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Yesterday I received a Priority Mail package from Ka-Blam. Inside…
My snapshot does not do justice to the quality of Ka-Blam’s printing. I’ll be selling these beauties at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland next week.
Those who can’t wait can order copies directly from IndyPlanet.
Robots, Vampires and Catholic High School!
Dragona Lore Smith tries to keep his secret. He also tries to keep his friends.
As he makes one small mistake after another, his world starts to unravel.
Originally four 20-page issues, Lore #9-12 have been reprinted in the form of two 40-page comics. DriveThruComics now has electronic versions in watermarked PDF format. These digital editions present Lore at 200dpi — nearly twice the resolution of the free web comic.
Readers can instantly download the 13MB files for $0.99 each.
Lore Nos. 9 & 10 – $0.99
Lore Nos. 11 & 12 – $0.99
I compiled Lore #9-12 into two 40-page comics and drew these covers for the two reprint issues. I have also relettered Lore #9-11 with my more legible “Lore” font. Both reprint issues will be available soon through IndyPlanet and DriveThruComics.
I drew each of these covers in Manga Studio EX 4.0 on my Motion Computing LE1600 Tablet PC at 1200dpi resolution for a 5.5×7.5″ image. I modeled the pipes, chairs, ceiling and tables in LightWave 3D and imported the LightWave object files into Manga Studio for rendering as background elements. When finished, I exported the layers in Photoshop format as an antialiased 300dpi PSD file. I then used Photoshop for coloring, compositing and text elements.
A nasty group that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church announced their intent to picket the San Diego Comic Con this Thursday, July 22nd.
Geeks have positive ways to counter this protest, however. The awesome Phelps-A-Thon has set up a fundraiser to benefit The Hero Initiative and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. For every minute the WBC protests Comic Con, another dollar will be raised for the Phelps-A-Thon.
Whether one uses Phelps-A-Thon or donates directly to a cause, these are all excellent ways to counter-protest the WBC. I’ve made a flat-rate donation to Phelps-A-Thon, and I hope others consider donating as well.
I compiled this list for a friend, but I would like to share it here.
- Animation Archive – online archive of animation art
- Animation Meat – model sheets and notes from animation greats
- Animation Podcast – audio interviews with animation artists
- Bill Plympton: Advice to Students
- Bill Plympton: How to Survive
- Floyd Norman – gags and animation history
- Frank & Ollie – tips from two of the “Nine Old Men”‘
- Milt Kahl on animation – audio recording from another of the “Nine Old Men”
- Pencil Test Depot
- Richard Williams – video clips from The Animator’s Survival Kit – Animated
- SynchroLux – animation information and techniques
- TAG Blog – industry and art news
- Temple of the Seven Golden Camels – animation/storyboarding information
I’ll have a table at SPX 2009 later this month, and I will have manga-sized versions of Lore, Vol. 1 for sale. However, I do not know if I’ll have new material ready for the convention. The past year kept me busy.
My “day job” is visual effects. I wrapped up working as a character rigger on Animal Armageddon in April. This summer I worked mostly on commercials. I created this skull-shaped, symmetrical water splash for this Tanqueray commercial: