Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thought today's blog post would take a break from my graphic novel and just do something for shits and giggles. My buddy Ralph Apel has created his own comic book character, THE CRICKET! I was checking out his blog and got the bug (pardon the pun) to draw the Cricket. Dig it!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
They say that behind every great man is a great woman; the same is true in my case, even though I am just okay...far from "great". My wife Alaina has been my greatest source of encouragement with my comic book, she believes in me, when I don't believe in myself. With out her support, I am pretty sure I would have lost my motivation and inpiration around my sixth rejection letter. So, I had to put her in my book, as a small nod to the happiness and ego boosts she provides on a daily basis.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
My comic book is full of cameos by my friends, family members, and people I admire. One such cameo comes towards the end of the book. Jamie S. Rich is a great writer, if you haven't read "12 Reasons Why I Love Her", "Cut My Hair", or "You Have Killed Me"....WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING READING THIS BLOG?!?! Hop over to Amazon.com and order them....go ahead, I'll wait....
Ok, welcome back. Jamie has given me a lot of advice over the years, and I respect him a lot; so he appears in my story as the host of an entertainment tv show!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Since I have been showcasing the Allred Kevin Smith, I thought I would show off MY likeness of the man. Kevin Smith; if you ever get the chance to chat to the dude in person, take it! He is such a kind, mild mannered, pleasant person to talk with. While he is hounded by fans nonstop, he still is very generous with his time and a very gracious person. Hell, he was nice enough to give me permission to do this comic book about him!
Friday, February 11, 2011
So....the day after Mike sent me the pencil sketch for the cover he sent me the fully inked and colored version! I opened the file, my eyes rapidly moved across the screen and passed out, all Chuck-like. That is how blown away I was. Here was the cover to my graphic novel I have been working on for a year; in all of its' Allred glory. Mike and Laura exceeded my expectations and I am very grateful that they did this.
I am just about ready to submit the book to Diamond and Haven to see if they will distribute it, so stay tuned for news on the books release.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
So, with my sketch in his possession, Mike got crackin and turned out this great pencil drawing. Sunday I was in terrible shape, 102 degree fever with a painful case of strep throat; Mike e-mailed me the penciled page for approval that day....it was the best medicine I had received all day! I couldn't believe how he took a simple sketch and turned it into this funny and mysterious drawing.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Well gang...the wait is over!!! My latest graphic novel venture is a charming little story, with the unoriginal title...KIDNAPPING KEVIN SMITH!!! (guess what it's about).
This book has been a one man jam for the past year, with only my friends and family to bounce ideas off of and check my poor spelling. But one day, the stars alligned and the seemingly impossible happened: the one, the only MIKE "DOC" ALLRED got on board to do the cover. This was a MAJOR event for me, I have been a fan of Mike's work ever since I read about the Atomics in CSN! He has been an amazingly generous and kind person, who makes you feel like an old friend the first time you talk to him. And now he is drawing the cover of my comic book!!
So, based on some 1st grader quality sketches, Mike and his amazingly talented wife, Laura, created what I feel to be some of their best work to date! Well...at least their best work based on one of my sketches:-)
So, over the next few days, I will be posting the progress of this great cover, for a pretty good graphic novel, drawn by a living legend! Here is phase one, my sketches of 4 cover ideas....
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
well, here is the final version of my entry to the Denver ComicFest art contest. I submitted this for consideration for their poster for this years con. I am VERY happy with the way it turned out, which is rare for me. I usually nitpick my work to death, find fault with every little thing; but this time, I am quite happy with the end result!
I just hope posting this doesn't some how disqualify me from the contest....
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
So, here is another image from my upcoming graphic novel. This time it features my cousin Brian as the nosey customer. I have included Brian in all of my comic book projects over the years, and in this one he happens to play the part of the person who inadvertantly sends out protagonists down their sinister path.