Archive for February, 2011

Comic: Merthur

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

This comic is rated Mature. Only read this comic if you are over 18 and not my parents.


Quests, Good vs. Evil, and How We Are Complicated

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Self Portrait as a Knight upon the Completion of a Great Quest

In this post I talk about:

  • Arthurian Legends
  • the destruction of dichotomies
  • our fixation on steadfast character
  • playing poker with a bunch of the maintenance guys from my school
  • Lately I’ve been thinking about Arthurian Legends. It started with a conversation with my friend about the graphic novel I am currently working on, Jeremiah. The comic has nothing to do with medieval knighthood (it takes place in modern-day Iowa), but he made some comparisons to the figure from the legends called the Fisher King. Inspired by this conversation, I later wrote a thesis paper drawing huge comparisons between the Fisher King and Jeremiah, but the one that struck the deepest chord with me was this: The notion that there is no “good” and “evil,” but in all decisions, there is the better choice. The goal for everyone is to attempt to always make the better choice.

    Dichotomies do not exist within Arthurian legends. The best knights are not simply warriors, but are also wise. The concept of illumination, the gathering of information, is vital in a lot of the stories. Contemporarily, we seem to boil the legends down to good vs. evil, knight vs. dragon, etc., but it was more complicated than that. Just like real people, no one has one side to themselves. The complication of people’s lives is made into the vast metaphors of the legends.


    Studio Photos

    Sunday, February 6th, 2011

    A couple of photos of my studio. Hard at work on my senior thesis, a full-color graphic novel titled Jeremiah.

    I’ve created a big “L” out of tables so I am basically consumed by workspaces, so I can have multiple pages going at once (pencilling, inking and watercoloring). The big lamp mimics natural light and is rather amazing to work with, it’s a lend from my friend Sarah to whom I am greatly indebted. The walls are covered in my own notes for other projects: books and writings mostly, some drawings. What cannot quite be seen is that I have two chairs: one low with a cushion, and one tall stool. The low one is for drawing and the tall one is for painting. Also note that the beer can is there as a model for painting, I don’t drink while I’m on the job!

    I think it’s fun to see other people’s workspaces, so I thought I’d share my own. This is a new set-up for me this spring, and it’s pretty ideal. I can’t think of anything else I could ask for! I had to share a studio last semester, and I only had that one small table, and it was horrible. I like to spread out!!

    Hourly Comic Day 2011

    Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

    Here is my contribution to Hourly Comic Day!