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The Blue Wraith is unmasked!
Who is he? More importantly, what’s he gonna do with all that cash?!?
Hey don’t forget, this weekend is the one-year anniversary sale down at Time Tunnel Comics and Collectibles in Mt. Lebanon. The sale will definitely run on Sunday, but possibly Saturday as well. Go to http://www.timetunnelpgh.com/ or call (412)207-2911 for more information.
So today’s strip was a little late. I was very close to getting it in before the clock struck twelve, but then I hit a wall. A big fat dialogue wall. So I did what I normally do to break my walls down; I walked the dog. For some reason, whenever I take him out to go to the bathroom ideas just come to me.
It looks like Candy and 8-Ball are movin’ on up. Who’s the mystery man? Tune in next week to find out.
Have a great weekend!
I made it with 39 minutes to spare! I’m still technically on my M-W-F schedule even though today’s is woefully late.
I had planned on working on the strip yesterday, but we ended up celebrating a friend’s birthday which included watching the Pittsburgh Steelers beat up the Cleveland Browns on TV then go to see Paranormal Activity.
Ah Friday, my old friend, it’s so good to see you again.
I’m pretty exhausted today, but it’s the good kind of exhausted when you know why you’re tired and you don’t mind because the night before was stellar.
Last evening Scott & I had the opportunity to record an episode of Comic Book Pitt with the lovely ladies from the local blog Bitch Burgh. I could go on about how much fun was had, but I’m afraid you’ll just have to listen to the episode when it gets posted this evening.
On another note, if you’re in the Pittsburgh area any time in the next two weeks, check out my friend Byron Winton’s gallery showing:
Saturday October 17th-30th
Byron Winton: Still Standing. A collected gathering of paintings and illustrations at Zombo Gallery.
Opening reception Saturday the 17th 6-10PM. Cocktails and D’oeuvres will be available. Zombo Gallery is located at 4900 Hatfield St. in Lawrenceville.
Visit http://www.zomboworld.com for more information.
Have a great weekend! See you on Monday.
This was a weekend full of awesome.
Saw Zombieland = awesome!
Attended PodCamp Pittsburgh & met a ton of great people = awesome!
The Weirdlings gang had a successful Baltimore Comicon = awesome!
Pitt Panthers victory on Saturday = awesome!
Pittsburgh Penguins victory on Saturday = awesome!
Pittsburgh Steelers victory on Sunday = awesome!
Sat in my jammies all day Sunday, watched football and drew comics = awesome!
I hope everyone had as great a weekend as I did. Now it’s back to the grind!
Lots of stuff going on this weekend. First up, The Weirdlings gang is attending the Baltimore Comicon, which is an awesome show. If you’ve never gone, you should. It’s a great show for fans, it attracts a lot of big name creators.
That said, I am not going to the BCC this weekend. I’ll be attending Podcamp Pittsburgh which is taking place this Saturday & Sunday down at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Podcamps take place all over the country and it’s a free conference, run by and for people who create, enjoy, or are interested in learning more about social media.
It’s great for for people who create, enjoy or are interested in learning more about blogs, vlogs, audio podcasts, web video, content networks and new media monetization. If there’s a Podcamp in your town, try to get check it out.
I just got The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics in the mail today and I’m really looking forward to diving into it. Since I do a majority of the strip completely digitally, this is the book I’ve been waiting for for a long time. It’s written by Freddie E Williams II, a comic book professional who draws monthly print comics almost exclusively on the computer.
Well we survived another 24 Hour Comic Day. It was great experience and a lot of fun, but super-tiring. Scott and I were the last men standing at Time Tunnel, but we didn’t quite get all 24 pages done. I’ve got about five more pages to finish and when I do, I’ll make sure to post them.
Thanks again to Pat Donley, owner of Time Tunnel Comics and host of 24HCD and also thanks to Larry Young, publisher of AiT/Planet Lar, who came all the way to Pittsburgh to hang out with us.
Whew! Okay, I’m still on schedule!
Sorry for the delay folks. Friday’s strip was all set to be finished yesterday, but a personal/family obligation took precedence. I didn’t get the strip finished until….oh about 10 minutes ago.
That’s right, it’s still fresh and warm, like chocolate chip cookies out of the oven.
In other news, this is the last announcement for 24 Hour Comic Day which takes place tomorrow. Find out where they might be hosting 24HCD in your area or, heck, do it on your own! It’s not as much fun as being in a sweatshop atmosphere with a dozen other comic book artists, but it’s about challenging yourself and pushing yourself.
Me, I’ll be drawing at Time Tunnel Comics here in Pittsburgh, most likely all jacked up on caffeine and pizza by midnight.
If you’re participating in 24HCD, good luck! See you Monday!
It’s Wednesday! The best day of the week for us comic book geeks. Overall it seems like it’s a pretty light week, but here’s what I’m planning on getting:
BLACKEST NIGHT TITANS #2 (OF 3) $2.99
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #4 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN #46 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99
LAST DAYS OF ANIMAL MAN #5 (OF 6) $2.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #607 $2.99
THOR #603 $3.99
DIE HARD YEAR ONE #1 $3.99
GI JOE COBRA SPECIAL #1 $3.99
The Birth of the Industrial Robot (1950-1979)
1951: A teleoperator-equipped articulated arm is designed by Raymond Goertz for the Atomic Energy Commission.
