Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Now It Can Be Told - Ramone's Story Set for Publication


If you've been tracking the Kickstarter funding progress for Ramone's first comic book (see progress tracker at right), you know we've met and surpassed our pledge goal! This week in the Ramone comic strip series, Harry shares the big news with Ramone...and we get a glimpse at how Harry pitched the story. Over the next few weeks there's going to be a flurry of activity as I create and send out special rewards for the supporters, and get the comic ready to print and deliver. As soon as the book is printed and in-hand, updates will be posted here and at RamoneCologne.thecomicseries.com

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ramone Convention Appearance





Mid-Ohio Con was last Saturday, and Ramone made an appearance and made new fans. It was a great time, where I also got to meet some really talented artists. A couple of highlights of the show: Kids who came to get Ramone Cologne drawings in their sketchbooks; and meeting legendary cartoonist Sergio Aragones, who was incredibly friendly and had some helpful suggestions for promoting Ramone. I also got to paint some watercolors of other characters. That's it for my convention schedule for 2010, and now I'll have some time to start promoting the new book locally. In his first year, Ramone has been to three conventions across Ohio and Indiana. Good times!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ramone Cologne Collection 1 now available

This Saturday, the Ramone Cologne comic strip collection, issue 1, will be available at the 30th Anniversary Mid-Ohio Convention in Columbus. Also, the first issue of the new Ramone comic, "A Skunk's Tale" will be on display promoting the soon-to-be published comic debut of Ramone and friends. If you won't be at the Mid-Ohio Con this weekend, you can order the first comic strip collection "This Skunk, This Hamster!" from the online store (see tab at top of this page).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ramone Cologne's First Comic Con Appearance






The first annual Kokomo Con was a good time, and I met some great new people. And they met Ramone for the first time! It was nice to see other creators' works as well, and Ramone's table was right next to a young lady who did a couple of amazing paintings during the convention. You can visit Ashleigh Noelle's page here: www.anoelle.com Her portfolio isn't online yet, but she's working on updating it soon.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Skunkified - Ramone Cologne Style


The Kokomo Con is this Saturday and I've been working on mini-painting collector cards for the convention. "Iconic Characters - Skunkified" is the theme I'm working with, and I've discovered that almost any character can be turned into a skunk, with fun results. Here's one example. If you're at the convention be sure and stop by the Ramone Cologne table and pick up skunk-versions of your favorite characters. There are plenty of surprises and custom paintings available. See you there!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

KickStarting Ramone Cologne Comic, Issue 1


The creative folks over at Kickstarter.com have approved Ramone's proposal to share his biography with the world. If the pledge goal is reached, Ramone Cologne, Issue 1 - A Skunk's Tale, will be published, and skunks will get some much-needed respect.

In the process, you can get cool rewards for your pledges, including having your name in the comic, a character named after you in the Ramone comic strip, and exclusive paintings and pages. Check out the Ramone project site at: http://kck.st/dtpP6G
Even if you're unable to make a pledge, you can see some of the finished pages at the site. Stay tuned as every day brings Ramone closer to his goal. Thanks!

Ramone Cologne @ KokomoCon 2010


This month, Ramone Cologne will appear at his first convention, the Kokomo Con in Indiana! If you're attending the convention, be sure and stop by the Ramone table for comic strip collections, original paintings and sketches, not just of Ramone, but some of your other favorite characters, too. The big event is Saturday, October 23. See you there.

http://www.kokomocon.com/

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Celebration

Original watercolor painted for SkunkFest 2010.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

More Festive!

Great times at SkunkFest 2010! Thanks for everyone who stopped by and bought copies of the comic strip collection, Ramone coloring book, and custom SkunkFest and Ramone paintings and mini-cards. I met so many skunk fans and enjoyed learning more about skunks. The contests and vendors were excellent and the appreciation shown toward Ramone was really encouraging. I'm already looking forward to next year's Fest! Enjoy a few pictures of some of the attendees who stopped by to visit Ramone's table.





Festive!










Friday, September 10, 2010

SkunkFest Anticipation

There are so many little things to get ready for this weekend's SkunkFest, I know I'm going to forget something. I've got Ramone books and art supplies ready for the trip. Lots of promotional goodies. What's that one thing I'll wish I had on Saturday that I can't think of right now?

Ramone is thrilled at the thought of attending a convention filled with Skunk lovers from all over the world. He didn't sleep at all yesterday...

