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Turtle Friend – logo design

turtle friend Final RBG for WebWe just finished a fun logo for a new Kickstarter, called Turtle Friend, it’s an app designed by two 8-year-olds, it’s uber cool and allows people to watch and track sea turtles.  Go check out the kickstarter and spread the word.

I dig the logo we made.  If you are interested in any logo or graphic work, please contact us.

 

Fan art and pop culture homages for sale!

Hey Folks, I did a bunch of new pieces in prep for WonderCon coming up this weekend (Booth SP-024 in Small Press).  They are homages, parodies and other recreations of some of my favorite artists and characters.  If there is anything you want, I can set it aside for you and ship it to you next week!  Please take a look.

zoro

Zorro Ink on paper 10×14 $30spiderman

Little Spiderman acrylic on board 8×11 $30saga 1

Saga cover – watercolor on paper 11×14 $75

planet hulk

Planet Hulk homage – watercolor on paper 11×14 $70joker

Joker animated – watercolor on paper 11×14 $50

iron man

Iron Man – ink on paper 11×14 $30hell boy watercolor

Hellboy – watercolor on paper 8×11 $25

dr who van gogh

Starry Night with Dr Who Tardis – acrylic on board 8×11 $40

dr doom

Dr Doom – ink on paper 11×14 $30

deadpool

Little Deadpool – acrylic on board 8×11 $30captain america

Captain America – watercolor on paper 11×14 $30boba fett

Boba Fett – acrylic on board 11×17 $70batman miller

Batman – ink on paper 11×14 $30

batman animated

Batman animated – acrylic on board $25

batman airbrush

Batman silhouette – airbrush on paper 11×14 $20 adventure time

Adventure Time – acrylic on board 8×11 $30

Contact me through email or phone to order one of these!

Commissioned art from the Adventure Bear Squad

We are working hard at the next in the line of the Adventure Bear Squad children’s educational books.  The second book will be titled SteamBear and follow the adventures of SteamBear, and will include SpaceBear, GI Bear and CaveBear.  The following are some pages of the book.

I am also at this time offering  Commissions, full-color watercolored art 11×17, please let me know if you are interested!

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The Pariah Missouri RPG is here!

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The Role-playing game

The Pariah Missouri Role-playing Sourcebook will plug and play into whatever RPG system you want to use.  Currently the plan is to have Savage Worlds, FATE, and many more!  It will have all the background, characters, NPCs, maps and campaigns needed to create a rich world.  Think of it as a campaign book that will have everything the GM needs to add Pariah to whatever rule system they enjoy.  Included will be stats for all the major characters and everything you need to play Pariah!  Full-color with art on every page 8.5 x 11.

It is a game-system neutral book, that has stats for gaming in Savage Worlds, Fate, Hero and many more systems.

If you’d like a copy or have a suggestion for a local retailer to carry our book, please contact us!

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The book is full-color, over 140 pages with beautiful art and history of the world of Pariah Missouri, the supernatural frontier of the 1850s.

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Pariah Missouri weird western
Pariah Missouri weird western

Today we had our second play-test of the Pariah Missouri campaign sourcebook role-playing game using the Savage Worlds game system. It was in Pasadena CA, at the Game Empire store. It was a warm day and the room was packed, but we finally found a spot.

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This time we had four players and they picked the four main characters from the books, Hiram, Nellie, Jean and Toro, a motley bunch for sure.

*Warning – potential spoilers for Book 1 and 2 of Pariah Missouri.*

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The quartet jumped off the steamboat and gathered their bearings amidst the throng of people on the docks. Nellie noticed that there was a concert of young boys working the docks, unloading/docking barrels, bushels and boxes from the riverboats. A tall and wiry man oversees the young workers.

The players decided to move down the thoroughfare and see the sights.  Attempting to get a beverage to wash down the trail dust at the Blue Bird, a black man in rags is thrown from the shabby establishment and a group of rough trappers surround him.  Within minutes a bucket of tar and two moldy pillows are brought to the scene.  The players decide to interrupt the would-be tar and feathering, which would have resulted in a fist-a-cuffs if it wasn’t for the quick-wit of Hiram and the imposing figure of of the Comanche bountyhunter Toro.  Hiram paid the free-black’s debt, told him to scoot, and walking into the Blue Bird.

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It wasn’t a few moments later that the team left, due to the stink of the saloon, but they did learn a few things about the town, including the Marshal Cody has been missing for two weeks.

They walked down to the Hitching Post Inn and met Virgil Wolcott, the Hotelier.  He must have some sorta sickness, with his coughing.  They got a room at a discount, again due to Hiram’s charm and when they were about to clean up in the rooms, they met two actors coming down the stairs.  They were more than actors though, immaculately dressed in the highest fashion, they sparkled with a beauty that was incomparable to anything seen before.  Entranced, the quartet were invited to a performance later this evening, and with that, the actors left the inn.

