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My sweet tropical sunday. - Brandon Graham
My sweet tropical sunday.


I've been recovering from being sick and reworking how I work.
Also also, I'm about to head down to Seattle to work and then hit up the Emerald city con
(March 13th & 14th) I'll most likely be at the Image table.

Yesterday I did the 12th and final King city cover.

One of my main things recently is I stopped drawing in front of the computer.
I was feeling like it was slowing me down making me weak and making me too dependent on reference.
Mostly I've been drawing on my couch while listening to Raymond chandler audio books.

I was thinking, one of the things that can drag you down as an artist is thinking that it should get easy eventually. You think I`d know this but I always suprize myself at how it is always hard work.

and I hadn't put up this 11th KC cover yet that Marian did--this one will be a wrap around

So this is what they all look like:

And here's something I did for the French edition of KC's French flaps.

and here's some shizz out of my Lion sketchbook.
Iczer one, some drawings I did on a boat and off of photos and on the right that's
the lady from the Black magic m66 cartoon.

and here's some random later issue KC pages.

And I thought this was cool--Matthew Wise made the mug out of King city #5

And my dear sweet Marian has been drawing a ton recently.
Here's a couple self portraits she did--first her as an old lady
and then as a goblin. I think there`s a charm in never drawing yourself too pretty.

Marian has moved her secret site where she talks little about comics and much about
her love of gentelman clothes and foods here:

And me and Marian did this series of drawings based off of
jepensequenonPoopmouth`s--double meme with my soulmate:

And at the end Marian has me draw the characters from the book Sunshine that
she loves.

And I had her draw Deunan from appleseed and Kei from the Dirty pair.

And here--- Here are some mutherfucking comics I've been reading.

the book by Yoshihisa TAGAMI (of Grey fame) is pretty cool.
I like how much he plays with how cartoony his characters are.
Switching it up in almost every panel. His style is made of pure 80's
manga stank. I like the tit diagram on this page.
and that black stuffed cat on the right-

And I was so thrilled to get this Winterworld collection.
the late Jorge Zaffino is an artist my pal Farel Darymple showed me
years ago. His pages have the looseness of great sketcbook work.
There's something kind of sad about this being the first time the 2nd half of this book
has seen print.

I fucking love the main dudes pet badger RARA.

Also on Zaffino's site they put up the Conan book he did with Dixon.
I think they're the only team that's gotten Conan as good as Big John Buscema and Roy Thomas

I`ve often thought about this panel. It`s like the essance of Conan.
His employer is trying to get Conan to say how good he has it and Conan wont give him anything.

Also this story has some of this type of comely wench action.

Here`s a map that I guess is from a 1985 world science exibition.
Either way its great.

And here`s some covers I like by Yoshitoh Asari of Wahhaman fame.
I imagine that fat robots crotchbox opens to a dick that jumps out at you like a
can of party snakes. ZOING!

and more.

I`m so into these Fujihiko Hosono drawings.

I don`t know too much about him, but the more of his work I see the more impressed I am.

And some Yas Crusher Joe.

And heres some good 80`s loose Macross art.

And AT LADY --paper doll, I thought this ran in JumpÉ
Seems like a damn sissy trick to throw paper dolls in a teenage boys manga.
At least she has a gun, but those flowers and sparkles have got to go.

Ok now I`m getting ready to head to Seattle-- I`m bringing this copy of the
beach that Joe Decie sent me --with a cool cover he drew.

and when I return I`m going back into being a serious hermit.
I will get one of these sleeping bag suits and never leave it.

Current Location: the road
Current Music: road raps

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From: super_donkey Date: March 8th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)


I just picked up a grip of old shit (all the Nth Man Ultimate Ninja, Slash Maraud, Maison Ikkoku, Video Jack and some other shit) INCLUDING several issues of the 90s marvel book TERROR INC that ZAFFINO did. he's the tits.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: March 19th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)


he is the DD's of tits.
That sounds like a fine haul Mr Soto.
reyyy From: reyyy Date: March 8th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
shiiiit this is like the iron man 2 trailer of brandon graham lj posts

all the KC covers together look sssssiick!

i love the SD robot. i want it

i like the picture of the girl adjusting the dude's tie in space. sooo romantic
reyyy From: reyyy Date: March 8th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
very cute eczercises you guys did, too

tell marian that's a dope sagat
From: ext_227169 Date: March 8th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Nice comment

