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November 17, 2016
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Say Hello to Courtney Hahn

Courtney is co-creator on Podunk, an old fashioned cowboy comedy. I was able to track her down on the dusty trail and ask her a few questions:

When did you decide to start drawing comics and why?

Waaaay back, I liked drawing these weird anime guys and my dad was like “this looks like what you draw, I’m gonna buy you this book” and so he bought me a How to Draw Manga book and that’s kinda where it started. Later when I got a little better at drawing, my friends and I had stories so we wrote them and I drew them. Now when I do it it’s just really fun and I don’t know what else I’d do with my time.

What or who is your biggest influence outside the comic industry, how has that changed your life?

A lot of my inspirations for making comics come mostly from the animation industry. Cartoons are a constant in my life, so I use a lot of the life force that cartoons give me and channel it into making comics. I’m also very inspired by a lot of supernatural phenomena that happen that people try to explain, whether through something practical or it just being chocked up to UFOs. Crop circles and Bigfoot, baby!

How do you recharge your creative batteries?

Sometimes when I’m feeling burnt out or stuck, I take a breather and try and find a movie that I either really like or have never seen before. Sometimes it’s just a break from the monotony and I can keep going, other times something about the film inspires me to do a completely different story and then I get side tracked. Either way, it helps get me going again. I also like to drive so I’ll go across town to the art store to just walk around and get out. Can’t stay cooped up in your room all day, right?

What tools do you use to create comics?

I’ve done almost 100% of my comics in Manga Studio EX 4 and my trusty Intuos3 tablet (with one exception where I did a comic on card stock with some spiffy ink pens).

If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island and could only bring 5 items, what would you do if you left the 5 items at home and found yourself in R’lyeh?

Well, I was gonna bring paper and pens and junk, but if I’m on some scary island without those things, I prolly wouldn’t be very happy at first but then I’d remember that it’s an experience and I can totally turn that adventure into a comic for when I get home!

We won’t mention that you’d most likely be inking them with your own drool of course, madness!

Don’t forget to check out her comic Podunk and more of her work here.

 

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November 10, 2016
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Say Hello to Gaston Pacheco

Gaston is a comic artist and martial arts enthusiast, you can find his work in Dead Future, the upcoming Convocation, and on his blog. I was able to pull him away from drawing long enough to answer a few questions:

When did you decide to start drawing comics and why?

I´m drawing comics or different stuff from I was a Kid. I started to copy the drawings of my big brother Diego, he´s a wonderful artist. Years later, in the high school, I start to looking more seriously to drawings in comics and get better and better on my style and take some art class from different teachers. I found that comics are a different way to tell stories, another medium of communications, just a little bit underestimated.

What or who is your biggest influence outside the comic industry, how has that changed your life?

My biggest influence outside the comics is, mostly, from movies and tv series. When I see a great movie or a TV Series with awesome visual effect, or a movie/Tv series, with good characters, good script and a good angles of the camera, good illumination, that kind of thing gives me a motif for me to draw.

How do you recharge your creative batteries?

With comics. My big recharge are with comics. When I see an awesome comics, (USA, Manga, European, from here Argentina) , I just close up the comic (or book artist) and jump in to the white page (or a half drawing page, in the best of the case) and keep drawing. Draw, re-draw and keep drawing is the only way to get better and better in the art for an artist.

What tools do you use to create comics?  

I a big fan of a traditional art. When I get the script, I start to read with a page and a pencil in my hand, to start to draw a fast first idea of the page. I prefer to start to do a sketch in pencil and later, ink with traditional inks (01, 03, 005 for a small details). After that, I scan in a high resolution (300 dpi is good enough) and I cleaning the draw in PS5 o PS4 (I have both). Now, I start to do digital color with a tablet Genius, I’m not good enough, but I’m still practicing.  

If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island and could only bring 5 items, what would you do if you left the 5 items at home and found yourself in R’lyeh?  

I will take a pencil, big amount of paper and a lot of comics, but If I forget all that stuff, I am martial artist too, so I would be training all that time like a deadly machine 😉

Facing madness with determination and discipline, you might be the only one to survive. 😉

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November 3, 2016
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The big reveal! Well, the big re-reveal! Seriously you already knew right? You’re not the S’mores guy are you? Don’t be the S’mores guy.

 

If you didn’t know Charlie and I do some other things as well. One of Charlie’s current projects is Big Fat Charlie, a great collection of gag strips about BFC and his Cat. If you haven’t checked it out take a look at what you’re missing.

I’m over on Youtube now relearning how to film and edit again, because I needed another hobby. If you’re into gaming, tech, toys, comics, or just having fun, that’s what I’m all about. My last video I opened up the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s game and did a little skit with my daughter. Let us know what you think over at OneExpToLevel.

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October 13, 2016
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Nyar’s way of explaining seems to be what every politician bases their speeches off of. Let’s just dance around the topic at hand by adding a lot of words that will eventually distract you from the reason we started talking. I use this tactic a lot with my younger kids and it works every time.

“Can I have a cookie, pleeeease?”
“Cookie? Sure, I like cookies too. Doesn’t Cookie Monster like cookies too?”
*nods head*
“I remember he ate a whole plate and got a tummy ache. Just like Gil did on Bubble Guppies, do you want to watch Bubble Guppies?”
“Guppies!”, they run off to the TV.

Sometimes I might have to loop that conversation longer but it almost always works.

 

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