The players went back out in the darkness to find the pavillion of performers when Nellie heard a sound.

Was that a scream?  After a little walking, they came across an eerie sight

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A group of common folk in the middle of a freshly plowed field stood in from of a young family, an older man, preaching to them, with eyes full of hate and darkness.

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An enormous snake grew and coiled around a small child, the parents bound howled into the night.  Toro was shaken at the sight of such evil, but the heroes girded up and ran to save the family.  The followers of this evil preacher came upon them and ripped and clawed at our heroes, who by now had drawn their weapons to strike them with the butt of their pistols.  Toro transformed into a large grizzly bear and ripped into the cultists.

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It didn’t take long until the preacher attempted to escape into the night.  He ran, as fast as his portly body could run, but it was not quick enough for Nellie and Jean.  Caught at a tree the heroes gave him a chance to surrender, and when that option was turned down, Jean did what he thought best, place a bullet in the brain-pan.  Nellie wanted to question him further, but Jean decided that the preacher needed to be “put down” before other dark magicks were about.

After some negotiating with the victims, our heroes left for the inn, having missed the performance of the actors.

The next morning, they visited the Veil, the local dancing hall.

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It was there that they met Sally a favorite of the missing marshal’s and she was eager to leave Pariah.  They planned to meet later in the day, when a large figure entered the hall, dressed in black leathers, he shouted out for the where-a bouts of Marshal Cody.  It was then that our hero, Hiram Buchanan stood up and said, “Here I am, I’m the marshal in this town.”

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The game continued on and we had a very fun experience.  Our next Demo will be Thursday Sept 11 6pm at Seth’s Comics and Games in Ventura CA.  If you have suggestions on where to play a game at SoCal, please contact me.  Also I’m looking for some FATE CORE players to run this same game in FATE.

To learn more about Pariah Missouri please go to www.pariahmissouri.com  The current Kickstarter is live until Sept. 23.

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This comic may turn me into a Feminist

I’m an avid reader of comics, clearly I love them because I’ve dedicated my livelihood to the medium.  I’ve never considered myself a feminist and I’ve never been passionate about any gender-equality discussions I’ve had, but I must admit after reading Jack Cole’s 1947 True Crime #2 story titled “Murder, Morphine, and Me” I may have to get in line to becoming active in the Feminist movement for the accurate portrayal of women in the media.  It should be noted that this one-page story was a hot-bed of controversy of the time and could have fueled the writing of book such as Seduction of the Innocent.  As a father of three, I will admit I would not want my children to read books with this type of objectification of women.  Here is the original page:

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(to see the image larger so you can read it: http://www.mediafire.com/view/7ebwuajf1a5jocv/comics_First_Essay,_Jack_Cole.jpg)

 

I’m taking a course on Comics and Graphic Novels through the University of Colorado Boulder and wrote this essay.  I take a rather strong position more so than I normally would, but I feel it has merit.

 

In reviewing the infamous page of Jack Cole’s True Crime #2 from 1947 titled “Murder, Morphine and Me” we come to see what Fredric Wertham was concerned about in his book, Seduction of the Innocent indeed had merit in that this comic glorifies crime, drug abuse and the abuse of women. Whether the reader is nine or ninety the tone and themes of this story insidiously promote the inferiority of women.

 

Let’s first start off with the title of the book and story, True Crime suggests that as the reader purchased this four-colored work of fiction that perhaps it is based on reality. Was this a documentary in the making in the eyes of a young reader? Would little Timmy be peeking back behind the curtain of journalism from the black and white CBS channel to discover the “real” newsworthy stories in this comic? I would say that the title if nothing else hints that yes this is a book filled with real stories and hits harder and more visceral because of it. Even if this is clearly made for entertainment, because it’s “true” perhaps this is the way women are treated in the world. The title of this one page “Murder, Morphine and Me” clearly relates to the story, but we do not see murder or morphine directly. The term dope is used in the dialog, but at the time this could be referring to a number of illicit drugs, and I would argue that the decision on the title would be for alliterative purposes. This choice may also guide our young reader to learn about the word morphine as it was not used in the common vernacular, so this research for definition and understanding could unlock even more treacherous paths for young Timmy.

 

The story opens up to a sexual image of red lips with a dangling cigarette and told is flashback. We see from this wide and large panel taking up 1/3 of the page that this is the image to focus on, the wonderfully rendered “Misery-go-round”. We know it’s flashback from the dialog and the worn and tired lips suggest that this is now old hat, she has been “working” in this world of whoring and drug trafficking for some time. The men around her all in facial expressions of ecstasy, salivating at the indecent proposals or in mid-coitus. The large lettered word “TONY’LL” suggests that the main male character in the story has power and control over her fate. The dialog suggest she is nothing but a pawn and object to use, without autonomy and will, only to be acted upon and not to act.

