STILL NO SOUND the website has been UPDATED! Hoorah!
My web site has been retooled, so enjoy. I sifted through nearly 30 years of art, some were around 500 pieces, and the result is 125 pieces dating back to 1982 when I was the spirited age of 7. The site is set up in a time progression, organized in reverse by page number. It is like reading a book backwards, but in chronological order. The oldest page link is a thumbnail in the lower right hand corner on all pages; this will connect you with page one. Page two is to the left ect… The most resent update will always be the top left thumbnail. Once you have perused page 1-125 in order you should find this more convenient should you check back regularly (say once a month).
The premise of the site as a piece of art and a historical/sociological document is to show the humble progression of a cartoonist (lil’ ol’ me). At its most basic level I thought this could be most public I could be about an essential principle hinted at in a quote at the bottom of the page from a former teacher of mine, with out taking away to much of the mystery and magic of the PROCESS one persons art.
There are some basic but very minor changes to all the pages still to be made and I am aware of a few kinks already, if you notice any problems feel free to let me know here and I will try and take care of it the next time I update.
You can always reach the blog by clicking on the STILL NO SOUND logo at the top of stillnosound.com comes pages. You may also click on my face to reach me by e-mail in the same place.
I look forward to your feedback and I will try to keep the blog and website updated more often then once every six months.
Now in other news…
In illustration news I have again joined up with Mojotown on their new non-profit organization The Mojotown Project. It is a non-profit that donates a whole package approach of promotional and web survices to other non-profits. I have created their logo as seen at stillnosound and their site. You will see more of my work there in the future. Please if you have the time or money contribute to this needed service.
All comics projects unfinished and mentioned prior are indefinitely put on hold in their current state ore have been consumed as a portion of a bigger project. Some were a notion, some were notes, some were thumbnails and some had finished inked panels. One such story is about a variety of trips we have been taking including a harrowing experience in Costa Rica. The story focuses in my increasing fear of flying. The other two tips were to Savannah/Knoxville and back home to Nor Cal. Savannah trip brings with it an excellent report on the state of affairs at SCAD’s Sequential Art department. I wish I were in school there now. I also wish I was in school this fall at the Center for Cartooning Studies here in Vermont or even SVA. All three programs are showing great promise right now. It is a great time to major in comics. I am going back to school but not for another year and it is to study Art Education and receive my license to teach art at the high school level. It will make me a better college professor and cartoonist. Plus I have always enjoyed the challenge of working with that developmental age.
This bigger project with the exception of some things of the past the have possibly weaseled their way into this new entity is in a plotting faze. All I am at liberty to say is the plot is actually a 12 pages and growing novella. Kids I do not recommend this as part of your process if you are here looking for guidance on how to make comics…one paragraph is fine and if you can summarize it in one sentence that is interesting then its better. I have written comics history and articles of this length, but I have never created a comic project of this magnitude. At this point I think it will be a 300-page tomb that should take about 5 years to illustrate. I can say this that at this point I think it will be worth taking on despite not having a publisher at this point. I expect once it is in its first ruffed out pencils there could be some interest after I shop it around. I will keep you up to date on the progress and process as things move along. If I kill the project you will know that here as well. This story is just flowing out of me, I am just starting to have a say in it. Lets hope I don’t ruin it.
My next blog update will include 2004 top ten lists and short opinions of stuff I have consumed since the election.