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Hello,

I just finished up a slow first chapter of Multiple warheads issue 3.
Sometimes it seems like the hardest part is getting out of my own head and just
doing what I like without overthinking every line.

It's a constant tightening and loosening of the screws.
I've been trying out Marian's working method of no music in the morning while I pencil and think and then noise in the evening once the plan is set.

Somedays I have to put shit like this panel into the book just to remind myself that
it's just for fun.

I'm not sorry!

Here's a title page that I had a lot of fun with.


Before I drew that I did this color test in photoshop.

I'm having a lot of fun coming up with color codes for things.
Red and pink are the colors of all the propaganda posters and blue in the color of
the ghost energy that powers the place.

I got a new sketchbook I've named Century.
Here's a Kei Dirty pair drawing I did in it wearing a shirt like those
Wu tang shirts that list every member.

I don't know how I managed to mispell Moebius.

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My pal Sheldon (shelllldoooonnnnn) has a nice new site up here:
http://romanticmrsheldon.wordpress.com/
And here's some of his art to remind people how fucking good dude is.


Here's a great King city and Chun Li drawing by Ron Ackin.

His stuff reminds me of that same kind of cool you'd see in Dawud Anyabwile's 90's
Brotherman comics.
More of his work here:
http://diggys-daily.tumblr.com/
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For Xmas my dear sweet inlaws got me the new Dark horse edition of Black magic.
It's nice to read early early Shirow. It's almost reads like 2 seperate comics that never
quite meet. Still great fun stuff.

The logo on the new DH version kills me especially after they already had those rad Studio proteus logos. So I fucked around and made my own version.

That's the DH one on the left and mine on the right.

I don't think I quite got what I wanted. I'm not always as slick woth logos as I
think I am. Mostly I just want to live in a world where people get called on work like that.
You did what on trhe front of a Shirow book?

I really like the old Japanese logos for it. --that middle one with his name written in straight up ninja funnies nerd font.


While we're on the subject of how much I waste my time on nonsense projects to amuse myself (last one was called king city) this is the kind of thing I send back my pal Moritat when he
sends me his Spirit pages.

Dear DC comics (Detective comics comics),

more hot dogs please.

Sincerely yours,
Brandon

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I've been reading a lot of good stuff.
I just finished Murakami's Sputnik sweetheart.
I feel like every time I read that dudes work it makes me a better writer.

Comics wize, I really liked the Miss don't touch me 2.

The main character reminds me of Marian when she has her wig off.
It has all these great 11 panel French BD dense pages.
Those 3 on the train are great.


I always have a hard time explaining the feel of this book,
how it's so tintin level innocent and still chocked full of hookers.
here's a good brothel scene on the left. And this nice dream in the trees on the right.
Kind of a Craig Thompson feel to it.


I just read the first 50 pages of Dorohedoro (thanks Eddi)
Such nicely weird shit. So It's about a cursed dude who has a lizard head with another guys
head at the back of his throat in a world where everyone uses magic that shoots like smoke out of their fingers. The art hits that 80's manga part of my brain.

I've been reading it here
http://unixmanga.com/onlinereading/Dorohedoro.html
Viz has the first couple out in english books too.

and someone translated some Fujihiko Hosono Academy of ninjas finnaly-- who won me over with his Crusher Joe manga. I've only read the first chapter so far, I like it.
Like this page on the right with the class of ninjas all sitting on the celing.
that is some ninja shit.

It's up here:
http://www.tenmangas.com/book/The+Academy+of+Ninjas.html

I got another last zombie, I wish it was all Joe Wight all the time on this
but dudes gotta eat I guess. It's got his nice layouts.
I like this page on the right.

Most of the time when I get a new issue of something I'm amazed at how little
happens in each issue. I read a recent Fantastic 4 and it was cool enough until I read
a Kirby issue. He had as much story by page 3 as they had in 24.

I feel like the way most modern comics are written it's like they're trying to make single issues less exciting. These Romans are crazy.

