Leo Geo Readings!

Good news everyone!  There is not one, but TWO Leo Geo readings/signings coming up in the same amount of weeks!  First up:
Book Signing with Jon Chad
As part of Montshire's annual Shop, Save, Explore event, author Jon Chad will talk about his book "Leo Geo."  I will be signing books, as well as doing an interactive reading for kids and adults alike at 6pm!  I've redone the video for my reading and added sound!  Maybe little ole Jon Chad figured out how to use garage band!?  Maybe there's a song?!

This event is a yearly night where the Montshire opens its doors for FREE!  What's more, there is an opening of a show of nature artwork by Charley Harper, and accompanying comics by the CCS first years!  Super cool!

Friday, November 30, 2012 5:30pm - 7:30pm
More details and information on the Montshire Museum HERE

Book Signing as part of the CCS Holiday Bazaar
On the First Friday of December CCS will  be throwing open the doors of its newest building, the renovated post office.  I will be joined by book titans like Katherine Roy, Sarah Stewart Taylor,  Harry Bliss, James Sturm, and James Kochalka to do signings and sketches.  CCS students will also be on hand churning out some gorgeous holiday cards.

Friday, December 7, 2012 5pm - 8pm
More details and information on the Cartoon Studies website HERE

Two really amazing events!  I hope to see you there!


Bad Mask Roll Call 2

Quickly!  Assemble the agents of evil, BAD MASK!  This week, some of the original members of Bad Mask, as well as some of the most mysterious, are revealed!

Edison Mask: Edison Mask is the oldest member of Bad Mask's scientific department, and the most experienced in chemical solvents.  The super-acids he has created has aided Bad Mask in gaining entry to many secure locations.  Being one of the most senior members, he knows more about Bad Mask's ultimate goal, the completion of Project TenDOE, than any other member, other than Bad Mask himself

Black Mask: Black Mask is the only member of Bad mask that is allowed to not wear the trademark red mask.  Black Mask is not human, but is rather a specter.  Being such, he serves directly under Paruda Mask.  He serves as Paruda's eyes and ears on missions that Paruda Mask cannot be present for.

Maser Mask: An engineering genius, Maser Mask is in charge of weapons development.  However, he is extremely skittish in dangerous situations, so he rarely goes out on missions, or sees his creations actually used in the field.


Bikeman Update!

Hello faithful reader(s)!  I just wanted to check in to let you all know where I am with Bikeman, as well as my other projects!  First of, I know I've been yammering about this all summer, but I have been hard at work on the sequel to Leo Geo, Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis.  It's been a long road, but things are finally starting to wrap up! I've submitted my art, and only have a few loose ends.  VERY EXCITING.

In the meantime, I have been starting to do Bikeman pages again!  I've finished 21 pages since I've had the time to do so, and I had forgotten how much I LOVE this story.  Also, I'd forgotten how arduous it is to draw all those little trees and leaves, but I digress.  Now, if you remember, I stopped posting Bikeman pages a long time ago because I was afraid of catching up to myself.  I have 4 issues out right now, which cover the first 200 pages of the story.  Additionally, besides the pages I've been recently doing, I have enough Bikeman pages for 2 more issues.  There will be a new issue coming out this
spring!  Above is a sketch of one of the main baddies, Brasko Ludado, that I colored for fun.

A recent page!  Moving on, here's a quick update on Bobo Backslack...it still exists.  I'm extremely passionate about the book, and have been showing it around to people.  By hook or by crook, it WILL be a book (hey, that rhymes!)!  Trust me, Bobo is a special little guy that requires a special home.  He will have it though, by golly!

Ahhh, now let's talk about pinball.  It warms the recesses of my cold heart to even type those words.  Since Alec has moved to the West Coast, it requires a bit more coordination between us to get our DTZ issues together.  While we didn't have one for the fall shows, we are DEFINITELY going to have one for the spring shows!  Get pumped!  Also, I've been feeling like a rat that Alec has been handling the brunt of the DTZ blog posts, so I've been recommitting myself to getting some rad pinball art up on the BLOG.

What else is going on...well, Alec and I have still been blogging for Stern.  If you look at the listings of ALL the Stern blog posts in the past year, EASILY 98% of them are Alec and I.  We are nearly the only Stern Bloggers,  which is rad.

Phew, well, that seems like that's it.  I've got a lot on the old Jon Chad plate (aside from teaching/staff duties at CCS) but it's a lot of fun.  I've also been kicking around ideas for another Leo Geo book, so I've always got my eyes on the future!  Onwards!



Remember earlier when I said that the idea of three robots being the master of three types of battlefields (earth, water, sky) is not a new idea.  Well, we can look as far back as the Giant Robo series from Mitsuteru Yokoyama.  I'e already talked about how obsessed I am with this series.  Well, the three most powerful robots were set up in this aforementioned fashion.  As far as I've been able to tell, it's the earliest instance of such.  The main character's robot, Giant Robo, or GR-1, is a land, artilary-based robot, GR-2 is best for underwater combat, and GR-3 is a flying robot.  In the 90's anime Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still, GR-1 is taken from the international terrorist group Big Fire by the creator's son, Daisaku Kusama.  They send GR-2 out in pursuit, and they have an awesome fight.  We never get to see GR-3 in the anime, except briefly in the opening.  I drew some fanart of GR-2!  Enjoy!


More Robots!

I don't think these even need any sort of pretense anymore.  I love robots.  Deal with it.  Here is some fanart from one of my favorite giant robots, Big Duo, from the show Big O.  The three most powerful robots in the Big O series are Big O (a land-based robot), Big Duo (a robot that can sort of transform into a prop plane and fly), and Big Fau (a water-based, submarine-type robot).  This idea of having three robots that are each masters of a different type of battle field is not a new idea, but it's one that I'm completely in love with.  So much so, that the three great monsters from the Bikeman world are modeled in the fashion (the Monster from the Lands Beyond, the Monster from the Skies Above, and the Monsters from the Seas Below).  Any way, here's Big Duo.


Bad Mask Roll Call 1

I've been having a blast recently drawing villains that are part of the International Mischief Coalition, Bad Mask.  Founded by the infamous prankster Cababo Mask, Bad Mask is committed to making the world an uncomfortable place to live in.  Each member of Bad Mask has forsaken their name and their past in the pursuit of evil.  They come from all corners of the globe, and contribute their own unique abilities to Bad Mask.

Rooge Mask- In charge of all money-based crimes and schemes.  Easily one of the best marksmen in Bad Mask, but also, surprisingly, one of the fastest.

Brass Mask- One of the newest and youngest members of Bad Mask.  His impulsiveness and enthusiasm was at first seen as a detriment, but is now treasured in the ranks of Bad Mask.  Although he always seems to be injured, his fast-healing abilities makes him the peak of physical form.

Paruda Mask- Bad Mask's general of the occult.  In recent years, Bad Mask has become increasingly reliant on Paruda's connection to the spirit world and his mastery of mischief magic, meschevermancy.