Friday, May 09, 2008

Sin Titulo

For almost a year I have been writing and drawing a weekly webcomic called Sin Titulo, as part of the ongoing Transmission-X webcomics collective. It's a dark, experimental, and semi-autobiographical mystery story about a man investigating the strange circumstances surrounding the death of his grandfather. It's the first long-form comics project that I am writing as well as illustrating and so far I'm quite happy with the result. I was recently nominated for a Shuster Award (The Canadian Eisner) for Best Webcomic, so wish me luck!

Below are the first few pages of the story to get you started, and then click on the link that follows to continue reading.

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The Cool Exec With A Heart Of Steel

I've seen the Iron Man movie twice now, and enjoyed it immensely both times. It's one of those rare summer blockbusters that has a (nuclear-powered) heart, thanks to a thoughtful script by the screenwriters of Children of Men (one of my favorite movies in recent memory) and superb performances from everyone in the main cast. I've enjoyed Robert Downey Jr in almost everything he's done but I think this movie is going to propel him into megastardom the same way Pirates of the Carribean did for Johnny Depp.

My only real complaint with Iron Man is the secret post-credits scene which serves to set up future crossovers with Marvel's upcoming superhero films. I know fanboys across the land are squeeing with joy but I'm not convinced that it's the best idea to start introducing convoluted crossovers into the movies - of all the people who I've talked to who have never read a comic book but who saw and enjoyed Iron Man, one of the things they responded to most was its "realism" - they liked the long sequences of Tony Stark building and testing his robot armour, which helped ground the movie and made it plausible to the audience (it's not realistic at all, of course, but pulls off the trick of feeling realistic). How will this same audience then react to the introduction of Thor, a magical Thunder God? Or Ant-Man?

Aside from that, though (and it's after the credits, long after the real movie is over and most people left the cinema, so it doesn't really count), it's a thoroughly excellent piece of entertainment.

Warm Ups

My 2008 Sketchbook "Warm Ups" is now available, after debuting at the Calgary Expo a couple of weeks ago. I will be selling copies of it at MoCCA, the Toronto Fan Expo, and the San Diego Comicon, and offering it for sale online shortly after. Some excerpts are below.

Meet The New Blog, Same As The Old Blog

Hey everyone, welcome to my new blog, where I will be posting artwork and commentary on a (hopefully) regular basis. Over the coming days I'll be reposting some older artwork as a refresher and then from there I'll be posting newer, unseen material. Thanks for checking it out!