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may the god of manga fall apon my right hand. - Brandon Graham — LiveJournal
may the god of manga fall apon my right hand.

I spent the last couple weeks working on short back up comic
set in the world of Oni press's Ressurection book.
It's about an almost moden day earth right after an alien attack.

I didn't really put any jokes or anything science fiction/ fantasy in the story.
It's a tough time fighting my urges to throw mole men and lazer swords in every story.

Here's a page from it.

And now I'm back on King city--slow and steady towards the end.
Today I'm eating a Kimchi bowl noodle and working on the cover for issue 7.
Here's how it looks like so far, cat and girl.

Aside from drawing I've been over at Stokoe and Marleys place a lot watching old Gundam
episodes. Man when I was a teenager I regarded giant robot shows as the animation
equivalent of watching sports (cheezedick) But I guess for Stokoe it's the natural
trasition from Mecha Godzilla.

A couple things hit me about the show.
For one, future space millatary needs stricter rules about hair length.
Those long 70's locks with get you killed with all these fast moving space combat situations with airlocks and moble suits opening and closing all the time and shit.

Look at this cocky mutherfucker.

Char's got the nerve to wear fucking Sunglasses in space ,shirts with no sleves and
go around pretending his name is Quattro Bajeena.....nice disguise asshole.

Also also-- I just don't buy the dudes they show who design the Gundam's
This is Franklin Bidan and the Gundam he built:

Where did that L7 square, space wingtip wearing motherfucker ever come up
with the feet for that robot?
Those feet were clearly designed by someone that regularly mastrerbates into a pair
of 93 Reebocks.

Also the leader of the villans, the Titans is clearly one of the android bodies
that Krang wears in TMNT.

ANYWAY, I also watched this Urasawa video:

It's really interesting to me to see, what seems to me to be an ideal set up for producing
a shit ton of pages. and I like that they call Urasawa's editors his brains.

Urasawa's work seems suited to having assistants. I guess because so much of the good stuff in his books is because of the overall plot of the thing.
Me and Stokoe talked about if that type of thing would ever be possible on this continent.
We both decided we were too hard to work with and self important in our own comics to even consider it.
Plus I do think the kind of work we do wouldn't work without everything drawn by one dude.

Here's some Urasawa album cover thing;

I've also been reading a lot of stuff on onemanga.com that website is like xmas.
I'm up to chapter 60 of Monster and I really dug Akira Toriyama's post Dragon ball
fat cat comic, Neko Majin.

I really like this gas station attendent in it.

and some other Toriyama one page hooker comic.

Another thing I was reading on onemanga was this super trashy comic,
B Reaction. About this self trained vigalantie high school student martial artist who
falls for his teacher who is also his karate instructor and also a ring girl.
It's classssy:

shh she's sleeping.
It struck me how technically capable but also trashy it was. It's like if the
dudes making fathom or Witchblade were more competent.


and I got an old Kenichi Sonada Gun smith cats book for a Canadian dollar the other day.
I really like how they save this kid.

and here's an 80's camera ad that Otomo did

and animated

Aight, I'm off to draw now.
I just found out that me and Marian are going to be at A.P.E in SF next month
and right after I'm going to the Savannah college of art and design (SCAD)to talk to their students about comics.

It'll be my first trip back to that country that spawned me in over a year.

ooh and also there's this retarded thing:


Current Location: technodrome
Current Mood: 6 30
Current Music: rap

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From: incertus Date: October 2nd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Brandon, dearest little honeysuckle badger, I don't think "technically competent" and "gives me a boner" are the same thing.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: October 2nd, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
"If I don't have an erection when I'm doing a drawing, I know it's no good."
--Tom of Finland
childings From: childings Date: October 2nd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
FFFFFFFF your Gundam commentary made me laugh so hard
adubya From: adubya Date: October 2nd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
if you or stokoe ever change your mind about the assistant thing i own a car and can make coffee.
dragoninstall From: dragoninstall Date: October 2nd, 2009 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
B Reaction was a pretty light hearted fun read, I appreciated the fact that every chapter is a Van Halen song heheh.

