Aug 29, 2013

Goblyn issue 42b preview

i'm sort of here and there with these previews. or are they considered teasers?
which ever.
i was actually very relaxed while working on a lot of this issue, i don't know what it was
what it is I guess i should say since i still have about 11 pages left to work on.
i realize with this issue i'm going to have to find a balance within the ongoing fight that Sevanoh and Nohni are involved in with the element eater, it's kind of a swirling den of baddies, but my poor hand can't handle drawing all the characters at the same time... all the time.
split them up?

i don't know, i still feel like you would see the other passing through the BG (background) of the other.
speaking of BG's i did a lot of BG creating in photoshop for the whole basement fighting scenario.
i mean the pattern on that floor required it of me. but there's hardly anything in that place at all
but a few banners on the walls... i'm going to have to make the next one fancier.
yeah you heard me... the next one.
for this one tho, i hope it looks okay, i tried to make it as less boring as i could, but the stage they're fighting on/in is just that... boring.
oh well.
we'll see what comes out of it in the end.

Aug 25, 2013

Kamen Rider Hibiki, keep your beat!

So, I only just started watching Kamen Rider Hibiki, I’m only 12 episodes in but I felt like I had to talk about it because I’m hooked. I like Kamen Rider, I have for a very long time. But sometimes life can drag you away and I missed a few years and so with it a few of the different series.   
I started playing catch-up in a really random way, dancing around some of the series from the early 2000s. And while I was reading articles on Wikipedia about each series, trying to decide which one I was going to watch next I found Hibiki

What interested me so much was that unlike any other series the entire creative staff was pulled off the show half way through and replaced by a different crew of people. For many people in kamen rider circles this is a big topic of discussion then and still to this day, because the tone of the series apparently shifted. Because of that a lot of people ignore the second half of the series regarding Hibiki as an unfinished work. But that was only part of the allure of this odd duck in the rider franchise, apparently this series went places and took on themes that kamen rider had not done before and this along with reportedly less than stellar merchandise sales lead to the change. With my eyebrows sufficiently planted in the ceiling from intrigue I began watching and let me tell you this KR series is fascinating. I’m so used to KR being flashy, ruckus and dynamic, or just full of that in your face action that’s been in the series for years; that this was a refreshing slap in the face. It really is a different kind of KR. 

First the KR character himself the main one at least Hibiki uses a pair of customized Bachi drumsticks in his fighting attacks, his finishing move is to literally place a magically expanding drum face across an enemy monsters body and then beat it rhythmically and furiously like a Taiko drum until they explode into shards of dust and energy. It’s a very Japanese show, focusing on many aspects of cultural and historical appreciation and I’m sure that, that’s the aim of the series as If to say to its Japanese viewership, look at this wonderful rich heritage we have here, please don’t let it fade away. It's a very self aware series in many ways, very carefully playing out the way it presents itself. It plays with a story in which the mundane constantly crosses paths with the phenomenal, something along with producer Shigenori Takadera's approach to multi-cut, stylishly edited film making, really appealed to me. You can really tell that someone who loves cinema is behind the camera because some of the things that are done with lighting, framing and scene cuts are absolutely fascinating. Every inch of the visual editing makes sure to acknowledge the little interesting bits of what make Japanese culture so absolutely delightful to the rest of the world.
And then we have the action…the thing about this is, there is action, just not the over the top hyper paced wire performance action of the more contemporary series. there’s a lot less of this than you would come to expect in a KR or Tokusatsu series, and more of a slow buildup of each adversary leading to a very grounded realistic street fight between a magical man and a monster. Hibiki and his team of fellow monster hunters actually spend a lot of time having to track and plot out where the monsters are and sometimes have to come up with strategies on how to fight them based on their library of the entire history of KR/Oni who have been fighting over the centuries. I think more of what makes me really like this series is how unlike all the other KR series it seems to be, they spend absolutely no real time wasting on developing the Makamou, villain characters, not making them even remotely appealing or sympathetic on a human level. 

