Opposite Forces


(I’m going on about 3 hours sleep so I hope this is coherent). Earlier this year I had the honor of inking two issues for the re-release of “Opposite Forces”, a series created by former Disney animator extraordinaire Tom Bancroft (Aladdin, Lion King, Mulan). Tom has also done some directing and character design for VeggieTales, and he now runs Funny Pages Press and Funny Pages Productions. His work is fantastic and he’s about the nicest guy around. Anyway, issue #2 should be out “any day now”. I only inked the cover for issue 2, but inked the entire interior of issues 3 and 4 which should also be out soon. You can view some of Tom’s pencils here. The re-release is being handled through Community Comics by my good friend Sherwin Schwartzrock, and a graphic novel version of Opposite Forces is also due out later this year. I’ll post more info as soon as I get the details. In the mean time, look for Opposite Forces #2 soon at your corner comic book store!

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Evolution: The Case of the Exploding Bugs!

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Call me crazy, but I believe evolution is a poor explanation for the origin of life. Evolution says nothing became something which exploded and became everything…all by itself. Nobody knows for sure how it happened, just that it took a very long time.

To me that kind of thinking requires more faith than Christianity. Look at any building. The buidling itself is absolute proof there was a builder. Similiarly, a painting is absolute proof there was a painter. That’s science in a nutshell–look at the evidence and draw the most likely conclusion. When you think about the incredible complexity of nature, it seems reasonable, even scientific, to conclude there was an intelligent Designer (God) behind it all. The odds of it all happening purely by chance are just too remote.

Anyway, I came across this fascinating video clip from a series called “Creatures that Defy Evolution”. These little bomb-throwing bugs are truly an incredible feat of nature. There’s just no way they could have evolved. This clip is pretty amazing. Check it out!

How to be a Cartoonist

Life’s been pretty crazy lately. The last 48 hours have included freelance projects, remodelling my bathroom, computer network problems, cleaning out my storage room, and re-arranging furniture to make room for my fiance’s stuff once we’re married.

But that’s not going to stop me from posting a neat link. Chris Browne of “Hagar the Horrible” fame (pictured below) has posted some advice on how to break into cartooning. Should make an interesting read for all you aspiring cartoonists out there. Cheers!

Awwwwww…

Jennie (my fiance) has been helping me remodel the bathroom. We’re ripping out cheap tile from the 70’s and replacing it with white panelling. Today I walked in to find this poem written by Jennie on the wall. When the bathroom is remodelled again some day in the future, someone will read this and know we were there. I’ve got the coolest fiance ever!

Summer Camp

I’m illustrating a large map of a campground for a curriculum publisher. I usually work in Photshop or Painter, but have decided to try Illustrator for a change. It’s a lot of work but I like the look of having no outlines (sort of like Cartoon Network’s Foster’s Home of Imaginary Friends and Krypto the Super Dog). I’m excited to see how it turns out! Here’s a detail of the map so far.