Here's some classy Yuzuki HIKARU stuff.
I like that he not only drew the train with a urethra but also eyes and hands.
Stokoe are you paying attention to this refreshing attitude toward penises?!

his site:
http://yuzukihikaru.com/book.html

Here's a photo of a Perchance to dream Manara page.
I get the idea he draws them by the row. It'd be an intersting way to
work.


Here's a title page/cover thing from Kuusou Kagaku Edison on the left
and a page from Blue drop on the right. I haven't read either yet but I like the art.
Bluedrop is by Akihito Yoshitomi who did Eatman.

They're up here:
http://www.tenmangas.com/book/KUUSOU+KAGAKU+EDISON.html
and here
http://www.tenmanga.com/book/BLUE+DROP.html

And here's this Marvel 80's Michael Golden drawing.

I remember the first time I saw that Grand central statue in person I was mostly just knew it from this and Heavy liquid.

and a kowloon walled city diagram a frend emailed me.


What have you dudes been reading?

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Current Mood: 5 by 5
Current Music: I'm reading bullet holes

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bats_bullets From: bats_bullets Date: January 19th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Been reading a heavy amount of Christophe Blain and french comics myself, also picked up The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec.

I can't believe the dude who made Eatman is still drawing manga. I remember being a kid and thinking it was the best manga i've ever read.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are some good books, I need to read more Blain.

nice--yeah Eatman was fun. There's so much you could do with that idea I haven't read enough of it to see how far he pushed it.
nervousystem From: nervousystem Date: January 19th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, that new sketchbook feel! Anything is possible, the world is there for the taking!

Enjoy "Century," dude.

I've been reading Y the Last Man because my post-apocalyptic dystopian sense was tingling. I'm almost at the end of it. It is not my favorite thing. Also, recently on a Batman-related-material kick. Never thought I'd willingly buy a Batman comic.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
that new sketchbook feel.

Yeah the Morrison stuff seems to be pushing batman into new places. It's intersting. I'd like to see an ongoing chinese batman army book.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Picked up Domu: A Child's Dream, now I can't put it down.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
seriously. The ending of that is so cool.
ldragen From: ldragen Date: January 19th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I am amazed at the amount of books you can catch with that eye of yours that many of us miss.

And you are right about modern comics being written with nothing going on in the story until the end. These romans are motherf'ing crazy!!!!!

Keep up the good work and I look forward in picking up your latest and greatest.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I always feel like there's so much cool shit out there just under the surface. Just takes some digging.
tormentedartist From: tormentedartist Date: January 19th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
With regards to Marvel comics circa 2000 versus 1966-2000, the writers try to write issues that will read well as a trade paper back. The logic being that even cool comics like Daredevil born again suffer because of all of the recaps between issues. Its a tough balancing act.

Honestly I don't know what the answer is,especially since I stopped reading Marvel comics in like 2001. Personally I respect the history but I also feel like superheros comics should just be like those batman elseworlds.
And the people that read them have plenty of cool stuff to move on to as well. But they can get their fix of X-men without having to follow a lot of bullshit.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

I feel like the awnser would be for them to just look at the how the same comics worked when they were at their best and try to do something as good as if not better-more dense for fun ideas.
Not that I expect that, I just don't like to see people put it on the format when almost no one is trying to use it to work as issues.

But yeah, the elseworlds way is always good.
joelcarroll From: joelcarroll Date: January 19th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Just got Felipe Smith's 3rd Peepo Choo volume....pretty nice ending to the story.
I have Stokoe's Wonton 2 around here somewhere I need to read. Got it before xmas and keep forgetting to finish it...

Been getting as much of the old Star*Reach and Alien Worlds comics as I can find....missed them growing up....wished I'd found them earlier if nothing more than the influences they might have had.

On the Shirow front, picked up the more recent Dark Horse Dominion collections...I'm totally with you on the Black Magic logo...uck.
Looks like a Friday at five decision or something...

