thematic image of my hatred for Wordpress

Static Inky Website

Wordpress always bothered me. Since launching in 2011, managing the Wordpress file system, themes, plugins, and MySQL database seemed like an increasingly overblown solution to host comics. My being particular about markup and styles only added more complexity. I built a static HTML site as a local guide, pasting HTML content into Wordpress fields. This occasionally caused conflicts with various extensions and updates. Wordpress also generated too much spam comments and emails.

example of my Silver Age comic book art emulation

Silver Age Printing Technique

Without the dots, ink gain and absorbent newsprint, the colors are louder than intended. This was discovered during the economic and technological shift of the 1980s, when publishers actually printed 64 colors on nicer paper. That's when the industry went with full digital color, effectively ending the four color process era of comics.

photo of a color Lt. Blueberry page Jean Giraud

Learning to Color Like Jean Giraud

I'm coloring the new version of "Six-Year-Old Horse Thief". Out of all the elements of comics, coloring's been my weakest (those who've read my dialog might have a different opinion). This is my first attempt of addressing this issue with history and objective analysis. In order to move forward in any mission, you have to (a) be completely sick of the status quo and (b) have some ideal to compare your current output.

instructional image of my digital art processfor comics

Digital Art Process

The basic idea is (a) draw the art with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter or similar tools and (b) make an Adobe Illustrator file for each page, containting the art and lettering on separate layers. Gather those files in a layout program like Adobe InDesign, which in turn is used to create PDFs for print or e-Comics.

thematic image of my 2013 art exhibit at Agencyport Software, Boston MA

Inky Stories at Agencyport

Gallery @ Agencyport is the art exhibition space of Agencyport Software. As part of the historic Fort Point Channel creative community, it promotes the work of local artists with monthly exhibitions. For some reason, they decided to hang my work for a month! See for yourself at the opening reception: