Hooray! A new page of The Makeshift Man! MM's situation here is pretty...sucky.
And a new page of Monster Plus, wherein something approaches from OUTER SPACE!
Aw, I love doing this comic. Chad's all, "JoJo, I need to you draw all the characters together, and they're all talking, and you've gotta draw romance, and you've gotta draw everyone being flung into the air, and all this is on the same page." It's absolutely fabulous; I love the constant ridiculous challenge.
Status: Sick...Listening To: The Postal Service - "Such Great Heights"...Been Reading: J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban...Been Watching: The Muppets; One Piece
Hey, exciting updates! Today...circumstances being what they are...there is no new page of Monster Plus. Booooooo!
But! My pal Jeffrey J. swooped in like a bolt to deliver a ferociterrifying pin-up for you to gaze at! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Thanks, Jeff!
You can see more of Jeff's work at his webcomic, Down and Out in Montreal (which, as you might have ascertained from the title, is about being gay and Canadian at the same time!)
Also! I realize that I neglected last week to mention last week's page? Shame on me! Especially because it is actually my very favorite page from the entire comic so far! It has action, it has drama, it gave me an opportunity to play around with interesting methods of expressive visual narration, AND it features the big introduction of one of the story’s best characters: M.O.O.N. Agent Andra Speck! (I just adore her.)
Also! This week I contributed some guest art to my pal Noel Heimpel's webcomic, Ignition Zero! It’s a very cool comic, done all in watercolor n' colored ink, with rad things like furry fish-monsters, shiny city-spirits, snarky spider-ladies, and also college kids who hang out at vegan bakeries...so go read it, if you have not!
Status: Productive-Like...Listening To: The 24th of June - "May the 26th"...Been Reading: J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban...Been Watching: Thor; The Addams Family
This week at Monster Plus...VIOLENCE! And the threat of more VIOLENCE!
(Now that he's got his sun-guarding mask off, I find myself having trouble drawing Plus' ears. What is even up with that?)
( REMINDER: Holiday Season Commissions )
Status: Super Happy...Listening To: Janelle Monáe - "Tightrope"...Been Reading: J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...Been Watching: The Addams Family
Holy cats! After an embarrassingly long while of this page sitting half-finished on my table, The Makeshift Man page 22 is now finished and online! Oboy! Now that all the drama of Halloween is over, I am so prepared to really dig in and get down to work with things. DISCIPLINE. YES. Enjoy the page:
REMINDER: Holiday Season Commissions
Status: Chilly...Listening To: Mark Mallman - "If We Only Kept Getting Young"...Been Reading: J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...Been Watching: One Piece
I think that last week I forgot to make the usual announcement of new Monster Plus pagery? Let me not repeat such a mistake this week! (Now there are two new pages for you to read.) Reeeeeeeeaaaaaadddddd them.
Also, here's a thing that I've been hard at work on for the past many weeks! This year I was asked to be part of the Legends of Terror Haunted House committee, so I've been busy, busy, busy, busy writing the story, getting the lighting and special effects in place, figuring out costumes and makeup, directing a large cast of actors, and just generally working to make everything come together. My life: consumed by restless spirits.
If you’re anywhere near Grand Forks, North Dakota, and you’ve got ten bucks and a desire for some major scares, you should totally stop by on Friday or Saturday night. It’s seriously scary. Seriously. >:)
(Also, take a look at some photos I took of the museum.)
Status: Ill-Timed Illness...Listening To: David Bowie - "Up the Hill Backwards"...Been Reading: Star Wars: Tales of Mos Eisley Cantina...Been Watching: The Addams Family
Oh, hey, I forgot to mention this earlier in the week, but…there's a new page of Monster Plus, of course! Our hero has an idea.
Also, WHAT? I’ve got two new pages of Dis?? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?? I’m really sorry about the general lack of pages forever. Painful confession? Long-form storytelling isn't for me. Spending hundreds and thousands of pages on the same damn story? Sigh. But I didn’t know that when I started this comic. I was young and naïve when I started this story, and most of my comics-reading experience was with manga series that last a gazillion volumes until they're eventually canceled, with "story arcs" rather than cut-and-dried "stories" and I didn't knowwwwwwwwww, you guys!
*no one particularly cares*
*JoJo soldiers on with this long story*
Status: Whuh?...Listening To: Régine - "Les P'tits Papiers"...Been Reading: Star Wars: Tales of Mos Eisley Cantina...Been Watching: The Brain That Wouldn't Die
In yesterday's new page of Monster Plus, Monster Plus remembers one distinct disadvantage to being a monster plus. What do you suppose he'll do now?
Status: Stupid Busy...Listening To: Radiohead - "15 Steps"...Been Reading: Star Wars Tales...Been Watching: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Gearin' up for the radness that is the Zombie Music Fest, I found myself in the Grand Forks Herald. I was contacted because they wanted a "zombie expert" to explain the appeal of zombies in pop culture. This article was the result.
All good ghouls and boys will want to be in Grand Forks Town Square (that's downtown at the corner of Demers Ave. and 3rd St, on the river bank) at 3pm for music and monsters and games and beer and every good thing. I, myself, will be providing the caricatures of the undead for the whole while, and it will be absolutely zombiriffic.
Be there or be dead!
Today at Monster Plus our hero pays an unexpected visit to the local Museum of Acceptable History. It's about to get all educational up in here! (Also, there might be some more smashing things.)
Also, this Saturday is Zombie Music Fest! Mark your calendar!
Status: Wednesday...Listening To: Iggy & The Stooges - "My Idea of Fun"...Been Reading: Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters; J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone...Been Watching: Star Wars