My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #89 & #90: Miniatures from Ware & DeForge

Chris Ware was interviewed by Bookworm’s Michael Silverblatt at UCLA in 2013. I can’t remember much from it, other than some really long-winded, pretentious questions from the audience at the end, and just thinking to myself afterwards,“%#*$! He draws all that shit by hand!” You can read Ware’s latest strip, The Last Saturday, at The Guardian here. Michael DeForge put on a great slide-show presentation for his Ant Colony signing at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. He talked a lot about his process, and some abandoned, “lost” projects. It was very interesting, but kind of painful to think about, since knowing DeForge, I’m sure a lot of that work was […]

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #87: Brandon Graham

This sketch was done for me at Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim, CA during the 2012 Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity Tour. Brandon Graham was perfectly affable in his willingness to chat with each person, and take the time to draw in everyone’s sketchbook, comic, etc. Multiple Warheads will be returning Summer 2015 in Graham’s audacious, collaborative effort with artist Emma Rios, and scores of other top creators for the super-anthology Island. My Convention Sketchbook #88: Jim Rugg was posted a while back.

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #85 & #86: Adventure Time Artists

Adventure Time the show, and the comics feature some of the most talented artists working today. So, It was a pleasure to meet 2 of the storyboard artists at WonderCon, Anaheim in 2012. David C. Smith currently works at Titmouse Studios, and Andy Ristaino, is still with Adventure Time. They both make their own lovingly crafted comics zines that are available for purchase, if you dig far enough.

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #84: Malachi Ward

Malachi Ward drew this curious character in my sketchbook at the inaugural L.A. Zine Fest in 2012. He recently released a special boxed edition called the Vile Decay Supplement(which debuted at the first Comic Arts L.A.). This limited edition item includes special process zines, and an actual piece of process art for his critically acclaimed comic! Also, check out my interview with Malachi Ward from a few months ago here.

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #83: Frank Stack

Looking at this sketch by the infamous underground cartoonist Frank Stack(The Adventures of Jesus), I’m remembering how he sort of muttered what he was thinking as he drew this. Something about a “Mary Rogers” playing the legendary female pirate Anne Bonny, and I’m pretty sure that’s him sitting in the corner. The Mary Rogers he was referring to could be the “beautiful cigar girl” of the early 1800’s who inspired a Poe detective story, or maybe Will Roger’s actress daughter Mary Brooks Rogers..? I don’t know, but it was very entertaining to watch him illustrate his worst nightmare/ultimate fantasy in my sketchbook. Thanks, Frank!

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #82: Chester Brown

Yummy Fur is one of my all time favorite comic books, so to get the chance to meet Chester Brown, and have him draw in my sketchbook was beyond a dream come true. He was so gracious, and friendly. It was a rare SDCC appearance in 2011 at the Drawn and Quarterly booth to promote his latest graphic novel Paying for It. As I chatted with him, I couldn’t help imagining Mr. Brown having a late-night post-Comic-Con rendezvous with a random “lady of the night” at the Omni Hotel across the street.

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #80 & #81: C.F. & Brian Chippendale

It’s been awhile, but it’s time to finish up sharing these sketchbook drawings with y’all! Here’s a double feature of 2 avant garde comix artists, C.F. and Brian Chippendale. These were drawn at Family Book Store in Los Angeles, CA in 2010. The artists presented their latest works(Powr Mastrs 3 & If ‘N Oof, respectively) via slide-show. They were both super nice. C.F. had a confused look on his face when I told him his work sort of reminded me of Ditko’s, which was an appropriate response since I was talking out of my ass..

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #78: Gabrielle Bell

I first read Gabrielle Bell’s comics in Drawn & Quarterly Showcase #4. Her story about a young woman hired to give private art lessons to a famous sculptor’s son pulls you into it’s character driven story, and it reads like a lost short film from New York Stories. Her latest graphic novel, Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries, chronicles her travels to France, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Colombia, and back to Brooklyn. Generously, Gabrielle posts current diary cartoons regularly on her Lucky blog.

My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #77: Keith Conroy

Definitely one of the greatest treasures I found in my years of going to SDCC, was the Indy comics anthology Hot Mexican Love Comics! In 2010, one of the contributing artists,Keith Conroy, drew me this snappy senorita! It looks like they took a break in 2014, but lets cross our collective fingers for a new issue in 2015! If you look close, you can see my sketchbook buried in that picture…