HERE’S THE DEAL: I made an 8-page comic about Count Poopula and some other nerds, and now you can buy it!
Price: $1, that way if you end up hating it, it’s not like you spent any real money on it.
All black and white, with the intent being that kids can print it out and color it in, or maybe you could just open the dumb thing up in photoshop if you’re cool like that and color it like some kind of computer coloring dweeb. I don’t know. It’s up to you, Mr. Baby Man. I’m not your boss.
I love Halloween. I am an idiot because I got the idea to do this on Tuesday (thinking it was Monday), and then worked a bunch of stupid shifts and lost sleep and shit and I just spent ALL OF MY HALLOWEEN finishing it for you.
But hey, poop jokes and a werewolf with a butt for a head! Random parodies of famous monsters! Dr. Frankensteinersteiner! (Who is Dr. Frankensteinsteiner? Spend a dollar and find out, dummy!)
I had the opportunity to sneak around during the wedding of Bryan “Daniel Bryan” Danielson and Brie Bella’s wedding (since they got married here in Sedona) and I wrote up my weird, perhaps somewhat uneventful experience for the newest issue of (what should be) everyone’s favorite pro wrestling zine, THE ATOMIC ELBOW.
This is, of course, in addition to other previous issues of Robert Newsome’s outstanding publication, including #7, which features an essay by me about VIRGIL (yes, THAT Virgil). You can order back issues here.
And just for the heck of it, here’s everything else available from Robert’s storefront, including shirts, which are pretty stylish.
Meanwhile, check back here for more SPACE WRESTLERS, plus info on an upcoming batch of things I’ve been working on, like COMICS.
COMICS are big on my list right now. I got to visit the Phoenix Comicon last weekend, and while the convention itself was kind of… disappointing?… I did have the opportunity to meet and talk a whole lot with Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree) and Tom Scioli (Godland, American Barbarian), and their love and dedication and energy for comics is infectious. So much so that it made me realize how lazy I have been creatively for the past few years. So I’m driving myself harder to get shit out there for you to read.
Anyway, enough jibberjabber!
The past few days saw me do a little more doodling than usual. Dug out the old Sakura pens and gave them a whirl on some paper. The Cap was me trying to fit all the design elements I’ve seen incorporated into his comic look as of late (which I kind of hate), just being ridiculous. It’s dumb that a comic book character that isn’t just symbolic of America, but — and more importantly — hope, is now being depicted in increasingly militant, fascist gear. This is especially troubling in light of post 9/11 American foreign policy.
The boots, the more armored look: this stuff works in the films — and probably has to — but comics don’t need to mimic movies. I always prefer simplified superhero costumes.
The two wrasslers are the newest pieces, and quite fun to draw. I credit some Toriyama influence. Like I said in a prior post, more goofy manga is in my reading diet these days. Plus, Daniel Bryan is outstanding even if his angle and push have been kind of a mess. Dusty Rhodes, meanwhile, requires no explanation. The goddamn AMERICAN DREAM, man. I recently watched some of his polka-dot WWF exploits and I’ll tell you, not even an awful singlet can slow down Dusty. One of the best!
Mega Man was a thing I slowly cranked out at the coffee house while doing some stuff for my day job. I feel like some Brandon Graham slipped in at some point. It was a good therapeutic piece to work on. Very high school “doodle page” for me.
Anyway, that’s all for now. I gotta get some sleep.
Yours in Macho Madness,
A quick-ish update about where you can get my stuff!
1. GALAXY OF THE DAMNED
I recently went about collecting the first (and so far only) volume of my webcomic GALAXY OF THE DAMNED, and it is now available on Kindle for $2.99.
Some notes: It may not have zoom capabilities depending on your Kindle device. However, it does seem to zoom fine on the Kindle app (and if anybody is having technical issues, PLEASE let me know here or at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can seek a fix).
Currently, Kindle is the only format it is in, but I will (eventually) look into ComiXology, although I’m not super impressed with their android/kindle app (my experience with the iOS app is limited, but people have told me it works much better, which is no surprise to me). But hey, why cut myself off from another avenue.
Mostly, I’m just trying this stuff out to see how it all works and know what my options are when I have future comics I want to put out there for handheld devices. I figured GotD is all done and ready-to-use, so what the hey. The comic will remain available in its original webcomic form at galaxyofthedamned.com for the moment, but I might take it down sooner rather than later. I don’t really know right now.
2. ATOMIC ELBOW ISSUE 7
I wrote an essay about Wrestling Superstar Virgil! You can read it in good guy Robert Newsome’s wrestling fanzine THE ATOMIC ELBOW ISSUE 7.
It’s print-only, with limited copies remaining. It’s a great zine that I’ve wanted to contribute to from the very moment I read the first issue. So I’m feeling pretty damn good about getting in there. Like wrestling? Like good, funny, thoughtful writing? Like cool comics and illustrations? Like Dusty Rhodes? Then what the hell are you waiting for, brother?
My pulp crime novella is currently still available on Kindle, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble as an e-book. Pick it up while you can, because I’m not sure how much longer it will be available.
4. This blog
I do believe that’s all the things to date. Meanwhile, I’ve cooled off on the Van Dammage Papers at the moment, but I’ll be back with some new one soon. For one thing, I sat down and watched The Quest, which is a really stupid movie about James Bond selling JCVD into kickboxing slavery, and it features James Remar, who I love because I can’t tell if he’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen or one of the worst.
I’m also occasionally updating with new sketches and such. I came to the realization some weeks back that while my undisclosed day job is exhausting and I feel like I have less and less time to work on all of this stuff, it’s really important that I make the time to do it all, because this is the stuff that matters. As silly as it might sound, I feel it’s important that I explore really shitty Van Damme movies, that I draw fan art of Robocop teaming up with Sting, that I try to get back to making more comics and simply writing more of the shit that I am best at.
So thanks for reading my blog, buying my stuff, sharing my art, and being all around cool people, whoever you are.
Yours in Macho Madness,