 

In the second part of the story we meet Tony, he is handsome, well-dressed and powerful. When the female character, (who does not have a name, another form of objectification)

wishes to leave this world, she can not because she’s an accomplice to the crimes. This teaches that even the victims are guilty of these crimes. The lettering also overstates the power and strength of the words, Dope, Money and Tony. The female is given names like Toots, dumb sap, baby and kid; all terms to signify weakness, immaturity and ineptitude.

 

The third and final act of our story, which is the third set of panels introduces the futility of going against the path they are down. Even Tony can not escape the clutches of the big boss and the only consolation to be had is the promise of lucre. The nameless female relents to the proposal and changes her goal to simply making as much money as possible. The final panel solidifies the female’s horrific position by having her ineptly cry while there is pounding going on inside the room. Is this forced sex that Tony is now introducing into their twisted relationship or simply beating her? Either way, Tony is in the position of power and she an object to abused, sexually or physically. We also are introduced to two new voyeuristic characters, who make a joke about hearing the sobbing and pounding of flesh and see that as an opportunity to join in. Their smiles suggest it would be fun and pleasurable to help Tony out. Because we do not see what is happening behind closed doors, the reader can only imagine what horrors are occurring and that could be worse than the author may have even intended.

 

In conclusion, despite the powerful storytelling, the combination of words and art, or better said because of it, it is clear that this page exemplifies the objectification of women and glorifies their abuse. The story is banal and independent of the target audience, whether it be for children or adults, it shows that this woman is used as dross for monetary gain. Her powerlessness in the story is terrifying and ultimately while she does survive the story, according to the flashback on the first panel, she is now a shell of a human being with little motivation for a life course-correction and recalls this moment in her past with the clarity of a victim who replays it in her mind in the dark, quiet moments of life.

 

Playtest #2 of Pariah RPG at Pasadena, CA

Today we had our second play-test of the Pariah Missouri campaign sourcebook role-playing game using the Savage Worlds game system. It was in Pasadena CA, at the Game Empire store. It was a warm day and the room was packed, but we finally found a spot.

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This time we had four players and they picked the four main characters from the books, Hiram, Nellie, Jean and Toro, a motley bunch for sure.

*Warning – potential spoilers for Book 1 and 2 of Pariah Missouri.*

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The quartet jumped off the steamboat and gathered their bearings amidst the throng of people on the docks. Nellie noticed that there was a concert of young boys working the docks, unloading/docking barrels, bushels and boxes from the riverboats. A tall and wiry man oversees the young workers.

The players decided to move down the thoroughfare and see the sights.  Attempting to get a beverage to wash down the trail dust at the Blue Bird, a black man in rags is thrown from the shabby establishment and a group of rough trappers surround him.  Within minutes a bucket of tar and two moldy pillows are brought to the scene.  The players decide to interrupt the would-be tar and feathering, which would have resulted in a fist-a-cuffs if it wasn’t for the quick-wit of Hiram and the imposing figure of of the Comanche bountyhunter Toro.  Hiram paid the free-black’s debt, told him to scoot, and walking into the Blue Bird.

IMAG0621

It wasn’t a few moments later that the team left, due to the stink of the saloon, but they did learn a few things about the town, including the Marshal Cody has been missing for two weeks.

They walked down to the Hitching Post Inn and met Virgil Wolcott, the Hotelier.  He must have some sorta sickness, with his coughing.  They got a room at a discount, again due to Hiram’s charm and when they were about to clean up in the rooms, they met two actors coming down the stairs.  They were more than actors though, immaculately dressed in the highest fashion, they sparkled with a beauty that was incomparable to anything seen before.  Entranced, the quartet were invited to a performance later this evening, and with that, the actors left the inn.

The players went back out in the darkness to find the pavillion of performers when Nellie heard a sound.

Was that a scream?  After a little walking, they came across an eerie sight

Pariah II Elijah Harris

A group of common folk in the middle of a freshly plowed field stood in from of a young family, an older man, preaching to them, with eyes full of hate and darkness.

snake

An enormous snake grew and coiled around a small child, the parents bound howled into the night.  Toro was shaken at the sight of such evil, but the heroes girded up and ran to save the family.  The followers of this evil preacher came upon them and ripped and clawed at our heroes, who by now had drawn their weapons to strike them with the butt of their pistols.  Toro transformed into a large grizzly bear and ripped into the cultists.