Urasawa yeah, with his assistants, and it has to be the use of photographs for certain on-location shots, it's the closest you can come to writing a novel in drawn form. IMHO, i think it's totally possible for someone to do what he does one day, they just have to want to really do it.

The thickness on Char's shades also really DO IT. So badass.
littleexplorer From: littleexplorer Date: October 2nd, 2009 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
That goddamn hair and those goddamn sunglasses

royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: October 2nd, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
bamfed From: bamfed Date: October 2nd, 2009 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
"If the beginning flows then everything moves."
Truer words...

I think in this country, the spandex group has their own version of assistants. I personally find the whole Inker/Letterer/colorist scene to be a bit trashy. It's like a group of self-rightous assistants. I like the japanese system of, "I'm shit at backgrounds or whatever so you draw it," to be much more honest. I'm the reason people are buying the comic. You're the dude that comes over to my apartment with the slide-rule and the Ikea catalog.

As for Gundam, you know if you were big pimpin' in a red jumpsuit with shades that hung down past your nostril line, you'd be calling yourself Quattro Bajeena too.
"What paternity suit? Bitch I ain't Char. My name's Quattro Bajeena."

Also "technically competent" and "gives me a boner" are EXACTLY the same thing.
From: tokyoghoststory Date: October 2nd, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I know shit about Gundam, I do know I want a Space Future Camera, that advertisement totally sold it!
From: astrobrain Date: October 2nd, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
James got bored again I see. hehe

I like how selfish dolphin is following like...Ashton Kutcher, Yoko Ono and .... Corey lewis. NO love for KANYE, SelfishDolphin? Boy, he really is selfish.
hughferriss From: hughferriss Date: October 2nd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That issue seven cover is going to be sick. I want to cut and paste her arm for future use.
tony_cliff From: tony_cliff Date: October 2nd, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bahh ha ha ha dolphin twitter.

ALSO: cool colour treatment. You know, on the first thing.
ability_normal From: ability_normal Date: October 2nd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would buy anything that had Otomo animated advertisements. That commercial just made my morning.

I love that Urasawa video as well. I can agree with the sentiment you have about the assistant method not working well over here. But largely I think they could work if comics were in a more steady economic foothold to afford authors the luxury of having assistants. I know I'd love to be able to farm out what I don't feel like drawing, but then I'd probably get pissy if an assistant didn't read my mind precisely about something.

Also, I really dig that page you posted. Seems almost unlike your normal stuff, feels very Moebius. Even when a page isn't busy with stuff everywhere, there are parts like that living room full of clutter. I find that interesting I guess. Great color choices as well.
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d_morris From: d_morris Date: October 2nd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
And David Gildersleeve makes us ink one of your pieces for White Wolf too in Visual Storytelling II (aka the class formerly known as Comic Book Pencil and Inking II). I wish they had brought you to last year's forum compared to some of the other grads they had.
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joelcarroll From: joelcarroll Date: October 2nd, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! That's my favorite scene from Gunsmith Cats...someone told me they did it in that new Wanted movie recently...

Man, I love the Gundam RX-178/Titan....I want to take pics of mine and carry them around in my wallet.

You being in Savannah makes me consider driving up for it...
westival From: westival Date: October 2nd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You get 5 points for that string of faces in your sci-fi page and another seven for the architecture. Beautiful!

I could talk about Urasawa all day. That guy's work got my wife to read comics! I owe him a kidney!

I just finished Toriyama's "Cowa" last night. It was pretty damn great. I love how he'll give interior dialogue to minor characters. Like they encounter this big horned guy who's guarding the witch's house and the guy is all buffed out. But then he thinks "Uh oh these guys look pretty tough, I better just go with a riddle." HAhahaha

fortninety From: fortninety Date: October 2nd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad someone else has finally made the leader of the Titans/Krang connection.
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