Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tumblrerrrerr

Hi Friends,

ALERT:  I will be using tumblr for my main blog from now on: freddy comics.

In News:

Chuck opened up 3 month subscriptions again!  (To all subscribers who were hoping for a Lou last month, sorry!!!  I will have a new issue this next time, I PROMISE.  And it will be awesome.  Other deadlines have been creepin' on me.)

And good friend Steve Bissette (he's kind of like our comics Dad, or guardian angel, I think) just wrote this amazing thing.

love,
mm

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Noo Loo



Lou Number 5 is hot off the presses!






Off the presses of our new, amazing and beautiful Risograph machine that is.  Her name is Glory, and she rules so hard.

In this issue, summertime begins, some pizza is eaten, and some intrigue is introduced.  Also, T.J. inexplicably has a creepy new mustache.  I've abandoned the inkwash for now in favor of using a nib, which I haven't done in a long time, and with which I'm starting to feel comfortable again.  Also, sometimes I think that this comic is all of the 80's and 90's movies about kids that I've seen, all rolled into one.  There's just something about those movies made about kids in that era, where the kids are messy and bad and weird and hilarious, that I absolutely love.   Like the kid who swears all the time in Bad News Bears.

Also, Oily Comics, which is becoming a big and beautiful thing, now has a subscription that you can purchase!  It means you get all the comics that Chuck puts out in the span of three or six months, plus some swag, like a hand-drawn membership card, and an embroidered patch that I am making out of my Uncle Jimmy's old tie-dyed Allman Brothers t-shirt.  Go here to get the subscription!  There are some amazing artists in store for you if you do....and it's only gonna be available until July 31.

Click here to buy! 




Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'M AN ADULT NOW AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT

OH HELLO.  I didn't see you there.  Welcome to this blog.

GUESS WHAT:  I have finished Lou #4, and it is available at the Oily Boutique.  Guess what else.  The brand new issues of Chuck's TEOTFW and Max's Moose are also there!!!   GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT.

A bit about Lou:  Lou Number 4 takes place on Halloween.  As I'm writing these issues,  I've noticed how bits from movies I loved as a kid come through, like E.T., the Sandlot, Flight of the Navigator, Homeward Bound...  And I am falling in love more and more with Lou's family.  I was originally just going to be focusing on Lou and her relationship with the dog, Sammy (who is based on my own dog I had as a child, of the same name, the greatest dog in the world).  But Eddie, Lou's big brother, has taken on all of these stories I've heard from Chuck about his teenage life, and her little brother John has his own funny personality now too.  Lou's parents are based on adult couples that I've admired throughout my life, and my relationship with Chuck as well.   I feel like I'm trying to learn how to write convincing, heartfelt adult characters without taking away from the attention that I pay to the younger ones.  MAYBE I AM GROWING UP??

Some samples of from Lou #4:







AND AN ADDED BONUS!!!!

My good friend and classmate from CCS, Matt Aucoin, did a whole comic featuring Freddy and Uncle Sully!  It's so awesome.  He knows Freddy so well!  Check out Matt's work here!






Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Again

Doing the daily strips after a looong break.

freddystrip_71

sketchbook page

things I draw

And here's a little peek at that new comic...

baby

BABIES!



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Number Two, Travels, Hog Wild, Muster

1.  Recently I've become obsessed with the phrase "Whole Hog."

2.  I finished the second issue of Lou!  In which, we have dinner, and meet the parents.  I am growing really attached to these characters, I love them very much, and I hope you will too....

Here is the cover:

Lou #2!

and page 5:

page 5 of Lou #2

Available for purchase at my online store,  and at the Oily Boutique, where you buy many other fine items; and soon at many fine stores across the U.S.

OR

3. You could buy it at the following comic conventions:
MoCCA in NYC(I won't have my own table, but will be around, and sometimes at the Secret Acres table
TCAF in Toronto (Where I'm doing a workshop for kids!  More on that later...)
MECAF in Portland, ME
CAKE in Chicago.  A new show, that I'm super excited about.  I've never been to the windy city...

I don't think I'm forgetting any?  COMICS!

Other News:

Charles has started what promises to be a huge, and admirable, and wonderful undertaking: The Muster List, a directory of sorts for where to buy comics, organized by artists's names.  There really isn't anything else like this anywhere right now, and he woke up one morning with the idea in his head, and did it.  And it's great.

Joe Lambert's new book is out and for sale! I don't have one yet, but can't wait to get my paws on one.

And Sean Ford's book collecting his series Only Skin will be debuting at MoCCA!

Whole Hog. Hog Wild. (what other phrases have Hog in them?)
















ok.  bye.





Thursday, March 15, 2012

Minty, Hamazon, Texas Forever

Hey Friends,

Look! Minty Lewis drew a Freddy strip!  Minty is the author of the HILARIOUS book P.S. Comics, and the awesome comic Salad Days.  She and her husband Damien Jay (also an amazing cartoonist) and their baby Sally are one of my favorite families ever.

Freddy-Minty


She has inspired me also to start these up again.  At the moment I'm working on Lou #2.