IMAG0619

It didn’t take long until the preacher attempted to escape into the night.  He ran, as fast as his portly body could run, but it was not quick enough for Nellie and Jean.  Caught at a tree the heroes gave him a chance to surrender, and when that option was turned down, Jean did what he thought best, place a bullet in the brain-pan.  Nellie wanted to question him further, but Jean decided that the preacher needed to be “put down” before other dark magicks were about.

After some negotiating with the victims, our heroes left for the inn, having missed the performance of the actors.

The next morning, they visited the Veil, the local dancing hall.

veil

It was there that they met Sally a favorite of the missing marshal’s and she was eager to leave Pariah.  They planned to meet later in the day, when a large figure entered the hall, dressed in black leathers, he shouted out for the where-a bouts of Marshal Cody.  It was then that our hero, Hiram Buchanan stood up and said, “Here I am, I’m the marshal in this town.”

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The game continued on and we had a very fun experience.  Our next Demo will be Thursday Sept 11 6pm at Seth’s Comics and Games in Ventura CA.  If you have suggestions on where to play a game at SoCal, please contact me.  Also I’m looking for some FATE CORE players to run this same game in FATE.

To learn more about Pariah Missouri please go to www.pariahmissouri.com  The current Kickstarter is live until Sept. 23.

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Painting YOU in Pariah Missouri

Some people have asked me, how does the painting work and how can I be in the book?

The current kickstarter has a reward level of $350 that gets your likeness in the book, and three backers from the previous kickstarter received it.  Along with the book, you will receive an original watercolored page from the comic with you in it, as well as the bag, shirt and patch.

Here’s my process for painting Pariah:

IMAG0581_BURST002_1(1)First thing it to get my paints together, I am using Dr PH Martin’s hydrus watercolors.  They are very vilbrant, color-fast and easy to use.  I love them, but they are a little pricey.

I’ve been using a bamboo brush lately, because I can swath a big part of the page, and it has a nice fine tip as well, I got this one at Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.  I also have a W&N Series 7 sabel brush which is my go-to brush for all my inking.  Since the family is away for the week, I’m painting on the couch in the living room, while watching some TV.

IMAG0582_1I’m going to start off with my blues.  I mix a couple of colors together to get the correct hue and since this is night-time I lay down the blues.

IMAG0584_1I usually start with figures, but it all depends on mood.

IMAG0586 IMAG0585Next I start to lay the browns and get the two colors to work together.  Sometimes I use wet-on-wet if I want them to blend, other times its after the first layer has dried, it all depends on the effect I need.

IMAG0594 IMAG0593 IMAG0592Lastly, I touch things up, do some more details, ink a few spots and add borders.  (The borders are added digitally in the comic, but since these are going out to backers for the kickstarter I added them in.)

So each of those three pages has one of the backers in it, if you want to be in BOOK 3, please consider backing this new kickstarter!

www.pariahmissouri.com

Pariah RPG demo at Strategicon 2014

 

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We play-tested and ran through a 4-hour session of the Pariah Missouri campaign sourcebook RPG this weekend at Strategicon Gateway 2014 in Los Angeles.

It went off without a hitch.  We had a full crew of players and everyone had a blast.  Players played the main characters in the graphic novel series, Hiram Buchanan, a foppish cheat and spy,  Toro, the Mexican-Comanche bountyhunter,  Jean LaFitte a creole from New Orleans and a new character Obediah, an old coot and former Texas Ranger, or so he says.  Lot’s of great role-playing!

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I included some props to make is a little more authentic, including some old money, poker chips and civil war playing cards, and included a replica of a 1960 Army Colt revolver, for those more dramatic moments.

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We used the Savage Worlds game rules and it worked seamlessly.  This world feels built for Savage Worlds!

If you are interested in getting yourself a copy of the graphic novels, or the RPG Sourcebook  please visit
www.pariahmissouri.com

 

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Also if you have a recommendation to demo at an event or store in the SoCal area, please let me know.

The next Demo will be Saturday Sept 6 2:30pm at Game Empire in Pasadena

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RPG Sourcebook added to Pariah Missouri!

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The game-system neutral sourcebook for all things Pariah.  Any fan of the books will love to learn more about the world.

The Pariah Missouri Role-playing Sourcebook will plug and play into whatever RPG system you want to use.  It will have all the background, characters, NPCs, maps and campaigns needed to create a rich world.  Think of it as a campaign book that will have everything the GM needs to add Pariah to whatever rule system they enjoy.  Included will be stats for all the major characters and everything you need to play Pariah!  Full-color with art on every page.  Over 64 pages!

The plans currently are to have it include stats and rules for SAVAGE WORLDS, FATE CORE and many others!

www.pariahmissouri.com

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Follow the link to the STAFF PICK Kickstarter here!

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