Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Christmas Card Carol

In Which we pause amid the rapidly growing shadow of terrible things to come so that I may take the first of the occasional comic related ephemera tangents.

Chapter 1 - Prologue via Exposition

So sometime early this past summer I was sitting on a coach in my friends Jamie and Frank's apartment, waiting for other friends to arrive, when I was introduced to a game. A game called Bros Icing Bros. Jamie and -- but mostly -- Frank explained the rules of said game to thusly in a conversation we join already in progress.

(Editor's Note: Not actually how the conversation thuslied.)

Frank: The object is to get someone to look at a Smirnoff Ice.
Me: O.K.
Frank: And if they do they have to take a knee and pound the whole bottle.
Me: O.K.
Frank: And it's hilarious because Smirnoff Ice is horrible.
Me: O.K.
Frank: So do you want to play?
Me: No.

Cut to five minutes later, I "ice" Frank and you know what -- it was hilarious. I was dying with laughter. Jamie was dying with laughter. And Frank was dying because, well, Smirnoff Ice is horrible.

Chapter 2 - A Spirited Idea

So sometime in early November I was possessed by an idea. An idea that I hoped would not put my friends out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. I decided to "ice" my friends on Christmas Eve -- or day, depending on when they opened their "gift." And yes, a gift it would be. Two Smirnoff Ices and a handmade card placed in a box and wrapped up nicely (or as nicely as I can wrap) with one of those stick-tags on it that would read to but not from who.

Chapter 3 - Best. Icing. Ever. (So Far.)

So I bought a six pack of Smirnoff Ice. I found a box to place them and the card in. I gathered up some wrapping paper and filled out one of those stick-tag things. And I made the comics related ephemera part of this post -- a Christmas Card.

It took about ten hours to do from first sketch to finished card. The final working dimensions being 10" x 6 1/4". All done by hand (of course.) I'm not really happy with the lettering choice on the "p.s." and my name or how the heart looks but. . .

The big day arrived and in what can only be described as a Christmas Miracle I was able to walk into Jamie's parents' house and make my way to the tree, stopping to say hi to everyone I knew, without anyone asking me about the present I was carrying.

Chapter 4 - The End of It

So come a little after midnight, while the few remaining gifts were being opened, a present was from under the tree, passed to who it was to, and in front of family and friends. . .

Their faithful Friend and Servant, J.H.
December, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Preview (Filler 33 1/3: The :: Insert Something Witty Here:: Insult)

So I went to the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this weekend (very nice, small, free, and friendly event), saw some original artwork by Ashley Wood, Joe Matt, Mark Buckingham, Jim Woodring, and other names of a drop-able note that was for sale, noted the size the artists were working on and I don't have paper big enough to get to that size (Jim Woodring at 9 1/2" x 14" was the smallest) so I decided to bump on up to 8 1/2" x 13". The increase wasn't much of a jump for me considering that I've already done two page spreads at that size. In fact, the piece "When the robots rose up. . ." was done at that size and I finished it two days before the festival.

In any event, I've spent the last two days playing with the page at these new dimensions and so far came up with these two grid layouts. The first is for a palindrome piece. (I just need to come up with the palindrome to go in the little boxes.) And the second is page one of a (as of now) two page piece. It's a pretty simple pattern. It starts with one panel in the top left and ends with 128 in the bottom right (the second page will be composed of 256 panels -- I hope.) I'm not sure what, if anything, will go in the second piece yet but I'm open to suggestions.

Friday, December 03, 2010

When the Bookmark Rose Up

So that neat little drawing up above is panel five, of five, from the piece "When the robots rose up. . ." It's also, as the title of this post hints, the image that will appear on a bookmark. . . I think. I've wanted to do a bookmark for about as long as I've wanted to do a business card. Well, as with happened recently with the business card I finally drew something that I thought would work.