Spot on about expecting things to get easier. I do that myself. Quoted you here> http://the-ticket.blogspot.com/2010/03/taking-moment-to-breathe-and-think.html

royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: March 19th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nice comment

thanks for pushng the quote.
It's awful how true that seems some days.
whatsuptiger From: whatsuptiger Date: March 8th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
marian is so cool. and so talented. you guys are great together.

why do you hate seattle! it's probably your fault, whatever your reason.

also, ps, I love when you post japanese manga images. you know I love it. it's all so fantastic! cuz it's always old manga stuff. the best!! still obsessed with to-y because of you....
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: March 19th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I had a realy good time in seattle this week--so there.
My pal Devin even gave me conan comics. It can get no better.

and yes T-oy is rad. Im so glad you like it too.
mcgheeeee From: mcgheeeee Date: March 8th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Man! you got that Winter World!! zaffinoooooooo...needitneeditneedit!!!

and um, yeah, now i think i finally see where your goil-drawings come from. it took a while to really grok the j-influences.

keep on dood!
he_man_is_cool From: he_man_is_cool Date: March 8th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome blog as always mate. I've been having the same problem with drawing right next to my mac. I'm constantly breaking my concentration to check stuff. I'm gonna find somewhere else to work with less distractions. As a kid I always drew from my imagination, that's what I want to get back to.

I'm glad art never gets easy for anyone else. It's a fucking struggle for me.
nervousystem From: nervousystem Date: March 8th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
My computers refuse to load/display the meme image out of protest. Keep those harddrives workin professor.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: March 19th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I put it up on deviantart too--well most of it.
seanvdm From: seanvdm Date: March 8th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
That cover for King City #12 is awesome, possibly my favourite one of the bunch. Reminds me of Singapore for some reason!
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: March 19th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
I was hoping to not go out on a dud.
pixelmech From: pixelmech Date: March 8th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love cover #12 too. I really dig seeing your and Marian's sketches. That's great stuff.
From: fritz_bogott Date: March 8th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)


This post sets a new record for brain-busting joy/in^2. I'm totally grin-riveted by the French flaps and by Marian-as-old-lady. Thanks for making my day, man!
johnnythunderz From: johnnythunderz Date: March 8th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Royal Graham Circus is back in town!

your posts alwqys put a smile on my face ... even when i have a real shit day!

besides being happy to be bombed with rare manga i really love the "what you like" drawings! the one where she draws your king city cover with lizard love and space sniper is just kickn buttocks! would be great as a backcover! ... or alternative cover!

still hope to find that TinTin spinoff that you posted once one day.

johnnythunderz From: johnnythunderz Date: March 16th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
just noticed (quite late) that you wrote you don't like comic with music ... oh no ... the you must hate my stuff!

well i try to use songs that ppl know + the lyrics and also put in the link.

that is why i hopr to publish comic with soundtracks one day so that the unkowing stops!
joelcarroll From: joelcarroll Date: March 8th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, I love when you post.

Also wish I had the time to hang out when I was up there.
Oh, well...I'll catch you at one of the conventions one day.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: March 19th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm sorry I missed you.
We should aim to meet up in the future.
adam_0oo From: adam_0oo Date: March 8th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the assessment of music comics.
captain_slinky From: captain_slinky Date: March 8th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have to consider the possibility of taking another mans life for a copy of Winter World.

Also, I might have a stack of stupid comic books to give you when you come to ECCC... stuff that I keep around because somewhere in the back of my head is this nagging leftover thought from 1996-or-so saying "Dan's probably gonna bring Brandon over, Brandon would like this..."

Since it's no longer '96, and since the likelyhood of you and Matanski "dropping by" are slim to none any more... are you cool with that? Will you have room to take home a small stack of comics with you? Or shall I just ship them off to Half-Price Books for some store credit?
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Echo the sentiments on Sagat. One of the best Sagat's I've seen.

I like the Duckate pun. Are you a biker aswell? If you are you just went up on the coolness scale.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: March 19th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Marian does a mean sagat.

Thanks. I have owned many bikes and my big brother was a messanger for awhile but i dont know if that qualifies me as such.
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