Phew, did everyone survive the Ides of March?  All I know is that THIS JC always watches his back!  My friends try to invite me to the senate house, and I give them a firm NO.  They'd have to get up much earlier in the morning to pull one over ol' Jon Chad!!

Anyway, I was poking through some of the Leo Geo illustrations that I colored for practice before I started coloring Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis, and I found this bookmark that I made.  I am REALLY into the lettering.  Separately, I like cutting away at lettering, and doubling up lettering, so doing both is like a dream come true!


Under the Sea

I found this colored pencil drawing that I did back in the summer.  Leo would have the best time underwater.  I'm sure that at first he would be resistant to the idea, but once he got to the bottom and starting snooping around underground fissures, he would be in Leo Geo heaven!
Just like space, there's a real freedom as to what you can draw in an DEEP sea environment.  We've already found so many wild varieties of creatures, WHO KNOWS what's down there : )


Spot the Difference

I was going through the archives of Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis images, and I found these two that are a sample of the SAME page on the Matt Data side of the book!  The first is from the sample spread I made when I was pitching the book.  The second is from the final book.  There is SO MUCH that's different about these two!  I had no idea how I was going to render stars...I ended up rendering portals differently...and there's a giraffe with money in the final version!

I really liked that mischievous alien making faces at the astronaut, so I ended up putting him in several point throughout the book.



This was the banner on my Facebook page for a while.  In my mind, it's sort of a prequel scene to Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis where Waruda breaks the Bad Bros out of prison.  I'd like to think that they are particularly feisty in Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis, and that must have come from their new found freedom!


More posts coming!

The radio silence is OVAH!  I'm trying my darnedest to get back on track with posting.  I find that I work best when I set them up ahead of time.  Meanwhile, things are going about par here at CCS.  The first years finished their first BIG project of the semester two weeks ago, and we're all settling back into some semblence of normalcy!  I am about to start two new projects that are REALLY exciting, like, projects that DEFINE me.  I can't talk about it now though, so enjoy some other illustrations!



On this, CYBER MONDAY, the newest and most exciting of online shopping holidays, consider picking up my newest book Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis!  It's the perfect gift for any child (or adult for that matter) who loves science and is interested in book interaction being part of the narrative!  Of course, I'm WAY biased, but I thought I would spread the good word!  I'm not coming here empty-handed, though!  Look!

If only I could make this a real side-scrolling shooter!!  All joking aside, games like R-Type, Gradius, and Star Fox were very inspirational to me when I was putting down the groundwork for this book!  Games like that were doing the things I was interested in (creating continuous visual canvases) WAY before I even dreamed about it!


CCS Holiday Sale and Leo Geo Signing This Friday!!

OH BOY OH BOY!  I know that I already listed a lot of the fun stuff that I'm doing on my last blog post, but I forgot to mention that I will be signing books at the CCS Holiday Book Sale!  Here is the news release from the CCS website: 

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is hosting a special First Friday holiday book sale and signing at the Post Office Building.  Join CCS faculty and students in celebrating the season with some local hot cider, cookies and a slew of affordable graphic novels for all ages.

Faculty members, including Stephen R. Bissette (TyrantSwamp Thing), Jon Chad (Leo Geo), Nicole Georges (Calling Dr. Laura), Jason Lutes (Berlin), Sarah Stewart Taylor (The Expeditioners) and James Sturm (Market DayAdventures in Cartooning) will be signing books.
This event is free and open to the public.
46 South Main Street
Friday, December 6, 5-8pm.  

Also, it really warmed my heart to get a shout-out from A-1 cartoonist and all around amazing friend Alec Longstreth.  He had some great things to say about Leo Geo 2 and The Cute Girl Network (written by MK Reed and Greg Means, and drawn by Joe Flood).