Posted on

Take On Me download

Through no small effort on Brian Coppola’s part, the ‘Take On Me’ (or ‘Little Carson’s Adventures in Cerebus-land’) tribute story and extensive director’s cut commentary is available as a download or e-book through his website.

Check it out:

We are asking that you voluntarily ‘Pony Up Some Bucks’ to Pride Stables to benefit a worthwhile cause.

Donations can made here: Donate now.

Posted on

No inking yet…

At the boat we were greeted by a biblical-style plague of gnasty gnats:

Despite this, the mast was stepped:

After much vacuuming, scrubbing, unpacking, organizing and re-attaching, we are set for the summer:

NOW I can start inking chapter 5 of ‘the smile of the absent cat’.

Posted on

Done pencilling…

Here are some panels from chapter 5 of ‘the smile of the absent cat’ by Grant Morrison. The story has taken a very ‘Morrison-esque’ turn. I would expect nothing less.


I can start inking now… well, not RIGHT now… the boat’s in the water! Time to go clean ‘er up, get the mast ready for steppin’ and put everything back where it belongs… THEN I can start inking.

Posted on

Pencilling chapter 5…

…of ‘the smile of the absent cat’ story by Grant Morrison.

Here are a few selected panels:

And in other news:

There was finally enough of break in the weather to go up and take the tarp off the boat!

We’ll see how long it takes the marina to get ‘er in the water, since most everybody is still in the parking lot.

Posted on

Photo references…

I’m working on all 8 pages at once for chapter 5 of ‘smile of the absent cat’ so I don’t have anything but scratchy preliminary pencil drawings just yet.

So here are a few photos from the 148 pics I took for reference.

Shelley does a great job at acting out the required poses.


And here I am…

…turns out that portraying Louis Wain, a 65 year old, destitute, insane artist wasn’t much of a stretch.

Posted on

the 9 lives of a cat panel…

I thought I’d share the steps it takes me to produce these cat pages using just one panel as an example. Besides, I’m currently going through these steps for chapter 5 so I don’t have any new drawings for the blog.

1: I doodle on Grant’s script that I’ve printed out. Just trying to get general placement of word balloons and characters.

I’ve also doodled on the back of the script to try to envision the layout of the panels for that page.

2: I do all of the lettering in a program called Comic Life and place the balloons, without tails, into their general position in the panel.

3: In a 3D program called SketchUp, I managed to find a ward room that was very close to what I had used in the last chapter. I added some other elements that I needed including the 3D figures. Most of them are the same figure but that doesn’t matter, they’re just there for size and position.

4: I use Shelley as a model (here in my bathrobe) and photograph her from the same angle that I’ve place the characters.

5: I then cut and paste from the photos onto the SketchUp figures and cut and paste cat heads onto everybody from a 3D SketchUp cat. I adjust the word balloons closer to where they’ll finally end up.

6: I print out the layouts full size and trace them using a light box onto the drawing paper adding lighting and shading.

7: Then I ink it.

8: Then I colour it.

9: Then I scan it back into the computer (saved in a file folder called ‘cat scans’, naturally). I adjust the contrast, add highlights and any other special effects I may deem necessary, and the final word balloons.

You may think that this is a ridiculously complicated way to do these pages… and you’d be right.

Posted on

Cat Chapter 4 done…

Panel from chapter 4 of Grant Morrison’s ‘the smile of the absent cat’:

And here’s what 8 finished pages look like:

To be able to read ’em though, you’ll have to get the upcoming issue of Heavy Metal. Or wait for the 48 page book, when and if it’s finally done.

I’m starting on chapter 5 and still waiting for the final chapter from Grant.

Posted on

Colouring cats…

We’re back from Chatham, a fun one-day show, featuring our borrowed
Super Mario Bros Legend of Zelda bed sheet table cloth! We were the envy of the show.

I’m still colouring cat pages. Here’s a couple sample panels:

Posted on

Road Trip!

On Friday, we’ll be hittin’ the road for Saturday’s show:

Check out their website HERE.

If you’re in the neighbourhood (that would be Southern Ontario or Northern Michigan) come on by!

* * *

Here’s a couple panels from the inked ‘absent cat’ pages:

Now, on to colouring!