In other news, you can now buy Freddy Stories on Amazon!

And I've decided to do a new fun project, something totally and completely for fun.  Chuck and I have been watching Friday Night Lights, and I know it's kind of old now but, it's absolutely one of my favorite shows ever in the world.  Actually, it might be my #1 favorite.  I have grown so attached to the characters, and the family dynamics in it are so complicated and well developed, and there is this overarching sense of fairness, justice and hope that I love.  Plus, Taylor Kitsch is a babe.

We aren't done watching the show yet, we're on season 4 still, so don't give me any spoilers.  BUT I've decided that I want to print a Friday Night Lights fanzine! I think I'll probably call it "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose", but not sure yet...

The page size will be 8.5" x 11" folded in half (so 4.25 x 5.5).  I'm looking for anything that has to do with FNL; comics, art, writing, girly collages with hearts, whatever!

it will be all black and white.  Please send bitmaps or 600 grayscale tiff files to crucifictorius@gmail.com.

I haven't decided on a deadline yet.

I'll keep you posted, it's possible I'll be starting a tumblr for this!



xo
mm

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

NEW

New things!

It's been a long time.  Hello from the woods of Hancock.

Things:  Charles Forsman is starting to print some more one-dollar black and white comics under the imprint "Oily Comics".   This includes his series TEOTFW (of which he just finished the lastest issue!), Max de Radigu├ęs's Moose (so good), and my new series that I've just started, called "Lou".

Lou is a 9 year old tomboy (surprise surprise) who lives in a rural area with her slightly dysfunctional but loving family, including an older brother named Eddie Jr, and her little brother John.  I'm drawing a lot on my own childhood for this one, even more than for Freddy Stories.  It's going to include a lot of 90's nostalgia, if you're into that sort of thing.

Here's the cover:
Lou #1

And a sample page:
lou sneak peek page

And the back cover:
hey arnold

You can buy this comic here from my store, or at the Oily Boutique!


ANOTHER NEW THING ABOUT OLD THINGS:

I made this print about some things I remember from being a kid.  We are living in the house I grew up in right now, and I'm pretty much surrounded by nostalgia all day every day.  As you can probably see from this, I was a weird kid and so was my sister.  I loved that Beetlejuice figurine so much that I slept with it under my pillow.

remember

remember.close

You can buy this print here!

And last but not least, Foreword Reviews reviewed Freddy Stories!!! So exciting.  All of the books they review are independently published, and they print an actual real life magazine with all of the reviews in it.  You can read my review here.



xoxoxo
mm

Friday, February 17, 2012

Practice

Hi,

I'm practicing drawing kids:

kidssketch

And here's a peek at a comic I did for an upcoming newsprint publication:

mm.crier



xoxo


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Momomomomomoooo

GUESS WHAT

Here's a new comic strip featuring Freddy and Momo, drawn by my close friend, Mo Oh, who is a mind-blowingly talented artist.  I love Momo (and Mo) so much.  This comic hits me deep in the heart. (Click on it to read).




More Things:

I am working on a mini-comic right now that Chuck will be printing, as part of Oily Comics.  Right now Oily Comics is just The End of the Fucking World, which you should read if you haven't already.  The new one just came out.  I did a little drawing for the front.  I love these one-dollar comics.




CONVENTIONS!
We are now definitely going to CAKE, MECAF, and TCAF.  I am also going to Mocca, where I will be seen hovering around the Secret Acres table (which will have Sean Ford's collected Only Skin!!!)  and eating Barry's snacks.
I'm super excited for convention season!  Friends!  Comics!

MUSIC
I am trying to spread the word about this dude, Thomas Patrick Maguire,  because this album is amazing.

WHAT ELSE
I can't think of anything right this second.
I am addicted to tumblr, been doing that a lot lately.  And slowly trying to wean myself off of the internet a little.

xo
mm


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Haaaaay

I've been taking a break from doing the daily strips, in case you haven't noticed.  For right now.  But I started to put them all on a Tumblr, where they go up twice a day, if you feel like reading them again!  I'm in that weird place with my next project where it's all in my head, and I've written about it, but it's just sort of cooking in there.  So while it's in there I've been trying to do some other projects to occupy myself.

Like, redrawing more comic pages!  I think this is a really awesome thing to do while I'm thinking about how I want to draw my next project.  I want to be a better cartoonist, and I want to work hard and spend time on each panel.  So I decided to copy Pascal Girard, whose work is deceptively simple.  It was HARD.  But fun.  It's copied from page 21 of his book Bigfoot.  I decided to do inkwash, because I wanted to practice that (the original is digitally colored...)

bigfoot redraw



Here are a couple other things...

A few months ago I submitted this as a rough draft to the New Yorker.  Maybe I'll try coloring it...

mendes.NYer

And I made this painting for my friend Ramona.   She's almost 3.  She wanted a painting of a Green Kitty with Clovers.  I love this kid!

greenkitty


It was a trade for this awesome portrait that her dad, Ryan Spahr, who is an amazing tattoo artist in Mechanicsburg, PA, did for us.