Skunk Fest 2010

Ramone is packing his bags for his first trip to Ohio, for the 10th Annual SkunkFest! If you're in the area, stop by and pick up a copy of the Ramone Cologne comic strip collection, Issue 1, also, the exclusive SkunkFest Ramone Cologne coloring book, and drawings/paintings of random skunkiness. It's going to be a time of "merriment and mirth." Next week, the daily strip is sure to feature reports of Ramone's experiences at the SkunkFest...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bringing Brilliant Techni-Color to Ramone Cologne

Paint is flying as Ramone Cologne, Issue 1, gets its watercolor treatment this week! I've done older Ramone artwork with digital coloring, but I have to say watercolor painting is my new favorite. The options are endless, the mixing process is fun, and the final look of watercolor is why I chose it in the first place. I lay out all the pages with common elements and paint all the recurring characters and scenery in one sitting, so I don't have to remix colors later. This also makes me feel like I'm getting more done - "almost four pages painted tonight!"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SkunkFest 2010


Ramone's public debut will happen in the midst of "merriment and mirth" at the 10th Annual SkunkFest, in North Ridgeville, Ohio in a couple of weeks! Sponsored by Skunk Haven, the Skunk Fest has added Ramone to the official guest list. A Skunk Fest exclusive issue will be available at the festival, as well as Ramone coloring books and sketches and paintings for attendees. If you're following Ramone's journal of the big news on his Facebook page, you already know how excited he is.

Influence Map


Thanks to Cedric Hohnstadt, an artist who regularly influences me, for promoting this project. The Influence Map is a way of paying tribute to those who have inspired you in your art. The idea is Matt Laskowski's. Matt's thought is that we can go back to the map when we're not feeling artistically motivated, and possibly be reminded of all that inspires us.

When I saw the announcement of this project, some of my inspirations came instantly to mind. As I think primarily about the style of Ramone Cologne, a few of these artists have really influenced Ramone's development. The others whose works are pictured here are influences that started me drawing or kept me drawing through the years. I see a strong comic book connection, and an unsettling influence from MAD magazine, which I remember reading when I was 9-10 years old. :)

As outlined in Matt's guide, the larger the influence, the more real estate the image gets. Starting in the top left corner, from left to right: Bill Watterson, Sergio Aragones, Mike Wieringo, David Mack, Rick Burchett, Don Martin, Stan Goldberg, Carl Barks, Jack Kirby, Ralph McQuarrie, Walt Kelly, Jeff Smith.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Cover Concepts


Here's an older concept sketch for a Ramone Cologne book cover. It was just a quick sketch, but I really liked the way Daze (the lizard) turned out. Something about the pose gives an impression of motion. Sometimes it's tough to recapture the images you get from a doodle or sketch!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pencils for Ramone Cologne comic, Issue 1



Preview of penciled artwork for page 4 of the Ramone Cologne comic, out this Fall and being released first at the Kokomo Con! More preview art and painted pages coming soon. Thanks to those of you who have asked about purchasing copies through an online store. Yes, this option will be available if you are unable to attend Kokomo Con and Mid-Ohio Con. An online store and ordering information will be available soon.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Inking Experiments


I'm pretty proud of how this panel turned out. I like the darker effect, and the prison-look matches how Harry views his cage, (he does tend to dramatize his situation). Most of the Ramone Cologne strips are short on solid, inked areas and seem lighter. But every now and then, more ink in the strips really helps set it apart.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ramone Cologne Book Preview


This Fall, Ramone will make his debut in print, in Issue 1 of the Ramone Cologne comic book. Here's a sneak peek of page 1, created with pencil, brushpen, and watercolor.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Look What the Tides Washed In


Captain Jack, the newest addition to The Haven, makes his debut this week. Full of tales from his epic days as a pirate goldfish, Jack fits right in with the imaginative characters surrounding him. His interaction with one particular Haven resident will not follow the norm...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dung Beetle vs. Skunk, Pending Lawsuit


The roller coaster ride that is Ramone's life continues this week as a lawsuit is filed for defamation of character. The prosecuting attorney takes issue with the claim that skunks are better than dung beetles. Follow the new "trial of the century" at ramonecologne.thecomicseries.com

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Characters Appear


This week, Crazy Cal makes his debut over in the Ramone comic strip. Cal will appear again in other Ramone adventures coming out later this summer. Check him out at: ramonecologne.thecomicseries.com

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Skunknapped!


