And Miss Schwartz has a comic in this Fixit magazine:
There's a site here:
http://fixit-mag.com/#

I like a dinner face.

So yeah, It was a serious birthday, I've never been older.
There were doughnuts and I made Marian and Stokoe and Muggles go out to Malaysian food with me (bannana Leaf)
and then forced Claire to watch The good the bad and the ugly.
I like that movie.
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This morning I ran into Jake Wyatts site:
http://jake-paperlife.blogspot.com/

I'm really impressed with the pages he's got up.


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whatelse needs to be typed about?. oh WORD! Japanese cats on airplane models:



And if that wasn't enough here's a Miyazaki Animage cover with pigs driving a tank and birds in planes on a video game box cover.

I like that the birds are just flying around in a plane with another birds face as the tail logo.

I dug up some old Ken macklin art. I was so into his comics when I was a kid. I still am.

That tiny image on the right was all I could find of his book Contractors about a cat and a Rabbit space mercenaries.
If anyone finds a copy I'd liked to be buried with it some day.

I think the name of this book on the left is SAND COFFIN!


I like this Project A-ko manga page. There's something great about using the 4 panel strips and using one of them for a pin up.


M.U.S.C.L.E. thing looking Mario toys.

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I read this Julia Gfrorer's Flesh and bone tonight.
Good stuff, It's about a deal a broken hearted dude makes with a witch.
There's a really good scene with the witch talking to a lion headed demon about love.



I'm half way through Cerebus High Society, It's even better than I remembered.

It's nice for me to be reading this great comic set in a hotel while working on my comic set in a hotel. It helps me remember how good it can be.



I liked this Lewis Trodheim short about his trip to America.
That top right panel showing his view of the ground is great.


Ok, tomorrow I start MW #3.

Tags:
Current Location: bathat
Current Mood: 10pm
Current Music: Fugazi

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paulsakoff From: paulsakoff Date: December 12th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
King City issue 12 was dope! I reaaallly enjoyed the whole run as singles, any word on a collected trade? Multiple Warheads looks more awesomer and awesomer each update! Orc Stain issue 5 was wicked as well, looking forward to Stokoe's silver surfer comic.

I have posted my first portfolio assignment on DA, I'm almost done colouring it. Damn, I need to make some king city fan art after seeing those drawings.
bairfanx From: bairfanx Date: December 13th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

agreed

I'm currently looking at getting second copies of all my King City issues to get bound, considering that I've yet to hear an announcement about a collected edition. Tell me I don't have to Mr. Graham!
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 13th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: agreed

Yeah maybe hold off a bit on buying it twice.
Nothings set in stone yet but there's been talks about a collection.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: agreed

I may do it just to have a set of loaner copies that I don't mind getting beaten up, but you have no idea how happy that makes me. King City is easily one of the best comics I've read in a long time.

Also, if you weren't aware, there's a guy over at www.4thletter.net that's been praising the series for a while now. He's just starting what he's calling a "12 days of King City," with an article going up each day about your book.

Can't wait for more Multiple Warheads, and keep up the great work.
bairfanx From: bairfanx Date: December 13th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: agreed

Apparently it didn't want to remember who I was when I posted...
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: agreed

Nice, yeah I like what Brothers @ 4th letters take on comics, it's cool he liked KC.

And thanks
David Allan Duncan From: David Allan Duncan Date: December 12th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy belated birthday Mr. Graham.
I'm looking forward to your new stuff!
A full color comic from you will certainly be a delight.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks much Mr Duncan.
_w_o_o_d_ From: _w_o_o_d_ Date: December 12th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy birthday !

I've been 34 before, and I can vouch that it's all right. Grew tired of it after a year or so, though.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad others have braved 34 before me.
I'm hoping it lasts a couple years for me.
thanks.
From: ex_fareldal Date: December 12th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
sorry i forgot to say happy birthday. that flesh and bone comic is great. your posts always remind me i need to draw more.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you draw quite a bit as is.
But i always liek more from you.
kelvingreen From: kelvingreen Date: December 12th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's always a pleasure to see these visual info bursts, and happy birthday too!

I love those food-on-their-heads fellows. Simple but great design.
ninjasuperspy From: ninjasuperspy Date: December 12th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
King City 12 was so incredibly badass. Man, that ending was exactly how it should have ended. Is there any plans for a collected edition? I swear, a 12 issue omni would make my year.

Also, congrats on turning 34.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
cool, Im glad you liked the end.
I hope a collection is on the way.
I'll type on here as soon as anything is certain.
mickeymao From: mickeymao Date: December 12th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have Contractors, it's awesome. I still look at it semi-frequently. You can find it on the internet pretty easily. For example, http://www.amazon.com/Contractors-Ken-Macklin/dp/B00073DX9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292171084&sr=1-1
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice, thanks for the link.
I never think of amazon.
hamburgerclub From: hamburgerclub Date: December 12th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am in love with this bitey lip~

Also it's kind of weird seeing C-ko in one of those suits, hahaha.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks and yes.
I still have a hard time understanding the apeal of Cko to the other characters is that. maybe that's the point though?
craqued From: craqued Date: December 12th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
i have to say your word play jokes always crack me up, theyre so fun haha. ah cat master battle!! wolf master!! sounds amazing!!
hughferriss From: hughferriss Date: December 12th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
D-pi. Mia. Feel like I'm drinking from the firehose of talent.
theresomewhere From: theresomewhere Date: December 12th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
i don't know why
but strawberries are so ominous

with seeds on the outside
like studded leather

but wow they are tasty
and make a great backdrop!

royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never knew to fear them but yeah I can see that.
From: lecheporfavor Date: December 13th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
dis is how i feel real talk


love that menu page and flesh and bone looks amazin'.

As far as I can tell Stokoes goal in life is to get me to draw buttholes on all my pages. godspeed, young james.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
that is an aweome animation.
I'm thrilled that you are out there making such cool stuff.
REALTALK
manwithjewels From: manwithjewels Date: December 14th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
This is great! Every time I think I'm as stoked as I can be Multiple Warheads, there's more. I totally agree with and love what you're saying about ganking anything and everything for comics use. Seeing how well that huge typography is working for you just makes me even more excited to do it in my own work.

I also love how this is such a great birthday post - you give as much as you received.

Liz Suburbia is rounding up King City issues for me since I'm deprived where I'm at. Can't wait to read the big finale.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 17th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks-- I hope you like how it ends.
I always forget that Suburbia works at a comic store.
From: lumiereverte.wordpress.com Date: December 25th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

A link

Do you know Lewis' website?

http://www.lewistrondheim.com

and his blog;

http://www.lewistrondheim.com/blog/

And I just realise that everything is in French...Anyway there is pictures!
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 29th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A link

I didn't thanks for the links.
That guy is awesome.
Matt Bolinger From: Matt Bolinger Date: December 28th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)

this has probably already been addressed but....

when do you expect multiple warheads to come out? And do you know if oni is going to rerelease issue one?
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 29th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: this has probably already been addressed but....

I think middle of 2011 or whenever I get at least 4 issues done. And I think the ond issue will come out in the collection along with some older MW stuff.
Matt Bolinger From: Matt Bolinger Date: December 29th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: this has probably already been addressed but....

awesome. cant wait!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: this has probably already been addressed but....

Wait, it's being released as a collection from the get go, or will there be individual issues released and then a collection? (Honestly I prefer the former)
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: December 30th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: this has probably already been addressed but....

Issues first and then the collection.
I mostly prefer my stuff to be read in issues.
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