1954: The first programmable robot is designed by George Devol. He coins the term Universal Automation.
1956: Devol and engineer Joseph Engelberger form the world’s first robot company, Unimation.
1960: The General Electric Walking Truck was a 3,000 pound, four-legged robot that could walk four miles an hour.
1961: The first industrial robot was online in a General Motors automobile factory in New Jersey.
1963: The first artificial robotic arm to be controlled by a computer was designed.
1963: After the Cuban Missle Crisis and the subsequent assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the GR-1 project begins with the intent to use robotics to defend the United States from enemies both foreign and domestic.
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It’s a week away, but it’s never too early to remind people. Next Saturday is 24 Hour Comic Day all across the world!
What is 24 Hour Comic Day, you ask?
24HCD is an international celebration of comics creation. Cartoonists all over take the challenge of trying to create a 24 page comic story in 24 straight hours. Many gather at special events in comic book shops, schools, and other locations.
The challenge is to create a complete 24 page comic book in 24 continuous hours. That means everything: Story, finished art, lettering, colors, paste-up, etc. Once pen hits paper, the clock starts ticking. (for more information on 24HCD go to the official site: http://www.24hourcomicsday.com/)
I’ll be there along with fellow Weirdlings artists Scott Hedlund and Barry Linck. Take the challenge, it’s a lot of fun, or just stop by and check out comics as they’re being created.
VCPD interview, case no. 014698
Benjamin Ziskie found the body of Chastity King. Ziskie was on a morning walk with his dog
Question: Could you, for the record, state your name and address please.
Answer: Benjamin Ziskie. I live at 107 Fairton Drive. That’s in Old Town.
Question: What do you do Mr. Ziskie?
Answer: I’m an administrator over at VCU…uh…Venture City University. In the enrollment office.
Question: Could you describe what happened on the morning of August 9?
Answer: I was out for my walk. I walk with my dog every morning before getting ready for work.
Question: Where were you walking?
Answer: My usual route: out toward the high-school, up the hill and then back along the backside of the cemetery near the woods. That’s where I found the boy. Actually my dog found the boy. She must’ve heard him or something because she pulled the leash out of my hand and ran into the woods. When I found her, she was with a little boy.
Question: Okay, let’s talk about the boy.
Question: What was he doing? Did he say anything to you?
Answer: He was crouched down on the ground. I heard some crying and then it sounded like he was talking to himself. He was completely ignoring my dog. I stopped and listened.
Question: Had you ever seen the boy before? Who was he?
Answer: I don’t know him. It was still sort of dark. But I could see he had no shirt or shoes on and it was pretty chilly that morning.
Question: What happened next?
Answer: I walked towards him, called out. You know, to see if he was all right. I thought he might’ve been hurt or lost or something.
Question: And then?
Answer: Well, as I got closer, I could see that he was digging in the soil. He didn’t hear me until I got closer. Then he just ran. I think I scared him or something because took off fast.
Question: How old do you think the boy was?
Answer: I don’t know, eleven, twelve.
Question: Did you try to follow the boy?
Answer: Hell no, there’s no way I could’ve caught up with him.
Question: So what did you do?
Answer: I went to where he was digging. It was getting lighter and I could see that he’d been digging something up.
Question: Could you, in your own words, describe what it was he was digging up?
Answer: Well, it was just a small, wooden box with a lid that came off. When you took the lid off, you could see that it was a tunnel, or something and there was an opening at the bottom. On the side actually.
Question: Were you able to see inside?
Answer: Yes, not very well at first, but after the sun came up more and my eyes adjusted to being in the woods, I could see that there was a person inside. All I could see was her hair at first. Brown hair. I don’t know why but it wasn’t until I realized it was a person that I smelled anything.
Question: A smell?
Answer: My God, yes. Rot. It was like the summer that a raccoon got wedged in the air-conditioning duct. You never forget that smell.
Question: Okay. What did you do next?
Answer: I dug next to it, above where the opening was and that’s when I found the coffin part. It was strange, a coffin with this access door. Like for air or something. It was the girl inside. The one that’s been in the papers. She didn’t look so good, but I knew it was her.
Hey guys! Well, after many weeks, Blue Wraith is back. I used the past month to prepare for the Pittsburgh Comicon, which included publishing the first issue of Blue Wraith, a collection of the first 21 strips.
Along with the printed strips, there is totally original content that is exclusive to the print version. If you’re interested in getting a copy of Blue Wraith #1, contact me through Drunk Duck.
In other news, I’ve decided to try publishing BW three days a week, going to a M-W-F schedule. It’s going to be the ultimate challenge for me, but I’m going to give it an honest effort.
I hope you’ve enjoyed BW up to this point. I have a lot planned for the rest of the year, so I hope you stick around and check it out.