Thursday, December 01, 2011

Comic Industry Rant #102

This is kind of a follow up to my Deviantart journal and you can read it by clicking the title of this post.

First, I would like to say that my comments are from my point of view as a creator. I am not dogging retailers or Diamond. I understand that a business is there for many reasons but the main reason is to make a profit. All I am saying is that there is a right way and wrong way to make a profit. You don't kill the supplier of your product to gain more profit. I am sure some folks would argue that making it hard for small indy guys to survive isn't killing the supplier but I would disagree and here is why. In the beginning of comics everyone was a small indy guy. There where no giants. Once the giants were established the small indy guys kept the giants legit. What I mean by that is that the indy guy competed with them and made them be creative. Once you take that element out of the game the giants became complacent. They created a "standard" comic, which in my opinion really killed this industry, and stop letting artist be that artist. When you go into a shop and every book looks exactly the same then when would I chose one over the other. Now, some may say that it would be due to the writing and I am telling you that history would show you are wrong. Writing does not make comic book. The art does. This is a visual medium. That is what it is and when you kill the visual aspect of it, and then take the element of the indy guys ability to be creative, then you have what we have today. A dying industry.

Secondly, it doesn't have to be this way. It can change but change hurts and it is hard. Everyone has to do their part. Fans, creators, distributors and retailers. I know a lot of creators and most will tell you that they create comics because they love it and most shop owners would tell you the same thing. So, if you love it, do you really want it to die? The only reason I am so passionate about this is because I know what the medium offers. When I was a kid it allowed me to be Superman's sidekick, I could visit the batcave, it made a towel a cape, and it showed me what a hero was and could do. These are very important things for our kids and adults. We need these standards in our lives. We need it more then money.

In conclusion, please read my deviantart journal and my ideas for making the change. Maybe I am wrong and maybe you know a better way to fix it. Please share it and lets save the industry. It isn't too late unless we are too stuborn.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Long time between posts.



Yeah, so six months between post? This is unacceptable. I really need to manage my inter net better. It seems I am on so many freaking sites and it is hard to get to all of them.

I think I have decided to use this site as more of a personal site where I share more of my personal thoughts and more of my process with my art. I think this will help me grow as an artist and a person.

There are a lot of cool things coming down the pipe. My Gun Ghoul, Outlaw Angel and Grimm books are still moving forward. Hopefully the first issue of Gun Ghoul and Outlaw Angel will be ready for print by the end of February. It would be nice to have issue 2 of both books done by con season next year. Grimm #2 is still being penciled but I have faith it will be done by February as well.

God has really blessed me a lot lately with my projects. He has put really talented folks on them and given the ability to see them to completion.

I am still in a rut on what I should work on. I have plenty of time to write, draw and color my own project. I just don't know what to work on. I really love drawing my Murphy's Law character but I don't really have a story for him and haven't really nailed down his niche in my universe. A lot of folks are telling me to draw my Dragonseed project but I really don't want to draw a book with a kid hero in it. I am kind of tired of drawing that type of stuff. So, I don't really know what to draw and what to do because I want a book out by con season.

I am also writing and creating a book with my brother in Christ, Tim Kane. It is a pretty cool concept. I can't really say anymore then that about it. You will just have to wait for me to post up work once we get farther along on the project.

On the family front, me and my wife are expecting our second son in February. His name is Logan Riley Caligan. He will make two for us and five for me. We are pretty excited and can't wait to see the blessing God has in store for us.

I think that is pretty much it for now. If you have any suggestions on my drawing and projects then please speak up. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Direction



This year is flying by. I can't believe it is already May and almost the middle of it. Wow.

Not really a lot to update everyone on. I have really had issues with drawing lately. Not sure why. For some reason I just lack direction when it comes to a project that I actually want to pencil. I have several books coming out through Alpha Dog Studios this summer but none that I actually penciled. It is kind of crazy. I have all these concepts and yet none of them interest me enough to spend the time to sit down and draw the thing. Maybe I am just lazy. I don't know. I think some of it has to do with the state of the industry. I looked through a new previews book and just was over whelmed by the amount of comics trying to make it into shops. Just nuts.

Also, some other business news came down about print cost and such for our books and we just can't win for losing. The price is just so high that no matter how we sell them we aren't going to make a huge return. Which sucks. I do not look at things like most folks that we do comics because we love it, not that I don't love it, but you should never go into a business thinking you aren't going to make money. You just can't keep funneling money into a bottomless pit.

So, that kind of leads me to my title; direction. I just don't know what to commit to with my books. And what I mean by that is what to basically handle all the chores on because I can't really afford to pay someone to work on another title.

I would be curious to hear what everyone else thinks about it. What direction are you taking and if you are a fan of mine, what direction you would like to see me take.

Thanks and hope everyone is having a great year so far.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Freakin spammers; How can you stop them?

Well, it has been awhile since I posted anything on here but that is due to spammers using my comments section to pass notes to one another on how they can scam stuff on their Iphones.

Does anyone know how to keep these little turds from doing this on my blog? All the comments are moderated through me but some how they are still getting the messages to one another.

It is very frustrating because I have had to delete a couple of my post just to stop them.

Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Art, projects and life



Just wanted to pop on here and give the blog a good ol update. Life is pretty crazy. I have a lot going on. A couple different irons in the fire and trying to get all my ducks in a row.

Posted are some pieces that I have inked. I am trying to up my craft and learn to be at least efficient in all the tools. Inking has always intimidated me. Always worried that if I make a mistake that I could not fix it but that is not true. You can pretty much fix anything in photoshop. LOL I am using the new sharpie fine point pens. I know most inkers would shoot me for using that stuff but it is the first pen I have ever used that I actually like. The stuff I am inking now is still pretty flat but I am not really going for line weights and such. I handle depth with the color. I just want the art to look a little more crisper then when it was just pencils. Later on I will try and do more line weights and use more negative space in my work. I tend to like the stuff Skottie Young was doing about three or four years ago. Not so much the new stuff he is doing. Looks to chaotic for my taste.

On the project front, my Techlore, Grimm, Dragonseed and Shadowguard stuff will be out this summer through Alpha Dog Studios. I will try and post prelim art and promo stuff here but most of it will be on the Alpha Dog Studios blog, which you can find a link to in my side bar. There is a lot of cool stuff going on over there, so go check it out.

Life is pretty good. My son was sick all of last week, which really slowed me down on production and today I had a major migraine, but it finally went away around 3pm. I only feel wiped out now. It has been awhile since I had a head ache like today. Other then that things are rocking a long. I hope everyone is creating and staying motivated.

Be blessed and enjoy the talents God gave ya.

Monday, January 03, 2011

New Year


Well, things are kind of crazy right now. I have two ten page stories that I am working on that have to be done by the end of February. One is for Karl Alstaeter's Samurai Graphic novels, which will be solicited sometime in March. Once I get that information I will post it up for everyone. The second story is for Angel Comics and it is a short story for one of my creator owned projects. Not sure which one yet but I will try and figure it out soon.

I posted up some designs I did for a project that me and Kevin Greviox were working on together but I had to bail on due to the amount of time it would have taken to finish it. I was disappointed because I am a huge fan of Kevin's work and he is a Christian. I try my best to try and work and help other Christians as much as I can. The story was about a group of kid super heroes. It was right up my alley.

Stay tuned, I plan to update this site a lot more and I have a ton of stuff going on this year. 2011 is going to be a very fruitful year for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you." declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.