Oh, picked up a bunch of the Frank Thorne Red Sonjas...like the first five.
Looking around for some of that Eros collected Lann and whatnot. Found the collected Ghita awhile back...

Found some Blueberry in a used bookstore....wish they had some of the other Epic collections. That Moebius Tumblr makes me wish I picked up more of his stuff earlier....The local Virgin megastore had TONS of Moebius stuff, including some of the bondage stuff, like Angel Claw.

Can't wait for more Multiple Warheads! Love the stuff you've shown so far!
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen Peepo Choo yet, I'd be intersted in how the japanese manga fans are reacting to that.

I missed Alien worlds and star reach too. It'd be nice to see a new science fiction anthology along those lines.

And yeah old Thorne stuff is always fun. It's like his stuff feels more barberella than Barberella if that makes sense. I always think of his Iron devil book with the demion looking porn star with a prostectic mouth dick.
Hey kids comics.
peepo choo. - (Anonymous) - Expand
fortninety From: fortninety Date: January 19th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
God, that Michael Golden Marvel pic fills my heart with so much warmth.
seanvdm From: seanvdm Date: January 19th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
nice stuff man. I also really loved Miss Don't Touch Me. Kerascoet also have a lovely site where they post their sketches and stuff, really cool shit: http://kerascoet.fr/

Been reading Blast by Manu Larcenet, and Ayako by Tezuka. really solid stuff, both of them.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't heard of Blast, it looks cool.
And thanks for the link.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Got into reading Scott Pilgrim.
I don't know how you can do work with no music on.
Really looking forward to new Multiple Warheads.
Keep up the good work.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like that NV.

Thinking work with no music on.
It's all loud rap here so it can be hard to think.

and thanks.
elnegromag From: elnegromag Date: January 19th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm slowly working through this Boxing Day pile: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elnegro/5299103075/
Gotta get vol. 3 of Peepo Choo.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Golgo 13 and dave cooper nice nice.
Now we just need to find a way to get a Dave cooper drawn Golgo 13.
he_man_is_cool From: he_man_is_cool Date: January 19th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
So much goodness!
magnumt From: magnumt Date: January 19th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Since you ask, I been reading the 12th issue of King City by that Brandon Graham character ;)

Jokes aside, it's seriously so damn good. Gotta tell you that personally. Now I want to reread the whole thing again, but the first 6 issues are lent to a friend. Bet he hasn't even read them yet. What a dick.

Stay awesome.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
that guy keeps taking my socks.
But seriously thanks, I'm glad you liked it.
nichangell From: nichangell Date: January 19th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
oh man. that edison fantasy science looks amazing.
its cool you've found an english translation, ive only ever seen it in french and japanese.
any ideas where i could pick up an english copy? im all out of planz

im reading transmet again. i think i must read it every 6 months or so. i could set my watch by my reading of it. its amazing.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 19th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I still need to read it.
I have no idea if it's printed in english anywhere just online.

Transmet is always fun.
chamonkee From: chamonkee Date: January 19th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
those sheldon pages are fierce!
I'm reading The Laundry books by Charlie Stross (cthulhu mixed with spies and civil servents)
Also just got the second book in the Keepers of the Maser series by Frezzato (If you haven't picked them up I beg that you do)
and the french language copy of Chosp by Alessandro Barbucci the guy behind Sky Doll.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 20th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice, I listened to an audio book of Stross's Singularity Sky. I liked it. I like the idea of cthulu and spies.

I hadn't heard of Chosp. something about skydoll threw me off--too disney maybe? but that dude draws so damn good-. as does Frezzato. -- you ever see the wolverine he did?
bougieman From: bougieman Date: January 19th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know that I ever knew about Romantic Mr. Sheldon, but I do now! Thanks for that. He's amazing.

I just read this:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1561635936?tag=pageturners0c&link_code=as3&creativeASIN=1561635936&creative=373489&camp=211189

and it was shit hot good. I think you would like it.