They are human hating monsters who have it out for us and deserve to be destroyed. They don’t have flashy, elaborate, monster designs; in fact they are very grounded in Japanese mythology and look very much like they rose up right out of the forests and mountains. Real monsters if you will with crackled furry bodies, or sallow sunken faces. Instead, the character development is saved for the protagonists and I like that. it seems everyone is so obsessed with the bad guy now, that they forget that the good guys can be more than one dimensional characters too. Hibiki seems like a straight forward hero guy until you throw 14 year old asumu adachi into the mix. 

 He’s everything that I was at 14, a quiet, seemingly boring daydreamer from a broken home who was woefully unsure of himself and what he wanted to do in life. But along comes hibiki and inadvertently changes this kid’s life. Not overnight but you can see it’s a slow burn. There’s not just a father figure thing going on here, but an assurance to younger viewers that it’s okay to be unsure of the path you want to take when you’re young, there are many options out there that you never even imagined and there are people just like you who are successful and happy in life. The all over tone of the series is great to me, it’s a wonderful break from the over the top, neon laced, action and pacing of say KR Wizard and delves into a more mature and subtle story. Because that’s very much what this is, a story less obsessed with showing you how awesome it can be with its lavish monsters, magical belts, odd ball characters and more with giving you something fulfilling to walk away from satisfied. 


It’s like if KR was in the real world, the people are real, the situations are real, the emotions, the resolutions, the pacing is real. This is the first KR series that I actually thought to myself I would watch multiple seasons of this if they existed. I still haven’t decided if I will go past the point in the episodes where the creative team changed up, but from what I have read it doesn’t seem like I would be as satisfied with it as I am now. And you know what… not even once does Hibiki yell the word “HENSHIN!” before he transforms, and with this series… I’m okay with that. This show marches to the beat of a different drum.

hit the beat, keep your beat, Hibiki

Aug 23, 2013

Goblyn Book One ON SALE NOW!

Goblyn Book One is now in print and totally on sale! wooo hooo!
  • 96 pages of full colour Goblyn adventure.
  • includes chapters 1-3
you can totally get a copy over at Indyplanet 
get it, love it, foreverrrrrrr

Aug 20, 2013

Goblyn Issue 42

a few days late, a few pages short.
i had a really bad couple weeks there art wise
i just wasn't satisfied with much of anything.
on top of that I'm actually secretly working on
three other comic titles, two you know
and one you will soon see.
and a couple of new things i'm hoping you'll really enjoy

I have a real pile of rejected pages and i took a pic of them
as proof to my future self that not every book will go smoothly.
i mean... I knew that, but this... this will maybe help me from
falling down that hole.
ha ha

OH! and the Goblyn Book One Trade paperback is
finally finished and at indy planet for sale now
check it out, Goblyn Book One @
get a copy, maybe two...
i'll post a video soon.

Aug 18, 2013

change and evolution

so, I'm updating the website/blog.
instead of trying to maintain and govern three or more websites related to each individual comic book i work on or will be working on, I want everything to be found in one place. all the different series i do under one roof.
i know this whole change is probably very sudden, but i'm trying really hard to keep from being so absolutely stressed out while working to the level that i really want to. because i want to tell all theses stories, but if i'm in a million places scattered all over the internet, i'll just continue to fall apart.

the main navigation will change and look different, including all the currently running titles, each going to their sub pages which include the comics' archive, databooks, etc.

so yay... starting very soon if not the second i finish this post
Goblyn and Munch Chunky will be hosted in the same site, and soon will be joined by series Myth of Eustro and Nivadamandi and occasional one off stories i come up with.
all in all I just want one place for all my comics work so people aren't split into having to go a million places to read all the stuff i do.

Aug 4, 2013

Goblyn issue 41b

hunh... i just realized it but, there are five story lines going on in this issue.
technically five. over all only three.
but still... i hope i don't mess any of them up.
i'll really have to stay on top of it for the next few issues.

sorry this took so long to come out.
hope you enjoy.