Oh no! Ramone has been kidnapped under cover of darkness during a power outage at The Haven! A simple case of mistaken identity leads the innocent skunk to the woods with a couple of characters who have strange plans for the "cat" they think they stole. Hmmm, those two guys look vaguely familiar...Check it out this week at ramonecologne.thecomicseries.com

Friday, June 4, 2010

Concept Colors for RC Origins: Daze


The characters' looks have changed a bit since these early concept coloring boards were done, but it did give me the opportunity to test the layout designs and see quick sketches in color before I started painting.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ramone Broadens His Horizons


Ramone is now also hosted at ComicSpace! You can link to the strips at comicspace.com/ramonecologne or follow this link to the gallery http://www.comicspace.com/ramonecologne/comics.php?action=gallery&comic_id=28202

Three weeks' worth of strips are currently available, and with the larger audience on ComicSpace, Ramone should expand his readership. Thanks for checking out the strip, and for your feedback, comments, and emails at ramonecologne.thecomicseries.com

So far, it has been a fun ride!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ramone Cologne Comic Strip


Over at RamoneCologne.thecomicseries.com Ramone is headed toward Week 4 of his daily online strip. The big question this week: Are skunks cool?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Origins


I'm planning to have the first issue of Ramone Cologne: Origins published in time for Mid-Ohio Con. Harry's background, and Daze's early days, are both ironed out and preliminary layouts and sketches have begun!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summit City Convention Review


Well, SCCC turned out to be one of the best shows I've attended. And I've attended the biggies. But this gathering in Ft. Wayne, Indiana had a great focus on indie-artists, self-publishers, and Web comics, so it was perfectly timed with my launch of the Ramone Web comic strip. I got a chance to promote Ramone and his sites to several great artists and writers at the show, and got some encouraging responses from some successful experts in the business. It's nice to get good feedback from people who know what it takes to make it.

Two of the panels I attended - All-Ages Comics Panel, and Web-Comic/Indie-comic Publishing - made the trip to the con totally worth the drive (and I drove several hours round trip that day). Lots of good advice, again, from people who know the industry.

The vendors were excellent, but not so overpopulated that it was overwhelming, and one helped me fill a gap in my Fantastic Four collection that I didn't think I would fill for many years. At a convention this size, you really do get more time at each booth. Seems like that can translate into a better experience for the creators/vendors and the attendees.

I met some super-talented-friendly artists and creators, and I'll be posting some of their work on here the next few days with links to their sites. Special thanks to Katie Cook, whose on-line Gronk comic is how I found out about the con in the first place. And thanks to Dave Losso, whose painting and art have inspired me to double my efforts to get the Ramone Cologne comic book ready in time for Mid-Ohio Comic Con!

The image here is the custom Ben Grimm watercolor Dave did for me at the show this weekend. If you haven't already, go check out Dave's "Drawing Staches" site and Issue 1 of the Great Sandwich Detective comic series. You won't be disappointed. http://davelossoart.blogspot.com/

Great show all-in-all, and I'm looking forward to next year's.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sneak Peek: New Ramone Comic Strip


Starting Monday, May 10, the new Ramone Cologne Web comic strip will be featured daily at http://ramonecologne.thecomicseries.com/ Check it out and subscribe for free to get your daily dose of Skunky-goodness! Join Ramone on his quest and meet the quirky, imaginative characters of The Haven as they begin The Great Skunk Promotion.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Page 100 Project - Glen David Gold - Carter Beats the Devil


Check out Jason Turner's interesting Page 100 Project over at his site: http://jasonturner.livejournal.com/224544.html
As soon as I saw the idea I wanted to get involved, and Jason gives an open invitation to artists. So, I went to the bookshelf and discovered to my dismay that some of my favorite novels do not have very compelling 100th pages. I flipped through a few of the top novels in my library and didn't find anything that I thought would effectively transfer to comic book format. A favorite John Grisham book had no dialogue on page 100! Not a word. I could've done a page of captions, but kept flipping to other books. Gold's Carter Beats the Devil was a great fictional novel, with some true history woven in to the story. Page 100 of this book seemed like it would work and the image at left is the result. Wish I had more time to give to the artwork, and I would have hand lettered the dialogue. Jason, this project was a great idea. Thanks!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Prisoner: Early Inks and Colors


Working on a children's book with characters that will also be featured in an online comic strip. This is some early coloring I did to get ideas for how the characters looked when together on the same page. I think this expression sums up the hamster's personality pretty well.