I too read MISS DON'T TOUCH ME 2, and loved it. Also highly entertaining to me right now are old back issues of 1984 magazine, which I never really gave a chance before because it just seemed like maybe a not very interesting Heavy Metal clone without all the great euro content. But I was wrong, wrong I tell you. It has tons of awesome south american and phillipino guys, and the stories are awesome. And there is sex and boobs. I bought all of RX's back issues, so there is none for you, but keep your eyes open for them, man. If you don't already know about their glories, that is.


Dude, "love-starved aliens probe the unexplored crevices of a virgin earth". Seriously.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 20th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sheldon is in town every so often, you will be contacted next time. I think you guys would get along.

oo De crecy is nice. And yeah I will keep my eyes open for 84. Sex and boobs you say? sold.
James Lawrence From: James Lawrence Date: January 19th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember being transfixed by that Michael Golden drawing in a big book on Marvel I got given as a kid. The first dozen of so pages were similar big double-page spreads, one for each decade of Marvel, with an artist from that decade drawing all the key characters how they looked at the time.

Lately I've been rereading all my Paul Pope trades, and I've been on a massive Tezuka kick, reading my Astro Boy and Dororo collections, while scheming to get my hands on those new Black Jack trades Vertical is putting out.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 20th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a nice line up. I go back to Heavy liquid a lot.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
holeee shiiit- that Michael Golden drawing is blowing my eyes out. Thanks man.

-Tom H.
tony_cliff From: tony_cliff Date: January 19th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for fixing that Black Magic cover. Sometimes, I swear, it's like no one in comics has any sense of design or how you properly use type. If the industry had a face, I would kick it in the balls.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 20th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a ball-faced lie joke in there.
I'm glad you approve, it's hard for me to not keep tweaking it. It's like doing logo fan fiction or some shit.
spectator_sport From: spectator_sport Date: January 19th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
My copy of Multiple Warheads made its way to England after just under a month. You said you wanted it to be self-contained like a Tintin book, and I have to say, as I was rereading the Woman Trap recently, I couldn't help but compare them and they feel really similar in terms of length, which I like. When's 2 coming out again?

And holy shit that walled city picture, that's insane. Like something out of a Fallout game or something.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 20th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, the Woman trap is a big deal to me. I like that book.
I think the new issues (new #1) will be out in the middle of this year.

And thanks, my nearest and dearest have been playing Fallout so maybe it got into my brain.
edbrisson From: edbrisson Date: January 19th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
That no music in the morning thing makes some sense to me.

I've recently flipped my days around so that I'm doing the shit that takes more thought in the mornings (mostly writing) and the stuff I can auto-pilot (lettering) in the afternoons. Because I need to concentrate on the earlier stuff, I don't listen to any music, but for the rest, it's all music and podcasts. Before, when I was trying to do it the other way around (lettering in the AM and writing in the PM), it was a total disaster. I'd be too burned out to write by the time I was through lettering.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 21st, 2011 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah that makes sense. Plus I bet it's easier to do the less exciting work when you feel like you've doen something good with your day already.

mcgheeeee From: mcgheeeee Date: January 19th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
you really had to ask...

Well, as I'm playing hooky from real life right now and mostly drawing at home, i've got more stacks of books floating around the mothership than i should rightfully be allowed to leave out.

The short list:

READ:
Tintin Flight 714, herge
Warriors of Plasm #s 6-9, shooter and lapham
Rogue Trooper (American Run) #s 2 & 5, moore, gibbons, etc
Cannabis Works, Tanaka

READING:
Various Tanaka shorts in old issues of Comickers
Legend of Kamui, Sanpei Shirato and Okamoto Tetsuni? (forgot how to pronounce his last name)
Rideback, Kasahara Tetsuro (same author as Science Fantasy Edison there)
Tintin- Destination Moon, Herge
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon
Dominion(Japanese Edition), Shirow

KINDA READING:
Blindness, Jose Saramego
Apollo's Song, Tezuka
lotsa other random shit...

...but yeah, mostly drawing!

...dude, that Ron Ackins guy is f333in' sweet. ..might have to do my tumblr like that..

also, really really need to get around to Miss Don't Touch Me. You and Lamar have both been talking about that one for the longest.

ok..gtg
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 21st, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I think miss dont touch me would work nicely with teh haul you mentioned.

are you reading some of this stuff in Japanses?

and yeasss a tumblr by you would be cool to see.
kelvingreen From: kelvingreen Date: January 19th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that sky panel/page. A lot of artists would chicken out and try to fill that wide open space, but it has such an open, free feel to it just as it is.

Regarding colour codes, Garen Ewing -- he does the Rainbow Orchid books, which I think you'd like -- borrowed his from a paint range: http://www.garenewing.co.uk/rainboworchid/behindscenes/behind_06making.php

I look at the stuff you, Stokoe and your pal Sheldon -- among others do -- and it annoys me no end that when the average punter thinks of comics, they think of something like the X-Men, and if they go to pick up a comic, it's got crap like Greg Land in it. When did you last see an X-Men comic with something like that "Chapter Six" picture in it?

I mean, we all know that there's more to comics than the X-Men, but it's like they're not even trying any more.

"Chocked Full of Hookers" is a great title for a book.

The only two comicey things I have on my reading pile right now are Mignola's new Amazing Screw-On Head book and Whatever Happened to the World's Fastest Man?, from Accent UK, and which I'm told is the Flash done right.

Oh, and one last thing. I just bought a new computer. Widescreen. And these posts are still too big for it! Keep it up! ;)
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I Hadn't seen Ewing stuff--thanks for the link.

I do take a little bit of joy in trying to out comic mainstream comics from my bedroom. But Marvel has been all over Sheldon lately so you might see something just like that in an X men. But yeah I do with they would try harder in general.

And thanks.
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royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

hijinks

I like the art in that batting female dr comic.
Fucking japan!
As much as I talk Dirty pair I have yet to read the novels.
dragoninstall From: dragoninstall Date: January 19th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh hey, that Sheldon man's stuff looks pretty nice ,stuff blends together pretty nice and even with the coloring style. 'Like that Neo-Compton 2038 lookin' scene XD.

That french comic looks interesting too, I like the attitude/sense. Lately I've been thinking "shit, I should have chose french back in HS..."

Also Dorohedoro has got it going on. Might have to check that out on the next comic binge.

I've been just reading and re-reading the usual slew of stuff,science stuff in layman's terms. Though I did read Neuromancer one night finally and that put a big cybergrin on my face. Seeing this post reminded me you drew a pretty nice picture a while back. You got a favorite in that trilogy of sorts? I'll probably get around to the other two, as well as incorporating more cyberpunk back in my diet again.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It'd be rad to see you do a Neuromancer drawing.
I like the whole trilogy, it's really cool to see how he ages the characters by Mona lisa overdrive. It's hard to beat the Rastafarian space dudes from the first book though.
biz_ From: biz_ Date: January 19th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are by far my favorite lj user I follow. I love these posts soooooo much. They have inspired me to get back to my local comic shop and search through the 50 cent bins where I've found a few gems. Soon I'll make my way through the other comic shops in the area.

The gems:

I found all five issues of Rich Tommaso's "The Horrors of Collier County". Every page, cover to cover, is part of the story without any intrusions by ads or letter columns. It's really clever, and it adds a lot of appeal to the series for me.

Perhaps my single favorite issue that I've found is a Neil the Horse comic by Arn Saba (whom I've learned, thanks to Wikipedia, is now Katherine Shannon Collins) that is the first part of a two part tribute to Fred Astaire.

I've also been tearing through a bunch of stuff through the library, reading a lot of classics as well as picking up stuff I don't really recognize that looks cool. A few worth noting have been The Eternal Smile, Barefoot Gen vol. 1, and Jim Woodring's latest book, Weathercraft.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice, im like a quarter bin PR man.
I do think they make reading comics more fun.

I've heard rumors that the Neil the horse author lives somewhere near me.
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